|Emily West - firstname.lastname@example.org - President & Head of Fundraising
Emily found KCIA when she attended the first ever support group meeting in the fall of 2013. Having known since she was young that natural pregnancy was unlikely, Emily and her husband went directly to fertility treatment when they were ready to start a family. They began under the care of an OB; two years, two RE's and eleven treatment cycles later, they have a set of twins via IVF. Emily credits KCIA, the support group and the women she met there with having saved her sanity many, many times. She remains close with many of them today, and is thrilled to have an opportunity to give back to the infertility community.
|Felisha Parker - email@example.com - Vice President & Conference Co-Chair
Felisha began attending the KCIA support group in April 2014. Felisha and her husband, Chris, began trying to grow their family in early 2013. With no luck in the first year of trying, she began treatment with her OB. During this time, Felisha suffered a miscarriage and was referred to a local RE. Ultimately, Felisha went through four IUIs and one IVF before they began to consider adoption. In early 2015, a young couple approached KCIA to discuss the baby they were expecting. They felt in their hearts that adoption was the right choice for their baby, and wanted the child go to a couple who had been struggling with infertility; it was their hope that they could make a couples' dream come true. They did just that when they chose Felisha and Chris. Today, Felisha and Chris have two daughters; one through adoption and one through spontaneous conception. They are grateful to experience parenthood through both methods. Felisha is thankful she could turn to the women of KCIA for emotional support and guidance through some of her most challenging years. She is excited to help and support others in the community as they navigate their own infertility journey.
|Christa Haynes - firstname.lastname@example.org - Treasurer & Grant Manager
Christa was so grateful to find KCIA in 2014. She attended the conference and then joined the monthly support groups. Christa quickly realized she was not alone as infertility affects so many men and women in many different ways. After more than seven years of fertility treatments including four IVF attempts, she and her husband and are still on their infertility journey to build their family. Christa is blessed by the friendship, support, and resources KCIA continues to provide. She is so excited to give back to the countless other couples who are experiencing the same journey. Being a part of this community has helped her realize, we stronger together.
|Courtney Belz - email@example.com - Secretary & 5k Co-Chair
Courtney and her husband, Jason, knew early in their relationship that having children was very important to them. Shortly after getting married in 2011, they began trying to start a family. After a year of trying, Courtney got pregnant only to miscarry early on. After a second miscarriage shortly after, Courtney and Jason sought help from a local reproductive endocrinologist. It was around this time in April of 2014 that a friend suggested Courtney consider attending the Kansas City Infertility Awareness Foundation’s Annual Conference to find resources and support. Courtney also began attending the monthly support group meetings, which were a lifesaver during dark times during this process. After two years of fertility treatments with the reproductive endocrinologist, including rounds of stimulated ovulation, several IUIs and 1 IVF cycle with no success, the couple moved on to IVF using donor eggs which led to a healthy pregnancy and the birth of boy/girl twins in July of 2015. Courtney and Jason feel abundantly blessed with their son and daughter and to have found KCIA!
|Amelia Howard - firstname.lastname@example.org - 5k Co-Chair & Conference Co-Chair
Amelia and her husband Nathan have been struggling with infertility and recurrent loss/miscarriages since summer 2014. In April 2016, Amelia found KCIA through the annual conference and sporadically attended the monthly support group meetings and other events including the 5K and Hamburger Mary’s fundraiser. After another miscarriage in the spring of 2017, she began consistently going to the KCIA support group and continued connecting with others. She was a member of the 2017 Conference Committee and 5K participant. She is still on her journey to become a mom and is hopeful that one day she and her husband can grow their family. She is passionate about giving back and is excited to be working with the great leaders of KCIA to help others on their journey as well.
|Erica Bushard - email@example.com - Support Groups & Social Events
Erica began her journey at her OB where she discovered she suffered from PCOS which would make it difficult to conceive. After a full year of oral meds, she achieved her first pregnancy which sadly resulted in a loss. She then moved to a reproductive endocrinologist where she achieved her second pregnancy through IUI, sadly also resulting in a loss. After genetic testing, they discovered the baby had chromosomal abnormalities. After seven additional IUIs, several rounds of injections, and a bountiful amount of tears, Erica and her husband Ben are now proud parents of a spunky two-year-old named Brantley.
|Heather Butler - firstname.lastname@example.org - Social Events & Support Groups
Heather and her husband got married in 2013, and they knew they wanted to start a family as soon as possible. They thought it would be an easy process and never thought they would have to go down the path of infertility, but they were wrong. The same year they were married, Heather was diagnosed with PCOS. They tried a few rounds of Clomid, but were unsuccessful. In 2014, they moved on from their OBGYN and saw a reproductive endocrinologist. During this year, Heather found KCIA, and she’s so glad she did. The monthly support group was her saving grace through all their struggles. With their reproductive doctor, they did two rounds of IUI that were unsuccessful. With their third round of IUI, they found out they were pregnant, but unfortunately, it turned into an ectopic pregnancy requiring emergency surgery. After the loss, Heather and her husband took a three month break and decided they would try one more round of IUI before moving onto IVF. The IUI was successful, and they welcomed a baby girl in November 2015. A year and a half after their daughter was born, they were shocked to find out that Heather was pregnant again without any help. They welcomed another baby girl in September 2017. Heather is so happy to be a part of KCIA and to help other couples who are struggling to build their families in any way possible.
|Casey Olson - email@example.com - Communications
After having no success getting pregnant, Casey found KCIA online and decided to attend a support group meeting. After the first meeting, she knew this was where she needed to be. Hearing other women’s stories and struggles and sharing her own helped lift the isolation she had been feeling. After the couple was diagnosed with PCOS and male factor, Casey’s only chance of bearing children was through IVF. After two cycles of IVF, Casey and her husband have a set of boy/girl twins. She is so grateful for the friendships she has formed through KCIA and is excited to help other couples going through infertility.