We provide personalized and attention-driven surrogacy services.
Brie Powers, President and Cofounder
Des Moines, Iowa
I received my bachelors in nursing from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA in May 2003. I married my best friend Ben in March 2004, and we have spent the last 13 years in Des Moines. During this time, I worked for a large women’s health organization in which my latest role had been managing a new department initiated to coordinate patient care across the affiliates. I led a team of people driven to provide the best care to patients and their significant others.
I have diversified my work in reproductive health through a number of projects. I was certified as a sexual assault nurse examiner and served through the Mid-Iowa Sexual Assault Response Team by counseling and examining sexual assault victims, as well as serving as an expert witness in court. As a main local coordinator for a large Phase 3 clinical trial, I managed care and trial medication for ten patients in a study. That trial medication is now FDA approved. In addition, I have served as a preceptor to Drake University pharmacy students and nursing students attending Mercy College of Health Sciences and Grand View University. During the summer of 2013, Drake University made me an honorary adjunct instructor of pharmacy to recognize my work with pharmacy students.
My pregnancy with our first daughter, Gabriella, in the spring of 2005 inspired me to learn about surrogacy. Even while pregnant, I could sense the incredible change and wonder she would bring to our lives. I knew that it would be amazing to be able to bring this type of joy to parents unable to carry a pregnancy. Navigating gestational surrogacy was a bit scary, but exciting at the same time. I learned from my research that an agency could make my journey much easier and would take care of all the logistical details. I have now been a gestational carrier three times. I delivered Baby J in the spring of 2009 and Baby S in the spring of 2012. In between those two births, I had identical twins Ruth and Lola in the spring of 2010, completing our family. Our three girls are the loves of our lives and make every day exciting. Finally, I delivered twin boys F and J in the fall of 2015.
It is through the amazing experience of being a three-time gestational carrier, prospering as a nurse in reproductive healthcare, and having the support of my family and friends that I decided to open the first surrogacy agency in Iowa. I hope that you will start your journey with us.
Monica Villa, Vice President and Cofounder
I grew up in Houston, Texas and completed my undergraduate studies in Iowa. I obtained a BA in English from Grinnell College in 2004 and a BA in Chemistry from Simpson College in 2005. After completing a Masters in chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, I moved to Portland, OR and started a freelance career in science communication.
I met Brie, our agency president, while working for a large women’s healthcare organization in Des Moines during my college years. I admired her dedication as a surrogate and was excited by her dream to represent Iowa women in their surrogacy journeys. We started Heartland Surrogacy as an Iowa-based company in 2013, quickly expanding our professional network and opening our satellite office in Portland, OR in 2016. As a small business owner, I love managing the agency while being directly involved in the journeys of our clients.
My husband Eric and I are lucky to know the joys of pregnancy and parenthood. Our daughter, Lilia, was born in 2013 and our baby boy is due September 2017. We enjoy hiking, camping, and traveling as a family. I like to stay active through running and yoga, and I enjoy contributing to my community through various volunteer activities.
Kimberly Quinn Kim, Program Coordinator
I received my BA from Emory University in 2009 and a Master of Public Health from the University of Iowa in 2011. I’ve worked for county health departments, a major hospital system and a nonprofit women’s health care center. My most challenging position was working on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act; my most enjoyable was teaching sexual health education in schools.
Brian and I married in 2009. Brian is a general dentist practicing in Davenport, IA. We decided to grow our family a few years after we were married. I was quickly diagnosed with a rare condition, premature ovarian failure, which essentially meant I was postmenopausal at the age of 25. Brian and I weighed our family building options and ultimately decided to pursue donor egg in vitro fertilization. After our 4th round of IVF, we welcomed twins Avani and Jeremiah in 2014. We pursued a frozen embryo transfer at the beginning of this year and are expecting a baby this fall.
I enjoy exercising with my Stroller Strides workout group, traveling with my family, and watching reality TV. I am a Trustee on the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation and chair of the HAV Life committee, which grants money to students for participation in fine arts and athletics. For the past five years, I have written an anonymous infertility blog and facilitated a Resolve infertility support group.
I am thrilled to join Heartland Surrogacy in their mission to build families. Since my own infertility diagnosis, I have been passionate about connecting with other people experiencing infertility. Working with Heartland has been a wonderful opportunity for me to combine my own fertility knowledge and experiences with my background in public health and healthcare.