There’s nothing more glamorous than a beauty pageant, and while it can certainly be rewarding, it can also be a very vulnerable experience. Opening yourself up to the world and sharing intimate details of your life can be incredibly daunting.
While preparing and planning for pageants, Amanda was simultaneously fighting her own battle with infertility. After experiencing three devastating pregnancy losses, she discovered she had a bicornuate or “heart-shaped” uterus which can increase the risk of miscarriage. This diagnosis led Amanda and her husband Marc to undergo in vitro fertilization or IVF as well as hire a gestational carrier.
Ultimately, Amanda decided to create a non-profit to help others fight for access to fertility care and preservation. National and local advocacy groups have joined her on this journey, and we hope you do as well.
Melissa is an experienced marketing strategist with a keen ability to cultivate high-performing, collaborative, effective teams that are equipped to successfully navigate challenging marketplace landscapes. Her professional experience spans brand strategy, B2B and B2C marketing campaigns, digital strategy, web development, public relations, social media, thought leadership, marketing operations, and client experience management.
When she’s not working, you can find her traveling the world (she has a horrible case of wanderlust), gallivanting through Disneyland, or lounging by her pool with her husband Marc and Labrador Lola.
Dawn is the Founder and Surrogacy Program Director for US Surrogacy LLC. Her introduction to infertility treatments began over twenty-five years ago, while experiencing five years of medications and pregnancy loss hoping to conceive her second child. Her feeling abandoned by her medical providers had a profound effect on Dawn’s passion for helping others realize their dream of having a family.
After a fifteen-year paralegal career, Dawn was blessed to become involved directly in the third-party reproduction profession. It is her belief that the journey through assisted reproduction should be a compassionate experience in which the intended parents are cared for on a professional AND personal level. This is why she has built a team of professionals who are former or current parents, donors and surrogates who are committed to those who are directly involved in having a family through the help of assisted reproduction.
Davina is a long-time advocate with a duo Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communications and a Master’s Degree in Education. Davina is a former infertility patient who has personally and professionally lobbied for infertility health benefits, national funding and family-building legislation at the state level, in Washington D.C. as well as with the insurance industry. She led the strategic effort to update the Massachusetts Definition of Infertility (2010) and see Cryopreservation of Eggs become a required benefit of infertility and available to other patients with medical need (2013).
Davina founded Fertility Within Reach in 2011 where she trains and empowers patients and professionals to effectively advocate for infertility health benefits. In addition, she is passionate about helping youth preserve their reproductive health through her nonprofit program, Banking on the Future.
After 15 years of trying to build her family, Davina has two children via IVF.
Adrian is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. She previously worked for MGM Resorts International in Brand Activation for Entertainment & Sports. Adrian has also worked for the Vegas Golden Knights and the LA Clippers.
Adrian earned her master’s degree in sport management from the University of San Francisco and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is also Vice President of Membership for her sorority alumnae group and a member of Women in Sports and Events (WISE).
Kendahl currently attends the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
During her last semester of college, Kendahl was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer. Prior to chemotherapy, she was recommended to look into fertility preservation in order to save the possibility of starting a family in the future. At The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Kendahl underwent oocyte cryopreservation before beginning what would be the first out of six rounds of chemotherapy.
Kendahl aims to use her experience as a cancer survivor to be an advocate for her future patients and the best healthcare provider she can be. She recently became involved with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Her interest in spreading breast cancer awareness among young adults led her to create the “For YOUth” social media campaign during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She also aims to use her experience to speak out about fertility preservation. Joining the Nevada Fertility Advocates team is her first step in doing so.
Tana is the Director of Public Relations at Appreciation Financial, a full-service national financial powerhouse with headquarters in Las Vegas and an Inc. 5000 company two years in a row (2018 & 2019). Born and raised in Las Vegas, Shivers has more than a decade of public relations experience working at various local public relations agencies. Shivers previously handled strategic planning, media relations and communication efforts for a variety of clients in the business, hospitality, travel, entertainment and food & beverage industries including McDonald’s of Greater Las Vegas and McDonald’s of Southern Arizona, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Downtown Grand Las Vegas, and more.
Shivers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. Shivers is the recipient of the 2017 Appreciation Financial national “Servant Leadership Award”, recipient of the 2010 Ronald McDonald House Charities “HOUSE HERO” Award, and has served as a member of The Shade Tree’s Marketing and Fundraising Committee as well as the Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship and Community Relations Committee. In her spare time, Shivers enjoys spending time with her husband, David, and their two sons, Kane and Kyas.