Directors

Holly Bryant

Director, Footsteps for Fertility Foundation

My sisters and I were inspired to start this foundation after we decided to stop letting finances be a roadblock to the in vitro fertilization treatment Serena and Travis would need to start their family. We empowered ourselves to find a way to raise the money. We encountered several wonderful people that believed in our vision and were willing to enable us to accomplish our goals and support our ideas. Anything is possible when you combine motivation, dedication and love.

I graduated college from the United States Military Academy where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. I served five years of active duty in the United States Army as a logistics officer and continue to serve in the Texas Army National Guard. I worked for several years as an Executive Team Leader for Target. I am married to Gregory Bryant. He is retired from the United States Army, he worked several years as a civilian Military Science Instructor in the ROTC department at St. Mary’s University and he currently works at LabCorp in logistics. He has his Bachelor of Science from DeVry University in Technical Management and his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. Greg has two children Tayler, who is currently serving in the United States Air Force and Gregory, who recently graduated from Ellison High School. We also have three children together Addison (5), Wesley (3), and William (1). Gregory and I love all of our children so much and that is the reason we are passionate about helping to free couples from some of the financial burden of starting a family through in vitro fertilization.

Serena Mackerell

Director, Footsteps for Fertility Foundation

I am proud to be the inspiration for Footsteps for Fertility Foundation. To read more about how Footsteps for Fertility Foundation came to be, please read our story. Having suffered through the trials that infertility brings, my husband, Travis, and I are highly motivated to be a voice, a help, and a shoulder to cry on for other couples who are struggling. One of the most difficult parts of infertility is that while there is a solution, it can be financially out of reach. Collectively, it is our mission to help couples overcome this roadblock. Travis is a partner in a Research and Development company in Salt Lake City, and he loves his job!

Our first IVF cycle was a success and I was able to carry TRIPLETS to term- 36 weeks!! Vivian, Harrison and Dean were born on October 14th, 2013 and spent less than a week in NICU. Raising triplets has obviously been a challenge but absolutely the highlight of our lives. Before the babies arrived, I enjoyed working in the Publishing Services Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have a degree in Interior Design from LDS Business College. I served an LDS Mission in Curitiba, Brazil. And I enjoy singing with the Utah Opera Company and Utah Symphony Chorus.

 Laurel Sheppard

Laurel Sheppard

Director, Footsteps for Fertility Foundation

In 2008, the Segura family had what we call a “Wedding Boom,” three weddings in a span of four months. Our parents were thrilled. It began with Jaron and me in February, and followed with Serena and Travis in April, and finally Holly and Greg in June. One year later in July, Holly was having her first baby just as Serena and I both began trying for our firsts. It took eight months of trying till I became pregnant with my first. Before we knew it Holly had her second baby and I was pregnant again. Meanwhile, Serena and Travis had done the necessary testing to learn that they would require IVF to have children. After four years of waiting and wishing, this closure only meant they would have to wait even longer to save up what money they would need for their procedures. But Holly had a different idea, as a family we planned possibly the most successful first time 5k race ever. As a result 5 years later in 2013, the Segura family was now experiencing a “Baby Boom.” My second came in January, Holly’s third arrived in September, and Serena gave birth to her first, second AND third in October. Again, our parents are thrilled.

Jaron served an LDS mission in Curitiba, Brazil. He is the Assistant Branch Manager for Zion’s Bank in Murray. He has his Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Salt Lake Community College, and he is currently working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Jaron loves soccer, hunting, fishing, and camping.

Besides Footsteps for Fertility Foundation, I work for 1800CONTACTS. I feel very lucky that my job allows me to stay home with my two kids, Savannah (3) and Shane (1). I enjoy swimming, biking, running, cooking, sewing, jewelry making, and almost any other craft. As a child, my only dream was to grow up and be a mom. Now that I am a mother, I can say that it truly is everything I ever wanted. As I have heard the stories of so many who also dream of becoming parents, I am motivated to move forward and help them carry out their dreams too.

Alyssa Oldham

Alyssa Oldham

Director, Footsteps for Fertility Foundation

Like so many others it never occurred to me that I could empower myself, and do something to help my sister Serena in her time of need. It was Holly who came up with the idea to plan our first 5K race and it took our entire family and many others to execute it with such success. As time went on, we gained many supporters, and people began to reach out to us with their stories. Through this, we realized that there were so many other people out there who, like me, wanted to help but simply didn’t know how.  I am so happy to have been able to provide a way for those people to “Help Families Grow.”

I am happily married to Tyler Oldham, and the two of us live in Burley Idaho. Tyler is happy to be working his dream job as the Golf Course Superintendent of the Rupert Idaho Country Club. Tyler has a strong love of the outdoors and especially hunting. He spends a lot of his free time with our baby (our dog), “Lady” out on a lake or in a field hunting birds.

I graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Severe Special Education in the spring of 2013. Working with people who have disabilities is my passion. I have embarked upon my career as a Special Education teacher and finally have a classroom of my own at Minico High School in Rupert, Idaho. We love our nieces and nephews so much and look forward to having children in a few years!

Megan Segura

Director, Footsteps for Fertility Foundation

I am one of the newest members of the Segura Family having married the oldest brother and son, Tony. Coming into this family, I knew about Serena and Travis and I came into the picture at the same time they began their IVF cycle. Before this family, I had never had much faith in infertility treatments and thought that many couples came with hopeful hearts but walked away with broken dreams. But as I grew to know this family and hear about every step of IVF treatment Serena and Travis went through, all I could conclude was that this treatment is truly a miracle. I call the triplets the miracle babies because they are my testimony of what this process can provide families. This is truly a gift of life. Each of these families who seek Infertility treatments work so hard to bring a little one into this world and each are over flowing with love waiting to share it with their new baby (or babies). I want to see families experience the love and excitement our family experiences every day.

Tony and I have been married since July 2013. We met through a mutual friend on a blind date and had been together since. We currently live in Yelm, Washington where we have purchased our first home. Our little family of two will be growing to three in May 2015 and we couldn’t be more excited! I graduated from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide) and there I played on the division one soccer team and graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree. Tony graduated from USMA or West Point and is now serving as a Cavalry Officer in the Army. Tony also served a LDS mission for two years in Campiñas, Brazil and speaks fluent Portuguese.

Tony and I are so excited to help with this foundation and to help families reach their full capacity!