Over 50 Years Combined Experience

The SeedTrust Team

Combined, the SeedTrust team has 50+ years of experience in law, accounting, banking, and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

Edward Brockschmidt

C.P.A., MBA, Founder/CFO

Edward Brockshmidt, C.P.A., MBA, Founder/CFO, has been helping families grow through collaborative processes since 2015. Edward was a managing partner

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Edward Brockschmidt

C.P.A., MBA, Founder/CFO

Edward Brockshmidt, C.P.A., MBA, Founder/CFO, has been helping families grow through collaborative processes since 2015. Edward was a managing partner of a successful CPA firm that handled bookkeeping for a surrogacy agency. After witnessing the agency constantly fielding calls from Intended Parents inquiring about their accounts and stressed surrogates inquiring about payments, Edward decided to use his passion for technology to create a simpler, more reliable solution.

Since launching SeedTrust®, Edward and his partners have responsibly managed funds for hundreds of intended parents, surrogates, and egg donors. Edward Brockshmidt is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the National Society of Accountants, the FICPA, and the AICPA.

Roland S. Salloum

Esq., Chief Operating Officer

Roland S. Salloum, Esq., Chief Operating Officer, is a business attorney with expansive knowledge of collaborative reproductive processes. Roland joined

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Roland S. Salloum

Esq., Chief Operating Officer

Roland S. Salloum, Esq., Chief Operating Officer, is a business attorney with expansive knowledge of collaborative reproductive processes. Roland joined the SeedTrust® team after experiencing his own five-year infertility journey. He has since become an industry expert in the financial administration of egg donation and gestational surrogate contracts and escrow funds.

Roland is a member of the Florida Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. Within the Federal Bar Association, Roland is a member of the Federal Litigation Section, the LGBT Law Section, and the Family Law Section.

Adam Winder

MBA, President

Adam Winder, MBA, President, is a strategic executive with over ten years of experience in financial services. Adam left banking

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Adam Winder

MBA, President

Adam Winder, MBA, President, is a strategic executive with over ten years of experience in financial services. Adam left banking and joined SeedTrust because he felt a personal connection to SeedTrust’s purpose. After becoming a father for the first time, Adam realized that every family should have the opportunity to experience the joy of becoming parents.

Before becoming a Partner at SeedTrust, Adam led strategy for the commercial line of business at SunTrust Bank. Adam also spent over eight years advising middle-market companies. Mr. Winder is passionate about giving back and helping others. He currently serves on the board and as the CFO of Making the Grade – Hope for African Youth.

Adam graduated Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Economics from Bridgewater College. He holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma.

Zach French

Vice President

Zach French is a bar certified attorney in the State of New York and currently serves as Vice President of

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Zach French

Vice President

Zach French is a bar certified attorney in the State of New York and currently serves as Vice President of SeedTrust. He provides oversight and support to the legal, sales, and marketing departments. Zach's diverse background encompasses entrepreneurship, enterprise software sales, legal expertise, and, most recently, consulting in business development for emerging technologies. His wealth of experience is united by a core philosophy of building better connections within thriving ecosystems through education, sales, and strategy. With a high-level perspective, he identifies shared goals, develops effective communication strategies, and leverages technology to drive progress.

Zach’s connection to the ART world began when he and his wife, Alexandra, embarked on their own surrogacy journey after Alexandra’s battle with breast cancer. The tremendous mental and financial toll from their journey led them to establish the Gift of Surrogacy Foundation (GSF). Within just one year, GSF has raised over $150,000 and is currently accepting applications for its inaugural grant to cover the full cost of surrogacy. Zach and Alexandra firmly believe in expanding the surrogacy ecosystem and continue to grow GSF through education, emotional support, and financial assistance.

Abby Helmuth

Senior Partner Success Director

Abby Helmuth joined SeedTrust as a Certified Paralegal in 2019 with many years of assisted reproductive legal experience and a

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Abby Helmuth

Senior Partner Success Director

Abby Helmuth joined SeedTrust as a Certified Paralegal in 2019 with many years of assisted reproductive legal experience and a dedication to helping intended parents build their families. She earned her Paralegal Certification at the University of San Diego in 2016. Prior to transitioning to the Escrow Consulting role, she managed over a thousand surrogacy and egg donor accounts as a Legal Manager/Paralegal at SeedTrust. Abby is passionate about providing clients with escrow tools and resources that offer the highest level of transparency and security to minimize the risks that may jeopardize intended parents’ funds, surrogates’ and egg donors’ disbursements and agencies’ reputations.

Abby is originally from Germantown, WI but now resides in Austin, TX, with her fiancée and beloved dog, Dolly. When she’s not assisting clients, she enjoys cooking and baking new recipes, decorating her new home, and spending time with her friends and expanding family.

Jennifer Via

Director of Legal Operations

Jennifer Via is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies.

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Jennifer Via

Director of Legal Operations

Jennifer Via is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies. With nearly a decade of experience in legal and administrative work and more than 3 years solely devoted to Assisted Reproductive Law, Jennifer is extremely knowledgeable in all things ART and is passionate about providing the highest level of customer service to our clients.

Outside of the office, Jennifer enjoys spending time on the water, practicing her photography skills, and traveling both locally and abroad.

Kaitlyn Oberley

Partner Success Director

Kaitlyn Oberley is a graduate from Troy University and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology as well as

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Kaitlyn Oberley

Partner Success Director

Kaitlyn Oberley is a graduate from Troy University and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology as well as an ABA certificate in Paralegal studies from the University of California, San Diego. Kaitlyn has worked previously in the customer service, financial, education and legal industry.

Kaitlyn is devoted to helping families grow so that they may all experience the love and joy of being a parent. She is passionate about creating relationships as well as providing excellent customer service with all clients she works with.

While Kaitlyn is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her son and her family. Kaitlyn also enjoys boating, running and traveling.

Marlon Wolfman

CPA, Controller

Marlon Wolfman, CPA, Controller, joined SeedTrust with over seven years of Public Accounting experience, supporting both public and private companies.

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Marlon Wolfman

CPA, Controller

Marlon Wolfman, CPA, Controller, joined SeedTrust with over seven years of Public Accounting experience, supporting both public and private companies. His superb attention to detail in managing each of our escrow accounts ensures all funds are accounted for without discrepancy. Marlon graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

Samantha Jenkins

Sr. ART Paralegal

Samantha Jenkins is a graduate from Texas State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies as

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Samantha Jenkins

Sr. ART Paralegal

Samantha Jenkins is a graduate from Texas State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies as well as an Advanced Technical Paralegal Certificate from Austin Community College. Samantha joins SeedTrust with a background of working in customer service, accounts payable, and the legal industry.

Samantha is passionate about helping others and making sure every client is satisfied.

Outside of the office, Samantha enjoys spending time with her family and dog, playing softball, and trying out new local restaurants around Austin.

Kayleen Stromberg

ART Paralegal

Kayleen Stromberg, ART Paralegal, is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Southern Oregon University who holds a Bachelors of Science

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Kayleen Stromberg

ART Paralegal

Kayleen Stromberg, ART Paralegal, is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Southern Oregon University who holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Communication, with a specialization in Conflict Resolution, as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies from ABA accredited Pioneer Pacific College. Kayleen joined the SeedTrust team with experience in various fields of the legal industry, including personal injury, general business and taxation, trademark, real property, and estate planning. Kayleen is zealous in her desire to provide outstanding support and customer service to each individual she works with throughout their journey, all the while cultivating meaningful relationships.

In Kayleen's free time, you can find her hiking beautiful trails throughout the state of Oregon, wine tasting in the Umpqua and Willamette Valleys, or cheering on the Oregon Ducks, all with her husband and dog in tow.

Lina Wei

ART Paralegal

Lina Wei, MBA, joined SeedTrust as an ART Paralegal with experience in the reproductive science and surrogacy field. Bilingual in

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Lina Wei

ART Paralegal

Lina Wei, MBA, joined SeedTrust as an ART Paralegal with experience in the reproductive science and surrogacy field. Bilingual in Mandarin and English, Lina is passionate to help grow family while drawing on her experience in the education field to make every person's experience with SeedTrust rewarding and pleasant.

Outside of the office, Lina enjoys hiking through Mission Trails in San Diego and experiencing different cultures as well as life-styles around the world.

Nuala Deely

ART Paralegal

Nuala Deely is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal

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Nuala Deely

ART Paralegal

Nuala Deely is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Studies and a minor in Political Science. With an extensive customer service background, Nuala joined the SeedTrust Team devoted to providing each client with the best possible experience. Nuala is passionate about helping families grow and working to instill peace of mind in our clients throughout their journey.

Nuala loves spending time with her family. When she is not working, you can find her outdoors. She loves fishing off the coast of Texas, concerts, hiking, and paddling the Guadalupe River.

Whitney Hilliard

ART Paralegal

Whitney Hilliard is a graduate of the University of Idaho and holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Journalism

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Whitney Hilliard

ART Paralegal

Whitney Hilliard is a graduate of the University of Idaho and holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Journalism with a minor in Political Science. Whitney joined the SeedTrust team with previous legal experience in employee benefits and executive compensation, as well as general business and taxation. Whitney is dedicated to helping each individual navigate their journey through quality client service.

In her free time, Whitney enjoys drawing, attending live music events, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Dadby Gallahad

ART Paralegal

Dadby Gallahad is originally from Honduras and speaks Spanish, Khmer, and English. She has been a Paralegal for the past

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Dadby Gallahad

ART Paralegal

Dadby Gallahad is originally from Honduras and speaks Spanish, Khmer, and English. She has been a Paralegal for the past five years, working mainly in the Personal Injury sector, helping the Spanish-speaking community in Utah. Now, as a Paralegal for SeedTrust, Dadby continues to enjoy helping Spanish-speaking Intended Parents and Surrogates.

Dadby enjoys going to the movies and taking nature walks in her spare time with her husband. She also likes to work on interior design projects within her home over the weekends.

Molly Shen

ART Paralegal

Molly Shen, ART Paralegal, joined SeedTrust with experience in various fields, including Reproductive Science and Surrogacy Industry, Science Education, and

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Molly Shen

ART Paralegal

Molly Shen, ART Paralegal, joined SeedTrust with experience in various fields, including Reproductive Science and Surrogacy Industry, Science Education, and College Planning. She is bilingual in Chinese Mandarin and English. Molly is passionate about providing clients with high-quality surrogacy escrow services to help families grow and reduce the financial stress of the escrow process.

Outside of the Office, Molly enjoys gardening, hiking, food tasting, and spending time with her kids and family.

Jordan Marak

ART Paralegal

Jordan Marak, ART Paralegal, is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology

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Jordan Marak

ART Paralegal

Jordan Marak, ART Paralegal, is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a Criminal Justice focus in addition to an Advanced Technical Paralegal Certificate from Austin Community College. Jordan joined the Seedtrust Team with Civil Law legal experience and many years of customer service.

Jordan is committed to providing excellent customer service and ensuring each client's journey is smooth sailing.

Outside of work, Jordan enjoys spending quality time with her family, friends, and her two golden retrievers. She also loves sports and traveling.

Lauren Saylor

ART Paralegal

Lauren Saylor is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with dual Bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Sociology and a

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Lauren Saylor

ART Paralegal

Lauren Saylor is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with dual Bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Sociology and a minor in Political Science. Lauren joined SeedTrust with Human Resources and Customer Service experience and is a recent graduate of an ABA-certified Paralegal Studies certificate program in Raritan, NJ. Lauren is committed to helping families grow and flourish.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending quality time with her fiancé by watching superhero movies and documentaries. Lauren also enjoys exploring areas outside of her home of Bucks County, PA.

Zane Zentai

ART Paralegal

Zane Zentai is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona, with a degree in Law and Criminology. His previous

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Zane Zentai

ART Paralegal

Zane Zentai is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona, with a degree in Law and Criminology. His previous work experience includes Mission Support for the Federal Government, as well as Service Experience Management. Zane hopes to utilize his meticulous attention to detail and excellent customer service skills to better serve our clients and enhance their overall experience.

Outside of work, Zane enjoys learning how to play new instruments, finding new ways to make coffee, and traveling wherever possible. He plans to continue his law education going forward.

 

 

Claire Chang

ART Paralegal

Claire Chang, ART Paralegal, joined SeedTrust with over a decade of experience in various fields of healthcare, including insurance,

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Claire Chang

ART Paralegal

Claire Chang, ART Paralegal,  joined SeedTrust with over a decade of experience in various fields of healthcare, including insurance, medical and legal translation, case management, reproductive care, egg donation, and surrogacy. Claire holds a BS Degree in Life Science and is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. Claire is passionate about helping families grow and providing excellent communication to ensure satisfaction for all clients.

In her free time, Claire enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves to travel, both locally and abroad.

 

 

 

Amy Rauth

ART Paralegal

Amy Rauth is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Amy joined

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Amy Rauth

ART Paralegal

Amy Rauth is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Amy joined the SeedTrust team with eight years of office administration experience in human services and healthcare. She utilizes her background to provide attention to detail and clear communication to ensure that clients have the best possible experience in every aspect of their journey.

In Amy's free time, she enjoys adventuring the beautiful Oregon Coast, taking camping trips, and attending Oregon Ducks sporting events.

 

 

 

 

Kristine Young

Payment Manager

Kristine Young, an accounting professional with a unique combination of academic excellence and practical experience, hails from the vibrant landscapes

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Kristine Young

Payment Manager

Kristine Young, an accounting professional with a unique combination of academic excellence and practical experience, hails from the vibrant landscapes of Western Montana. After graduating in 2013, she achieved a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, further supplementing this foundation with a Master of Business Administration in 2015.

Bringing eleven fruitful years of accounting experience, Kristine has spent seven of those years engrossed in the industry, showcasing her financial acumen and strategic planning abilities. She has navigated complex financial landscapes with ease and has a proven track record of driving operational efficiency.

Beyond her professional life, Kristine is a proud wife to a retired Marine and a devoted mother to two sons. Her household is completed by the lively presence of their three dogs.

When not juggling numbers or attending to her family, Kristine indulges in a variety of hobbies that reflect her personality. She loves boating, photography, live music, and traveling. Above all, her favorite pastime is cheering on her youngest son from the sidelines at his many sporting events.

Angel Forrest

Surrogate Escrow Guide

Angel Forrest, Surrogate Escrow Guide, joined SeedTrust with over 15 years of Human Resources, Customer Service, and Business administration experience.

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Angel Forrest

Surrogate Escrow Guide

Angel Forrest, Surrogate Escrow Guide, joined SeedTrust with over 15 years of experience in Human Resources, Customer Service, and Business Administration. As a mother herself, Angel is passionate about having a family and the joy of being a parent. Angel is dedicated to supporting surrogates and ensuring all clients have the best possible experience and stress-free journeys.

When not in the office, Angel enjoys outdoor activities with her family and friends. She especially enjoys going to the beach and boating.

Johnny Parker

Senior Accountant

Johnny Parker, Senior Accountant, joined SeedTrust with nearly two decades of accounting experience and expertise. He has focused his career

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Johnny Parker

Senior Accountant

Johnny Parker, Senior Accountant, joined SeedTrust with nearly two decades of accounting experience and expertise. He has focused his career on providing accounting systems and reporting solutions to small-business owners. Johnny graduated with a Bachelor's in Finance from Florida Atlantic University and is an alumnus of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity. Johnny is a relentless perfectionist who strives for the very best.

In his free time, Johnny enjoys being with family and friends, watching racing and college football, and having fun outdoors while fishing, hunting, or exploring. He is also a member of the Elks and takes pride in his charity to the community.

The SeedTrust Story

SeedTrust was birthed out of a desire to eliminate the stress and frustration that intended parents, surrogates, egg donors and agencies experience with the escrow fund management process.

SeedTrust founder Edward Brockshmidt was a managing partner of his CPA firm that did advisory work for a surrogacy agency. Edward witnessed the agency continually fielding calls from concerned surrogates inquiring about their payments, intended parents requesting their escrow balance and both calling with questions regarding their contract.  To make matters worse, the agency was often at the mercy of an escrow company that was typically slow to respond, processed checks only twice a month, and sent an account balance only once a month. Such inefficiencies created tension, stress, and frustration among all parties involved. It wasn’t long before Edward realized the current system was severely antiquated and he set out on a mission to create a process that would ease the load of each party so that clients could focus on the most important thing—building their family.

Edward began developing a technology-enabled solution that would replace the manual processes. However, he knew he could not develop this new platform on his own. Edward also knew that a sound escrow management company would need a lawyer on staff to interpret contracts; and for the peace of mind of both intended parents and surrogates, Edward wanted all funds hold an attorney managed trust account.

Edward reached out to a respected business associate, Roland Salloum, a lawyer with a successful 10-year law practice. Mr. Salloum’s personal five-year struggle with infertility equipped him to understand how expensive and stressful the process can be.  The purpose of SeedTrust resonated with Roland, so he wound down his law practice and became Chief Operating Officer General and General Counsel at SeedTrust.

Roland’s warm, caring approach allows him to quickly connect with intended parents and surrogates going through the journey.  Mr. Salloum’s expertise was the perfect complement to Mr. Brockshmidt. As a lawyer, Mr. Salloum introduced the contract review and payment summary, and he helped champion version 2.0 of the SeedTrust technology platform.

As Mr. Brockshmidt and Mr. Salloum began to grow the business, they reached out to Mr. Adam Winder, a strategic financial services executive, to join the SeedTrust team to help lead strategy and develop their business model and sales approach. Adam had been consulting SeedTrust since its inception, and after experiencing the personal joy and love of having his first child, Adam fell in love with SeedTrust’s purpose of helping families grow.  After a successful, ten-year career in banking, Adam left is corporate strategy role and became a Partner (now President) at SeedTrust.  Adam’s business acumen, corporate leadership experience, background in running large financial institutions and knowledge of banking solutions gives SeedTrust another competitive advantage.

SeedTrust’s leaders are passionate professionals focused on providing worry-free escrow services you can trust. Adam, Brock, and Roland enjoy working together to deliver on the SeedTrust promise of making the escrow process secure, accessible, affordable and reliable so clients can focus on building their family. SeedTrust is an industry leader that is involved with and supportive of key industry groups, including— the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (AHRP), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation & Surrogacy (SEEDS), Men Having Babies (MHB), Path2parenthood, American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), ABA Section of Family Law for innovative CLE  (ABA).

Our Affiliations

Our affiliations and partnerships add extraordinary value to the SeedTrust organization.
We take great pride in actively supporting key industry groups and professional organizations listed below.

AICPA

American Institute of CPAs

Founded in 1887, the AICPA represents the CPA profession nationally regarding rule-making and standard-setting, and serves as an advocate before legislative bodies, public interest groups and other professional organizations.

www.aicpa.org

ASRM

American Society for Reproductive Medicine

ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine

www.ASRM.org

AHRP

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

ARHP brings together healthcare professionals across disciplines and specialties for evidence-based training and network building. Our members define sexual and reproductive health in broad terms and recognize that the best care is delivered through a team of professionals partnering with an informed patient

www.arhp.org

Federal Bar Association

Sustaining Member
Member of Federal Litigation Section
Member of Family Law Section
Member of LGBT Law Section

The mission of the Association is to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of the federal practitioner, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public they serve.

www.fedbar.org

FICPA

Florida Institute of CPAs

The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants is the premier professional organization representing Florida’s Certified Public Accountants.

www.ficpa.org

Florida Bar Association

The Florida Bar is the statewide professional organization of lawyers. The Florida Bar serves as an advocate and intermediary for attorneys, the court and the public.

www.floridabar.org

National Society of Accountants

NSA provides national leadership and helps its members achieve success in the profession of accountancy and taxation through the advocacy of practice rights and the promotion of high standards in ethics, education, and professional excellence.

www.nsacct.org

SEEDS

Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy

SEEDS is a nonprofit organization founded by a group of egg donation and surrogacy agencies, whose purpose is to define and promote ethical behavior by all parties involved in third party reproduction

www.seedsethics.org

Florida Bar Association

The Florida Bar is the statewide professional organization of lawyers. The Florida Bar serves as an advocate and intermediary for attorneys, the court and the public.

www.floridabar.org

Certified Quickbooks Pro Advisor

ProAdvisors are tested and certified and can help with everything from Quickbooks setup to bookkeeping and tax planning.

www.proadvisor.intuit.com

Carrot

Carrot provides companies of all sizes and industries with customizable fertility and family building benefits that fit their budget and offer their employees a better care experience. Carrot was founded with the goal of giving benefits and resources to all types of people in their family planning journey, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.

www.get-carrot.com

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