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WHO WE ARE

The Fairfax Surrogacy Difference

At Fairfax Surrogacy, our goal is to provide education and support to all aspiring parents and surrogates. In addition, we offer a high standard of credibility, transparency, diversity, and compassion to all who seek our services. Our highest level of integrity is demonstrated through our extensive screening process before matching and our commitment to having safeguards in place to protect and honor all persons involved.

Our Family of Reproductive Specialists

Fairfax Surrogacy was founded by a group of experienced professionals in third-party reproduction and is the affiliate company to the Genetics & IVF Institute, Fairfax Cryobank, and Fairfax EggBank.  

As part of GIVF’s family of Fairfax companies, we are backed by decades of experience and expertise in reproductive science and compassionate patient care.

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Why Fairfax Surrogacy?

We know your story is like no other, yet we understand so much of what you are going through. Our team members have walked through the challenging world of infertility, and we also have experienced surrogates on our team who can offer unique insight and support.

We see you, and we empathize with the multiple facets each family must consider. We are so honored to support and care for surrogates and intended parents as you navigate new waters both physically and emotionally. Be a part of something amazing, and trust in us to hope with you.

 

Our surrogacy team is here to support you.

We believe that nothing is more important than helping fulfill the desires of those who long to be parents or help expand a family. The joy we receive in return to witnessing the gift of changing a family’s legacy is the most cherished gift.

We stand apart for our quality screening process, assuring that all surrogates will be thoroughly vetted before matching versus many traditional models. This is an important part of this process to consider on your journey to becoming a parent through surrogacy. Pre-screening surrogates add an invaluable safeguard for you.

Our services provide support, resources, and connections to help connect all of the needed puzzle pieces together on your journey. Whether you are an intended parent or a courageous gestational carrier/surrogate, you are treated like extended family here. Every person and couple is welcome with open arms at Fairfax Surrogacy. If you long to grow your family or you want to help others grow their family, we are here to help every step of the way!

Our people are what make the difference.

 

Meet our Team

Perla Piekutowski

Perla Piekutowski

Director of Growth & Engagement

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Joyce Wheeler

Case Manager

Ronda Blair

Ronda Blair

Case Manager

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Ana Bernier

Surrogate Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

Niki Renslow

Niki Renslow

Surrogate Support Specialist

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Jennifer Palumbo

Social Media Engagement

Professional Resources

Andy Vorzimer

Andrew Vorzimer

Legal, Insurance, and Escrow Services

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Ana Miramontes

Legal Services

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Lila Seif

Legal, Insurance, and Escrow Services

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Rich Vaughn

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Molly O'Brien

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Sharna Caceres

Sharna Caceres

Legal Services

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

Legal and Escrow Services

Meryl Rosenberg

Meryl Rosenberg

Legal Services

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Marla Neufeld

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Stephanie Bodolay

Stephanie Bodolay

Bilingual Legal Services

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Counseling Services

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Counseling Services

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Samantha Lavy

Counseling Services

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Mayu Quevedo

Bilingual Counseling Services

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Escrow Services

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Join Our Team

Fairfax Surrogacy is a full-service surrogacy agency helping intended parents worldwide find a gestational surrogate to carry their baby. Fairfax Surrogacy is the newest addition to the Genetics & IVF Institute (“GIVF”) portfolio of assisted reproduction enterprises, which date back to 1984. Amongst many accomplishments, GIVF was the first clinic to achieve a frozen embryo twin birth in America. GIVF’s founders also started Fairfax EggBank and Fairfax Cryobank, both leaders in the industry. At Fairfax Surrogacy, our goal is to provide education and support and offer a high standard of credibility, transparency, diversity, and compassion to all who seek our services.

We are looking for a Bilingual Case Manager to join our team. The Bilingual Case Manager will play a key role in providing guidance and a high level of customer service to intended parents and gestational surrogates throughout their family-building journey. You’ll act as a strategic partner to all parties ensuring they feel supported and are safely navigating all aspects of third-party reproduction to create their family.

This dynamic position requires the ability to anticipate needs, think critically, and offer solutions to problems with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality. You will be responsible for the management of each journey and assisting intended parents, gestational surrogates, third-party professionals such as fertility clinic staff, attorneys, insurance and counselors, and the Fairfax team throughout all phases of the surrogacy journey.

The Case Manager will be the main point of contact for intended parents from the moment they inquire about our services, until they complete their journey and bring their baby back home.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct consultations with intended parents interested in our program, providing detailed information and guidance to facilitate informed decision-making.
  • Manage the retaining process for intended parents, ensuring accurate and efficient completion of all necessary documentation.
  • Provide intended parents with information and referrals to third-party professionals and services needed throughout their journey, including coordinating psychological screening appointments, legal consultations, and insurance assessments.
  • Work closely with the Fairfax team to facilitate the matching process, including participating in weekly match meetings and following through to expedite the process.
  • Facilitate communication between all parties, serving as a liaison between intended parents, gestational surrogates, counselors, attorneys, insurance brokers, fertility clinics, escrow companies, delivery hospitals, and other professionals involved.
  • Communicate regularly and provide information, support, and guidance to intended parents and gestational surrogates throughout the process, keeping all parties apprised of pertinent developments.
  • Provide concierge-type services for intended parents, such as assisting with gifts, travel needs, and arranging transportation and hotels for the gestational surrogates.
  • Prepare hospital birth plans, coordinating with attorneys, intended parents, gestational surrogates, delivery hospitals, and social workers, and ensure timely submission of payments to all parties involved in the surrogacy process.
  • Assess insurance needs and work with insurance experts to address claims, balance statements, and set up new policies as needed.
  • Maintain up-to-date information on cases in the CRM.
  • Build and develop relationships within the community to promote our program and initiate and manage outreach activities to increase engagement and continued interest of intended parents, including participation in social media groups and in-person events.
  • Assist in developing program policies and procedures for improved workflow and anticipate future needs as the organization grows.
  • Provide support through social media platforms, including managing the IP Portal and Facebook Group, hosting Q&A sessions, and facilitating Fairfax Fridays, and actively seek opportunities to obtain video or written testimonials, interviews, and reviews.
  • Support the training of new employees, attend appointments or births if feasible, and organize monthly group support meetings for surrogates and intended parents.
  • Travel required.
  • Other projects/duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must be fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Must have a minimum of three years of experience as an Intended Parent Case Manager in a surrogacy agency setting.
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or related field preferred.
  • Working knowledge of the medical, insurance, and/or legal fields is preferred.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail.
  • Able to work in an environment where appropriate and timely responses to urgent matters or situations are often required.
  • Self-motivated, proactive, and forward-thinking.
  • Must be confident, diplomatic, and tactful in all interactions.
  • Exhibit a high degree of professionalism in dealing with diverse groups of people and maintain discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Able to establish authority and set appropriate boundaries and expectations by balancing a level of friendliness and compassion with professionalism.
  • Able to effectively communicate with all levels of internal and external contacts.
  • Make appropriate, informed decisions regarding priorities and available time and be able to switch gears at a moment’s notice.
  • Able to complete a high volume of tasks and projects with little or no oversight.
  • Expert proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Technically savvy.

Please note:

  • Only candidates who meet the criteria of being fluent in both English and Spanish and having experience as a Case Manager in a surrogacy agency setting will be considered for this position.
  • This position is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a start-up organization and grow with the company.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience. In addition, we provide a wide assortment of benefits to our employees, including:
    • Health, dental and vision insurance
    • Flex Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) options
    • Group term life insurance
    • Short-term and long-term disability options
    • 401K plan
    • Paid parental leave
    • Equity via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
    • Tuition reimbursement program
    • Substantial discounts on company services and products, including IVF/IUI and fertility preservation (egg freezing), donor eggs and sperm, and egg and embryo storage
    • Paid vacation and sick time
    • Paid company holidays
    • Job training and development opportunities
    • Company-wide social events
    • Remote work available/Hybrid if the applicant lives within 40 miles of Bethesda, Maryland

Fairfax Surrogacy is a proud, equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive work environment and to building a team that reflects the rich diversity of our community. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to [email protected] and note “FSBCM” on the subject line. EOE/M/F/D/V

 

Perla Piekutowski

Perla Piekutowski

Director of Growth and Engagement

Meet our Director of Surrogacy Program Growth and Engagement, Perla Piekutowski. Perla has over 14 years of experience in the ART field, including operations, case management, program administration, accounts administration, office management, and executive leadership. She is known for her first-class level of service to intended parents and surrogates, her stellar management skills, and her global networking. 

Perla and her husband also needed assistance growing their own family through IVF. Her journey to having her children has gifted Perla with more empathy and appreciation for intended parents. Between her professional and personal experiences, Perla serves everyone she meets with enthusiasm and compassion for their goals and understanding their trials.

Perla was born and raised in Peru, where she studied communications and public relationsSince then, Perla has compiled a unique and diverse body of experience that helps her understand a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and beliefs. She is bi-lingual in English and Spanish.

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Joyce Wheeler

Case Manager

Joyce Wheeler has dedicated her career to helping couples struggling with infertility. She is a loving mother of three children and married to her high school sweetheart. Joyce has also been a two-time gestational carrier, which has given her a unique and empathetic perspective and understanding of the surrogacy process.

Joyce’s passion for Surrogacy and Infertility Education led her to pursue a career in Surrogacy Case Management. She has been instrumental in helping couples navigate the complex and emotional journey of surrogacy. Her compassion and dedication have helped many families achieve their dream of having a child.

Joyce’s personal experience as a Gestational Carrier has given her a deep understanding of the challenges and joys of the surrogacy process. She is a strong advocate for the rights of surrogates and works tirelessly to ensure that they experience all the joys of their journey as well as have a sounding board for any hurdles they encounter along the way. In addition, Joyce advocates for Intended Parents, providing them with guidance and support throughout the surrogacy process, helping them to navigate the legal, financial, and emotional aspects of their journey toward parenthood.

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Ronda Blair

Case Manager

With over a decade of dedicated involvement in the surrogacy industry, Ronda’s journey is a testament to her unwavering commitment to building loving families. Her journey is a unique blend of personal experiences and professional expertise, driven by a deep desire to help others create loving families.

As an adopted child, Ronda felt a desire to pay forward the love and support she received from her own family. In 2014, she embarked on her first gestational surrogacy journey, an experience that set her on an extraordinary path. Throughout her surrogacy journeys, Ronda has selflessly carried the dreams of others, bringing five beautiful babies into the arms of three loving families. Her surrogacy journeys have included pregnancies with twins and singletons, supporting international and domestic couples, as well as both same-sex and heterosexual partners.

Ronda’s passion for gestational surrogacy blossomed during her initial journey, leading her to seek deeper involvement within the surrogacy community. She became an active member of surrogacy support groups, paving the way for her official entry into the surrogacy and egg donation industry in 2016 as a Case Manager. Over the years, she has risen through the ranks, holding positions such as Senior Case Manager and Director of Case Management. Through these roles, Ronda has established enduring relationships with legal experts, escrow companies, fertility centers, intended parents, and fellow gestational surrogates.

Ronda’s wealth of experience and genuine compassion make her a tremendous source of support for intended parents and gestational surrogates alike. She guides them through the journey of surrogacy with empathy, hope, and steadfast support. Beyond her professional life, Ronda is a devoted wife and a loving mother to four beautiful children.

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Ana Bernier

Surrogate Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

As Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator at Fairfax Surrogacy, Ana brings a wealth of experience from her 14 years in the world of surrogacy. Ana is an experienced surrogate herself, having carried six children in five different journeys, leading to the creation of four families. Her journeys have connected her with a diverse range of intended parents, including domestic and international couples, same-sex and heterosexual couples, cases involving HIV+ parents, a sibling journey, and even carrying twins.

Ana’s dedication to surrogacy was sparked when her daughter was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Speech Delay. Deciding that her own family was complete, Ana was moved to help others start or grow their families through surrogacy. Each of her surrogacy experiences has been unique, with its own set of challenges and rewards, fueling her passion and commitment to the field.

After a brief hiatus during the Covid pandemic to focus on her family, Ana returned to surrogacy, recently completing her last journey in August 2023. She is now focused on fostering relationships with a new generation of surrogates.

Ana aims to offer personalized support to each surrogate, focusing on guidance, communication, education, and support tailored to their individual needs. Additionally, being bilingual in English and Spanish, Ana is well-equipped to assist our Hispanic and Latin surrogates. Her extensive knowledge and personal experience make her a valuable asset to both our team and the surrogates she supports.

Niki Renslow

Surrogate Support Specialist

Niki Renslow is a passionate advocate for surrogacy and infertility, dedicating her career to those needing additional reproductive assistance to create their families. Niki has been a gestational carrier, having carried twins for a same-sex international couple, as well as an egg donor for three beautiful families.

Niki’s experience as a gestational carrier led her to leave her career in mortgage and start a new path in surrogacy. Her experience started in case management, growing to managing surrogacy recruiting and intended parent onboarding and matching. She has since obtained experience with IVF clinic third party coordination, egg donor matching, and with the development, creation and launching of a surrogacy education and advocacy platform. She is a strong advocate for surrogate education, guidance, and support, believing all surrogates deserve an experienced and ethical professional in their corner. Additionally, Niki has worked very closely with intended parents, ensuring they receive the necessary handholding and guidance throughout their family building journey(s). Her compassion and dedication have helped many families achieve their dream of growing their family.

Niki’s personal experience as both a Gestational Carrier and Egg Donor has provided her with a broader outlook on life and family building. She understands it takes a village to raise a child and sometimes a village to help have a child, and is grateful to be a part of our intended parents and surrogates’ village.

Niki is happily married to her husband and a loving mother to her three children and three fur-babies. In her spare time, she likes create memories with her family, enjoy local shopping and trying new restaurants. A self-professed lover of all things Disney, you may also catch her and her family when on vacation to one of their theme parks.

Jennifer Palumbo

Social Media Engagement

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo is a Freelance Writer and avid Women’s Health Advocate. She is a Forbes Women Contributor and has had pieces included in Time magazine, Parents Magazine, Huffington Post, and ScaryMommy.

As an infertility subject matter expert, she has been interviewed on news outlets such as CNN, NPR, FOX, NBC, and BBC America and was featured in the documentary “Vegas Baby.” Her blog, “The 2 Week Wait,” was awarded the Hope Award for Best Blog from Resolve: The National Infertility Association and named the “Best IVF Blog” by Egg Donation Friends.

Andy Vorzimer

Andrew W. Vorzimer

Legal, Insurance, and Escrow Services

Meet another one of the trusted Fairfax attorneys, Andrew W. Vorzimer. Mr. Vorzimer is recognized worldwide as the foremost expert in the legal field of Surrogacy, Egg Donation, and Reproductive Law. Mr. Vorzimer is an expert author in ART, a multi-award recipient in the industry, and well known for his work in various high-profile litigation cases and appearances in numerous news shows. In addition, he has been instrumental in making positive legal changes regarding best practices regarding surrogacy.

Mr. Vorzimer graduated Magna Cum Laude (J.D.) from Whittier College School of Law in 1988. Mr. Vorzimer completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University and the University of Miami.

Ana Miramontes

Legal Services

Ana Miramontes is a family justice and children’s rights attorney with over 27 years of experience. From the onset of her career, she has specialized in advising on legally sensitive areas such as adoption, assisted reproduction, and surrogacy. Her work encompasses both institutional roles and international collaborations with foreign public administrations.

At Abogados Áncora, Ana leads and manages high-level cases in national and international family law. She is actively involved in cross-border matters pertaining to adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproduction. Her responsibilities extend beyond court representation to include delivering conferences and contributing to legal discourse.

Ana is dedicated to safeguarding and establishing strong legal criteria within a framework of fairness. Her primary goal is to ensure security in highly sensitive areas, recognizing their significance in the development and consolidation of rights across diverse family models.

Lila Seif

Lila Seif

Legal Services, Insurance Reviews, Escrow Services

Lila M. Seif provides family building legal services through assisted reproductive technologies (ART) including surrogacy, egg donation, speed donation, embryo donation, parentage, and related matters. Lila is known for her thorough evaluation of matters, attention to detail, strong legal writing and analytical skills, and innate moral compass, all of which is demonstrated in her work product. She treats others with honesty and integrity and looks forward to working with like-minded professionals who share the goal of helping make new families with warmth and excellence.

Rich Vaughn

Legal Services

Attorney Rich Vaughn combined his personal passion as a father of twin boys born via assisted reproductive technology (ART) with more than 20 years of experience in business and technology law to build International Fertility Law Group. Today IFLG is one of the most successful and best-known law firms in the world focused exclusively on fertility law, helping thousands of intended parents through empathetic listening, compassionate guidance, and unmatched legal expertise.

As an advocate for reproductive freedom, Rich also contributes his knowledge and time to improving the understanding and practice of ART law, most recently as a founder of and speaker at the first Cambridge University International Surrogacy Symposium held in June 2019, as immediate past chair of the American Bar Association ART Committee, and as a popular presenter to law schools, faculty and advocacy organizations all over the world.

Molly O'Brien

Legal Services

Fertility law attorney Molly O’Brien began working in the field of assisted reproduction technology (ART) in 2005, at an egg donation agency and a surrogacy agency where she became familiar with all aspects of in-vitro fertilization, egg donation and the financial aspects of surrogacy.

Since becoming an attorney in 2011, Molly has drafted and negotiated surrogacy, egg donation, sperm donation embryo donation agreements for hundreds of her clients all over the world. She is also the President of SEEDS, The Society for Ethics for Egg Donation and Surrogacy

Sharna Caceres

Sharna Caceres

Legal Services

Meet legal expert, Sharna Caceres. As an attorney, Sharna helps families grow through artificial reproduction technology using her expertise in legal services. In addition, she has over a decade of public relations, executive communications, and crisis management strategy and execution. As the former owner of a surrogacy agency and an attorney practicing artificial reproduction technology, Sharna counsels private individuals, healthcare practitioners, and healthcare organizations on legal requirements and best practices for growing families.  

A graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word and St. Mary’s University, Juris Doctorate, she also attended the National Institute of Adoption Law & Policy and the Dispute Resolution Institute at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. In addition, Sharna actively volunteers with organizations that develop youth and other local communities. She is married to her college sweetheart, and they have three small children and a myriad of rescue pets. 

Lisa R. Brant
Lynn R. Levitan

Legal Services

Lisa and Lynn formed The Baby Lawyers because they wanted to protect growing families throughout one of the most important and exciting journeys of their lives.  Focusing on all aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) law, Lisa and Lynn utilize their decades of experience to ensure their clients’ families are built on a strong legal foundation.  The Baby Lawyers is committed to providing its clients with expert legal care, personalized attention and reasonable pricing.

Lisa R. Brant graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1991 and from UCLA School of Law in 1994.  Before opening her own practice in San Diego in 2007, Lisa served as a partner at several prestigious law firms in Los Angeles, including the International firm of Hunton & Williams and the trial and litigation boutique of O’Donnell & Mortimer.

Lynn R. Levitan graduated from University of Baltimore School of Law in 1993.  After moving to California in 1994, Lynn practiced at several AmLaw 100 law firms, including Steptoe & Johnson and Crowell & Moring, and served as Global Product Safety Counsel for Apple Inc. Lynn is licensed to practice in California, Maryland, District of Columbia, New York, Virginia, and Texas.

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

Legal and Escrow Services

Brian Klein joined Falletta & Klein in 2011, where he practices exclusively in the area of fertility law.

Brian currently manages Falletta & Klein’s contract team, where every year, he assists hundreds of families through the surrogacy and egg donation process.

Bran also leads Falletta & Klein’s team for international relations. Brian Klein is a frequent guest speaker at international surrogacy seminars to provide guidance on cross-border surrogacy and egg donation issues, and to provide insight on California’s laws. He is a member of the legal committee in the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS).

Brian is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

Meryl Rosenberg

Meryl Rosenberg

Legal Services

Meet another one of our attorneys, Meryl Rosenberg. She is the director of ART parenting’s comprehensive program devoted exclusively to arrangements and all legal aspects of surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, and other matters involving ART. Meryl has a depth and breadth of experience in the ART field, starting back in 1993.

An active participant in furthering the education, development, and expansion of reproductive law, Meryl is an innovator and leader in the field of ART. Meryl assisted in drafting both Maryland and District of Columbia legislation, where she addressed ART and third-party reproduction. In addition, Meryl works closely with other attorneys, medical professionals, and organizations to create positive change to the law,  to protect all parties involved in ART.

Marla Neufeld

Legal Services

Marla Neufeld is a partner in Greenspoon Marder’s Surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technology practice group, which she founded, and represents parties working with a surrogate, egg, sperm or embryo donor. Ms. Neufeld experienced her own infertility journey for many years and ultimately worked with a gestational surrogate to build her own family. She co-authored a book published by the American Bar Association titled, The ABA Guide to Assisted Reproduction: Techniques, Legal Issues and Pathways to Success and was the winner of the Law360, Distinguished Legal Writing Awards, Burton Awards- for her article she co-authored titled, The A, B, Cs (along with CDCs and FDAs) of Regulatory Implications over Assisted Reproductive Technology” published in the ABA Health Law Journal, December 2019.

Drawing from her own personal journey with infertility and the use of a gestational surrogate, Ms. Neufeld utilizes her transactional law background and combines it with her compassion and understanding of the surrogacy and adoption process. She focuses on helping others start a family using the available third-party reproductive technologies and adoption laws. Legal services offered include representation on behalf of intended parents, surrogates, egg, sperm, and embryo donation agreements, finalization of parental right proceedings and adoption proceedings in Florida (same sex adoptions, stepparent adoptions and second parent adoptions).

Ms. Neufeld is honored to represent married couples, both heterosexual and same sex couples and individuals seeking to utilize various reproductive technologies. She treats each client with her own experience in mind and is sensitive to the fact that reproductive technology and the adoption process can be intimidating and overwhelming, which she can help guide clients through.

Click here to learn more about Ms. Neufeld.

Phone: (954) 761-2929
Direct Fax: (954) 333-4129
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Stephanie Bodolay

Stephanie Bodolay

Bilingual Legal Services

Infertility is a long road filled with uncertainty and emotional turmoil. I understand this and will capably advocate for my clients, skillfully draft or review as well as negotiate the necessary agreements on their behalf, and effectively navigate them through the legal process from beginning to end. Additionally, I am bilingual and can provide Spanish speaking clients the comfort of ease in communication and an effective representation.    

Whether it be through surrogacy, egg or sperm donation, embryo donation, pre-planned adoption, or in matters of step-parent or relative adoption, the firm has the knowledge, experience and resources to safely and expertly assist and protect the clients in the legal formation of their family. 

My Story

Stephanie has dedicated her career to assisted reproductive law. She began her work in assisted reproductive technology as a legal intern, while she was still a law student at Stetson University College of Law. She fell in love with the combination of medicine, technology, an emerging legal landscape, and most importantly… family. After graduating, her experience in the field and her commitment towards the clients led her to a full time position as an attorney, working exclusively in assisted reproduction, where she remained as an attorney for over 5 years before starting Stephanie Favilli Bodolay, P.A.

Since the start of her career, Stephanie has been able to compassionately help hundreds of Parents, Donors, and Surrogates in their journeys of family building both domestically and abroad. She routinely represents clients from countries such as Argentina, Spain, Uruguay, Germany, and Russia among others. Born to Nicaraguan parents, Stephanie is fluent in Spanish and can provide her Spanish speaking clients comfort in knowing they can communicate effectively with her in Spanish, as well as have a thorough understanding of the process and the legal documents. She is very proud of her connection with her clients and the relationships she builds with them. Her favorite part is knowing she has not only helped with legal, but also made the clients comfortable and safe, making the process a more positive one… and, of course, receiving baby pictures and emails from the clients long after the legal process has ended.  

 To provide the very best legal representation, it is a priority for Stephanie to stay current on the constantly evolving legal framework of assisted reproductive cases in order to provide the best and most ethical representation. She continues to educate herself through, as well as actively participate in, continuing education through organizations like the American Bar Association (ABA) and as a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Attorneys.  

 Away from the office, Stephanie is a member of various professional organizations, a proud supporter of the LGBT community, enjoys cycling and yoga and is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters. Together with her husband, they enjoy traveling with their daughters as much as possible to hike, canoe, and camp all over the world and enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer.

Ellen Essig

Legal Services

Ellen Essig is an accomplished lawyer with extensive experience in surrogacy and collaborative reproduction law. She began practicing law shortly after the first surrogacy birth occurred. Ellen has seen surrogacy grow from infancy to reality and has spearheaded its development in the state of Ohio. Ellen is a founding partner of Essig & Evans LLC. now known as The Family Law and Fertility Law Group.

Ellen’s undergraduate degree is from The Ohio State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1972. Ellen returned to Ohio after teaching science in Toronto, Canada, for six years. She then earned her Juris Doctor in 1986. Ellen is admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court, the US, District Court, Southern District of Ohio, and the State of Ohio. Ellen has been certified as an Ohio Specialist in Family Law since 2000. She has been ranked an AV Preeminent Attorney by Martindale Hubbell since 2000 and has been named a Top Attorney in Ohio by Super Lawyers since 2004. Since 2018, she has been named Top 50 Cincinnati Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Ohio Super Lawyers and Top 25 Women Cincinnati Super Lawyers.

Ellen has had a distinguished career, with many notable achievements to her credit. She is most proud of her service as co-counsel on the important marriage equality case argued to the US Supreme Court, which resulted in the landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. Ellen represents hopeful parents building their family through surrogacy and gamete
donation and those who are helping those hopeful parents by acting as gestational carriers and donors. Her clients are single and coupled, come from the United States and around the world, and
represent all sexual orientations and gender identities. Her dedication to her clients and her expertise in these areas of the law have earned her a reputation as a trusted and respected advocate among her clients and her peers. Learn more about Ellen and her practice at www.FamilyAndFertilityLaw.com.

Melissa B. Brisman

Legal Services

Melissa B. Brisman graduated Valedictorian from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. She is an attorney admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas, and is a licensed certified public accountant.

Melissa first started helping couples become parents in 1996. She was her own first client, guiding and directing the process in which she and her husband, Dan, became parents of twin boys carried by a gestational carrier. A few years later, they had a daughter who was also carried by a gestational carrier.

Melissa’s excellent reputation is based on her compassion and empathy for each intended parent. Her expansive knowledge and experience have allowed her to create a staff that is prepared to successfully help parents build their family. Melissa is considered a true pioneer in this field who advocates for changes in the law in this area and lectures to physicians, potential parents, universities, and lawyers around the world.

Melissa is the first attorney to obtain court orders directing that the genetic parents be placed on the original birth certificates of their children born to gestational carriers in the State of Maine, in 1997, and the State of New Jersey, in 2000. She also argued and won landmark gestational carrier cases before the Supreme Court of Massachusetts in 2001 and the State Supreme Court of New York in 2004, setting legal precedents for birth orders in these states. In 2003, Melissa was the first attorney to obtain a court order placing two women on the birth certificate of their child, without an adoption, in the State of New Jersey; and, in 2005, to place two men on the birth certificate of their children, born through a gestational carrier, without an adoption, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she was also able to have two women who were validly married in Canada placed on the birth certificate of their child in the State of New York. Since 2012, Melissa joined government officials and other attorneys in lobbying for legislation in New Jersey to promote and regulate compensated surrogacy. In May 2018 these efforts were realized when NJ Governor Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey Gestational Carrier Act.

Melissa has been a keynote speaker at numerous events and organizational activities and for prestigious institutions across the country, including the New Jersey Society for Reproductive Nursing Specialists, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Cornell Hospital, and the Donor Egg Conference held each year in Charleston, South Carolina. Melissa has also served as a faculty member for the 2010 International Nursing Conference on Reproductive Health & Infertility. Melissa is a Notable Contributor for GayParentstoBe and has served on the Boards of the American Fertility Association (AFA)/ Path2Parenthood, Fertile Dreams, and Conceive Magazine and has also been the legal advisor and a Board Member of Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED) and the LIVESTRONG Fertility Advisory Committee. Melissa is a professional member of Resolve, Path2Parenthood, the American Bar Association-Family Law Section-Reproductive and Genetic Technology Committee (ABA), the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAARTA).

Melissa was the recipient of the 2017 Advocacy Award from P2P (Path to Parenthood), the 2015 Infertility Hero Award and the 2004 Star of Resolve Award. She is a chapter author of Reproductive Medicine Secrets by Zev Rosenwaks, Fertility Preservation in Male Cancer Patients by John P. Mulhall, and Principles of Oocyte and Embryo Donation by Mark V. Sauer. In 2006, Melissa B. Brisman’s law firm, Melissa B. Brisman, Esq., LLC was named as a finalist for the prestigious 2006 Forbes Enterprise Award. Melissa is also the author of numerous articles on the subjects of gestational carriers and reproductive law.

In 2010 Melissa was invited to Taiwan to assist the government in drafting surrogacy legislation.

Melissa’s law firm drafts and negotiates contracts for many types of reproductive arrangements including gestational carrier contracts, ovum, sperm, and embryo donation contracts and adoptions; works with international couples; finalizes same sex and step parent adoptions; obtains court orders for gestational carrier arrangements to allow the intended parents to go directly on the birth certificate of their child at birth; and reviews insurance books on behalf of intended parents and their gestational carriers.

Roia Barrios

Legal Services

Roia Barrios is the founder and principal of Roia Barrios, P.A., a law firm that practices exclusively in assisted reproductive technology (ART) law. Roia is one of only ten Florida attorneys recognized as a Fellow by the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA). She primarily represents intended parents and surrogates in negotiating and preparing gestational surrogacy agreements. Roia also represents clients in same sex adoptions and sperm, egg, and embryo donations. Roia regularly speaks on the topics of surrogacy, gamete donations, and reproductive rights.

Roia graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2006. When not working or spending time with her family, Roia is an avid volunteer. She is one of the founders of The Jane Network, an organization of attorneys advocating for reproductive justice. Roia is also incoming President of the Gasparilla International Film Festival and a Sustainer in the Junior League of Tampa.

Ralph Tsong

Legal Services

Ralph Tsong is the founder of Tsong Law Group and is licensed in California, Illinois, Washington and Arizona, with lawyers in his office licensed in New York and Oklahoma. He is a graduate of University of Chicago Law School and magna cum laude from the College of William and Mary. He is recognized for his expertise in the field of surrogacy and assisted reproduction law as a AAAA and ACAL fellow and Super Lawyer.

Ralph knows firsthand the gamut of emotions when dealing with infertility issues and types of treatment from his own personal experience. It is his own struggle that drives his passion for helping others realize their family dreams. This understanding brings a unique connection as he is able to apply his professional expertise with sincerity and sensitivity.

Sarah E. Wilson

Legal Services

Sarah E. Wilson is an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and adoption attorney and established her law firm with a focus on helping clients grow their families. Sarah’s approach is to provide compassionate, client-focused representation and guidance. Sarah began practicing in the areas of ART and family-building law early on in her legal career and has assisted hundreds of families in growing through adoption and ART.

Sarah is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Colorado. Through pro bono work, Sarah is an advocate for issues impacting access to fertility care and family building and has also been featured as a speaker on the topics of ART, surrogacy, and adoption.

Sarah attended Drake University Law School and Des Moines University, both in Des Moines, Iowa, earning Juris Doctorate and Master of Health Care Administration degrees. Sarah began her legal career as a law clerk for state district court, and later practiced health care, adoption, and surrogacy law at a large firm, prior to founding Sarah E. Wilson Law Firm.

Outside of her legal practice, Sarah is a proud mom to her young daughter and a dedicated volunteer for causes that are close to her heart.

Lisa Schuman LCSW

Lisa Schuman

Counseling Services

Lisa Schuman, LCSW, is a leading expert in family building and has helped people around globe build the families of their dreams.

She has lectured extensively and has written numerous articles on a variety of family building subjects including LGBTQIA+, and single parent family building. Ms. Schuman also runs workshops and offers counseling for parents and children who have formed their families through sperm and egg donation or adoption. 

Ms. Schuman has been working as a licensed therapist for more than two decades and is currently the Director of the Center for Family Building. She is a consultant for schools and corporations and has worked with groups such as Memorial Sloane Kettering, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center, The Family Equality Council and sits on the board of  Single Mothers by Choice.

Ms. Schuman was chosen as the only therapist to testify to the State Senate Judiciary Committee on the subject of legalizing compensated surrogacy in New York.

In her many years of treating patients who need assistance to build their families, she came to understand that the guidance, support and education she provided could make their paths to parenthood easier. To fill that need, in 2015, she founded the Center for Family Building, a trusted comprehensive resource offering products, videos, coaching services, support programs and more.

Ms. Schuman’s My Lifebook was created to capture special memories and moments from the journey to have a child. Says Schuman, “Children love hearing about how they came into the world and the Lifebook can help them feel connected to their beginnings.”

As the principal investigator for many research studies, Ms. Schuman was honored with three awards by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society. She is the former Chair of the Egg Freezing Task Force for the Mental Health Professional Group of the ASRM. Ms. Schuman sat on the board of the American Fertility Association and was a group leader for RESOLVE. Ms. Schuman received her Undergraduate degree at Northeastern University and her graduate degree at Yeshiva University.

Ms. Schuman, who lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children, has personally experienced almost every facet of family building including fertility treatment, surgeries, alternative therapies, surrogacy and adoption and has lived through the struggles raising mainstream and special needs children. This has given her special insight into the trials, tribulations and joys of the families she counsels. Says Schuman, “I can talk the talk but I have also walked the walk.”

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Kim Nadler

Counseling Services

Kim Nadler has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, San  Bernardino. She was the Director for Family Therapy Institute for over 15 years providing  counseling services to children, families and couples. She has been assisting families with their  counseling needs since 1979, in several states across the United States.Her experience  includes couple’s counseling and offering screening and psychological support in a variety of  third party reproduction situations.  

Kim has been evaluating gestational carriers for over 25 years. She has been a team member  in offering clinical services to intended parents and gestational carriers privately and with  surrogacy agencies. Kim has personal experience with infertility which allows her to offer  personal and professional experience. 

Kim has been an instructor with the University of California, Riverside California, Parenting after  Divorce, Family Therapy Institute, University of Redlands and other lectures in the United  States.  

Kim has been a group facilitator for Resolve, Orange County California. 

One passion Kim has is a program in southern California that provides residential and  outpatient treatment for children. She was instrumental in creating a multifaceted program for  children with the Menninger Foundation. She remains active on their Board of Directors. 

Presently Kim divides her time between Montana and Florida, fishing and dressage riding. She  has one son, three step children, three step grandchildren all of whom contribute to her joy of  family life. 

Samantha Lavy

Samantha Lavy

JSRC Relationship Consultants

Making the decision to see a therapist can be difficult. As a relationship therapist, Samantha dedicates herself to her clients with complete transparency and authenticity. She works with clients to find their inner strengths and resources to overcome the obstacles that may be keeping them ‘stuck’. Samantha works with clients to ‘zoom out’ and see the big picture: how the relationships in their life, including friends, intimate partners, family members and colleagues, impact the relationships they have with themself.

Samantha spent the first half of her career working in healthcare, including 19 years in the field of reproductive medicine. Working directly with infertile couples and LGBT growing families, she engaged with numerous fertility programs, surrogacy and egg donor agencies throughout the tri-state and worked with clients from all over the world. The decision to pursue a career in Marriage and Family Therapy made sense, as the guidance of a relationship therapist is an essential component of the process of fertility struggles.

As a daughter, wife, mother and stepmother, Samantha understands the unique and special roles we play in people’s lives. She has a passion for helping clients through strengthening relationships and navigating significant life changes to support happier, more connected lives.

Mayu Quevedo

Mayu Quevedo

Bilingual Counseling Services

Maria Eugenia (Mayu) Quevedo is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LPC, and Registered Play Therapist in the State of Texas. Mayu began her journey in Psychology at the University of Texas in El Paso and pursued he graduate training in Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and Play Therapy at Texas State University. Mayu is co-author of the Fertility Workbook, FindingYOUinFertility: A Step-by- Step Wellness Workbook for Family Building Through IUI and IVF.

Mayu holds a special passion for working with individuals and couples living through infertility for more than 10 years from, both, a personal and professional perspective. Mayu values how counseling can provide a supportive environment that helps those navigating the challenges of building a family find the resources for wellness in mind, body and spirit.