Meet GG: Heidi Gast

Heidi Gast has been with Growing Generations since 2007. She currently serves as the Vice President and works out of the company’s Ohio Valley office. In her role, she supervises the case management, egg donor admissions, and surrogate admissions teams.

It’s her job to make sure each department is fully functioning in an effective manner. She works with Growing Generations’ outside legal, medical, and insurance vendors and even gets be a “match-maker” working alongside those who help to pair surrogates with their intended parents.  

Most clients are not likely to interact with Heidi on a regular basis. She is available to you at any point during your journey, but is generally utilized primarily when a difficult situation arises.

A social worker in her previous career, Heidi stumbled into the third party reproduction world almost by accident. She responded to a job ad that stayed within the “social work” realm and thought it looked like an interesting opportunity.

Today Heidi lives and breathes the Growing Generations mission, and says she loves every single part of her job. “I love the Team I get to work with every day, I love the people I meet along the way (IPs, Donors, Surrogates), and I love being a part of something so powerful – literally changing the world!” says Heidi.

Outside of work Heidi has been married to Tim, also a social worker, since 1997 and is the mom of a “pretty darn amazing” daughter, born in 1999. Her home is also the residence of a small menagerie consisting of two cats, two dogs, and even three pet snakes! Heidi fills her free time reading poolside in the summers and enjoying a good reality TV train wreck during the cooler months.

She loves to travel, and places seeing the Aurora Borealis and ancient Greek ruins high on her bucket list. She’d also like to someday meet Sir Elton John and live in a home that she and her husband design together.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 22 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for the last two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American Fertility Association, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 28 years and their two teenage daughters.