Staff Feature: Mark Schiff

 

Mark Schiff is a Clinical Specialist who has a long history with Growing Generations. Originally a member of several GG departments including operations, case management, and finance for a little over six years, Mark took a sabbatical from GG in 2011 in order to complete his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.  At the completion of that journey, one that Mark is quick to call the proudest moment of his life, Mark returned to GG in his current role. With his Master’s from Antioch University, Mark has now been back on the job since 2015.

In the role of Clinical Specialist, Mark is responsible for completing psychological screenings on prospective surrogates and egg donors. He is also available to these women to offer psychological support as they navigate their journey from acceptance into our program through the post-partum period. In addition, Mark also facilitates the occasional “getting to know you” meetings between egg donors and intended parents.

Mark is quick to narrow in on the favorite part of his job- getting to know all the different women who apply to become surrogates or egg donors with our program! “People are fascinating!” Schiff says, “You never know what a conversation with somebody is going to be like. It’s always a pleasure to speak to the women who are applying to our program.”

Currently Mark is working on continuing his education even further, striving to become a licensed marriage and family therapist. While this endeavor occupies much of his free time, a process that he is excited to have as a part of his current reality. In the future, Mark looks forward to a return of his free time where he can spend more time working out, attending the theater, and trying new restaurants.

Topping Mark’s bucket list is a full hike of the Kalalau Trail in Kauai.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over 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 for Reproductive Medicine, 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 Emeritus 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’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.