March is one of our favorite months at Circle Surrogacy because it’s Social Worker Appreciation Month! To close out the month, we want to highlight each of our social workers and praise their hard work every day of the year! We have an amazing team at Circle and would like to show our appreciation for our social workers by sharing their stories with you!
Meet our phenomenal team!
Emily Sonier, LICSW – Emily is our Director of Clinical and Program Support
Emily earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduate school, Emily worked with individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia. She then worked with adolescents in a residential program, providing individual, group and family therapy. Emily started at Circle as a Journey Coordinator and now supports both the Program Coordinator team, the Pre-screening and Screening teams and is available as additional support to intended parents. Emily comes to Circle with her own history of infertility struggles and brings this experience and understanding to her role as Clinical Director.
Jen Rachman, LCSW – Jen is our Outreach Associate for the Tri-State area
Jen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, cancer survivor and mother through gestational surrogacy. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from New York University and has over a decade of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and their families. A former Circle client, Jen is excited to combine her professional and personal experience as part of the Circle Team. A New York City native, Jen provides outreach, consultations, and support to potential intended parents who live in the NYC metropolitan area.
Alicia Abdella, LICSW – Alicia is our Manager of Intended Parent Support
Alicia earned her Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, MA. Upon graduation, she began working at Circle Surrogacy screening prospective gestational carrier applicants and introducing Circle’s surrogacy model to prospective intended parents through consultations. Following three years at Circle, Alicia transitioned to Massachusetts General Hospital’s Fertility Center where she provided counseling and support to couples and individuals pursuing assisted reproductive technologies for family building and facilitating third party reproduction consults and screenings. Alicia returns to Circle Surrogacy as Manager of Intended Parent Support Services working to provide support and guidance to intended parents throughout the course of their surrogacy journey.
Amanda Caroca, LCSW – Amanda is our Senior Manager of Program Support
Amanda received her Master of Social Work degree from Boston University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Boston College. Before coming to Circle, Amanda worked in the social work department at a local hospital, providing support to patients in Labor and Delivery. She also spent some time living in Chile and is excited to bring her Spanish language skills and multicultural perspective to the Circle team. Amanda now manages Circle’s team of Program Coordinators while continuing to assist intended parents along their journeys to create and expand their families.
Stephanie Rodrigues, LCSW – Stephanie is a Program Coordinator
Stephanie earned her Master of Social Work degree at Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, MA. Stephanie moved to Boston from New York in 2008 to pursue higher education and a career in social work. Before joining Circle Surrogacy as a Program Coordinator, Stephanie worked in Early Intervention, a community-based program that supports families of infants and toddlers with developmental needs and delays. Stephanie is excited about bringing in her experiences with relationship-based family work to support intended parents, egg donors and surrogates throughout their journey.
Emily Berman, LCSW – Emily is a Program Coordinator
Emily is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Women’s Studies and her Master of Social Work degrees. Prior to coming to Circle, Emily worked with many different populations, including veterans, survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, and individuals of all ages in mental health settings. She began speaking French at a young age in an immersion program and is excited to apply the skills she has learned throughout school in her work at Circle with French-speaking intended parents. Emily is thrilled to be at Circle, supporting intended parents, surrogates and egg donors on their journeys.
Solveig Gramann, LICSW – Solveig is our Senior Manager of Surrogate Intake and Support
Solveig earned her Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. During her master’s program, she trained at two major hospitals in Texas. At these institutions, she worked primarily with women populations conducting psychosocial assessments, connecting patients and their families with local and national resources, collaborating with the interdisciplinary health team, as well as providing clinical support. Solveig comes to Circle with an interest in fertility-related issues and is excited to contribute to the mission and goals of the agency through screening and supporting surrogates. She also works on the consultation team to provide support to intended parents in their initial engagement with the agency.
Rachel Campbell, LCSW – Rachel is a Social Worker
Rachel earned her Master of Social Work degree from Boston University in 1999. She worked in the child welfare and adoption fields prior to joining the Circle team in 2005. Rachel has held a variety of roles and responsibilities during her time with Circle, including screening and matching donors and surrogates and supporting intended parents through the surrogacy process. She currently provides clinical support to surrogates throughout their journeys and moderates the Intended Parent Forum. She is excited to have the opportunity to continue to help create and support families through their surrogacy journeys.
Christina Bleimeyer, LICSW – Christina is a Social Worker
Christina earned her Master’s in Social Work from Simmons College. Her clinical training is inclusive of helping children and families navigate state, federal, and community resources as well as conducting short term therapy within a partial hospitalization program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults. Christina’s most recent experience prior to her introduction at Circle includes community-based work with adults who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness, with a focus on safety maintenance as a means for successful community immersion. Christina brings her clinical skills to Circle to assess applicants and support surrogates during their journeys with intended parents.
Alana Geboff, LICSW – Alana is a Social Worker
Alana earned her Master’s in Social Work from Boston University. Her clinical training is inclusive of supporting youth and families who are at risk and who carry a mental health diagnosis in the community, home, and school settings develop a positive sense of self academically, emotionally, and socially. Alana comes to Circle with an interest in infertility and surrogacy-related issues, and a motivation to support surrogates in navigating a journey in a happy and healthy way for themselves and the intended parents with whom they are working. She brings her clinical skills to assess applicants and support surrogates during their journeys with intended parents.
Dylan Tomalin, LCSW – Dylan is a Social Worker
Dylan earned her Master of Social Work degree from Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Prior to working at Circle, Dylan worked in various clinical settings including on an adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit, as an adoption worker, and as an in-home behavioral specialist. Dylan is happy to be a member of the Circle Social Work team, conducting surrogate screenings, and providing support throughout surrogates’ journeys.
Molly Siegle, LCSW – Molly is a Social Worker
Molly earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University with a concentration in Finance. She worked with investors and traders as a Portfolio Coordinator for four years. Molly desired a more people-oriented profession and switched gears; she achieved a Master’s in Social Work from Simmons College. Her clinical training involved helping homeless families maintain shelter and she later worked with oncology patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. With an interest in fertility challenges, Molly joined Circle as a Program Coordinator. Molly is now responsible for conducting psychosocial evaluations for surrogate applicants and their primary support person. Molly keeps busy outside of Circle with her 2 beautiful daughters.
Katherine Aleo, LICSW – Katherine is a Social Worker
Katherine earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology at Mount Holyoke College and her Master of Social Work degree at Smith College School for Social Work. Katherine has worked the field of human services and social work for 20 years, and brings a passion for building family connections to her work. Prior to joining the Circle team, Katherine’s work focused on helping adolescents in foster care and residential treatment, with a focus on family reunification whenever possible. At Circle, Katherine has worked with intended parents, egg donors, and surrogates with a focus on conducting assessments and supporting surrogates through their journeys. Katherine is currently providing support to the surrogate prescreening team. Outside of work, Katherine enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband and her three boys.
Dory Ziperstein, LCSW, MPH – Dory is our Senior Manager of Circle Egg Donation
Dory received her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees from Boston University. During graduate school, Dory worked in the OB/GYN department at a major Boston hospital, where she counseled and provided support to women pre and postpartum, and worked with them and their families through the joys and struggles of childbirth. Dory initially joined Circle in 2014 as part of the Program Coordination team, where she served in numerous roles. Now, Dory works as the Manager of the Egg Donation Department and is thrilled to work in this role within the Circle family, continuing to assist families and individuals on their journeys to creating and expanding their families.
Anna Syme, LCSW – Anna is a Program Coordinator
Anna earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Circle Surrogacy as a Program Coordinator, Anna worked in Early Intervention, a family-based program that supports infants and toddlers who have developmental delays or are at risk of a developmental delay. Anna is excited to be at Circle, supporting intended parents, surrogates, and egg donors on their journeys.
We are so grateful to have such an incredible group of women on our team at Circle. Don’t forget to thank a Social Worker today and everyday!