Mariam Kukunashvili

Mariam Kukunashvili

Co Founder

Mariam was graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University with honor and was granted full government scholarship for further studies. Upon completing her 3 year residency program she continued her studies at Tbilisi State Medical University to pursue her Master Degree in Healthcare Management and Economics. In parallel to her post graduate studies, Mariam worked as a night shift nurse and later as a doctor at an Emergency Care Unit of Tbilisi Central Hospital.

From 2003, Mariam works as a Regional Coordinator for EU supported project “Primary Health Care Financing Reform in Georgia”, where she has been supervising health care reform in the Country. After Health Care Reform Project,

Mariam continues work at various EU and USA Embassy funded projects: “Palliative Care’, Poverty Reduction”, US Embassy programs on “Sustainment and Stability Operations program”, “Bioweapon’s Threat Reduction Program”.

From 2008, Mariam came to Fertility sphere with her own history of infertility struggle. She suffered from endometriosis for a long time. She underwent 11 unsuccessful IVF attempts, and 4 surgeries, then one successful but ectopic pregnancy. The medical conditions lead her to turn to surrogacy. With the help of 2 wonderful surrogate mothers, she and her husband have a beautiful daughter and twin boys, born in 2011.
Mariam is principle author of the books “Surrogate Motherhood: The World Practice and Georgian Reality”, “Aging and Healthy Lifestyle” and Co Author of Surrogacy and Fertility book which was published by Cambridge University in 2016. She also writes articles and Blogs for various Georgian newspapers.
Mariam strongly believes, that every business has corporate Social responsibility, thus as a founder of charity organization New Life Fund assisting school children from vulnerable families via providing the monthly stipend for their studies and arranging study corners at home.

Mariam is extremely passionate about people who are dealing with infertility, as she has personally experienced the headache and disappointment associated with it. Mariam brings her remarkable clinical and personal experience to our network and leads the clinics with great commitment to its vision and goals.

Brian Yaden

Coordinator of Parents to be from United States

Brian was graduated from Florida International University with honors and has been a guest speaker and participated in numerous fertility and surrogacy panels and conferences since 2010 when he and his husband began their own surrogacy journey, and has become internationally recognized as an expert in the field. Brian and his husband Henry began helping many other intended parents with their surrogacy journeys as well, providing advice and guidance related to international surrogacy. In 2014, Brian and Henry were blessed with the birth of their daughter Patricia, born in Thailand, thanks to their amazing surrogate. That same year, their ongoing surrogacy consultation business expanded into Mexico first and all over the world. Bryan has helped hundreds of people create or expand their families through surrogacy and he is the exclusive authorized U.S. Representative for Surrogacy For Gays , as global partner in international surrogacy.

Brian Yaden

 

Sophie Ukleba

Head of Personal Managers’ Department

As a highly trained professional in customer service and dedicated team member, Sophie is a great asset to New Life. In addition to a BA degree in Translation and Interpretation, Sophie holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from UK. Having worked for prestigious London companies as a sales and marketing coordinator, Sophie has expertise that is essential to insuring the satisfaction of our intended parents. She has dependable experience that helps her guide our patients through the entire process of a surrogacy program with minimal stress.

Sophie has worked as Senior Sales Advisor at New Look, Marble Arch, London, as well as on Senior Team Leader position for the Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair in London.

Sophie is very eager to keep up with the latest trends in Business Administration. Most recently, she attended several prestigious conferences on Resource Management & Carrier Development, Business Process Management & Change, Leadership Challenges & Strategy Formulation.

As a Head of Personal Managers’ Department, after having 10 years experience working with New Life, Sophie is the first contact person receiving all enquiries from the parents. After collecting the relevant information from the parents and informing the parents about the options New Life can offer, Sophie hands over parents to assigned personal managers. Sophie monitors parents satisfaction and is approachable for the parents any time during the entire journey to ensure the promised expectations to the parents are met at full extend. Sophie is in charge of in personal managers’ training process and constantly strives for increase of their customer service skill sets.

Languages: English, Russian, Georgian

 

Lela Grzybowska

Personal Manager

A charming and enthusiastic young professional Half British, Half Georgian who decided to return to her Georgian roots after 20 years of living in the UK.
Lela has more than 7 years of working experience in Sales and Marketing as well as working in the public relations and teaching sectors.

Graduating from Bristol University with BA honors in German and Spanish Lela was given the opportunity to work for a top real estate company in Spain where she mastered her skills of sales and focused on pursuing a career in this field. Having worked in Spain as a Real Estate Sales manager her next opportunity took her to Australia where she furthered her sales and marketing experience in one of Melbourne’s top energy companies. Working in all aspects of sales starting from door to door, cold calling and eventually becoming sales leader of the Melbourne flagship branch her dedication and hard work promoted her to Team manager.

Lela’s experience in customer service and ability to develop relationships with people then lead her to obtain a CELTA teaching qualification where she worked at a language Centre in Georgia for 2 years teaching students of all ages.

As a personal manager at New Life, Lela focuses on enquires from all potential Intended parents. She introduces available programs and handles negotiations for the final agreement for Intended Parents. Her attentiveness and positive outlook means she is always ready to help with any situation via email and telephone at any time of the day.

Languages: English, Spanish, German, Georgian

 

Eliso Shakarashvili

Personal Manager

Eliso is a well trained professional with the working experience in different international companies. She has been in customer service for more than ten years and developed her communication, time management and goal oriented skills. Eliso has held supervision and administration positions at The Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair and West Trend Apartments London, she also worked at one of the leading international insurance companies, Vienna Insurance Group, where she deepened her knowledge in customer service. Eliso holds the Bachelor degree in the interpretation and translation of the English language at Georgian Technical University and additionally she took the courses of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relation at one of the prestigious colleges in London, UK.

Eliso has been working at New Life for more than four years and is well aware in details and specifics characterizing the mission and vision of entire New Life. Working as a personal manager, Eliso is responsible for dealing directly with Intended Parents, managing and coordinating their inquiries and providing support in order to ensure their satisfaction. Eliso responds all initial questions in great detail, introduces available programs and handles negotiations for the final agreement for Intended Parents.

Eliso is considered as one of the most dedicated, enthusiastic and supportive team member of New Life with a high sense of responsibility.

Languages: English, Russian, Georgian

 

Nana Tskhondia

Personal Manager

Nana holds BA degree in English philology. She completed international studies at Folk High School in Denmark that helped her to be qualified as active and engaged member of society.
Being the Deputy Secretary General of Georgia Red Cross for 8 years, she has gained huge experience and skills in supervision, monitoring and management of programs.

As a personal manager at New Life, Nana introduces available programs to the intended parents, answers all the questions in accurate and timely manner and and handles negotiations for the final agreement. She is always attentive to every detail and prioritizes making everything as easy and pleasant as possible for our intended parents.

Languages: English, Russian, Georgian

 

Maka Darsavelidze

Personal Manager


Maka has great experience in the fields of public relations and strategic communication with a government agency. Her professional experience comprises: planning and coordinating official visits, high-level meetings, media relations, international project management and implementation.

She worked for 9 years as an Assistant to the First Lady of Georgia who mainly dealt with Health care and Charity activities throughout the Country.

Maka holds a PhD in journalism and is an Associate Professor at the State University of Georgia. She delivers lectures leads courses on public relations, journalism, media law and ethics in various Georgian institutions. She also participated in training courses at home and abroad on different issues.

As a personal manager at New Life, Maka deals directly with all intended parents, manages and coordinates their inquiries, provides support to ensure patients’ satisfaction, answers all initial questions in great detail, introduces available programs and handles negotiations for the final agreement.

Languages: English, Russian, Georgian

 

Lika Oboladze

Personal Manager

Graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Lika holds BA degree in Psychology. She has more than 10 years of working experience in local, international and state organizations, as well as in NGO. Starting career as a customer service representative for an International company, she managed to become a CEO assistant in a short time.

Having a passion for working in Medical Service and communicate with patients, Lika decided to obtain Master Degree in Public Health Administration and Management. She worked as a deputy director in administrative field in one of the biggest hospitals in Tbilisi. After getting her Master Degree, Lika joined NCDC (National Center of Disease Control and Public Health) UNICEF funded project and she had to deal, control and monitor antenatal and perinatal clinics all over the country. She participated in various health conferences, meetings and trainings arranged by different organizations such as WHO, Statistics Sweden and University of Tromso (Norway).

Working as a personal manager at New Life, Lika deals directly with all intended parents, manages and coordinates their inquiries. She introduces available programs and handles negotiations for the final agreement. Her previous experience working with International patients as well makes her professional advisor with some extra personal touch.

Languages: English, Russian, Georgian

 

Tina Nishnianidze

Personal Manager

Tina holds a Bachelor Degree in International Law and Diplomacy, graduated from University of Barcelona, and also holds a Masters Degree on Human Rights Protection and Globalization from Universidad Abierta de Catalunya (UOC).

She has more then 7 years experience as a customer service agent for American Airlines in Barcelona Airport. Also she was a member of Human Rights Head Office Cabinet and Centre for International Humanitarian Law of Red Cross in Catalunya. Worked closely with partner organizations in Barcelona in terms of protect support, operations, organizational development, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation. Participation in the creation of the programme of internal training in humanitarian diplomacy.

Working as a personal manager at New Life, Tina additionally coordinates the Spanish speaking intended parents. She is always ready to help with any situation via email and telephone at any time of the day.

Languages: Spanish, English, Russian, Georgian

 

Nia Nutsubidze

Personal Manager

Nia Nutsubidze

Nia has multiple years of experience working in the Patients Coordination Department of the Caucasian Region at the Istanbul Florence Nightingale Hospital. Obtaining a Diploma in Journalism helped Nia to gain additional skills helping her to communicate professionally between patients and the clinic. She is an experienced professional who gained knowledge in the medical field as well as dealing with Patients and most importantly handling time management.

Nia is an extremely responsible, hardworking and empathetic person, which makes her an ideal patient coordinator.

Working as a personal manager at New Life, Nia coordinates the turkish speaking intended parents.

She is always there to respond to patients’ queries via Email, or Telephone any time of the day. Nia makes sure all questions are fully answered in a timely and accurate manner.

Languages: Turkish, Russian, Georgian

 

Justyna Nowak

Personal Manager

Justyna Nowak

Justyna completed 5-year psychology studies with a specialization in clinical sexology and clinical psychology and she holds Master Degree in Psychology.

For 2 years, Justyna conducted trainings for leaders of local communities and then for 4 years she worked at the Family Support Center and the Women’s Rights Center, where she conducted psychological consultations with couples and women. Thanks to her commitment and social skills, she soon began working with the best therapists in Poland.

Justyna has completed many trainings related to psychology of a couple and work with people struggling with infertility. Currently, she has started her doctoral dissertation related to infertility issues.

As a personal manager at New Life, Justyna deals with intended parents, conducts meetings with them and provides support in order to ensure their satisfaction. She makes whole journey as easy and pleasant as possible for our intended parents.

Languages: English, Polish, Sign language.

 


Maria Requelme

Maria Requelme

Spanish Intended Parent’s Coordinator

María Riquelme is from Spain and studied Anthropology in the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and then moved to London to continue her studies at a Masters level. In England she worked as a patient assistant in the London Oncology Clinic and then as a quantitative and qualitative researcher in studies about different drugs. In the Caucasus she has carried out research about gender selective abortion. She is always attentive to every detail and prioritizes making everything as easy and pleasant as possible for our intended parents.

Maria is your primary contact for Spanish Speaking intended Parents.

Languages: Spanish, English

Mimosa LY

French Intended Parent’s Coordinator

Mimosa is a qualified Pharmacist. She graduated from University of Health & Sciences in Kingdom of Cambodia in 2007 and MBA degree at Build Bright University in 2013.

She worked as a manager in private clinic and chain pharmacies stores. Later on, she joined in New Life Global Network- Cambodia Branch as a Pregnancy Care Coordinator.

The company recognized her performance and success which reflected her personal quality. She is a very organized person in her daily works, soft-spoken, understanding, very good in communication with Surrogate mothers and active in updating on time all the details information to Intended Parents.

Since 2016 she has moved and started her works in pharmaceutical company in Europe.

Mimosa is your primary contact for French Speaking intended Parents.

Languages: French, English, Cambodian

Shalva Melanashvili

Logistic Coordinator

Shalva is from Tbilisi, Georgia and he was gradated from Law school and holds his Masters Degree in international law. He is in charge of taking care of logistic part of the programs as well as of intended parents. Most of his job experience is related to business administration, customer service and international law. Shalva has worked for different companies, such as advertising agencies, political parties as well as LGBT organizations.

Shalva as the precious team member, organizes the receiving and storing, moving and shipping of supplies, stock and materials, effectively managing the timely flow of order processing. He has a strong attention to detail and accuracy and possesses excellent time management skills with excellent record of customer satisfaction.

Languages: English, Russian

Shalva Melanashvili
Josephine Svaetichin

Josephine Svaetichin

Social Media Marketing and Blog Writing Specialist

Josefin is from Sweden and works at SurrogacyforGay as a full time team member since the beginning of 2017.

Josefin has a background in liberal arts, and has previously worked with writing and editing for different clients and mediums. She is especially experienced in writing for the web and focuses mostly on social media. She holds a BA in Swedish, English and literature. Josefin is responsible for contributing content, writing articles and keeping our blogs updated.

Languages: English, Swedish