2015 Hope Awards

Barbara Eck Founders Award
This national award is presented annually to an individual or group who has demonstrated leadership in the field of infertility or infertility resolution.

Geoffrey David Adamson MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACS

Geoffrey David Adamson PhotoDavid Adamson is a reproductive endocrinologist, surgeon and Medical Director of Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Fertility Physicians of Northern California. He is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Advanced Reproductive Care (ARC Fertility), the largest national network fertility company in the United States. The following are Dr. Adamson’s notable titles and achievements: 

  • Clinical Professor, ACF at Stanford University School of Medicine and Associate Clinical Professor at University of California San Francisco
  • Past President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), AAGL (formerly American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists), Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS), Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS) and several other major gynecological societies
  • Chair of the Committee on Reproductive Medicine for the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO), the International Committee Monitoring ART (ICMART)
  • President of the World Endometriosis Research Foundation (WERF)
  • Executive Board member of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS)
  • Co-Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Rapid Assessment Task Force on Infertility
  • Board member of the Montalvo Arts Center
  • Member of many prestigious professional societies including the American Gynecological Society (AGOS), the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) and the Society for Gynecological Surgeons (SGS).
  • Board member and advisor to government, industry, professional and patient organizations, including National RESOLVE where he served both as a local board member for 8 years and then national board member for 10 years.
  • Dr. Adamson also has over 300 peer-reviewed and other scientific/medical publications, and has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on assisted reproductive technologies, endometriosis, reproductive surgery and infertility.  

Dr. Adamson has been recognized as one of the best 400 physicians for women in America, received the Outstanding Achievement in Medicine award from the Santa Clara County Medical Society, and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for contributions to the community.

The Hope Award for Achievement
Given to an individual and/or organization/corporation whose accomplishments are worthy and whose actions are socially commendable which result in a material contribution to the lives of those diagnosed with infertility.

Alisyn Camerota

Alisyn Camerota PhotoAlisyn Camerota is a CNN anchor and co-host on CNN's morning show "New Day" with Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira.

Prior to joining CNN, Camerota served as co-host of America's News Headquarters on Fox News Channel. Before that, she co-anchored Fox & Friends Weekend and contributed to the Fox & Friends weekday franchise where she covered the gamut of hard news and human interest stories, including infertility. Camerota was live on the air as the Iraq War began the space shuttle Columbia exploded, and countless other breaking news events.

Camerota attended the American University on an academic scholarship and graduated cum laude. Her first job in news was helping to research and produce Ted Koppel's award-winning documentaries. Her work contributed to the receipt of a prestigious DuPont award. Alisyn is married and has three children.

Alisyn has raised awareness about infertility by not only sharing her personal infertility story on air, but she has covered National Infertility Awareness Week, important legislative issues for the infertility community, and showcased the myriad of issues facing those who are struggling to build their family.  Alisyn created and hosted two RESOLVE peer-led support groups. Alisyn was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2011.

The Hope Award for Service

Given to an individual and/or organization/corporation whose work has either advanced RESOLVE or its mission in a significant manner.

Julie Berman

Julie Berman Photo

Julie Berman never expected to be diagnosed with infertility, to receive multiple rounds of treatment, or to experience losses along the way. Her story has a happy ending when she and her husband built their family through open, domestic adoptions. She is passionate about using her experience as a catalyst to help others navigate through their family-building struggles with information and support.

Julie has been volunteering for RESOLVE in a variety of capacities for more than a decade. She started locally in Minnesota by fielding HelpLine calls, coordinating volunteers, and leading a support group. Her biggest impact has been working with a cadre of volunteers and professionals to bring the infertility and adoption communities together each year for RESOLVE’s inspiring and informational Midwest Family Building Conference.

Last spring, she successfully worked with a team of advocates to stop an anti-surrogacy measure in the Minnesota legislature. She has represented RESOLVE in the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper and testified before Minnesota House and Senate Committees about infertility. In addition, she is proud to serve at the national level as Vice Chair on RESOLVE’s board of directors.

Julie has widespread business experience in interactive marketing, operations, consulting, finance, and employee training for start-ups, fast growing businesses, and large companies. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and holds an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.

The Hope Award for Advocacy
Given to an individual and/or organization/corporation whose work has raised public awareness, advanced a legislative agenda, or prompted change for the benefit of those diagnosed with infertility.

Jason Griffith, M.D.

Jason Griffith Photo

Dr. Jason Griffith first began advocating for patient rights while on active duty in the United States Army Medical Specialists Corps. Stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was assigned to the Gulf War Syndrome Project and briefed a congressionally appointed panel of experts on the re-integration challenges service members faced following service in that conflict. The experience made a lasting impact on his perspective towards patient needs, and he has devoted a great deal of time and energy on behalf of patients since that time. In recent years, Dr. Griffith has worked closely with RESOLVE staff to put forward a national legislative agenda that seeks to support couples facing the varied challenges of infertility. He assisted in the development of pharmaceutical programs dedicated to improving veteran’s access to fertility services. He continues to support local RESOLVE programs, including the Houston Walk of Hope and area educational events.

Dr. Griffith serves as the Practice Director with Houston Fertility Institute. He is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, earning his B.S. in kinesiology in 1991. He completed a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the U.S. Army /Baylor University program in 1993. After being honorably discharged, he graduated from medical school at The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio in 2002, where he was awarded numerous academic awards, including membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Subsequently, he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 2009. During his time there, he twice won the Arnold P, Gold Humanism and Teaching Award. Dr. Griffith has continued supporting area residents by partnering with The University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston in a teaching and supervisory capacity. In October, he was awarded the 2015 Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award for a Practicing Physician at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine national conference in Baltimore.  

Dr. Griffith lives in The Woodlands, Texas with his wife and two daughters (future advocates!).

Bobbie Thomas

Bobbie Thomas PhotoWoosh™ Co-Founder. Style Editor. Beauty & Fashion Expert. Writer. Mentor. 

Bobbie Thomas has done it all, but at the end of the day, just considers herself a professional girlfriend: a trusted, relatable resource with years of experience helping women navigate everything from makeup, to breakups, to motherhood, and more.  

Equal parts expert and everywoman, Bobbie has created her own unique niche in the style sphere as one of the few authorities out there with both the hands-on experience of a style vet and the effortless approachability of your best friend. She has devoted her career to testing, trying, researching, and reporting on the tips, tools, and trends that real women can really use. Although her television career started on the red carpet for E!, the former co-host of the Style network’s Fashion Police and national columnist began her work as a rape crisis counselor while pursuing her master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child therapy.  This experience cemented her belief that “beauty truly comes from the strength within.” As a result, Bobbie’s practical approach to fashion and beauty has resonated with a large audience for nearly two decades.

Today, millions of people tune in to see her on NBC’s TODAY show, where she has shared fashion, beauty, and lifestyle advice in over 500 segments as their Style Editor, including her weekly ‘Bobbie’s Buzz.’ She has appeared frequently as a coveted guest, engaging host, and trusted news source on a variety of television programming, and her bestselling book, The Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow, has helped women of all ages and backgrounds breathe new life into their personal style.  

In 2013, Bobbie partnered with close friend and co-founder, Andrea DeVos Abraham, to found ProGirl, a brand aimed at providing support and solutions to women. Their first product line, Woosh™ Beauty, is entirely comprised of innovated and/or elevated beauty tools that they always wished existed but didn’t. So they made them themselves.  Woosh™ Beauty will launch exclusively on HSN in October 2015.  

By making fashion accessible and beauty attainable, Bobbie is not only a consummate curator for women, but also an unparalleled spokeswoman for female empowerment.

Last year, Bobbie inspired us when she publicly shared her IVF journey on the Today show reminding the infertility community that they were not alone in their struggles. She has also shared her entire IVF journey online on her personal website, Bobbie.com. Thomas shared her story in hopes of inspiring women who were going through the same thing.  

The Hope Award for Best Blog
The Hope Award for Best Blog, which is voted on by the infertility community, recognizes a blog that raises awareness about the disease of infertility and sheds light on what it is like to be living with infertility.

Karen Grote, Blog: Delinquent Stork

Karen Grote Photo

Ironically, after spending the majority of her twenties swearing off ever having a child, Karen Grote has spent the majority of her thirties trying to conceive one. While she first viewed the process as a closely guarded secret, month after month of disappointment, tests, and doctor visits led her to begin speaking out to family and friends and seeking support online.     

In March of 2015, after over a year and a half of trying to conceive and two months of struggling with the loss of her first pregnancy, Karen decided to create a blog as a way to express her feelings and frustrations with infertility. Like all things in her life, she wanted to approach the topics of infertility and loss with frankness and humor, and hence The Delinquent Stork was created.  Since then, Karen has used the website to not only speak about her personal feelings, but to also educate readers about what infertility is and what it’s like to try to beat it.  

Karen is also an active member of Then Comes Family, and hopes to continue opening the conversation around infertility and loss.    

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Find out who has previously received a Hope Award here.