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Our Team

Robin von Halle

ARR’s president founded the firm after extensive research of the business due to her personal situation with fertility. She has led the agency’s success by working to expand acceptance of anonymous egg donors, forging relationships with prospective gestational surrogates, and upholding stringent quality standards. She works particularly closely with intended parents to help them understand the process and the implications of egg donation and surrogacy. She holds a dual degree in psychology and social work from Ohio University, and has extensive business experience in technology and technology consultation.

Mary Ellen McLaughlin

A partner of ARR, McLaughlin began working with the company soon after it was founded. A nurse with a BSN from DePaul University in Chicago, McLaughlin spent the first part of her career in intensive care, and then in obstetrics and gynecology. She also was involved in the early era of infertility treatments. At ARR, she interviews and guides egg donors through the complete process, and maintains those relationships over time. She also works closely with gestational surrogates and intended parents.

Nidhi Desai

Desai is of-counsel to ARR as a partner with the Chicago law firm of Ballard, Desai & Miller, a top specialist in reproductive and adoption law. Desai is one of Illinois’ leading experts on the legal implications of egg donation and surrogacy. She co-authored the Illinois Gestational Surrogacy Act of 2005 and remains a powerful voice on the legal, public policy and ethical issues related to assisted reproductive technologies. Desai helps ARR navigate the legal issues arising as the field evolves and ensures that the legal needs of all its clients are anticipated and met. Desai holds her J.D. from Loyola University, Chicago.

Cindy Monnig

Cindy joined the ARR team in 2005 and works as the intended parent liaison for all gestational surrogacy matches. Cindy works closely with intended parents as they go through the surrogacy journey. She works as their advocate and assists with the coordination of all necessary documents and deadlines. She graduated from Illinois State University.

Antonia Granados

Antonia joined the ARR team in 2008 and works as an intended parent and surrogate coordinator. She works closely with intended parents who are matched with an egg donor and helps to guide them through the entire process. Antonia also aides in the screening of gestational surrogates candidates. She brings a high level of expertise to her position that is paired with a caring and understanding personality that makes her a pleasure to work with. Antonia graduated from Loyola University in Chicago.

team photoGrace Swock

Grace joined the ARR team in 2012 and works as a donor coordinator. She is the first point of contact for potential egg donors and works closely with them throughout the application process. She also works with intended parents who are looking to be matched with an egg donor. Her patience, understanding and pleasant manner help both donors and parents through the process. Grace graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Debra Chaney - Michigan

Chaney partnered with ARR of Illinois in 2003 to start a branch of ARR in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Debra came to the business after many years of undergoing personal fertility treatments, lending her a wealth of knowledge associated with third party reproduction matters. Debra’s experience makes her a good resource for assisting intended parents with their search for a qualified egg donor, and for screening egg donor candidates.

in her own words

In Her Words
Mary Ellen McLaughlin

As a nurse, I’ve always taken my role as a patient advocate very seriously. Today, it’s a huge part of my job. I talk to egg donors and surrogates about medications, procedures, complications, medical histories, OB/GYN records, red flags and flukes. I also know the medical aspects of their experience, and can also interpret and explain it to our clients. If an egg donor or surrogate has an emergency, they usually call me first to ask whether they should call the doctor. It’s a role I relish.


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