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Meet our Staff


  

Executive Director

Camille Van Wagoner

Hawkins, LCSW

    Camille Hawkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Founder and Executive Director of Utah Infertility Resource Center. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Utah State University.

    Camille is passionate about helping individuals and couples manage the aspects of their lives that are affected by the strain of infertility and childlessness and works to help her clients navigate the complex worlds of infertility, third party reproduction, and adoption. In addition to overseeing the operations of UIRC, Camille also provides counseling to individuals and couples, participates in local outreach, research, state and national advocacy, and presents on various topics such as "The Unique Challenges of Adoption when you've Struggled with Infertility" and "Raising your Adopted Child."

    Before her work at UIRC, Camille was a therapist at The Family Support Center in Salt Lake City. Her focus was helping families recover from traumatic events and overcome mental health challenges.  Camille’s professional experiences also include serving the Women’s, Children’s, and NICU units for Intermountain Healthcare. There, she worked as a crisis social worker assisting mothers who lost their babies due to miscarriage or stillbirth. Additionally, Camille has experience with childhood grief groups as a volunteer to the "littles" with The Sharing Place.

    Camille has completed level 2 training from the Gottman Institute for Couples Therapy and was trained by the State of Utah in Trauma ­Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Camille serves on the Utah Adoption Council and is a member of the Mental Health Practitioners Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine where she receives ongoing training.   Camille began working in the field of infertility and adoption after the resolution of her own journey to parenthood. After many failed infertility treatments, she became a mom through adoption. In her spare time she enjoys being with her husband, two daughters, and two fur babies. 

Clinical Director

Whitney Barrell, LCSW

    Whitney Barrell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Sonoma State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah.  She is the Clinical Director for Utah Infertility Resource Center, she oversees the clinical programs and provides supervision to therapists. She provides counseling and third-party consultations to clients of UIRC.  Whitney is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine - Mental Health Practitioners Group.

    In addition to her work at UIRC, she maintains a private practice in Salt Lake City. She specializes in treating men and women who have experienced infertility, as well as the accompanying grief and loss that often occurs. In her private practice she also treats children dealing with mental health issues, and has a particular interest in parent-child relationship issues, attachment and adoption.

    Prior to starting her own practice, she worked as a therapist for Valley Mental Health in the Children’s Outpatient Clinic and focused her work with young children. Early in her career she spent several months in Kenya volunteering in orphanages and women’s centers.

    Whitney is passionate about helping to build a healthy, informed community around infertility. She comes to infertility counseling with both clinical training and personal experience. After undergoing unsuccessful infertility treatments, Whitney and her husband chose to build their family through open adoption. 

Administrative Director

Aupera Van Huizen, BS

    Aupera Van Huizen has dealt with infertility for 15 years. She and her husband were diagnosed with male factor infertility as well as diminished ovarian reserve. Aupera has undergone three rounds of IVF, two of which were successful, resulting in two sets of twins. Sadly, her newborn son from the first set of twins passed away shortly after birth. Aupera was completely devastated and heart-broken. She and her husband also added to their family through a kinship foster adoption.

    Aupera graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in 2014 from the University of Utah. She anticipates receiving a graduate degree  one day. Aupera is specifically drawn to help those grieving from infertility and a perinatal loss, as they often occur together.

    In 2013, Aupera started the first state-wide support group, The Utah Infertility Support Group Facebook page, as a way for people struggling with infertility to connect on a local level. There she met Camille Hawkins. Together, in 2014, Camille and Aupera began The SLC Women’s Infertility Support Group which has grown to a large network of support for women in the Wasatch Front.

     Aupera spends the majority of her time at home with her children and also works outside the home. Aupera enjoys spending time in the mountains with her family, riding four-wheelers and camping.  Aupera is excited to see UIRC grow and become an amazing resource for the infertility community of Utah.

Director of Education

Brooke Walrath, BA

    Brooke Oveson Walrath graduated from BYU – Idaho in December of 2013 with a BA in Spanish Education and is a member of the Spanish National Honors Society. Before finishing school, she served an religious mission in Argentina, waited tables for several years, and tutored students in Spanish and writing. After graduation, she taught Spanish at a Utah junior high school for five years. She is currently working towards her Masters degree at the University of Utah.

    After a few frustrating years facing infertility with little more than blogs and WebMD for support, Brooke finally sought out a reproductive endocrinologist and an in-person support group. After a few appointments with the doctor, she learned that she and her husband were facing both male and female factor infertility. She has done three IVF cycles and been pregnant once, which ended in a miscarriage.

    Brooke likes to spend her time reading, studying, or with her husband, usually seeing a movie or exploring downtown Salt Lake City.

    She loves working at UIRC educating others about options for treatment, adoption, and other routes to parenthood as well as advocating at the state and federal levels for legislation that helps ease the burden of infertility. She believes that infertility is and has been the most isolating incident of her life and that no one else deserves to feel alone in this.

Director of Awareness

M'Recia Seegmiller, SSW

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    M’Recia Seegmiller is a licensed Social Service Worker who graduated from Utah State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.

    After graduation, M’Recia spent several years working with the elderly and disabled in Nursing Homes and through Home Health Companies. Through these roles, M’Recia learned patience, compassion for others, and how to think on her feet!  M’Recia’s professional experience also  includes working with children and families through her internship at the Child and Family Support Center in Logan. and working as a Teaching Assistant for the Social Work Department at USU.

    Right now, M’Recia is working her dream job. Her role with UIRC allows her to work from home with her two sons playing at her feet.

    Her dream of motherhood was put on hold for several years by her struggle with infertility. After learning that her husband’s history of cancer and chemotherapy had left them shooting blanks, she started reaching out to others and started an online infertility support group.  M’Recia’s connections have taught her that those who suffer from infertility are the strongest people in the word.  After 4 long years, countless doctor appointments, and a diagnosis of PCOS and endometriosis, M’Recia experienced a true miracle in the adoption of her son. 2 years later, M'Recia received the surprise of her life. Even though the doctors said they had less than 1% chance of ever conceiving on their own, she found out she was expecting.

    M’Recia loves living life with her husband Brent,her sons Patrick and Reuben, and golden retriever. She is passionate about photography, music, and traveling. She is honored to be a part of UIRC and loves seeing people's lives change for the better.

Program Coordinator

Annie Hamilton, CSW

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    Annie Hamilton is a Certified Social Worker (CSW) who received her Master’s of Social Work from Utah State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah.

    Prior to her work at UIRC, Annie worked for Salt Lake City School District as a Pre-K Teacher and as a Parent Educator. Throughout this experience, Annie had the chance to help families optimize their relationships and become the best parents they can be. This was when Annie knew she wanted to be a social worker and decided to go back to school for her Masters in Social Work.

    Annie came to UIRC during her third year of graduate school seeking an internship, and is so grateful they decided to give her that opportunity and still gets to work with UIRC as the Program Coordinator. From her own experience with infertility, Annie gained a passion for helping others during their family-building  journey. Working with UIRC has given her the unique opportunity to interact with others in the infertility community. She loves the chances she has to meet individuals and couples at events, support groups, and through counseling. It has given her a sense of hope and connection in her own infertility journey.

     In her free time, Annie loves to travel, do  yoga, garden, sing, sleep, and find out how to make incredible gluten-free desserts. When she isn’t doing these things, she is spending time with her husband and little boy.

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MSW Intern

Maddie Thomas

    Maddie Thomas is our new Masters of Social Work intern from Utah State University! She graduated from the University of Utah in 2015 with an Honors Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor Science in Gender Studies. After finishing her degrees, she was a preschool teacher for a few years, until deciding to go back to school to pursue social work. Maddie came to UIRC because of her desire to support couples on their infertility journey. In her free time she likes to hang out with her cats, listen to podcasts, and watch scary movies.

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