We're Back: MHB 2021 Parenting options for European Gay Men Conference

Brussels, November 6-7, 2021

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Conference speakers


Said T. Daneshmand, MD, FACOG

Dr. Daneshmand is specialty board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and sub-specialty board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology. He serves on the board of several surrogacy advocacy groups. He has collaborated to develop in vitro fertilization (IVF) protocols to improve pregnancy rates, including PTEC (post-thaw extended culture), which is one of the most successful IVF regimens currently available. These groundbreaking findings were published in the internationally respected medical journal, Fertility and Sterility, where Dr. Daneshmand also served as a reviewer. As a leading physician in fertility care at San Diego Fertility Center, intended parents have travelled from more than 40 countries in 2019 alone to seek his help in their journey to parenthood.  He was the Principal Investigator in the Multi-Center Global research trial of non-invasive PGT-A, the latest technique for assessing embryonic genetic health without the need for embryo biopsy.

Guy Ringler, MD

In clinical practice for over twenty years, Dr. Guy Ringler has developed a large international referral practice due to his excellent patient rapport and expertise in IVF, surrogacy, and gay family building at California Fertility Partners. As one of the world’s first fertility doctors to help gay men become fathers through egg donation and surrogacy, Dr. Ringler has been recognized by the American Fertility Association (AFA) with an Achievement Award. He regularly lends his voice to the public conversation about gay family-building as a spokesperson for GLAAD and a contributor to the Huffington Post. Dr. Ringler has worked closely with the AFA to increase public awareness of fertility options for people with HIV, and he has helped many HIV-positive people have children through assisted reproduction. Dr. Ringler is on the advisory board of Men Having Babies and lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Mark Rios.

Virginia Hart

As founder and CEO of ART Risk Financial and Insurance Solutions, Inc.  Virginia Hart is an insurance agent with over 25 years’ experience, specializing in insurance for all aspects of assisted reproduction since 2001.  Virginia is a community leader with an extensive breadth of knowledge, expertise, and passion for the Assisted Reproductive Technology field. Ms. Hart is a frequent guest lecturer at the ABA Family Law section and New York LGBT Center conferences, as well as SEEDS Brown Paper Bag series events.  Additionally, she serves on the MHB Advisory Circle.  Virginia, successfully and diligently, develops products and cost management solutions in the ART community. The insurance world is ever changing and as such, she remains current on insurance issues utilizing commercial insurance, specialty products, and financial case management options for her clients.  Virginia expresses: “Helping to find financial solutions for people passionate about creating a family is one of my greatest joys.  Seeing their dreams come true drives me forward in finding the best solutions to continue to create families.”

Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer is the Founder and Owner of Same Love Surrogacy, a global leading egg donor and surrogacy agency based in Los Angeles. Brad and his husband have twin boys conceived through IVF with the good fortune to have a family member as their egg donor and an exceptional gestational carrier. It was his personal journey that helped build a full service agency in 2014 that is owned and operated by gay fathers. Brad is globally known for providing best in class services to LGBTQ individuals seeking to become parents through assisted reproductive technology. He has successfully helped LGBTQ individuals build their families, including HIV-positive gay men. Brad works closely with the leading IVF clinics, attorneys and insurance companies in the US. Brad was born, raised and resides in Los Angeles. Prior to founding Same Love, he worked as a successful investment investor for 20 years and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance from California State University Northridge. Brad is an active supporter and volunteer for The Trevor Project, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth.

Victoria Ferrara, Esq.

As the Founder & Legal Director of Worldwide Surrogacy, Vicki leads the agency with a passion for law and the family formation process. She brings over 25 years of experience practicing assisted reproductive technology law and surrogacy law to help people make their dreams of family come true - just as hers have. She and her spouse, Michelle Loris, have two sons, Sal and Nick. Vicki has been practicing assisted reproductive technology, surrogacy, and family law for over 25 years, and serves as the Founder & Managing Partner of Ferrara Law Group, PC. One of Vicki’s greatest achievements is the landmark decision of Raftopol v. Ramey, a Supreme Court case that created a new way to establish legal parentage in Connecticut. The case determined that an Intended Parent was granted rights to a child via a valid gestational agreement regardless of genetic connection to the child to be born to the gestational surrogate. 

Jerald S. Goldstein, MD

Jerald Goldstein is the medical director and founder of Fertility Specialists of Texas. Dedicated to helping single and coupled gay patients build their families, Goldstein is known for excellent success rates in reproductive medicine, especially third-party reproduction, egg donation and surrogacy. LGBT patients from Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and across the United States seek his medical care. Dr. Goldstein is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and in the sub-specialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He has presented before numerous medical conferences and been published in peer reviewed journals. Goldstein graduated with honors from Tulane University followed by Medical School at the prestigious University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Men Having Babies and has served on the faculty of the Washington University Medical School in St. Lewis. Dr. Goldstein has been committed to helping the LGBT community since he founded FST in 2005 and he is responsible for the birth of 1000’s of babies during his career. Of parenthood, Goldstein says, “Having two boys, ages 14 and 16 years old, I know how much they have changed my life and am committed to making that a reality for others.”

Steven H. Snyder, Esq.

Steven H. Snyder, Esq., is the founding and principal partner of Steven H. Snyder & Associates, and he is the Director IARC Surrogacy a full-service surrogacy agency, both located in the U.S. in Minnesota. Mr. Snyder is an active leader in numerous professional organizations, including RESOLVE, the American Fertility Association, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the American Bar Association Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee. Mr. Snyder is the author of numerous articles and continuing legal education materials. He is also a frequent national and international lecturer and continuing legal education presenter in the area of assisted reproductive technology law. Mr. Snyder regularly contributes to various media interviews and publications as a legal expert in assisted reproduction and third-party reproduction legal issues.

Christene Anthony

As a senior intended parent case manager for CSP, Christene Anthony, M.A., provides information and support to intended parents throughout the surrogacy process. She enjoys guiding intended parents through the entire process, from exploring options to matching with a surrogate, handling all financial and legal aspects, and participating in the pregnancy and birth. Christene joined CSP in 2015 after working as an independent counselor with Counseling Associates, the psychological team affiliated with CSP. Her experience helping intended parents and surrogates navigate the relationship aspects of surrogacy has proven valuable as a CSP case manager. Earlier in her career, Christene worked in corporate external affairs in Silicon Valley, California, specializing in philanthropy and large community volunteer projects. In the evenings, she taught English as a second language to adults from all over the world, learning about different cultures and forming many international friendships.  One of her greatest joys is travel. Some of her favorite trips have been to Taiwan, South Korea, France, England, Belgium, Italy, China, Canada and Mexico.

Anthony Brown, Esq.

Anthony Brown is a Parent Intake Consultant for Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation, as well as an Attorney and the Chairman Emeritus of Men Having Babies. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where he served as research assistant to Nan Hunter, the founder of The Gay and Lesbian Project at the ACLU.  Anthony and his husband were the subjects of CNN's, "In America, Gary and Tony Have a Baby”, a documentary about their journey of having a child through surrogacy. He is also a member of The Family Law Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, and the Committee for Assisted Reproduction of the American Bar Association. Anthony enjoys meeting with intended parents and sharing his personal experience with surrogacy. 

Jérôme Brun

Jérôme’s professional background and education is as a biology teacher, followed by advanced education to become a psychologist-psychoanalyst working with people to help live their best, most serene lives. Jérôme resides in France and speaks French, German, and English.  Jérôme and his husband welcomed a baby boy into the world in February of 2020 via surrogacy. Jérôme has both personal and professional experience navigating the world of third party reproduction as a Client Relations Manager for Family Source Consultants guiding French and German-speaking clients, as well as English speaking European-based clients. Jérôme truly enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with prospective new parents as they look to partner with Family Source in their family building experience.

Stephanie Caballero, Esq.

Stephanie M. Caballero, Esq. and her firm, The Surrogacy Law Center, have represented thousands of clients from all over the world in Surrogacy, Egg, Sperm, and Embryo Donation arrangements. Stephanie has appeared on various programs and in print media including the Today Show, Access Hollywood, HuffPost Live, ABC News, Fox 5 San Diego, BBC Mundo, The Daily Beast, In Touch Magazine, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, The Union Tribune and L.A. Daily Journal. After eight years of treatments including more than 10 artificial insemination procedures, three surgeries, three miscarriages, and 13 IVF procedures, Stephanie finally realized her dream of having children when a surrogate carried her twins. Stephanie is a member of the American Bar Association, Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, and American Society of Reproductive Medicine, having chaired and served on the Legal Professional Group board. Stephanie lives and works in beautiful San Diego County with her family and two toy poodles and in her free time enjoys cooking, swimming, reading, yoga and traveling.

Maître Catherine Clavin

Catherine Clavin is co-president of the APGL (Association of Gay and Lesbian Parents and Future Parents): The main homoparental association present since 1986, the APGL offers information activities, experience sharing and professional services for homoparental families, their children and future parents that it supports in their journey and in their parenthood. It intervenes with public and political authorities, at the national and local levels, to make homoparentality known and to assert the rights of homoparental families. Catherine Clavin is also a lawyer specializing in family law and more specifically in the law of filiation; she is an associate of the ALTERLINK Association of Women Lawyers.

Sara R. Cohen, LLB

Sara R. Cohen, LL.B. is one of Canada’s leading fertility law lawyers, and is based in Toronto, with Fertility Law Canada, with clients throughout the world.  She has assisted thousands of intended parents build their families through egg donation and surrogacy in Canada.  She is a passionate and compassionate advocate for her clients. Sara was recently named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada.  She is on the board of directors of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, is the past president of Fertility Matters Canada, a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA), an adjunct professor of reproductive law at Osgoode Hall Law School, and on the executive of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Sara loves what she does, cares about her clients, and it shows! You can read more at www.fertilitylawcanada.com.

Cedric Coraillon

The past 20 years we lived in Paris enjoying all the opportunities life offers to a couple without children. However, in the back of our mind the idea of becoming fathers was vivid. For a long time we believed this wish was just impossible, but changes in mentalities and the recent media coverage of surrogacy gave us the force and the will to expand our family. In 2019, we started the first milestone of this journey. In February 2021, our fantastic surrogate gave us the chance to become the fathers of a fabulous baby boy born in Oregon. Since then, we’ve been over the moon. We’ve tried our best to offer our little baby a loving and caring environment. Fatherhood has been such a positive revolution that we made the decision to go through a sibling journey with the same incredible surrogate mother and the same no less incredible agency. We are very grateful to all the great persons we’ve met and helped us become fathers.

Tobias Devooght

Tobias and his husband Dennis are a German couple who welcomed their daughter Summer (born August 2019 as a preemie) and son Jaden (born April 2021) in two different surrogacy journeys in the USA. Sharing their experiences and supporting other couples with their dreams of becoming parents is a heartfelt wish to give something back to the community.The couple is committed to education of IVF, egg donation and surrogacy in Germany and had an editorial article in Spiegel Online. Recently they contributed in a scientific podcast Quarks Storys from WDR, a public broadcasting corporation. Further Tobias is board member of VFLLD, an association in Germany to support legalization of surrogacy through education, events and family support. Recently the couple decided to start an educational profile @dads.kids.miracles on instagram to create visibility for family building through surrogacy for homosexual and heterosexual couples with the aim to initiate a debate in society for a change of the status quo in family building options in Germany. 

Wilma Eusman

Wilma Eusman graduated in Civil Law and in International Law in 1980. She became a Clerk at the District Court of Amsterdam in the Family Division and in the Division of the Court’s President. She was sworn in as a lawyer in 1987 and has been a partner at Advocatenkantoor De Binnenstad in Amsterdam since then. In the last two decades she became specialized in legal aspects concerning children born in non-traditional families, ie children of lesbian and gay couples and children born via ART. She also speaks at conferences and meetings regarding this topic, in The Netherlands as well as abroad. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Family Law, Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee, and a member of the Euro LTBG Family Law Institute. From 2014 to 2016 she was a member of the Government Committee on the Reassessment of Parenthood. This Commission advised the Dutch Government on new regulations regarding multiple parenthood, custody and surrogacy.

Aurelien Evenor

Aurélien is one of the Intended Parent Coordinators at Surro Connections and is a father to 2 kids through surrogacy and egg donation. He felt the need to give back to the surrogacy community and help other families with their dreams of becoming parents. Aurélien is based out of Paris, France. He speaks English and French. His empathy, passion, and personal experience with surrogacy is what will make you feel you are being taken care of during your journey.

Fabien Gaudry

Fabien, who is both French and Belgian, joined the Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation team as an International Outreach Associate after becoming a dad through surrogacy. Fabien earned his Master's Degree in European Law, and has worked as a lawyer in the insurance industry in France, as well as in the communication department of a non-profit organization. His passion for surrogacy and willingness to share his personal story, allows him to easily connect with International intended parents as part of the consultation legal team. Fabien is active in the gay community, and loves spending time with his daughter and son. 

Ashim Kumar, MD

Dr. Kumar is board certified in reproductive endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology, and practices near Los Angeles, California at Western Fertility Institute. In recent years he has focused his efforts on those who have had difficulty conceiving and require third party reproduction (egg donation and gestational surrogacy). Obtaining the highest success rates achievable today, by combining meticulous attention to detail, a 7-day work ethic, the best support staff, and the latest technology, over half of his current patients travel from overseas which include countries such as Australia, China, Austria, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Israel, UK, Netherlands, and India. Dr. Kumar’s fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility allowed him to work with world-renowned leaders in the field at both UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Highly regarded in the field, he has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented his work at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the journal Fertility and Sterility and is a Pacific Coast Reproductive Society member.

Jens Landwehr

Jens and his husband are a German couple who had their daughter and son in two different surrogacy journeys in the USA. The couple are among the first gay German couples to have had children from surrogacy, and were featured in a documentary by ARD, Germany’s public broadcasting corporation. Jens is also the founder and Chairman of VFLLD, an association in Germany to support legalization of surrogacy through education, events and family support. Furthermore, he talks about the day to day challenges of same sex families with surrogacy kids in his private blog www.greta-henri.family and his YouTube Channel.

MHB speakers

Silvia Schneider Fox, PsyD, board member

Dr. Silvia Schneider Fox is a clinical psychologist and founder of Fertility Resilience, a reproductive psychology practice with offices in the Chicago area. A specialist in the field of reproductive medicine, adoption and family building since 1992, Dr. Fox counsels individuals and couples in various areas of family building, including ART, collaborative reproduction, pregnancy loss, and parenting after infertility. She conducts third party evaluations, facilitates mind/body programs; researches, writes and presents on a variety of topics related to family-building. Dr. Fox has had her own experience with infertility. After undergoing extensive infertility treatment, she and her husband became parents through IVF. Nowadays, she combines her personal, research and clinical experience into one voice, on her Fertility Resilience blog.

Sherman L. Taylor II, Chairman of the board

Sherman is a technology manager in the Research & Development organization of Procter & Gamble, based in Cincinnati, OH. Sherman received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces from Carnegie Mellon University. Sherman leads of group of scientists and engineers to create new and improved consumer products; he has worked across a variety of brands in his career including Pampers, Vicks, PuR, Swiffer, Magic Erasers, Bounce and Downy. Sherman also leads the design of corporate training programs to accelerate the growth and development of New Hires upon entering the company. Sherman and his husband Andrew have two sons via surrogacy, born in 2013 and 2017.

Ron Poole-Dayan, board member / Executive Director

Ron is the executive director and founder of Men Having Babies. He has over 20 years of experience in marketing and business strategy development both in the USA and internationally. Ron earned his Masters degree in political economy and comparative politics from Columbia University, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ron is married to Greg Poole-Dayan, the COO of the Wartburg, a leading provider of senior healthcare and residential services in NY. The couple met in 1994, and are among the first same-sex couples in the nation to father children through gestational surrogacy. The twins, born in 2001, were conceived with the use of eggs donated by Greg's sister, and carried by a gestational carrier. Ron has been the MHB program coordinator since 2005, and was appointed as the Executive Director of Men Having Babies upon its incorporation in July 2012.

Brian Blitzer, GPAP Benefits Coordinator

Brian is the benefits coordinator for MHB. He has been affiliated with the organization since 2016, when he first attended a MHB conference in New York City with his husband Matt. Prior to that, he (and Matt) knew little about gestational surrogacy. After attending additional MHB meetings and completing a successful surrogacy journey that resulted in the birth of their son Gabe, Brian works to share his accumulated real-life knowledge about becoming a father with future intended parents. He has many years of experience in the real estate and mortgage industries, where he listened/advised clients and prepared financial documentation. Since Brian’s journey to fatherhood is recent, he remembers having to manage uncertainties of the surrogacy process, including a chemical pregnancy and a miscarriage. He and his husband were GPAP Stage II recipients.

Jenny Congiardo, Director of Operations

Jenny joined MHB in October 2017 and held several roles in the organization before being appointed as Director of Operations. She brings her many years of non-profit and corporate communications experience to help improve MHB’s efficiency and effectiveness, while drawing on her experience in the education field to help make every person’s experience with MHB rewarding and pleasant. Jenny received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida, and she enjoys living with her husband and two children among the happy faces in sunny Florida.

Sara Miller, Director of Business Development

Sara joined the Men Having Babies team in June of 2020 as the Director of Business Development. Her primary focus is to expand and strengthen strategic partnerships with fellow third party reproductive professionals, to allow continued growth and education of the Men Having Babies' mission. Sara has a Bachelor's Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology, and completed two years of an MD program at The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine before opting to discontinue her medical studies to spend more time with her growing family. Sara spent 10 years doing consulting work for a leading biotech company, before working as a Case Manager followed by Program Director and COO for a surrogate and egg donation agency. Additionally, Sara is a one-time surrogate, delivering in 2019 for a same-sex couple in Spain.

Lisa Schuster, Director of Programming

Lisa joined the MHB team in January of 2018 as the Stage II GPAP Case Manager and has grown in her role to become the Programming Director. Lisa’s responsibilities include managing the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and Membership Benefits Program, developing and implementing content for educational programs, and working with partner organizations to help fulfill MHB’s mission. Lisa’s professional background is in business development and government contracting, and she also served as treasurer and financial planner for a local non-profit. Lisa was a gestational carrier twice for an international same sex male couple, and she lives with her husband and three children in Maryland.

Breakout sessions

Daniel Skora, MD

Daniel A. Skora, M.D., is a physician at Fertility Specialists of Texas, and serves as medical director of third party and LGBTQ+ services. A proud member of the LGBTQ community, Dr. Skora is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Skora graduated cum laude with his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a certificate in neuroscience from Princeton University. After working as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Skora attended the University of Minnesota medical school and received his medical degree. Dr. Skora completed his residency at George Washington University Hospital and his fellowship at The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Skora is passionate about all aspects of infertility. He is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of the whole patient and uses his education and experience in psychology to help each one overcome the emotional challenges of trying to conceive. Dr. Skora is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Nancy Block, RN

Private Label Surrogacy Founder and Director, Nancy Block, started her career as an OB/GYN nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In 2000 she founded The Center for Egg Options, a highly sought-after egg donor and surrogacy agency. After helping build families for 15 years, she sold her company to a national agency where she stayed on to assist with business development. Though she loved that part of the business, her heart longed to work with parents and surrogates again; she founded PLS in 2017, alongside an expert team. Nancy has served on the Advisory Board of Parents Via Egg Donation and the Executive Board of the Society of Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy. In 2018, she received the Shining Star award for her lifelong commitment to the industry’s best practices. Nancy has presented at numerous Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) conferences in the US, China, Israel, and Europe and is recognized as an expert in her field by her colleagues, clients, the medical community, and supporting professionals necessary to help clients realize their families.

Jay Cook-Wong

Jay Cook-Wong is co-owner and co-founder of Same Love Surrogacy, a full service gay owned and operated egg donor and surrogacy agency based in West Hollywood, CA. Jay married to Danny Cook-Wong along - the personal experience of gay dads who created their family via surrogacy and egg donation. What all this personal experience taught us is that more and more LGBTQ individuals are seeking to become parents via assisted reproductive technology, and we want to assist intending parents through their journey to parenthood while giving back to the LGBTQ community. Jay was born in Michigan and has resided in Los Angeles, CA for the past 20 years with his husband and twin boys. He has worked as a health club general manager and registered nurse. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Fitness Management and an Associates degree in Nursing. Jay utilizes his management and medical experience as a unique blend to assist LGBTQ in the creation of families.

Joao Feldman DePinho, MD

Dr. Feldman DePinho graduated from Medical School Magna cum laude and has a bachelor's in Pharmacy. He completed his OBGYN residency at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston) and his Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship at Columbia University (New York). He is a recipient of numerous awards & publications for significant fertility advancements, with ongoing collaborative stem-cell research alongside Columbia University. He has long served at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine review committee. Dr. DePinho, the founder of Reproductive America & Proud RCA Parents, a New York and Connecticut practice based on embracing diversity, compassionate, personalized care, state-of-the-art technologies, and the highest success rates while cost-effective. Moreover, Dr. DePinho is well-known for his long-standing dedication for more than 15 years to Third-Party Reproduction (Egg-Donation/Surrogacy), assisting successfully over 5,000 family building journeys and strong LBGTQ+ community rights advocate worldwide. He is well-recognized as a trusted Third-Party Reproduction reference by the most trustworthy referring sources, communities, and surrogacy agencies, both in the US and Internationally. Dr. DePinho speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish, French.

Edvin Fogelmark

Edvin has had first-hand experience of working with the team at Pacific Fertility Center of Los Angeles when he, and his husband Ola, decided to embark on their personal family building journey. In 2020 Edvin and Ola welcomed their daughter to the world, born through Egg Donation and Surrogacy. He is passionate about sharing his personal experiences with other couples and individuals who are looking at commencing their own family building journey. Therefore he joined the team at PFCLA and Hatch Egg Donation & Surrogacy in 2021. Having gone through the journey as a Swedish citizen residing in Europe, he hopes to offer unique perspectives for European couples and individuals pursuing Egg Donation and Surrogacy.

Brett Griffin-Young

Brett, who is based in the United Kingdom with his husband Matt, is Head of International Client Services for Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation. He serves as a resource and support for Intended Parents from more than 25 countries around the world. Brett has more than twelve years of experience in surrogacy and has two sons, Sebastian born in 2009 and Frederick born in 2020, through the Circle Program. After his first surrogacy journey in 2009, he was inspired and compelled to join Circle. “I’m so appreciative that Circle has given me the opportunity to draw on my personal experience to help others understand surrogacy as a family building option. To be able to assist Intended Parents from all around the world and bring the dream of parenthood to a reality is a true honor”. Brett has shared his experience and expertise with numerous publications and TV programs, and has presented at conferences throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

Danielle Guaderrama

Danielle Guaderrama, Manager of Case Management for SurrogateFirst, is a three-time surrogate that has always felt a strong desire to help others who have struggled with building their own families. During her journeys starting in 2010 she has carried for a wide range of intended parents including a single intended father, a domestic couple and an international intended parent. Becoming a surrogate and helping create families has truly filled her heart that has led her to find her passion to build her career in surrogacy. With over 10 years of firsthand experience with surrogacy Danielle is an expert in Case Management who oversees a team that works closely with Intended Parents and Surrogates throughout their journey to ensure that they have a positive, supportive, and successful experience. Danielle is happily married to her high school sweetheart and mother to four amazing children.

Megan Hall

Megan founded Surro Connections after seeing first-hand the need for a more unique surrogacy agency for all family types. Her vision & leadership are the heart of our organization. It is her commitment and passion that truly serves as the foundation of our agency approach. It is our goal to give each party the focus and attention they deserve through this very personal process. She has both a professional and personal investment in your experience, ensuring your comfort, regardless of the services provided. Megan is passionate and eager to see your dreams of a growing family come true, and also has great appreciation for the women giving the gift of Surrogacy. Megan is the mother of 3 beautiful children, 1 born through IVF, and has been a Gestational Surrogate for three other families as well. Her experience in deeply rooted careers after graduating with her MBA in both Business Administration and Accounting, were not nearly as fulfilling as the work she does today with each individual involved in Surro Connections.

Nir Keren

Nir Keren is an entrepreneur, business development and marketing expert, whose professional path took an unexpected turn when embarking on his and his partner’s joint journey to parenthood. After experiencing first hand the obstacles and hardships international Intended Parents (IPs) had to endure; he made it his life mission to support IPs in achieving their dream of becoming parents. In the process Nir had discovered Canada as a stable, moral and feasible destination for surrogacy and vouched to assist more IPs obtain their goals there.  By now Nir has dedicated his life to supporting IP’s around the world in having a smooth and straight-forward journey in Canada. Through ‘Babies Come True’, a concierge service he established for international IP’s, Nir has already helped over 1,000 families on their surrogacy process. Nir and his husband Bob have recently welcomed their second baby via Canadian surrogacy and love to share their story with others.

Caitlin Moran

Caitlin is the L.A. Egg Donors' Program Manager. She oversees our egg donor program and coordinates the matching process. With a dedicated and warm approach, Caitlin guides our intended parents not only in the search for their desired donor, but also assists them with the financial planning of their journeys. Ultimately her goal is making sure all their initial needs are met at the highest level possible. Caitlin’s favorite moments are when the little ones come back to visit with their parents and enjoys the baby cuddles.