MHB 2020 Parenting options for European Gay Men Virtual Conference & Expo

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November 7-8, 2020


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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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

Diane Hinson, Esq.

Diane Hinson, a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, founded Creative Family Connections LLC on the principle that “everyone can build a family.” After starting her own family as a single mother, Diane built a full-service surrogacy agency and reproductive rights law firm that is consistently one of the highest-ranked agencies in the world. Clients from across the country and around the world choose CFC for the compassionate care and legal expertise that Diane and her team provide. Because of her passion for family equality, Diane has fought to obtain landmark court rulings for same-sex parents. She has opened doors to IVF clinics for gay fathers, drafted and advocated for gay-friendly surrogacy legislation, served as HRC’s pro-bono counsel for surrogacy issues, spoken frequently about surrogacy, and provided surrogacy advice on the well-known Surromoms.com website. She has also collaborated with fellow surrogacy attorneys to develop an in-depth 50-state surrogacy law analysis, which is widely relied upon in the surrogacy world and cited in the media.

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.

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. 

Anthony M. Brown, Esq., board chairman 2013-2019

Anthony is the founder of Time For Families Law, PLLC and currently is a senior associate at the law firm of Chianese and Reilly Law,P.C., heading their family and estates law division serving married and unmarried individuals, couples and families. Anthony was the Executive Director of The Wedding Party and was been a Board member since its inception in 1999.  Anthony has worked as a law guardian at The Children’s Law Center, representing the legal needs of children in Brooklyn Family Court. Anthony also worked as a legal intern for Lambda Legal in the summer of 2002. Anthony was appointed as a board member and Secretary of the board of Men Having Babies upon its incorporation in July 2012 and served as Board Chairman from 2013 to 2019.

Scott Buckley

Scott Buckley is the Vice President of Client Services at Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation, LLC. He received his bachelors at Boston College and his law degree from Boston College Law School. In his current role as the Vice President of Client Services, Scott oversees the Circle team, as well as serving clients. He enjoys meeting with Intended Parents, whether in Boston, on Skype, or in their hometowns throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Scott has moderated and presented on panels focused on different aspects of surrogacy and egg donation; including legal, budgeting and insurance across the world. He has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers each year since 2012.

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.



Marjorie E. Dixon, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, REI

Dr. Dixon founded Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health with the vision of a reproductive medicine centre where evidence-based medical care could be balanced with compassion for any person who requires assistance to create their families. With over 18 years of reproductive health experience, Dr. Dixon has taken the approach of educating to empower – with both patients and peers. In addition to presenting at international conferences, she is involved in physician/community outreach, offering lectures and information sessions to facilitate patients' management through the often challenging process of dealing with infertility. To further public education, Dr. Dixon was involved in developing a documentary for the Discovery Channel, looking at the human reproductive system. She is a staunch advocate for women's health and the right to a family for the LGBTQ community. In 2018 she won the RBC Canadian Women of Influence Momentum Award and, in 2017, was recognized as the YMCA Woman of Distinction.  In 2020/2021, Dr. Dixon is proud to be a Perspectives Columnist for the organization Women of Influence.

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.

Marc Faber

Marc and his boyfriend have 5-year-old twins and a 2-year-old boy with the help of two surrogate moms and an egg donor from the USA. For 6 years he is a board member at the Dutch foundation “Meer dan Gewenst”. This non-profit organization is active in Holland for LGBT families and intended mothers and fathers. They are committed to help lesbians, gay men and bisexuals who have chosen to have children within their relationship. At the informational meetings they welcome almost 1000 intended parents a year. Meer dan Gewenst also closely follows developments concerning gay/lesbian parenthood in Holland. By means of contacts with Dutch politicians they try to put this topic on the agenda. For instance, the legal situation of families with multiple parents and surrogacy are their priorities at this moment. Marc started the first male meetings for gays who intend to have kids and he was the driving force in the first family boat at the Amsterdam Canal Pride this year. Marc and his surrogate mom were also one of the speakers at the main program at the first MHB conference in 2015.

Jean-Raphaël Hureau

Jean-Raphaël is the author of a multidisciplinary book about surrogacy oriented to the general public: GPA, l’essentiel pour comprendre, devoted to different perspectives of experts in their fields and the second GPA pour tous, offers a surrogacy glossary describing more than 230 related terms. Jean-Raphaël is a parent through surrogacy, administrator of the French Union Family Affairs, engineer, civil protection expert, and activist who has been involved in the voluntary sector for nearly 20 years, before becoming a self-taught specialist in the field of surrogacy. He is a member of the French Association of Gay and Lesbian Parents and Future Parents (APGL), where he acts as the surrogacy referent, coordinator of French antennas.

Amanda Hurliman, MD

Dr. Hurliman is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist and is dedicated to helping build LGBTQ+ families. She joined ORM Fertility in 2013 and helps build LGBTQ families worldwide through IVF, egg donation, surrogacy, and reproductive genomics. As a fellow, Dr. Hurliman received the prestigious ASRM/SREI National Research Service Institutional Training Award for her research. She completed her education and medical training at Oregon Health and Science University and University of Vermont. Along with the entire team she is committed to helping every patient at ORM Fertility achieve their dream of a healthy baby on their first attempt.

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.

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


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.

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.

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


Kristen Hanson

As a repeat elite egg donor, Kristen’s dedication to helping others create their families started with that first donation. Kristen went on to found Simple Surrogacy with her partner, Stephanie Scott. Kristen is an expert in the legal and financial details of surrogacy, including managing client’s funds as if they were her own, and helping to identify costs that can be economized throughout the journey. As Legal Director, Kristen also works with reproductive law attorneys to determine state laws and legal proceedings; and to oversee legal filings and procedures to smoothly establish parental rights for Intended Parents. As a respected speaker and leader of one of the most successful Surrogacy Agencies in the United States, Kristen’s expertise and skill assists Simple’s Intended Parents in the streamlined navigation of their journeys.

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.

Ashley Cantrell

Ashley is a mother to two boys and joined the surrogacy world in 2013. She completed her first journey as a gestational surrogate for a same sex couple in January 2019, giving birth to a perfect little boy. She is now in the process of a sibling journey. She lives in Houston, TX and is the Surrogate Program Manager at Surro Connections. She recruits and filters all surrogate applications and she is also a caring surrogate coordinator. Her passion and drive to support surrogates on their journeys is what will make you feel that your surrogate is being well taken care of.

Petra Hollosi

Petra has nearly a decade of increasingly senior expertise in the health industry of which half has been spent in the infertility sector. With years of experience as an IVF nurse and EMR specialist,  Petra joined Extraordinary Conceptions as the Senior Client Relations where she is focusing on developing the Canadian and International Egg Donation and Surrogacy Programs and their growth, nationally and globally. As part of her role, Petra builds and maintains relationships with clinics assisting intended parents, egg donors, and surrogates throughout their journey. Inherent to her responsibilities, is reinforcing and ensuring best results through the sourcing of top tier clinics to patients. Petra also ensures smooth process towards successful pregnancies for Intended Parents. Petra is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community and her favourite part of her role is providing accessibility to fertility services for patients all over the world.

Michael Serwa

Michael is the Intended Parent Coordinator at Surro Connections and is a father of three through surrogacy and egg donation. In 2017, he and his husband welcomed their son, Noah, and in 2019 they welcomed their surprise twins, Leah and Maya. Michael spent eight years working for a big corporation, but when his son was born, he felt the need to give back to the surrogacy community and help other families with their dreams of becoming parents. In 2019, Michael and his husband also donated their remaining embryos to a same-sex couple living in California who are now expecting a little boy. Although the agency is located in Oregon (USA), Michael is based out of Barcelona, Spain, and speaks English, French, and Spanish. His empathy, passion, and personal experience with surrogacy is what will make you feel you are being taken care of during your journey.