The New York Men Having Babies Virtual Conference & Expo

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February 6-7, 2021


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Kristen Hanson 

Kristen Hanson is the Co-Owner and Executive Director of Finance and Contracts at Simple Surrogacy. Kristen oversees the financial aspects of Simple Surrogacy, as well as managing the escrow accounts of our clients. Kristen’s legal responsibilities include working with associate attorneys to determine state laws and required legal proceedings; locating separate legal counsel experienced in surrogacy law for Client and Surrogate; review and assist in negotiating the surrogacy contract between Recipient Couple and Surrogate; and overseeing all necessary legal filings and procedures (such as pre-birth orders and step parent adoptions) to establish parental rights for Intended Parents. Kristen’s escrow responsibilities include overseeing the escrow and managing the account; monitoring and authorizing disbursements in accordance with your contract; and sending intended parents itemized monthly statements of the escrow activity. Kristen’s first priority is to make sure all of our client’s money is handled in the most responsible way, that our Surrogates never receive a late payment, and that our clients are assured that their money is well managed. Kristen is an experienced Egg Donor, and has extensive first-hand knowledge of the donation process.

Susanna Park, MD 

World renowned for her fertility expertise, IVF success and excellence in medical care, Dr. Susanna Park has practiced as an infertility physician for the past 15 years. Dr. Park joined the San Diego Fertility Center in 2012 following her tenure at Columbia University in New York City. Her passion is to combine her extensive experience as an infertility physician with individualized care and compassion. Dr. Park is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She graduated summa cum laude from Siena College and obtained her medical degree at Albany Medical College. Dr. Park completed her residency and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Park has developed a large international referral practice due to her excellent patient rapport and high success rates with a variety of treatments including IVF, donor eggs, egg freezing and gestational surrogacy. Dr. Park works closely with the leading surrogacy agencies to assist the LGBT community build families.

Victoria Ferrara, Esq. 

Victoria Ferrara is the Founder and Legal Director of Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists, LLC, a successful surrogacy matching agency, through which she has helped many couples and individuals have children. One of her achievements is the landmark decision of Raftopol v. Ramey, 12 A.3d 783 299 Conn. 681 (2011), a Connecticut Supreme Court case that essentially created a new way to establish legal parentage in Connecticut, i.e., by being a party (Intended Parent) to a valid gestational agreement regardless of genetic connection to the child to be born to the gestational surrogate. Attorney Ferrara appears frequently in courts throughout the State of Connecticut for all matters in involving assisted reproduction law, pre-birth orders, and adoptions, including co-parent and step-parent adoption matters. She is a member of the Academy of Assisted Reproductive Law Attorneys, the Family Law Institute, the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association.

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.

Virginia Hart

Virginia Hart has been an insurance broker for the past 25 years, the last 17 years specializing in insurance for all aspects of assisted reproduction. As founder and CEO of ART Risk Financial and Insurance Solutions, Inc. she remains current on insurance issues pertinent to the field and works with her clients to find the best solution, whether it be through commercial insurance, specialty products, or financial case management. Licensed in all 50 states, this allows her to work with clients regardless of location in the U.S. as well as internationally. With her extensive breadth of knowledge and expertise in the Assisted Reproductive Technology insurance industry, Virginia is often requested as a guest lecturer at numerous conferences and recently published an article in the American Bar Association Section of Family Law "Family Advocate" magazine. Focusing on offering clients the knowledge to help them better understand their liability exposures and the best available financial risk management solutions is always one of Ms. Hart's highest priorities.

Allison Bloom, DO

Allison Bloom, DO, is experienced in the field of in vitro fertilization with a particular interest in LGBTQ+ family building. In addition to her medical training, Dr. Bloom earned a Master’s in Public Health and is an advocate for fertility awareness and education. She truly believes in teaching and empowering her patients. An avid lifelong learner herself, Dr. Bloom continually pursues educational opportunities to stay abreast of the latest advancements in the field of infertility and is an active member of many professional societies. Dr. Bloom and her wife underwent infertility treatment for over a year before successfully conceiving twin boys through IVF. Their family building experience has helped her truly understand the physical and emotional journey of her patients and shapes her empathic and holistic approach to treatment. Dr. Bloom practices at Main Line Fertility’s Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr and Havertown offices and is also available for virtual telemedicine appointments for out-of-town patients. 

Anate A. Brauer, MD, FACOG

Anate A. Brauer, M.D., FACOG, is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist.  She serves as Shady Grove Fertility- New York’s IVF Director. Dr. Brauer earned her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine.  She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Brauer has expertise in all areas of infertility and third party reproduction including donor egg, donor sperm and gestational surrogacy. She applies the latest clinical data, state-of-the-art technology, and extensive clinical experience to optimize pregnancy rates while minimizing patient stress with her supportive and individualized approach to care. Dr. Brauer has published and presented at numerous local and national meetings on the topics of optimizing fertility treatments in patients with diminished ovarian reserve, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fertility preservation and use of gestational surrogacy. She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.


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.

Betsy Campbell

Betsy Campbell has spent her career working for non-profit organizations and her free time volunteering for worthy causes. Her  experience in public relations, fundraising and volunteer management spans a wide range of sectors, including health care, social service, philanthropy, and politics, and organizations such as Mount Sinai Medical Center, American Hospital Association, Chicago Foundation for Women, and EMILY’s List. Betsy received an AB in Psychology from Princeton University, where she has also served as a volunteer leader for annual giving. As RESOLVE’s Chief Engagement Officer, she is responsible for empowering constituents to make a difference through volunteering and advocacy. She is honored to work with RESOLVE’s community of 800+ volunteers to support, educate and advocate on behalf of the family building community. Betsy’s secondary infertility issues were resolved, and her three daughters inspire her to make a difference.

Amelia Demma, Esq.

Amelia Demma is a New York licensed attorney and founder of Law Offices of Amy Demma, exclusively providing services to those engaged in assisted family building. Amelia is actively engaged in the nation's most established infertility patient advocacy groups and professional organizations.  She is an admitted Fellow to the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Technology Attorneys, a member of the Legal Professionals Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, a past legal advisor to Parents Via Egg Donation and to the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy. Amelia is currently a board member at New York Attorneys for Adoption and Assisted Family Formation. She served for many years as Vice President on the board at RESOLVE New England and in 2012 completed her tenure as President at RNE. In 2020 Amelia was the New York State Captain for RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day and will resume that role in 2021. Amy is the proud parent of 25 year-old IVF conceived twins.


Mark P. Leondires, MD

Dr. Mark Leondires is founder and Medical Director at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). After he and his husband Greg had two children through the complex journey of egg donation and surrogacy he realized the need for a more comprehensive concierge service for assisted reproductive team. Thus the birth of RMACT's LGBTQ-focused family building program, Gay Parents To Be. He is proud to enable members of the LGBTQ community to build the family of their dreams, as he believes all hurdles are surmountable and the joys of parenting are boundless. Dr. Leondires is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI), and has been selected a Best Doctor in America, a Top Doc by Castle Connolly and the 2015 Path to Parenthood Visionary Award Recipient for his outstanding commitment to patient care and building families.

Julia Ross

Julia is a Military spouse, adoptive parent, infertility survivor and proud 3x Gestational Surrogate. As Director of client care for Canadian Surrogacy Options, Julia works to support intended parents and surrogates as they embark on their journey to parenthood.

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.  He 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 where he received his medical degree. He 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 calls upon 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.

Jeffrey Wang, MD

Dr. Wang is the Medical Director at American Fertility Services and is board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and his fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University. He was awarded the Vitals Compassionate Doctors award 4 years in a row and the Vitals Patients Choice Award 6 years in a row. He is known by his patients as compassionate, empathetic, and personable. Since every patient’s journey to parenthood is unique, he believes in providing personalized care and empowering his patients with the knowledge to become partners in the decision-making process. He is knowledgeable and sees challenges that may arise during fertility treatment as opportunities to make advancements in reproductive medicine. He has published more than 20 manuscripts in obstetrics, gynecology as well as reproductive endocrinology and infertility.


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.

Yanir Dekel, Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

Yanir (Yan) Dekel is a content creator, web designer and social media influencer who joined the MHB team in November 2020. He co-hosts and produces the successful podcast Daddy Squared: The Gay Dads Podcast. Originally from Tel Aviv, Yan served as a Hollywood entertainment journalist for Israel’s top online news websites, magazines, TV and radio. Since 2011, he has been working as a digital consultant, providing freelance design, web programming and social media marketing services for individuals and non-profit organizations, specializing in the LGBTQ community. Dekel’s debut book, “Imperfect Thing Called Love,” was published in 2015. Before coming to the U.S., Dekel served as a publicist for top Israeli pop stars as part of the major Israeli record label Helicon Music, and its artists-management label Pop Art. Yan resides in West Hollywood with his husband Alex, their twin boys born through surrogacy, Adam and Ben, and their dog Charlie.

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


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.

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.

Said T. Daneshmand, MD, FACOG

Dr. Daneshmand has experience in complex IVF cases, and Egg Donor/Surrogacy care. Dr. Daneshmand completed his fellowship and residency at UCLA. He is specialty board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and sub-specialty board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Eileen Pike Medical School Valedictorian Award, the PCRS Fellowship and Practicing Physician Research Award, and the ASRM STAR AWARD. He has served as the President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (Iota Chapter) and is a member of the DeCherney Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Dr. Daneshmand speaks French, Spanish and Farsi. 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.

Jerald S. Goldstein, MD 

Founder and medical director of Fertility Specialists of Texas, Dr. Jerald S. Goldstein is a native Texan who received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas. He is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Goldstein was an assistant professor in the division of reproductive endocrinology at Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis. He has presented before numerous medical conferences and published in such peer-reviewed journals as Fertility and Sterility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Goldstein is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Goldstein has repeatedly been recognized by peers and patients alike as a leader in his field. He has been voted a Best Doctor in D Magazine, as well as listed as a top doctor in several publications including Texas Monthly’s annual list of Super Doctors.

Anthony Brown

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. 

Michael Glassner, MD

As the founding partner and medical director of Main Line Fertility, Dr. Michael Glassner’s personal philosophy is to always provide the most caring, personalized treatment for all patients. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Dr. Glassner is both a scientist and clinician and has treated patients from across the globe. He is a true pioneer in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and his research has helped lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of infertility. Most notably, he was involved in the first pregnancy and live birth in the world to use early screen with Next Generation Sequencing. Dr. Glassner has been named a Philadelphia Magazine and Main Line Today “Top Doctor” every year for over a decade and is often featured on national news programs as a valued and respected source in the field.

Valerie Hewitt

Valerie is a three time surrogate who helped two different families achieve their dreams of parenthood. Surrogacy has become such a passion of hers; she has been in the surrogacy world for 5 years and has worked for Tiny Sprouts for 2 years. When not helping other families, Valerie enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys in California. She is a big Disney fan and loves the Chicago Bears. Valerie is available to help anyone in their surrogacy journey, whether you’re a first time parent or experienced.  


Natalie King

Program Director Natalie King is passionate about making pregnancy affordable and successful for those seeking to start a family with donor eggs. Building the Atlantic Shared Beginnings program is a dream come true for her. Natalie’s career in reproductive health began with her own fertility treatment. She left her career in emergency medicine and went back to school to become an Embryologist. She then obtained another degree in biobehavioral medicine to become more involved in patients journeys on an emotional level. Today, she loves both the science and the patient side of fertility work. She is well known for her work nationally and overseas. Patients compliment Natalie for her communication. She takes the time to carefully discuss each stage of treatment, explaining the processes in detail to ensure understanding, which creates peace of mind for both. Natalie is continually driven by her desire to make a difference in the lives of patients. She is proud of making donor eggs accessible and affordable through the program options at Atlantic Shared Beginnings.

Gad Lavy, MD

Gad Lavy, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, is the medical director and founder of New England Fertility (NEF), the first non-hospital-based outpatient in vitro fertilization (IVF) center in the state of Connecticut. Dr. Lavy received his training at Hadassah Medical School at Hebrew University in Israel and completed his residency at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, where he served on the medical faculty of the Department of OB/GYN. Prior to founding NEF in 1991, Dr. Lavy was an assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Yale University School of Medicine and served as the director of the program for assisted reproduction. Dr. Lavy is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology. He is a medical staff member in the Department of OB/GYN at Stamford Hospital and a consulting physician in the Department of OB/GYN at Greenwich Hospital. A member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, Dr. Lavy is an internationally recognized speaker and author.

Leo Li

Leo is the founder and CEO of ACRC. A full-service egg donation and surrogacy have brought more than seven years of executive experience with leading professional bilingual staff members with a deep assisted reproductive technology background across the U. S, Japan. The team has been grateful for assisting hundreds of families and individuals to successfully bringing babies home and are highly involved in every journey. Providing personalized and one-stop service, taking good care of the families or individuals, to bringing babies home is his most important goal and mission.