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Our Family Coalition & Men Having Babies present:

2020 SF Surrogacy Conference, Jan 17-19


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Virginia Hart Advisory_Board-60


Virginia Hart has been an insurance broker for the past 24 years, the last 16 years specializing in insurance for all aspects of assisted reproduction. As owner 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 to find the best solution. With a BA in Communication Studies from University of California, Los Angeles and her extensive breadth of knowledge, Virginia often speaks at numerous conferences because of her expertise in Assisted Reproductive Technology insurance
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Dean Hutchison


Dean Hutchison is Director of Legal Services for Circle Surrogacy and Vice Chairman of the American Bar Association's Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Richmond and his law degree from Suffolk University. Prior to working with Circle Surrogacy, he was an attorney at Lawson & Weitzen in Boston, Massachusetts for six years. Dean has managed hundreds of ART matters over the course of his career and has organized and presented on many panels on the legal aspects of surrogacy and egg donation. He has been named a Rising Star in Massachusetts Super Lawyer and Boston Magazine every year since 2009.
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Amanda Hurliman, MD


Dr Amanda Hurliman is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist and is dedicated to helping build LGBTQ families. She joined ORM Fertility (formerly Oregon Reproductive Medicine) 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.
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Chris Jackson


Born and raised in Southern California, Chris has been surrounded by surrogacy most of his life. His mother completed two surrogacy journeys when he was a child, and has gone on to be a case coordinator for over 20 years. His wife donated eggs and is together, Chris and his wife are raising two of their own lovely children. Chris started Shorebreak shortly after his son was born, with the goal of being able to better balance his family life as well as helping others achieve their dream of parenthood. For the past 3 years, Chris has dramatically growing Shorebreak Law, completing over 85 surrogacy and egg donor contracts in 2018 alone.
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Ashim Kumar, MD


Dr. Kumar is board certified in reproductive endocrinology and obstetrics and gynecology and practices near Los Angeles, California. In recent years Dr. Kumar has focused his efforts for those that have had difficulty conceiving and require third party reproduction (egg donor and/or gestational surrogacy). With high success rates, over half of his current patients are from overseas which include Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, The United Kingdom, etc. Combining meticulous attention to detail, 7-day a week work ethic, the best support staff (nursing & embryology) and the latest in technology, he is able to obtain the highest pregnancy rates achievable today. He has been asked to present his work across the world including Australia, India, China, and Italy and has contacts in numerous clinics that collaborate closely to provide seamless care.
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Danielle Lane, MD

Dr. Danielle Lane of Lane Fertility Institute is a highly regarded reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialist who provides fertility services for residents of San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and Novato, California. Patients from throughout the state of California, across the United States and globally seek out specialized fertility treatment provided by Dr. Lane and her team at Lane Fertility Institute. Dr. Lane’s expertise includes provides many services including IUI, IVF, fertility preservation, PGD/PGS, and many other fertility services. In addition, Dr Lane and her team are extremely experienced at delivering care to international patients from initial consultations through telemedicine through concierge service during their stay in the Bay Area. Dr. Lane attended McGill University before completing her medical training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and her fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2009 she founded Lane Fertility Institute. The Institute has grown to a multi-physician practice with a state of the art embryology laboratory and global reach.
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Tabitha Lundberg Koh, JD


Tabitha Lundberg Koh, J.D. is the Director of Legal Services at Northwest Surrogacy Center, LLC. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley Law School and an attorney since 2007, her practice areas include adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology, as well as estate planning and probate. She is licensed to practice law in California, Oregon, and Washington. Tabitha is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys , Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS), and the Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association.
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Molly O’Brien, Esq.


Molly O’Brien has worked in the field of Assisted Reproduction since 2005. Previously, she worked for an Egg Donation Agency and a Surrogacy Agency where she became familiar with all aspects of assisted reproduction. Since becoming an attorney in 2011, she has gained extensive experience in drafting and negotiating Surrogacy, Egg Donation and Sperm and Embryo Donation Contracts. Ms. O’Brien has also appeared before many local Judges to help parents finalize their parental rights, and has extensive experience in obtaining all documents necessary for her clients to return to their home country. Molly O’Brien graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whittier Law School and authored a Whittier Law Review titled: An Intersection of Ethics and the Law: The Frozen Embryo Dilemma and the Chilling Choice Between Life and Death. Ms. O’Brien serves on the Executive Board of the Legal Professional Group section of ASRM as the Vice Chair. Additionally, Ms. O’Brien is a member of the ABA A.R.T. committee and SEEDs.
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Susanna Park, MD Advisory_Board-60


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.
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Guy Ringler, MD Advisory_Board-60


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. 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.
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Mousa Shamonki, MD


Dr. Shamonki received his medical degree and OB/GYN residency at the University of Vermont. He completed his reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellowship at Cornell University, considered by many in the field as the premier fellowship in the country. After fellowship, Dr.Shamonki spent one year perfecting his skills at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, where he performed thousands of ultrasounds and procedures. In 2006 Dr. Shamonki joined his alma mater UCLA and, as Director of In-Vitro Fertilization and Assisted Reproduction, quickly developed the IVF Program at UCLA into a center of excellence. He has published numerous papers and has won several awards, including the Carbee Award for excellence in OB/GYN, the Patients' Choice Award and America's Top Doctors Award. In his words, "I had the great fortune of growing up learning about reproductive medicine through the eyes of my father, Dr. Issa Shamonki, who was one of the pioneers in the field. I hope to continue his legacy by providing care of the highest quality, with great compassion and consideration.
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Steven H. Snyder, Esq. Advisory_Board-60


Steven H. Snyder, Esq., is the founding and principal partner of Steven H. Snyder & Associates, and he is the Director of the International Assisted Reproduction Center (IARC), a full-service surrogacy and egg donation 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.
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Brad Spencer Advisory_Board-60


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 The Trevor Project, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth.

MHB speakers


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Jenny Congiardo, Director of Operations


Jenny joined MHB in October 2017 as the GPAP Application Coordinator, and was later appointed as Operations Manager, then 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 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.

Andrew Li, PhD, board member


Andrew, who holds a PhD in computer science, currently serves as a Vice President at a major investment bank in New York City. Andrew and his husband first learned of MHB by attending the NYC conference and monthly meetings as intended parents. The couple is currently on their first surrogacy journey, looking forward to completing their family with a child soon. MHB has been instrumental in their journey so far and Andrew wishes to pay it forward to other intended parents. He strongly believes that being a parent is everyone’s right, no matter their socioeconomic or ethnic background. Andrew is of Asian descent and hopes to help MHB overcome language and cultural barriers to more effectively reach out to Asian prospective parents who currently have limited access to the full breadth of resources the organization offers.
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Shelly Marsh, Marketing Director


Shelly joined the Men Having Babies team in December 2017 as our Marketing Manager. Her primary focus is help promote our organization while growing the attendance and visibility of our conferences. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Communications. Prior to joining our team, she worked at a California based fertility clinic as the Marketing Manager for over five years. Shelly is also a three-time surrogate mother to same sex male couples both domestic and international. She lives in Southern California with her wonderful husband and two children.
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Frank Nelson, board member


Frank Nelson is a High School Teacher, working with at-risk youth in Toronto, Ontario. Frank received his Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Ryerson University and his Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Frank and his husband BJ have a son Milo who was born in June 2014 via gestational surrogacy. By some twist of fate, their birth photo went viral, and their surrogacy story was shared around the world. Since then, they have started their own website, familyisaboutlove.com, and they have also written a children's book called Milo's Adventures: A Story about Love, about their surrogacy journey. Frank believes that it is important to teach others about surrogacy, the importance of skin to skin contact and to show the world that family is about love.
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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.
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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.
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Lisa Schuster, GPAP Program Director


Lisa joined the MHB team in January of 2018 as the Stage II GPAP Case Manager, and was later promoted to GPAP Program Manager. Lisa’s responsibilities include development of ongoing partnerships in support of the assistance program, development of practices and initiatives to further the scope and reach of the program, coordination of the selection and matching process of Stage II candidates, and managing their journeys and budgets until they become parents. 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.
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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.

Breakout sessions


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Said T. Daneshmand, MD, FACOG. Advisory_Board-60


Dr. Daneshmand has expertise in complex IVF cases, and his research has featured work on endometrial receptivity as a way to maximize the probability of success during IVF. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in egg donation and surrogacy, and is one of the main providers of third-party care in the United States, with patients traveling from more than 35 countries in 2016 alone. He is known for developing and implementing cutting-edge technologies, including NGS (next generation sequencing), the latest and most precise technique for assessing embryonic genetic health. Dr. Daneshmand completed his fellowship and residency at UCLA. He is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as in Reproductive Endocrinology. Among his achievements, Dr. Daneshmand is the recipient of numerous awards including the Eileen Pike Medical School Valedictorian Award, the PCRS Fellowship and Practicing Physician Research Award, as well as the recipient of the prestigious ASRM STAR Award in 2017. 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.
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Kristen Hanson Advisory_Board-60


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.
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Dawn Baker


Dawn Baker is the founder and Director of US Surrogacy LLC. She enjoys her family of three amazing young adult children and traveling with her husband. An ardent supporter of the ability to have a family, much of her passion for surrogacy comes from her experience as an infertility patient and her 5 year journey to have her second son. Dawn brings significant work experience from the legal field, having worked as a paralegal for 20 years. Prior to her legal career, she served as a Personnel Specialist in the US Army and as Assistant to the Personnel Director on Yokota Air Base, Japan. She believes that an inherit desire for a family is within many of us and we are blessed to have the options in our society to realize that desire. She is passionate about the ability to help parents throughout the world as they follow their dream to build or grow their family!
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Darcy Broughton, MD


Darcy Broughton is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, fellowship trained in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Broughton graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a major in biochemistry. She then attended the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where she concentrated in women’s reproductive health, freedom and rights and was inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She returned to the West Coast to complete residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland where she was an administrative chief resident. She discovered her passion for reproductive endocrinology and matched into fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. During fellowship, her research focused on the effect of Zika virus on the female reproductive tract. It is important to Dr. Broughton to focus on evidenced-based and personalized care for women and couples.
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Sam Chally


Sam Chally graduated with a degree in philosophy from San Francisco State University. A Portland native, he lived and worked for many years in Mexico and Nicaragua, where he was a teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, and Sales Consultant. Sam loves working at NWSC and helping families make their dreams come true by helping them bring babies into the world. Sam's work is primarily focused on introducing NWSC to intended parents as they begin the process of surrogacy. He also assists with the development of our international and domestic programs.
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Miles Collins


Miles had his own personal experience with the Pacific Fertility Center of Los Angeles, as it was through Dr. Sahakian that he created embryos to eventually start his own family. Now, Miles Collins is the President of PFCLA. Social infertility is a personal interest of his, and PFCLA is one of the top international destinations for third party reproductive services using surrogates and egg donors.
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Carey Flamer-Powell


Carey Flamer-Powell is the Director and Founder of All Families Surrogacy, LLC. Carey is an out lesbian and experienced gestational carrier, having delivered a healthy baby boy for a wonderful lesbian couple. Carey founded AFS with the intention of making surrogacy accessible to every individual and couple. Carey is proud to serve as a Co-Founder and Co-President of the Oregon Surrogacy Professionals Association (OSPA) and as the LGBT Advisor for Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED). She is as an active member of American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and serves on the Grievance Committee for the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS). Carey's professional background includes 20 years of experience in business ownership, legal operations, administrative management and public relations.
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Kyle Dean Massey


Kyle is the director of the surrogacy program at Elevate, and has spent years working with egg donors from around the globe as a donor specialist. He worked for a top tier fertility clinic as the National Business Developer, and has now moved back into his passion position helping build families through egg donation and surrogacy.
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Dawn Galbo


Dawn Galbo is the Founder and President of USA Surrogacy International based in San Diego, California.  Dawn is also a licensed marriage and family therapist who has specialized in third party reproduction for over a decade. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has operated a private practice. Her work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families has provided her with a deep understanding of human experiences in multiple social settings and multicultural environments. As a reproductive specialist, Dawn has experience conducting psychodiagnostic evaluations which includes psychological testing for egg donors, gestational carriers, and sperm donors. Dawn has also conducted intended parent consultations for individuals and couples utilizing assisted reproductive technology. Dawn is a single mother, by choice, of two young children, a perspective that helps her to guide and support people who are passionate about assisted reproductive technology and the birth process. She is a member of the Society of  Ethics in Egg Donations and Surrogacy (SEEDS) among other professional affiliations.
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Jeffrey Hu


Founder of SurrogateFirst, has 10 years of cross border reproductive care experience, helping families one blessing at a time with IVF and surrogacy services. Jeffrey & his wife, Lina, manage SurrogateFirst from its headquarters in Los Angeles with staff in Nevada, Oregon and North Carolina. 100% of SurrogateFirst staff have firsthand experience and intimate knowledge as an Intended Parent or previous Surrogate to ensure we provide the most empathetic and professional service possible in your journey to parenthood. SurrogateFirst has commissioned and sponsored the national “2020 Surrogates Helping Surrogacy Survey,” a first of its kind, of 200+ experienced surrogates to help build transparency in the surrogate community and to help all involved to improve their journey. We are excited to present the initial findings and provide best practice guidelines from the insights gathered from the survey results at this conference! Jeffrey & Lina are blessed with three wonderful children after a seven-year journey of IVF across four countries and the help of a wonderful surrogate to help start their family.
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Brooke Kimbrough


Raised in Los Angeles, Brooke Kimbrough attended Occidental College and received her business degree before a 15-year career in Human Resources. in 2010, she left corporate America to spend time with her four young children. During her time spent as a Stay at Home Mom, she was a gestational carrier for a single gay father. After her experience as a surrogate, she was called to use her professional experience and personal passion to open Roots Surrogacy in 2014, joined shortly by her business partner, attorney Cassie Aaronson Wright in 2015. An advocate for the LGTBQ+ community, Brooke rides on an all gay male cyclist team and completed the AIDS Ride 2018 (a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles), where she raised $10,000 for AIDS research and education. She continues to be passionate about family building in the LGTBQ space and uses Roots Surrogacy as the vehicle to help LGTBQ+ and HIV+ people build their families through surrogacy and egg donation.
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John Norian, MD


Dr. John Norian is a double board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist with HRC Fertility.  He is passionate about helping gay men achieve their goals of family building and becoming fathers through egg donation and surrogacy.  His philosophy in helping those realize their dream of having a family combines both the precision and science of reproductive medicine with a warm and compassionate style of doctoring.  Dr. Norian is very involved in all the clinical decisions and all of the fertility treatment procedures which have allowed our team and his patients to achieve the highest success rates.  As a board member of Family Equality and SART, Dr. Norian has greatly helped to raise awareness and develop usable information about fertility options for gay men and the greater LGBTQ community.  He received his undergraduate degree from the UC Berkeley, his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, completed his residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his fellowship at the prestigious National Institutes of Health program.
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Vicken Sahakian, MD


Dr. Sahakian is responsible for the birth of over 7,000 babies all over the world. His central focus is treating same-sex couples. One of his proudest accomplishments is that with him hundreds of LGBTQ+ couples have achieved their dreams of having a family. Dr. Sahakian is the Chief Medical Officer at Pacific Fertility Center of Los Angeles. Founded almost 30 years ago, PFCLA is a pioneer in the fields of IVF and social infertility. Since the beginning, PFCLA’s physicians have introduced a number of innovations in the treatment of infertility, and continue to define international standards of care. A global destination for intended parents from all walks of life, PFCLA believes that everyone has a right to a family regardless of gender or sexual orientation. With a special focus on LGBTQ+ couples, PFCLA is known worldwide for its expertise in surrogacy and egg donation. Dr. Sahakian is Board Certified in both Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. In addition to English, he is fluent in French, Arabic, and Armenian.
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Eldon Schriock, MD


Dr. Eldon Schriock has been a Medical Director with Pacific Fertility Center since 1999. An internationally recognized expert in infertility, he has been at the forefront of assisted reproductive technology since 1981. In fact, he was a member of the medical team that performed the first in-vitro fertilization treatment in Northern California. Dr. Schriock is recognized as one of the "Best Doctors in America." His clinical expertise and compassionate care earn him referrals from both physicians and patients. As an innovator, he has authored over 50 abstracts and articles in medical publications. Early on, Dr. Schriock was among the first to advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ community to have access to fertility services. Today, he is proud to have helped create so many LGBTQ families.
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Mark Schroeder


Mark Schroeder is the Head of Client Relations & Marketing at GSHC Surrogacy Agency in Los Angeles and a proud advocate for the LGBTQ community. Mark works tirelessly to make sure that Intended Parents are informed, prepared, and exhilarated as they embark on the surrogacy journey ahead of them. Upon joining the GSHC team, he found his calling connecting Intended Parents with Surrogates in order to create the family of their dreams. His personalized approach, devotion to IPs, sense of humor (and height) help him stand out as a natural leader and comforting ally. Mark is driven by his passionate belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to start a family of their own and he looks forward to helping you start yours.
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Karen Synesiou


Since 1991, Karen Synesiou has built a career on making people’s dreams of parenthood come true by matching hopeful parents with surrogates. Karen became part of the Ovation team in May 2019 with the acquisition of her Los Angeles-based Center for Surrogate Parenting, where she served as chief executive officer and owner and still leads the company as director. To date, more than 2,600 babies have been born to CSP’s surrogacy agency in the United States, and Karen was honored to help write the surrogacy law in California that most other states have now adopted. Karen’s international background and her English law degree have been quite useful, as many of CSP’s clients travel for American surrogacy from countries around the world. Her many years of business management are beneficial in running CSP and evident in creating and maintaining strong, successful relationships with CSP’s clients, from the first meetings with surrogates through
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Nurit Winkler, MD


Dr. Nurit Winkler is the co-founder and co-owner of Los Angeles Reproductive Center. She completed her training as a fertility specialist at Brown University School of Medicine and at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where she earned multiple teaching and research awards. Dr. Winkler received her medical degree from the University of Pavia in Italy where she graduated with the highest distinction. After completing her training in both Europe and Israel, she moved to the US bringing with her expertise and unique approaches to fertility treatments especially in the field of egg donation and surrogacy. Dr. Winkler is in fact licensed to practice medicine on 3 different continents. With her unique international background and fluency in 3 languages Dr. Winkler treats regularly couples and singles from the LGBTQ community from all around the globe. Her ultimate goal as a fertility specialist is maintaining a high pregnancy rate which can only be achieved by combining advance technology, more than 15 years of experience in the field and personalized care.