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Surrogacy Conference & Gay Parenting Expo


New York, September 18-19, 2021


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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.

Susanna Park, MD

Dr. Park is a fertility doctor double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She spent the first 10 years of her career as a fertility physician at Columbia University in New York City, considered to be one of the leading IVF programs in the USA. She joined the San Diego Fertility Center in 2012 where she combines her extensive experience as an infertility physician with personal care. In 2017, 2019, 2020, and again in 2021, Dr. Park was named "Top Doctor" by the San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS) in San Diego Magazine.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elliott Kronenfeld, LICSW, CSTS

Dr. Elliott Kronenfeld, LICSW, CSTS holds a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality.  He is a certified sex therapist who specializes in fertility, infidelity recovery, and intimacy skills.  He has worked as an adoption and surrogacy social worker for many years helping intended parents from around the world grow their families.  He works with individuals and couples -- regardless of their identity -- as they navigate the pathway to parenthood.  He is a highly regarded public speaker, TEDx speaker, educator, and the author of the best selling book, Couples by Intention: Creating and Cultivating Relationships that Matter!.  His new podcast, The Dr. Elliott Show: A Podcast for Intentional Connections will be launching in 2021.  He currently lives in the Boston area with his husband and is the father of two children -- one through international adoption and one through gestational surrogacy/egg donation.

Anate A. Brauer, MD, FACOG

Anate A. Brauer, M.D., FACOG, is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist with extensive experience in treating all medical and surgical aspects of infertility. 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 and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Brauer subsequently completed her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility-Weill Cornell Medical College. Prior to joining Shady Grove Fertility, Dr. Brauer was an Assistant Clinical Professor at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Brauer has published and presented at numerous national meetings on the topics of optimizing fertility treatments. Dr. Brauer is a regular contributor on a variety of women’s health topics to local and national media such as Parents, Reader’s Digest, Refinery 29, Woman’s Health Magazine, Byrdie and Shape, to name a few. For Shape, she serves on their expert Brain Trust.

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. 

Amelia Demma, Esq.

Amelia Demma is a New York licensed attorney and founder of Law Office of Amelia Demma, offering legal services specific to collaborative family formation. Amelia began her career in assisted family building as a staff member at RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association in 2003, working on legislative matters related to infertility. She is credentialed in Family Mediation through Harvard Law School. In 2019, Amelia was awarded the Mary L. Landrieu Supporter of Adoption through Knowledge and Action Award by the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys at which she is a Fellow. Amelia is a board member at the New York Attorneys for Adoption and Family Formation. She is a provider to Men Having Babies’ Gay Parenting Assistance Program. Amelia served as a legal advisor to Parents Via Egg Donation and to the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy. Most importantly, Amelia is the blessed parent of 26 year-old twins conceived through assisted means.


Joey Guzman-Kuffel, LMFT

Joey Guzman-Kuffel is a licensed marriage and family therapist.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy.  Joey spent his early clinical years as a therapist working with individuals and families who suffered from severe mental illness and behavioral issues at treatment centers.  He transitioned into private practice and founded Counseling with Joey after his own journey with surrogacy.  Joey and his husband welcomed a daughter through surrogacy in August 2019.  Joey currently dedicates himself to providing support and psychological evaluations for surrogate, donor and intended parents and recently joined the MHB staff to conduct psycho-social assessments for the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.

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.

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.

Kyle Dean Massey

A co-founder of Elevate, Kyle Dean was essential in creating Elevate’s operational infrastructure.  He returns to the agency after serving as a National Business Developer for one of the nation’s largest fertility clinics and currently serves as Elevate’s Director of Surrogacy. As a parent through egg donation and surrogacy himself, Kyle Dean is understanding of the process from an Intended Parent perspective while offering insight and experience from handling hundreds of cycles each year. Kyle Dean spent many years starring in Broadway shows, and has brought that collaborative spirit and creative philosophy to his passion for assisted reproduction. Whatever your reasons for coming to Elevate, he hopes to work with you to make your journey joyful and successful. Kyle Dean graduated Magna Cum Laude from Missouri State University.

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.

Brian and Toby Rubin-Sowers

Toby and Brian are Daddy and Papa, respectively, to Anna, age 5 1/2, and Joni, age 2 1/2.  They live in the Ditmas Park area of Brooklyn.  Toby is Co-Founder and Executive Producer at Spectacle Studio, a post-production boutique specializing in 2D/3D animation, and Brian is Co-Founder and Vice President of fortyseven communications, a public relations firm focused on the intersection of entertainment and technology.  After having first started to explore the idea of surrogacy at a Men Having Babies conference 8 years ago, they are excited to have come full circle and now be able to share their experiences across two journeys to help others start to paint a picture of what their futures could look like.  You can also find us on the Men Having Babies site under the Parent Network as the Rubin-Sowers family. Ask us anything!

Barbara Sessim

Barbara Sessim, from Brazil, has been in New York City for the past five and a half years, currently living in the Financial District. She is a fashion designer, and has been an egg donor twice. Helping families to conquer their dream is what drove her into becoming an egg donor, and that desire is what ensured she was able to finish the process both times!  


Richard Vaughn, Esq.

Fertility law attorney Rich Vaughn combined his passion for helping families with over 20 years of experience in business and technology law and founded International Fertility Law Group (IFLG), one of the world’s leading law firms focusing exclusively on assisted reproductive technology (ART) law. Rich first studied reproductive and fertility law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law in the early 1990s. He began his legal career providing litigation, contract, technology, marketing and corporate legal services to individual, corporate and municipal clients in Chicago and Los Angeles. During his own experience of becoming a parent via egg donation and surrogacy, Rich rediscovered his passion for fertility law and launched IFLG.


MHB speakers


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.

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. Instagram: @frankien70

Michael Doyle, MD, board member

Dr. Doyle is the founder of CT Fertility where he served as medical director for 25 years. During that time he was responsible for the successful surrogacy journeys of hundreds of gay men both in the US and abroad, and in his career helped in the creation of over 7,000 babies. He was an early advocate for safe and ethical surrogacy treatment and a strong proponent of non-anonymous egg donation. He also led one of the first and largest frozen donor egg banks in the US. After retiring from clinical practice in 2017, Dr. Doyle now devotes some of his time to several non-profits which are focused on educational access and community development, and he currently plays lead roles in both philanthropic and VC groups which invest in and assist social entrepreneurs around the world. He is thrilled to join the Men Having Babies board and hopes to focus on both development efforts and advocacy initiatives aimed at legalizing surrogacy anywhere where it currently faces opposition.

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


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.”

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 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.

Brandon J. Bankowski, MD, MPH

Dr. Bankowski is one of the most-respected and experienced physicians helping LGBTQ intended parents build their families through donor egg surrogacy. He is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist with extensive experience in IVF, egg donation, surrogacy and genomics. He has practiced at ORM Fertility since 2005. He and his partners at ORM Fertility have helped LGBTQ intended parents from across the world build their families. Dr. Bankowski is passionate about providing ORM Fertility's patients the best care and the highest chance for success on their first attempt, while looking after the genetic health of their family. His vision led to the formation of ORM’s industry-leading reproductive genomics program, as well as the integration of advanced genetic screening of all donors in ORM’s donors program. He is committed to helping LGBTQ intended parents using donor egg surrogacy benefit from the latest advances in genetic screening to help them have the best chance of a healthy baby on their first attempt.

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. 

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.

Taylor Frey

Taylor founded Elevate after feeling his own assisted reproductive journey could have been vastly improved upon.  He wanted to build an agency that specifically spoke to and celebrated people like him, a gay man.  Although Elevate assists a wide array of clients, he still feels most passionate about LGBTQIA+ family building. Having been through the process of assisted reproduction himself, he understands the meticulous and individual care needed for every journey.  For Elevate clients, Taylor has assembled a remarkable team of case managers that help put the joy back into what is sometimes a stressful and emotional process.  Education: Brigham Young University, Harvard Business School.  Languages: English, Portuguese.

Dean Hutchison

Dean has been part of the Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation family since 2004. Along with being Circle’s Vice President of Legal Services, Dean is also an Attorney and the 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. Dean has managed thousands of ART matters over the course of his career and has organized and presented on many panels – both US and International - on the legal aspects of surrogacy and egg donation. In his current role as the Vice President of Legal Services, Dean oversees Circle’s legal team, as well as serving clients. He enjoys meeting with Intended Parents, whether in Boston, on Zoom, or in their hometowns throughout the world. Dean is married with 3 beautiful children, and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and Boston Magazine each year since 2009.

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.

Charlene Kuspa

Charlene is the co-founder of Carrying Hope Surrogacy. Charlene has a strong background in business and mentorship as well as law enforcement holding two different degrees. She is kind, compassionate and loves to serve others. Charlene has served as a surrogate for an international couple and later carried again for a couple in Tennessee. Before Charlene completed her own family, she endured a very traumatic loss that resulted in emergency surgery that nearly cost her her life and that left her, for a moments time, considering surrogacy for herself. She has firsthand experience and an understanding of how stressful this decision can be, and how emotionally and financially challenging this is. She is truly happy and blessed to support and help dreams come true.