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Board, staff and committees of Men Having Babies


Board of directors


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

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.

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.

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.

Asaf Rosenheim, board member / treasurer

Asaf Rosenheim serves as the head of Business Development for family owned real estate practice, Profimex in Israel. Prior to joining Profimex he was a VP at Ares and served in the Israeli Army as a Medic Staff Sergeant. He graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a BS in Business and Finance and received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Asaf is married to Eric Patton and together they are parents to boy and girl twins born at the beginning of 2012 with the help of a surrogate who became a close friend. In the past, Asaf served at the Head of ‘Rutgers Newark Gay and Lesbian Alliance’, fostered and rehabilitated three rescue pit-bulls for ‘Earth Angels,’ a Bronx based non-profit canine rescue and taught yoga community classes. After speaking at Men Having Babies' workshop and facilitating in the formulation of The Gay Parenting Assistance Program and the 2013 New York annual seminar he joined the board in May 2013. Asaf is passionate about providing information and support to perspective parents on their journey to what he and his husband Eric see as the greatest gift that they have ever gotten, becoming parents.

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.

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.


Former board chairs


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

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

 

Staff


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.

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.

Elinor Poole-Dayan, Website Developer

Elinor has been working for MHB  since 2017 and began working on the website in 2018. She modernized and updated the website to ensure mobile compatibility and incorporated a CMS. She continues working on improving the website and keeping it up to date. In addition, she helps with general administrative tasks and data management. Elinor is an honors math and computer science student in her second year at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Amy Cameron, GPAP Coordinator

Amy joined the Men Having Babies team in November 2019 as the GPAP Application Coordinator. Amy's responsibilities include processing GPAP applications and renewals, answering questions about the Gay Parenting Assistance Program, and compiling resources for GPAP applicants.  Amy's professional background is in administration, and she currently serves as the assistant treasurer for a local nonprofit.  Amy lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Vanessa Breedlove, Finance & Administrative Coordinator

Vanessa joined MHB in May 2020 as an Administrative Coordinator.  Vanessa’s professional background is in television news, and she has over a decade of experience leading non-profit organizations in coordinating and marketing programs and events.  Vanessa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Miami with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.  She lives in Central Florida with her husband and two teenage children.

Brian Blitzer, GPAP Benefits Coordinator

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

 

Advisory Board


The Advisory Board was established in 2016, and includes leading professionals from the surrogacy field. It is a unique forum for discussing legal, medical, financial, and social issues that are relevant to surrogacy and gay parenting among knowledgable and caring professionals, parents and surrogates. This advisory board meets bi-monthly at our conferences and it is an ongoing source of significant improvements to our programs.
 

Surrogates Advisory Committee


Holly Barden

Holly has a M.S. in Counseling Psychology and is currently working on her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. Additionally, Holly, is working as an Educational Diagnostician for her local public-school district. She and her husband are proud parents to an amazing daughter and son. In 2011, Holly, became an egg donor and made three egg donations between 2011-2013 for a same-sex couple, a traditional couple, and a single gay father. Holly became a surrogate in 2017 after having her son where she carried for a same-sex international couple. Having friends and family that struggled with having children of their own was what led to Holly’s passion in helping others pursue their dream of building a family. She is ecstatic to continue as a surrogate but also to further help families and surrogates through serving on the Surrogates’ Advisory Committee.

Michelle Pine, former board member, chair of the Surrogates Advisory Committee

Michelle Pine is a special education teacher for students with mild disabilities at an alternative high school in Klamath Falls, Oregon, having previously taught special education and Language Arts in Portland. Michelle holds two Masters in Education from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Eastern Oregon University. When not working, Michelle enjoys reading and writing and spending time with her family exploring Oregon. Michelle is a two-time surrogate.  In 2015 she carried boy/girl twins for a same-sex couple in Israel.  She delivered a baby girl in September 2017 for a mixed-status same-sex couple from San Francisco. Michelle and her husband have three amazing children, all who played an important role in both surrogacy journeys and have enjoyed being a part of helping others become a family.

Mandie McGlynn

Mandie McGlynn has given birth to two beautiful babies for four amazing dads, and has long been an advocate of the surrogacy experience. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2019 and is currently pursuing certification as a Spiritual Director. Mandie lives on the outskirts of Chicago with her two partners, three children, and two energetic dogs.