The 6th annual San Francisco Men Having Babies conference took place on January 12-13, 2019, at Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel. Over 250 prospective parents from across the United States and beyond enjoyed a weekend of workshops, and special in-depth panels about insurance, budgeting, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy. Proceeds from the conference benefited the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).
Kim Bergman, PhD
Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is a member of ASRM, the American Psychological Association, the LA County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published "Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood" (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Conari Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.
Said T. Daneshmand, MD, FACOG
Dr. Daneshmand of San Diego Fertility Center is an internationally recognized fertility specialist with extensive experience in providing third-party reproductive services. 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), one of the most successful IVF regimens currently available. These groundbreaking findings were published in the internationally respected medical journal, Fertility and Sterility, where he served as a reviewer. Dr. Daneshmand completed his fellowship and residency at UCLA. He is specialty board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and sub specialty in Reproductive Endocrinology. Among his achievements, Dr. Daneshmand is the recipient of the Eileen Pike Medical School Valedictorian Award and the PCRS Fellowship and Practicing Physician Research Award. He served as the President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, is a member of the Decherney Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). He speaks French, Spanish and Farsi.
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.
Shahin Ghadir, MD
Dr. Ghadir is a huge advocate for the LGBTQ community and has helped hundreds of same sex couples. As a founding partner of Southern California Reproductive Center, Dr. Ghadir is double Board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. SCRC has one the largest third-party divisions helping all individuals with donors and surrogates. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of OBGYN at UCLA and USC. Dr. Ghadir earned his bachelor's degree with cum laude in psychology From UCLA, and his medical degree from the Central University School of Medicine, where he graduated summa cum laude and was ranked first in his class. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, as well as a three-year subspecialty fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the combined UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center program. Dr. Ghadir currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Fertility Association as well as the Neuromuscular Disease Foundation (NDF).
Corinna Guerzoni, PhD
Corinna Sabrina Guerzoni is a Professor in Anthropology at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan – Italy, and a Researcher at Western Fertility Institute (California). In 2016, she was Visiting Researcher at San Diego State University, Department of Women's Studies (California). In 2017, she obtained the Ph.D. in Cultural and Social Anthropology at Milano-Bicocca University (Italy). In the same year, she received the VISA O-1a (Individuals with Extraordinary Ability) to conduct a 3 years postdoctoral research on surrogacy between USA and Europe.
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Keeyes, Esq.
Michelle Keeyes is the Managing Partner of Reproductive Law Center, one of the oldest firms in the United States focusing solely on assisted reproductive technology law. She is a fellow of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) where she currently serves as the Past Chair of the Legal Professionals Group. Michelle is also an active member of the American Bar Associations' Family Law Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technologies where she has worked with fellow attorneys to draft model legislation governing Assisted Reproduction and Assisted Reproductive Technology Agencies. Michelle is a frequent speaker on reproductive legal issues, addressing both medical and legal professionals in the U.S. and abroad.
Nir Keren, originally from Israel now lives in Toronto, Canada with his partner Bob. Nir has assisted several of his friends throughout their surrogacy journeys, in different countries which has opened his eyes to the many challenges intended parents are facing to create their families. Nir's background is in business improvment and marketing however after seeing first hand the obstacles international IP's endure, he felt that his mission and passion is to bring the awareness of the Canadian surrogacy option to IP's seeking alternative options. He has now dedicated his life to support IP's around the world to have a smooth and straight-forward journey in Canada. Alongside Dr. Librach and The CReATe Fertility Centre, he has now established 'Babies Come True', a concierge service in Canada that will help and support international IP's throughout their surrogacy journey. Nir and his husband are currently going through the process of surrogacy in Canada themselves and love to share their story.
John Norian, MD
Dr. John Norian, a double board certified fertility specialist, received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, completed his residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine program and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health. 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 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 Path2Parenthood, Dr. Norian has greatly helped to raise awareness and develop usable information about fertility options for gay men and the greater LGBT community.
Jeannette is a dedicated and passionate advocate for youth and families, with over ten years of nonprofit programming experience. As the San Francisco Family Programs Coordinator of Our Family Coalition (OFC), she coordinates parent support groups, parenting classes, workshops, family events, playgroups and more for LGBTQ-headed families in the city. Jeannette has a B.A. in Sociology, is a California state-certified sexual assault and domestic violence counselor, and is a trained infant massage educator and positive parenting instructor. She's a queer femme who enjoys puppies, swimming, and progressive social change.
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. 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.
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.
Steven H. Snyder, Esq.
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. His life’s passion is to help others experience the joys of being a parent, as he has experienced raising his two children. Mr. Snyder is an active leader in numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS), RESOLVE Infertility, 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.
Charlie Spiegel's SF law practice includes adoption and surrogacy for gay and straight couples and single people. Charlie is a former co-chair of Lambda Legal's National Board, one of the founding Executive Directors of Our Family Coalition, and recent board member of www.CPCal.org and www.KidsTurn.org. He educates regularly for Adoption Connection and Our Family. He graduated with honors from New York University School of Law. While advocating for marriage equality over 25 years, Charlie became a parent through private infant adoption. Charlie won JFCS's Fammy Award, is an annual volunteer in the Gender Spectrum free legal clinic, and does other volunteer mediation and education work through the SF Family Court and Community Boards.
Deborah Wald, Esq.
Deborah H. Wald is managing partner of The Wald Law Group, a full-service family law firm based in San Francisco, California. While her law firm handles all aspects of family law, Ms. Wald herself focuses almost entirely on children. Her practice is divided between family formation – including egg and sperm donation, surrogacy and adoption – and parentage and custody litigation. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and the Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers. She is trained in both mediation and collaborative practice. She recently completed a term as a member of the State Bar of California's Family Law Executive Committee; and she has been involved for many years in
Cindy R. Wasser, LLP
With her unique background as a high profile criminal defence lawyer for almost 30 years and, extraordinary journey as an Intended Parent, Cindy Wasser offers an unparalleled service to Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. Her firm, Hope Springs Fertility Law™ is one of the leading firms in Canada with a large international clientele. When the RCMP investigation into ART began in February 2012, Cindy was called upon to provide legal advice to other fertility lawyers, medical practitioners and, consultant agencies. Cindy has lectured about fertility law at medico-legal conferences and at hospitals and is published in a leading medical journal. During her criminal law career, she successfully defended high profile cases; published and lectured. Cindy was a founding Director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted; the Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Ontario Bar Association and; a member of many Law Society Committees. Cindy and her husband are parents to two perfectly created daughters with the generous assistance of an ovum donor and two Surrogates.
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.
Shelly Marsh, Marketing Manager
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.
Michelle Pine, 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.
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, GPAP Program Manager
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jerald S. Goldstein, M.D.
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.
John S. Hesla is one of the most respected and experienced physicians helping LGBTQ intended parents build their families through egg donor surrogacy. He joined ORM Fertility (formerly Oregon Reproductive Medicine) in 1999 as the co-founder of its groundbreaking IVF program - helping to build one of the first embryology clean rooms in the world. Dr. Hesla is internationally recognized for his innovative methods of treating infertility and his overall tenacity and dedication to helping patients achieve their dream of becoming parents. Prior to joining ORM Fertility, Dr. Hesla was director of IVF and head of reproductive surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Hesla is globally recognized by the LGBTQ community for his compassionate approach and consistent success. Dr. Hesla has been instrumental in setting ORM Fertility's high standards in all aspects of its program and helping it consistently achieve among the highest live birth success rates of all US IVF clinics. His goal is to help LGBTQ intended parents achieve first time success and a healthy family.
Jay Cook-Wong is co-owner and co-founder of Same Love Surrogacy, a full service gay owned and operated egg donor and surrogacy agency based in West Hollywood, CA. Jay married to Danny Cook-Wong along - the personal experience of gay dads who created their family via surrogacy and egg donation. What all this personal experience taught us is that more and more LGBTQ individuals are seeking to become parents via assisted reproductive technology, and we want to assist intending parents through their journey to parenthood while giving back to the LGBTQ community. Jay was born in Michigan and has resided in Los Angeles, CA for the past 20 years with his husband and twin boys. He has worked as a health club general manager and registered nurse. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Fitness Management and an Associates degree in Nursing. Jay utilizes his management and medical experience as a unique blend to assist LGBTQ in the creation of families.
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.
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.
Isiah Harris, MD
Dr. Harris is a Bay Area native, who attended college at Duke University and then completed medical school at UCSF. He left the Bay once more to complete his Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at Harvard's esteemed Brigham & Women's Hospital. After completing his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology, Dr. Harris transitioned into seeing patients at Kaiser and, most recently, developing their IVF program in Santa Clara and Fremont. Through patient surveys, Dr. Harris has earned both the Patients' Choice Award and the Most Compassionate Physician Award. We're so excited to have Dr. Harris, for both his remarkable communication skills and inherent sensitivity toward his patients and colleagues. Areas of interest include IVF, preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), and the impact of diet and lifestyle on reproduction.
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.
Donna Raidy is our Vice President of Operations and oversees all operations at Fertility Source Companies. Donna has over 30 years of experience in business management and takes tremendous pride in directing our great team of professional and compassionate staff who all truly understand and appreciate the journey our Intended Parents are on. Donna is a longtime advocate for children’s rights and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the dependent care system. Donna’s love for family and children, coupled with her extensive management experience is a unique blend that she brings to Fertility Source Companies and our Intended Parents.
I first reached out to Building Families in 2006, interested in becoming a Surrogate Mom. Now, more than a decade after my first journey, I've delivered 5 surrogate babies and am working alongside Carol and the rest of the BFI team. For the last 5 years, my role has been to educate and screen potential Surrogate Mothers. Most recently, I have moved into more of an Administrative role, overseeing each and every case in its entirety.
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 were 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 continent. 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.
Shelley Tarnoff, Esq.
Shelley is a family law attorney with over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of assisted reproduction and family formation. Shelley's work evolved from her personal experience with infertility and adoption. She has presented and lectured at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Resolve, PACT, Contra Costa County Bar Association, and UC Berkeley. She is also a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, conducting psychological evaluations for gestational carriers, ovum donors, and intended parents. Shelley is a Fellow of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers/Academy of California Family Formation Lawyers, and the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys.