Men Having Babies 2021 Southern Surrogacy Options
Virtual Seminar

February 27, 2021

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Conference speakers


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.

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.”

Roia Barrios

Roia has always had a passion for service, community involvement, and advocacy. Following law school, she gained significant litigation experience protecting the rights of indigent individuals. After experiencing the joys of starting her own family, Roia witnessed her love ones struggling to conceive and, as a result, shifted her practice area. As a cancer survivor, she has a unique and personal understanding for the growing need for Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Patrick and Colin

Patrick and Colin had been together for 6 years and married for 2 when they decided to take the leap into parenthood.  Their best friend was their surrogate and through the process, her family became an extension of their own. They partnered with Family Formers for their journey, and welcomed their son, Chess, in January 2020 in Florida.

Shadina Blunt

Public figure & two-time surrogate, women’s advocate, and Master of healthcare business management and Nursing. Shadina Blunt is on a mission to impact the lives of millions through surrogacy, by supporting the LGBTQ Community and empowering women. Once she obtained her degrees, she started her OBGYN career and found the love for women’s health and babies. It was at this very moment Shadina became passionate about helping women become parents through surrogacy. Shadina has over 16 years’ experience in the field. As a two-time surrogate herself, Shadina has helped parents become families. Shadina decided to continue her passion by becoming the founder and co-owner of Surrogacy Miracles & Consulting.  Shadina is also the Founder and Owner of Surrogacy Miracles Family Foundation, and a Partner of Surrogacy Miracles Escrow Management. Shadina’s mission is to carry on the knowledge of surrogacy and help millions of families.

Marc Gualtieri, M.D.

Marc R. Gualtieri, M.D., is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He completed his subspecialty fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles after attending medical school and residency at the University of Miami. Dr. Gualtieri has won numerous awards for his clinical ability, including being inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and being voted Best Clinical Skills in OB/GYN and Top Chief Resident in OB/GYN at the University of Miami. Dr. Gualtieri also was the Most Outstanding Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California. His work with stem cell technology and patients with diminished ovarian reserve have garnered him national recognition and top research awards from the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, Pacific Coast Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, University of Southern California, Department of OB/GYN, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Gualtieri joined IVF Florida in 2015. He sees patients at the Jupiter and Wellington offices.

Jonathan Hobgood

Jonathan and Kerry from South Carolina started their journey towards fatherhood in 2018 doing research and trying to get a handle on the surrogacy process.  Worried about the financial portion of the journey, they came across the MHB GPAP program application and attended the NY conference that November in the hopes of starting their journey.  They were accepted in the GPAP Stage II program in 2019, partnering with Heartland Surrogacy and Fertility Specialists of Texas.  From there, the process moved along with them matching with their wonderful surrogate and selecting an egg donor to get their family started.  On November 2, 2020, their journey to becoming dads became a reality with the birth of their first son, Kaiden.

Jasmine Hsieh

Prior to Love & Kindness, Jasmine worked with over a thousand intended parent(s) and hundreds of surrogates and egg donors, providing consulting, translation, and liaison services at one of the country's biggest assisted reproductive technology (ART) law firm. She has also spoken at the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS) conferences in 2017 (Costa Mesa, CA) and 2018 (Chicago, IL).  Jasmine carries a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in Data Analysis. Before joining the surrogacy industry, she worked in business intelligence at a Fortune 100 company. A five-time successful egg donor herself, Jasmine’s extensive knowledge of egg donation and surrogacy, as well as her informational technology (IT) background, is matched with a heart to help both personally and professionally.  As the program director, Jasmine strives to make sure that the journey to become parents is as affordable and as stress free as can be, and that everything is done in the highest efficiency and professionalism possible.

Marla Neufeld

Marla Neufeld is a partner in Greenspoon Marder’s Surrogacy practice group. She is the founder of the firm’s Assisted Reproductive Technology practice group and represents parties using a surrogate, egg, sperm or embryo donor. Ms. Neufeld was personally part of the statistic of one of every eight couples of childbearing age struggling with infertility and utilizes her own experience with her fertility related legal practice. She experienced her own infertility journey for over four years and ultimately used a gestational surrogate to build her own family. She also co-authored a book published by the American Bar Association titled, The ABA Guide to Assisted Reproduction: Techniques, Legal Issues and Pathways to Success. Drawing from her own personal journey with infertility and the use of a gestational surrogate, Ms. Neufeld utilizes her transactional law background and combines it with her compassion and understanding of the surrogacy and adoption process. She focuses on helping others start a family using the available third party reproductive technologies and adoption laws in Florida.

Angela Richardson-Mook

Between the personal experience of closed adoption and the years of the infertility roller coaster that followed, a calling to third party reproduction seemed inevitable for Alcea Co-Founder and Executive Director Angela Richardson-Mook. With a successful corporate project management background, fifteen+ years of third-party reproduction expertise, and professional connections to alternative family building nationwide, she has brought her dream of a female-owned, full-service, holistic surrogacy agency to life. As an adopted woman, a gestational carrier, an egg donor, and a mother via IVF, she has a unique outlook on the mechanics of what truly composes a family. By leveraging her knowledge as a corporate executive and as an active member of the surrogacy community, she built unique bonds with a community of people all experiencing different nuances of infertility, yet with all the same dissatisfaction with the status quo. Personal relationships with intended mothers and fathers, surrogates, donors, and agency employees, evolved into the collective creation of a decidedly different surrogacy agency strategy.

Teresa Rockey

Teresa Rockey is the Founder/Director of Family Formers Surrogacy & Egg Donation Consultants. Through her own challenging journey to become mother of 3 beautiful and smart boys via an egg donor and 2 surrogates, Teresa has become a strong advocate to help intended parents make the right choices to ensure the best possible outcome to parenthood. As a boutique agency based in South Florida, Family Formers offers one of the most successful donor/surrogacy programs in the state. For the past decade, Family Formers has dedicated itself to assisting Intended Parents throughout the US, South America, and Europe. Our affordable program offers our LGBTQ+ community the expertise and personal care that our Intended Parents deserve.

Gerardo Rodriguez-Albizu

Gerardo Rodriguez-Albizu is a seasoned attorney who represents international and domestic intended parents with their reproductive law needs. Having experienced infertility previously with his wife, Gerardo understands the challenges intended parents face in attempting to start their own families. Gerardo’s experience includes representing intended parents and gestational surrogates in pre-planned adoptions agreements and gestational surrogacy agreements, along with representing intended parents and egg donors in anonymous and known egg donation agreements. Fluent in Spanish and with considerable experience in assisting clients from Latin America, Gerardo is dedicated to assisting international intended parents with the unique legal challenges they face when traveling to Florida for their reproductive law needs. Gerardo’s fluency in Spanish also allows him to effectively represent gestational surrogates and egg donors who primarily speak Spanish. Mr. Rodriguez-Albizu has received numerous accolades in recognition of his legal services, including the "Most Effective Lawyers" award from the South Florida Daily Business Review and was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for five consecutive years.

Alberto Sabater

Dr. Sabater is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, single dad and bisexual man.  He decided to begin his journey as an IP at 48, after consulting with his attorney who recommended a surrogacy firm that caters to LGBT clients. Through the agency, he met both his egg donor & carrier virtually. The egg donor has agreed to have contact with Dr. Sabater’s son if and when he wants to meet her and they already enjoy annual meetings with his carrier & family. Both families will be spending Mother’s day together this year at her home :) Meanwhile, Dr.S. is starting a new journey in order to complete his family with a little lady in the house ;) He had his remaining embryos biopsied to check for chromosomal abnormalities and to determine the gender of each one. The biggest stumbling block so far has been finding a surrogate willing and able to get the covid-19 vaccine, so it might take a while. It’s never a dull moment in the interim between daddy & doctor duties. Dr. Sabater & his son live in the Fort Lauderdale area.

Michael Serwa

Michael is the Intended Parent Coordinator at Surro Connections and is a father of three through surrogacy and egg donation. In 2017, he and his husband welcomed their son, Noah, and in 2019 they welcomed their surprise twins, Leah and Maya. Michael spent eight years working for a big corporation, but when his son was born, he felt the need to give back to the surrogacy community and help other families with their dreams of becoming parents. In 2019, Michael and his husband also donated their remaining embryos to a same-sex couple living in California who are now expecting a little boy. Although the agency is located in Oregon (USA), Michael is based out of Barcelona, Spain, and speaks English, French, and Spanish. His empathy, passion, and personal experience with surrogacy is what will make you feel you are being taken care of during your journey.

Robert T Terenzio, Esquire

Robert T Terenzio is an attorney in Florida and Connecticut who limits his practice to Assisted Reproductive Technology. He has been in this area of the law for over 20 years, helping clients from Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. Robert's practice addresses all aspects of family formation and welcomes everyone. As a Reproductive Attorney, Robert has been a member of RESOLVE, ASRM, Counsel at Large for the Family Law Section of the ABA, the ABA Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee, SEEDS, the Family Law Section of the Connecticut and Florida Bar Associations.

Autumn Wright

Autumn lives with her family in Texas. She has 2 biological children and has a blended family with her partner and her partner’s three children. Autumn carried siblings for a same sex couple – the boys were born in 2014 and 2015. She went on to be a gestational carrier for a single dad, delivering in 2018. Autumn is excited to be on another surrogacy journey, carrying a daughter for another same sex couple. Autumn decided to become a surrogate because she whole heartedly believes every individual deserves a family no matter who they are and who they love and she feels blessed to be able to help others complete their families.

MHB speakers

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.

Jenny Congiardo, Director of Operations

Jenny joined MHB in October 2017 and held several roles in the organization before being appointed as Director of Operations. She brings her many years of non-profit and corporate communications experience to help improve MHB’s efficiency and effectiveness, while drawing on her experience in the education field to help make every person’s experience with MHB rewarding and pleasant. Jenny received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida, and she enjoys living with her husband and two children among the happy faces in sunny Florida.

Yanir Dekel, Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

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

Sara Miller, Director of Business Development

Sara joined the Men Having Babies team in June of 2020 as the Director of Business Development. Her primary focus is to expand and strengthen strategic partnerships with fellow third party reproductive professionals, to allow continued growth and education of the Men Having Babies' mission. Sara has a Bachelor's Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology, and completed two years of an MD program at The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine before opting to discontinue her medical studies to spend more time with her growing family. Sara spent 10 years doing consulting work for a leading biotech company, before working as a Case Manager followed by Program Director and COO for a surrogate and egg donation agency. Additionally, Sara is a one-time surrogate, delivering in 2019 for a same-sex couple in Spain.

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.