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Men Having Babies & GagaTai present:
Parenting Options for Asian Gay Men


Taipei, October 2-3, 2020


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Angeline N. Beltsos, MD

Vios Fertility Institute is led by Chief Medical Officer and CEO Dr. Angie Beltsos, who is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), and has been practicing medicine since 1991. Dr. Beltsos completed her medical degree at Michigan State University in 1991 and her residency in OB/GYN at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, in 1995. She completed her fellowship in REI at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1997. Dr. Beltsos and Team Vios provide patients with innovative, cutting-edge fertility treatment options to meet the diverse needs of their family planning goals; they strive to be open-minded and forward thinking when evaluating new data, research, and technologies that have the potential to improve the care and results they provide to patients. Dr. Beltsos is the Founder and Executive Director of the Midwest Reproductive Symposium international, an international conference where the world’s leading fertility experts meet each year to examine and share the latest in fertility treatment, technological advancements, and ground-breaking medical research.

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.

Virginia Hart

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.

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.

Sandy Chuan, MD

Dr. Sandy Chuan is a double board-certified fertility specialist, with extensive experience in complex IVF cases and third-party reproduction. She is known for combining science and compassion, to optimize the chance for success for every patient. Dr. Chuan has received numerous awards including America’s “Top Doctor” from 2017-2019 and in 2018 she was named "Top Doctor" by the San Diego County Medical Society and featured in the San Diego Magazine. She graduated from UC Irvine with degrees in Biology & Comparative Literature and earned her MD from the prestigious UCLA School of Medicine in 2003. She completed her fertility fellowship at UCSD, joining SDFC in 2012. Dr. Chuan and her team at SDFC are passionate about family building for the LGBTQ community around the globe. Their mission is to provide compassionate, individualized care with clinical excellence for all intended parents during their journey to parenthood. Dr. Chuan relocated with her family to the United States from Taiwan when she was 8 years old and is fluent in English & Chinese.

Luke Chung

Luke grew up and lives in Taiwan where he completed his university finance degree and LLM. Apart from that, Luke obtained his MBA degree overseas in the Netherlands and worked as a fixed income trader in the IB arm in London. He is now the local team head of a US Financial Institution in Taipei. Thanks to surrogacy, Luke is now a father of a two year old and planning for his second wonderful child. Luke is always eager to share the experience of his delightful journey and wishes we can have more diverse families and communities in Asia. He believes being a dad is a fantastic job in which he can find his inner kid, give advice like a buddy, and protect like a guardian.

Franco Ho

Franco is a senior counsel at Lin & Partners specializing in regulatory and public policy, corporate and market entry strategy and international business and commercial transactions. He has a blended background of law, public policy and business management. He received his LL.B. from Soochow University in Taiwan, LL.M. (cum laude) together with a MBA from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and an LL.M. from UC Berkeley. He is admitted to practice law in California and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Spanish. Lin & Partner is an internationally ranked top-tier full-service law firm in Taiwan with multidisciplinary attorneys admitted in Taiwan, Hong Kong, England & Wales and/or parts of the United States. Leveraging on the firm’s extensive experience in civil and administrative law, Lin & Partners aims to become one of the pioneer law firms in Taiwan in the field of cross-border fertility and surrogacy law.

Jeffrey Hu

Jeffrey Hu is the Founder and Managing Director of SurrogateFirst LLC, a full-service surrogacy agency that has successfully assisted couples and individuals start their families one blessing at a time. With staff across the USA (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Texas) and Asia (Shanghai, Shenzhen) that speak English, Chinese, French and Spanish, we are truly a global team able to service Intended Parents around the world. As an intended parent himself, struggling for almost a decade to start a family, Jeffrey intimately understands the challenges (and joy) of navigating the surrogacy journey. Prior to SurrogateFirst, Jeffrey spent 10 years as the Founding Partner of Atomic Recruitment that has grown to over 200 staff in 5 offices across China, serving Fortune 500 clients. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics at the University of California, Irvine and acquired his Masters in Business Administration at USC Marshall School of Business.

Brian Klein

Brian Klein, a partner of the firm, joined Falletta & Klein in 2011, where he practices exclusively in the area of fertility law. Brian currently manages Falletta & Klein's contract team, where every year, he assists hundreds of families through the surrogacy and egg donation process. Brian also leads Falletta & Klein’s team for international relations. Brian built the largest Mandarin speaking team within any fertility law firm in the United States. Together, they have assisted more than one thousand clients from throughout Asia since he joined the firm. Brian Klein is a frequent guest speaker at international surrogacy seminars to provide guidance on cross-border surrogacy and egg donation issues, and to provide insight on California's laws. He is a member of the legal committee in the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS). Brian is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

Jay Lin

Founder and CEO of Portico Media, a Taiwan-based content production, content aggregation and channel distribution company. The company has received major accolades from the Golden Horse Awards (Best Short) and the Taipei Film Festival (Best Feature), to name a few. Since 2009, Portico has been working in collaboration with key Taiwanese IPTV, digital cable, OTT and mobile operators by distributing to them some of the world’s premium channels and content. Portico’s content partners include: NBCUniversal, Viacom, A&E, CNBC Asia, Blue Ant, CinemaWorld, Fashion TV and DW. In 2015, Portico’s production division launched HahaTai, the go-to destination for comedy and humor content and marketing. In 2016, Portico started DramaQueen, the US TV series and movie news website, as well as the two entertainment and lifestyle platforms GagaTai and LalaTai for the gay and lesbian communities. At the same time, it launched the first LGBTQ focused OTT service GagaOOLala in Asia, following the industry trend to bring more entertainment to niche groups. Within this platform, Portico has already co-produced queer content with teams in the Philippines, Japan, Vietnam and Hong Kong, and it is currently looking for new co-production partnerships around the world.

John Norian, MD

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

Vicken Sahakian, MD

Dr. Sahakian is the Chief Medical Officer of Pacific Fertility Center of Los Angeles, one of the leading fertility clinics in America, responsible for the birth of over 7,000 babies all over the world. Dr. Sahakian will guide you every step of the way through your journey, helping you to have the most rewarding experience possible of creating a family of your own. Dr. Sahakian’s central focus is treating same-sex partners and anyone with social infertility. One of his proudest accomplishments is that with him hundreds of LGBTQ+ couples have achieved their dreams of having a family. Dr. Sahakian also specializes in treating patients with advanced maternal age, including postmenopausal women seeking infertility treatment through egg donation. Intended Parents, including celebrities and royalty, come from more than 75 countries to take advantage of Dr. Sahakian's exceptional treatment and support.

Ellen Trachman

Ellen Trachman founded Trachman Law Center, LLC in order to bring dedicated and compassionate legal representation to those wishing to build a family through assisted reproductive technology. Ms. Trachman is also the co-founder of Colorado Surrogacy (Bright Futures Families), a surrogacy matching organization focused on providing local on-the-ground support. Ms. Trachman attended undergrad at the University of California, Berkeley, and law school at Emory University School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee, the Colorado LGBT Bar Association, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Ms. Trachman received the 2015 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year award from the Denver Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, 2017 Volunteer of the Year award from the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, and in 2018 was named by Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40. Ms. Trachman writes a weekly column on assisted reproductive technology legal issues for the website abovethelaw.com and co-hosts the podcast I Want To Put A Baby In You.

Martin Tzou

Martin Tzou is the current board member of the Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy (TLFRA), and a volunteer in the Assisted Reproduction team. Martin and his French partner began collecting information about assisted reproduction in 2014,  got married abroad in 2016, and traveled to the United States in 2017 to start their surrogacy journey. Their son was born in Southern California in the fall 2019, after a five years journey. Coincidentally, Martin’s son was successfully adopted by his partner in 2020, shortly after Taiwan legalized same sex marriage. In 2019 Martin joined the nonprofit organization TLFRA as a board member, to fight for the rights and interests of his children and family. As a volunteer in the Assisted Reproduction team he actively organizes the parent discussion and information sharing sessions. His aim is helping other intended gay parents who plan to similarly build their families, and contributing to the LGBT community in Taiwan.

Nurit Winkler, MD

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

Connie Yeh

Connie was born in Texas and raised in Taiwan. She graduated from National Chung Hsing University in Taichung and obtained an MBA in the United States. As a surrogacy coordinator at Extraordinary Conceptions, she helps coordinate the entire journey from the intended parents and surrogate's matching process to the baby’s delivery. Connie is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English. As a mother of two, fulfilling other people's dreams of having children is her passion.


MHB speakers


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.

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 Director

Lisa joined the MHB team in January of 2018 as the Stage II GPAP Case Manager, and was later promoted to GPAP Program Manager. Lisa’s responsibilities include development of ongoing partnerships in support of the assistance program, development of practices and initiatives to further the scope and reach of the program, coordination of the selection and matching process of Stage II candidates, and managing their journeys and budgets until they become parents. Lisa’s professional background is in business development and government contracting, and she also served as treasurer and financial planner for a local non-profit. Lisa was a gestational carrier twice for an international same sex male couple, and she lives with her husband and three children in Maryland.


Breakout sessions


Christene Anthony

As an intended parent case manager for the Center for Surrogate Parenting, Christene Anthony provides information and support to intended parents throughout the surrogacy process, from exploring options to matching with a surrogate, taking care of all financial and legal aspects, and participating in the pregnancy and birth. Christene has focused her career on helping others, first in the corporate sector and then as an independent counselor assisting intended parents and surrogates in the unique relationship aspects of surrogacy. Intended parents find her experience extremely valuable while navigating surrogacy with Christene as a case manager. Christene holds a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy, and has also worked as an elementary school and private practice counselor and in corporate external affairs, specializing in philanthropy and large community volunteer projects. She has taught English as a second language to adults from all over the world, learning about different cultures and forming many international friendships.

Hiroki Aoyama

Japanese co-founder of Uterus International medical

Professor of Social Economics, Kyoto Ryukoku University

Distinguished Expert of Reproductive Medicine Branch, Japan Overseas Medical Association

Ying Asano

Ying was born in mainland China and came to United States at age of 12. She graduated from University of California, San Marco with Bachelors of Arts in human development emphasis in health service. She has 7+ year of experience working at Extraordinary Conceptions, as a surrogacy department supervisor, she guides intended parents and each team coordinators through the surrogacy journeys. Ying is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She is a mother of two young children, a 9 year old son named Ethan, and 5 year old daughter named Genesee. These beautiful children have brought much joy and blessings into her family, and she wishes every intended parents can have the opportunity to experience such joy in their lives.

Elizabeth Barbieri, MD

Dr. Barbieri is one of the lead physician-partners at ORM Fertility (ORM) – recognized globally for its success rates and for being among the top 3 IVF programs in the US for donor egg surrogacy by number of cycles annually. She is highly respected for her personalized care and experience building families through IVF, egg donation, surrogacy and reproductive genomics. She is instrumental in the high medical standards within ORM Donors and ORM Surrogacy. She has a particular interest in pre-implantation genetic diagnostics and is a lead physician directing ORM Genomics. She joined ORM in 2009. Dr. Barbieri is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. She holds a bachelor degree with distinction from Yale University, and completed her medical training at University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center, and the Weill Cornell Center for Reproductive Medicine. She is honored to work with LGBTQ+ families across the US and globally and is committed to helping all her patients achieve their dream of a healthy baby on their first attempt.

Jay Cook-Wong

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.

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.

Lina Li

Since 2011, Lina Li has consulted thousands of couples through their IVF cycles and have successfully guided over 200+ Intended Parents, from Greater China, in their surrogate journeys. Her firsthand experience as an intended parent based in China allows her the unique perspective to serve couples or individuals from Taiwan and Mainland to confidently start their surrogacy journey with SurrogateFirst. SurrogateFirst’s entire team consists of experienced Surrogates and Intended Parents who serve their clients with expertise, compassion, respect and genuine love. Our team is excited and honored to have the opportunity to assist you in starting your journey ahead! Lina Li started out like most intended parents with the inability to conceive accompanied by many failed IVF cycles leaving her family emotionally and financially spent. During her 6-year journey across 4 countries (China, Hong Kong, USA and Thailand) and numerous failed IVF cycles, she was finally blessed through surrogacy with healthy babies. Her family is forever grateful to the surrogate and those that guided her through the journey.

Peter Li

Peter and his family live in Shanghai, China. As a father of two children, he is full of fighting spirit and having fun every day. In addition to working and volunteering, Peter enjoys spending time with his children and watching their amazing and fun personalities bloom every day. Peter has worked as an editor and reporter for newspapers. He is rigorous and has a strong sense of responsibility. At the same time, as a father of two via surrogacy journeys, he also has extensive knowledge of third-party assisted reproduction experience. Peter joined the FSC team in 2019 and utilizes his personal experience and expertise assisting Chinese Intended Parent clients successfully fulfill their family building dreams. Peter believes that with the help of our FSC team, our Intended Parent clients will soon be known as "Dad or Mom."

Mark Schroeder

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

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.