About P2P Board of Directors


Don Hribek


Don Hribek


Donald Hribek has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.  Currently he is the Director of Patient Support Services of Endocrinology at EMD Serono, Rockland, MA and is responsible for covering and managing three disease therapeutic areas.  These include, Reproductive Health and Metabolic Endocrinology.  During his 17 years at EMD Serono, he has held the positions of Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Endocrinology; Vice President of Sales, Metabolic Endocrinology: Area Business Director for Reproductive Health in New England, Executive Director of Sales, Regional Sales Director and Customer Service Manager.

Prior to joining to the pharmaceutical industry he worked for 10 years for Vistakon, a Johnson & Johnson Company.  He holds degrees from Central Michigan University, The University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Michigan.



Alan Penzias






Alan Penzias, MD

Vice Chair

Dr. Alan S. Penzias, the Surgical Director of the Surgery Center of Waltham, a division of Boston IVF, has been in practice for over 15 years. He’s Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from SUNY – Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Penzias is on the Board of Directors of Path2Parenthood and is a member of the Executive Counsel of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies.



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Julie M. Tavoso, J.D., M.B.A., LL.M.


Julie Tavoso dedicates her practice to reproductive law, helping to build families of all types using assisted reproductive technologies (commonly referred to as “ART”). Julie primarily focuses on gestational surrogacy, egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, co-parenting and establishment of parental rights. Julie is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Colorado, and is a frequent presenter on reproductive law topics.  She has been inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), serves as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Assisted Reproduction Committee within the Family Law Section, and is a professional member of several organizations including the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law section, the Colorado Bar Association Family Law section, the Human Rights Campaign, the ACLU, Path2Parenthood, RESOLVE and is a professional member of the Legal Professionals Group within the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Julie received her B.A. from Colorado College, her J.D. and LL.M. from DePaul University College of Law and her M.B.A. from the DePaul Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Julie has three children and lives outside of Chicago.



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Teo Martinez


Teo Martinez graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Later he earned an executive MBA from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management, where he was inducted as a Beta Gamma Sigma honoree.

CEO of surrogacy and egg donation agency, Growing Generations, Martinez has been involved with assisted reproduction and alternative parenting since 1999, and is an considered an authority in the field of surrogacy and egg donation administration, as well as cost analysis. As CEO, Martinez currently oversees the Strategic Development of Growing Generations. In addition, he is the executive officer in charge of customer care and satisfaction. With his educational background and over 14 years of experience in the industry, Martinez is one of the most experienced and accomplished professionals in his field.


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Carolyn Berger, L.C.S.W.

Founding Board Chair & Chair, Adoption Advisory Council

Path2Parenthood was founded in 1999 by the Board and staff.  Carolyn Berger, L.C.S.W, was the founding Board Chair.  Following two terms as Chair, she has continued on as an active Board Member, Adoption Coordinator, and Path2Parenthood Therapist. She was a key planner for many of Path2Parenthood’s early fundraisers including the Kokopelli Ball.  Carolyn Berger has written and spoken widely on adoption and on moving from infertility treatment to adoption. (Many of her articles are among Path2Parenthood’s Adoption Fact Sheets, which can be found in the Library of this website.)  Carolyn has created and led numerous adoption workshops including those at Path2Parenthood Symposia and Path2Parenthood’s Spring and Fall Adoption Series.  More recently, she held a Path2Parenthood sponsored event on “Everything You Wanted to Know About Adoption But Were Afraid to Ask.”  The “Today Show” interviewed her for an online piece on raising families created through birth and adoption.

Carolyn Berger has a private practice in Manhattan and Larchmont, NY where she helps couples, singles and members of the LGBT community create families both through fertility treatment and adoption.  She has worked closely with many infertility doctors, complementary and alternative medicine specialists, adoption agencies and attorneys, and can help her clients find the professionals who are right for them.  Her desire to help people struggling to build families comes from her own experience with infertility.  She is the parent of two sons, the first through reproductive technology, and the second through adoption.  Carolyn received her MSW from New York University in 1983.  She is a member of The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), ASRM’s Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG), The Adoptive Parents Committee (APC) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).





Nathan Bar-Chama
Natan Bar-Chama, M.D.

Board Member

Dr. Natan Bar-Chama is the Director of the Center of Male Reproductive Health at RMA of New York. He is also the Director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital and is an associated professor of urology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His subspecialty clinical practice is exclusively dedicated to male reproductive medicine and microsurgical reconstruction for the treatment of male-factor infertility (vasovasostomy, varicocelectomy, testicular and epididymal sperm retrieval, and vasectomy). Dr. Bar-Chama is a board certified urologist who received his medical degree with special distinction for research in male infertility and completed his urology residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Bar-Chama was awarded the prestigious New York Academy of Medicine F.C. Valentine Fellowship and received subspecialty training in male reproductive medicine and surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

In 1998, Dr. Bar-Chama received the Pfizer Scholars in Urology Award for leadership, innovation, and outstanding achievement in urological science. He was recently awarded the 2008 Humanitarian Award by Bonei Olam. Dr. Bar-Chama serves on the Board of Directors of Path2Parenthood and was awarded the Path2Parenthood Family Building Award in 2000. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU) of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) as well as on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR). Since 2005, Dr. Bar-Chama has been listed every year in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue as a top urologist, including the recently released 2009 list.



Stuart Bell Honorary Board Member

Stuart Bell

Co-Chair, Honorary Board of Path2Parenthood

Stuart Bell joined Growing Generations as an owner and CEO in September of 2001. Under his leadership, the agency has more than tripled in size, serving clients from 28 countries, and is now the largest surrogacy firm in the United States. He also expanded the company’s services into egg donation and sperm donation. Prior to joining the agency, Stuart spent over a decade in executive level positions in both profit and not-for-profit companies. As a writer with a strong emphasis on gay rights issues, his work has appeared in numerous publications over the past 20 years. Stuart is the author of “Prayer Warriors,” a memoir published in 1999 by Alyson publications. In February, 2008, Stuart and his husband welcomed their son into the world who was conceived through surrogacy and egg donation.  He is active as a donor and volunteer with local and national organizations including currently serving as Co-Chair of the Path2Parenthood. A native of Tennessee, Bell holds a degree in Communications from Middle Tennessee State University, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1992.



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David Binkley

Board Member

Dave is the current Executive Vice President for DAZ responsible for developing and executing the global sales and operations strategy for the company.  Dave’s relationships and experience in the Oracle Applications allowed DAZ to expand into a North American and Global practice.  Prior to DAZ, Dave was in various roles at Oracle and spent 10 years as a sales executive in the applications segment of Oracle.    During this period Dave was one of the top Sales producers for Oracle year over year.  Dave lead the Nation in sales for three of these years while at Oracle and was instrumental in putting together the partner strategy for Oracle’s Mid-Market application business.  Prior to Oracle, Dave worked at ADP as a Major Account District Manager.  During this period at ADP, Dave was also a leader nationally in sales output. 

Mr. Binkley has a B.A. degree in Business Management from the University of Southern California.  Dave currently serves as a Board of Directors member at Path2Parenthood and strategic advisor to many other Companies across North America in his role as an executive sponsor. 

The Binkley’s family personal journey with surrogacy has led to a strong passion for helping others.  



Shahin Ghadir, M.D.

Board Member

Dr. Shahin Ghadir is dedicated to helping patients overcome their reproductive challenges and infertility issues to achieve their goal of having children. A true visionary, he is inspired by the idea of both giving life and bringing life into the world.

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. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and also at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.

A native Angeleno, 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. He has received many academic awards and honors over the years, including a distinguished residency teaching award and community service recognition award.

A very popular, approachable and well-liked fertility specialist, Dr. Ghadir’s expertise has been featured nationally and internationally in the Los Angeles Times, Redbook, People Magazine, Beverly Hills Weekly, Antelope Valley Press, Fox News, ABC, BBC, Telemundo, Univision, The Bump, Marie Claire Russia as well as listed among Los Angeles Magazine’s “2014 Super Doctors,” among many others. In addition to appearances on several television shows, his expertise is sought after among the LGBT media as well, including The Fight, The Mirror, Frontiers LA, The Bay Area Reporter, South Florida Gay News and 429 Magazine, among many others. More than his strong work ethic, Dr. Ghadir has built a reputation as a compassionate, responsive and hand-holding physician.

A strong believer in preparing for the future, Dr. Ghadir is committed to helping patients retain their future fertility options - Whether it is egg freezing or embryo freezing or even when preparing for medical treatments that can affect reproduction, such as chemotherapy. His desire to help is what motivates his philanthropic efforts to as a volunteer speaker with Fertile Hope - a national, nonprofit organization (now part of the Lance Armstrong Foundation) that provides education, support and hope for cancer patients whose medical care raises risks of infertility. In addition to being the President & founder of the non-profit, Fertility For All, Dr. Ghadir also serves as a speaker for the Healthy Family Community Awareness Lecture Program and Extend Fertility, a woman-run company that provides egg freezing services.

Dr. Ghadir is a huge advocate for the LGBT (Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Transgendered) community and offers sensitive fertility treatment plans to address their various needs. He is a supporter of the Family Equality Council and has helped hundreds of LGBT couples and individuals start their families.

A scientist at heart, Dr. Ghadir has conducted considerable original research on women’s health issues such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the treatments of fibroids in fertility, adhesion therapies as well as research in the area of sexual health. Additionally, he frequently lectures both nationally & internationally on all aspects of fertility treatments.

A published author, his papers are found in peer-reviewed journals including Fertility and Sterility and The New England Journal of Medicine, as well as clinical journals such as Sexuality, Reproduction & Menopause. He is also a contributing author of the Infertility section of the new McGraw-Hill reference, Current Obstetric & Gynecologic Diagnosis and Treatment. Furthermore, Dr. Ghadir also served as a consultant for the infertility section of the bestselling pregnancy guide, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”

His fluency in English, Spanish and Farsi, combined with a lifetime of interactions with the diverse communities of Los Angeles, give him a unique cultural sensitivity that draws in patients from around the world. Dr. Ghadir lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jessica, and three children (a daughter and twins (boy and girl).


John R. Green

John R. Green

Board Member

Emmy, Peabody, DuPont, and National Headliner Award-winner John Green is a 19-year veteran of ABC NewsIn his current role as Executive Producer of ABC News Magazines, Green oversees development and production of the network’s flagship news magazines 20/20 and Primetime.   In addition, Green is responsible for creating and launching new programming and initiatives across all platforms and dayparts, including entertainment and breaking news specials for air in primetime on ABC.   In recent months, Green has produced specials anchored by Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and Robin Roberts ranging from breaking news specials following the shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, CT, to a February, 2013 Katie Couric special on the history of the Academy Awards.

Green spent much of his tenure at ABC as a producer and manager at "Good Morning America," the network's flagship morning show.   For several years at GMA, he served as the show’s primary broadcast line producer, running the live multi-anchor show from the control room every day and overseeing the writing and producing of all high-profile guest interviews with celebrities, politicians, and other newsmakers.   Green also created and launched the Saturday and Sunday editions of GMA, "Good Morning America Weekend”  in September of 2004, and served as that show’s executive producer for more than three years.

In the summer of 2008, Green launched “Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff”, an ABC News-produced weekly environmental news magazine for Discovery’s Planet Green Network.   And in September 2008, in partnership with five of the nation’s leading journalism schools, Green launched “ABC News on Campus”, a network of college news bureaus.  The mentoring program allows students from across the country to file daily reports for ABC News under the guidance of Green and other staffers at the network.

Through his career at ABC, Green has produced everything from hard news to features and entertainment, pre-recorded specials to intricate live special events.   

A native of Missouri, John Green is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Boston University.  He is fluent in Spanish and French and worked earlier in his career in multilingual programming.  Green is based at ABC’s New York City headquarters and lives in suburban New Jersey with his partner and their young twins, Francesca and A.J.




Christina Kazis Sayare

Board Member

Christina Kazis Sayare began her career as an executive recruiter. When she recognized a need in the marketplace for more personalized service she opened her own search firm, ThinkHire, Inc.. Over two decades, as a search consultant and business owner, Chrissy honed her skills at listening to her clients' needs and built a business around long-term, trusted relationships.Chrissy spent most of time in Boston before moving with her husband Mitch to Paradise Valley, AZ in 2012. Eager to merge her love of fashion and her entrepreneurial skills, Chrissy launched her first luxury consignment boutique in Scottsdale in early 2014. To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique caters to an international consigner and customer base. Chrissy holds a BA from New York University and an MBA from Babson College.




Patricia Mendell

Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W.

Board Member

Patricia Mendell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Diplomat. She is the facilitator of the Path2Parenthood Ovum Donor Seminar Series. Patricia has served as Co-Chair of Path2Parenthood since 2006. She is a member of the Path2Parenthood Mental Health Advisory Board. Patricia is co-author of the fact sheet for Path2Parenthood on “Talking to Children about Ovum Donation” reissued in 2009. In 2003 Patricia was a recipient of the Path2Parenthood Family Building Award and is a founding board member of the organization. 

Patricia has written and spoken extensively on numerous topics regarding fertility, third party reproduction and disclosure, parenting after fertility, multi-fetal reduction, and pregnancy loss and adoption. As an infertility and pregnancy loss survivor, she is well aware of the impact decision making choices on people’s lives. In her role as therapist and consumer advocate, she gives those seeking her help both practical and therapeutic advice on how to cope better with stress, resolve marital tensions and explore and select solutions to their family building dilemmas.

Patricia holds a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an M.S. from Columbia University School of Social Work. She is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Mental Health Professional Group and a MHPG mentor.  Patricia is married and is the proud mother of two sons David and Michael Singer. She and her husband have practices in New York City and reside in Park Slope, Brooklyn.



Bill Petok


William Petok, Ph.D.

Board Member

Bill Petok’s professional activities include the co-production of two films for training therapists, multiple journal articles, chapters in professional texts and regular presentations at state, national and international conferences. In addition to teaching in the resident training program at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1985 he has presented Grand Rounds to the medical staffs of hospitals around the country.

A fellow of the Maryland Psychological Association, member of the American Psychological Association, and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Dr. Petok is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Maryland and listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He also is a Diplomate and Founding Fellow of the American Board of Sexology. A past Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, he currently serves on the Executive Council of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology and on the editorial board of ASRM’s journal, Sexuality, Menopause and Reproductive Medicine and is an associate editor of Post Graduate Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Bill Petok earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His Doctorate is from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1978. His post doctoral training includes a year at the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D.C. and at Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Hospital in the Sexual Dysfunctions Clinic.

Bill is married to Barbara Schlaff, a partner at the law firm Venable in Baltimore. Together they have 2 children, Ben, born in 1981, and Alison, born in 1985. His personal interests include cooking, photography, sailing and down hill skiing.





Denise Seidelman, Esq.

Board Member

Denise Seidelman is a partner in Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP, a firm devoted exclusively to adoption and reproductive law since 1996. Denise’s practice includes the full gamut of adoption services ranging from private placement and agency adoptions to second and second parent adoptions. She also provides legal counsel to those building their families through egg, sperm, and embryo donation as well as those needing the assistance of a gestational surrogate. She is actively involved in the legislative effort to reform New York law so that those building their families with the assistance of reproductive technology will be recognized under New York law. Denise is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, and a member of the Legal Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the National LGBT Bar Association Family Law Institute.   Prior to assuming her position on the Board, she was a member of the Adoption Advisory Council for Path2Parenthood. Denise has lectured frequently on the legal aspects of the adoption process and on reproductive law before the New York State and New York City Bar Associations as well as before the New York Judicial Institute. Denise is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Washington College of Law. She was admitted to practice in New York in 1980 and in New Jersey in 2006. She began her legal career as a trial attorney for the Criminal Defense Division of the New York City Legal Aid Society. Denise has three children and lives outside of New York City. 

Brenda Strong


Brenda Strong

National Spokesperson, Co-Chair, Honorary Board

Brenda is a certified 500hr E-RYT who created the Strong Yoga4Fertility program to help women worldwide. She teaches at the Mind Body Institute at UCLA and Two Hearts Yoga and has licensed her Strong Yoga4FertilityTM to Yoga Works (http://www.yoga4fertility.com). In 2005, Brenda became the first National Spokesperson of Path2Parenthood and serves on their board. (http://www.path2parenthood.org) She has been featured in ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE MAGAZINE, SHAPE MAGAZINE FOR PREGNANCY, PLUM, CONCEIVE, YOGA JOURNAL and YOGA MAGAZINE. Brenda is a certified Pre-Natal Teacher and has lead teacher training’s for Strong Yoga4FertilityTM to teachers who want to specialize in Fertility Yoga. She lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles. Her day job is playing “Mary Alice Young” on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and has been an award-winning actress for 20 years.  She holds a BM from Arizona State University (Magna Cum Laude) and was Miss Arizona 1980 in the Miss America Pageant. .  Brenda’s personal mission is helping women toward wellness and also serves on the board of Events of the Heart, a 501c(3) assisting in women’s heart disease education.

In March 2010, Brenda was the honorary recipient of a doctorate of science from Yo San University, specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine, for her pioneering work in yoga for fertility.


Bradley Trivax, M.D.

Board Member

Bradley Trivax, M.D., is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility Specialist who has earned the respect and admiration of his patients and his colleagues for his compassionate care and clinical expertise.  As a partner with Reproductive Specialists of New York in Long Island and Brooklyn, Dr. Trivax has sought to balance the delivery of cutting-edge fertility treatment with compassion and empathy.    

An honors graduate of the University of Michigan, Dr. Trivax earned his medical doctorate at Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Winthrop University Hospital. Dr. Trivax completed a three-year subspecialty fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was the recipient of the Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Award.  Dr. Trivax excels in minimally-invasive surgical treatments for the management of fibroids, endometriosis, and uterine abnormalities.

Dr. Trivax has received multiple academic honors and teaching awards.  While his passion is helping patients build families, he is very active in medical school education and residency learning.  Dr. Trivax is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stony Brook University of New York, Winthrop University Hospital, and the Brooklyn Hospital Center.

Dr. Trivax enjoys lecturing on all topics pertaining to infertility and has done so both nationally and internationally. Dr. Trivax has an extensive bibliography of publications and presentations, including critical evaluations of the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, and in-vitro fertilization.

While born and raised in Michigan, the energy, culture, and people of New York City lured him to the Big Apple.  Dr. Trivax lives on Long Island with wife, Tracy, and stays busy chasing around their five children--Landon, Lennox, Lawson, Liv, and Lake.