Honorary Board and Board of Directors
NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON & CO-CHAIR - HONORARY BOARD
CO-CHAIR – HONORARY BOARD
Honorary Board Members:
- Jeffrey A. Bernstein, Esq.
- Matt Bomer, Actor
- Jordana Brewster, Actress
- Dan Bucatinsky, Actor
- Simon Halls, Partner, SlatePR
- David Miller, Photographer
- Ryan Murphy, Writer/Producer
- Daoshing Ni, D.O.M., L.Ac., Ph.D., Dipl.C.H., Partner, Tao of Fertility & Wellness
- Rita Soronen, President and CEO, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
- Nia Vardolas, Actress and Author
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.
Frank Golden has a B.S. in Management, and over 15 years of expert level knowledge in the customer service industry. Throughout his career in various roles Frank was tasked with developing innovative processes to streamline the customer experience. Inspired by the success of his own journey to become a father Frank joined with his Husband Adam to establish a third-party reproductive consulting agency: Golden Surrogacy. The pair now works passionately to assist all loving couples and individuals who wish to follow in their footsteps.
As Program Director of Golden Surrogacy, Frank meticulously oversees the entire journey from beginning to end. He conducts all initial candidate pre-screening for agency admittance, as well as coordinates all outside psychological and medical testing with the chosen fertility clinic. In addition to the screening process, he spends time building rapport with his Intended Parents and Surrogates in hopes of tailoring the perfect match. Frank believes that everyone involved needs to share an element of chemistry, and must be passionately committed to the same goals.
Frank serves on the Board of Directors for Path2Parenthood, and is also a representative on the Corporate Member Council of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In addition, Frank is a professional member with RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association and his agency is A+ accredited with the Better Business Bureau. In furtherance of promoting education for gay parenting options, Golden Surrogacy is a major supporter of the not-for profit organization Men Having Babies; listed as one of their highly rated service providers.
Frank has become a leading resource for those who wish to pursue a path to parenthood through surrogacy.
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).
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).
Natan Bar-Chama, M.D.
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.
Shahin Ghadir, M.D.
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.
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.
Deb Levy, M.A., L.P.C.
Deb Levy, MA, LPC serves as the Clinical Director and Surrogacy Specialist with ConceiveAbilities, a full service egg donor and surrogacy agency focusing on creating the perfect match between intended parents and gestational carrier.As a parent via gestational surrogacy, Licensed Counselor and Marriage and Family Counselor, Deb has several unique perspectives on the fertility industry. At the time when she worked with a gestational carrier, the world of surrogacy was much less structured, and came with many risks. ConceiveAbilities has built a program to mitigate these risks for all involved. Deb has published research and spoken widely on third party reproduction, as well as served on various committees within the Mental Health Professionals Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.Deb has mentored many mental health professionals in the fertility industry. She is passionate for the gifts that her gestational carriers gave her, and finds passion in helping others.
Brent Monseur, M.D., ScM
Brent is an OB/GYN resident physician at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to his clinical training, Brent worked as a reproductive biologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studying fertilization in the laboratory setting. During his graduate studies, he completed interdisciplinary coursework focused in public health and molecular biology. He completed academic certificates in Maternal & Child as well Population & Health and was inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society.
His academic interests are focused in the unique health disparities that members of the LGBT community face when planning their families. Brent also has a special interest in the future of reproductive medicine within the context of interplanetary travel. While at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, he completed an introductory clerkship in aerospace medicine. Brent is a MINI Cooper driver enthusiast and enjoys international travel whenever he gets the chance.
John Norian, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Dr. John Norian, double board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine program in New York and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.His philosophy in helping couples realize their dream of having a family combines both the precision and science of reproductive medicine with a warm and compassionate style of doctoring. Successful fertility treatments involve a high level of scientific knowledge, an advanced embryology lab, and also the ability to warmly develop and carry out a patient-centered treatment plan.
Dr. Norian has authored over 25 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters focusing on reproductive biology and infertility.He has earned numerous distinctions and awards throughout his career.Several of his often cited articles have helped to broaden our scientific understanding and have guided clinical care.He is passionate about helping women and men achieve their goals of family building.His expertise includes IVF, IVF with donor oocytes, and gestational surrogacy.
When in fellowship at the NIH, Dr. Norian was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service and had the privilege of providing care for military families.He is a member of the Cade Foundation’s Advisory Council which supports patients with grants for family building. Dr. Norian is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine and at Western University of the Health Sciences.
William Petok, Ph.D.
Bill Petok has worked in the field of fertility since 1985. Serving as a Board member of Path 2 Parenthood since 2007 he is also a member of P2P’s Mental Health Advisory Council. He is a past Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and is an associate editor of Post Graduate Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also on the Executive Council of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology where he chairs the Electronic Communications Committee. In 2015 he was appointed a Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Petok is a Licensed Psychologist with a practice in Maryland that focuses on reproductive health issues including fertility and sexual function. He has a special interest in male reproductive health. He’s presented widely on the mental health issues men face with regard to infertility including at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bradley Trivax, M.D.
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.