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Updated January 2013
Julie Berman, Minnetonka, MN
Julie Berman discovered RESOLVE while experiencing infertility. The information and support she and her husband gained through RESOLVE’s many services helped them tremendously and let them know they were not alone. They built their family through open, domestic adoptions and often speak to and educate others about adoption.
She has volunteered for RESOLVE since 2004. She has fielded calls on the HelpLine, coordinated volunteers, led support groups, and chaired the Annual Family Building Conference for the Midwest Region. She is excited to continue giving back to the organization through a Board position.
Ms. Berman has widespread business experience in interactive marketing, operations, consulting, finance, and employee training for start-ups, fast growing businesses, and large companies. Most recently, she managed the Betty Crocker website and served as an internal internet marketing expert for General Mills.
Ms. Berman graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and holds an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA. Julie was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2013.
Alisyn Camerota, Westport, CT
Alisyn Camerota has been a co-host of FOX & Friends, the #1 cable morning news show, for the past six years. She anchors the 4-hour live program every Saturday and Sunday and also is regularly seen on the weekday show interviewing newsmakers of every stripe.
Alisyn is involved with several charities for children’s education and hosts a RESOLVE peer led support group in New York City. Alisyn was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2011.
Jane Hutchinson Castanias, JD, Oakton, VA
Jane Hutchinson Castanias was a trial attorney in Dallas, Texas, at the law firms of Johnson & Gibbs and Jones Day. Upon moving to Washington D.C. in 1999, her diagnosis of infertility motivated her to devote her time to RESOLVE and to helping others in their family building journey. During her years volunteering for the Mid-Atlantic Region of RESOLVE, she has served as Regional Advisory Council Chair, Educational Programming Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Region Family Building Conference.
Ms. Castanias continues to volunteer for RESOLVE at the local level by chairing signature events and hosting a monthly “Decision Crossroads” support group, in her effort to continue to connect directly to those facing challenges as they build a family. She and her husband adopted their two daughters from the Gladney Foundation in Texas, and Ms. Castanias is on the board of the National Capital Area Gladney Family Association as well as active in the adoption community at large. Jane was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2011.
Kelly K. Damron, CPA, MBA, Phoenix, AZ
Kelly Damron is an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University and Chandler-Gilbert Community College where she teaches accounting courses. She is a member of the Arizona Society of CPAs (ASCPA) as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In 2010, she was the recipient of the ASCPA Public Service Award and she was the recipient of the Hope Award for Service from RESOLVE in 2012.
After her own personal experience with infertility, Kelly decided to dedicate her time to helping others during their infertility journey along with advocating for infertility patient rights. Kelly has volunteered for the Arizona Affiliate of RESOLVE since 2007. She has served as the Chair of the Arizona Affiliate of RESOLVE’s Walk of Hope and the Adoption Seminar from 2010- 2012. She hosted RESOLVE’s Pregnancy and Beyond support group from 2009-2011. Kelly is the author of Tiny Toes: A Couple’s Journey through Infertility, Prematurity, and Depression. Kelly was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2013.
Alice D. Domar, PhD, Boston, MA
Alice Domar is the Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF in Waltham, Massachusetts. She has spent the majority of her career focusing on the relationship of stress and infertility. She founded the first Mind/Body Program for Infertility and has trained hundreds of health care professionals from around the world on how to create positive life and health changes by enhancing the mind-body connection.
She has conducted multiple research projects on the psychological impact of stress on infertility and the efficacy of psychological interventions on decreasing distress and improving pregnancy rates. She has written six books, two of which focus on infertility. She is past chair of the mental health professional group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. A graduate of Colby College, she received her MA and PhD in health psychology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf School of Professional Psychology. She is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and a senior staff psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Ali was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2006.
Frank R. Dunau, Wellesley, MA
Mr. Dunau is a retired financial executive. Recently retired from Adage Capital Management, Mr. Dunau brings extensive financial management and fundraising experience to RESOLVE, and will help the organization focus on development activities. The Harvard University endowment has been among his clients.
Mr. Dunau and his wife Amy have been long-time supporters of RESOLVE and know first-hand the challenges of infertility. Frank was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2007.
David Keefe, MD, New York, NY
Dr. Keefe is chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at the New York University School of Medicine and a physician-scientist focusing on stem cell and embryo biology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine and additional training in medicine, obstetrics and psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Psychiatric Service and University of Chicago, and fellowships for further study at Northwestern University and Yale University School of Medicine.
Immediately prior to joining NYU, Dr. Keefe was the James M. Ingram Professor and Chair of OB/GYN at the University of South Florida. As director of the Division of Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at Brown University he and his research group studied how oocytes reprogram the genome during early development and therapeutic cloning and how aging affects the process. This work received wide recognition (including the General Program Prize of the ASRM).
An award-winning teacher and researcher, Dr. Keefe has been published extensively (more than 150 papers and abstracts), served as a reviewer for such publications as the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the New England Journal of Medicine, and presented to peers both nationally and internationally. He is a long-time participant in a number of key professional associations, including the American Society for the Advancement of Science, Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists and Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Keefe was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007.
James Knowles, Round Hill, VA
Jim Knowles has spent the last fifteen years working and helping to shape the field of treatment for infertility. His experience spans pharmaceutical sales, marketing, managed markets, and specialty distribution. Jim has been involved in developing both U.S. and global sales and marketing strategies for the pharmaceutical field that specializes in the treatment of infertility. He is frequently quoted in publications covering specialty pharmacy and infertility.
As a Principal at DesignRx LLC, Jim was instrumental in creating their Managed Cash Program, which is a program to help patients obtain their fertility medications who are not covered by health insurance. He is currently responsible for business development and manufacturer initiatives within the organization.
In addition to DesignRx, LLC, Jim is a co-founder of Specialty Pharmacy Alliance, a national specialty pharmacy network specializing in providing the highest level of service to the fertility patient.
Previously, Jim held the position of Director of Managed Markets, Specialty Products with Organon Pharmaceuticals Inc. During his tenure he was awarded 5 national sales manager of the year titles (the most in the history of the company), ICORE’s Director of the year award, and Akzo Nobel’s worldwide Outstanding Employee Award. He has also spent time consulting with pharmaceuticals, pharmacies, and physicians who specialize in providing services to the infertility community.
Jim holds a dual bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University in biology and chemistry. Jim has worked closely with numerous patient advocacy groups and physician practices over the years. Jim lives in Round Hill, VA with his wife Krista and their two boys, Ryan and Harrison. Jim was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2012.
Risa A. Levine, Esq, New York, NY
Risa Levine is an attorney practicing in New York in the area of commercial and residential transactional real estate. While managing her own practice, Ms. Levine has remained active in various communal, philanthropic and political organizations. She was a member of Hillary Clinton’s Finance Committee for her historic presidential bid and serves on the Finance Committees of numerous New York State and Federal candidates. She currently serves of the Board of Directors of The Israel Policy Forum and the Judaism and Democracy Action Alliance of North America, Inc., and served as a public member of the NYC Rent Guidelines Board, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
After becoming a fertility patient in 2004, Ms. Levine began working to secure federal insurance coverage for infertility treatment and is now working closely with RESOLVE for passage of The Family Act, which would provide a tax credit for medical expenses incurred for infertility treatment. She served as Chair of RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 and will be chairing the 2013 Advocacy Day. In 2010, she chaired RESOLVE’s Congressional Briefing. Ms Levine is a passionate believer in grassroots activism and was honored by RESOLVE with the Hope Award for Advocacy in 2010.
Ms. Levine is a cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, where she double majored in English and Sociology and received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law. She remains active in Brandeis Alumni Affairs and is currently co-chairing her thirtieth college reunion. Risa was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2011.
David Sable, MD, New York, NY
David Sable, M.D. directs healthcare and life science investing for the Special Situations Funds and is portfolio manager of the Special Situations Life Sciences Fund. Dr. Sable graduated from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center, fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and clinical practice at Harvard Medical School and MIT. He co-founded the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey. He subsequently founded Assisted Reproductive Medical Technologies, which was acquired in 2000.
After leaving clinical medicine at age 43, Dr. Sable managed a proprietary healthcare portfolio at Deutsche Bank before joining the Special Situations group. He is an adjunct in the department of biology at Columbia University, and teaches “Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology” at Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He has lectured on healthcare investing, policy, and biotechnology business development at the Wharton School, NYU, Rockefeller University and Rutgers.
Dr. Sable has delivered keynote addresses to the American Fertility Society, the Texas Fertility Society and the Mexican Fertility Society; and appeared on the CBS Morning News, ABC World News Tonight, NY1 News and PBS’ Nova. In addition to his academic publications, he has written for the Newark Star-Ledger, Yoga Journal, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, Xconomy, Nature Biotechnology, the Columbia Spectator, and is a blogger for Wharton Magazine. Dr. Sable was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2013.
Mark Segal, CPA, MBA, Potomac, MD
Mark Segal is the Chief Executive Officer for Shady Grove Fertility and Senior Regional Vice President for IntegraMed America. Prior to joining IntegraMed and Shady Grove Fertility in 1997, he was the Chief Financial Officer for a 120-physician Family Medicine practice. In addition, he has over 25 years experience in healthcare consulting, finance and management. Mark also serves on the Board of ARTIC, a physician malpractice insurance captive, incorporated in The Cayman Islands, CapexMD, an Arizona patient financing company, and Donor Egg Bank, USA, a national Oocyte bank. In addition he serves on a number of non-profit Foundations and other Private Equity Boards, as well as Advisory Boards for companies such as EMD Serono and Capital One Bank.
Mark received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and an Executive MBA from the University of Maryland. He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the Washington D.C. Chapter Healthcare Committee. He is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Medical Group Management Association, for whom he has presented seminars on various healthcare topics.
In addition Mark has written articles for Medical Economics: Infertility Treatment, Basing fees on outcomes; Today’s Healthcare Magazine: Practice Mergers and Acquisitions and Doctors Perspectives Newsletter: Physician Anti-referral laws and Regulations. Mark resides in Potomac, Maryland and is married with three children. Mark was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2013.
Kim Thornton, MD, Wellesley, MA
Dr. Thornton is Clinical Director of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis at Boston IVF. Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, she received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland OH. She completed her residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale School of Medicine in Norwalk, CT. Prior to joining Boston IVF in 1998, Dr. Thornton was an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, CT.
Dr. Thornton is the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of OB-GYN at Harvard Medical School. She is on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Metrowest Medical Center and Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton.
Dr. Thornton is actively involved in American Society for Reproductive Medicine and has served on numerous committees within the society. She is also an active member of the New England Fertility Society and the Obstetrical Society of Boston. She has written numerous chapters, articles and abstracts. She is a reviewer for “Fertility and Sterility” and “Obstetrics and Gynecology” and is a co-investigator in the NIH funded trials of “Conventional Infertility Therapy versus FAST Track to IVF” and “Optimal Infertility Therapy RCT: Women 40 and Older."
In her spare time Dr. Thornton enjoys cooking, fine dining, traveling and reading. Dr. Thornton was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2012.