Updated May 2016
Julie Berman is the marketing director at My Adoption Advisor, an eLearning and consulting company focused on domestic adoption. She never expected to be diagnosed with infertility, to receive multiple rounds of treatment, or to experience losses along the way. Her story has a happy ending when she and her husband built their family through open, domestic adoptions. She is passionate about using her experience as a catalyst to create a world where every person struggling to build a family has easy, affordable access to support, information, medical treatment, and adoption services.
Julie has been volunteering for RESOLVE in a variety of capacities for more than a decade. She started locally in Minnesota by fielding HelpLine calls, coordinating volunteers, and leading a support group. Her biggest impact has been working with volunteers and professionals on RESOLVE’s inspiring and informational Midwest Family Building Conference. During the 2015 Minnesota state legislative session, she successfully worked with a team of advocates to stop an anti-surrogacy bill introduced in the Minnesota legislature.
Julie 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.
Julie Berman graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and holds an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA. Julie is the 2015 recipient of RESOLVE’s Hope Award for service and was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2013.
Alisyn Camerota joined CNN as a national anchor in July of 2014. Prior to that, she worked at Fox News Channel. She co-anchored Fox & Friends Weekend and contributed to the Fox & Friends weekday franchise. Camerota was live on the air as the Iraq War began, when the space shuttle Columbia exploded, and for countless other breaking news events. Before joining FOX, Camerota was a correspondent and substitute host for NBC’s national daytime magazine show, REALlife. She also served as a reporter at WHDH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Boston, and the crime show America's Most Wanted.
Alisyn's struggles with infertility lead her to create two peer-led Resolve support groups. Alisyn was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2011.
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 inspired her to begin volunteering. 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. She and her husband adopted their two daughters from the Gladney Foundation in Texas, and she serves on the board of the National Council for Adoption as well as the local National Capital Area Gladney Family Association and is active in the adoption community at large. Jane was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2011.
Ms. Collins, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, began her career as a litigator at Ropes & Gray in Boston, ultimately becoming one of the firm’s first female litigation partners. After a personal experience of secondary infertility, Ms. Collins turned to the cause of infertility awareness and advocacy, and has been a dedicated patient-advocate ever since.
Ms. Collins served on the RESOLVE Board of Directors from 2002-2012 and was the Chair of the Board in 2012. During that time, she led RESOLVE's opposition to the President's Council on Bioethics; worked to defeat state legislative initiatives such as "embryo personhood" bills that would interfere with IVF and other needed treatments; and co-wrote the bill to expand the Massachusetts infertility insurance mandate, which became law in 2010.
She writes and speaks regularly about infertility, including presentations at the annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the American Bar Association, and the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts. Awards: RESOLVE's Barbara Eck Founders Award, 2014; RESOLVE's Hope Award for Advocacy, 2010; Patient Advocate Award from Boston IVF, 2008; RESOLVE of the Bay State President's Award, 2002. Ms. Collins served on the Board of RESOLVE of the Bay State, 2001-2009, and the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine since 2004. She currently serves as a member of the Ethics Committee of ASRM. Ms. Collins lives in Wellesley, MA with her husband and two daughters.
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 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.
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.
Lissa Goldenstein is an accomplished business executive with more than 25 years of commercial experience bringing new technologies to market in the life science research and diagnostic fields. Over the past ten years Lissa has been a visionary leader advancing Women’s reproductive health by licensing ground breaking academic research and delivering novel, diagnostic products for patients facing the need for prenatal testing and IVF treatment. Currently Lissa is President and CEO of ARC Fertility, Inc., a company providing affordable, evidence-based fertility services through its nationwide network of clinics to help couples wanting to build a family. Prior to joining ARC Fertility, Lissa was Co-Founder, President and CEO of Auxogyn Inc., where she brought to market the first and only FDA-cleared product that provides IVF clinicians and their patients with reliable, objective information to accurately identify embryos with the highest developmental potential. Before taking the helm at Auxogyn, she served as President and CEO of Artemis Health Inc. (now Verinata Health, Inc. an Illumina Company), where she licensed and initiated the development of a new technology platform that is now the basis of one of the first non-invasive prenatal tests available to women worldwide. Prior to that, Lissa was President and CEO of Argonaut Technologies, a public company that developed and marketed instruments and reagents to accelerate the development of new pharmaceutical products.
In addition to her extensive experience building highly innovative companies, Lissa has over 16 years of experience leading commercial teams in the adoption and use of molecular modeling technology for the pharmaceutical industry (Molecular Simulations, Inc.) and CAD/CAM technology for the engineering, manufacturing and building industries (McDonnell Douglas Automation Company).
Lissa has a Bachelor Degree of Architectural Engineering (Structural) from Pennsylvania State University and received her Professional Engineers license from the State of California. Lissa joined the Board of Directors in 2016.
Dr. Jason S. Griffith is a reproductive endocrinologist and serves as the practice director for Houston Fertility Institute. Dr. Griffith has been an active participant in RESOLVE’s legislative efforts, attending Advocacy Day events and working on Capitol Hill with pharmaceutical companies and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine to advance the group’s legislative agenda. He was recently recognized for these efforts by being awarded the ArnoldP. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Hope Award for Advocacy by RESOLVE in 2015. He is passionate about improving access to quality reproductive health care and patient choice in fertility treatment.
Dr. Griffith earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. Upon graduation, he received his commission in the United States Army Medical Specialists Corps. He served six years as an army officer with assignments in Washington, D.C., and overseas. After completion of his military service, he enrolled in medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He stayed on to complete a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, twice winning the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award. He continued fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility before moving home to Houston and joining his current practice. Dr. Griffith was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2016.
Dr. Elizabeth Grill is a clinical psychologist at the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine and is Associate Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Medicine, and Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is also an Assistant Attending Psychologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Grill is experienced as a counseling psychologist and medical researcher with a special focus on the emotional aspects of infertility, IVF treatment, third party reproduction, oncofertility, fertility preservation, and sexual dysfunction. She also has significant experience in all aspects of oocyte donation, including donor and recipient evaluation and treatment issues. She served as Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group and was elected to the Content Review Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for her second term. Dr. Grill sits on several professional boards, is an editorial reviewer for Fertility and Sterility and Journal of Andrology, is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, has lectured worldwide to patient and medical audiences and has participated in media interviews related to the emotional aspects of reproductive medicine. Dr. Grill joined the Board in 2016.
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 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.
When she was only a teenager, Angelica Ang Nassar quickly developed a Texas-sized passion for philanthropic work. Inspired at an after-school club while attending the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston where she received the Houston Independent School District Board Award for Outstanding Graduate, Angelica realized early on that she had the desire and drive to make a difference. Angelica’s passion for charitable work stuck with her during her time at Trinity University in San Antonio, where she received her BS in Finance and founded the university’s recycling program, and during her career as a business process and strategy consultant at Accenture where she spent five years proudly serving on the Accenture Community Social Responsibility Committee, acting as Co-President for 2 years. At times, Angelica can been seen lending her expertise at large Fortune 500 corporations or the United States government, and at other times she can be found planting trees, helping build houses, volunteering at foster care programs or, along with her husband, being a part of several host and planning committees of various charitable organizations and educational institutions.
Giving credit to the RESOLVE community for helping her through her own current infertility diagnosis of seven years and running, Angelica is dedicated in her quest to make it known that the disease of infertility exists and that people with infertility matter. Doing all she can to garner widespread support, she actively shares her story with the media and writes in her blog, The Perfumed Pig (http://theperfumedpig.com). Angelica helped bring the national Walk of Hope to Texas, providing awareness for the disease and a much-needed community and form of support to the nearly half a million Texans diagnosed with infertility. Having served as the Chair for the first two years of the Texas Walk of Hope, Angelica is happily taking on a continued leadership and mentoring role in the Walk’s committee and lending her help to the Peer Led Support Groups that formed out of the momentum the Texas Walk of Hope created. Angelica also advocates for infertility patient rights at RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day and by speaking at events, including a recent Senate briefing with the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition. Angelica has been honored by RESOLVE with the Infertility Hero Award and The Hope Award for Service. Angelica was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2014.
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 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.
Dr. Widra is the Medical Director of Shady Grove Fertility Reproductive Science Center in Metropolitan Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and Philadelphia, PA and the Associate Director of the Combined Federal Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility – a post-graduate training program for future leaders in this sub-specialty operated through the NIH, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr. Widra received his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He completed a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship at The George Washington University. Dr. Widra is currently Professor and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University.
At a national level, Dr. Widra served as Chair of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) Practice committee and member of the ASRM Practice committee from 2009-2015, and currently serves as SART Treasurer.
I addition to his clinical practice at Shady Grove Dr. Widra supervises the extensive research activities and academic ventures of the practice. He has numerous publications and presentation in the field of infertility and Reproductive Technologies. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and a fellow of the American Academy of Wilderness Medicine. Dr. Widra joined the Board of Directors in 2016.