Sanford M. Benardo has achieved global recognition within the legal and medical communities as an innovator in the fields of surrogate parenting and third party family building. For more than twenty five years, he has been a featured commentator when major news outlets cover stories related to assisted reproduction and adoption, and he is quoted often in domestic and international print and electronic media. He has represented intended parents, gestational carriers, traditional carriers, egg donors, donor egg recipients, donor egg facilities, hospitals, adoption agencies, adoptive parents, and birth/expectant parents as part of his broad-based fertility law practice.
Mr. Benardo sits on the American Bar Association's Subcommittees on Reproductive and Genetic Technologies, Adoption, and Ethics, Professionalism and Grievance. He is a founding member of the American College of Assisted Reproduction and Adoption Lawyers (ACARAL) and a past member of the Bioethical Issues Committee and the Children and the Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Additionally, he is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and its Legal Professionals Group, the New England Fertility Society, and the Hastings Center for Bioethical Research. Mr. Benardo is also a board member and advisor to several philanthropic and research organizations dedicated to expanding reproductive rights and reproductive choice. He is a graduate of New York University and the Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Fordham International Law Journal. He is admitted to the Bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of New York, and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States Supreme Court.
Kathy has been leading the egg donor program at NAFG since its inception and directs all donor recruiting, pre-screening, matching and cycle coordination. She is sought after for her insights on egg donation by journalists and news programs and has been interviewed extensively by media representatives from around the world. Kathy also maintains the NAFG blog and YouTube channel, where she shares her thoughts and invites discussion. Kathy received her BA from Smith College and an MA from New York University.
Ellen is a registered nurse and has been practicing exclusively in Women’s Health since graduating from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She has extensive experience in the infertility field and has been helping people with their journeys for the past twenty-five years. She has been associated with renowned fertility centers on the East and West Coasts, both in clinical and managerial roles. As an active member of ASRM, she has been involved with the Nurses’ Professional Group and has received accolades for her writing. She was instrumental in founding infertility support groups for infertility nurses and has participated in steering committees and advisory boards for patients and for nurses. Ellen has a special interest in and is dedicated to health and patient education.
Dr. Rosen is a clinical psychologist in private practice for more than thirty years, specializing in general infertility counseling, third-party reproduction, pregnancy loss, and adoption. She sees individuals, couples and groups to help with reproductive issues, depression, anxiety and other psychological problems. She received her B.A. from the University of California, her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and her Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the William Alanson White Institute.
Dr. Rosen has been at the forefront of research and development related to fertility preservation for cancer patients. She co-founded the Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group in the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and is on the Advisory Boards of Fertile Hope and Sharsheret - organizations that are dedicated to helping cancer survivors. She is former executive director of RESOLVE of New York City where she created educational programs and support systems for infertile patients. Dr. Rosen is the Past President of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society and a faculty member and supervisor at the William Alanson White Institute. She has served as a psychological consultant to many reproductive programs in the tri-state area.
Dr. Rosen edited "Frozen Dreams," a book written to help therapists better understand their emotional reactions to patients suffering infertility. Dr. Rosen has spoken on television and radio and is a frequent lecturer on reproductive issues.
Fiona is a freelance photographer and she specializes in lifestyle family portraits. She has been meeting with NAFG egg donors since 2013 and has been in the Boston area with her family since 1997, after growing up in London. Photography is her passion and she enjoys the opportunity to meet and photograph different interesting people. Fiona earned a certificate from CDIA for Professional Photography in 2012.
Rebecca has been involved with NAFG since 2013. She is a registered nurse having worked in the areas of neurosurgery, critical care, acute care, pain management, and PACU. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Ohio University. She served as a gestational carrier three times and now consults with prospective surrogates to offer support, answer questions, and share her experiences.