Updated May 2020
Julie Berman, Minnetonka, MN
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 Summit. 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.
Lee Rubin Collins, Wellesley, MA
Lee Rubin Collins is known for her advocacy to keep fertility treatment accessible and legal. A former big-firm litigator, Lee joined the Board of RESOLVE in 2002. Soon, threats to reproductive medicine began to materialize, first from the President’s Council on Bioethics, and then from the “embryo-personhood” movement. Mobilizing with RESOLVE and grassroots volunteers to repel these threats in states around the country became Lee’s foremost focus. She also co-wrote the bill to expand Massachusetts infertility insurance that became law in 2010; served as Chair of RESOLVE’s Board of Directors; and twice chaired RESOLVE’s Washington, D.C. Advocacy Day.
Lee was proud to participate as a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for two terms, 2014-2019. In 2019, she was elected to ASRM’s Board of Directors. She has also served on the boards of the New England Fertility Society, RESOLVE of the Bay State, and The Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation in Virginia. She has published papers, has given talks — including a TEDx talk, “Infertility and Politics” — and has received awards, including RESOLVE’s Hope Award for Advocacy. In 2014, she was honored to be the recipient of its Barbara Eck Founder’s Award.
She began her career at Ropes & Gray in Boston, becoming one of the firm’s first women litigation partners and having attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School. After a lengthy battle with secondary infertility, Lee decided to leave law and devote her energies to infertility awareness, equity, and policy change.
Kelly K. Damron, PhD, CPA, Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Kelly Damron, CPA is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Grand Canyon University and is the lead faculty for the master of accountancy program. 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. She was the recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in 2018.
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.
Lissa Goldenstein, Ventnor City, NJ
Lissa Goldenstein is an accomplished entrepreneur and business executive with more than 25 years of commercial experience bringing new technologies to market in the life science research and medical diagnostic fields. Over the past 14 years Lissa has been a visionary CEO focused on advancing women’s reproductive health by licensing ground breaking academic research and delivering novel, diagnostic products for patients facing the need for non-invasive prenatal testing and IVF treatment. Most recently Lissa was 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. (now Progyny, 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.
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 RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2016.
Jason S. Griffith, MD, Houston, TX
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.
Elizabeth A. Grill, Psy.D., Rye Brook, NY
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.
Kevin Hagan, Arlington, VA
Kevin Hagan currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Thrive Impact. His expertise is in organizational strategy and planning, leadership and governance, change management and organizational transformation, and crisis management and messaging.
Having served as CEO of the American Diabetes Association and President & CEO of Feed the Children, he has a unique understanding of the pressures that nonprofits face and the need for innovation in the nonprofit sector. Hagan has also served in other leadership roles throughout his career, including: Chief Operating Officer of Good360, Head of Public Affairs and Communications for US Foods, and multiple national level management roles at the United States Postal Service.
Kevin’s education includes a master’s degree in International Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., and undergraduate degrees in Political Science, History and German from Mercer University in Georgia. During his nonprofit CEO tenure, he also completed executive education in Nonprofit Management at Harvard Business School. Kevin was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in September 2018.
Jim 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.
Jody Madeira, Bloomington, IN
Dr. Jody Madeira is Professor of Law and Louis F. Neizer Faculty Fellow at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, where she co-directs the Center for Law, Culture & Society and serves as Bioethics Liaison for the Indiana Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute. She is an expert on qualitative and mixed-methods research, and her research focuses on the intersection of law, communication, and medicine, prioritizing assisted reproductive technology, bioethics, substance use, and firearm violence. She is the author of Taking Baby Steps: How Patients and Fertility Clinics Collaborate in Conception (University of California Press, 2018) and Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure (New York University Press, 2012).
After personally experiencing unexplained infertility, Jody shifted her research to focus on emotions and treatment decision making in reproductive medicine. Her current research assesses the design, implementation, and evaluation of multimedia informed consent technologies, assessing the personal and legal impact of fertility fraud cases, and advocating for laws that improve patient experience and safety. Her research has appeared in leading legal and peer-reviewed publications such as Fertility & Sterility.
Jody holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Science in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University. Jody was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in 2019.
Kyra Phillips, McLean, VA
Kyra Phillips in an Investigative Correspondent for ABC News. She joined the network in April, 2018.
An award-winning journalist, Phillips joined CNN in 1999 anchoring Live From, CNN Newsroom, American Morning, and moved to HLN in 2012 to anchor Raising America with Kyra Phillips, a daily interactive, investigative program that focused on news impacting the modern American family. She also led the network’s 2012 election coverage.
She has traveled the world to cover and investigate a wide range of breaking news, including four tours reporting in Iraq, first as an embedded journalist aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, then covering the war, and its effect on the Iraqi people. Her stories included the Baghdad School for the Blind, substance abuse within the Iraqi military, and an exclusive look inside Saddam Hussein’s cell and his personal diary. Phillips’ war coverage secured her the Atlanta Press Club’s National Reporter of the Year for 2007.
Her documentary about race relations and tensions in Jena, Louisiana, following the appearance of nooses at the town’s high school, earned her the top documentary award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Throughout her career, Phillips has garnered exclusive interviews with some of the world’s most public figures.
Phillips has won two Peabody awards, six Emmy awards, and two Edward R. Murrow awards for investigative reporting. Additionally, she has won numerous Golden Microphones and other honors. Phillips’ investigation into how a convicted murderer could purchase personal information about children triggered national legislation and earned her the Bill Stout Memorial Award for enterprise reporting.
Since 1992, Phillips has been a Big Sister with national Big Brothers Big Sisters of America mentoring program. She participates on the board of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, The Fisher House Foundation, and serves on the Honorary Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. She received the National Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award in 2013 and is now a Global Ambassador. Phillips is also the co-author of The Whole Life Fertility Plan published in 2015, a contributing writer on Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me, and is a 2017 Forty Over 40 honoree.
Phillips earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. She is married to fellow journalist John Roberts, Chief White House Correspondent for FOX. They are proud parents of twins.
Nichelle Polston, Wilmington, DE
Nichelle is a force that shines in communication, community, and in challenges. She is a passionate journalist and respected leader with a strong desire of empowering people to share their stories. She began her news career immediately after college and worked in a variety of television markets since 2002. The Temple University graduate eventually made her way to Delaware in 2012 to cover a wide range of news for WHYY. Some of her work includes WHYY’s television documentary on the 1968 Wilmington riots and “The Legacy of Joe Biden” special.
In 2018, Nichelle took a leap of faith and decided to branch out on her own to strengthen her brand as a freelance journalist. Obsessed with using her skills to connect people who have been traditionally divided by race, wealth or education, Nichelle has dedicated a great deal of her time to independent television projects, community service work and an array of civic engagement initiatives. She relies heavily on her journalism skills to help national and local organizations. Nichelle serves on the board of the ACLU-Delaware Chapter, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Delaware Chapter, and the Christina Cultural Arts Center.
Empowering women also hits really close to Nichelle’s heart. A few years ago, she created an entertainment website designed to be a source of encouragement for women who are single, childless or innovators by choice or chance. Its mission is to uplift women in the race against their biological clocks to achieve a certain level of success in a wide range of areas. It addresses self-care, relationships, infertility as well as explore the impact of societal norms.
When Nichelle’s not busy, you can find the Philadelphia native, traveling the world with her husband and encouraging anyone she meets to “aim for the stars!” Through hard work, her faith in God and strong support system; Nichelle is living proof that dreams do come true.
Dwight P. Ryan, White Plains, NY
Dwight P. Ryan is a seasoned CEO and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) possessing extensive financial, accounting, and operational experience within the healthcare and technology sector. Working with early stage start-ups in addition to Fortune 500 companies, Dwight has a wide-ranging background in the infertility sector. As the former CFO of the publicly-traded infertility services company IntegraMed America and Women’s Integrated Network, Dwight was also the Chief Operating Officer of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and currently serves as the COO of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York, which is one of the leading ART facilities in the country.
Continuing his foray into the advancement of the fertility field, Dwight developed a revolutionary infertility case management company to streamline patient care and contain medical and pharmaceutical costs for leading healthcare insurance companies. He also established MedTech For Solutions, a unique collaborative company with extensive, broad-based experience in the Assisted Reproductive Technology field, building cutting edge ART practices and laboratories throughout the United States. Most recently establishing the industry leading Andrology and Embryology Training Institute, Ovatools, to meet the growing needs of IVF laboratories. Dwight previously served on the RESOLVE Board of Directors from 2005-2012. Dwight was re-elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in September 2018.
Pamela Schumann, Cold Spring, NY
Pam Schumann an entrepreneur and healthcare executive. She has turned her passion for consumer-driven women’s health into a consulting business, helping her clients create modern, effortless experiences for patients. Previously, Pam served as President of Growth Strategy and Ancillary Businesses for IntegraMed Fertility, the largest network of fertility practices in North America where she founded their Attain Fertility division – the destination for IVF patients who are looking to pay for IVF treatment the smartest way possible.
A former patient who was once faced with the overwhelming costs of treatment herself, Pam decided to do something about it. She has since dedicated her career to helping to remove the financial barriers that prevent so many patients from achieving success with fertility treatment.
Pam brings with her a 20-year track record of building and expanding profitable business partnerships with physician practices as well as a long-standing kinship with fellow members of the RESOLVE community. Pam was elected to the RESOLVE Board of Directors in September 2018.
Jeff Travers, Washington, DC
Jeff Travers joined the Cancer Support Community in 2015, leading a team that manages the organization’s finances, HR, technology, and operations, while supporting CSC’s Finance Committee and Board of Directors. Jeff joined CSC after many years working with local and national nonprofit organizations.
Most recently, Jeff was a director and a member of the senior leadership team at Fight For Children, which supports education reform efforts in local schools. During his eight years at Fight For Children, Jeff worked on various projects and initiatives, including managing the organization’s multi-million dollar annual fundraiser, twice redesigning its website, leading its strategic planning process, and supporting the launch of several major programmatic initiatives.
Earlier in his career, Jeff was the associate executive director at Whitman-Walker Clinic (now Whitman-Walker Health) in Washington, DC. Over nine years at the Clinic, Jeff played a variety of roles, including managing the organization’s fundraising team, running the organization’s operations, and developing its real estate portfolio, including two of its medical facilities. Jeff also founded and ran a small business providing management support to more than a dozen local and national nonprofit organizations.
Jeff is an active volunteer in community-based and civic organizations. He is currently serving as the Chair of the DC Healthy Youth and Schools Commission, a position to which he was appointed by the Mayor of DC. He has also served as a board member and chair of two local nonprofit organizations, Adoptions Together and the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. He served for several years as the Treasurer of the Logan Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission, an elected position which advises DC government agencies on matters of concern to citizens.
Jeff has a BA in History, with a minor in Fine Arts, from Georgetown University and an MBA, with a concentration on leadership, from the George Washington University. He lives in Washington, DC with his two school-aged children, Neil and Emma, whom he adopted at birth.
Eric A. Widra, MD, FACOG, FAWM, Washington, D.C.
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.
In 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.