RESOLVE is proud to honor the following people and companies who have performed outstanding work for the infertility community. These awards will be presented at Night of Hope on November 11, 2019 in New York City. Donate a tribute in support of these award recipients.
Barbara Eck Founders Award: Risa A. Levine
After becoming a fertility patient in 2004, Ms. Risa A. Levine began working to secure federal insurance coverage for infertility treatment and then worked closely with RESOLVE advocating for a bill called The Family Act which provided a tax credit for medical expenses incurred for infertility treatment. Since then, she has played key roles in promoting the need for recognition of the disease of infertility and gaining IVF coverage for veterans. This year, Risa was instrumental in having coverage for IVF included in the New York State budget, thereby providing access to treatment for an additional 2.5 million New Yorkers.
Her efforts have helped millions have access to the family building options of their choice. Her passion has inspired many to join the fight. Read more about Risa and her award.
Hope Award for Access: LinkedIn
Hope Award for Access: Target
Target‘s team spans five generations, each with different needs, so Target works hard to offer benefits that are relevant to team members across a breadth of life stages and support the many ways to grow and care for a family. In the last year alone, Target moved from parental to paid family leave to better support team members in all stages of life, doubled their adoption/surrogacy fee reimbursement and expanded back-up care nationwide, all of which is in addition to the fertility benefits that have long been a part of their health care
Hope Award for Achievement: ABC News
In spring 2019, during National Infertility Awareness Week, ABC News launched a series of stories related to infertility and family building. “Modern Baby,” a documentary produced by ABC News Digital and Nightline, featured different ways to build a family like using donor embryo, raising funds to pay for IVF, and pursuing treatment after cancer. The families featured also shared their stories with the Good Morning America broadcast and GMA Digital audiences during National Infertility Awareness Week. “How IVF has redefined the modern family” also featured fellow Hope Award honoree, Dr. Richard Gazi. To learn more
Hope Award for Achievement: Susan Crockin, JD
Susan Crockin, JD started one of the first legal practices in the US focusing exclusively on ART and Adoption Law in 1988. She currently teaches both domestic and international ART law courses at Georgetown Law Center, and in her private practice represents IVF and 3rd party ART programs, including sperm, egg and embryo banks. She has appointments as a Senior Scholar at Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law and as a Research Assistant Professor at Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics, where she is currently developing “Jones Rounds,” an inter-disciplinary Legal-Ethics curriculum designed for ObGyn residents and REI fellows named in honor of the late Howard Jones, MD.
Susan writes extensively on the legal, ethical and policy aspects of the ARTs, including: ASRM’s “Legally Speaking,” a column she first created in 1990; numerous journal articles and chapters on ART Law and Ethics related issues; and three books, including “Legal Conceptions: Evolving Law and Policy of the ARTs” with the late Dr. Howard Jones published in 2010.
Susan was a founding member of both ASRM’s Legal Professional Group and the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, is a former board member of RESOLVE, and a current member of SART’s Model Consent Committee. More than 30 years ago, she was also part of the original group that advocated for the Massachusetts IVF insurance law. More recently she’s helped RESOLVE with policy issues in DC and Maryland.
Hope Award for Advocacy: Richard V. Grazi, MD
Richard V. Grazi, MD is the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Maimonides Medical Center and founder of GENESIS Fertility & Reproductive Medicine, a nationally recognized Center of Excellence for the treatment of infertility. Dr. Grazi regularly appears on the lists of top doctors in New York Magazine and the New York Times Magazine and is ranked by the Castle Connolly Medical Guide among America’s top reproductive specialists. Under the direction of Dr. Grazi, the GENESIS program has provided care to untold numbers of hopeful parents throughout the tristate area.
For nearly a decade, Dr. Grazi has worked tirelessly with RESOLVE to advocate for expanding New York State’s insurance mandate to include IVF. At long last, this was achieved in the spring of 2019. It is estimated that this revision will give an additional 2.5 million New Yorkers access to modern, safe and effective fertility care. Dr. Grazi continues to work with RESOLVE on another, much needed change in the state’s law, which is the one governing surrogacy. RESOLVE is honored to recognize his commitment to advocacy and access to care in New York and Washington, D.C.
Hope Award for Service: Katie Lelito
Katie Lelito is a neuroscientist and nearly changed her studies to embryology when she was diagnosed with infertility. Although she stuck with neuroscience, she meticulously plotted her estrogen levels, ran linear regressions for the growth rates of all her follicles, she ended up with a degree in infertility, if only in her mind.
As a self-diagnosed control freak dealing with a disease beyond her control, she found comfort and focus through advocacy. Armed with a template letter from RESOLVE, Katie made it her mission to get infertility coverage for the University of Michigan. After learning exactly how to make changes in the university from her graduate student union, she finally got the right message to the right people, just in time for her to get a job in another state, a job that didn’t cover infertility… yet.
She sent the same letter to HR, and infertility coverage was added again. Thanks to these efforts, not only does she have two children from IVF but so do thousands of people now and in the future who work at these companies, should they need it. This is Katie’s greatest achievement. Katie is currently living in Raleigh, NC where she works as a researcher and volunteers for RESOLVE organizing support groups and infertility awareness events.