Creating a Family Former Board Members
Anne Bullard is the Co-Director/Owner of Gwynn Valley Camp, a co-ed, residential summer program for children ages 5-14 in Brevard, NC. Anne has a great love of the outdoors and its connection to the growth and education of children. Prior to entering the camping industry 16 years ago, Anne taught French at both the elementary and secondary levels for 15 years. Anne is the mother of four transracially-adopted children through foster care and international adoption.
Angeline N. Beltsos
Dr. Angeline Beltsos is the CEO and Medical Director of Vios Fertility Institute Chicago. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), practicing medicine since 1991. Dr. Beltsos completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Loyola University in 1995 followed by a fellowship in REI at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, completed in 1997. Dr. Beltsos is also the Clinical Research Division Director of Vios and participates in a number of research projects and scientific publications. She has received numerous awards in teaching and has been honored as “Top Doctor” from Castle Connelly for several years. She is a popular speaker, both nationally and internationally, and a frequent media resource on the topic of infertility. She is the executive chairperson for the Midwest Reproductive Symposium International, an international conference of fertility experts.
As the REI Division Education Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency programs of Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Lutheran General Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Hospital Chicago, Dr. Beltsos helps educate future OB/GYN doctors. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Irene Clements is the Executive Director of the National Foster Parent Association. She also serves as the Public Policy Chair for the Texas Foster Family Association (TFFA) and as the Chair of the EveryChild, Inc. Board or Directors. Additionally, she is a member of the Texas Children’s Justice Taskforce, SAFE Coalition on Human Rights, and NCTSN Advisory Board. Her previous work experience includes fifteen years for the State of Texas in the field of intellectual disabilities and fifteen years with a large foster care agency in Texas as their Vice President for Foster Care. She has tremendous knowledge and experience gained over the past 45 years that enables her to work as a national consultant on foster care and adoption. Irene and her husband also served as foster parents for twenty-seven years and fostered 127 children during that time.
Susan Soonkeum Cox is the Vice President of Policy and External Affairs for Holt International Children’s Services. Susan has worked with international adoption and child welfare issues for more than 25 years. Adopted from Korea in 1956, her life experience as an early international adoptee gives her a unique and personal perspective. Susan was the founder of the first Gathering of Korean Adoptees in 1999. She is a frequent presenter and trainer and has testified before Congress on issues related to adoption, child welfare and foreign affairs. She is also a member of the Hague Special Commission on Intercountry Adoption.
Adam Davidson is co-founder and co-host of Planet Money, a co-production of National Public Radio and This American Life. His work has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, and the Polk. Adam has also written articles for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, GQ, Rolling Stone and many others. He lends his radio expertise and general common sense to Creating a Family.
Courtney Flantzer, with Courtney Flantzer Public Relations, works with national and local press covering everything from professional athletes and events to food, fitness, healthcare, and tech startups. She worked for three years at This Week with George Stephanopoulos and contributed actively on ABCNews.com by hosting the This Week webcast and creating the Green Room Girl commentary and slideshow.
Dr. Jason Franasiak is a board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist, board certified Technical Supervisor in Embryology and Andrology, and lead physician of RMA’s South Jersey – Marlton Office. He serves as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and has been invited to speak nationally and internationally. He is author and contributor to over 100 peer reviewed publications, published chapters and abstracts. He serves on the Editorial Board for Fertility and Sterility and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also serves as Ad Hoc Reviewer for the Journal of Assisted Reproduction Genetics, Human Genetics, Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Human Reproduction, and Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. Dr. Franasiak volunteers as an OB/GYN Clinical Advisor for Osmosis – Integrated Medical Learning and with Kaplan Test Prep for USMLE Step, 1, 2, and 3 reproductive medicine coursework.
Mr. Freeby’ s practice is devoted exclusively to adoption law and he has over a decade of experience in this area of the law. Included in his law practice are independent domestic adoption, contested adoption, agency domestic adoption, international adoption, interstate (ICPC) adoption, family adoptions, foster care adoptions, mediation, cases involving the Indian Child Welfare Act and adoption agency representation. Mr. Freeby is member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (“Academy”). The Academy is a national association of approximately 340 attorneys across the United States who have distinguished themselves in the area of adoption law. Mr. Freeby is the Deputy Director of Adoptions for the Academy. Mr. Freeby active in teaching and organizing continuing legal education for attorneys in the area of adoption law. Mr. Freeby also serves on a number of boards for charitable organizations in the community.
Ron Harman King
A 25-year veteran of medical marketing, PR and communications technology, Ron is CEO of Vanguard Communications, a Denver-based firm specializing in bringing new patients to healthcare providers in 16 specialties throughout the U.S. and Canada. Ron is the author of The Totally Wired Doctor: Social Media, the Internet & Marketing Technology for Medical Practices. He also is a featured video blogger for the news website MedPage Today, as well as a TV commentator and frequent speaker at medical conferences throughout North America and Europe.
Nick Korynski is a Senior Solutions Consultant in San Francisco, CA. He spent 9 years as an engineer in the aerospace industry before completing an MBA at Indiana University. In 2015, he left aerospace to work in advertising technology. Since then, he has been selling marketing automation software to Fortune 500 companies and advertising agencies.
Nick specializes in social media marketing on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. He also has experience managing digital media campaigns and consulting.
Dr. Julie Lamb, MD, FACOG is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Pacific NW Fertility in Seattle. Julie serves as clinical faculty at the University of Washington where she directs the REI training of Ob/Gyn resident physicians and is the Director of the Center for Fertility Preservation at Pacific NW Fertility. She has presented and published more than 50 peer-reviewed research projects at national meetings and also serves on the board of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine patient education committee and embryo transfer committee and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society. She is the current president of Seattle Gynecology Society. Julie also studied international women’s health as a Fulbright Scholar in Zimbabwe, and is the proud mother to three boys.
Miranda Lynch is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Lynch provides strategic guidance and capacity building to child welfare agencies in large-scale system reform initiatives geared toward improving child outcomes in safety, permanency, and well-being. Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Lynch served for 20 years in the federal government at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Lynch holds a Master of Science in Public Policy from Rutgers University.
Dr. Johnston-MacAnanny is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is also certified to perform robotic assisted advanced laparoscopy. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society of Reproductive Surgeons and Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Johnston-MacAnanny was recognized as a US News and World Report “Best Doctor” in 2012-2013.
Dr. Joe Massey is a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist since 1983 and co-founder of the Servy Massey Fertility Institute in Georgia. Dr. Massy is a national leader in infertility and helped pioneer the first ICSI pregnancy in the US, the first US egg freezing and the world’s first successful assisted hatching procedures. His focus now is on making infertility treatment affordable.
Dr. Alexander Quaas, M.D., Ph.D., is a Board-certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist at Reproductive Partners Fertility Center – San Diego, and Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego, California.
Prior to joining RPSD, Dr. Quaas was a physician and faculty member at Oklahoma University Health Science Center and at the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Quaas earned his M.D. from the University of Manchester and his Ph.D. from the Albert Ludwig University in Germany. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard University and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California. Dr. Quaas has special interests in endometriosis, adenomyosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, third party reproduction and fertility preservation.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS), has authored many peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of Fertility and Sterility and the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics (JARG). Dr. Quaas is fluent in Spanish, German, French and Italian, and also has a special interest in international variations in the practice of Reproductive Medicine.
Colleen Quinn has been an attorney specializing in adoption and reproductive law in Richmond, Virginia since 1989. She is a Fellow, and has served on the Board of Trustees, of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) and a Fellow, Founder, on the Executive Council and the Membership Chair of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), both select groups of attorneys with rigorous standards for membership. Among her many “Top Lawyer” awards are “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by National Trial Lawyers (2011 to the present) and Top 50 “Super Lawyers” by Richmond Magazine (since 2006). She authored the AAAA “Representing Birth Parents Handbook”, and co-authored of the Fifth Edition of the Virginia CLE “Adoption Procedures and Forms” book. She is certified as a court-approved Guardian ad Litem.
Kathleen Skambis is a commercial trial and appellate lawyer in Orlando, Florida. She has practiced law for more than 25 years. In addition to her professional endeavors, Kathleen has long been involved in a wide range of community service. Currently, she serves on the Board of the American Lung Association of the Southeast, on the lung cancer advisory group for the American Lung Association, and on the Advisory Board of the Downtown Orlando YMCA.
Karli Slocum is the VP of Marketing at 3form, an innovative translucent building materials company. Karli has been in marketing for over 17 years spanning multiple industries including HR Tech, BioTech and now Manufacturing. She specializes in transforming marketing from a traditional model to newer marketing approaches including digital marketing and software development.
Karli is a recognized marketing leader who has managed successful teams of various sizes and capabilities with a focus on driving revenue.
Patty Stull has been working in the field of infertility for over 25 years and is currently the VP of Strategic Development at Shady Grove Fertility. Drawing on her professional experience as a fertility pharmaceutical representative, marketer, and former patient, Patty leads the effort to expand awareness of treatment options, and educational and financial resources to help more people seek, access and afford the care they need to create a family.
Dr. Michael Tucker is the Director of Andrology and IVF Laboratories at Shady Grove Fertility Centers, the largest fertility center in the US, with offices in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. He has worked in the field of reproductive medicine/embryology for over 26 years and received world-wide recognition for his pioneering work in the IVF technologies in the development of ICSI and he led the team that was successful in achieving the first pregnancy and birth using cryopreserved eggs.