For those faced with infertility
The World Egg Bank strives to make building a family a simple reality.
The World Egg Bank 4202 N. 32nd Street, Suite L, Phoenix, Arizona USA 85018 +1.877.331.2427
Working in fertility for over a decade, and serving as an ART program supervisor for the past seven years, Brian has proved himself to be an expert embryologist. He has extensive experience in all facets of the embryology laboratory, including: ICSI, Day 3 and Day 5 blastocyst embryo development, assisted hatching, vitrification of oocytes and embryos, and PGD. In addition to the technical procedures, Brian is the chief compliance officer and represents Boston IVF with CLIA, CAP, SART, and FDA licensure and inspections. He is highly regarded by these agencies as having successfully guided centers on both coasts to the highest level of recognition and achievement. Brian has been a great asset to TWEB with both his laboratory expertise and his knowledgeable consulting.
Rebecca De La Cruz joined The World Egg Bank in 2009. Rebecca’s prior association with The World Egg Bank was as an egg donor who enjoyed helping families. She is a dedicated member of our team and she is resourceful, organized, creative and efficient. After screening thousands of our egg donors, her goal is to accept the best and ensure that each donor has a very positive experience. She serves as a resource for donors through every step of the screening and donation process. Rebecca interfaces with the Intended Parents, who enjoy regular updates on their donor, and with doctor’s offices across the US to manage donor screening, monitoring, travel, and post-retrieval care. She accommodates special screening requirements nationally and internationally requested of our IP’s doctors. Her knowledge of the donor process is unsurpassed after years of experience with The World Egg Bank.
Caderina Carrizosa graduated from Arizona State University with a double major in Mathematics and Biological Sciences. Caderina’s diligent work ethic and friendly, personable approach to clients and vendors makes her an efficient and effective Financial Manager. She also was an egg donor three times prior to her employment with The World Egg Bank and understands the emotional and financial difficulties our Intended Parents often face.
Shannon’s background is in education and her work in the Early Childhood Education for 13 years as a teacher has given her significant background in planning and working within structured time-sensitive management systems. As a member of the school’s management team, she worked with many students in their 20’s to counsel them on career choices. She has exceptional communication skills, organizational and computer skills and human resource management training. Her energy and commitment to serving customers is clearly demonstrated in her relationship with our clients.
Anna Hasselbring graduated from Northern Arizona University with a double major in Advertising and Public Relations. Anna’s previous work at a marketing firm in Chicago has given her a unique perspective that she now uses to educate and counsel potential egg donors. She also has 6+ years in child care and customer service giving her exceptional people skills. Anna’s outgoing, caring personality along with her passion regarding egg donation allows her to connect with new donors and guide them through the application process.
Tonya Heilbrun graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She is a perfect fit for our company as she has a very unique story of her own. Tonya was one of The World Egg Banks recipients back in 2003 when Diana Thomas (Founder and CEO) was still operating her fresh donor agency, X and Y Consulting. Tonya has amazing twin boys as a result of her donor egg experience. Six short months after the birth of her twins, she “miraculously” became pregnant with her third biological son. Tonya has years of experience in the customer service industry. In 2009 she started a small company with her sister called Use Your Marbles. This was a marble reward system for children that she designed and marketed while staying at home with her boys when they were younger. With Tonya’s personal experience, she has the empathy and compassion needed to assist our clients while going through all the highs and lows of the infertility process.
Gary Harton Ph.D.
Dr. Harton received his Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University and his Ph.D. at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. His thesis title was: Facilitating the widespread use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening through best practice and novel technology development. Following a long career in the field of Reproductive Sciences, including both laboratory management and IVF practice management posts, Dr. Harton is currently the Group Senior Vice President, Commercial Development at Progyny. He is responsible for Progyny’s commercial operations including sales, marketing, and customer service operations across the products of Fertility Authority, EggBanxx, IVFAdvantage and The Eeva test, the first and only FDA-cleared test to use time lapse imaging combined with their proprietary algorithm to aid in embryo selection during IVF. Gary has been involved in a number of exciting breakthroughs in the field of reproductive genetics including performing the first clinical preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for an autosomal dominant disease (Marfan syndrome) and performing the first clinical PGD for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). In addition, Dr. Harton was involved in the team that pioneered non-disclosing Huntington disease PGD where a patient at risk for HD could ensure that their children were free from the mutation without discovering their own HD status. He was also involved in the team that discovered and patented Karyomapping, a revolutionary new technology allowing practically any genetic defect to be diagnosed in embryos using one single array-based test. Dr. Harton is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) as a Technical Supervisor, in Molecular Diagnostics and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) as well as the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society. Dr. Harton has also served as Chair of the Steering Committee for the ESHRE PGD, and has been an author on numerous peer reviewed scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters.
Richard C Wagner M.S., C.G.C Geneticist for The World Egg Bank.
Rick graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1975 and received his masters degree in human genetics and counseling from Rutgers University in 1976. Rick is a Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC), a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics, and a charter member of the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Rick has over 30 years genetic counseling experience specializing in prenatal genetic diagnosis and counseling. He provides egg donor family history evaluations for our donors. Rick has also served in an advisory capacity to the Arizona Department of Health Genetic Services Committee, the Greater Arizona Chapter of the March of Dimes, The Arizona Association of Retarded Citizens, the Arizona Hemophilia Association, and the Arizona Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease.
Working in fertility for over a decade, and serving as an ART program supervisor for the past seven years, Brian has proved himself to be an expert embryologist. He has extensive experience in all facets of the embryology laboratory, including: ICSI, Day 3 and Day 5 blastocyst embryo development, assisted hatching, vitrification of oocytes and embryos, and PGD. In addition to the technical procedures, Brian is the chief compliance officer and represents Boston IVF with CLIA, CAP, SART, and FDA licensure and inspections. He is highly regarded by these agencies as having successfully guided centers on both coasts to the highest level of recognition and achievement. Brian has been a great asset to TWEB with both his laboratory expertise and his knowledgeable consulting
Psychological Pathways +1.928.776.7885. Dr. Lemberg completed his Ph.D. studies in the field of clinical psychology at the University of Maryland (APA approved) in 1977. His dissertation was titled “Measuring Community Mental Health Needs and Community Competence: A Cost-Effective Analysis of Three Assessment Methods”. His undergraduate degrees were in psychology, sociology and a minor in anthropology; where he received highest distinction honors.From 1972 to 2000 Dr. Lemberg participated in various consulting positions, teaching positions, and psychotherapy and clinical administration positions. His consulting work (1972 – 2012) focused on women’s and children’s issues, specifically eating disorders and, more recently, chemical dependency. Dr. Lemberg has taught at various colleges and universities, namely University of Maryland and Arizona State University, where he served as adjunct professor of psychology from 1980 to 1989.Dr. Lemberg’s psychotherapy and clinical administration career is highlighted by his work at Camelback Hospitals and Mental Health Center where he was responsible for implementing, developing and directing the clinical programming for two psychiatric hospitals and a community mental health center. He founded the Arizona Coalition for Responsible Mental Health Care; a coalition of psychiatrists and psychologists to promote responsible mental health care benefits. From 1982 to 1998 he served as the CEO of Psychological Pathways, which is a multidisciplinary group practice based in three cities in Arizona. The group focuses on treatment of eating disorders, family psychotherapy, attention deficit disorder, brain and spinal injury as well as hospital/organizational consultation.Dr. Lemberg’s work has appeared in over 41 papers and publications worldwide. He has made over 100 presentations to a variety of groups primarily on the topic of eating disorders. Other topics include ADHD, autism, couples and family therapy, OCD, psychological testing and traumatic brain injury. He was interviewed by over 40 media outlets on the topic of eating disorders from 1980 to 2010. Over his career he has been a member or received certifications/honors from over 30 respected groups. He is an Associate Editor for Eating Disorders:The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.Dr. Lemberg has been in private practice since 1981. He treats children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. He has provided psychological testing and evaluation for The World Egg Bank since 1997.
Dr. Lemberg’s prolific career and experience over a wide range of psychological fields provides the experience The World Egg Bank requires to ensure its egg donors are well prepared for their egg donation cycle.
Dr. Kovacs is a world renowned specialist in the fields of reproductive gynecology, endocrinology, and infertility. He has over 30 years experience in IVF, ovulation induction, male subfertility, donor insemination, and microsurgery. Dr. Kovacs currently serves as the International Medical Director of Monash IVF. His postgraduate credentials include: MD, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, CREI, FAICD, and Graduate Certificate in Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.He has been President of The Fertility Society of Australia, Family Planning Australia, Family Planning Victoria, and Chairman of The IVF Directors’ Group of Australia. Professor Kovacs was a Councilor of the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology for a period of six years, having chaired its Continuing Education and Women’s Health Committees. He is a director of ACCESS, Australia’s national infertility network.He is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Monash University and has published more than 150 scientific papers, over 30 chapters in textbooks, has written five books for the public, and edited seven textbooks.
Dr. Mayer received his Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from The Johns Hopkins University in 1980. He joined the IVF program at the Jones Institute in Norfolk in 1982 and is presently Professor in the Department of Ob/Gyn, in the Jones Institute at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He currently serves as the Clinical Laboratory Director of the Embryology Lab at The Jones Institute (since 1994); the offsite Laboratory Director at the Jones Institute of Western Penns/Allegehny Healthcare System in Pittsburgh, PA (since 2003); and also the offsite Laboratory Director at the University Reproductive Care, Depart of Ob/Gyn, University of Washington (Seattle)(since 2011).Since 2004, he has also served as both Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner for the College of American Pathologists in the ASRM/CAP Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation Program.Dr. Mayer is both an instructor and the Director of the Online Masters Program in Embryology and Andrology at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine. Since 2004, this program has produced over 150 graduates and this number continues to grow as the 11th class has recently begun its course of study.Dr. Mayer has been a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) since 1984. He has served on numerous ASRM committees. He was the first chairman of the Reproductive Laboratory Technology Professional Group (1991 – 92); a Legislative Monitor for ASRM Government Office from 1990 – 1997; Co-Chairman of the ASRM Government and Public Relations Committee (1999-2001); a member of ASRM Practice Committee Task Force for the Revision of Guidelines for Gamete and Embryo Donation (2001-2002); and chair of the “EmbryoMail” Advisory Committee (2008 – present). He received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in Oct 2006. He has also received the ASRM 2010 Service Award for having continuously contributed 10 or more years of service to the ASRM.He has also served in various capacities on the SART Executive Council. He served as a representative Laboratory Director on the SART Executive Council from 1995-1998. He was a member of the SART International Committee 1997-2001, Co-Chairman of the Government and Public Relations Committee from1998-2001, Special member for FDA affairs (2001-2006), Representative of the CAP/ASRM’s Lab accreditation program (2004-2010), and Laboratory Representative for the National Coalition for Oversight of Assisted Reproductive Technology (NCOART) (1996-2010).Finally, he has served with a number of organizations, relevant to reproductive medicine. These include National Institute of Health – NIH (member of the “Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director NIH” creating NIH guidelines and oversight structure for research involving human pluripotent stem cells. 1999-00) He was a member of National Board of RESOLVE (2001-2005).
Dr. Kuwayama earned his PhD. in biology at the School of Veterinary Science at Hokkaido University in Japan in 1997. His doctoral thesis work involved vitrification of embryos and mammalian oocytes, achieving the world’s first pregnancies with vitrified bovine eggs. Moving into the field of human embryology, he obtained the first babies in Japan and the US with vitrified oocytes. He has also perfected the technique and apparatus being used by most successful programs in the world (in 40 countries). He is currently the CEO of a private research institute, Repro-Support Medical Research Center in Japan, with a staff of 65 embryologists and 13 scientists studying vitrification and other related areas of expertise. Dr. Kuwayama is also the academic and technical supervisor of the embryology laboratory at Kato Ladies Institute, one of the largest IVF centers in the world, which currently undertakes 21,000 IVF cycles per year. He has vitrified more than 200,000 human oocytes and embryos in his own center and others he works with. Dr. Kuwayama has sat on many international academic and professional boards, occupied Directorships, and invited lectures including:
Kimball O. Pomeroy is a clinical embryologist who has directed several clinical laboratories throughout the United States. He was trained in Bristol, England as a human embryologist and prior to that was educated at Colorado State University, where he received a PhD in Animal Physiology, and then worked at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he did post-doctoral work in molecular biology.
Dr. McShane has been working in the field since 1985. She completed her clinical fellowship at Harvard University and served as an associate professor at both Harvard University and University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. McShane served as the Medical Director of IVF at the Brigham.
In 1985 Diana Thomas graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a Master’s Degree in Architectural History. Ms. Thomas held a number of leadership positions in the study and preservation of large historic preservation projects in the US and Canada. Ms. Thomas is responsible for significant innovations in her field.