The Patient is at the Center of everything we do: by providing education and price transparency, extraordinary clinical expertise, and proprietary clinical solutions we’ll ensure patients control their fertility journey and achieve their best possible outcome.

The Patient is at the Center of Everything We Do

The Patient
is at the Center
of Everything We Do

Progyny's employer benefit plans provide innovative care built to support healthy families. The Progyny suite of smart fertility services allows employers to provide the most effective treatment options to their employees, the first time - saving time, money, and preventing unnecessary risk.
IVFAdvantage is the only direct-to-consumer IVF bundled treatment plan developed by patients for patients, providing negotiated rates with the option to finance. With hundreds of locations across the US, IVFAdvantage plans help make IVF treatment cycles more affordable.
EggBanxx is the first direct-to-consumer national network of fertility doctors specializing in egg freezing for fertility preservation. EggBanxx Egg Freezing Parties have captured the attention of the media, while normalizing the conversation and making information gathering fun and smart. Plans come with the ability to finance and save 15% off of clinic pricing.
The Eeva test is the first and only FDA-cleared test to aid in embryo selection. It was designed to provide your IVF team with reliable, objective information to select embryos with greater confidence as they strive to do everything possible to improve your odds of a successful pregnancy.
Launched in 2009, FertilityAuthority.com is a comprehensive, interactive online network for those seeking fertility and treatment information, advice, referrals and consultation.
With more than 68,000 members & more than 4 million posts, FertileThoughts is the world's largest social media site driven by user-generated content and organic traffic. The FT community is over 17 years old and still going strong.

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About Us

Progyny is the first company to provide fertility patients with easy accessibility to high quality doctors, price transparency, and financing, coupled with extraordinary clinical expertise and proprietary clinical solutions. We are committed to helping ensure that patients control their fertility journey and achieve the best possible outcome. Our all-inclusive digital platform guides patients through the fertility health journey and empowers them to select from an elite network of fertility doctors offering exclusive pricing, build a customized fertility health plan and make a purchase with the ease of a few clicks. Patients are able to select plan options including elective egg freezing, IVF treatment options, and the Eeva™ Test.

Our portfolio includes:

  • Eeva Test, a non-invasive time-lapse imaging system to consistently and objectively assess early embryo development milestones.
  • IVFAdvantage, Progyny's no-restriction IVF package plan, offers bundled treatment plans with pricing transparency, scheduling assistance, and preferred appointment times at top clinics across the country.
  • EggBanxx, is on a mission to empower young, professional women to take charge of their reproductive health. EggBanxx provides women with affordable and accessible egg freezing options through its network of 116 fertility doctors across the United States.
  • FertilityAuthority.com, the country’s leading patient-matching technology platform serving the fertility industry through education, patient support, pricing transparency and financing.

Our Team

Gina Bartasi
Chief Executive Officer

A seasoned entrepreneur and thought leader, Gina brings more than 20 years of experience to the digital healthcare industry with a proven track record of building new businesses from the ground up. Gina is known for analyzing market conditions and pivoting quickly with a focus on financial performance. She has a long history of spotting and capitalizing on market trends, where she’s launched several key brands and digital media properties including Fertility Authority, a suite of sites providing financing and support for both IVF and egg freezing patients. With 1M+ monthly visitors a month, Fertility Authority built the foundation of patient and clinic relationships to transform the fertility market-place. Gina is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard Business School (OPM 33).

George Nassef
Chief Technology Officer

A proven leader in technology and engineering, Mr. Nassef brings over 15+ years of experience in leadership, strategy, budgeting, management, architecture, engineering, and programming to the team. George’s career includes being the former CTO/CIO of HotJobs, MIVA.com, and Biztravel.com, as well as working with American Airlines, SABRE and startups like Namely and Latest Edge. With a hands-on approach, George has perfected his skills in open source technologies, cloud, scalable web, mobile development and big data collection. Managing teams of a few to a few hundred over the course of his career, growing and scaling a business, its products, its technology and its future growth plans is nothing new to George as he now spearheads Progyny’s product line development.

Karin Ajmani
President, Healthcare Services

Bringing a multitude of specialty health and managed care experience, Karin is leading Progyny’s employer and consumer benefits products. Her mission is to expand employer coverage of infertility services by providing a SMART solution that is a “win/win” for employers, patients and clinicians. Prior to joining Progyny, Karin was CEO of US Imaging for eight years, and previously served as CEO of CarePlus Health Plan, a managed care plan in NY, where she led the organization from inception in 1996 through its sale in 2005. Karin also serves on the boards of Pacific Child and Family, a national autism provider services company, and Citra Health, a leading healthcare technology company. Karin has a Masters in Public Health from Columbia Univ. and is a graduate of the Univ. of Pittsburgh.

Alyse Forcellina
Chief People Officer

Alyse Forcellina, Chief People Officer, brings a deep understanding of the strategic, financial, operational, and organizational issues facing health care institutions, and a passion for building the next generation of talent, teams and organizations to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving healthcare industry. Prior to Progyny, Alyse was a Principal at Egon Zehnder, where she placed executives and Board members at leading healthcare companies and led the firm’s Assessment & Development practice across industry sectors. Previously, Alyse spent 15+ years (with McKinsey & Co, IMS Health, Vector Securities) advising healthcare organizations on their most pressing strategic challenges. Alyse began her career on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Aide focused on healthcare policy. Alyse has an MBA from the University of Texas, a Master of Public Policy from the LBJ School at the University of Texas, and a BA from Yale College. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Gary Harton
Group Senior Vice President, Commercial Development

Dr. Gary Harton began his commercial career performing business development roles with two promi-nent genetics companies, Illumina and BlueGnome. Gary has been involved in a number of exciting breakthroughs in the field of reproductive genetics including performing the first clinical preimplanta-tion genetic diagnosis (PGD) for an autosomal dominant disease (Marfan syndrome) and performing the first clinical PGD for spinal muscular atrophy. Gary is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB), a member of American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society. He graduated from James Madison Univ. and received his Ph.D. at the Univ. of Kent, Canter-bury, UK.

Lisa Fierstein
SVP, Finance & Administration

A seasoned financial executive, Lisa brings more than 20 years of progressive financial and operational management experience in varying industries such as health and wellness, marketing, media, sports, hospitality, entertainment, and telecommunications industries. Lisa is responsible for all of Progyny’s financial and administrative operations. Prior to joining Progyny, Lisa was Head of Finance for Ghostery Inc. Ghostery empowers consumers and businesses globally to create safer, faster, and more trusted digital experiences. Previously, Lisa was CFO of Plus One Holdings and Finance Partner for the Prevention Business with Optum Health. Plus One Holdings is a wholly owned subsidiary of Optum Health which was acquired in 2013 during her tenure there. Lisa’s career also includes being the former CFO of MetLife Stadium. While there, Lisa scored great seats to many events, but more importantly was a critical member of the start-up organization, developing the operating finance structure by building the finance team and implementing the financial systems and processes. Prior to that, Lisa was the Head of Finance of Zagat Survey, where she was “a standout” amidst “an eclectic menu” of colleagues. She was responsible for all of the organization’s financial operations, including planning and analysis of their business. Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rutgers University School of Business.

Dan Shur
Vice President Operations, Healthcare Services

Dan Shur is the Vice President of Operations for Healthcare Services at Progyny where he is responsible for the mechanics necessary to empower the Enterprise and Direct-to-Consumer lines of business. A lifelong devotee to challenging and disrupting the health care system, Dan has worked for more than 20 years in key areas of the industry. He joined Progyny in late 2015 after serving in a succession of demanding roles at Cayuga Medical Center, Prudential, Goldman Sachs, Cigna and most recently EmblemHealth. His experiences and leadership roles in both the payer and provider halves of the system, coupled with a tour of duty through health care investment banking, have equipped him with a unique mix of learnings in patient care, consumer behavior, health plan operations, product development, innovation and strategy. He has several game changers to his credit, and he’s incredibly passionate about helping people in need and improving the delivery of health care services. Dan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Ann Gaines
Vice President, Sales

Ann has over 20 years experience in high level sales with a broad background in digital, print, online, pharmaceutical and real estate sales. Her number one goal is creating remarkable customer experiences while generating revenue. She enjoys working in the dynamic environment of a start-up and continuously strives to build long-lasting business relationships. Ann enjoys cooking, travel, volunteering in her community and running to decompress. She has a B.S. degree from Valparaiso University.

Frank Kessler
Vice President, Technology

Frank has over 10 years of experience developing dynamic content driven web sites. Mostly gaining experience by developing his own sites in an entrepreneurial fashion, he has gained extensive knowledge across all facets of web development including system administration. In addition to Frank's technology skills, he graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in Business Management with concentrations in Finance and Management Info Systems. After college Frank attained an MBA, also at Binghamton, with concentrations in Marketing and Operations Management. In his free time, you can find him on the golf course.

Kelly Rafferty
Vice President of Business Development and Strategy

Kelly Rafferty is Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Progyny where she is responsible for growth through deals and market development. Kelly has a distinguished track record of developing, operating, and growing multi-million dollar P&Ls in pharmaceuticals and health care financial services. Kelly has built and led highly effective teams and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and C-Level executives. Prior to joining Progyny, Kelly spent eight years in Investment Banking in the Health Care practices of Lazard and Cowen Group, advising companies and Institutional investors. Kelly also led the development and management of the Canadian businesses. Prior to her assignments in financial services, Kelly has held marketing and sales roles at Pfizer and Eli Lilly. Kelly has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a BA in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario.

Robin McCarthy
Vice President Marketing

Robin has over 14 years of online marketing experience, with the last 8 focused exclusively on performance marketing and fertility. She has provided strategy and management of marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 clients including Walmart, 3M, Siemens, Citrix, Hilton Hotels, Integramed and others. She currently serves on the Advisory board for Affiliate Summit, the industry’s most attended networking event and tradeshow with over 5,000 attendees and is an active member of the Performance Marketing Association. Her work while at the NYC Social Media agency, Converseon, won a 2011 Digiday Sammy Award for online engagement and socialization.

Manish Shah
Director, Legal & Privacy Affairs

An accomplished corporate counsel with over twelve years of experience in healthcare, privacy, intellectual property, litigation, and compliance, Manish joined Progyny in June 2015 as Director of Legal & Privacy Affairs. In his current role, Manish oversees all legal functions within Progyny, including corporate governance, risk management, intellectual property, compliance, governmental affairs and litigation.

Prior to joining Progyny, Manish was Associate General Counsel / Privacy Officer for the Marwood Group, an attorney specializing in commercial and multidistrict litigation at the Connecticut-based law firm of Ury & Moskow, and earlier in his career, a pharmacist at CVS/pharmacy.

Manish holds a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University.

Edison Manuel
Vice President, Operations

Edison has over 30 years experience and held several senior level positions with the last 19 years focused on medical device ranging from robotics, RF ablation systems and motion hand-held laparoscopic instruments. He brings extensive experience in operations from start up manufacturing into full commercial release, program management, factory integration and consolidation, strategic outsourcing and key supplier partnerships. Previously, Edison was Vice President of Manufacturing Operations at Stellartech Research Corp. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Operations at Novare Surgical Systems for 4 years. He held several senior level positions at RITA Medical Systems (acquired by AngioDynamics, Inc.) and Computer Motion (acquired by Intuitive Surgical, Inc.). Mr. Manuel received a BS degree in Management and Industrial Engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines.

Jay Palumbo
Director of Patient Care

Jay is a freelance writer, infertility activist and a proud IVF mom. Her writing has been featured in such places as The Huffington Post, XOJane, Crain’s NY Business Magazine, Skirt! Magazine, and of course, Fertility Authority. Her blog, The 2 Week Wait, shares both her sense of humor and personal struggle with her own journey to get pregnant. She has brought her wit, compassion and eagerness to help those who are going through fertility treatment to her Director of Patient Care Role with Fertility Authority. Jay received a BA from Binghamton University.

April Bobby
Patient Care Advocate

April Bobby, an Ohio native, is in the process of receiving her Bachelors of Science in Health Information Management from DeVry University. Over the past couple of years, she has been in the medical field educating women and men on the pelvic floor and their insurance benefits. April loves helping people, making it an easier path for patients to learn about treatment plans, financing options and general inquiries regarding fertility. When not at work she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and cooking.

Ariel Simerman
Patient Care Advocate

Ariel is a San Francisco native who has nearly four years of fertility-related experience. Driven by a keen interest in, and passion for women’s reproductive health, she began her journey in fertility as an undergraduate at UCLA. She spent her time there conducting research projects under the Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in their OBGYN department. Her research revolved around the various biochemical factors that impact oocyte maturation within the microenvironment of the follicle in women undergoing IVF. Ariel took her devotion to women’s health a step further when she studied with an indigenous midwife in rural Guatemala, providing consultations and working in labor and delivery.

Upon earning her Bachelor’s degree, she held a position at a reputable fertility clinic in the Bay Area, where she discovered her innate ability to deliver excellent patient care. Ariel’s goal is to provide warm, empathetic support and education in all patient interactions. 

Bhavi Trivedi
Senior Manager, Provider Relations

Bhavi has more than 13 years experience working at fertility clinics as an office manager, financial counselor/coordinator and team leader. She was diagnosed with PCOS at age 16, and has been seeing an endocrinologist for hormonal balancing since. As a Patient Care Advocate, she enjoys sharing her personal and professional experiences with women looking to build their families. Bhavi is married and a mom to an energetic 4-year-old.

Brandi Guthrie
Senior Sales Executive

Brandi has five years of sales experience with the majority of her time spent in the medical device and specialty lab space. She brings her enthusiasm for the women’s health industry and customer relations skills to the Progyny team. She received her BA in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University. Outside of the office, Brandi enjoys her time cooking, writing and being outdoors.

Brian Leonard
East Coast Sales Director

Brian has worked within the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) industry for over a decade in a variety of different areas. After working as a Senior Embryologist at Abington Reproductive Medicine and Princeton IVF, Brian served as the Staff Embryologist & Product Manager at Origio for 8+ years. Brian comes to Progyny with years of IVF Equipment, Consumables, and Genetic Screening sales experience with specialized focus on Vitrification, Culture Media, and PGS/PGD. Brian received his B.S in Biology from Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the European Society Human Reproductive & Embryology (ESHRE), and the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).

Cassidy Kahn
Marketing Assistant

A homegrown New Yorker; Cassidy Kahn grew up in Manhattan. She has her MPH from Indiana University where she was also a NCAA division 1 athlete. Since 2009, she has been involved in the health field where she marketed and promoted MRSA awareness and infection prevention on numerous occasions. Growing up with a family of marketing executives, marketing is in her blood. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with Labrador Retriever, Tuck, and her niece and nephews, doing arts and crafts, and being active.

Charleen Sutton
Provider Relations Representative

Charleen comes to Progyny with more than 7 years of experience in IVF, having served as Senior Biller for Genesis Fertility & Reproductive Medicine in Brooklyn. She has expertise in all things managed care including coding, billing, treatment plans, authorization processes, general insurance knowledge in the IVF industry, and has worked directly with fertility patients. This valuable experience is valuable in the PRR role as it bridges across multiple facets of our business model.

Colleen Frei
Controller

A strategic and analytical finance business partner, Colleen has 10 years of progressive finance and accounting experience that includes Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, Forecasting, Budgeting, Reporting, Strategic Business Planning, M&A, and Capital/Investment Analysis. Prior to joining Progyny, Colleen was a Director of Finance at Optum, supporting divisions focused on health services and innovation. She has also held finance roles at Target Corporation and HSBC. Colleen received an MBA with an emphasis in Finance and Strategy from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Outside of the office, Colleen enjoys family, friends, coffee shops, and travelling, including trips back to her Midwest roots of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Dan Bulger
Videographer

Dan is a native of Long Island, NY and has been sharing stories through video for over 10 years. Since 2012 he has focused his lens at the health care industry creating educational and informational pieces on medical professionals, new procedures, and other aspects of the industry. Prior to Progyny he worked as in-house videographer for a Diagnostics and Education company in Astoria, NY. When not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, reading, and playing basketball.

Daniel Koppel
Principal Computer Vision Scientist

Dan obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where his research focus was computer vision (ego-motion estimation and 3D reconstruction). Dan's past industry experience includes medical imaging (automated cancer-lesion detection for endoscopy), video understanding/enhancement for UAV applications, and development of perception systems for robotics platforms (self-driving commercial mining trucks). Prior to coming to Progyny, Dan worked at Google (Book Search), where he developed infrastructure related to book scanning quality control. When not involved with work, Dan enjoys reading about world history and the history of science and math, playing the violin, and (time-permitting) traveling to interesting countries.

Dave Falco
Creative Director

Dave is a creative director and designer with over 25 years experience in many fields of design. He has a focus in e-commerce and email conversion and has a strong background in print design, having worked as a typesetter, graphic designer and prepress operator. He enjoys teaching designers, and helping them refine their skills, expand into new areas and reach their creative potential.

Dave started out as a photographer after receiving his BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York. He still enjoys shooting film and working in the darkroom. Dave experienced IVF first hand and has a wonderful son, Jake, as a result.

Dennis de Jesus
Senior IT Administrator

Dennis is a native of Hoboken N.J. and has been in the IT industry for more than 15 years. Since about 2000 he has been working Primarily as an IT Consultant and Technician. Prior to Joining Progyny he worked as a Network Field Engineer for an IT consulting company that serviced clients in the Financial and Medical fields. When not working, he likes catching up on TV shows, spending time with his kids, riding bikes with them and playing sports.

Eliana Gordon
Social Media Marketing Manager

Eliana joined the Progyny team with 6 years of consumer product marketing experience. Prior to this role, she worked in the organic products industry honing her skills in social media marketing and event planning. Eliana has a BS in Marketing from the Sy Syms School of Business. Outside of work, Eliana enjoys reading, cooking, and outdoor adventures.

Evelyn Menor
Sr. Manufacturing Technician

More than 18 years in manufacturing in the fields of fiber optics and medical device industries. Held positions as a supervisor, QA tech., and manufacturing technician.

Jeanette R. Tomasino, MS, RNC, MNN
Senior Director of Nurse Education

Jeanette R. Tomasino, MS, RNC, MNN is Senior Director of Nurse Education at Progyny. She has 28 years of experience in Reproductive, Endocrinology and Infertility. Her previous position was Clinical Educator at the Cornell Center for Reproductive Medicine. Ms. Tomasino received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the State University at Plattsburgh in Plattsburg, New York in 1987. Ms. Tomasino received her Master’s in Nurse Education in 2009 from South University in Savannah, Georgia. She is a PhD Candidate for her doctorate in Education in April 2016.
Areas of practice include IVF, PGD, Ovulation Induction and Donor Egg. She is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and is immediate past Chair of their Nurse Professional Group (NPG). Ms. Tomasino is an international speaker. She has presented at ASRM, The PGS Global Symposium in Prague Czech Republic and has chaired the STARTART Nursing Congress in Las Vegas. Ms. Tomasino is committed to increasing knowledge through education and research.

Jeff Pogany
Senior Director, Provider Network and Operations

Jeff Pogany brings almost a decade of managed care experience within provider network contracting to the Progyny team. He supports the expansion and growth of Progyny’s employer and direct to consumer benefits coverage of infertility services. Jeff’s primary focus will be building and maintaining positive relationships within Progyny’s network of high quality IVF clinics around the country. Prior to joining Progyny, Jeff was Director of Network Contracting at UnitedHealthcare and the Chief of Staff in Provider Contracting at Anthem, both in the New York metro market. Outside of work Jeff runs competitively, hikes, and plays hockey. He is a devoted husband and a proud father to a daughter who was born through surrogacy.

Jeremy Keim
Director, National Accounts

Jeremy Keim brings over 12 years of healthcare benefits experience to Progyny as their Director, National Accounts. In that role, he develops and maintains client relationships with large employers and consulting firms while implementing fertility benefit solutions that reduce the complications and costs typically associated with fertility treatment. Prior to joining Progyny, Jeremy held a number of account management roles at Aetna, ActiveHealth Management and Optum after starting his career within Aetna’s National Account Actuarial department. Jeremy is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Applied Mathematics. When not at work, Jeremy enjoys running, reading, spending time with his wife and chasing after their two daughters in the park.

Joe Skinner
Front End Developer

Joe Skinner is a native New Yorker, growing up in Staten Island. He has been doing Web Development since 2006, receiving a Computer Science degree in the process. Prior to working at Progyny, he spent time working with various access control systems, multiple web technologies, and application development. When not working, Joe spends his time playing darts, snowboarding(weather permitting), and playing video games.

Julie Hunt
Assistant Patient Care Manager

As Assistant Patient Care Manager, Julie is a patient advocate, providing individualized care and support throughout each patient's fertility journey. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors from Niagara University as a double major in Communication Studies & Sociology.

Kathy Trinh
Patient Care Advocate

Kathy, a proud San Francisco native, received her bachelor's degree in Film and Media Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara where she also studied Hindi and played women's lacrosse. She has a background in customer service in the medical field and is passionate about changing lives. She enjoys traveling, cooking, editing videos and watching the 49ers.

Ken Bada
Manufacturing Engineer

Ken has over 14 years of experience in the medical device industry. He has held positions in different functions of the business including Quality, Research and Development, Packaging and Labeling, and Manufacturing. Ken received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Liming Wang
Principal Systems Engineer

Long time optical, and systems engineer with optical instrumentation, biomedical research and medical device backgrounds, is not only working on Eeva Scope now, but also enthusiastically exploring new technologies in IVF field.

Mark Larman
Senior Director, Clinical Technologies

Mark received his Ph.D. from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. His research focused on cell signaling events during fertilization and early embryo development. He has been involved in a number of exciting discoveries, including the discovery and characterization of the protein that triggers egg activation and the beginning of new life. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters and has 10+ years’ experience developing and commercializing many products currently used in IVF embryology labs.

Martin Chian
Director, Algorithm Group

Martin has over 16 years of experience in medical device development. He has deep expertise in product development while utilizing a diverse knowledge of algorithms, signal processing, image processing, and data science. He received his B.A. in biochemistry from the University of Virginia. He also has an M.S in Biomedical Engineering, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Maureen Doheny
Executive Assistant

Maureen Doheny, a Connecticut native, received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she double majored in Risk Management & Insurance and Legal Studies with a minor focus in Human Resources. She received her ARM, Associates in Risk Management while working for a Reinsurance broker out of college and most recently worked for a Fortune 500 Title Insurance Company for the past 6 years. She is new to the medical field but excited to learn more about the industry! In her spare time she enjoys traveling, sports and spending the summertime on the beach with friends.

Oscar Herrera
Clinical Applications Engineer

Oscar brings more than 15 years of worldwide field service experience on diverse electro-mechanical systems such as military naval and aerial systems, robotics, automation lines and healthcare diagnostic systems. He joins Progyny after eleven years as Senior Field Engineer with Siemens Industrial and Healthcare Divisions. Oscar is dedicated and passionate about being on the front lines to support and maintain our systems at their best to deliver patient satisfaction.

Patrick Moloney
Senior Accountant

Patrick Moloney has worked in the Finance industry for 7 years in a variety of roles. Patrick comes to Progyny from Plus One Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Optum Health, which was acquired in 2013 during his tenure there. He was previously employed by the New Meadowlands Stadium Company where he aided in the opening of the now renamed MetLife Stadium. Patrick helped to develop the operating finance structure and implemented financial systems and processes. Patrick graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and continues to further his education in the Finance field.

Rachael Bingham
Patient Care Advocate

Rachael Bingham, a Colorado native, received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Spanish from Colorado State University. Over the past five years, she has counseled and educated hundreds of women regarding their healthcare benefits and options in her role as a Women’s Infants Children Counselor and later, as a Community Representative for the Hispanic Initiative. As a new addition to the Patient Care Advocate team here at the Fertility Authority, she helps women navigate the world of fertility one compassionate step at a time.

Ramoncito Bernabe
Senior Manufacturing Technician

Over 14 years of experience in medical device manufacturing. Proficient in building electro mechanical, RF ablation, dilators, and stent delivery catheters. Previously was a manufacturing supervisor/technician at Hantel Technologies.

Salaia Da Cruz
Patient Care Advocate

Salaia Da Cruz graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Society. Her personal experiences sparked an interest in fertility and have inspired her to help patients connect with a clinic that would best suit their needs. Her favorite part of being a Patient Care Advocate is listening to everyone’s story and offering a helping hand to patients to learn about treatment plans, financing options and general inquiries regarding fertility. She is passionate about helping patients make well informed decisions during their fertility journey.

Staci Hallihan, RN, BSN
Senior Nurse Educator

Staci Hallihan, RN, BSN is Senior Nurse Educator at Progyny, in Menlo Park, California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with a minor in Nutrition and Food Science, from San Jose University in 2011. Soon after graduation, she entered into the field of Reproductive, Endocrine and Fertility (REF) Nursing under the direction of Dr. Francis Polansky. She brings to her patients an essential combination of knowledge and experience in REF nursing.
Ms. Hallihan’s career progressed to Fertility Departmental Supervisor and Clinical Fertility Coordinator at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. She has a deep commitment to service excellence and patient satisfaction. Ms. Hallihan serves as a company resource for patient education and counseling. She believes patient education and empowerment can improve IVF and fertility health outcomes.

Tammy M. Johnson, CPP
Director, Payroll and Benefits

Tammy has more than 15 years of human resources operations experience specializing in payroll and benefits. She obtained her Certified Payroll Professional status from the American Payroll Association in 2008 and is an active member of several chapters of the APA, a local administrator for the APA and a committee member for the New Jersey Statewide Payroll Conference. Tammy and her fiancé, Greg, love to vacation in Florida boating, snorkeling and just relaxing on the beach.

Uttara Thakre
Engineer

Uttara has over 4 years of experience, working as a software engineer for applications ranging from medical image processing to embedded systems. She has worked in varied industry environments including research, services and product, allowing her a keen understanding of the demands and requirements of each. She enjoys a good challenge and her current role at Progyny has offered her that and more. Uttara received her BS from Mumbai University, India and her Master’s from Clemson University.

Vaishali Suraj
Director, Biostatistics and Data Management

I am currently the Director of Biostatistics and Data Management at Progyny, Inc, where I am responsible for the overall management statistical analysis and clinical trial data management, including, but not limited to, development of clinical trial statistical strategy, case report form development, database development, departmental standard operating procedures, and training in a start-up company. I have extensive experience and expertise in statistical design and analysis of clinical study as well as managing clinical trial data activities and establishing processes and procedures in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. My industry background involves analysis and management of over 15 pivotal efficacy and safety studies, 3 Human Factors studies, and 10 post market studies. I have been involved in 4 PMA approved devices, 6 510K clearance, and 1 De Novo clearance.

Walter Schweitzer
Director, Web Application Development

Walter Schweitzer is a native of New York and grew up in Southbury, Connecticut. Since 1999, he has been working primarily as on open source engineer. Prior to joining Progyny he spent the past seven years running his own software agency that served startups, media companies, banks and a few Fortune 500 companies. He has contributed to several open source projects and continues to be active in the community. Outside of work he spends his time raising his awesome 1 year old son.

Yan Zhou
Computer Vision Scientist

Yan is a Computer Vision Scientist building models for automatic embryo quality detection. She has strong background in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Data Mining and Predictive Modeling. Throughout her career as a scientist, she has led several projects on healthcare data analytic, business intelligence, medical image computing. Before joining Progyny, Yan worked as a Machine Learning Scientist for Elekta, where she worked on research and development of machine learning based auto-segmentation tools in treatment planning systems (TPS) for radiation therapy. Yan also worked in Siemens Healthcare, and Motorola Research Center for internships. She held 4 patents and 14 publications. She obtained a Doctor’s degree from Computer Science Department, University of Houston. She obtained Bachelor degree from Electrical Engineering Department, Fudan University, China.

Board of Directors

Gina Bartasi
Chief Executive Officer

A seasoned entrepreneur and thought leader, Gina brings more than 20 years of experience to the digital healthcare industry with a proven track record of building new businesses from the ground up. Gina is known for analyzing market conditions and pivoting quickly with a focus on financial performance. She has a long history of spotting and capitalizing on market trends, where she’s launched several key brands and digital media properties including Fertility Authority, a suite of sites providing financing and support for both IVF and egg freezing patients. With 1M+ monthly visitors a month, Fertility Authority built the foundation of patient and clinic relationships to transform the fertility market-place. Gina is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard Business School (OPM 33).

Beth Seidenberg, M.D.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Dr. Beth Seidenberg, M.D., joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in May 2005 to work in the life sciences area. Beth was formerly the Senior Vice President, Global Development, and Chief Medical Officer at Amgen. Prior to joining Amgen, Beth was a senior executive in research and development at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck & Co. She began her career in basic and clinical research at the National Institutes of Health specializing in immunology and infectious diseases. In total, she introduced 10 innovative products to market and achieved over 40 regulatory approvals (including new indications and formulations) on a worldwide basis. She is currently on the Board of Directors of 3-V Biosciences, Arresto Biosciences, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Breathe Technologies, Epizyme, iPierian, Inc, and RedBrick Health. Her primary focus is in novel therapeutics to treat unmet medical needs.

Beth received her B.S. from Barnard College and her medical degree from the University of Miami School Of Medicine. Her post-graduate training was completed at Johns Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health.

Fred Cohen, M.D., D.Phil.
TPG Biotech

Prior to joining TPG Biotechnology in 2001, Dr. Fred Cohen, M.D., D.Phil., was a Professor of medicine, cellular and molecular pharmacology, biochemistry and biophysics and pharmaceutical chemistry at UCSF. In this context, he was Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and directed an active research program in the areas of prion biology, structure based drug design, bioinformatics and heteropolymer chemistry. Dr. Cohen is a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American College of Physicians, a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and the recipient of several awards and honors including the Burroughs-Wellcome New Initiatives in Malaria Award, the LVMH Science Pour L’Art Prize (shared with Stanley Prusiner), a Searle Scholars Award and Young Investigator Awards from the Endocrine Society and the Western Society for Clinical Investigation. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1978 and received his D.Phil from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 1980, his M.D. from Stanford Medical School as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow in 1984 and his internal medicine and endocrinology training at UCSF. He joined TPG in 2001 to initiate TPG’s venture efforts in biotechnology and life sciences. He currently serves on the board of directors of: Acumen, Inc.; BioCryst, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCRX); CareDx, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNA); Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: FPRX); Genomic Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: GHDX); Quintiles Transnational Corporation (NYSE: Q); Rapid Micro Biosystems Inc.; Roka Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKA); Tandem Inc. (Nasdaq: TNDM); and Veracyte, Inc. (Nasdaq: VCYT).

David Sable, M.D.
Columbia University

Dr. David Sable, M.D., directs healthcare and life science investing for the Special Situations Funds and is portfolio manager of the Special Situations Life Sciences Fund. After graduating from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he trained in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center, and in reproductive endocrinology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He co-founded and served as director of the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey, and was founder and CEO of Assisted Reproductive Medical Technologies, a private company that was acquired in 1999.

After leaving clinical medicine, Dr. Sable managed a proprietary healthcare portfolio at Deutsche Bank before joining the Special Situations Funds. Dr. Sable is an adjunct in the department of biology at Columbia University, and teaches “Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology” at Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He serves as a director for the nonprofit organization Resolve, and is a member of the clinical advisory board for Ovascience, and previously served as a director for Genenews and Hamilton Thorne.

Hakan Goker
MS Ventures

Hakan Goker (Ph.D.) is a senior director at MS Ventures, the corporate venture capital fund of Merck Serono. Hakan joined MS Ventures in 2013 and previously was investing as a partner at Aescap Venture and prior to that at Atlas Venture. Since 2006, Hakan has been instrumental in the creation, financing, and strategy of multiple biotechnology companies globally including Orphazyme (DK), F Star (NL), Bicycle Therapeutics (UK), Nimbus Discovery (US) and Nitec now Horizon Pharma (CH/US). Hakan received his PhD in oncology from the Institute of Cancer Research/ University of London and continued his scientific career at the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Centre/Royal Marsden Hospital. He gained his BSc Honours, from University College London. Hakan is a board member of Forendo Pharma, Synaffix, Asceneuron, Raze Therapeutics, Tocopherx, and Progyny Inc.

Simeon George, M.D.
SR One

Dr. Simeon George, M.D., joined SR One in 2007 and leads SR One’s investment activities on the West Coast. Prior to joining SR One, Simeon was a consultant at Bain & Company and an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. Simeon is a member of the Board of Directors of Anaphore, Auxogyn, Inc., Genocea Biosciences, HTG Molecular, Principia Biosciences and Semprus BioSciences.

Simeon received his B.A. in Neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Simeon received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his M.B.A. (Mayer Scholar) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Linda Mintz
Care Finders Total Care, LLC

Linda Mintz is the Co-Chairman of Care Finders Total Care, LLC, a leading home health care company with 5 offices in NJ, and over 2000 employees. Ms Mintz is also a managing partner at LCP Advisors, LLC, a business advisory firm that provides strategic growth strategies, merger and acquisitions advisory services, exit strategies, and operational, transactional and financing assistance to companies at all stages of business development, from start ups, to middle market and mature companies looking for an exit. Ms Mintz has represented clients in a variety of industries including consumer products, fashion, healthcare, financial services, specialty chemicals, hospitality, real estate and technology. Prior to forming LCP Advisors, Ms Mintz was a corporate lawyer at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and a partner at Greenberg Traurig, and has over 20 years of transactional experience in evaluating, structuring, negotiating and completing mergers, acquisitions, debt and equity offerings and restructuring transactions for both public and private companies. Ms. Mintz also founded and operated a health-oriented, specialty snack food company from 1991-1999. Ms. Mintz has also held investment banking and private equity positions with Citibank, N.A., and Lioness Capital Partners, LLC. She has been a frequent speaker at trade business conferences on growth strategies, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions and exit strategies for privately held companies. Ms. Mintz graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Management from Tulane University School of Business and earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from University of Miami.

Kathy Harris
Sharecare, Inc.

Kathy Harris serves as Senior Vice President Corporate Development of Sharecare, Inc., an interactive, social Q&A platform designed to greatly simplify the search for quality healthcare information and help consumers live their healthiest life. Prior to Sharecare, she was a General Partner at Noro-Moseley Partners, the oldest and one of the largest venture capital firms in the Southeastern US. She led the Firm’s business development efforts throughout the Southeast and Texas and also focused on its investment activities in the healthcare industry. Prior to Noro-Moseley, Kathy was a Partner at Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on Internet and e-commerce companies, the National Marketing Manager of Sirrom Capital Corporation, where she oversaw all business development and loan origination activities and Senior Vice President of the Investment Banking Group at J.C. Bradford & Co. (now UBS). Over her career, she has invested in early and growth stage companies in a broad array of industries and has been involved in more than 100 investment banking transactions totaling over $2 billion. Kathy started her career at KPMG.

She serves on the Boards of the Clemson University Research Foundation, the Health Care Advisory Board of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management and The Women's Leadership Board at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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