The Affordable Families Team

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Mario

Leigh

Founder

Mario Leigh is a 23-year-old recent college graduate from Marist College, currently working in the Aerospace Digital Technology industry.  Mario recognized the disparities surrounding the coverage of fertility treatments across the United States and decided to take action. Using his background in leadership and experience working for Congress in Washington D.C. Mario created Affordable Families as a way to unite the community, legislators, and organizations in the fight against infertility. Mario is passionate about expanding access to fertility treatment to all who need it including members of the LGBTQ+ Community.  

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Davina Fankhauser

Government Relations

Davina Fankhauser, a former fertility patient, participated in and led strategic efforts to access infertility benefits from 2005 – Present. She’s lobbied at the state level, in Washington D.C., as well as the insurance industry for fertility health benefits.  Davina has contributed as an expert for national media, speaks at professional and patient conferences, and works collaboratively for the ultimate goal of helping the underserved access fertility care benefits.  She trains and empowers people to advocate for fertility benefits.

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Lisa P. Rosenthal

Community Engagement

Lisa Rosenthal has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of affordable, comprehensive services available to support her and others. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment and has done so through working for Patient Advocacy groups and with RMA of Connecticut for twelve plus years, where she serves as Patient Advocate and Senior Content Strategist. 

Ms. Rosenthal is also the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a research-based program designed to support all people on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

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Dr. Mark Leondires

Medical Expert

Dr. Mark Leondires is the founder and Medical Director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), the founder of Gay Parents To Be, a family building resource for the LGBTQ+ community, and a founder at Gays With Kids, the world’s largest resource for gay, bi and trans dads and dads-to-be. He is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Leondires set up his practice with one main focus in mind – to help each and every patient succeed in building the family they desire. He has been recognized nationally for his work in reproductive endocrinology, including being named amongst the Best Doctors in America, and Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for several consecutive years. In addition to serving as Chair of ASRM’s LGBTQ Special Interest Group, Dr. Leondires is currently a member of Resolve’s Physician Council, and is a tireless advocate for inclusive reproductive services for everyone! Dr. Leondires and his husband are proud parents of two children conceived through egg donation and surrogacy.

Affordable Families

Supporters 

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Rep. Liz Linehan

Legislative Supporter

Representative: Cheshire, CT

Important Information 

The affordable family team comprises a diverse team of activists, professionals, and organizations. The association of an individual or organization with Affordable Families does not constitute support for any political candidate or party including, but not limited to, those political candidates or parties also affiliated with Affordable Families.   

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