Path2Parenthood Honors Rich Vaughn International Fertility Law Group at Illuminations 2018

Path2Parenthood “Illuminations 2018” Honor Inspires Humility, Pride

For the past decade I have been involved as a member, board member, sponsor and active participant in Path2Parenthood (formerly known as the American Fertility Association), a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping people create families. The organization changed its name in 2014 as a way to reach more people searching for a “path to parenthood,” with a name that says exactly what it provides.

Among the many services Path2Parenthood provides, free to the public, are an extensive online video library, a daily blog, a resource directory available for download on mobile devices, telephone and in-person coaching, and a toll-free support line: 888-917-3777.

The work of the organization is funded through private donations, primarily via its annual “Illuminations” fundraising events in New York, NY, the organization’s home base; Los Angeles; and Chicago. I am proud to have played a small role, as a board member and past event co-chair, in the tremendous growth and success of these events.

Given my tremendous admiration for this impactful organization, I am particularly humbled and overwhelmed to announce that I have been selected, along with my colleague and friend Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, to be recognized at Illuminations 2018 on May 11 in Beverly Hills.

I am honored to stand alongside Dr. Aimee, a gifted and highly regarded fertility doctor whose stellar success rate in creating healthy babies has earned her the nickname “the Egg Whisperer”; her “Egg Freezing Parties” and charismatic media presence have done wonders to raise the visibility of and encourage public acceptance of assisted reproduction technologies. I am humbled to be included with the likes of past honorees such as musician and father via ART Sir Elton John; actress, author and adoption advocate Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”); reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Alan S. Penzias, M.D.; embryologist Dr. David Hill; businesswoman and philanthropist Jeanne K. Pritzker; world-renowned reproductive specialist Dr. Owen K. Davis, M.D.; and actors Alice Evans and Ioan Gruffud, who shared the story of their difficult path to parenthood to help women understand that even the miracle of ART may not prevail over the biological limitations that come with aging, to name just a few.

As a gay dad of twin boys via egg donation and surrogacy, my husband Tommy Woelfel and I have been especially gratified and inspired to see Path2Parenthood continually evolve to reflect values of equality and inclusion. Founded in 1999 to help couples struggling with infertility understand their options, the organization today serves all those seeking to be parents, including those suffering with infertility, single intended parents, HIV+ intended parents, LGBT intended parents, military service members and individuals with disabilities. I could not be more proud.



Rich Vaughn
Richard Vaughn

Attorney Rich Vaughn is founder and principal of International Fertility Law Group, one of the world’s largest and best-known law firms focused exclusively on assisted reproductive technology, or ART, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), surrogacy, sperm donation or egg donation. Rich is co-author of the book “Developing A Successful Assisted Reproduction Technology Law Practice,” American Bar Association Publishing, 2017.

Peiya Wang
Paralegal (律师助理)

Peiya Wang joined IFLG as a paralegal in 2015, where she manages surrogacy, egg donation and parental establishment cases and provides translation services for many of IFLG’s international clients. Peiya received her bachelor’s degree from Beijing Technologies and Business University, where she majored in Marketing. She moved to the United States in 2012 to attend Northeast University in Boston, Massachusetts, receiving a Master of Science degree in Global Studies and International Affairs in 2014. Peiya moved to Los Angeles in 2015 and received her paralegal certification from UCLA Extension. When away from the office, Peiya is a dragon boat paddler and a ballroom dancer, where she favors Rumbas and Cha-chas. She is fluent in Mandarin and English.

Luis Sosa

Luis R. Sosa joined IFLG as a paralegal in 2016, where he enjoys pursuing his passion for family and reproductive law. While working toward his bachelor’s degree at Florida International University, Luis worked as a paralegal and legal assistant for family law litigation firms in Miami and Washington, D.C. As a paralegal and case manager for IFLG, Luis, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, manages surrogacy, egg donation and other reproductive law cases. In addition to spending time with husband Randy and dog Marty, Luis enjoys being outdoors and appreciating the arts.

Toni Hughes

After receiving her B.S. in Business Management, Toni joined IFLG to pursue her dream of working in the legal field. As a Paralegal with over 10 years of experience in the assisted reproduction technology field, Toni is our Managing Paralegal, responsible for training and managing our paralegal staff. From drafting legal documents to assisting our clients with post-birth matters, Toni embraces the challenge of learning something new in this field each day. Besides spending time with her son, Jordan, Toni enjoys exploring new things, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and serving as a Youth Advisor for “Next Generation.”

Miesha Cowart
Financial Coordinator

Miesha Cowart joined IFLG as a financial specialist in 2014 following a successful career in development and business finance. Miesha previously worked for 10 years in the construction industry as a controller and for 13 years as Development Coordinator for the non-profit U.S. Fund for UNICEF. In her free time, Miesha works with “Next Generation” at her church. “They are my heartbeats!” she says of the youth in her community.


Kim has over 25 years of experience in the legal field and has worked exclusively in surrogacy and assisted reproduction law since 1999. Kim is a senior case manager of surrogacy and egg donation cases, and is also responsible for managing parental establishment cases and interacting with IFLG’s Of Counsel attorneys across the country. With three children of her own, Kim understands the importance of family and finds working in this area of law a rewarding experience.

Rich Vaughn

Attorney Rich Vaughn combined his personal passion as a father of twin boys born via assisted reproductive technology (ART) with more than 20 years of experience in business and technology law to build International Fertility Law Group. Today IFLG is one of the most successful and best-known law firms in the world focused exclusively on fertility law, helping thousands of intended parents through empathetic listening, thoughtful and compassionate guidance, and unmatched legal expertise. As an advocate for reproductive freedom, Rich also contributes his knowledge and time to improving the understanding and practice of ART law, serving as chair of the American Bar Association ART Committee and speaking to law students, faculty and advocacy organizations all over the world.

Elizabeth Tamayo

Elizabeth received her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University of Los Angeles. Shortly after graduating, she continued her education at the University of California, Los Angeles where she obtained her Paralegal certificate. Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish and has been in the legal field since 2009. She is excited to be a part of the IFLG Team helping families realize their dreams.

Tania Steele
Legal Assistant

Tania Steele joined IFLG as a legal assistant in early 2016 and has since been immersed in the complexities of assisted reproductive technology law. Tania received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Chapman University in Orange, California, and a graduate degree from University of Leicester in England, where she pursued an interest in art. In 2013, she accepted a volunteer position at Legal Aid Society of Orange County, where she helped with the intake of new clients and was inspired to obtain a paralegal certificate from Fullerton College. As an undergraduate, Tania lived in Italy and studied the Italian language. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian and enjoys assisting as a translator for many of IFLG’s international clients. Outside of the office, Tania enjoys concerts, films, reading and travel.