U.S. Donor Conceived Council, Inc. (USDCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2022 by a team of donor conceived people (DCP) who serve on a volunteer basis. USDCC aims to educate others on the lived experiences of DCP; advocate for reforms to the fertility industry that further our best interests; and assist in developing and passing legislation that protects the rights of donor conceived people.
Our vision for a better future for donor conceived people begins by prioritizing the best interests of DCP in all matters involving donor conception. Click here to read more.
U.S. Donor Conceived Council does not tolerate homophobia or transphobia. USDCC acknowledges and respects diverse family structures. Read our non-discrimination statement here.
Erin Jackson — CEO & President
U.S. Donor Conceived Council is the brainchild of Erin Jackson, a freelance writer and founder of We Are Donor Conceived. As CEO and president, Erin sets the overall strategy and vision for the organization.
Erin is a dual citizen born in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario. She lives in San Diego and enjoys bike rides, baking, and quality time with her cat, Pixel.
Jillian Phillips, MPH, MBA – Vice President of Government Affairs
Raised the only child of a single mother, Jillian always knew she was conceived via an anonymous sperm donor. As vice president of government affairs for U.S. Donor Conceived Council, Jillian leads efforts to develop legislation that considers the best interests of donor conceived people.
Jillian lives in Indiana with four dogs and one cat. She has a degree in biology, masters of public health, and a masters of business administration — and she is currently pursuing a law degree. She began figure skating at the age of three and competed in ice dancing and synchro for 12 years. She continues to coach at a local rink.
Tyler Sniff – Vice President of Legal Affairs, Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs
Tyler is a late-discovery donor conceived person. As part of the U.S. Donor Conceived Council team, Tyler ensures compliance with relevant rules and regulations and drafts and reviews legal documents for the organization. He also helps develop legislation that considers the best interests of donor conceived people. Tyler also serves as the treasurer of the organization.
Tyler works full time as an attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and earned a degree in physics from Furman University where he also studied genetics. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and their pug, Chuck. Tyler enjoys spending time with his family, listening to jazz, and playing golf and the saxophone.
Tiffany D. Gardner – Vice President of Communications
Tiffany is a late-discovery donor conceived person who learned the truth at 35. As vice president of communications, Tiffany drafts content for publication and works on educational initiatives with other members in the wider donor conception community.
Tiffany is an attorney and lives with her husband and three young sons in the suburbs of Atlanta. She enjoys writing, going to concerts, and playing video and board games with her family.
Melissa Bornico – Vice President of Development
Melissa was conceived from an anonymous egg donor and learned this information just weeks before turning 22. As vice president of development, Melissa spearheads fundraising initiatives and works to grow the organization. Melissa also manages U.S. Donor Conceived Council’s social media sites.
Melissa lives in New York with her dog and two cats. She has a degree in neuroscience with experience working in medicine, research, bioethics, and human rights. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and art, and she is addicted to thrifting and used book stores.
Lindsay Harris, LCSW – Director of Mental Health Initiatives
Lindsay is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works in private practice providing therapy in the Atlanta area. She has often worked with individuals and couples going through fertility treatments. Lindsay is a late-discovery donor conceived person and also a recipient parent of donor sperm that she and her wife used to conceive their two sons.
Bethany Kennedy – Secretary
Raised by a single mother by choice, Bethany always knew she was conceived via an anonymous sperm donor. As part of U.S. Donor Conceived Council, she helps to keep the organization running smoothly.
Bethany is an attorney in Arizona, where she lives with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She is a lifelong vegetarian, but has a wicked sweet tooth.
U.S. Donor Conceived Council is committed to working with and learning from individuals who have professional and/or personal experience with donor conception. We are honored to consult with the following volunteer members of our Advisory Committee on a regular basis.
Naomi R. Cahn – Family Law & Reproductive Technology Law Advisor
Naomi Cahn is the Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Law, Nancy L. Buc ’69 Research Professor in Democracy and Equity, and Co-Director, Family Law Center at the University of Virginia School of Law. She has written extensively about reproductive technology, including third party reproduction. Prior to joining the University of Virginia faculty in 2020, she taught at George Washington Law School, where she twice served as associate dean.
Dr. Diane Tober – Egg and Sperm Donation Advisor
Dr. Diane Tober is an associate professor at the University of Alabama Department of Anthropology and Institute for Social Science Research and author of Romancing the Sperm: Shifting Biopolitics and the Making of Modern Families. She has conducted research exploring egg donors’ decisions and experiences since 2013. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she is conducting research comparing egg donation in the United States and Spain.
Sonia Suter – Reproductive Technology Law Advisor
Sonia is the Kahan Family Research Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Health Law Initiative at The George Washington University Law School. She has widely published in the areas of reproductive rights, emerging reproductive technologies, and ethical and legal issues in genetics. Sonia co-authored Genetics: Ethics, Law and Policy and Reproductive Technologies and the Law, and holds an MS and PhD candidacy in human genetics and a JD from the University of Michigan.
Carole LieberWilkins, MA, MFT – Mental Health Advisor
Carole is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice and author of Let’s Talk About Egg Donation: Real stories from real people. Her experience creating a family through adoption and egg donation deepens her understanding of the challenges others face when exploring these complex family building options. Because the focus of her work has always been to help people build healthy families, she is also an advocate for donor conceived people.
Jana M. Rupnow, LPC – Mental Health Advisor
Jana is a licensed psychotherapist who has counseled intended parents via donor conception using a child-focused, didactic approach since 2010. As an adoptee who was told the truth from birth, she understands the value of open and honest communication between parents and children. Her books, Three Makes Baby: How to Parent Your Donor-Conceived Child and the Three Makes Baby Companion Workbook, help parents navigate conversations with donor conceived children.
Joni Mantell, LCSW – Mental Health Advisor
Joni had 30 years’ experience as a licensed psychotherapist specializing in donor conception and adoption when she learned from a DNA test that she was donor conceived. She has been a longstanding advocate for parental openness, offering counseling and workshops for parents on the topic. She is also passionate about advocating for change within the reproductive medicine industry.
Brad Pfaff – Information Technology Advisor
Brad is the assistant vice president of service experience analytics for Cox Communications, where he has worked since 2014. He was previously a project engineer for Honeywell Aerospace. Brad holds a M.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.S. in mechanical engineering, both from Georgia Tech. In 2019, Brad learned he was conceived through use of an anonymous sperm donor.
Eve Wiley, LPC – Fertility Fraud Advisor
In 2018, through commercial DNA testing, Eve discovered she was the product of fertility fraud. Upon learning that only one state had enacted fertility fraud legislation, she became an advocate for fertility fraud victims and people who face legislative roadblocks accessing their genetic identity. Her efforts have led to ten states (seven of which she worked on) passing civil and criminal causes of action, and the filing of a federal bill for fertility fraud victims.