Nest Egg Foundation Inc. is a Connecticut-based tax exempt 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Founded in 2015, the organization provides financial
grants for IVF treatment to those who have been unable to start their families due to financial need. Nest Egg Foundation is a collaborative effort
between medical and financial professionals, attorneys and others who care about building families and want to help those who cannot afford fertility
treatments. Nest Egg Foundation aims to give opportunity to those struggling with infertility via education and access to treatment.
Application window for 2017 grants is now closed.
Who We Are
At our core, we are a group of people who care about building families...including those who cannot afford fertility treatment. We are painfully aware that there are men and women in our community, people who would make wonderful parents, who will end their quest to have a family, simply due to financial constraints. And that’s a hard simply to swallow.
We don’t want that to be the end of the story for any family, so we have formed Nest Egg Foundation to address the "money" part. We acknowledge that affording fertility treatment can be out of the grasp for some of us and that is simply not a good enough reason not to have a family.
Simply? We’re here to help build your family.
Board of Directors
Nest Egg Foundation’s Board of Directors is a collaboration between multidisciplinary individuals who are both concerned with women’s health issues and passionate about family building.
Dana Gilland serves as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for Nest Egg Foundation and has over 23 years experience as a
lawyer. Dana is currently Deputy General Counsel for Edgewell Personal Care Company (formerly known as Energizer Holdings, Inc.) and
is responsible for all marketing, sales, advertising, social media, trademark and antitrust legal work for all brands and business
units on a global basis. Before joining Edgewell, Dana was Vice President & Assistant General Counsel of Diageo North America,
Inc. for over 18 years.
In addition to Dana’s professional experience, she has previously served on the Board of Directors for the International Trademark Association, currently volunteers for various local school and church organizations, and is passionate about women's health issues.
Amy Matton has fifteen years of experience as a licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist, working in women’s health. She has served as the coordinator for RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Program since its inception in 2011. Her extensive study includes training at the distinguished China Beijing International Acupuncture Centre. She received her a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College in New York City in 2001, where she was awarded the prestigious Kamwo Valedictorian Award. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts in 1991.
Daniel B. Simpson serves as treasurer of the Board of Directors for Nest Egg Foundation and has over thirteen years of experience in the fields of finance and accounting. Daniel is currently chief financial officer for an asset management firm and previously worked for Ernst & Young LLP for more than eleven years. Daniel holds a M.S. in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame (2005) and an M.B.A. from Columbia University (2010).
Robin Mangieri has almost twenty years of experience in the field of Reproductive Medicine & Infertility. She is presently the CEO for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). Prior to joining RMACT in 2002 she spent six years working as the Administrative Manager for the Donor Egg and Embryo Program at Cornell’s Center for Reproductive Medicine in New York City. She has served as Chair for the Association for Reproductive Managers, a special interest group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Robin holds a Master’s Degree from Hofstra University and a Bachelor’s Degree with High Distinction from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dr. Mark P. Leondires is Medical Director and Partner in reproductive endocrinology at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Sharon Horowitz, PhD is a business psychologist. She is the founder and president of CenterNorth International, a company specializing in succession planning and leadership transition management for the financial services and technology industries. She has held faculty positions at The Tavistock Institute in London and The Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Previously, Sharon worked in the health care industry. She was a research fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and did her post-doctoral fellow-ship at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She has a MS from Columbia University and PhD From New York University.
Harold J. Levy was a co-founder of Iridian Asset Management in 1996. He is responsible for the management of the First Eagle Fund of America. He previously worked over eleven years as a portfolio manager with Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder, Inc. From 1983 to 1984, he was a research analyst withLehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. In addition, from 1979 to 1983, he worked as a research analyst focusing on venture capital with E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Company. Mr. Levy holds a B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University (1975) and an M.B.A. from University of Chicago (1979).
Kathy Varkal, RN, BSN, is a graduate of Salve Regina University 1989 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She feels privileged to be a member of the Reproductive Endocrinology team at the Center of Advanced Reproductive Services in Farmington, CT as the Nurse Coordinator of the Third Party Reproduction team, where she oversees all aspects of oocyte donation, gestational carrier, and shared conception cycles. She brings 28 years of patient centered nursing care in the fields of labor and delivery, medical/surgical care, and homecare. This is a first time experience as a member of a board of directors, and is honored to be a member of a team devoted to the care of patients navigating the world of infertility.