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Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling Faculty Profiles

Program Leadership

 Catherine A. Wicklund, MS, CGC
Director
Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and
Center for Genetic Medicine

Cathy Wicklund received her bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a master of science degree in genetic counseling from the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at the University of Texas Graduate School in Biomedical Sciences at Houston in 1993. Cathy received her board certification from ABGC in 1996.

After graduation, Cathy worked in prenatal and pediatrics at Cooper Hospital in New Jersey. She joined the University of Texas Medical School-Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences in 1996 where she was the director of Prenatal Genetic Counseling Services. In addition, she was the co-director of the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at the University of Texas. During her time at the University of Texas she was involved in program administration, designing and coordination of the curriculum, clinical rotations, supervision and was a thesis advisor or committee member on several students’ thesis research projects. After 10 years at the University of Texas she joined the Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling as the associate director in 2006 and became director in August of 2007. In addition, she currently provides prenatal genetic counseling services in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Cathy is also very active in the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She chaired various educational committees for the Annual Education Conferences (AEC) and co-chaired the 2005 AEC. She served on the Board of Directors, first as Region V Representative, then as Secretary and was President in 2007. As a leader in NSGC she has represented the organization at several national meetings including the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Collaborative Research Meeting and the National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute Physician Assistants and Genomic Medicine Meeting. She has also been active in the American Society of Human Genetics, serving on the abstract committee, program committee and represented ASHG on the scientific program committee for the 2016 International Congress of Human Genetics.

She has continued to participate on a national level contributing to discussions on genomics and precision medicine. She most recently completed her term as an appointed member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Hereditable Disorders in Newborns and Children. She is the NSGC representative on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health and most recently has been appointed to the Veterans Affairs National Research Advisory Council. She also serves on several advisory boards/committees for various initiatives including graduate education, innovative genomic services, newborn screening and early childhood screening. She is also active on a state level, working with the Illinois Department of Public Health on genetics education and finance and reimbursement issues, and just completed her term as a member of the Genetic and Metabolic Diseases Advisory Committee.

Cathy’s research interests include issues regarding genomics and precision medicine including implementation, health inequities and education. In addition, she is interested in psychosocial and counseling issues, outcomes in genetic counseling, and professional issues including access to and delivery of genetic services. She works with the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network, which aims to bring personalized medicine into broader clinical use and has been involved in the All of Us initiative both at Northwestern University and on a national level.

As director of the program, she works closely with the associate director, medical director and assistant directors on all aspects of the program including administration, overall curriculum and clinical development, rotations, and thesis development.

 Debra Duquette, MS, CGC
Associate Director
Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology and Center for Genetic Medicine

Debra Duquette received her Bachelor of Science degree in biological science and secondary education from Michigan State University. She was in the first class of graduates that received a Master of Science degree in genetic counseling from the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1992. She received her board certification from ABGC in 1993.

After graduation, Debra worked in clinical reproductive genetics for 12 years at Michigan health systems (Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Hutzel Hospital/Detroit Medical Center, and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids). During her time at Hutzel Hospital, she was the clinical facility leaders on a National Institute of Health study that compared early amniocentesis to late chorionic villus sampling. She was also involved in the early pioneering of fetal surgeries/interventions for fetal anomalies and genetic conditions. At Hutzel Hospital and Spectrum Heath, she coordinated and supervised clinical rotations for medical students, residents, fellow and genetic counseling graduate students. She was also an adjunct faculty member of Wayne State University School of Medicine. Debra has co-authored peer-reviewed articles on a variety of reproductive genetics topics.

Ms. Duquette also worked for 13 years in state public health. From 2004-2017, Deb led the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Genomics Program. She served as the State Public Health Genomics Coordinator, Director of the Cancer Genomics Program, Coordinator of the Michigan Alliance of Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young, Chair of the Lynch Syndrome Screening Network, and Facilitator of the Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance. MDHHS was awarded five Centers for Disease Control & Prevention cooperative agreements to integrate genomics best practices into public health utilizing surveillance data, education, and policy. She managed over $5 million of awarded CDC funding. She also led development of new MDHHS programs for newborn screening including the Michigan BioTrust for Health and Diet for Life. She was co-editor for Healthcare’s Public Health Genomics supplement, and authored several peer-reviewed articles on cancer genomics, sudden cardiac death of the young, and other public health genomics topics. She has supervised and mentored several public health internships and thesis projects for genetic counseling graduate students, public health graduate students, cardiology residents and fellow, and preventive medicine residents. She also was appointed to multiple state and national committees, including co-chair of the National Academy of Medicine Genomics and Population Health Action Collaborative and member of the National Academy of Medicine Committee on the State of the Science in Ovarian Cancer Research. Debra currently serves as the Executive Director of the Lynch Syndrome Screening Network (LSSN), Advisory Board Member for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), Steering Committee Member for the FORCE-CDC Cooperative Agreement eXamining Relevance of Articles for Young Survivors (XRAYS), and a Medical/Scientific Advisory Board Member of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).

In August 2017, she joined as the Associate Director of the Center for Genetic Medicine’s Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is interested in bringing together her work in public health genomics and health inequities to increase access to genetic counseling especially for disparate populations. She is also interested in developing new models and metrics for clinical genetic counseling delivery. Her research interests include prevention of sudden cardiac death of the young, universal/routine and cascade screening for hereditary cancers, preventive medicine and genetics, health disparities, and implementation of genomics and to improve health outcomes. As associate director of the program, she works closely with the director, medical director and assistant directors on administration, overall curriculum and clinical development, clinical rotations, and thesis development.

 Elizabeth Leeth, MS, CGC
Assistant Director
Assistant Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Center for Genetic Medicine

Beth Leeth received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Purdue University and her Master of Science degree in genetic counseling from the Indiana University Genetic Counseling Program in 1993, and was certified by the ABGC in 1996. For over 20 years, she provided prenatal genetic counseling at NorthShore University HealthSystem in the Center for Maternal and Fetal Health, acting as the manager of the department for 8 years. Beth had the opportunity to be involved in the development of the Lab Utilization Program at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, providing counseling for test consent, coordinating lab utilization efforts, and designing and overseeing the lab utilization/clinical student rotation. She also served as the genetic counselor for the Sex Development Clinic at Lurie. Beth has been involved with the Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling as a clinical supervisor for over 23 years and as a co-instructor for the three primary genetics courses for the program for over 10 years. Beth joined the program faculty as Assistant Director on a full time basis in 2016 focusing on collaborating with the core and adjunct faculty on curriculum development. In addition, she will continue to provide counseling for the Sex Development Clinic on a part time basis.

Beth is active at both the national and local genetic counseling advocacy levels. She previously served on the Board of Directors of NSGC (Director at Large 2006-2008; Secretary/Treasurer 2009-2010) and Genetic Task Force of Illinois (GTFI) (Secretary 1996) and currently is a member of the Billing and Reimbursement Committee for GTFI. She has worked with the Illinois Department of Public Health on genetics education in the past and is currently awaiting appointment for membership to the Genetic and Metabolic Diseases Advisory Committee.

Beth's history in education drives her current interests in exploring teaching and learning methods which will optimize time spent and knowledge acquired in both the classroom and clinical environments.

 Amy Swanson, MS, CGC
Assistant Director
Assistant Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and
Center for Genetic Medicine

Amy Swanson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2001. She received a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Minnesota in 2003. Amy received her board certification from ABGC in 2005.

From 2003-2008, Amy established prenatal and reproductive genetic counseling services for the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital. In 2008, she moved to California where she provided prenatal genetic counseling services at San Francisco Perinatal Associates. During this time, she also enrolled patients in a variety of clinical trials, including the seminal trials determining the accuracy and efficacy of chromosomal microarray for prenatal diagnosis and of maternal cell-free DNA analysis for fetal aneuploidy screening. In both of these positions, she served as a clinical supervisor for genetic counseling students.

Amy joined Verinata Health, a start-up company, as a medical science liaison (MSL) in 2012. Here she helped launch noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) by educating healthcare providers across the US on this novel technology, providing clinical genetics expertise internally, analyzing and publishing early clinical experience data, and developing a training course on NIPT for clinical genetic counselors. Amy also created and facilitated an observation day at Verinata for genetic counseling students to increase their exposure to non-clinical roles. Illumina, Inc. acquired Verinata Health in 2013 and Amy continued her MSL role with Illumina with a focus on clinical implementation of NIPT across Asia Pacific. She was promoted to Associate Director of Medical Affairs in 2015 and was responsible for Illumina’s overall medical genomics education strategy, which included collaborating with local, national and international professional medical societies to develop and disseminate genomics education for non-specialists.

Amy has co-authored peer-reviewed articles on genetic counseling, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, next-generation sequencing, and NIPT. She has also served as a committee member on genetic counseling students’ research projects.

In November 2017, she joined as an Assistant Director of the Center for Genetic Medicine’s Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is enjoying applying her clinical and non-clinical experiences to the overall curriculum and is helping coordinate existing rotations and exploring new rotation opportunities.

 Annie Bao, MS, LMFT
Annie Bao
Psychosocial Course Instructor, Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling

Annie Bao received a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University in 2009 and is currently completing her doctoral research. She became a licensed marriage and family therapist following her training experience at Northwestern University’s Family Institute, The Family Therapy Center at Virginia Tech University, and the Chicago Center for Family Health in affiliation with the University of Chicago. Annie has worked in varying levels of collaborative healthcare systems as a therapeutic referral resource, weight management behavioral specialist, family therapy clinician for family medicine, psychosocial healthcare consultant on the newborn clinic team, contributor to family medicine training, and residency psychosocial preceptor. She is an individual clinical supervisor for Northwestern University MSMFT graduate students in addition to being the co-instructor of Psychosocial I, Psychosocial II, Practicum, and Advanced Genetic Counseling courses for the Northwestern University GPGC graduate students.

 Jeffrey Dungan, MD, FACOG, FACMG
Medical Director
Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Jeffrey Dungan is an associate professor in the Division of Reproductive Genetics in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and clinical genetics, his clinical expertise and research interests are in prenatal diagnosis, genetic screening and ultrasonography. He is also keenly interested in student and resident education, having served as the clerkship director at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. As medical director, Dr. Dungan is involved in multiple areas of the graduate program, including student supervision and research, the Research Oversight Committee, the Advisory Committee, and the Admissions Committee. He also lectures in several courses.

Faculty

 Aishwarya Arjunan, MS, MPH, CGC
Clinical Product Specialist, Carrier Screening, Counsyl

Aishwarya Arjunan graduated with a degree in genetic counseling and a degree in public health genetics from the the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 and was certified by the ABGC in 2014. She currently works at Counsyl, a women's health genetic testing and genetic counseling company, as a Clinical Product Specialist for the Foresight Carrier Screen. Prior to joining Counsyl, Aishwarya was a clinical genetic counselor at the Center for Jewish Genetics and Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital in the Department of Genetics, Birth Defects, and Metabolism. Within the Northwestern Genetic Counseling Program, Aishwarya is a core faculty member and serves on the Admissions Committee and the Internet Resources Task Force. Aishwarya also participates in student thesis projects as a committee member and thesis advisor. Aishwarya is actively involved with the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and the Genetic Task Force of Illinois (GTFI) and is the current president of GTFI.

 Sharon Aufox, MS, CGC
Coordinator of Training & Quality Assurance, The NUgene Project
Assistant Professor, Center for Genetic Medicine

Sharon graduated with a Master of Science degree in Human Genetics from the Sarah Lawrence Genetic Counseling Program in 1996. Sharon worked as a prenatal and pediatric genetic counselor as well as a laboratory genetic counselor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC from 1996-2000. Originally from Illinois, Sharon returned to the Chicago area as a prenatal genetic counselor working for Rockford Memorial Hospital in their Hoffman Estates and Elgin satellite clinics from 2000-2002.

Since 2002, Sharon has worked at Northwestern on a DNA Biobank, called the NUgene Project, where she is in charge of recruitment, regulatory issues, and quality control of the data collected. Additionally, she works on a NIH cooperative grant (The Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (aka The eMERGE Network), designing and executing protocols involving the incorporation of genomic information into clinical care. Sharon is actively involved in both the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC), serving on several committees and task forces. Currently, she is the president of ABGC and is the past chair of the National Society of Genetic Counselors' Research Special Interest Group, which focuses on the roles that genetic counselors can have in all aspects of clinical genetic research. Within the Graduate Program, she co-teaches the Research Methods course, serves on several committees, and has serves as a thesis advisor and/or committee member on several students’ research projects each year.

 Lara Balay, MS.Ed., MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, University of Illinois Health Services, Chicago

Lara Balay graduated from the Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counselors in 2014. Prior to this she received a Masters in Science Education during her time as a biology teacher in the Bronx, New York. She is currently one of two genetic counselors working for the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UIC, where she worked to redevelop their high risk breast cancer program into a hereditary cancer clinic for all high risk cancer syndromes. Lara is also a member of the UIC IRB board, participates in clinical research in the UIC Cancer Center, and provides hereditary oncology lectures for the UIC oncology fellows and medical students. She teaches guest lecturers for the Northwestern Genetics Counseling program, is a thesis adviser, and is currently a member of Northwestern's Program Development Task Force. Additionally she provides clinical supervision to genetic counseling graduate students during their rotations at UIC Oncology.

 Divya Shah Baxi, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor, LabCorp

Divya Shah Baxi graduated from the genetic counseling program at Arcadia University in 2013 and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2014. She was previously the Genetic Counseling Manager at Reproductive Genetic Innovations, LLC (RGI), a Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) Laboratory for 4 and a half years. Currently, Divya is a genetic counselor with LabCorp and sees prenatal and cancer genetic counseling patients, with over 90% of patients being seen through tele-genetics. She is also an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and GTFI.

 Kelly Bontempo, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Advocate Children’s Hospital & Lutheran General Hospital

Kelly Bontempo graduated from the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University in 2012 and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling the same year. Kelly is primarily a pediatric genetic counselor with Advocate Medical Group/Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, but also provides oncology and prenatal services as needed. Kelly is actively involved with the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University as core faculty and member of the internet resources task force. She is the immediate past-president of the Genetic Task Force of Illinois, serves on the scientific advisory board for the Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics, and is an item writer for the ABGC Board Examination. Kelly’s interest in nutrition and its effect on complex, multifactorial disorders led her to pursue a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell in 2015.

 A. Katya Brossart, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Katya Brossart graduated from the University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Program in 2012 and was ABGC certified in 2013. As a member of the Advocate Illinois Masonic Antenatal Resource Center (ARC) team since 2012, Katya specializes in risk assessment and genetic counseling for prenatal and preconception indications. Katya also supervises Northwestern genetic counseling students at the ARC and is actively involved in educational outreach, including developing and presenting the Genetics Lecture Series for AIMMC OB/GYNE residents and medical students.

 Emily Bryant, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Emily Bryant graduated from the genetic counseling graduate program at Brandeis University in 2015. She became board certified and licensed in the state of Illinois in 2015. She started her career at Advocate Christ Medical Center in the Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Program as a cancer genetic counselor. As of 2017, Emily began working at Lurie Children's Hospital in the Epilepsy Center, as a pediatric genetic counselor who specializes in epilepsy genetics. She is also very involved with several research studies involving genetics and epilepsy at Lurie Children's. Emily provides clinical supervision to genetic counseling graduate students.

 Lauren Bryl, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor, Insight Medical Genetics

Lauren Bryl is an alumna of the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University. After graduating in 2010, Ms. Bryl accepted a position at Northwestern Reproductive Genetics where she provided prenatal genetic counseling, served as a coordinator for the onsite molecular laboratory, and acted as a coordinator for the Illinois Teratogen Information Service. She was certified by ABGC that same year. At her current position at Insight Medical Genetics, Ms. Bryl continues to provide prenatal and teratogenic genetic counseling. In 2015 she completed the Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment provided by the City of Hope and now also provides hereditary cancer counseling. Ms. Bryl supervises students during their clinical rotations at IMG and is interested in pharmacogenomics.

 Jessica Bucher, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Children’s Hospital

Jessica Bucher, MS, LCGC, graduated from the Northwestern University Genetic Counseling Program in 2010 and was certified by the ABGC in 2010. Jessica is primarily a pediatric genetic counselor in a multidisciplinary setting, also covering prenatal genetics. She is a contributing faculty member for the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University. She supervises students rotating through Advocate Lutheran General and also provides lectures for the program. Jessica serves on the board of the Genetic Task Force of Illinois. Jessica has an interest in Connective Tissue Disorders and remains involved in The Marfan Foundation facilitating small group sessions at the annual conference and participating in the annual health fair.

 Kati Buchtel, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, BioReference Laboratories

Kati Buchtel graduated from the Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2016 and was certified by the ABGC in August 2016. She currently works as a genetic counselor in the Tumor Genomics Program at BioReference Laboratories. She serves as a member of the Professional Group Outreach & Provider Education Committee for the Genetic Task Force of Illinois, and is a part of the Industry and Familial Cancer Special Interest Groups for NSGC. She also lectures healthcare professionals across the country as a part of Bright Pink’s Women’s Healthcare Provider Education Initiative.

 Kelly Burgess, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Rush University Medical Center

Kelly Burgess graduated from the genetic counseling program at Wayne State University in 2014 and was certified by the ABGC in February of 2015. She is the senior genetic counselor for the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Rush University Medical Center. Kelly sees adult patients for indications of personal and/or family history of breast, ovarian, endometrial, colon, and other cancers and colon polyps indicative of a potential hereditary cancer predisposition syndrome.

 Barbara Burton, MD, FACMG
Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Barbara Burton, Professor of Pediatrics, is a medical geneticist at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital. She is board-certified in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics. The focus of her clinical activity is the diagnosis and treatment of inborn errors of metabolism, connective tissue disorders and other genetic disorders. She is also extensively involved in counseling patients and families with these conditions. Her clinical research is focused on clinical trials of new therapies for inherited metabolic disorders including phenylketonuria (PKU) and the mucopolysaccharidoses and in the advancement of newborn screening for metabolic disorders.

 Joel Charrow, MD, FACMG
Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Joel Charrow is a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and the Director of the Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, where he has directed the clinical program and diagnostic laboratory since 1981. Board certified in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics, he has a wealth of experience in genetic counseling and carrier screening for genetic disorders. He has published numerous articles, reviews and book chapters on various areas of pediatric and general genetics, with a particular focus in neurofibromatosis, Jewish genetic disorders, and lysosomal storage diseases.

 Sara Cherny, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Sara Cherny graduated with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota in 2007, and obtained certification as a genetic counselor in the state of Illinois in 2009. She has diverse clinical experience, including pediatric, adult, prenatal, neurology, and cardiovascular genetics. Sara currently practices at the Heart Center at Lurie Children's Hospital where she coordinates the Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic and contributes to research in inherited arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies. She is involved in the leadership of the Cardiovascular SIG of the NSGC, serving as Co-Chair from 2013-2015, and is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiological Society (PACES). Sara is an invited reviewer for the Journal of Genetic Counseling. She is happy to have the opportunity to supervise and educate rotating genetic counseling students, medical students, and residents.

 Kristin Culp Clemenz, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Kristin Culp Clemenz graduated from the genetic counseling program at Brandeis University in 1996 and was certified by the ABGC in 1999. She is the genetic counselor for the Hematology program at Lurie Children's Hospital; within the division, Kristin covers the sickle cell, hemophilia, thalassemia, and general hematology services. As a part of the Graduate Program, she supervises students for the Hematology rotation, provides lectures as a part of the Medical Genetics I and Psychosocial I and II courses, and is a facilitator in the Clinical Practicum courses.

 Katie Cobian, MS
Pediatric Genetic Counselor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Katie graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 before enrolling in Northwestern University’s Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling and graduating in 2018 with a master’s degree. She currently works as a Pediatric Genetic Counselor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, providing genetic counseling services to individuals and families affected by pediatric and adult onset conditions. In the coming year, she plans to serve as a clinical supervisor for genetic counseling graduate students.

 Gwendolyn Connor, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Insight Medical Genetics

Gwen graduated with a master's degree in genetics and biophysics from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2004 and was certified by the ABGC in 2005. She was a pediatric genetic counselor at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2004-2006, a prenatal genetic counselor at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center from 2004-2009, and a prenatal genetic counselor and instructor at Northwestern Medicine from 2009-2016. She is currently a genetic counselor at Insight Medical Genetics, where she provides prenatal, preconception, and cancer genetic counseling at satellite clinics in the Chicago suburbs. Gwen’s involvement with the NUGPGC includes supervising students, serving as a thesis advisor/committee member, and providing lectures on various topics. She also serves on multiple committees, including the Program Development Task Force and the Faculty Education Committee.

 Leighann Dacanay, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Northwestern Medicine West Region

Leighann Dacanay graduated from the genetic counseling program at Indiana University in 2013 and was certified by the ABGC in the same year. She is currently a prenatal genetic counselor at Northwestern Medicine West Region (Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital). Leighann supervises students in clinical rotations and is a member of the Genetic Task Force of Illinois and National Society for Genetic Counselors.

 Brittany DeGreef, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Northwestern Medicine

Brittany DeGreef received her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University in 2016. She started her career with the Northwestern Cancer Genetics Program where she provides comprehensive genetic counseling services and coordination of medical management for patients and families impacted by a variety of hereditary cancer indications. Additionally, she provides clinical supervision to genetic counseling graduate students, medical students, and residents.

 Lisa Dellefave-Castillo, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiology and Center for Genetic Medicine

Lisa Castillo graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2001, and was certified by the ABGC in 2002. She was a genetic counselor in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern from 2001-2005 and was an adult genetic counselor in the Center for Medical Genetics at NorthShore University HealthSystem from 2005-2006. She moved onto focusing on cardiovascular and neuromuscular genetics in the Department of Cardiology at The University of Chicago from 2006-2014. In 2014 she was brought back to Northwestern University to expand the cardiovascular genetics program. She currently works in the Department of Cardiology, Feinberg School of Medicine where she clinically sees patients for genetic counseling but her job also has a strong research focus through the Center for Genetic Medicine at Northwestern University. Lisa is actively involved with the Graduate Program of Genetic Counseling with supervision of graduate students in clinical rotations and advising graduate students' thesis projects.

 Lenika De Simone, MS
Pediatric Genetic Counselor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Lenika De Simone graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology and obtained a master’s degree in Physical Anthropology at the Complutense University of Madrid. She worked as a billing specialist at the genetic testing company, Counsyl. She graduated from Northwestern University’s Genetic Counseling program in 2018. Lenika currently works as a Pediatric Genetic Counselor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing in pediatric and adult care. In the coming year, she plans to serve as a clinical supervisor for genetic counseling graduate students.

 Richard Dineen, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Rush University Medical Center

Rich currently works at RUSH University Medical Center and primarily works in Pediatrics and adult Neurology. Prior to working at RUSH, he worked for many years at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Pediatrics. During his time at UIC, he was involved in newborn screening and metabolic disorders, a craniofacial Center, and a neuromuscular clinic. He has been involved with the Northwestern program since 1999.

 Taya J. Fallen, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Taya Fallen graduated from the Graduate Program of Genetic Counseling at Northwestern in 2001, and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2002. She worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, from 2001-2002, providing prenatal, adult and cancer genetic counseling. Taya started the Cancer Genetics Program at Northwestern Medicine in 2002 and provided clinical cancer risk services there until March of 2016. She now works as Lead Genetic Counselor for Insight Medical Genetics, a private practice genetic counseling and testing company with multiple locations in the Chicagoland area. Taya is actively involved with the Graduate Program of Genetic Counseling by co-moderating Medical Communication and teaching in the Adult Genetics curriculum. Taya also serves on several committees and task forces of the NUGPGC including the Faculty Review Committee, Admissions Committee, Program Development Committee, New Faculty Orientation Committee and the Curriculum Committee. In her free time, she enjoys running and gardening.

 Eden Faye, MS
Genetic Counselor, Advocate Medical Group

Eden Faye received her master’s degree in Genetic Counselor Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. She started her career with Advocate Medical Group at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. She is primarily a pediatric genetic counselor in a multidisciplinary setting and provides prenatal genetic services.

 Morris Fiddler, PhD
Managing Member and President, Insight Medical Genetics

Morry Fiddler is a Managing Member and President of Insight Medical Genetics, an integrated and independent genetic medicine clinical and laboratory practice providing genetic counseling and testing in the Chicagoland area. He earned his PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Minnesota which he followed with post-doctoral work in medical genetics and chemistry. While he left DePaul University to co-found Insight, he is Professor Emeritus at that university where he was particularly active in developing individualized learning programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has been associated with the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling since its inception, leading early efforts with the ABGC to formulate practice-based competencies. He has worked with grad students on their thesis committees and continues to do so as well as offer periodic class sessions on the intersection of genetic counseling and adults’ learning.

 Jill Frauenheim, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Jill Frauenheim graduated from the Northwestern University Graduate Program for Genetic Counseling in 2015 and was certified by the ABGC in 2016. Following graduation, Jill completed a genetic counseling fellowship in lysosomal storage diseases in the Department of Genetics, Birth Defects, and Metabolism at Lurie Children’s Hospital. She went on to join the team as a pediatric genetic counselor and currently specializes in lysosomal storage diseases and neuromuscular disease, as well as practicing general pediatric genetics. Within the Northwestern Genetic Counseling Program, Jill serves as a facilitator for the Clinical Skills Practicum course and clinical rotation supervisor. Jill is actively involved with Illinois Department of Health Lysosomal Storage Disease Subcommittee and has presented several posters at national meetings on her work within the field of newborn screening for lysosomal storage diseases.

 Kendra Frome, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Kendra Frome graduated from the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2017 and was certified by the ABGC in August 2017. She currently works as a genetic counselor at NorthShore University HealthSystems in the Fetal Diagnostics Center. She is a member of NSGC and the Genetic Task Force of Illinois. She provides clinical supervision to genetic counseling students during clinical rotations. Her interests include prenatal and infertility counseling.

 Rikki Gaber, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital

Rikki Gaber completed a masters degree in Medical Ethics from Northwestern University in 2013 prior to graduating from the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University in 2015. She began her genetic counseling career at John H Stroger Jr Hospital as a cancer genetic counselor until she took a position as the Program Coordinator of the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Advocate Illinois Masonic Creticos Cancer Center 2016. Currently, within the Risk Evaluation program, Rikki sees patients with or at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes. Along with providing coordinating and clinical services, Rikki also teaches residents and is the PI of a research study involving follow-up management for patients with hereditary cancer syndromes. She is a member of the medical ethics committee at the hospital.

 Emily Gallant, MSN, APN
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Advocate Christ Medical Center

Emily Gallant is a pediatric nurse practitioner working in pediatric genetics at Hope Children’s at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. She graduated with an MSN as a pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing in 2016. She was drawn to genetics from past work experience in a genetics lab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In nursing school, she had a clinical rotation with a genetics PNP at Lurie Children’s. Since then, she reached out for genetics nursing roles, and is now helping to build a pediatric genetics department, as a medical provider working with a group of genetic counselors, seeing patients in general genetics clinics, in various specialty clinics, as well as seeing inpatient consults of infants and children who may benefit from genetics evaluations.

 Jamie Garman, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor, Advocate Medical Group

Jamie Garman received her master’s degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2017 and was certified by the ABGC in 2018. Jamie is primarily a pediatric genetic counselor with Advocate Medical Group/Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn where she is part of general genetics and multidisciplinary clinics. She helped create a genetic counseling clinic and founded the Genetic Counseling Volunteer program. Additionally, she provides educational lectures for medical students and residents.

 Allison Goetsch, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Allison Goetsch received her Master’s degree in genetic counseling from Northwestern University in 2014 was certified by the ABGC in 2014. She is currently a pediatric genetic counselor in the Division of Genetics, Birth Defects, and Metabolism at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She serves as the clinic coordinator for the Neurofibromatosis specialty clinic and provides genetic counseling to patients and families in the Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) program. Allison was the 2016 “CodeTalker” award winner – a patient nominated national award for excellence in genetic counseling. In addition to her clinical roles, Allison is a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Feinberg School of Medicine and has served as thesis advisor to several graduate students. Her research interests include fertility preservation and the healthcare transition process. Allison has several publications in the fertility preservation field, including recent co-authorship of Fertility Preservation and Restoration for Patients with Complex Medical Conditions, a medical textbook. Additionally, she is currently coordinating a multi-site Neurofibromatosis healthcare transition readiness study as well as serving as a member of the NSGC Neurofibromatosis Practice Guideline committee.

 Kristen A. Barker Grill, MS, CGC
Licensed Genetic Counselor, Cancer Genetics Evaluation Program, Loyola University Medical Cancer

Kristen Barker Grill graduated from the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University in 2010 and was certified by the ABGC that same year. She works with one other genetic counselor at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center within the Loyola University Health System. Kristen sees patients at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes in a general cancer clinic, breast risk clinic and GI risk clinic. She participates in physician education regarding advances in hereditary cancer syndromes and testing, multidisciplinary conferences for breast and GI cancer, and various other activities to promote or improve the Loyola genetics program.

 Sara Halbach, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, University of Chicago

Sara graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Genetic Counseling Program in 2004 and was certified by the ABGC in 2005. She worked in the Division of Clinical Genetics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 2 years, prior to moving to Chicago in 2006. Since that time, she has been employed by the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago where she sees pediatric and adult patients for a wide variety of indications, as well as supervises genetic counseling students rotating within the department.

 Alexa Hart, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Rush University Medical Center

Alexa Hart completed Northwestern University’s program in genetic counseling in 2012, and was certified by the ABGC in 2012. She is a prenatal genetic counselor in the Fetal & Neonatal Medicine Center at Rush University Medical Center. She is a clinical rotation supervisor for genetic counseling students. She also provides occasional lectures for the program, and serves as a member of the Admissions Committee.

 Cassie Heald, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Cassie Heald received her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 and was certified by the ABGC in 2016. She started her career at Lurie Children’s Hospital in the Department of Genetics, Birth Defects, and Metabolism where she provides pediatric genetic counseling services with a focus on general genetics and cystic fibrosis newborn screening. Additionally, she is an active member of the Illinois Society of Genetic Professionals (ISGP) and provides clinical supervision to genetic counseling graduate students and medical students.

 Maria Helgeson, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, University of Chicago

Maria Helgeson graduated from the genetic counseling program at the University of Colorado – Denver in 2007 and was certified by the ABGC in 2009. She is a Senior Laboratory Genetic Counselor at the University of Chicago Genetic Services Laboratories, an academic DNA diagnostic laboratory focusing on testing of rare orphan genetic diseases. She is co-coordinator of the Laboratory Course for the Northwestern Graduate Program.

 Olivia Hess, MS, CGC
Division of Clinical Genetics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Olivia Hess graduated from the Northwestern genetic counseling program in 2006, and was certified by the ABGC in 2007. She worked as a genetic counselor with a large Maternal Fetal Medicine private practice in Las Vegas from 2006 through 2013. Since, 2014 she has been a genetic counselor with the Division of Clinical Genetics at Northwestern Medical Group, specializing in reproductive genetics and cancer genetics. Olivia helps supervise students who come to Division of Clinical Genetics at Northwestern Medicine for their clinical rotation and provides lectures on various topics.

 Rachel Hickey, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Rachel Hickey received her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of South Carolina in May 2017, and was certified by the ABGC in August 2017. Following graduation, Rachel completed a genetic counseling fellowship in lysosomal storage diseases in the Department of Genetics, Birth Defects, and Metabolism at Lurie Children’s Hospital, focusing on diagnosis, management, treatment and newborn screening for this group of complex diseases. She went on to join the team as a pediatric genetic counselor, specializing in lysosomal storage disease and metabolic leukodystrophy, as well as practicing general pediatric genetics. She currently serves as the clinic coordinator for the Leukodystrophy Clinic at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Rachel is actively involved with the Leukodystrophy Care Network, Illinois Department of Health Lysosomal Storage Disease Subcommittee, and has presented several posters at national meetings on her work within these respective fields.

 Megan Hinton, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Megan Hinton received her master’s degree from the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University in 2000, and was certified by the ABGC in 2002. She currently holds assistant professor faculty appointments at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the Center for Genetic Medicine. Megan serves on several committees of the NUGPGC including the Admission Committee and the Accreditation Application Review Committee. Megan is past-president of the Genetic Task Force of Illinois and is active in the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling serving as a site-visitor. Megan has also been active in the National Society of Genetic Counselors, participating in the Abstract Committee and Regional Conference Planning Committee, and previously as the Illinois State representative. She has been a prenatal genetic counselor in the Division of Clinical Genetics at Northwestern Medicine since 2001 where she provides clinical supervision to genetic counseling graduate students, medical students and maternal fetal medicine fellows.

 Christie Hoell, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, The NUgene Project

Christie Hoell received her master’s degree from the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2011, and became board certified by the ABGC in 2011. She started her career as a prenatal genetic counselor at NorthShore University HealthSystem before moving to her current role at Northwestern University. Christie is the program manager for Northwestern's eMERGE (electronic medical records and genomics) Project, overseeing recruitment and the return of genomic sequencing results. She is also a faculty member for the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling, working as co-coordinator of the Clinical Practicum course and serving on multiple program committees. She is also a thesis advisor and committee member for multiple student thesis projects. Additionally, Christie is an active member of NSGC, serving as chair of the Professional Status Survey Committee, and the Genetic Task Force of Illinois, having served on the board as secretary and president.

 Nicole Hook, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Natera Inc.

Nicole Hook earned her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University, following completion of her Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She now works as a Medical Science Liaison with Natera Inc, a prenatal genetic testing company that operates a CLIA-certified laboratory in San Carlos, California. In this role, she provides medical education for health care providers regarding Natera's test offering. Previously, Nicole provided genetic counseling services to adults at risk for hereditary cancer susceptibility at NorthShore University Health Systems.

 Melissa Hsu, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor

Melissa Hsu graduated Northwestern’s Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2009, and was certified by the ABGC in 2010. She has worked with multiple institutions as a clinical prenatal genetic counselor, and served on various committees and programs with each institution, including fetal care centers and leading an OB Resident genetics curriculum. She serves on the board of the Illinois Society of Genetic Professionals, and is a co-chair of NSGC's Prenatal Special Interest Group. Melissa serves as a thesis adviser, teaches lectures on prenatal genetic counseling, and has served as a clinical rotation supervisor and on several task forces within the program.

 Kristen Hughes, MS
Genetic Counselor, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Kristen graduated with a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University in 2018. She started her career in genetic counseling at the Center for Medical Genetics at NorthShore University HealthSystem, primarily working as an adult and cancer genetic counselor. She is a member of NSGC and the Illinois Society of Genetic Professionals.

 Peter J. Hulick, MD, MMSc, FACMG
Medical Director, Center for Medical Genetics, NorthShore University HealthSystem
Clinician Educator in the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Dr. Hulick is the Medical Director of the Center for Personalized Medicine and Medical Director for the Center for Medical Genetics at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), which applies genetic analysis to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of inherited diseases and disorders. He joined NorthShore as an attending physician in medical genetics in 2008 and became Division Head of Medical Genetics in 2012.

Dr. Hulick also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Previously, he served as an attending physician in medical genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 peer reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Hulick earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 2001. He completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital – Mayo Clinic, and completed a clinical fellowship in medical genetics at Harvard Medical School. He also earned a master’s degree in medical science from Harvard Medical School in 2007.

 Alexander Ing, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Alexander Ing graduated from the Boston University Genetic Counseling program in 2015. He previously worked at the Partners HealthCare Laboratory for Molecular Medicine as a laboratory genetic counselor, as well as a pediatric pulmonary genetic counselor at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. He moved to Chicago in 2017 and is now a laboratory genetic counselor at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He serves as a rotation supervisor and student thesis advisor.

 Susheela Jayaraman, MS
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Pediatric Genetic Counselor
Lysosomal Storage Disorder Fellow

Susheela graduated in 2018 with a Masters of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling. Susheela is currently a candidate for a Masters of Arts in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern University. Susheela joined Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Department of Genetics, Birth Defects, and Metabolism in 2018 to participate in the Lysosomal Storage Disorder Fellowship to gain training and experience in diagnosing, managing, and counseling patients and families with lysosomal storage disorders. She is currently a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Genetic Task Force of Illinois.

 Amy Knight Johnson, MS, CGC
Senior Genetic Counselor, University of Chicago

Amy Knight Johnson graduated from the Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling (NUGPGC) in 2010, and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling the same year. She is currently the Senior Genetic Counselor for the University of Chicago Genetic Services Laboratories, an academic DNA diagnostic laboratory focusing on testing of rare orphan genetic diseases. Amy coordinates the Laboratory Course for the NUGPGC graduate students, and teaches classes on molecular genetics during the Principles of Medical Genetics I course.

 Michelle Kambich, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Fetal Diagnostics Center, NorthShore University HealthSystem
Instructor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Michelle Kambich received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1990, and was board certified by the ABGC in 1993. She was a perinatal genetic counselor at the University of Illinois Medical Center from 1991 to 1992. She is currently a genetic counselor and serves as the perinatal diagnostic coordinator at NorthShore University HealthSystem. She provides clinical supervision in the prenatal rotation, various lectures and research project oversight.

 Elizabeth Kaplan, MMSc, CGC
Genetic Counselor, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Elizabeth Kaplan graduated with a Master of Medical Science degree in Human Genetics & Genetic Counseling from the program at Emory University in May 2016 and was certified by the ABGC in August 2016. Originally from Illinois, Elizabeth returned to the Chicago area in June 2016 as a pediatric and prenatal genetic counselor at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. She currently works for NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL primarily as a cancer genetic counselor. She is also involved in various research studies at NorthShore, including disclosure of research results to participants in their Genomic Health Initiative biobank. Within the Northwestern Genetic Counseling Program, Elizabeth serves as instructor of the Patient Resistance and Adherence lecture. She is also actively involved with the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).

 Anastasia Kathrens-Gallardo, MS
Genetic Counselor, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center

Anastasia graduated from the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2018. She is currently works at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center as the sole genetic counselor, where she provides prenatal and cancer genetic counseling. She is also involved in resident and medical student education, providing lectures and presentations on hereditary oncology as well as prenatal genetics.

 Madelyn Katz, MS
Genetic Counselor, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Madelyn Katz graduated from the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2018. She is currently a prenatal genetic counselor at the Center for Women’s Health at the University of Illinois-Chicago Hospital. She is a member of NSGC and the Genetic Task Force of Illinois.

 Chandni Khudai, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Loyola University Medical Center

Chandni Khudai graduated from the genetic counseling program at University of Cincinnati in 2012 and was certified by ABGC in 2014. She is currently a prenatal genetic counselor in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department at Loyola University Medical Center. Before coming to Loyola, Chandni was a prenatal and pediatric genetic counselor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She enjoys working with medical students and residents at Loyola and providing clinical supervision to genetic counseling graduate students.

 Katherine Kim, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Katherine Kim received her Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998, and was certified by the ABGC in 1999. Currently, she is a pediatric genetic counselor and genetic counselor manager at the Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Her areas of focus include inborn errors of metabolism and the mucopolysaccharidoses. Katherine is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Core Faculty Member of the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling. Her contributions to the GPGC include student supervision, participation in the Program Development Committee and student thesis advisor.

 Lisa Kinsley, MS, CGC
Senior Genetic Counselor, Northwestern University

Lisa Kinsley graduated from the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University in 2009 and was certified by the ABGC in 2010. She provides research and clinical support to the Neurology department of Northwestern Medicine. As a research counselor, she enrolls patients in studies, coordinates testing, and gathers family histories. She provides clinical counseling for the MDA, ALS, Alzheimer's Disease Center, Women's Neurology/Epilepsy, and Movement Disorders genetic clinics (Huntington's disease, Wilson’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease). She also works with researchers and clinicians in regular case conferences for epilepsy and movement disorders to provide testing and counseling support, and has started a Neurogenetic Counseling clinic. She supervises students in Northwestern's neurology rotation, lectures for the program, and advises students’ thesis projects.

 Joanna Lee, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Joanna Lee graduated from the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University in 2016 and was certified by the ABGC in August 2016. She currently works at Lurie Children’s Hospital in the Department of Genetics, Birth Defects, and Metabolism where she provides pediatric genetic counseling with a focus on general genetics, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and neurofibromatosis. Joanna is also chair of the membership committee for the Genetics Task Force of Illinois (GTFI). In this coming year, she will supervise student who come to Lurie Children’s Hospital for a pediatric rotation.

 Terri Lefler, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Division of Clinical Genetics, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Terri graduated from the University of Michigan’s genetic counseling program in 1990 and was certified by ABGC in 1993. She has previously worked at Evanston Hospital (now NorthShore), The University of Chicago, and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital providing prenatal, and more recently, cancer genetic counseling. She began working at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2016 where she continues to work in both prenatal and cancer genetics. Before coming to Northwestern, she had acted as a clinical supervisor for summer rotations. Her current contributions to the training program include continuing to act as both a lead or contributing clinical supervisor for student rotations, as a facilitator for the Clinical Skills Practicum course, and as a Journal Club mentor.

 Amy A. Lemke, MS, PhD, CGC
Research Scientist III, Research Institute
Center for Personalized Medicine, NorthShore University HealthSystem
Senior Clinician Researcher, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Amy Lemke received a MS degree in genetic counseling from the University of California -Berkeley and a PhD in public health, community health sciences, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lemke is a Principal Investigator on studies to assess the impact of pharmacogenomics testing and she is collaborating on projects to evaluate return of genomic research results from a genomic and health data repository. She has past experience working as a genetic counselor in obstetrics, pediatrics and a variety of specialty clinics, and she has directed a number of funded projects to deliver genetic services to underserved communities. Dr. Lemke is a mixed-methods researcher and her research areas of interest include translational genomics and new technologies, measures to assess the impact of these technologies on key stakeholders, biorepository return of results models, and the role of stakeholder engagement in research, clinical practice, and policy development.

 Karen Lewis, MS, MM, CGC
Clinical Architect, AIM Specialty Health

Karen Lewis is the Clinical Architect for the Genetic Testing Solution for AIM Specialty Health® (AIM). In this role, she works closely with the Medical directors and business leadership to provide clinical expertise for the Genetic Testing utilization management program. A board-certified Genetic Counselor with over 25 years of clinical experience in prenatal, adult and cancer genetics, and 12 years as an administrator and genetic counselor for health insurance companies.

Karen completed her masters in genetics at the University of Pittsburgh in 1991 and her master’s in management at Aquinas College in 2002.

 Mindy H. Li, MD
Attending Physician, Rush University
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Rush Medical College

Dr. Mindy Li graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed pediatrics residency at the University of California, San Diego and Rady’s Children’s Hospital. She completed her medical genetics residency and academic research fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is an attending medical geneticist at Rush University and is board certified in pediatrics and medical genetics and genomics. Dr. Li is involved in educational activities for and provides clinical supervision to genetic counseling students and medical trainees who complete pediatric genetics rotations. Her clinical and research interests include general genetics and dysmorphology, clinical genomics, and medical education.

 Meghan Lundy, MS, LCGC
Cancer Genetic Counselor, Loyola Medicine

Meghan Lundy graduated from the genetic counseling program at Arcadia University in 2013 and received her certification from ABGC in August 2013. She currently works at Loyola Medicine in the Cancer Genetics Evaluation Program. She has previously worked in prenatal and general genetics. In addition to supervising students for the Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling, Meghan volunteers with the National Society of Genetic Counselors on the Annual Conference Abstract Review Committee and on the Continuing Education Unit Review Committee.

 Brittany Madden, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, NorthShore Medical Genetics

Brittany Madden graduated from the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University in 2016. She was certified by the ABGC in August 2016. She works primarily as a cancer and adult genetic counselor and serves as a supervisor for genetic counseling students. Brittany is on the member committee and symposium committee for the Genetics Task Force of Illinois (GTFI).

 Tara Maga, MS, PhD, CGC
Genetic Counselor, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Tara Maga graduated with a degree in genetic counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 and a PhD in Genetics from the University of Iowa in 2012. For her PhD Tara developed next generation sequencing based technologies in order to better understand the molecular genetics of rare autoimmune kidney diseases. Tara currently works at the UI Health Hereditary Cancer Clinic at University of Illinois- Chicago providing genetic counseling services, conducting clinical research and acting as an IRB member. Tara is actively involved with the Northwestern Genetic Counseling Program serving as a co-course instructor of the Research Methods Course and a member of the Research Oversight Committee. Tara also supervises students for their clinical rotation and participates in student thesis projects as a committee member and thesis advisor.

 Brittany Mahalick, MS, CGC
Genetic Testing Specialist, GeneDx

Brittany (Clement) Mahalick graduated from the Northwestern University genetic counseling program in 2013. She currently works as a genetic testing specialist for GeneDx and covers the whole exome, inherited cancer, neurology, and cardiology testing lines. Prior to her role at GeneDx, Brittany was a clinical prenatal genetic counselor at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

 Holley May, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Insight Medical Genetics

Holley May graduated from the Northwestern University Graduate program in Genetic Counseling in 2013 after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology at University of Arizona. She was certified by the ABGC in 2013. Holley currently provides cancer and prenatal genetic counseling at Insight Medical Genetics and supervises genetic counseling students. Additionally, she participates in graduate school lectures and thesis projects conducted by Northwestern GPGC students.

 Erin McGinnis, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Erin McGinnis graduated from the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University in 2016. She is currently a clinical and laboratory genetic counselor at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital where she works as part of the lab utilization team and provides pediatric counseling in various general and specialty clinics. In the coming year, she will supervise students who come to Lurie Children’s for a combined laboratory/clinical rotation.

 Cory McHale, MS, CGC
Genetic Testing Specialist, GeneDx

Cory McHale earned her Master of Science degree in Human Genetics from the Sarah Lawrence Genetic Counseling Program in 2013. She worked for several years providing prenatal and oncology genetic counseling at Northwestern Medicine’s Central DuPage and Delnor Hospitals. In addition to clinic work, Cory was part of the team that developed and grew the Faces Redefining the Art of Medical Education (FRAME) project with Positive Exposure. She currently works as a genetic testing specialist for GeneDx.

 Beatriz Menendez, MS
Pediatric Genetic Counselor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Beatriz Menendez graduated from Grinnell College in 2004 with a degree in Anthropology, then worked as a Project Coordinator in the department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University until attending the Genetic Counseling program at University of California, Irvine and graduating with a master’s degree in 2017. She currently works as a Pediatric Genetic Counselor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing in pediatric and adult care. In the coming year, she plans to serve as a clinical supervisor for genetic counseling graduate students.

 Angelique Mercier, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Angelique Mercier graduated from the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University in 2014 and was certified by the ABGC in 2014. She started her career as a cancer genetic counselor at Loyola University Medical Center. Subsequently, through her position at Lurie Children’s, Angelique served as the sole genetic counselor for the Center for Jewish Genetics, where she educated community groups regarding Jewish genetic disorders, hereditary cancers, and carrier screening. She also coordinated the Center’s carrier screening program and provided pre- and post-screening counseling and referrals. Currently, she works at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in the Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism, providing pediatric genetic counseling for a wide variety of indications, with a focus on general genetics, connective tissue disorders, and cystic fibrosis newborn screening. In this role, she supervises genetic counseling students, medical students, and residents.

 Kelly Moyer, MS, CGC
Genetic Program Coordinator/Prenatal Genetic Counselor, Loyola University Medical Center

Kelly Moyer graduated from the genetic counseling program at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and was certified by the ABGC in 1999. She was active in the pursuit of GC licensure in IL and was one of the first GCs to get a license in 2004.

She has worked as a prenatal genetic counselor in Loyola’s Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine for over 20 years. Within the division, she oversees clinical genetic counseling services, provides prenatal and preconceptional genetic counseling, facilitates an Ill Dept of Public Health (IDPH) grant, supervises rotations and provides lectures for NW Genetic Counseling students, Loyola medical students and residents, and Maternal Fetal Medicine fellows.

 Anna Newlin, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Anna Newlin, MS, CGC, is a board certified genetic counselor who earned her Master of Science degree in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she trained under the tutelage of several well known clinical and research geneticists, including Dr. Francis Collins, current director of the NIH who formerly headed the Human Genome Project. Anna has a broad base of clinical experience which includes prenatal, pediatric and adult genetic counseling specializing more recently in cancer genetics. Anna spent several years involved in clinical ophthalmic genetics which provided her with the unique opportunity to work with families with hereditary eye disorders where she continues to maintain an active clinical presence. She is also involved in several of the Personalized Medicine clinical and research initiatives at NorthShore University HealthCare System.

 Deborah Oleskowicz, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor – Co-coordinator of the Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Program
Advocate Christ Medical Center

Deborah Oleskowicz graduated from the genetic counseling program at Sarah Lawrence College in 1986 and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 1991. Deborah has been a GC at ACMC for over 20 years. She is currently a genetic counselor at Advocate Christ Medical Center and coordinates the Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Program. In addition, to seeing patients at ACMC, Deborah sees patients at other Advocate sites, including South Suburban Hospital, Trinity Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. She provides clinical supervision for GC graduate students.

 Vivian Pan, MS, CGC
Translational Research Core Lead, Kaiser Permanente Research Bank

Vivian Pan graduated from the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University in 2012 and was certified by the ABGC in the same year. Vivian provided genetic counseling for prenatal, cancer and general genetics patients at the University of Chicago Medical Center (2012-2014) and Advocate Medical Group (2014-2017) and was a project manager for the eMERGE Pharmacogenomics Project at Northwestern University (2012-2014). Vivian is actively involved in the Illinois Society of Genetic Professionals (ISGP), American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and National Society for Genetic Counselors (NSGC), serving on several committees and task forces. She was honored as the recipient of NSGC’s 2017 New Leader Award.

Vivian is currently the Lead of the Translational Research Core (TRC) at the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank. She manages the day-to-day operations of the TRC by developing strong partnerships between clinical, research, and patient stakeholders, assessing the gaps in translational research within KPRB, and designing and implementing translational research pilots in collaboration with the Permanente Medical Groups. Vivian co-coordinated the Research Methods class and was a clinical supervisor for the NUGPGC graduate students. She continues to serve on the graduate program’s Internet Resources Task Force and as a thesis committee member on students’ research projects.

 Andrea Paras, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Andrea Paras received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1995, and is certified by the ABGC. She has been a pediatric genetic counselor at Lurie Children's Hospital for 16 years, with a focus on phenylketonuria/metabolic conditions, mucopolysaccharidosis disorders and general genetics. Andrea supervises graduate students in the above clinics, providing comprehensive pediatric genetic counseling for a variety of indications, and she provides lectures to the genetic counseling graduate students.

 Melody Perpich, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, University of Chicago, Pediatric Oncology

Melody Perpich graduated from the genetic counseling program at The University of Michigan in 1987 and is board certified and licensed. She is currently a genetic counselor at The University of Chicago in the department of pediatric oncology. In this position she sees pediatric and adolescent and young adult patients with hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes, adult patients with hematologic malignancies, and adolescent and young adult patients with sickle cell disease. Previously she was the program coordinator and genetic counselor in the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Creticos Cancer Center. Melody previously worked at the University of Chicago as an adult hem-onc cancer genetics counselor for 10 years, at Illinois Masonic Medical Center for 10 years as a prenatal and preimplantation genetic diagnosis genetic counselor and for 3 year at the University of Illinois, Chicago as a pediatric and prental genetic counselor. She also supervises students who come to the University of Chicago for cancer rotations, provides journal club mentorship and has been a Mystery Pedigree and general lecturer for the program.

 Brynn Persky, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Brynn Persky graduated from the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University and was board certified in 2013. She is a prenatal genetic counselor in the Antenatal Resource Center at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Her clinical work primarily involves options counseling for patients of advanced maternal age, routine aneuploidy and carrier screening, counseling for abnormal sonographic findings, teratogens, and family history of genetic disease. In addition to clinical work, Brynn is also involved in developing presentations for the AIMMC Ob/Gyne Resident Lecture Series and educating healthcare providers about about genetic counseling services.

 Mary Ouwinga Post, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor, Advocate Christ Hospital

Mary Ouwinga Post graduated from the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University in 2010 and was certified by the ABGC in 2011. She worked for 4 years at Indiana University Northwest (IUN) providing genetic counseling for prenatal, cancer, and adult-onset indications. She also assisted in teaching medical genetics to 2nd-year medical students at IUN. Mary is currently a prenatal genetic counselor at Advocate Christ Hospital (Oak Lawn, IL).

 Kristen Vogel Postula, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, GeneDX

Kristen Vogel Postula is a board-certified genetic counselor with over nine years of experience in clinical cancer genetics, research, and education. Kristen is an Assistant Director at MyGeneTeam, providing services on behalf of GeneDx’s Inherited Cancer customer service genetic counseling team. Prior to this, Kristen worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center from 2005-2007 in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology, providing genetic counseling services and conducting research in the area of breast cancer genetics. In 2007, she transitioned to the Center for Medical Genetics at NorthShore University HealthSystem, providing genetic counseling services to adults at risk for a variety of adult-onset genetic diseases, with an emphasis on inherited cancer susceptibility. While at NorthShore, Kristen was the Principal Investigator for the NorthShore Pancreatic Cancer Family Registry and also served on the research team for Health Heritiage, an innovative online risk assessment tool for cancer and other adult-onset diseases. Kristen has also authored a number of peer-reviewed papers on cancer susceptibility syndromes and NGS-panels for cancer susceptibility. Kristen is quite involved with the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and the NSGC Cancer Special Interest Group (SIG), serving as co-chair of the SIG from 2011-2013. Kristen is an active faculty member with the Northwestern Genetic Counseling program, serving as co-course instructor of the Adult Genetics Course, a member of the Research Oversight Committee, and has served as thesis committee member and/or thesis advisor for numerous students, as well as other roles.

 Rachel Pothast, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Rachel Pothast graduated from the Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling (NUGPGC) in 1999 and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2002. Rachel is an active faculty member with the NUGPGC, serving as co-course coordinator of the Principles of Medical Genetics I, II and III, a member of the Faculty Review Committee, and has served as thesis committee member for numerous students.

Rachel is past-president of the Genetic Task Force of Illinois and is active in the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) serving as a site-visitor, a member of the Accreditation Application Review Committee and most recently as a member of the ACGC Standards Committee. She is currently a genetic counselor in the Division of Clinical Genetics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and provides clinical supervision to genetic counseling graduate students, medical students and maternal fetal medicine fellows.

 Lauren Propst, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Igenomix

Lauren Propst graduated from the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2016 and was certified by the ABGC in 2016. She worked for over two years as a prenatal genetic counselor in the Center for Maternal and Fetal Health at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Lauren is currently a preconception genetic counselor at Igenomix, where she specializes in preimplantation genetic testing and carrier screening. Lauren is involved in various research projects, and she enjoys participating in student thesis projects.

 Shayna Purcell, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Shayna Purcell received her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University. Prior to receiving her master’s, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her BS in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Studio Art. While in Chapel Hill, Shayna gained laboratory experience investigating the regulation of meiotic recombination in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. She volunteered at ABC of NC – a school for children with autism spectrum disorders – and enjoyed interacting with and learning from these individuals and their families. Shayna is employed as a clinical genetic counselor at NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Center for Medical Genetics, where she primarily sees adult patients for assessment of hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes. She also enjoys working with genetic counseling graduate students as a clinical supervisor.

 Chantalle Raimondi, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Advocate Medical Group Genetics

Chantalle Raimondi graduated from the genetic counseling program at Northwestern University in 2010. She is currently a genetic counselor at Advocate Medical Group (Lutheran General Hospital) where she provides prenatal, cancer and pediatric genetics services. Prior to joining Advocate, Chantalle worked at Stroger Hospital of Cook County, primarily as a pediatric and prenatal genetic counselor from 2010-2015. Chantalle has served as rotation supervision, thesis committee member and journal club mentor for the Northwestern Genetic Counseling Program.

 Melissa Ramos, MS, MLS (ASCP), LCGC
Genetic Counselor, Loyola University Medical Center

Melissa Ramos graduated from the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2014. She was certified by the ABGC in 2014. She is currently a prenatal genetic counselor for the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center. Within the division, Melissa provides prenatal and preconception genetic counseling. She provides clinical supervision to genetic counseling graduate students, medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as provides lectures for Loyola University medical students.

 Lindsay Rhodes, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, GeneDx

Lindsay Rhodes graduated from the University of Michigan genetic counseling program in 2006 and was certified by the ABGC in 2007. Lindsay is currently a genetic counselor with the whole exome sequencing program at GeneDx. Prior to her position at GeneDx, Lindsay worked as a clinical genetic counselor in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at The University of Chicago, in the Division of Genetics, Birth Defects, and Metabolism at Lurie Children’s Hospital, in the Center for Women’s Health at the University of Illinois Chicago, and at the Reproductive Genetics Institute. Lindsay is co-chair of the Community Outreach Committee with the Genetics Task Force of Illinois.

 Janine Rosenberg, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, ACL Laboratories

Janine received her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Indiana University and was certified by the ABGC in 2011. She began her genetic counseling career as one of two full-time prenatal genetic counselors for the Fetal Diagnostics Department at Advocate Christ Medical Center. From late 2014 until present, she has been a laboratory genetic counselor at ACL Laboratories in Rosemont, IL. While Janine largely supports Cytogenetics, she has also integrated genetic counseling services into the Molecular, Referral Testing, and Business Development departments. She helped initiate a Utilization Management protocol for all cytogenetic and send out genetic testing at ACL Laboratories. She also supervises students who come to ACL for a laboratory rotation and is regularly a journal club mentor for the program.

 Cristina Ruiz, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor – Co-coordinator of the Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Program
Advocate Christ Medical Center

Cristina Ruiz graduated from the genetic counseling program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1991 and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 1993. She worked at Wake Forest University Medical Center for 5 years in pediatrics, prenatal and coordinating a serum screening program. Cristina has been a GC at ACMC for almost 20 years. She is currently a genetic counselor at Advocate Christ Medical Center and coordinates the Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Program. In addition, to seeing patients at ACMC, Cristina sees patients at other Advocate sites, including South Suburban Hospital, Trinity Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. She provides clinical supervision for GC graduate students.

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 Victoria Roberts Sanders, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Vicki Sanders is a genetic counselor at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in the Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism. She graduated from Arcadia University in 2006 and was certified by ABGC in 2007. She works in the Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic and also sees general and metabolic patients. Vicki supervises students and is involved in various aspects of the Northwestern graduate program.

 Theresa Sciaraffa, MS
Genetic Counselor, Northwestern University

Theresa Sciaraffa graduated from the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2017. She currently works in the Cancer Genetics Program at Northwestern Medicine, providing comprehensive cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling to individuals and families affected by hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes. In this coming year, she will serve as a clinical supervisor for genetic counseling graduate students.

 Tina Hutten Selkirk, MS, CCRP
PhD Student in Epidemiology
UIC School of Public Health

Tina graduated from the genetic counseling program at the University of Minnesota in 2007 and was certified as a clinical research professional (CCRP) in 2009. For 10 years she oversaw the research initiatives in hereditary cancer for the Center for Medical Genetics at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Tina has a particular interest in prostate cancer genetics and was the NorthShore-site Principal Investigator for the IMPACT study (an international prostate cancer screening study for men with BRCA or Lynch syndrome mutations). She is now pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health. She enjoys serving as a thesis advisor and thesis committee member for the program.

 Jessica Shank, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Jessica Shank graduated from the University of Cincinnati Genetic Counseling Program in 2017 and was certified by the ABGC in that same year. Jessica also graduated from the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2017. She currently works at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in laboratory utilization management. She also provides pediatric genetic counseling with a focus on cardiology. Jessica is an active member of the NSGC and currently serves as a CEU reviewer. She is happy to have the opportunity to serve as a clinical and laboratory supervisor for students as well as serve as a resource in the realm of disability studies and advocacy.

 Lee Shulman, MD, FACOG, FACMG
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chief, Division of Clinical Genetics

Lee P. Shulman MD is Northwestern Memorial Hospital Distinguished Physician, Professor and Head of the Section of Reproductive Genetics in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He received his bachelors degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Shulman then completed his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at North Shore University Hospital in New York, where he served as Chief resident during his final year. From there he completed a fellowship in Reproductive Genetics at the University of Tennessee, Memphis under the guidance of Drs. Joe Leigh Simpson and Sherman Elias. In 1989 he joined the Ob/Gyn faculty of the University of Tennessee, Memphis and became the Director of Reproductive Genetics in 1994. In 1999 he relocated to the University of Illinois at Chicago where he served as Deputy Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Divisions of Reproductive Genetics and Ambulatory Care Services and Practices and as Medical Director of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

Dr. Shulman is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Medical Genetics, a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. Among his current appointments are Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital/Rush University Medical School and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Shulman is a member of numerous regional, national and international organizations that pertain to the health and care of women. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the emedicine.com textbook and the Yearbook of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Corresponding Editor of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine and is the Associate Editor of The Female Patient. He also serves on the editorial board of three other journals and as a peer-reviewer for 21 journals. A frequent contributor to the peer-reviewed and informational literature with over 100 peer-reviewed articles and over 40 book chapters, Dr. Shulman serves on governmental, foundation and pharmaceutical advisory boards and is currently on the Medical Advisory Board for the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases. His major research focus is in reproductive genetics, contraception and medical education.

 Eve Simi, MS, CGC
Prenatal Genetic Counselor, Insight Medical Genetics

Eve Simi graduated from the Northwestern Genetic Counseling program in 1999, and was certified by the ABGC in 2002. Eve worked in prenatal and pediatric genetics at Cook County Hospital in Chicago from 1999-2003 and as prenatal genetic counselor from 2003-2016 in the Fetal Diagnostic Center at NorthShore University HealthSystem. She currently works at Insight Medical Genetics as a prenatal genetic counselor. Eve provides clinical supervision and serves as a thesis advisor for the NUGPGC graduate students. She is also a member of the Faculty Review Committee and gives lectures for the NUGPGC.

 Maureen Smith, MS, CGC
Director, The NUgene Project, Center for Genetic Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Maureen Smith received a master of science degree in human genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in 1987 and was certified in genetic counseling by the ABMG in 1990, and by the ABGC in 1993. She has more than 14 years of clinical genetic counseling experience in the areas of prenatal, pediatric, adult and cancer genetics in academic medical centers. Maureen left clinical care to gain experience in an industry setting where she worked for several start-up companies before joining Northwestern to focus on research.

Maureen joined Northwestern in 2003 as the clinical director for the NUgene genetic banking study and became the director in 2011. She has had several NIH funded awards and is currently the co-Principal Investigator of the Northwestern site for the electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) network, an NIH funded project that tests the key elements to implementing personalized medicine. Her research focus includes issues of consent for biobanking and genetic research, implementation of genomic medicine in clinical care, and involving stakeholders in genetic research. Maureen is an active member of the ASHG and the NSGC, and served as NSGC President from 1997-1998. She was the recipient of the Natalie Weissberger Paul Award in 2009 for outstanding achievement and leadership on behalf of the NSGC. Maureen co-teaches the Professional Issues course, organizes seminars on professional topics, and mentors student thesis projects.

 Sara Spencer, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sara Spencer graduated from the genetic counseling program at Sarah Lawrence College in 2006, and was certified by the ABGC in 2007. She worked as a cancer genetic counselor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 2006-2009. She has been a genetic counselor in the Division of Clinical Genetics at Northwestern Medicine since 2009, specializing in reproductive genetics, where she supervises genetic counseling students, medical students and maternal-fetal medicine fellows. She serves as Core Faculty for the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling as lead clinical rotation supervisor, thesis advisor and committee member. Sara is also an active member of NSGC. She is a column writer for Perspectives in Genetic Counseling and has developed Educational Breakout Sessions for the Annual Education Conference.

 Jessica Stoll, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, University of Chicago Medicine
Assistant Director, Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic

Jessica Stoll is a board certified genetic counselor and the Assistant Director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic at the University of Chicago Medicine. She received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in genetic counseling from Northwestern University. Her clinical and research interests include hereditary gastrointestinal cancer susceptibility syndromes, hereditary pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel disease. She is also actively involved in educational programs, supervising genetic counseling students and giving lectures and presentations to trainees, physicians, and in the community around the Chicagoland area.

 Mike Suguitan, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Northwestern Medicine (West Region)

Mike Suguitan earned his master’s degree from the genetic counseling program at the University of Minnesota in 2017. He is a clinical genetic counselor for Northwestern Medicine (West Region). He primarily sees patients with a personal/family history of cancer at the Delnor Cancer Center in Geneva, IL. He is part of the Northwestern Medicine’s West Region genetic counselors. He is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and Genetic Task Force of Illinois (GTFI).

 Brittany Szymaniak, MS, PhD
Genetic Counselor, Northwestern Medicine

Brittany Szymaniak graduated from the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2018 and received her PhD in Genetics from University of Rochester in 2016. Her doctoral work focused on better understanding the consequences of loss of ATM on glial precursor cell biology in the neurodegenerative condition, Ataxia-telangiectasia. She currently works in the Urology department at Northwestern Medicine as part of the Cancer Genetics Program, where she primarily focuses on prostate and GI related hereditary cancer syndromes.

 Jennifer Thompson, MS, CGC
Research Genetic Counselor, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Jennifer Thompson graduated from the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University in 2017 and was certified by the ABGC in August 2017. After graduating, Jennifer worked at Rush University Medical Center, where she provided genetic counseling services to patients with a personal or family history suggestive of a hereditary cancer condition. Jennifer currently works at NorthShore University HealthSystem as a research genetic counselor. She oversees the research studies through the Center for Medical Genetics and is a member of the Center for Personalized Medicine research team. Jennifer is a member of the NSGC and the Genetic Task Force of Illinois.

 Devon Lamb Thrush, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ambry Genetics

Devon Lamb Thrush graduated from the genetic counseling program at Case Western Reserve University in 2004 and was certified by the ABGC in 2005. She currently works for Ambry Genetics as a genetic counselor on the Launch Team. After working in clinical practice for two years, Devon worked from 2006-2015 as a laboratory genetic counselor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she was active in teaching. She is a member of the ClinGen Education, Engagement and Counseling Workgroup as well as the ACMG Professional Practice and Guidelines Committee.

 Darrel Waggoner, MD, FACMG
Associate Professor of Human Genetics and Pediatrics
Medical Director, Human Genetics, University of Chicago

Dr. Waggoner specializes in the treatment of metabolic and genetic disorders in children and adults. He sees patients in the medical genetics, craniofacial, and neurogenetics clinics, and provides genetics consultation services for patients within the medical center.

Dr. Waggoner's research includes genotype/phenotype studies in patients diagnosed with 9p deletion (9p-) syndrome, exploring greater understanding of the genetic basis of medical problems associated with this condition. He is involved in the family support group for 9p-. His interests also include studying the referral patterns for clinical genetic testing in specific diseases, and determining factors that can help primary care doctors learn to improve the use of these tests.

As director of the clinical and laboratory genetics training program at the University of Chicago, and the medical genetics course in the Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Waggoner is involved in curriculum development and teaching for medical students and residents.

 Andrew F. Wagner, MD, FACMG, FACOG
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Clinical Genetics)
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Wagner completed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Wisconsin. He then pursued an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following a long clinical interest and undergraduate research experience, he went on to a fellowship in Clinical Genetics at Magee-Womens Hospital/University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wagner then joined the OB/GYN faculty at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where he was involved in clinical practice, research, and teaching in reproductive genetics to medical students, masters in genetic counseling students, and residents for eleven years. In September 2016, he joined the faculty at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine as an associate professor in the division of clinical genetics of the department of obstetrics and gynecology. He also serves as co-medical director at Insight Medical Genetics in Chicago and Reproductive Genetics Innovations in Northbrook. Dr. Wagner is board certified by both the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His clinical interests include prenatal diagnosis, cancer genetics, and genetics education.

 Sarah Walterman, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Division of Clinical Genetics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sarah graduated from the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program of the University of Cincinnati in 2014 and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2015. She is currently a prenatal counselor in the Division of Clinical Genetics at Northwestern Medicine and provides clinical supervision to genetic counseling graduate students, medical students, and maternal-fetal medicine fellows.

 Rebecca Wang, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Insight Medical Genetics

Rebecca Wang received her Masters in genetic counseling from Northwestern University in 2017 and was board certified by ABGC in August 2017. She currently works as a prenatal genetic counselor at Insight Medical Genetics. Rebecca also serves as the genetic counselor for the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics, where she helps educate the local Jewish community about the risk for Jewish genetic disorders and counsels patient who participate in an at-home carrier screening program. Rebecca is an active member of the National Society for Genetic Counselors and the Genetic Task Force of Illinois.

 Shelly Weiss McQuaid, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Shelly Weiss graduated from the Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2009, and was certified by the ABGC in 2010. She was a clinical genetic counselor at the Center for Medical Genetics at NorthShore University HealthSystem from 2009-2013. She worked as a Regional Medical Specialist at Myriad Genetic Laboratories from 2013-2016. She currently works at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago in pediatric oncology, precision medicine and laboratory utilization management. Shelly is an active member of the Genetic Task Force of Illinois (GTFI) and is on the Board of Directors for the Norton and Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics. She supervises students during rotations, has contributed to lectures in the realms of hereditary cancer, working in the industry/laboratory setting, and psychosocial issues, and has served as a committee member and thesis advisor for genetic counseling student thesis projects.

 Scott Weissman, MS, CGC
Genome Medical and Chicago Genetic Consultants, LLC.

Scott Weissman graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in 1998 with a BS in biology. After graduation, he spent two years at the Molecular Oncology Diagnostic Laboratory at UIC developing expertise in molecular genetic techniques used in various hematologic and oncologic disorders. He completed the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern in 2002, and was certified by the ABGC in 2002. Scott provided adult and cancer genetic counseling at the Center for Medical Genetics in Evanston, IL for 12 years, supervising genetic counseling students in those rotations, and was a thesis advisor/committee member. He joined GeneDx in 2013 and was an Inherited Cancer Specialist working with Hereditary Cancer Panels. In 2016, he opened his own private practice genetic counseling company, Chicago Genetic Consultants, LLC and currently works for Genome Medical as well. He is active in the NSGC and is a past co-chair of the Cancer Special Interest Group and is the NSGC liaison to the Commission on Cancer and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

 Carmen Williams, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Northwestern University

Carmen Williams received her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University in 2013 and was certified by the ABGC later in 2013. She started her career in genetic counseling as a member of the cancer genetics team at the University of Michigan where she gained experience in cancer risk assessment and coordination of medical management for a broad range of genetic syndromes including Lynch syndrome, polyposis conditions (FAP, JPS, PJS), Li-Fraumeni syndrome, and Von Hippel-Lindau disease. In 2015 she joined the Northwestern Cancer Genetics Program where she provides hereditary cancer risk assessment and counseling. She provides clinical supervision to genetic counseling graduate students, medical students, and residents.

 Sarah Witherington, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor, Quest Diagnostics

Sarah Witherington graduated from the Northwestern program in genetic counseling in 2013 and was certified by the ABGC in 2014. She also has a bachelor's in biochemical sciences from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. She is currently a genetic counselor for Quest Diagnostics covering oncology, neurology, and prenatal genetics. In this position she travels across the country giving lectures on genetic testing, helps clinicians determine testing strategies, discusses variants of uncertain significance, and acts as a resource for healthcare providers. She started her career at Ambry Genetics covering whole exome sequencing, pediatrics, cardiology, and oncology genetics, where she also gained supervision experience. She has a particular research interest in laboratory technologies, TP53 mosaicism, myelodysplastic syndromes, and pheochromocytomas. Sarah is also involved in the Genetics Task Force of Illinois, co-chairing the Marketing committee.

 Amy Yang, MSc
Biostatistician
Department of Preventive Medicine, Biostatistics Collaboration Center
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Amy Yang is a Biostatistician at Northwestern University, Feinberg school of medicine. She obtained her master degree in Biostatistics from University of Pennsylvania in 2014 before she joined Northwestern University. Prior to that, she worked as a biostatistician at the Chinese university of Hong Kong for three years. She has years of experience in providing statistical support to epidemiologist, biologist, medical researchers, physicians and other professionals engaged in biomedical research. She also assists with the conceptualization, planning, design and analysis of medical research studies. Her research interests include statistical methodology in treatment and management of women's mental disorder, genetics and biomarker identifications for liver disease.

 Kristen Dilzell Yu, MS, CGC
Lead Genetic Counselor, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Kristen earned her Master of Science degree in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Stanford University in 2013, and has been board certified with the American Board of Genetic Counseling since 2013. She is the Lead Genetic Counselor at NorthShore University HealthSystem, where she provides genetic counseling to adults diagnosed with or at risk for various conditions, including hereditary cancer syndromes. She is involved with various research initiatives through NorthShore’s Department of Personalized Medicine, including the Genomic Health Initiative. She previously worked at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania providing counseling for rare tumor predisposition syndromes and hereditary cardiac diseases. Kristen enjoys supervising Northwestern genetic counseling students and has been a journal club mentor and guest lecturer for the program.

 Alice Zalan, MS
Pediatric Genetic Counselor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Alice Zalan graduated from the Genetic Counseling Program at Northwestern University in 2018 with a master’s degree. She currently works as a Pediatric Genetic Counselor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, providing comprehensive care and genetic counseling to individuals and families affected by pediatric, adult onset, and cardiac conditions. In the coming year, she will serve as a clinical supervisor for genetic counseling graduate students.

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