Genetic Counseling

School of Health and Human Sciences

 

 

Evelyn Cabon

Evelyn is from High Point, NC. She graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University in 2017 with a B.S. in Genetics and a minor in Psychology.

As an undergraduate, Evelyn was a teaching assistant for a couple of upper level genetics courses. She helped guide the development and design of students’ research projects in Advanced Genetics Laboratory (GN 425) and taught a weekly 50-minute problem session for Principles of Genetics (GN 311). In the summer of 2016, Evelyn interned for the epigenetics and stem cell biology laboratory at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Under the guidance and support of her mentor, Dr. Bart Phillips, she developed assays to determine the role of transition proteins in mouse spermatogenesis.

Evelyn gained advocacy experience by volunteering for HopeLine, a crisis call center. To prepare for graduate school, she also shadowed genetic counselors of multiple specialties, including prenatal, pediatric and cancer. For fun, Evelyn enjoys hiking, hitting the gym, going to soccer and hockey games, and playing with her friends’ dogs in hopes of one day having her own.

 

Ryan Hartman

Ryan  is from Roanoke, VA and graduated with a major in Human, Nutrition, Foods and Exercise and minor in Medicine and Society from Virginia Tech.

Ryan held multiple leadership positions within the G.E.R.M.A.N. Club of Virginia Tech (a non-greek local philanthropic fraternity unique to Virginia Tech). During his undergraduate career, he was highly active in New Student and Family Programs, The Academic Competition Organization, Athletic Communications, The Big Event, The Midwinters Dance and the Special Olympics of the NRV. He received the J.O. Hoge Award his senior year for excellence in the G.E.R.M.A.N. Club of Virginia Tech. Ryan also wrote feature articles for Sports Illustrated in their college football dedicated satellite website Campus Rush. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Ryan worked as a Genetic Counseling Assistant in Cardiogenetics at a molecular diagnostic lab in Maryland called GeneDx.

During this year he was able to gain multiple shadowing opportunities at Johns Hopkins, the University of Virginia and Children’s National in D.C. In his free time, you can find Ryan on the golf course, reading a good novel or back at his alma mater cheering on the Hokies. Please do not hesitate to reach out to him with questions about genetic counseling, the application process or UNCG at rbhartma@uncg.edu.

Margaret Hill

Margaret grew up in East Aurora, New York. She earned her B.S. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester in 2012 with cum laude honors.

As an undergraduate, she completed a summer internship in X-ray crystallography at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo. After multiple cancer diagnoses within her family, Margaret went on to study cancer genetics. She earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she used mouse models to investigate the cell of origin of cholangiocarcinoma and the impact of an anti-apoptotic gene, MCL-1, on tumor development. During that time, she received a travel grant and invitation to present a poster at the Annual Cholangiocarcinoma Conferences in 2014 and 2016.

To prepare for the genetic counseling program, Margaret volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY and shadowed genetic counselors in cancer, prenatal, and pediatrics.

In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, Skype with friends and family, watch hockey, and keep up-to-date with the latest research on cholangiocarcinoma. Margaret is happy to answer any questions about the UNCG genetic counseling program or the application process. mahill4@uncg.edu.

 

Clayton Mann

Clayton  is from Proctorville, Ohio, a small town located at the southern tip of the state. He attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biotechnology.

As an undergrad, Clayton was an active member of DNA Day on Marshall’s campus where families and students could learn about genetic testing and see demonstrations. He also spent time in research performing toxicology tests on golden algae toxins and phylogenic analysis on Blacknose dace fish species.

After undergrad, Clayton furthered his interests in genetic counseling by shadowing at the CAMC Breast Center, a women’s health clinic in Charleston, West Virginia. Clayton’s motivation comes from the love and support of his family as well as his drive to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

In his spare time, he typically enjoys tennis, reading, lifting, running, gaming, or picking around on his guitar. He also enjoys an occasional binge watch of HGTV or other favorite tv series.

Sam Miller

Sam grew up in Charlotte, NC. His passions for human evolution, genetics, and social justice drove him to study Anthropology and minor in Sociology at UNC Charlotte.

After graduating, Sam pursued a number of different interests, including music composition, writing, and filmmaking. After working in office software systems, he decided to get back to his roots and pursue a career that combined his love of genetics and social advocacy.

While catching up on hard science prerequisites, Sam gained exposure to a variety of genetic conditions and helped with several advocacy groups. Alongside shadowing at Greenwood Genetic Center in Greenville, SC, he volunteered at a crisis hotline, a landscape nursery that employed adults with mental conditions, and a farm that helped children with developmental disorders learn horseback riding.

In his spare time, Sam enjoys traveling and cooking with his wife, Janna, playing volleyball, and writing science fiction novels. Sam is always happy to point aspiring genetic counselors in the right direction. His email address is sfmiller@uncg.edu.

Julianne Elizabeth Streukens

Julianne grew up in Flushing, Michigan. She graduated cum laude from Michigan State University in May 2017 with a Microbiology and Genomics and Molecular Genetics Bachelor of Science degree and a minor in Cognitive Science.

As an undergraduate, Julianne volunteered with the Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention team, where she was trained in active listening and crisis management skills. She spent most of her time with this organization responding to the hospital to advocate for and support survivors of sexual assault. She also worked for three years in a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology research lab that studied how the Retinoblastoma family proteins each preferentially interact with various transcription factors to regulate cell cycle progression and apoptosis, and how this can relate to the onset of cancer.

In addition, Julianne led a Bible study on campus for two years through a campus organization called Cru and is a founding sister of Sigma Alpha Omega sorority. She is looking forward to continuing her education at UNCG in pursuit of a profession that she is so passionate about.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and fiancé, photography, adventuring, practicing yoga, and being outdoors as much as possible. Julianne would be delighted to talk with anyone interested in genetic counseling or with specific questions about the program at UNCG and the application process – feel free to email her at jestreuk@uncg.edu!

Stacey Wallen

Stacey grew up in a suburb of Chicago and has lived in the Durham-Chapel Hill area since 2003. She graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a major in Biology and minor in Religion.

She went on to earn an M.D. from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Stacey’s experiences include an ophthalmology medical mission to Mexico, Microbiology lab research on the effects of S. mutans on the heart, and completion of an M. D. thesis on human visual spatial discrimination.

After years as a stay-at-home mom and part-time educator, she began to explore her interest in genetic counseling by shadowing genetic counselors and taking classes at UNC Chapel Hill. She also trained to be a domestic violence hotline advocate at the Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill.

In her free time, Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, riding her Icelandic horse, and cycling. Stacey is happy to answer any questions about the program. sgwallen@uncg.edu.

Mercedes Zoeteman

Mercedes is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where she earned a BSc with Specialization in Molecular Genetics from the University of Alberta in 2017. While in Edmonton she worked in a medical genetics research lab that focused on the molecular mechanisms behind Prader-Willi syndrome.

During this time, she completed a research project investigating the function of MAGEL2 within the circadian rhythm cycle, and presented her findings at numerous biology conferences. In preparation for genetic counseling, Mercedes volunteered at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton on the 24-hour crisis line, and is a member of the Crisis Text Line as a crisis counselor.

Additionally, Mercedes was able to gain first-hand experience in the field of genetic counseling when she shadowed genetic counselors form the University of Alberta Genetics clinic.

In her free time, Mercedes enjoys taking dance lessons, running, going on camping trips, being crafty, and hanging out with her cat, Remi. If you have any questions about UNCG, or genetic counseling feel free to contact her at mjzoetem@uncg.edu.