Emily grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in May 2016 with a Biology B.S. degree as well as Chemistry and Medical Anthropology minors.
She was a part of Honors Carolina and an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, spending a year as the chapter’s Education Chairman.
As an undergraduate, Emily gained exposure to clinical genetics in the Berg Lab at UNC where she worked to collect data on a variety of genetic conditions as part of the NC NEXUS project. This project is aimed at examining the use of whole exome sequencing as a supplemental diagnostic tool for traditional newborn screening.
Emily worked with genetic counselors in the Berg Lab and was able to shadow cancer genetic counselors at UNC hospitals to gain exposure to the field. To gain advocacy experience, she volunteered as a Hotline Advocate for the Compass Center for Women and Families, a domestic violence organization in Chapel Hill.
Additionally as an undergraduate Emily volunteered as a high school biology tutor, worked as a summer science camp instructor, and volunteered each year with Dance Marathon to raise funds for UNC Children’s Hospital. In her free time she enjoys trying new recipes, being outdoors, and watching football or basketball with friends. Feel free to contact Emily with any questions you may have about genetic counseling or the UNCG program.
Melissa is from Fayetteville, NY. She graduated cum laude from SUNY Geneseo in 2016 with a dual degree in Biology and Psychology. During her time at Geneseo, Melissa also studied Personal and Professional Communication. As an undergraduate, Melissa worked with Pathways, an on-campus peer advocacy group, for four years and was trained in active listening and crisis management skills.
In addition, she was an advocate and coordinator for the on-campus Sexual Assault Response Team and volunteered at Vera House, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Syracuse, NY. Melissa is also a sister of Sigma Gamma Phi and served as president for two consecutive semesters. In preparation for a career in genetic counseling, Melissa met with several genetic counselors and worked in an undergraduate genetics research laboratory. In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, her fiancé, and her bunny, Quincy.
She also has fun reading, ballroom dancing, and camping. Melissa would be more than happy to discuss genetic counseling or the UNCG program.
Kelly grew up in Apex, NC. She graduated in 2014 from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and History.
As an undergraduate, Kelly volunteered at UNC Children’s Hospital and is a long-time volunteer with Horse and Buddy, a therapeutic horseback riding program.
Since graduating, Kelly worked as a direct care provider, working with individuals with developmental disabilities and individuals recovering from brain injuries to provide training, supervision, and assistance in a supportive and caring environment.
To prepare for a career in genetic counseling, she volunteered with an Autism/Medical Genetics Clinic, shadowed counselors in sequencing and prenatal settings, and volunteered as a Crisis Intervention Counselor with HopeLine. Kelly is the second UNCG genetic counseling student to participate as a LEND trainee at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.
In her free time Kelly enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and spending time outdoors with her husband and puppy. Please feel free to contact her with questions about genetic counseling, UNCG, or the LEND program.
Katie grew up in Albany, NY. She graduated cum laude from the University of Rochester in 2015 with dual degrees in Molecular Genetics and Public Health.
As an undergraduate, Katie was a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams, general chemistry teacher’s assistant, and was a laboratory technician in various biology labs. During her senior year she interned at the New York State Department of Health’s Emerging Infections Program where she continued to work for a year following graduation.
While at the NYSDOH, Katie performed case and control interviews for various research studies and conducted an analysis on age-specific influenza mortality and confections in New York State. She gained advocacy experience as a crisis counselor for Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Services through Planned Parenthood.
To prepare for the genetic counseling program, she shadowed prenatal, pediatric, and public health laboratory genetic counselors. She was a graduate assistant for the UNCG genetic counseling program during her first year. Katie is enjoying her clinical rotations and looks forward to her career as a genetic counselor. In her free time, Katie enjoys running, hiking, baking, and watching movies. She would be more than happy to answer any questions about the program or application process!
Lauren is from Elma, New York, a rural town outside of Buffalo, New York. She attended the University at Buffalo and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biomedical Science.
As an undergraduate, Lauren led an evolutionary biology laboratory as a teacher’s assistant. She also spent time as a student researcher in UB’s Division of Behavioral Medicine studying habituation in children.
To prepare for a career as a genetic counselor, Lauren became a volunteer at a local hospital and shadowed several genetic counselors and clinical geneticists. She gained counseling experience while working in cancer prevention as a quit coach for the New York State Smokers’ Quitline out of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. To gain perspective on impact as well as to have fun, Lauren spent three years volunteering at Danceability, Inc., a dance studio dedicated entirely to children and adults with special needs. In her free time, she loves to dance as well as cook, bake, and decorate cakes. She also enjoys her fair share of HGTV. Lauren is more than happy to speak with anyone interested in genetic counseling or the program application process!
Gretchen is from McMurray, Pennsylvania. After spending her freshman year at Allegheny College, she graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in May 2016 with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.
To prepare for the genetic counseling program, she shadowed pediatric and prenatal counselors at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital and attended the North Carolina Medical Genetics Association fall meeting. Gretchen was a Wake Forest Summer Research Fellow and conducted research on bacterial metagenomes after isolating, sequencing, and analyzing millions of DNA sequences.
While at Wake Forest, she was very active as a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity, where she volunteered on and off campus and served on the executive council for two consecutive terms as secretary. She also participated in Best Buddies International as a peer buddy, fostering a friendship with a student from a local high school.This fall, she is the president of the Genetics Club at UNCG. In her free time, Gretchen enjoys hiking, hammocking, playing board games, and listening to podcasts.
She would love to speak with anyone considering genetic counseling or the program at UNCG.
Katie grew up in a military family – she graduated high school in Lima, Peru. Afterwards she moved to Raleigh to attend North Carolina State University for their dual-degree program, the Jefferson Scholars.
She graduated valedictorian in 2015 with degrees in English and in Biology. As an undergraduate Katie worked as an editor and writer for the school newspaper, the Technician – one of her favorite interviews was with the world champion lumberjack. In order to pursue a career in genetic counseling she worked as a teaching assistant for Genetics at NC State and she gained crisis counseling experience volunteering on a Raleigh crisis line, Hopeline.
She also had the opportunity to work as a Navy Medical Research Center intern for two summers where she analyzed blood samples, and she shadowed with prenatal and pediatric genetic counselors. After graduating Katie worked as an Operations Coordinator at Copernicus Group Independent Review Board (CGIRB), contributing to the company’s overall mission of protecting human subjects in clinical research by updating informed consent documents.
Her hobbies include chasing Pokémon, board games, writing impressively cheesy screenplays, and annoying her fat cat Lila Rose. Katie would be happy to answer any questions about genetic counseling or the program here at UNCG – feel free to email her !
Kim is from Roanoke, Virginia where she maintains close relationships with friends from elementary school. She graduated from the University of Virginia in three years with a B.A in Biology and a Bioethics minor.
Throughout her undergraduate degree she volunteered in community outreach programs such as Hotline, Blue Ridge Women’s Center and Recreational Therapy. She also taught individuals in both Roanoke and Charlottesville the English language.
In addition, she shadowed both prenatal and cancer genetic counselors to solidify her love for the profession. Her motivation comes from the hard work she sees in her parents and the immense love they provide to her. In her free time, she maintains her relationships with friends, family, roommate, and 9-year-old puppy.
She loves to be active in many ways such as biking, running, and general horseplay, and recently was granted the privilege of being Godmother to her friend’s first son, Tristen. She would be delighted to discuss genetic counseling, UNCG, or Greensboro.