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Advisory Board

The mission of the Advisory Board is to assist in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the program as we advance the education of genetic counselors to meet the healthcare needs of South Carolina and beyond.

The Advisory Board is comprised of leaders in genetics, business and the community and serves to bring new perspectives to the table as they advise the program directors and School of Medicine administration in the evolution of the curriculum and program resources.

 

This program is so important to the state, the region and the nation. We need to ensure its strength and stability long into the future.

Dr. Sashi Pai, professor and clinicial geneticist, Medical University of South Carolina 

 

The Genetic Counseling Program Advisory Board works to:

  • support the mission of the Genetic Counseling Program;
  • support the program in continuous improvement of the curriculum;
  • be knowledgeable about the needs of the Genetic Counseling Program;
  • make recommendations to the program directors and School of Medicine administration where appropriate;
  • support the goal of increasing program resources, financial and otherwise;
  • promote the program as a state, regional and national resource.

 

Board Members

Aitchisona

Allison Aitchison, M.S.

Genetic Counseling Class of 1995

“I am proud to serve on the Advisory Board and the School of Medicine Alumni Association Board to promote awareness of the value of the Genetic Counseling Program to the University of South Carolina and our community and to promote enthusiasm and involvement among our alumni.”

Melissa Bennett

Melissa Bennett, M.S., CGC 

Clinical Director, Lab Management Program
Care Core National

“I serve on the advisory board to give back to the Genetic Counseling Program that has given so much to me. I want to help ensure the program's sustainability for the training of many more generations of genetic counselors. “

Rebecca Best

Rebecca C. Best 

Former Patient

“I know the value in the guidance and expertise of genetic counselors as well as the compassion that makes each patient feel educated to handle any situation.”

Karen Albiez Brooks

Karen Albiez Brooks, M.S., CGC

Genetic Counselor, South Carolina Oncology Associates

“It’s a privilege to serve on this board along with others whose goal it is to sustain and strengthen our USC Genetic Counseling Program.”

Judith Burgis

Judith T. Burgis, M.D.

Professor and Chair
USC SOM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 

“I serve this board to support the Division of Genetic Counseling as we incorporate new applications and developments in genomic education and clinical practice. “

Phyllis Dennis

Phyllis Dennis, RN

Community Leader

 
Janice Edwards

Janice G. Edwards. M.S. CGC

Clinical Professor and Director
USC School of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program

“It is an honor to work with this well-informed group of advisors to strengthen the curriculum as we prepare genetic counselors for the future of genetic medicine.”

David Everman

David Everman, M.D.

Medical Director, USC Genetic Counseling Program
Associate Clinical Geneticist, Greenwood Genetic Center

“The Advisory Board will help ensure that the distinguished Genetic Counseling Program at USC continues to produce top notch genetic counselors that will be so integral to the future of medicine.”

Emily Jordon

Emily Jordon, M.S., CGC

Assistant Program Director
USC School of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program

Libby Malphrus

Libby Malphrus, M.S., CGC

Genetic Counselor, Savannah Perinatology

 

G. Shashidhar Pai

G. Shashidhar Pai M.D., FACMG 

Clinical Geneticist
Medical University of SC

“Work done for no personal gain is far superior to any other kind of work.”

Shannon Pooser

Shannon Pooser

Former Patient &
Community Philanthropist

“I am passionate about educating others about genetic counseling; genetics impacts families everywhere.”

Cristi Radford

Cristi Radford, M.S., CGC

Alumna, Self-Employed

“I serve on this board to give back to the program that educated me and to help prepare genetic counselors for the constantly evolving workforce.”

Andrea Sellers

Andrea Sellers, M.S., CGC

Assistant Director of Education Outreach
USC Genetic Counseling Program

“I work to ensure the USC Genetic Counseling Program is as strong as possible for future generations of genetic counselors.”

Steven Skinner

Steven A. Skinner, M.D.

Director, Greenwood Genetic Center

“The USC Genetic Counseling Program is a valuable resource for our state that continues to produce high quality genetic counselors who are meeting a priority need in South Carolina.”

J.T. Thornhill

J.T. Thornhill, M.D.

Associate Dean, Medical Education & Academic Affairs

“As genetics and genetic counseling take on an increasing role in health care, I am honored to be a part of a group looking to educate and train the next generation of healthcare professionals in these important areas.”

Courtney Truluck

Courtney J Truluck

Former Patient

“To serve on the advisory board is such a unique honor. Previously, with the guidance and support of USC Genetic Counseling and its counselors, I was given the opportunity to make a very informed and personal decision about my future health.”

Debera Zvejnieks

Debera Zvejnieks, M.S., CGC

Certified Genetic Counselor

“As a graduate of the USC Genetic Counseling Program, I support the program that has enabled me to successfully pursue my career through various transitions and geographical relocations. This program is a tremendous asset for South Carolina and the southeast, both to the medical community and to the population served.”