2018 Award Recipient
Debera “Debbie” Harris Zvejnieks, M.S., C.G.C., class of 1992, is a native of Lancaster,
S.C., and a board-certified genetic counselor. She worked at Palmetto Helath - USC
Genetic Counseling and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for six years.
She practices prenatal genetic counseling.
Previously, Zvejnieks worked for Greenwood Genetic Center as a DDSN coordinator and
held prenatal genetic counseling positions at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah,
Ga., and at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Co.
Debbie has been actively involved with the USC Genetic Counseling program Advisory
Board for five years. She also currently works with genetic counseling students to
promote awareness of the program and encourage community collaboration and volunteerism.
She serves or has served on numerous community Boards including the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Artists for Africa, the Columbia
Museum of Art, the Columbia City Ballet, EdVenture Children’s Museum and the Junior
League of Columbia. She also helps manage, along with her husband Peter, the Zvejnieks
Foundation of South Carolina.