Meet the Program

The leadership, faculty, clinical supervisors and research mentors who work with the UPenn MSGC program have extensive experience in Genetic Counseling education.  The success of the graduates they have worked with reflects their commitment to provide the best possible education to their students, to offer outstanding experiences in research and clinical training and to prepare them to be successful professionals who will advance the field of genetic counseling.

Program Leadership

  • Kathleen Valverde, PhD, LCGC

    Kathleen Valverde, PhD, LCGC

    Program Director
     Email
     215-573-3777
  • Laura J. Conway, PhD, LCGC

    Laura J. Conway, PhD, LCGC

    Associate Director
     Email
     215-573-7949
  • Lisa J. Kessler, MS, LCGC

    Lisa J. Kessler, MS, LCGC

    Assistant Director
     Email
     215-573-7561
  • Ian D. Krantz, MD

    Ian D. Krantz, MD

    Medical Director
     Email
     215-590-2931
  • Jo MacKenzie, MA

    Jo MacKenzie, MA

    Academic Coordinator
     Email
     215-573-5040

Institutional Leadership and the Program Advisory Committee

  • Daniel J. Rader, MD

    Daniel J. Rader, MD

    Chair, Department of Genetics at PSOM and Chief, Division of Human Genetics and Metabolic Disease Program at CHOP
  • Emma A. Meagher, MD

    Emma A. Meagher, MD

    Associate Dean of Master’s Programs, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Donna McDonald-McGinn, MS, LCGC

    Donna McDonald-McGinn, MS, LCGC

    Senior Consultant for Professional Development and Genetic Counseling Practice
  • Advisory Committee

    Advisory Committee

    Click below to see the membership list and information about our 16 Advisory Committee members.

Course Directors and Instructors

  • Tanya Bardakjian, MS, LCGC

    Tanya Bardakjian, MS, LCGC

    Co-director, Medical Genetics course
  • Erica Schindewolf Bobenchik, MS, LCGC

    Erica Schindewolf Bobenchik, MS, LCGC

    Co-Director, Reproductive and Developmental Genetics course
  • Dana Farengo Clark, MS, LCGC

    Dana Farengo Clark, MS, LCGC

    Co-Director, Cancer Genetics course
  • Elizabeth T. DeChene, MS, LCGC

    Elizabeth T. DeChene, MS, LCGC

    Co-Director, Foundations in Clinical Genetics and Genomics course
  • Holly Dubbs, MS, LCGC

    Holly Dubbs, MS, LCGC

    Co-Director, Medical Genetics course
  • Matthew C. Dulik, PhD, DABMG

    Matthew C. Dulik, PhD, DABMG

    Co-Director, Foundations of Clinical Genetics and Genomics course
  • Rose Giardine, MS, LCGC

    Rose Giardine, MS, LCGC

    Co-Director, Reproductive and Developmental Genetics course
  • Elizabeth McCormick, MS, LCGC

    Elizabeth McCormick, MS, LCGC

    Co-Director for the Biochemical Genetics Module of the Medical Genetics Course
  • Danielle McKenna, MS, LCGC

    Danielle McKenna, MS, LCGC

    Co-director, Cancer Genetics course
  • Livija Medne, MS, LCGC

    Livija Medne, MS, LCGC

    Co-Director of the Foundations in Clinical Genetics and Genomics course and genetic counseling fellowship director for LEND
  • Rebecca Mueller, PhD, LCGC

    Rebecca Mueller, PhD, LCGC

    Course Director, Ethical Issues in Genetic Counseling
  • Colleen Clarke Muraresku, MS, LCGC

    Colleen Clarke Muraresku, MS, LCGC

    Co-director for the Biochemical Genetics Module of Medical Genetics
  • Jacquelyn Powers, MS, LCGC

    Jacquelyn Powers, MS, LCGC

    Co-Director, Cancer Genetics course
  • Sarah Raible, MS, LCGC

    Sarah Raible, MS, LCGC

    Co-Director, Medical Genetics course
  • Cara Skraban, MD

    Cara Skraban, MD

    Course Co-Director, Foundations of Clinical Genetics and Genomics
  • Lewis J. Waber, MD, PhD

    Lewis J. Waber, MD, PhD

    Course Director, Mechanisms of Disease

Lead Clinical Supervisors

  • Rose Giardine, MS, LCGC

    Rose Giardine, MS, LCGC

    Senior Clinical Site Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania
  • Beth Keena, MS, LCGC

    Beth Keena, MS, LCGC

    Senior Site Coordinator, Children's Hosital of Philadelphia