Meet the Program

Members of the leadership team of the UPenn MSGC program
Lisa Kessler, Kathleen Valverde, Laura Conway & Jo MacKenzie

The leadership, faculty members, clinical supervisors and researchers in genetics and genetic counseling who work with the UPenn MSGC program have extensive experience in Genetic Counseling education.  They are passionate about their work and committed to providing  the best possible education to their students, to offering outstanding experiences in research and clinical training, and to preparing 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
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     215-573-3777
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  • Laura J. Conway, PhD, LCGC

    Laura J. Conway, PhD, LCGC

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

    Lisa J. Kessler, MS, LCGC

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

    Ian D. Krantz, MD

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

    Jo MacKenzie, MA

    Academic Coordinator
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     215-573-5040
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Institutional Leadership and 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
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  • Emma A. Meagher, MD

    Emma A. Meagher, MD

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

    Donna McDonald-McGinn, MS, LCGC

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

    Advisory Committee

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  • Working Committees

    Working Committees

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Course Directors and Instructors

  • Tanya Bardakjian, MS, LCGC

    Tanya Bardakjian, MS, LCGC

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

    Erica Schindewolf Bobenchik, MS, LCGC

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

    Dana Farengo Clark, MS, LCGC

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

    Elizabeth T. DeChene, MS, LCGC

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

    Holly Dubbs, MS, LCGC

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

    Matthew C. Dulik, PhD, DABMG

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

    Rose Giardine, MS, LCGC

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

    Elizabeth McCormick, MS, LCGC

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

    Danielle McKenna, MS, LCGC

    Co-director, Cancer Genetics course
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  • 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
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  • Rebecca Mueller, PhD, LCGC

    Rebecca Mueller, PhD, LCGC

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

    Colleen Clarke Muraresku, MS, LCGC

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

    Jacquelyn Powers, MS, LCGC

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

    Sarah Raible, MS, LCGC

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

    Cara Skraban, MD

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

    Lewis J. Waber, MD, PhD

    Course Director, Mechanisms of Disease
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Lead Clinical Supervisors

  • Rose Giardine, MS, LCGC

    Rose Giardine, MS, LCGC

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

    Beth Keena, MS, LCGC

    Senior Site Coordinator, Children's Hosital of Philadelphia
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