Alexandra Bowen

Alexandra BowenAlexandra is from Fairfax, Virginia. She graduated from James Madison University in 2018 with a double major in psychology and writing, rhetoric, and technical communication. After graduation, she worked for a private educational company as a special education teacher and tutor. During this time, she discovered genetic counseling and worked to complete prerequisites she needed for her application. She interned with the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia during her second post-graduation year, and she also volunteered at a memory care facility for a hospice organization in Northern Virginia. She is very interested in pediatric genetic counseling, and she chose Rutgers because of the excellent faculty, warm sense of community in the program, and the Rutgers LEND program which she will be joining in 2021.

 

Sydney Clevenger

Sydney ClevengerSydney is from Roxbury, New Jersey. She graduated from Susquehanna University in 2019, where she majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she was a teaching assistant for Organismal Biology, a laboratory monitor, and a tutor for General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. She also worked as a substitute teacher at her local high school. After graduation, Sydney worked as a Genetic Counseling Assistant for Genescreen, where she collaborated with genetic counselors in preconception fertility genetics. Sydney chose Rutgers GCMP because she felt at home while spending time with the program leadership and current students. She also appreciated that Rutgers offers the opportunity to participate in many specialty clinics and an industry rotation.

 

Cali Fitzgerald

Cali FitzgeraldCali is from Manorville, New York. She graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 2020 and majored in Biology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience and a certificate in Genomic Medicine. She was a member of Temple's Honors Program as well as the Science Scholars Program. As an undergraduate, she worked in a neuroscience lab, as a wellness center peer educator, and as a crisis counselor through Crisis Text Line. During the summer, she also worked as a teaching assistant in a special education classroom where she enjoyed supporting children with various disabilities. Cali chose Rutgers because of the dedicated leadership as well as the diverse clinical rotations at prestigious medical and industry locations. She also feels that the program leaders personalize their students' education to ensure they are prepared for their future careers. Cali will be one of three genetic counseling fellows in 2021 NJ LEND.

 

Molly Fitzpatrick

Molly FitzpatrickMolly is from originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Sustainability Studies. As an undergraduate, Molly worked as a statistics teaching assistant and participated in research investigating disease ecology within salamander populations. After graduation, she worked as a genetic counseling assistant at PWNHealth where she learned how genetic counseling plays a role for patients who order consumer-initiated genetic testing. Molly chose to attend Rutgers because of the diverse clinical and specialty site opportunities and the strong sense of community she felt from the students and faculty.

 

Kylie Katz

Kylie Katz

Kylie is from Ocean Township, NJ. She graduated from Cornell University in 2020 where she majored in biological sciences and minored in psychology. While there she volunteered at the Mental Health Association of Thompkins County and did research on female meiotic drive in fruit flies. She chose Rutgers because of the many interesting rotation sites and the inclusion of an industry rotation.

 

Julianne McGinnis

Julianne McGinnis

Julianne grew up in Long Valley, New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University where she majored in Biology and minored in Animal Science. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant where she studied the role of oxytocin in mouse behavior. She also participated in various volunteer activities including working as a confidential sexual violence advocate and doing therapy with a child with ASD. After graduation, Julianne started working as a lab manager/ research assistant at a neuroscience lab located at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey where she is also currently doing research on Tourette’s disorder for her master’s thesis. Julianne chose to return to Rutgers for her graduate degree because of the amazing leadership and the diverse clinical rotation opportunities.

 

Kelsey Reynolds

Kelsey ReynoldsKelsey is from Mount Olive, New Jersey. She graduated from Towson University in 2019 and majored in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics. As an undergraduate she researched the relationship between diet and epigenetic changes in cancer cells along with shadowing genetic counselors and volunteering for the Crisis Text Hotline. After graduation she spent a year working as a Genetic Counseling Assistant at New Jersey Perinatal Associates. She chose Rutgers because of the long clinical rotations where she can build connections with her supervisors along with being exposed to industry rotations in her final semester. Most helpful in her final decision making was the inviting, supportive community that she felt welcomed into immediately and is excited to contribute to.

 

Carly Scarborough

Carly Scarborough

Carly is from Hickory, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington in 2017 with a BS in Biology and minor in Psychology. As an undergrad, she spent time shadowing a prenatal genetic counselor and worked in a Virology lab for her undergraduate research. After graduation, she moved to Maryland where she worked as a Genetic Counseling Assistant for the Cardiogenetics program at GeneDx and also spent time volunteering with Artstream, an inclusive theater arts company in the area, and as a coach for Girls on the Run. In 2019, she moved to Philadelphia and worked as a Genetic Counseling Assistant for the Mitochondrial Medicine team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Carly chose Rutgers because she felt at home with the program staff and is very excited to begin her training to become a genetic counselor and figure out what specialty interests her the most.

 

Sarah Trackman

Sarah Trackman

Sarah is from Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2019, where she majored in Genetics and completed the Genetic Counseling Certificate Program. She was also involved in the honors college, did research in a maize lab, and was a peer tutor. After graduation, she worked as a genetic counseling assistant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In her free time she loves going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with her cats. Sarah is excited to continue to her education at Rutgers. She chose Rutgers because of the dedicated faculty and diverse rotation opportunities.

 

Eva Vailionis

Eva VailionisEva is from the Bay Area in Northern California. She graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2018, majoring in genetics and genomics and minoring in sociology. After graduation, she spent two years in Dallas, Texas working as a genetic counseling assistant at UT Southwestern in a high-volume cancer genetics clinic, where she served patients at a wide variety of local hospitals. While in Dallas, she also volunteered with the local Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) Affiliate, working as a support group leader for 2 support groups around the DFW area. In addition to all the great rotation and scholastic opportunities at Rutgers, Eva's interest in Huntington's Disease led her to the RUGCMP. She has joined the NJ HDSA chapter as a committee member and is excited to further her involvement in HD by rotating at the regional HD clinic and learning more about medical genetics through her classwork.