Nataly Abrams

Nataly Abrams

Nataly is from Southwest Florida and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2016, majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She then went on to go to Florida State University and graduated with an M.S. in Psychobiology in 2019. During this time, Nataly researched different neurological disorders and looked for ways to mitigate them. After graduation, Nataly went on to work as a residential counselor at a domestic violence shelter where she also advocated for victims of sexual assault. Nataly is very excited to attend Rutgers because she believes there she will be able to help many people with a supportive faculty guiding her training.
Madison Burns

Madison Burns

Madi is originally from Horsham, PA, which is about 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia. She graduated from Penn State University in Spring of 2020 and majored in Biobehavioral Health. After graduation, she moved to Dallas, TX to work at UT Southwestern Medical Center in their Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center as a GCA. Madi has research interests in the LGBTQA+ community in healthcare and how overall experiences can be improved. She also has research interests in what patients do to manage their healthcare after they receive their genetic test results. Madi chose RUGCMP because she immediately felt like she was a part of a family and was hooked on all of the different opportunities to get involved inside and outside of the program.
Sarah Goldshteyn

Sarah Goldshteyn

Sarah is from Old Bridge, New Jersey.  She graduated from Rutgers University in 2021 where she majored in genetics and minored in psychology. During undergrad she served as president of the Association of Undergraduate Geneticists and was a peer mentor for the College Support Program. Sarah also completed the Genetic Counseling Certificate Program during undergrad and volunteered for a Crisis Text Line. She chose Rutgers because she had already fallen in love with the university! Sarah also had the opportunity to audit one of the second-year courses during her senior year and experienced first-hand how the program leadership interacted with the students. It was clear how much they cared for their students and that only strengthened her interest in the program!
Julia Keisling

Julia Keisling

Julia is from DeWitt, Michigan. She graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 2020 where she majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During her time at Hope, Julia was a biology tutor and an organic chemistry teaching assistant. She also volunteered with Hospice of Holland and spent her summers working for the Michigan Public Health Institute. Since graduation, Julia has enjoyed working as a genetic counselor assistant at the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit and serving as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line. She chose Rutgers because of the connection she felt with the program leadership and the unique clinical rotations. She can't wait to explore New Jersey.
Jordan Mattingly

Jordan Mattingly

Jordan Mattingly is originally from Warwick, New York. She graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2019 and 2021, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a Master of Public Health, respectively. While completing coursework for her MPH program, Jordan also interned for the Newborn Blood Spot Screening Program through the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. Through her internship, Jordan was able to understand the newborn screening process from the perspective of a genetic counselor and from the perspective of a parent, which further confirmed her career goal. Jordan chose to continue her education at Rutgers because she felt a connection with the program leadership and faculty during her interview and thought that the program would have the best and most diverse opportunities for her education.
Bailey Meibos

Bailey Meibos

Bailey Meibos is from Hooper, Utah. She graduated from Weber State University in 2019 where she majored in microbiology and nutrition education. After graduation, Bailey worked as a GCA in pediatric neurology and was involved with personalized medicine research. She also volunteered with the National PKU Alliance as a mentor for adults with PKU. Bailey is interested in infertility and improving access to genetic care. Bailey chose to attend Rutgers because of the supportive faculty and the collaborative atmosphere among the students.
Kaitlyn O’Connor

Kaitlyn O’Connor

Katie is from Oceanside, New York and graduated from the University of New Haven in 2018 with bachelor degrees in Forensic Science and Biology, and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. After graduating, Katie worked in an immunology lab at Albert Einstein College of Medicine focusing on HIV research. While working, she had the opportunity to volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association as a support group facilitator and with the pediatric genetics team at Montefiore, aiding in a research study involving Whole Genome Sequencing as a first-tier testing option. Katie chose Rutgers because of the sense of community and support she felt from the faculty and current students and because of the opportunities that come with attending a small program within a large institution!
Julianne Ricca

Julianne Ricca

Julie Ricca is from Allendale, New Jersey. She graduated from William & Mary in 2021, where she majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she worked as a teaching assistant for Molecular Cell Biology, a Student Career Advisor at the William & Mary Career Center, a confidential peer advocate for survivors of sexual assault and harassment, and as a crisis counselor through Crisis Text Line. During the summer before her senior year, she completed an internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a patient care coordinator. Julie chose to attend Rutgers for the phenomenal reputation and opportunities for strong connections with faculty and local medical professionals. She immediately felt supported and comfortable with the program faculty and leadership. This program is successful, student centered, and forward thinking and educates students to become genetic counselors able to advocate for, support, and empower people to be in control of their lives and health.
Ruhi Shah

Ruhi Shah

Ruhi Shah is from East Brunswick, New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2019 with a major in Genetics and a minor in psychology. Following graduation, she worked at biotechnology companies conducting research related to personalized medicine, shadowed genetic counselors at several hospitals throughout New Jersey, and volunteered as a Crisis Counselor. She then went on to complete her master’s in public health with a concentration in healthcare quality and safety at Thomas Jefferson University. Through this program, she has interned at a rare disease patient advocacy organization known as Congenital Hyperinsulinism International (CHI) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at New Jersey. She chose Rutgers University because of its diverse rotation opportunities and its welcoming faculty. Ruhi is excited to be starting her genetic counseling journey at Rutgers and to learn more about this ever-growing field.
Erik Strandberg

Erik Strandberg

Erik is from Crystal Lake, Illinois. He graduated from Michigan Technological University in 2019, where he majored in Biological Sciences. As an undergraduate, Erik enjoyed studying genetics and began volunteering with Crisis Text Line soon after learning about the genetic counseling profession. Following graduation, Erik began learning more about the non-traditional side of genetic counseling when he moved to Wisconsin to begin working for PreventionGenetics as a Laboratory Genetic Counselor Assistant. During his time in Wisconsin, he also became a volunteer and coach for the Marshfield Area Special Olympics. Erik chose Rutgers because of the strong program leadership, diverse clinical rotations, and connection he felt with the program.