Newsletter New Students
Welcome To Our New Students
Birmingham native Hannah Eckl earned a B.S. in Biology from UAB. Her interests include Birmingham Crisis Center volunteer counselor, UAB Hospital volunteer, Callahan Eye Hospital technician, Camp Winnatoska staff member, Links-Up mentor for inner city children. Shadowed genetic counselors in cancer and general genetics clinics.
Birmingham native Jenny Morgan earned a B.S. in Education from Auburn University and an M.S. in Medical Science from UAB. Her interests and volunteer efforts include volunteer crisis counselor, mathematics writer and editor, tutor, academic support specialist and teacher, community outreach development program coordinator and instructor, math and science teacher.
Pensacola, Florida native Tabby Perry earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Alabama. Her interests and volunteer efforts include Biology 101 teaching assistant, undergraduate researcher (PCRbased production of microRNA sponges), volunteer for Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS), Relay for Life committee member. Completed prenatal genetic counseling internship at Sacred Heart Hospital, shadowed in pediatric and cancer genetics.
Kalamazoo, Michigan native Rebecca Shapiro earned a B.A. in Biology from Kalamazoo College. Her interests and volunteer efforts include undergraduate teaching assistant, research assistant at Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Kalamazoo College and Wayne State University, Gryphon Place Crisis Intervention Call Center volunteer. Genetic counseling intern in cytogenetics, cancer and prenatal genetics.
Lawrenceville, Georgia native Brandon Shaw earned a B.S. in Spanish from the University of Georgia. His interests and volunteer efforts include primary science teacher at a British-Peruvian international school in Trujillo, Peru, English professor at Universidad Cesar Vallejo, Vive Peru volunteer (community outreach in areas of education, healthcare and mentoring). Genetic counseling shadowing experience.
Collierville, Tennessee native Andrea Stacy earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University. Her interests and volunteer efforts include teaching assistant in Dept. of Experimental Statistics, research assistant at LSU Museum of Natural Science, Memphis Crisis Center Hotline volunteer, residence life peer mentor. Shadowing experience in pediatric, prenatal, cancer, and pediatric cancer genetics.
Cartersville, Georgia native Caitlin Wright earned a B.S. in Biology from Kennesaw State University. Her interests and volunteer efforts include neurodevelopmental teacher for Jacob's Ladder (center for children with special needs), AID Atlanta (STD/AIDS Hotline) volunteer, camp counselor for children with muscular dystrophy. Gained shadowing experience in prenatal, cancer, and pediatric genetics.
Newsletter Faculty Updates
UAB Genetic Counseling Faculty Updates
- We are thrilled to welcome Jessica Johnson Denton ('13) to our faculty as of January 2015. Jessica impressed us so much as a student that we recruited her back to UAB as an assistant professor. Jessica has a full teaching load and helps with program administrative work as well. She is an enthusiastic addition, and we’re so happy to have her and her ideas on board!
- We are pleased to announce successful certification of Catherine Potente (‘14), Aimee Brown, and Ashley Cannon (’15) and welcome them as new primary supervisors at UAB.
- We are sad to announce that Meagan Cochran (’12) and Chandni Khudai have both accepted jobs elsewhere over the last year. We wish them luck in their new jobs. You’ll find Meagan at Hudson Alpha in Huntsville (along with Whitley Kelley (‘15))and Chandni in Chicago!.
- We are happy to welcome Dana Hollenbeck (‘13) downstairs into the UAB clinical genetic counseling group. The cytogenetics lab will miss her sorely!
- We are happy to welcome (back) our new Biochemical Laboratory Director, Dr. Daniel Sharer
- We are excited to announce the birth of Joseph, born May 29, 2015 to proud parents Christina and Brian Hurst. Lots of pictures to be found on Facebook!
- We are excited to announce the birth of Barrett, born May 6, 2015 to proud parents Fallon and Scott Brewer (and proud big sisters Presley and Chloe).
- We are thrilled to welcome Ashley Cannon ('15) to our faculty as an instructor.
- We are excited to announce a new partnership with Hudson Alpha, which will allow UAB students the opportunity to do a mini-rotation there over the summer.
Newsletter Alumni Updates
UAB Genetic Counseling Alumni UpdatesThe UAB Genetic Counseling Alumni employment rate remains at 100%!
An updated list on where you can find your fellow Blazers is online at: http://www.uab.edu/msgc
- Samantha (Avery) Stover (‘12) is now officially settled in Houston (has a house and everything). However, she wasn’t too busy to contribute to a paper published this year — find it on PubMed in Prenatal Diagnosis — “Reproductive genetic counseling challenges associated with diagnostic exome sequencing in a large academic private reproductive genetic counseling practice.”
- Dana Hollenbeck (‘13) has a major event happening in her life in May! She is soon to be Mrs. Matthew Goodloe. Congratulations on her engagement!
- Ashley Runyon (‘15) also has news of an engagement! We’re excited for her as she plans her wedding.
- Emily Giles Wakefield (‘14) welcomed home Hazel (new puppy that her and Drew brought home this year). Emily is also an editor for the New Graduate column of Perspectives in Genetic Counseling.
- Crescenda Williams (‘15) has a case report published this year in AJMG-A! Congrats! Written with her UAB supervisors, it is entitled “Cleft palate in a patient with the nested 22q11.2 LCR C to D deletion."
- Several of our alumni had posters at NSGC this year. Congrats to Barbara Fuller (‘15), Whitley Kelley (‘15), Rachel Covington (‘14), and Crescenda Williams (‘15) for jobs well done.
- Allie Norse (‘13) has relocated to Portland, Oregon! We wish her congratulations on her new job, and hope we’ll get to see her at NSGC in Seattle next year!
- We are glad that Robin Davis (‘14) isn’t far away. She’s working at Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham—congrats on her job!
- Geoffrey Beek (‘13) presented at ACMG in Salt Lake City this past year, his presentation was titled: “Role of Genetic Counseling in a Multidisciplinary NF Clinic.”
Our Dearest Alumni,We’re so sorry it’s been a while since you last heard from UAB
But we hope this holiday newsletter will fill you all with glee!
There’s so much to be excited about, it’s difficult to begin.
For now I’ll do my best to summarize what you’ll find within
First up, here’s an anniversary announcement to make some of us feel old
This Fall marked the 5th year GC students arrived at the Green and Gold
And how do we find these students to train with us each year?
Let me hit you with some admissions stats that will knock you on your rear:
We had about 30 more applicants than we had the year before
Which means 77 prospective GCs were knocking on our door
Faculty, staff, counselors and students all helped with recruitment endeavors
Interviews were a great success, despite some inclement weather
Now that I mentioned counselors and faculty, there are some updates there
We bid farewell to Meagan C. and Chandni, who took positions elsewhere
Dana H. moved downstairs to the clinic where she sees patients of all sorts
And Ashley C. is now on faculty seeing patients and researching with Dr. Korf
I’ve also joined the UAB team, as I’m sure most of you have guessed
My role is to teach and help Christina with projects, admin, and the rest.
Are you wondering if things have changed in the clinic besides personnel?
Well our GCs are more in demand than ever; there is so much to tell:
Pediatric cancer, fetal anomalies, telemedicine, and adult cardio
Are all clinics staffed by our counselors to which our students now can go!
Now to brag on you alumni, for all your undertakings and accolades
You’re degree of awesomeness is so great, I could go on for days:
You’ve all been busy advancing your careers, and making names for yourselves
Giving presentations, presenting posters, and publishing articles to fill our shelves
Your accomplishments are many, and they make us so very proud
Thanks to you and your hard work, our program’s become well renowned.
Ok, now that I’ve tortured you enough with my rhymes so contrived
I’ll bring my prose to an end with an invitation to look inside.
So take the time to venture on, dear friends, for there’s much to read and see.
Farewell and Happy Holidays-signed your friends from UAB!
~ Jessica Johnson Denton, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor, UAB GC Program