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Zeirhut named top volunteer

Genetic counseling graduate program associate director recognized for volunteer contributions to national professional organization.

Heather Zierhut, teaching assistant professor and associate director of the Genetic Counseling graduate program has been awarded the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Award. The annual award recognizes members who have made exceptional contributions through volunteerism to NSGC and go above and beyond what is expected of them.

Zierhut has been active in NSGC and received the organization's New Leader Award in 2009. She was a member of the organization's Public Policy committee for eight years and leads the Access and Service Delivery subcommittee and the Genetic Counseling Outcomes Working Group. Zierhut also co-founded the Minnesota chapter of NSGC. One of her nominators said ā€œHeather is both a leader and a doer. She is an outstanding example of someone who is doing a lot of heavy lifting to further the field of genetic counseling."