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Class of 2018

Tom Felton completed his bachelor’s degree in Biology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. While at Carleton College he worked as a research assistant in a plant genetics lab, lifeguarded and played college soccer. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, boating, traveling to new places, and cooking.

 

Kelly Stedman is originally from the Stillwater, MN area. In 2011 she graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. During undergraduate she volunteered at a food shelf and battered women's shelter. Guided by a passion for cancer research she graduated from the University of Minnesota in December 2012 with a Master of Science degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology with a research thesis on phosphatase expression in subtypes of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Most recently, she has managed an educational lab at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and served as an adjunct faculty at Saint Paul College teaching General Biology and Microbiology. She has also volunteered at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. In her free time she enjoys time with her husband and pets, playing the marimba, and spending time on the St. Croix River. 

Cheyenne Dewey grew up in San Ramon, California, and has since found her home in the Pacific Northwest. In 2016 she graduated with honors from the University of Puget Sound with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Spanish. In college she enjoyed molecular biology research on the microbial communities of high-sulfide habitats in Puget Sound and jobs as a chemistry course assistant and peer tutor. While studying abroad, she was able to explore her passion for science bilingually through an internship in a microbiology lab in Madrid, Spain. She hopes to connect science and communication for patients through genetic counseling and to continue her volunteer work with BRIDGES and Camp Erin in grief support for children and their families. In her free time, you can find Cheyenne dancing every style she can find, from Fusion and Salsa to Contemporary and Hip Hop.

Jerri Cheung graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology. She was born in Hong Kong and moved to the States as a child. During her undergrad, she was a tutor for the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. She is also trained as a Client Caseworker for the American Red Cross and a Swing-Bed Patients Activity Coordinator at Summit Pacific Medical Center in Washington State. Outside of school, Jerri enjoys drinking tea, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing video games and watching football. 

Anna Rae Shelley grew up in the small town of Jefferson, IA. She graduated magna cum laude in December of 2015 from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she was involved in Psi Chi, Psychology Club, research in a psycholinguistics lab, and was an officer and member of Orchesis Dance Company. She worked as a respite care provider for families of children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, at Student Disability Services, and at Care Initiatives Hospice as a Patient Services Volunteer. During her last semester, she completed an internship with a genetic counselor in the Family Cancer Risk Program at Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines, IA. After graduating, she continued her work in respite care and began working in a memory care house for the elderly who suffer from early to late stage dementia. In her free time she enjoys being active, cooking, reading, and going to live music shows.

Alex Holcomb is originally from Dallas, Texas and graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (and a minor in History) in 2014. After graduation, she volunteered at a domestic violence center answering the hotline and interfacing with clients and worked as a genetic counselor assistant, with cancer genetic counselors, at the UT Southwestern medical center in Dallas. Alex is an avid reader and podcast listener who enjoys baking, cooking, all things Harry Potter, and yoga.

Veronica Greve is originally from Western Michigan and received her B.S. in Molecular Genetics and Genomics from Michigan State University in 2014. During that time, she worked as an undergraduate research assistant in a biochemistry lab focused on plant signaling as well as trained and volunteered as a hotline advocate on the Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention team. After graduation, Veronica continued researching plant phenotyping for Michigan State from Ithaca. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and attempting to improve her culinary skills.

Rachel Saunders grew up in Denver, Colorado.  In 2013, she graduated with a degree in Biology from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.  As an undergraduate, Rachel played Varsity Women's Soccer and volunteered with Special Olympics.  After graduating, Rachel moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she worked in the laboratory at a chemical manufacturing company.  She also spent time working as a Healthcare Access Advocate at The Arc Greater Twin Cities, an advocacy organization that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  She currently serves on the leadership committee of the GenYWCA, an organization that works to connect young professionals to the YWCA's mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, playing soccer, hiking the Colorado 14ers and being outdoors.

 

Kate Holzer, originally from New Ulm, Minnesota, graduated in 2011 with a degree in Biology from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University. While there, she was employed as a biology Teaching Assistant. After graduation, she worked in a molecular laboratory in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Minnesota performing RNA extraction and polymerase chain reactions to detect genetic material of viruses in animal samples. She also volunteered as a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center, as a Resource Counseling Advocate at a domestic violence shelter, and as a coach with Special Olympics. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, exploring the Twin Cities, and being outdoors during the nice days in Minnesota!

Kelsey Moriarty is originally from Houston, Texas, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Baylor University (Sic’em!). While at Baylor she worked on undergraduate research projects and was on the leadership team for Beta Beta Beta biological honors society. From 2014-2016 Kelsey was a research assistant at MD Anderson Cancer Center focusing on T cell therapy for lymphoma. During this time, she also volunteered with Crisis Intervention of Houston as a counselor on the hotline. She also volunteers with SIRE to help people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys reading, walking her pug and eating chocolate.

 

 

 

Class of 2017

Divya Ramachandra finished her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has lived in Madison, Wisconsin but grew up in California. She did research on the impacts of short-term medical missions in foreign countries and how we are best able to set up sustainable and effective partnerships with healthcare facilities across the world. She would like to continue that research by looking at how genetic counseling services can be integrated into places that do not have them. In her spare time she likes to go hiking, watch international movies, play Catan and snuggle with her bird.

Mike Suguitan was born in the Philippines, and immigrated to Illinois in his teens. He completed his B.A. in Integrative Biology and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his undergraduate, he took on several responsibilities as a Resident Advisor, a Sexual Health Peer Educator, and a Research Assistant. After graduation, he moved to a Native American Reservation in Zuni, NM to teach Math and Science. He also has experience working with patients in crisis at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare Systems. His hobbies include coffee, cooking, running, and enjoying nature.

Elisabeth Wurtmann earned a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College, in Northfield, MN and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Yale University.  She continued her research training in molecular biology and genomics as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, WA.  While there, she was supported by a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award and studied how gene regulation generates changes in cell physiology.  Most recently, she has taught human biology as an associate faculty member at Cascadia College in Bothell, WA.  She has volunteered as an advocate to homeless youth through the Teen Feed organization, as a Science Communications Fellow at the Pacific Science Center, and as the leader of a volunteer group that serves meals to the homeless.  She is eager to train as a genetic counselor to help bring genomic medicine to patients.

Jessa Humanski is originally from the small town of Carpentersville in Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development from the University of Minnesota. During her time at The University of Minnesota she was a research assistant and student intern for Heather Zierhut, PhD, MS, CGC. She contributed to projects of Fanconi Anemia and Familial Hypercholesterolemia. She was also an undergraduate teaching assistant for Foundations of Biology and a volunteer for Care Partners at The University of Minnesota's Masonic Children's Hospital. In her free time, Jessa enjoys running, dancing, singing, reading, and supporting the Blackhawks.

Megan Yoho is from the rural town of Cameron in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. In 2013 she graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Biology. While at WVU she participated in undergraduate research studying the effects of various CKII levels in Drosophila. She also trained and volunteered as a counselor in a crisis pregnancy center. After graduation, she worked as a Clinical Assistant on a labor and delivery unit. During warm months you can find her hiking with her dog, and in the winter she enjoys downhill skiing.

 

Kathryn (KT) Curry earned her B.S. in Psychology with a Business minor from Eastern Oregon University. She grew up in Portland, Oregon but at 18 moved to New York City to dance with the Radio City Rockettes. After 8 years with the company she is ready for the exciting field of genetic counseling. Over the past couple of years she has volunteered at Gigi's Playhouse in Harlem, a Down syndrome community center. In her free time she enjoys backpacking, hiking, and all things outdoors (and cats)!

 

Katie Plamann is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire where she received her B.S. in Biology and Psychology. As an undergraduate student she completed a bioinformatics research project in a plant genetics lab as well as research in an individual differences and evolutionary psychology lab. During her time in Eau Claire, she completed an internship at a domestic abuse and sexual assault shelter as a victim advocate. Being born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, she is an avid Packers fan who enjoys spending time outdoors.

 

John Zimmerman is originally from West St. Paul, MN. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in Biology in 2012. During his undergraduate career, John served as the student leader of a peer mentor organization and interned with the Chicago Department of Public Health on their West Nile virus program. Following graduation, John worked at Reproductive Genetic Innovations (RGI) in Northbrook, IL, where he assisted genetic counselors in the coordination of PGD cases. John is an avid podcast listener and also enjoys cooking and reading.