CURRENT STUDENTS



Second Year Students

Lindsey Blakely graduated from Central Michigan University with a BS in Biomedical Sciences. As an undergraduate, she was awarded a research grant through a creative endeavors program where she conducted research on infertility using the ZWF1 gene in yeast. While attending CMU, she was treasurer on her greek board of executives, which organized events that fundraised for Susan G. Komen and breast cancer awareness programs. She volunteered at Common Ground Crisis hotline with a focus on mental illness and suicide intervention. Lindsey enjoys watching sports, running, spending time with family and friends, and cuddling with her two cats Ace and Simba.


Morgan Fisher graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2013 with a BS in Health Professions with Biology and Psychology minors.  During her time at GVSU, she gained advocacy experience through volunteering as a crisis counselor and assistant support group leader at the YWCA’s Domestic Crisis Center. She also volunteered at Planned Parenthood of North and West Michigan in the education department. Morgan had the opportunity to work with children with Down syndrome during her time working as a classroom assistant at East Child Care. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, being outdoors, spending time with friends, and watching sports.


Emily Henson graduated from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa with a BS as a triple major in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. She has volunteered at Gigi’s Playhouse coordinating activities for individuals with Down syndrome and served as House President of her dormitory providing support to residents. Emily has volunteered as a church camp counselor in the summers since graduating high school, and served as an organic chemistry laboratory assistant as well. She enjoys cooking, thrift-store shopping, exploring, and spending time with family and friends.


Laura Supplee graduated magna cum laude from University of Detroit Mercy in 2011 with a BS in Biology.  As an undergraduate, she was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and worked summers as an EMT.  She developed an interest in genetics early on while working in special education and had the opportunity to shadow genetic counselors in the metro-Detroit area and Ann Arbor.  She has volunteered for several years as a pregnancy options counselor and also at the Guidance Center’s Developmental Disabilities program where she assisted and developed group therapies.  In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, coaching soccer, tennis, and spending time with family and friends.

Emily VandenBoom graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in Brain and Cognitive Science in 2004.  Upon graduation, Emily worked in a neurogenetics laboratory of the NIH where she studied the function of the FEZ-1 gene in populations with schizophrenia.  Emily went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan, and although she went on to complete a general practitioner residency program and work as a dentist, Emily could not ignore her continued interest in the field of genetic counseling.  While in school she continues to volunteer with Hospice of Michigan, providing in-home respite care for those in need.  Emily also enjoys volunteering with a local animal shelter.  In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, doing crossword puzzles, skiing and going Up North. 

Melissa Zuteck graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a BS in Biology. During her time at the University of Detroit Mercy, she completed biochemistry research that focused on the stability of the enzyme polygalacturonase in the presence of various inhibiting factors. She also worked as a Direct Care Worker with individuals with developmental disabilities. Her volunteer experience includes volunteering at District and State Special Olympics, as well as working as a facilitator at Henry Ford’s SandCastles Grief Support Program. Melissa enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.


First Year Students


Courtney Attard graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 with a BS in Genomics and Molecular Genetics. Following graduation, she worked for the University of Michigan as a research technician and lab manager in laboratory that investigates the role POMC neurons play in appetite, metabolism and energy homeostasis. Courtney volunteered at the SafeHouse Center, a women’s shelter, as a children and youth advocate and support group co-facilitator. She also had the opportunity to shadow genetic counselors in Ann Arbor and Detroit which helped inform her decision to pursue genetic counseling. In her free time, she enjoys photography, biking and traveling.
Mitch Cunningham graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2013 with a BS in Genetic Engineering. He continued his studies at the Master’s level with coursework and client-based practice in clinical mental health counseling. This further education, along with his extensive work at Camp Ondessonk (a youth camp in Southern Illinois), increased his interest in pursuing a career that focuses on aspects of psychosocial life. During his undergraduate studies, Mitch worked in a plant toxicology lab studying selenium hyper-accumulation as well as a dental physiology lab where he lead a pilot study on the relationship between bruxism and the EMGs of craniofacial muscles in rodents. He also volunteered at The Women’s Safe House, a domestic violence shelter in Saint Louis, MO, helped out with the Special Olympics as a facilitator of their summer games, and was the captain of his Division I competitive cheerleading program. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, playing with his cat, Darren, and getting to know the city of Detroit.
Cassandra Latoni graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Biology from Saginaw Valley State University in 2012. As an undergraduate, she volunteered providing emotional support and resources to cancer patients and their family members through the Covenant Cancer Resource Center. Following graduation, Cassandra gained experience working as a case coordinator for a preimplantation genetic diagnosis laboratory. A Michigan native, she enjoys spending time outdoors, baking, reading, and spending time with family. 
Lindsay Lipe graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a BS in Zoology. After graduation, Lindsay worked at a chemical company in Ann Arbor. During this time, she gained advocacy experience volunteering as a group facilitator at Sandcastles grief support program for children. Lindsay job shadowed genetic counselors throughout the metro-Detroit area, which solidified her decision to pursue a career in genetic counseling. She also had the opportunity to spend a semester at Long Island University studying genetic counseling. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is an animal lover. She also enjoys watching Michigan State football and basketball.
Rachel McCauley graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint Honors Scholar Program in 2014 with a BS in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. During her undergraduate studies, she completed a research project aiming to clone the GDF-15 gene. She also worked as a volunteer at Beaumont's Cancer Genetics Program to gain valuable insight into the genetic counseling profession. To gain advocacy experience, Rachel volunteered at Safe House Center, a domestic violence shelter and hotline in Ann Arbor, MI. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing the piano and outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, and sledding.
Stefanie Turner graduated magna cum laude from Central Michigan University in 2013 with a BS in Biomedical Science. During her undergraduate studies she was the captain of the women’s varsity soccer team as well as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee that encouraged student athletes to get involved in community outreach such as Adopt-A-Family and the annual Food Drive. Following graduation, Stefanie worked as a behavioral technician for an autism therapy center and volunteered as a facilitator for a children’s grief support group in the metro Detroit area. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on adventures, and playing sports.




Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
Wayne State University School of Medicine
2375 Scott Hall
540 E. Canfield Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Administrative Office:
(313) 577-6298
Fax: (313) 577-9137
Email: geneticcounseling@med.wayne.edu
Webmaster: webmaster@genetics.wayne.edu

 

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