Second Year Students

Amanda Bartenbaker graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a BS in Molecular Genetics and Genomics. During her undergraduate studies, she performed research on hypoxia inducible factor-1a, which is a transcription factor involved in the presentation of Hard Metal Lung Disease. Outside of academia, she was a member of the baritone section in the Spartan Marching Band and volunteered as a crisis counselor for the Listening Ear Crisis Hotline in East Lansing. She currently enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing piano and euphonium, walking and training her chocolate lab - Leo, snowboarding, watersports, and watching Spartan football

Kelly Burgess graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a BS in Medical Technology.  After working at a summer camp with kids with special needs, she became more interested in a career involving psychoscoial aspects that also included her love for the biological sciences.  She had the opportunity to job schadow genetic counselors at Michigan State, as well as in the metro-Detroit area, which solidified her decision to pursue a career in genetic counseling.  Since graduation, Kelly has volunteered with the Beaumont Cancer Genetics team and been working for a Biopharmaceutical company in their Clinical Research Department.  She has also gained advocacy experience through volunteering as a facilitator for a children's grief support group in the metro-Detroit area.  Kelly enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and playing and watching sports in her free time.

Sarah Campian graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Biology from Saginaw Valley State University in 2011. She has gained valuable experiences at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, employed as a data technician on a collaborative research study with the CDC and MDCH on Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome, and as an undergraduate student intern with the Cancer Genetics Program. Sarah has also volunteered for the Oakland County Youth Assistance program, assisting in counseling and mentor services for troubled kids, as well as for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Youth Leadership Institute and for the Special Olympics. Native to the Detroit metro area, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, being active, and watching the Detroit Red Wings.

Lisa Gillis graduated from York University in 2004 with an Honours BSc in Biotechnology.  She continued her studies at the University of Toronto where she earned her PhD in Medical Biophysics (Oncology) in 2012.  Her thesis work focused on proteins critical to blood development and leukemia.  Throughout her graduate studies Lisa worked as a residence advisor, and as a teaching assistant in genetics and human biology.  She also volunteered with Distress Centre Durham, a 24 hour crisis helpline, and with Let’s Talk Science, an outreach program designed to get children excited about science.  Lisa was born and raised in Prince Edward Island, Canada and currently lives in Windsor, Ontario.  In her spare time, she enjoys snowmobiling in the winter, boating in the summer, reading, travelling and cooking.

Ashley Port graduated magna cum laude from Grand Valley State University with a BS in Biology.  Following graduation, she had several job shadow experiences at Spectrum Health where she developed an enthusiasm for genetic counseling.  She furthered her knowledge as a volunteer with the genetics team at Spectrum Health, where she drew family pedigrees from patient information.  She gained advocacy experience volunteering for the Child Abuse Council of Muskegon as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the court system.  She also tutored at an after school program and coordinated high school students to volunteer in elementary school classrooms.  She loved her job as an aide in an early childhood special education classroom.  In her spare time, she loves going to the beach and spending time with family and friends. 

 Mary Schultz graduated from Oakland University in 2010 with a BA in Sociology. Having a strong curiosity in genetics, she minored in Biology and found genetic counseling to be a perfect mix of her interests. Since graduating she continued working at the hospital she has been employed at for five years. She is on the planning committee and volunteers as a companion for Camp Quality, a camp for children with cancer. Mary is a volunteer member at American Red Cross for their Disaster Action Team and Services to the Armed Forces group. She spent an Alternative Spring Break trip helping at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and was a member of Alpha Phi Omega. Mary enjoys spending time by the lakes watching freighters, Detroit sporting events, Zumba, road trips with friends, board games, concerts, and hanging out with her wonderful family.

First 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.

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


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