Karla R. Bowles, Ph.D., FACMG Senior Lab Director
Dr. Karla Bowles received her B.S. degree in biology from Purdue University, West Lafayette. She pursued her interests in human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, where she received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Human Genetics and also completed an ABMG fellowship in Clinical Molecular Genetics. Dr. Bowles has always had a strong interest in applying genetics to clinical practice in ways that can directly impact patient lives. She served as the Laboratory Director for the John Welsh Cardiovascular Diagnostic Laboratory, Baylor College of Medicine, for four years, where she established diagnostic genetic tests for inherited forms of pediatric heart disease. In 2006, Dr. Bowles and her family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she joined the dedicated professionals at Myriad Genetics. She is currently the Senior Laboratory Director and serves as the Director lead on the variant classification team.
Bradford Coffee, Ph.D., FACMG Laboratory Director
Dr. Coffee received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. After graduate school, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry and Clinical Genetics Laboratory training in the Department of Human Genetics at Emory University. After certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics in Clinical Molecular Genetics, he was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Genetics and Laboratory Director for Emory Genetics Laboratory in 2006. In 2011, he became a Senior Director of Emory Molecular Genetics Laboratory and Program Director for the Emory ABMG Clinical Laboratory Training Program. While at Emory, in addition to his duties as a Laboratory Director, he also was responsible for teaching of medical students, graduate students and genetic counseling students. He served on the Emory Institutional Review Board (IRB) and on the Advisory Board for the Genetics Counseling Training Program. He has had research grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Simons Foundation, and the FRAXA Research foundation, investigating the unique mutational mechanism of fragile X syndrome and the prevalence of the disease in the general population. He has authored greater than twenty peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters and has presented his research at regional, national and international meetings. In 2014, Dr. Coffee took a position at Myriad Genetics as a Laboratory Director. His major focus in his current position is overseeing variant classification and reclassification for Myriad.
Debora Mancini-DiNardo, Ph.D. FACMG Laboratory Director
Dr. Mancini-DiNardo joined Myriad as an Assistant Laboratory Director in August 2008. Received her B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Attended the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada where she obtained her Ph.D. in Zoology/Molecular Biology. Her graduate work centered on the analysis of methylation-mediated inactivation of tumor suppressors genes, including BRCA1. She subsequently became a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University in the laboratory of Dr. Shirley Tilghman where she studied the molecular basis of imprinting using mouse models. In 2006, she was a fellow in the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) Training Program in Clinical Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School. She became board-certified in 2009. One of her primary roles at Myriad is to review and report on the results of our clinical cases, but she is also heavily involved in maintaining and improving the high quality and accuracy of the clinical test results for our various test offerings. She is also very active in the implementation of new products and procedures into the laboratory, including the FDA–approved companion diagnostic test, BRACAnalysisCDx.
Heather Garren LaBreche, Ph.D., DABMG Assistant Laboratory Director
Dr. LaBreche hails from North Carolina where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then earned her doctorate from the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics for her work on blood-based biomarkers for early detection of breast cancer. Next her interest in clinical genetics led her to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics at the Duke University Health Systems Clinical Laboratories. Dr. LaBreche is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics in both Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics.
Matthew S. Comeaux Ph.D., FACMG Assistant Laboratory Director
Matthew joined Myriad as an Assistant Laboratory Director in August of 2014. He received his PhD. in Human Genetics from Tulane University School of Medicine in 2009, and holds a B.A in Liberal Arts and a B.S in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry from the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Matthew completed two fellowships at Baylor College of Medicine. The first was in biochemical genetics and the second was in molecular genetics. Matthew is a fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and is dual boarded in biochemical genetics and molecular genetics. Along with his role of ensuring test result accuracy, Matthew is involved in community genetic education through traveling and presenting genetics presentations to clinicians and genetic counselors. He is also involved with the Myriad quality assurance department.
Melanie Jones, Ph.D., FACMG Assistant Laboratory Director
Melanie joined Myriad as an Assistant Laboratory Director in July 2015. She obtained her PhD in Human Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University. She did postdoctoral research training at Emory University for one year. She completed her clinical molecular genetics and clinical cytogenetics fellowship training at Emory Genetics Laboratory and is currently board certified in both specialties. Before joining Myriad she held the position of Assistant Laboratory Director at Greenwood Genetic Center for one year. At Myriad Melanie is involved in various lab director responsibilities including reviewing and signing reports and laboratory operations. She is currently a member of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG).
Nanda Singh, Ph.D., FACMG Assistant Laboratory Director
Nanda joined Myriad as an Assistant Laboratory Director in August 2012. She graduated from the University of Utah and did two postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah. During her work as a postdoc and subsequently as a research scientist, she identified genes that cause childhood epilepsies and retinal disorders. She subsequently spent many years developing and studying knock-in mouse models for childhood epilepsy. She later did an ABMG fellowship in the division of Pediatric Genetics and department of Pathology at ARUP Laboratories. She is board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics. At Myriad, she participates in project teams for hereditary and tumor next generation sequencing platforms, clinical research projects with external collaborators and variant classification.
Priscilla H. Fernandes, Ph.D., FACMG Assistant Laboratory Director
Dr. Priscilla Fernandes is board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics in Clinical Molecular Genetics and started as an Assistant Laboratory Director at Myriad in October 2009. She plays a key role in the classification of new variants and reclassification of existing variants as a member of the New Mutations Committee and Reclassification Committee. In addition, she is also responsible for accurate and thorough patient data review of genetic and RNA based tests and further sign-out of those patient reports. In 2012, she led a prospective study to analyze in-house hereditary breast and ovarian cancer patients for PALB2 mutations. This unique Myriad study led to presentation those results at 2 national meetings and a first author publication. Prior to her career at Myriad, Dr. Fernandes completed a 2 year ABMG fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and a doctoral degree in Molecular and Medical Genetics at Oregon Health Science University. She has co-authored 13 peer-reviewed publications and her work has been presented at multiple conferences since 2003.
Shujuan Pan, Ph.D. Assistant Laboratory Director
Dr. Pan obtained her M.S. degree in Molecular Cytogenetics from Nanjing Normal University in China, and her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cancer Biology from The University of Texas-Houston M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. She did her post-doctoral training in the Department of Pathology in Baylor College of Medicine. Her research experience has led to her co-authoring for over twenty publications. Before joining Myriad as an assistant director in July 2015, she did a two-year ABMG fellowship in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics in Baylor College of Medicine. Her major roles in Myriad are signing reports and providing support for daily operations. She is an ABMG-certified Clinical Molecular Geneticist. She currently is an active member of both American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) and American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG).
Yaping Ryan Qian, Ph.D., M.B.A. Assistant Laboratory Director
Dr. Qian received his PhD degree in Medical Genetics from Peking Union Medical College, China. He was recruited as an Assistant Professor in Institute of Medical Biology, Chinese Academy of Medical Science after his graduation, that he studied on population genetics for two years. To pursue a broader interest in genetics, he joined the College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, OH, as a Postdoctoral fellow, studied on comparative genomics between human and primate species for two years. He then joined Division of Human Genetics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) as a Research Associate and switched his interested in mitochondrial disorders, such as hereditary hearing loss associated aminoglycosides and Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. Meanwhile, he obtained his M.B.A. degree from Xavier University, OH in 2010. Dr. Qian completed his ABMGG fellowship in the Division of Human Genetics, CCHMC in 2013 and was hired as a Clinical Instructor. During his fellowship, he participated in multiple test development including Clinical Exome Sequencing. He later joined Myriad Genetics as an Assistant Lab Director in 2014. He participated in clinical research projects and is a laboratory liaison.
Accurate and timely variant interpretation is the most critical responsibility for a diagnostic genetic testing laboratory in order to help clinicians make appropriate medical management recommendations for patients. Myriad Genetic Laboratories is the unquestioned industry leader in variant interpretation.
Over the past 20 years, Myriad has invested over $100 million in variant interpretation research, and has performed over 1.5 million genetic tests for hereditary cancer.
This experience has resulted in the development of the Myriad myVision® Variant Interpretation Program, which consists of over 30 PhD-level scientists who utilize numerous lines of independent evidence to evaluate new variants on a daily basis. In addition, the variant interpretation team meets every week to reclassify variant of uncertain significance results, providing reports with updated information to an average of 250 patients every week. The myVision Variant Interpretation program reflects Myriad’s lifelong commitment to deliver the following:
Accurate, clinically significant results from every Myriad test performed
Reduced uncertainty for patients and families
Confidence for providers counseling their patients
Meet Myriad’s Variant Interpretation Scientists
The experts on Myriad’s industry-leading variant interpretation team are deeply committed to delivering the most accurate result possible to patients and their clinicians. Meet four Myriad scientists who are dedicated to providing answers for even the most complicated variants and are helping to advance precision medicine.
80+ Genetic Counselors Work in the Following Roles
Professional Support Specialist team: PSS’ have daily interactions with healthcare providers and patients regarding all aspects of hereditary cancer testing including risk assessment, interpretation of results, medical management, sample submission and laboratory procedures. They help with ongoing evaluation and review of literature relating to hereditary cancer testing and other Myriad products. PSS counselors provide clinical information and interact extensively with other departments such as marketing, sales, customer service, technical development, publications and laboratory operations at Myriad.
Variant Interpretation team: Genetic Counselors on Myriad’s variant interpretation team work together with our PhD-level scientists to assess the clinical significance of variants found in patients’ DNA. Genetic Counselors may be involved in the review of literature, writing of report text, ongoing clinical research, family testing studies and communication plans designed to educate healthcare providers about variant reclassifications.
Michelle Landon, M.S., LCGC Manager Medical Services
Michelle is a 2005 graduate of the Northwestern University Genetic Counseling Program. She has worked at Myriad since graduation in a variety of roles, most recently as the manager of the Professional Support Specialist/Genetic Counselor team. During her time at Myriad, she has been involved in several new product launches, authored several publications (primarily focusing on the hereditary colon cancer syndromes) and acted as the corporate liaison with the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She has also been actively involved with the University of Utah Genetic Counseling program over the past several years as a member of the admissions committee, the research oversight committee and a rotation supervisor. Michelle loves the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City and is an avid skier and hiker.
Heidi (McCoy) Gorringe, M.S., LCGC Supervisor Medical Services
Heidi joined Myriad as a PSS in June of 2010. Heidi graduated from the University of Utah Genetic Counseling program, where she currently serves as the admission committee co-chair. She also received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Utah. Apart from the typical PSS supervisor responsibilities, she also works closely with Myriad’s clinical research team on publications as well as with the international laboratory. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors where she serves as a co-chair of the communication subcommittee in the Cancer SIG.
Allison Anguiano (Erickson), M.S., LCGC Professional support specialist I (PSS I)
Allie graduated from the Northwestern University program in genetic counseling in 2013. She has a B.A. from the University of Colorado- Boulder in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (2008). Allie started working at Myriad in February 2015. Prior to working at Myriad she began her career as a clinical cancer genetic counselor for a large breast imaging center in Denver for over 1.5 years. In addition to the PSS role, she oversees medical service (MS) literature searches and co-ordinates the MS journal club and helps to put together the internal Medical Services newsletter. Allie is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Transnational Alliance for Genetic Counseling. Allie has served as a volunteer for Bright Pink since 2012 at events and as an education ambassador since 2013.
Anthony Chen, M.S. Professional Support Specialist I (PSS I)
Anthony started with Myriad during the summer of 2015, shortly after he graduated from the University of Minnesota Genetic Counseling program. He received his bachelors in biochemistry and psychology from the University of New Mexico, and served as a secondary educator in Harrison School District 2 in Colorado Springs, CO. He is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, as well as the Minnesota Genetic Counselors Association.
Daphne Chen, M.S., LCGC Professional Support Specialist I (PSS I)
Daphne joined Myriad in June of 2014, her first job as a genetic counselor. She is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma Genetic Counseling program, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Colorado State University. In addition to the PSS responsibilities, Daphne provides clinical support to the Variant Classification team and helps evaluate evidence for variant classification and reclassification. She also works closely with the Customer Service department to help with process improvement. Daphne is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Jamie S. Willmott, M.S., LCGC Professional Support Specialist I (PSS I)
Jamie has been with Myriad since February of 2013. Jamie got her Master’s degree from the Brandeis University Genetic Counseling Program, and her undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard University. Before attending graduate school, Jamie worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and as an Oncology Data Analyst at IntrinsiQ. While at Myriad, Jamie has been representing the clinical perspective in the variant classification committee. She helped develop and launch the RNA lab, which is a new tool being used to reclassify variants. She has participated in webinars and seminars focusing on education and advocacy for patients with hereditary colon cancer syndromes. Jamie is a member of the Utah Association of Genetic Counselors and the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
John Abernethy, M.S. Professional Support Specialist I (PSS I)
John joined Myriad as a PSS in August 2013. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Genetic Counseling program with a Masters in 2013, and holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his genetic counseling training, John worked as a lab technician in the L.L. Searles lab at UNC-CH. John’s projects at Myriad include being the PSS representative on the Unusual Cases committee, his responsibilities including communicating with healthcare providers on Unusual Cases and informing them of their status. He also works with Myriad’s Clinical Affairs and Marketing departments to copy edit publications and other materials. He is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Kaylee Henson, M.S., LCGC Professional Support Specialist I (PSS I)
Kaylee joined Myriad as an oncology Regional medical Specialist (RMS) in August 2014 and has transitioned to a PSS. She is a 2011 graduate of the Indiana University Genetic Counseling program, and holds a B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Purdue University. Prior to joining Myriad, Kaylee practiced as a prenatal and oncology genetic counselor at a community hospital in Indianapolis. She is an active member of the Indiana Network of Genetic Counselors and serves as secretary and community outreach coordinator, and helps with website maintenance and educational conference planning. Kaylee is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Lavania Sharma, M.S., LCGC Professional Support Specialist I (PSS I)
Lavi has been with Myriad since the fall of 2013. Lavi graduated from the University of Michigan Genetic Counseling program in 2013, along with prior Genetic Counseling training in India. She has a bachelors in Bioinformatics from India. Apart from the typical PSS responsibilities, she serves as a Medical Services Liaison on the informatics team and works closely with the clinical content development team for all the myRisk genes. Lavi also helps with developing various testing strategies for patients with a hematologic malignancy and coordinates professional development activities for the PSS team. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and serves as a chair of a subcommittee in the International SIG.
Susana San Roman, M.S., LCGC Professional Support Specialist I (PSS I)
Susana has been a PSS at Myriad since February of 2014. She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and a graduate degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Colorado. Susana’s special projects at Myriad include working on a Spanish medical interpretation certification to be able to serve Spanish-speaking providers and patients. She is also the clinical rotation supervisor for students that rotate through Myriad from the University of Utah Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling (UUGCGC). She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Many of the corporate leaders at Myriad began their careers as Genetic Counselors, which has allowed them to maintain their passion for patient care throughout their careers. Genetic Counselors in key leadership positions include:
- Susan Manley, Vice President of Medical Services
- Nicole Lambert, General Manager of the Urology Business Unit
- Vicki Fish, Vice President of the Dermatology Business Unit
- Christopher Ho, Vice President of Managed Markets
- Karen Copeland, Director of International Medical Affairs
- Brian Allen, Director of Clinical Affairs
- Cynthia Frye, Director of Publications
Regional Medical Specialists:
Members of Myriad’s Regional Medical Specialist (RMS) team are located in 40 areas across the country. These field-based experts provide additional clinical support and customer service to our genetics customers and other health care providers. They can help to interpret results, train physicians on the importance of capturing family history and the value of genetic testing, and serve as an ongoing clinical resource to their teams and customers.
Genetic Counselors on Myriad’s Medical Policy Specialist (MPS) team work with insurance companies to help more patients gain access to genetic testing. Members of the MPS team work directly with payers in order to expand health insurance coverage for hereditary cancer testing.
Several Genetic Counselors work to promote products such as Myriad myRisk Hereditary Cancer panel, BRACAnalysis CDx, and more. As product managers, they are responsible for conducting market research, gathering feedback from customers, developing materials to educate patients and providers, and working to ensure that Myriad’s products are promoted in a responsible and effective manner.
Many of Myriad’s Genetic Counselors are involved with ongoing clinical research. Since 2011, Myriad’s GCs have helped to author over 180 abstracts or peer-reviewed publications.
The Regional Medical Specialists (RMSs) Board Eligible/Board Certified Genetic Counselors, Nurse Practitioners or Registered Nurses / have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
They function as field-based members of the clinical team. RMSs play a vital role in supporting health care providers by offering clinical and scientific information, based on national societal guidelines, regarding the identification, testing and management of patients with hereditary cancer syndromes. They provide ongoing education for health care providers in order to increase access to genetic and personalized medicine tests for appropriate patients. RMSs have a critical role in the development and distribution of patient and provider educational materials. RMSs also collaborate with clients and thought leaders on a national, regional and local level to develop clinical concepts that support medical research associated with new and existing products.
Andrew (Andy) Duda, M.S., LGC Manager, Regional Medical Specialists
Andy joined Myriad as a Regional Medical Specialist (RMS) in September 2010. He graduated from the Brandeis University Genetic Counseling program with a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling in 2006; he also holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s degree in Molecular/Cellular Biology from Harvard University. Prior to joining Myriad, Andy worked in a research genetics position at Massachusetts General Hospital, in the technology development laboratory at Genzyme and also has worked with the Louisiana Department of Public Health as an HIV/AIDS outreach coordinator. At Myriad, Andy has been an RMS and an Institutional Account Executive, both roles supporting hereditary cancer education and testing. He has been a member of, and a leader for, numerous project teams at Myriad and is a current member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Ann Jeffers-Brown, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist III (RMS III)
Ann joined Myriad in 2007 as an RMS, after establishing a cancer genetics program for Elliot Health System in Manchester, NH. She completed her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis in 2004, and her B.A. in Natural Sciences from Harvard Extension School in 1996. She led the Myriad Clinical Summary Team from 2010 – 2014. Ann is a member of National Society of Genetic Counselors and New England Regional Genetics Group
Ann Marie Miller, M.S., LCGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Ann joined Myriad as a RMS in March 2014. She is a graduate of the Howard University Genetic Counseling Program. Ann received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Utica College of Syracuse University. In addition to her RMS responsibilities she is a member of the myLit Summary and Consistent Messages teams. Ann is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Eleanor Griffith, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Eleanor joined Myriad as a Regional Medical Specialist in May 2014. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2011 with a Masters in Human Genetics and a Certificate in Public Health Genetics/Genomics. Prior to joining Myriad, Eleanor worked in GI cancer counseling at Cornell and at an OBGYN clinic in a public hospital in New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in English from St. Olaf College and speaks French and Spanish. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the American College of Medical Genetics.
Kimberly Grace, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist II (RMS II)
Kim joined Myriad as an RMS in September 2008. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati Genetic Counseling program with a Master’s degree in Biology in 2000 and holds a B.S. in Biology and Society from Cornell University. Prior to joining Myriad, Kim worked in clinical genetics positions at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Virginia Baptists Hospital and held a genetics research position with the Harvard Center for Neurodegeneration and Repair. Kim also worked in public health with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Diabetes Prevention Program through the New Hampshire Department of Health. At Myriad, Kim has been an RMS, as well as a Professional Support Specialist. She has been a member of, and a leader for, numerous project teams at Myriad. Kim is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Sandra G. Marchese-Beatty, M.S., CGC, M.B.A. Regional Medical Specialist II (RMS II)
Sandee joined Myriad as an RMS I in October, 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling program and holds an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business also from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Myriad, Sandee practiced as a Genetic Counselor at Magee-Womens Hopsital, Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, NeoGen Screening in Bridgeville, PA, and held a position as a Genomics Estoteric Testing Specialist at Quest Diagnostics. Sandee’s projects at Myriad include being a team lead for myLit Updates and a member of the Consistent Message group. She has also worked to copy edit other materials and participated in the Guidelines Project. Sandee is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Autumn Tansky, M.S., CGC Manager, Regional Medical Specialists
Autumn joined Myriad as an RMS in July 2009. She is a 2005 graduate of Northwestern University’s Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan. Following graduation, Autumn worked as a clinical genetic counselor for 4.5 yrs in the Midwest, at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL and the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI. During that time, in addition to her clinical roles, Autumn actively participated as a clinical supervisor and graduate program instructor. As an RMS Manager, she works with a team RMSs in the education and support of providers, as well as our sales partners. In addition, Autumn works with several Medical Affairs/Services project teams and with other Myriad departments, including Clinical Affairs. Autumn is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Colorado Genetic Counselors Network.
Arthur K. Yu, M.S., LCGC Regional Medical Specialist II (RMS II)
Arthur grew up in Vancouver, Canada and completed his genetic counseling training in 2006 at the University of British Columbia. He worked as a clinical genetic counselor for 6 ½ years prior to joining Myriad in 2012– with a focus on prenatal, pediatric and public health genetics. Aside from the RMS responsibilities, Arthur is on the Preventative Care Directors Council and Lead the RMS sharepoint site. Arthur is a member of the National society of Genetic Counselors
Kali Chatham, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Kali joined Myriad in January of 2014. Prior to joining Myriad, Kali worked for the Baptist Health System in San Antonio, Texas. While working for Baptist she developed a hereditary cancer genetic testing program as well as the first multidisciplinary high risk breast cancer program in South Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Genetic Counseling program and has an Honor’s Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Biology, and Chemistry from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to the RMS responsibilities, she also works with Myriad’s Medical Services and Marketing departments to edit presentations and other materials. Kali is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the Texas Society of Genetic Counselors where she is the Professional Issues Chairperson, and she has been involved with both Bright Pink and FORCE support organizations.
Kara Mosher, M.S., M.B.A., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Kara joined Myriad in July 2014, 11 years after graduating from the Human Genetics Program at Sarah Lawrence College. She also holds a B.Sc. in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and a M.B.A. from New York University. Her work experience includes Lynch syndrome research at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, genetic counseling at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and healthcare consulting at IMS Consulting Group. As an RMS, she provides clinical education and support to providers.
Kelli Swan, M.S., M.A., C.G.C Regional Medical Specialist II (RMS II)
Kelli joined Myriad as an RMS in November 2011. She has masters in Genetic Counseling and in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern University. She also holds a B.S. in Neuroscience from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Prior to working at myriad, Kelli was a clinical cancer genetic counselor. She started and developed two cancer genetics clinics within the Exempla healthcare system in Colorado. Kelli is a member of the American Society of Bioethics Humanities, National Society of Genetic Counselors and is a member and incoming chair (2016) of the NSGC ethics advisory group. Kelli lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, two children and chocolate lab. Go Broncos!
Megan E. McKenna, M.S., LCGC Regional Medical Specialist II (RMS II)
Megan joined Myriad as an RMS in October of 2012. Megan graduated from the California State University, Northridge Genetic Counseling Program in 2009 and holds a B.S. degree in Biology from the Robert E. Cook Honors College. Prior to joining Myriad, Megan developed, launched, and grew the Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, providing much needed genetic counseling services to patients and family members at potential risk for hereditary cancer syndromes. During her time at the Cancer Center, she also worked in partnership with Myriad to help educate providers in the community about Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome and Lynch syndrome. In addition to typical RMS II job responsibilities, Megan is a part of the clinical summary, myLit, and clinical liaison teams with an interest in research.
Samantha Penney, MS, CGC. Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Samantha (Sam) joined Myriad as an RMS in April 2015. She graduated from the University of Texas Genetic Counseling program with a Master’s in 2012, and holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. Before she enrolled as a genetic counseling student, Sam worked as a Genetic Testing Coordinator at Baylor Medical Genetics Laboratories and prior to coming to Myriad, she worked as a research genetic counselor at Baylor College of Medicine, where she enrolled individuals and families into an exome sequencing project as part of the NHGRI’s initiative to discover novel disease genes. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Brian Strike, M.S., CGC Manager – Regional Medical Specialists
Brian has been with Myriad for over 6 years in a variety of different roles, starting as a member of the internal medical services team, then becoming a product manager on the Oncology marketing team, and he currently manages a team of Regional Medical Specialists. Prior to Myriad he worked as a Clinical Research Specialist at Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville, TN where he managed a number of oncology clinical trials. He attended the University of Cincinnati genetic counseling program and prior to that he earned a B.S. in Molecular Biology and also Anthropology from Vanderbilt University. He currently lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and dog and enjoys running, camping, hiking and skiing in the mountains of Utah. He is member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and previously served on the Membership Committee of NSGC.
Edie Smith, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, AGN-BC Regional Medical Specialist III (RMS III)
Edie re-joined Myriad as a Regional Medical Specialist in December of 2015, returning from clinical practice where she was the Director of High Risk and Cancer Genetics at Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, CA. Edie is a doctorally-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with over 27 years of clinical experience. She is triple-board certified and hold national certifications as a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, and in Advanced Genetic Nursing. Her specialty is in women’s health, breast oncology, and cancer risk assessment – both for hereditary and non-hereditary risk. She has a special interest and expertise in the evaluation and management of women at high risk for breast cancer. In addition to her clinical background, she has several years of teaching experience in Advanced Practice Nursing (APRN) graduate education programs, and is currently a Content Expert and Appraiser for Advanced Genetic Nurse certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Her recent publications include a soon-to-be published book chapter on breast disorders, and articles on Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome, PALB2, CYP2D6 and Tamoxifen Metabolism, High Risk Breast Cancer Risk Assessment, Breast Cancer Risk Models, and Breast Oncology.
Monique Tiffany, RN, CBCN, CBPN-IC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Monique has been an RMS with Myriad since October 2014. She completed the City of Hope Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment in 2012 and has been involved with organizing several hereditary cancer events and symposiums throughout her career. She has held coordinator and leadership positions with organizations such as the American Cancer Society and FORCE. She has served as a high risk program coordinator in both the imaging and surgical clinical setting, in addition to working as breast cancer nurse navigator for several years. She is currently completing her MSN in clinical leadership through the University of Arizona.
Nassim Taherian, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Nassim Taherian is originally from Montreal, Canada. She obtained a B.Sc. in microbiology and a M.Sc. in genetic counseling from McGill University. She joined Dr. William Foulkes’ research team in 2009 at McGill University, where she coordinated various studies in hereditary cancers, including prostate, breast and ovarian cancer. In 2012, Nassim helped create a specialty clinic for patients with hereditary renal cancer syndromes and familial prostate cancer. She also worked with graduate and medical students as a supervisor and teacher in the Faculty of Medicine. She joined Myriad Genetics Laboratories in December 2014 as an RMS. Nassim is a member of Canadian Association of Genetic Counselors (CAGC) and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).
Thereasa Rich, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Thereasa joined Myriad in May of 2014 as a Regional Medical Specialist. She grew up near Rochester, NY, is a graduate of the 2006 University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Program, and has her BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Penn State University. Prior to joining Myriad, she was a genetic counselor at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) in Houston, TX. She had a hybrid clinical and research role at MDACC and focused on multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes. Thereasa assists the myLit team at Myriad and helps with keeping up with literature on Cancer Genetics. Thereasa is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and served as a co-chair for the Cancer SIG subcommittee on research from 2009-2011, serves on the NSGC Abstract Workgroup (2014-2016) and is an item writer for the American Board of Genetic Counseling (2013-2016). She is an avid runner, hiker, Crossfitter, yogi, and equestrian, and generally spends her free time outdoors whenever possible.
Carla Chesser RN, BA Senior Manager, Medical Affairs
Carla joined Myriad in 2008 as the National Manager of the Women’s Health RMS team. She graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Johnstown, PA and has been a registered nurse for over 35 years. In 1985, she received a BA in Psychology from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. With a diverse nursing background, Carla has had management positions in several start-up companies, including sales/marketing, business development and managed care. Prior to Myriad, Carla held a clinical manager position at Hoana Medical in Honolulu. She has been the RMS lead for the Myriad Speaker Bureau since 2009 and is responsible for the creation and ongoing development of the RMS Professional Career and Performance Management programs. Carla has hired and managed a number of nurses at Myriad and is a founding member of the Nursing Community at Myriad.
Amanda Knoth, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist II (RMS II)
Amanda has been a RMS with Myriad since October 2011. Immediately prior, she worked at Huntsman Cancer Institute/University of Utah as a cancer genetic counselor starting in June 2010. There, she saw both adult and pediatric oncology patients and was cancer genetics Course Master and Cancer Rotation Director for the University of Utah Graduate Training Program. Amanda graduated with a Master of Science degree from the Stanford University genetic counseling training program. From 2006-2008 Amanda worked as a Research Assistant at The Ohio State University with a focus on papillary thyroid cancer and other endocrine neoplasia while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Amanda is currently a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the Familial Cancer Risk Counseling Special Interest Group, and the Pediatric Subcommittee of the Cancer SIG.
Christine L Delaney, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Christine joined Myriad as an RMS in October 2013. She graduated from the Brandeis University Genetic Counseling program with a Masters in Genetic Counseling in 2011 and has a BS in Biology from Providence College. Prior to joining Myriad, Christine worked as the cancer genetic counselor for the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, GA. Christine is a member of the Clinical Liaison team at Myriad, with a concentration in GI projects, and works to focus on the clinical accuracy of medical information put together by the marketing department. Christine is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Florida Association of Genetic Counselors; she is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Georgia Association of Genetic Counselors.
Heather Mikesell, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist II
Heather joined Myriad in 2011 as a RMS. She has over 20 years of experience as a clinical genetic counselor, the majority of her experience is in general and prenatal genetic counseling. Prior to Myriad she was at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland at the Center for Human Genetics. Apart from her RMS responsibilities, Heather is a member of the Clinical Summaries team where she helps summarize relevant journal articles which is shared within the Medical services department. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and American College of Medical Genetics.
Julie Hufham, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist II (RMS II)
Julie joined Myriad as a RMS in October 2010. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University Genetic Counseling program in 2007. She has a dual B.S. in Genetics and Psychology from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining Myriad, Julie worked as a prenatal genetic counselor at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Medical College of Georgia. In addition to the RMS responsibilities, Julie is the new lead of the Clinical Summaries team and a member of the RMS Clinical Liaison team that works closely with the Marketing Department. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), a member of the NSGC Marketing and Communications Working Group, and a member of the NSGC Student/New Member Orientation Working Group. She is also actively involved in her community genetics associations as the Education Committee Chair of the Georgia Association of Genetic Counselors and a member of the Georgia Cancer Genetics Network.
Meghan Kraus, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Meghan joined Myriad as an RMS in December 2015. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison Genetic Counseling Program, receiving her Masters in Medical Genetics in 2014 and has a BS in Biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to joining Myriad, Meghan worked as a pediatric genetic counselor at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, MO. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Merideth Sanders, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Merideth is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling and holds a B.S. in Biology from Centenary College of Louisiana. She joined Myriad as a RMS in February of 2012. In addition to her responsibilities as an RMS, Merideth has enjoyed working closely with Marketing as part of the Clinical Liaison Team, co-leading the Literature Management Team, and serving as the RMS Program Lead for Myriad’s Genetic Counseling Student Field Rotation Program while at Myriad. Merideth is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, is an Education Ambassador for Bright Pink, and has intermittently served as a voluntary Instructor in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham since 2011.
Nira Johnson, M.S. Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Nira joined Myriad as a RMS in July 2013. Nira graduated the Brandeis University Genetic Counseling program with a Master’s degree in 2013 and holds a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology with a minor in Genetics from North Carolina State University. Prior to her genetic counseling training, Nira worked as a genetic counselor’s assistant at GeneCare as well as a Microbiology Specialist I at Novartis. Nira is responsible for keeping up with guideline updates and literature and works with the Clinical Liaison team, helping gather, review and correct clinical information for marketing collateral and other corporate initiatives. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Nira was born and raised in Israel and moved to the US in 2004. She is multi-cultural and is bi-lingual in Hebrew and English.
Theresa Menocol, M.S. Regional Medical Specialist II (RMS II)
Theresa joined Myriad in 2009. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2002 from the Human Genetics and Health Advocacy programs. She had internships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in both cancer genetics and case management. Prior to her time at Myriad, Theresa worked as a community outreach education coordinator for a local cancer center, helping to raise awareness about cancer prevention and early detection. In addition to her role as a Regional Medical Specialist (RMS), she also works with the Myriad Speaker Program and leads the RMS mentor group. She is a member of the National society of Genetic Counselors.
Deb Brugman, M.S., CGC Manager, Medical Affairs
Deb joined Myriad in June 2009 as an RMS. Prior to that, she gained valuable experience as a genetic counselor in a variety of clinical settings, including prenatal, pediatric, cancer and specialty clinics. Deb earned her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of South Carolina and a BS in Biology from Purdue University. In addition, Deb is responsible for working with marketing in the development and review of marketing materials and other clinical projects, including the Clinical 360 writing team. She also oversees literature management updates and journal clubs for the RMSs and coordinates a community for new RMSs through their first year at Myriad. Deb is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Flora Poleshchuk, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMSI)
Flora joined Myriad as a RMS in August of 2014. She graduated from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with a Master’s in Genetic Counseling in 2011, and holds B.S. in Integrative Neuroscience from SUNY Binghamton. Prior to her genetic counseling training, Flora worked as a human embryologist at an in-vitro fertilization clinic and after her genetic counseling training she worked as a pediatric and cancer genetic counselor at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Flora has recently been elected Cancer SIG co-chair for the National Society of Genetic Counselors and also serves as a board member of an ovarian cancer non-profit organization, T.E.A.L.
Lauren Eisemann, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Lauren joined Myriad as an RMS in September of 2014. She graduated from Long Island University, Post with a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology from St. Bonaventure University, where she was a Division I swimmer for four years. Prior to joining Myriad, Lauren worked as a prenatal, pediatric and cancer genetic counselor at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ. In addition to her RMS responsibilities, Lauren is a recent member of the myLit Journal Team at Myriad that assists the RMSs in staying current on top literature. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Lindsey Alico, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist II (RMS II)
Lindsey joined Myriad as a RMS in 2013. She is a graduate of the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College, and holds a B.S. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester. Lindsey contributes to several projects at Myriad including the Proctorship Team, which helps RMSs complete impactful proctorships that improve provider knowledge of clinical genetics. She is also a Course Director for Advanced Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College and helped to develop a 10 week student rotation at Myriad. Lindsey is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and Secretary of the NYS Genetics Task Force.
Preethi Premkumar, M.Sc., M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMSI)
Preethi joined Myriad as an RMS in March of 2014. She holds a Master’s in Genetic Counseling from Wayne State University, Michigan and a Master’s in Medical Genetics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to working with Myriad, Preethi had helped set up and run both the Prenatal and Cancer Genetic Clinics at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Michigan. Preethi is an NSGC member and is also a Genetic Counseling Program Advisory Committee member at Wayne State University.
Shelly Weiss, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist II (RMS II)
Shelly joined Myriad in March 2013. She obtained her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University in 2009 and holds a B.S. in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining Myriad, Shelly worked as a clinical genetic counselor at the Center for Medical Genetics in NorthShore University Health System in Metropolitan Chicago. In addition to her RMS responsibilities, Shelly is a member of the Mentor team, Student Field Rotation Program, Speaker Team, Preventive Care Commercial Research Team and author for Clinical 360. Outside of Myriad, Shelly is actively involved in the Genetic Task Force of Illinois, Center for Jewish Genetics and is a faculty member of the Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Shraddha Gaonkar, M.Sc., M.S., LCGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Shraddha started her career at Myriad Genetics in June of 2009 as a Professional Support Specialist (PSS). She completed her M.Sc. in Biochemistry from India and obtained her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis University in 2009. In 2014, Shraddha transitioned to the Regional Medical Specialist (RMS) role. As a PSS, she her focus was on hereditary pancreatic cancer syndrome studies. Currently, she leads Journal Club for her team of ~40 genetic counselors. She is a member and the Education SIG Chair with the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Lisa R. Miller, BSN, RN, OCN Manager- Regional Medical specialists
Lisa joined Myriad January of 2008 as a first nurse RMS at Myriad. She has been an oncology nurse for 34 years. She also served as a Medical Services Liaison for the Myriad OnDose product. Lisa help start the nurse community within the RMS team for all Nurse RMSs. She started the first community High Risk Program in Birmingham, AL. Lisa graduated from the
U. of South Alabama with a BSN. She is Chemotherapy and Biotherapy certified through Oncology Nursing society (ONS) and is a member of ONS and Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators.
Andrew Alfonso, M.S. Regional Medical Specialist I (RMSI)
Andrew joined Myriad in June, 2015 as an RMS. He has a master’s in Genetic Counseling from University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from University of Central Florida. This is his first job out of graduate school but previously worked as an intern with the University of Miami genetics department.
Katherine Fink, M.S., LCGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Katherine has been with Myriad as an RMS since September, 2014. She has a master’s in Genetic Counseling from Long Island University, Post and a BA in Psychology from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to Myriad, she was a cancer genetic counselor at the West Clinic in Memphis, TN. She is a member of NSGC and the Tennessee Genetic Counselors Association (TGCA) – Vice President and West TN Representative.
Kelsey Johnson, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Kelsey joined Myriad as an RMS in April 2015. She graduated from the University of South Carolina genetic counseling program with a masters in 2012, and prior to coming to Myriad worked as a genetic counselor at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, GA. Kelsey is a member of the Genetic Task Force of Illinois.
Kisha Johnson-Isidore, M.S., CGC Regional Medical Specialist I (RMS I)
Kisha joined Myriad as an RMS in July, 2014. She has a master’s from the Howard University, in Genetic Counseling 2004 and B.S. in Biology from Hampton University 2000. Prior to Myriad, she worked as a research associate in Kennedy Krieger Institute for 4 years and as a clinical genetic counselor in Rush University Medical Center for 10 years. In the clinic, she had worked with patients with inborn errors of metabolism and coordinated Lysosomal Storage Disease Registry. She also assisted in the training of pediatric and OB/Gyn residents, and genetic counseling interns. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Genetic Counselors and the National Society of Genetic counselors.
Teri Howell, BSN, RN, OCN Regional Medical Specialist ll (RMS ll)
Teri joined Myriad as an RMS in February 2012. She has a BS in Nursing and is an oncology certified nurse. Teri is Chemotherapy and Biotherapy certified through ONS and an alumni of the City of Hope Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment. Her professional career has focused on oncology including roles in patient care, administration and education. At her previous job she established a cancer education program for the staff and patients to ensure quality care for all patients. Teri continues to volunteer her time in her community advocating for oncology patients and focusing on cancer prevention education. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society where she has held multiple leadership positions at the local level.