Genetic Counseling Program

Meet the Class of 2015 ...

Lauren Baldwin Lauren Baldwin grew up in the mountains of Asheville, NC. A Tarheel born and bred, Lauren graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with a double major in Biology and Psychology. During her time at UNC, Lauren served as a volunteer student guide and worked in a behavioral neuroscience lab studying the psychological and physiological aspects of pain; she was also a member of Tri Beta, the National Biological Honor Society. To prepare for the genetic counseling program, she volunteered as a hotline listener for the Listening Heart Suicide and Crisis Hotline, and met with several genetic counselors. When she’s not being studious, Lauren enjoys being crafty, exploring farmer’s markets, engaging in the occasional Netflix binge and drinking really good coffee. She is more than happy to answer any questions regarding the UNCG program or a career in genetic counseling! lmbaldw2@uncg.edu
Samantha Caldwell Samantha Caldwell is from Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Genetics and Developmental Biology. Partnering with the Virginia C. Piper Cancer Center, she completed an undergraduate thesis and was published in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology. During her time at ASU, she volunteered with Planned Parenthood, resettled refugee populations, and a public health non-profit in Ghana. Since college she has been working as a nutrition counselor and is so excited to now couple her counseling experiences with her genetics background. Samantha currently works as a UNCG Graduate Assistant. She loves to travel and is still cooking Thai and Chinese food each night, which she learned from her recent trip to Asia. slcaldw2@uncg.edu
Elizabeth Decker Elizabeth Decker is originally from Nashville, TN. She graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in December of 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Biology. While at Syracuse she mentored Somali-Bantu refugees and was a member of the biology honors fraternity. She also had a year-long internship with a prenatal genetic counselor as well as shadowing two cancer genetic counselors. Elizabeth also spent time working for a domestic violence and rape crisis hotline to help prepare for graduate school, and spent her semester off doing insurance and billing for a doctor's office. In her free time Elizabeth roots for the Tennessee Volunteers and Titans, as well as Syracuse basketball. She is happy to answer any questions for those considering UNCG and/or a career in genetic counseling. eidecker@uncg.edu
Alexandra Henshaw Alexandra Henshaw is a native North-Carolinian who grew up in Charlotte, NC. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Chemistry and Spanish for the Professions. During her time at UNC, she participated in an eating disorders research lab, volunteered as an ESL tutor, served as education director of her sorority, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. To prepare for graduate school, Alexandra shadowed both prenatal and cancer genetic counselors and volunteered at the UNC Children's Hospital's pediatric playroom. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys exploring the parks around Greensboro, watching movies, and having fun with the rest of the GC '15 class! She is happy to answer any questions about genetic counseling or UNCG. amhensha@uncg.edu
Juliann Koenig Juliann Koenig grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated summa cum laude from Allegheny College with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. While earning her degree, Juliann designed and completed a senior comprehensive research project in a genetics lab, served as Allegheny's Pre-Health Club President, and worked as a Teaching Assistant for Biology laboratory courses. She also tutored introductory Biology classes, mentored at risk local high school students, and peer led freshmen seminar courses. To prepare for the genetic counseling program, Juliann shadowed genetic counselors in prenatal, cancer and muscular dystrophy clinics. She also gained advocacy experience in her time in Residence Life at Allegheny College. In her spare time, Juliann loves exploring local parks and walkways, knitting, and reading. Juliann currently is working as a Graduate Assistant for the Genetic Counseling Department. She welcomes any questions about genetic counseling or the program at UNCG. jmkoeni2@uncg.edu
Brianna Lubbin Briana Lubben grew up in Buffalo, Minnesota just outside of Minneapolis. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Biology from the University of Minnesota. While at the U of M she worked in a psychiatry research laboratory and as a support counselor for kids with disabilities. After graduation she worked as a mental health practitioner teaching coping and independent living skills to patients with diagnosed severe persistent mental illness. To prepare for graduate school Briana shadowed genetic counselors in various specialties including at the Newborn Screening Clinic in St. Paul Minnesota. She also volunteered for The Annex Teen Clinic providing birth control education for teens and young adults. In her free time Briana loves to travel, visit new restaurants, and face her fear of heights by trying extreme sports. Briana is happy to answer questions from anyone considering a career in genetic counseling. bmlubben@uncg.edu
Caitlin Troyer Caitlin Troyer grew up in New Philadelphia, OH. She graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, OH where she majored in Zoology, and minored in Molecular Biology. While at Miami, Caitlin volunteered as a rape crisis counselor for the Butler County Rape Crisis Program serving as an advocate for victims of sexual assault. Caitlin also had the opportunity to gain experience in education through her involvement with African School Advancement Program, where she traveled to Tanzania to teach English in a primary school and later student-taught an undergraduate class preparing future students to teach in Africa. Additionally, Caitlin did undergraduate research for two years in a molecular genetics lab at Miami University and studied abroad in New Zealand and Luxembourg. To prepare for graduate school, Caitlin spent time observing a cancer genetic counselor and met with genetic counselors in various other specialties. In her free time, Caitlin is an avid outdoor enthusiast and loves to travel and experience new places! Caitlin works as a Graduate Assistant for the Genetic Counseling Department and would love to hear from anyone interested in UNCG or in genetic counseling! cetroyer@uncg.edu
Taylor Zuck Taylor Zuck is from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She graduated summa cum laude in May 2012 from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Biology. While at the U of M she volunteered at the Aurora Center as a sexual assault crisis counselor and worked as a teaching assistant for an introductory biology course. She also worked as a research assistant for various studies at the Center for Neurobehavioral Development where she also completed her honor thesis on the Genotype Phenotype Correlation in Mucopolysaccharidosis I. In order to prepare for graduate school Taylor shadowed genetic counselors at the University of Minnesota and attended the Northwestern summer genetic counseling internship in 2011. She also spent time volunteering as a coach for a Special Olympics gymnastics team and as a patient educator at the Family Tree Clinic. In her free time she loves spending time exploring the parks and lakes in Greensboro and teaching and taking spin classes! tazuck@uncg.edu
 

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  • "I chose to attend UNCG because of its shared learning environment and the access to some of the leading institutions in the country. "



  • "UNCG is a great fit for me. The program directors have extensive experience in the world of genetic counseling and provide you with opportunities to work with some of the best medical centers in the country. Our location allows us to have expert guest lecturers, many of whom you also get to work alongside or observe in your clinical rotations in your second year. We also have some really wonderful and unique opportunities as a part of this program: we observe in syndrome specific support groups and clinics, tour genetic laboratories, and are matched with a family with a genetic disease to learn what it is like to live with a genetic condition. Finally, our directors are genuinely invested in each of us, and care about our success and getting to know each of us personally."




  • "The director and assistant director do their best to ensure that our program provides a collaborative learning experience.  Both are active members of the Genetic Counseling community and strive to introduce you to all aspects of this field.  We also have renowned clinical sites and the beautiful state of North Carolina at our disposal.”