Class of 2018
Born and raised in the wonderful state of Maryland, Devin graduated from the University Maryland, College Park Honors College in 2014 with a B.S. in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. While in college, Devin was a varsity cheerleader and a captain of the Hospital Relations committee for the university’s charity dance marathon Terp Thon. She chose to pursue a career in genetic counseling because of her passion for genetics and desire to work with families in need of information and comfort. Devin spent her time after college preparing for a career in genetic counseling by interning at Johns Hopkins Institute of Genetic Medicine, volunteering with the Baltimore Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline and working with the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a camp counselor. She also enjoys serving as President of the Miss Greenbelt Scholarship Organization, Inc., an organization that teaches young women public speaking, interview skills, poise and self-confidence. In her free time, Devin enjoys baking, fitness, attending music festivals, and traveling.
Laura Goodell was born and raised in Lincolnshire, a suburb outside of Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry in 2014. During her time in college, Laura served in various leadership and mentorship roles. She discovered Genetic Counseling during the fall of her senior year and focused her attention on shadowing genetic counselors in a variety of specialties. She began volunteering at Planned Parenthood on the Counseling and Referral Hotline and loved the information and support she could provide to each caller. After graduating, Laura worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) as a Research Assistant in International Cardiology Projects. She gained valuable experience working with IRB applications and the various stages of clinical research, but missed interactions with patients. She is excited to be joining the Genetic Counseling Training Program at the University of Maryland and excited to see all that the city of Baltimore has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes and exploring new places.
After graduating from East China Normal University with a BS in Biotechnology, Xin further obtained her PhD from Vanderbilt University, studying developmental genetics. As a postdoctoral fellow, she researched on human cell-free RNA and pregnancy conditions at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she enjoyed both research and the interaction with medical professionals and patients. Outside of the lab, Xin is keen on promoting women’s and children’s health and education. After shadowing genetic counselors at Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, she realized genetic counseling is the career which satisfies her interest in genetic, her love to work with people and her passion in helping people and making a difference in someone’s life. Having previously lived in the east coast for five years, Xin is thrilled to come to Baltimore with her young family and join the MGC program at University of Maryland. She looks forward to developing her thesis project on the implementation and implications of modern technology in genetic testing and genetic counseling as well as the outreach of genetic counseling in language minority communities. In her spare time, Xin enjoys cooking, skating and swimming.
A Cleveland native, Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Katie was introduced to genetic counseling in a high school biotechnology class, and after several shadowing experiences, she was certain it was the career for her. As an undergraduate, Katie worked as a research assistant in a cell biology lab which studied intercellular signaling involved in muscle development in fruit flies. She also worked as a teaching assistant for an introductory psychology class, was involved in Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, worked as a primary care provider at a summer camp for adolescents with developmental disabilities, and played for a couple years on the Miami Women’s Club Ice Hockey team. At the beginning of her junior year, Katie began to volunteer for a local crisis hotline, and eventually advanced to a paid Crisis Consultant position, which she continued after graduation. Katie loves going to indie music concerts, biking, hiking, playing guitar, and eating brunch. She is thrilled and proud to have the opportunity to study Genetic Counseling at the University of Maryland, and can’t wait to explore her new home, Baltimore!
As a Maryland native, Amy is very excited to join the MGC program at University of Maryland. Amy is from Carroll County, Maryland, and attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where she earned a BS in biology with minors in both family studies and sociology. It wasn’t until late in her undergraduate career that she learned of genetic counseling and found that it was the perfect fit for her varied interests. After graduation she gained incredible exposure to the field as a genetic counseling assistant at GeneDx. She also volunteered as a STAR (sexual trauma advocate and resource) at the Rape Crisis Intervention Services of Carroll County and as a mentor with ArtStream, an inclusive theater company for adults with cognitive impairment. In her free time, Amy loves attending almost any concert, trying (and often failing) trendy new hobbies such as CrossFit and yoga, quoting her favorite movies with her sister, and pretending to appreciate craft beer with her brother.
Originally from Haverhill, MA, a town just north of Boston, Julie completed her undergraduate degree at Providence College in Rhode Island. She graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Biology in 2015. In addition to her studies at Providence College, Julie also competed for four years on their Division 1 Cross Country, Indoor, and Outdoor Track teams, during which time the cross country team won a national championship. Julie also served as captain during her senior year, learning valuable leadership skills. Julie’s extensive coursework in the sciences and psychology mixed with her own very personal encounter with a genetic disorder led to her passion for the field of genetic counseling. Her commitment to the profession was solidified after shadowing genetic counselors at Women and Infants Hospital in RI. During the past year, Julie has worked as a patient care coordinator at Northeast Dermatology Associates, scribing, performing the duties of a medical assistant, and gaining extensive patient care experience. She also volunteered as a crisis counselor for the organization Crisis Text Line. In her spare time, Julie enjoys running and staying active, hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with her friends and family. She is excited to move to Baltimore and begin her studies in the genetic counseling program at the University of Maryland.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2013 with a BS in Genetics. While studying at Wisconsin, Stephanie spent several years volunteering at a parent crisis line, as well as working in a group setting with at-risk youth. She also worked in a lab studying hormone production in mosquitoes and played the flute in one of the university's bands. After graduating, Stephanie lived and worked in Nebraska and California as a special education aide and, later, as a substitute teacher. The time that she spent there with children with special needs, as well as their families, solidified her desire to become a genetic counselor. Stephanie is currently a Registered Behavior Technician in Virginia and is looking forward to bringing her experience in the education field back to the University of Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys spending time exploring Washington, DC with her family and two dogs.
Morgan graduated with honors from the University of Delaware in May 2016 with a B.S. in Biology (cellular, molecular and genetics concentration) and Neuroscience, and a minor in art. During her undergrad she served as a victim advocate on UD’s Sexual Offense Support hotline and was an active member of the Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority. As a member of her sorority she participated in projects helping Special Olympics athletes and assisting children with developmental disabilities during therapeutic horseback riding lessons. atataShe has presented and been recognized for her research on the role of N-linked glycosylation in Drosophila development at national and local meetings. After spending a great deal of time in the lab, Morgan is looking forward to applying her love of genetics in a clinical setting and is thrilled to be joining the class of 2018. In her free time, Morgan enjoys reading, knitting, playing videogames, cooking, and baking. Having spent most of her life in suburban Pennsylvania, she can’t wait to have the city of Baltimore to explore and call home.