PreventionGenetics at NSGC 2018
Visit us at Booth #907
Professional Growth and Development for
Laboratory Genetic Counselors
Panelist: Christina Zaleski, MS, CGC
Wednesday, November 14
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Experience with Exome-Based Panel Testing for
Diseases with Prenatal or Neonatal Onset
Connie Schultz, MS, CGC and Megan Nelson, MS, CGC
Friday November 16, 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM
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Keeping an Eye on Utilization Management: Cost Reduction of Inherited Retinal Dystrophy Genetic Testing through the Incorporation of CNV Detection via Next Generation Sequencing
Presenter: Megan Nelson, MS, CGC;
Thursday, November 15, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Christina Zaleski, MS, CGC
Director of Genetic Counseling & Client Services
Christina Zaleski earned a Master of Science degree in genetic counseling from Sarah Lawrence College in 1999. After graduation, she did genealogy work for Rockefeller University in South Africa. She then worked at the Marshfield Clinic as lead genetic counselor from 1999-2012. Christina is currently Director of Genetic Counseling & Client Services at PreventionGenetics. Christina has experience in many areas including prenatal, pediatric, cancer, specialty clinics, stillbirth evaluations, administration, public health education, and industry. She developed clinical genetics outreach & telehealth genetic counseling services in Wisconsin. She served on St. Joseph Hospital’s Bioethics team and was co-investigator on research projects. Christina has published scientific articles in the areas of clinical genetics, stillbirth evaluations, newborn screening, utilization management, and workflow. Highlights of her career include receiving Leadership Award for Excellence in Community Service from the March of Dimes, Wisconsin Chapter, and being nominated by peers as a JEMF Master Genetic Counselor.
Connie Schultz, MS, CGC
Laboratory Genetic Counselor
Connie received her Master of Science degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1994. She has Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Connie began her career doing medical research on microsatellite instability in breast cancer, followed by the study of avian neural crest cell development. She moved to a histocompatability and immunogentics laboratory matching organ and marrow donors with recipients. She has accumulated over 2 decades of additional experience; providing genetic counseling in prenatal, oncology, thrombophilia, neuromuscular and neurogenetics. She has extensive experience in multidisciplinary teams, and played significant roles in the review of genetic testing for compliance. Connie has also developed and implemented genetic testing policies in both clinical and insurance settings. She has coordinated clinical experiences and provided student supervision for genetic counseling interns and residents.
Megan Nelson, MS, CGC
Laboratory Genetic Counselor
Megan Nelson has been a Laboratory Genetic Counselor at PreventionGenetics since 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She earned her Master of Science degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. She also became certified through the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2010. Megan has five years of clinical genetic counseling experience in Wisconsin. She established a genetics department in a community hospital as a new graduate, and she also has experience in a regional cancer center.