August 2018 President's Letter

First and foremost, I’m thrilled to share some breaking news in the genetics world! Genetic counselor Robin L. Bennett has just been elected to the 2019 American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Board of Directors. NSGC and the genetic counseling profession have been fortunate to benefit from Robin’s leadership for many years. She was NSGC’s President in 2002, the 2007 recipient of NSGC’s Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award and President of Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling from 2013-2014, amongst her many other accomplishments. And of course, as you all know, Robin literally wrote the book on family history. She is now only the fourth genetic counselor to serve on the ASHG Board. On behalf of the NSGC membership, congratulations to Robin for this well-deserved recognition and thank you for your leadership, expertise and significant contributions to our profession – past, present and future!

And now – back to your regularly scheduled President’s Letter…

I don’t get to send out many “Save the Date” messages as President of NSGC, but I am sending one out today, and it is an important one. It’s not about the upcoming Annual Conference or Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, but rather, it is to remind you to mark your calendars for NSGC’s Annual Business Meeting webinar which will take place on Thursday, December 6, at 1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 pm MT/10 am PT.

The Annual Business Meeting is the primary opportunity for NSGC members to learn about our efforts and accomplishments over the past year, to address updates to our ongoing strategic efforts and to dive deeper into NSGC operations.

Some of the things we will address in detail are:

  • The 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, which will shape NSGC’s major initiatives and investments for the next three years
  • The 2017-2019 Workforce Strategic Plan
  • The 2017 Nominations and Election Process and Results
  • The 2018 Professional Status Survey
  • NSGC’s Communications and Publishing efforts, including public relations and the Journal of Genetic Counseling

NSGC’s mission is to advance the various roles of genetic counselors in healthcare by fostering education, research and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services. And you – our members – are our number one stakeholders. Your membership and volunteerism are a huge part of what enables NSGC to accomplish our strategic goals. You are the ones who will benefit from those efforts, which is why you should be particularly interested in learning more about our finances during the 2017-2018 financial report that Secretary/Treasurer Shannan Dixon will be presenting. Learn how NSGC is investing in our members and the future of our profession.

This isn’t a one-way conversation. We want to hear from you. All NSGC members can submit questions in advance of the webinar meeting or during the Q&A portion.

Keep an eye on your inbox for the Annual Business Meeting registration link. And as always, thank you for your contributions to NSGC.



Erica Ramos, MS, LCGC
2018 NSGC President


This article was published in the August 2018 Advocate Newsletter.

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