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NSGC Digital Ambassador Program

This year NSGC launched a new program to connect a group of individuals in the genetics field who can work together to help raise awareness about the role of genetic counselors and promote their shared interest among their networks. We identified 15 influencers with unique perspectives and knowledge in the fields of genetics and genetic counseling and asked them to become official ambassadors of the profession. Thanks to their enthusiasm, the NSGC Digital Ambassador Program was born.

More information about the 2017 Digital Ambassadors is below. Follow these social media influencers and the #NSGCGenePool hashtag on Twitter to contribute to the conversation on genetics and the genetic counseling profession.

Save the Date

Meet our ambassadors by joining the NSGC Digital Ambassador Twitter Chat on May 25 from 12-1 p.m. CST. We will be discussing genetics trends, the value of genetic counselors in healthcare and other related topics. We hope to see you there with the hashtag #NSGCGenePool!


NSGC Digital Ambassadors - Class of 2017

Amy Byer Shainman

Bonnie Rochman

Brianne Kirkpatrick

Colleen Caleshu


Colleen leads the genetic counseling team at the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease. As a cardiovascular genetic counselor, she is passionate about helping individuals and families with inherited arrhythmias & cardiomyopathies live well with their genetic disease or risk. Her research interests include improvement of genetic test interpretation, psychological needs of families with inherited heart disease, and integration of genetic counselors into cardiology. 

Christina Lizaso


Christina is a community engagement professional who utilizes her background in nonprofit and volunteer management to empower patients and strengthen the patient voice. She is a CHEK2 previvor whose passion for this work has been driven by her own strong family history of cancer. Christina is the co-founder and co-moderator of the #gyncsm community for gynecologic cancer.

D.A. Wallach

Dave Dubin

Dee Sparacio


Dee is an ovarian cancer survivor, research advocate and co-founder of the #gyncsm community for gynecologic cancer. Shortly after her initial diagnosis, Dee met with a genetic counselor to discuss testing. She was tested, and later took part in a precision medicine trial during which her tumor tissue underwent Next Generation Sequencing. She looks forward to highlighting the important role genetic counselors play in a cancer patient's healthcare.

Ellen Matloff

Georgia Hurst

Jeanette McCarthy

Matt Might

Dr. Muin Khoury

Rebekah Moore


Rebekah is a certified and licensed genetic counselor who is passionate about empowering individuals at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes. She is an advocate for social media as an avenue for networking, outreach and education. Rebekah has practiced in northern Virginia and northeast Ohio and is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference for patients in her hometown of Cleveland. 

Robert Green, M.D.

Scott Weissman

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