The mission of the Advisory Board is to assist in fulfilling the goals and objectives
of the program as we advance the education of genetic counselors to meet the healthcare
needs of South Carolina and beyond.
The Advisory Board is comprised of leaders in genetics, business and the community
and serves to bring new perspectives to the table as they advise the program directors
and School of Medicine administration in the evolution of the curriculum and program
This program is so important to the state, the region and the nation. We need to ensure
its strength and stability long into the future.
Dr. Sashi Pai, professor and clinicial geneticist, Medical University of South Carolina
The Genetic Counseling Program Advisory Board works to:
- support the mission of the Genetic Counseling Program;
- support the program in continuous improvement of the curriculum;
- be knowledgeable about the needs of the Genetic Counseling Program;
- make recommendations to the program directors and School of Medicine administration
- support the goal of increasing program resources, financial and otherwise;
- promote the program as a state, regional and national resource.
Allison Aitchison, M.S.
Genetic Counseling Class of 1995
“I am proud to serve on the Advisory Board and the School of Medicine Alumni Association
Board to promote awareness of the value of the Genetic Counseling Program to the University
of South Carolina and our community and to promote enthusiasm and involvement among
Melissa Bennett, M.S., C.G.C.
Clinical Director, Lab Management Program
Care Core National
“I serve on the advisory board to give back to the Genetic Counseling Program that has
given so much to me. I want to help ensure the program's sustainability for the training
of many more generations of genetic counselors. “
Rebecca C. Best
“I know the value in the guidance and expertise of genetic counselors as well as the
compassion that makes each patient feel educated to handle any situation.”
Karen Albiez Brooks, M.S., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor, South Carolina Oncology Associates
“It’s a privilege to serve on this board along with others whose goal it is to sustain
and strengthen our USC Genetic Counseling Program.”
Judith T. Burgis, M.D.
Professor and Chair
USC SOM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
“I serve this board to support the Division of Genetic Counseling as we incorporate
new applications and developments in genomic education and clinical practice. “
Phyllis Dennis, R.N.
"I have seen this program develop from a local to a national to an international program
with talented graduates who provide compassionate genetic counseling. I am proud
to serve on this board."
Janice G. Edwards. M.S., C.G.C.
Clinical Professor and Director
USC School of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program
“It is an honor to work with this well-informed group of advisors to strengthen the
curriculum as we prepare genetic counselors for the future of genetic medicine.”
David Everman, M.D.
Medical Director, USC Genetic Counseling Program
Associate Clinical Geneticist, Greenwood Genetic Center
“The Advisory Board will help ensure that the distinguished Genetic Counseling Program
at USC continues to produce top notch genetic counselors that will be so integral
to the future of medicine.”
Emily Jordon, M.S., C.G.C.
Assistant Program Director
USC School of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program
"The USC Genetic Counseling Program has given me a career for a lifetime. I appreciate
the opportunity to give back to a program that has given me so much."
Libby Malphrus, M.S., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor, Savannah Perinatology
"As a proud Alumna and native South Carolinian, I am honored to be a part of the continued
growth of an already outstanding program."
G. Shashidhar Pai M.D., FACMG
Medical University of SC
“Work done for no personal gain is far superior to any other kind of work.”
Former Patient &
“I am passionate about educating others about genetic counseling; genetics impacts
Cristi Radford, M.S., C.G.C.
“I serve on this board to give back to the program that educated me and to help prepare
genetic counselors for the constantly evolving workforce.”
Andrea Sellers, M.S., C.G.C.
Assistant Director of Education Outreach
USC Genetic Counseling Program
“I work to ensure the USC Genetic Counseling Program is as strong as possible for
future generations of genetic counselors.”
Steven A. Skinner, M.D.
Director, Greenwood Genetic Center
“The USC Genetic Counseling Program is a valuable resource for our state that continues
to produce high quality genetic counselors who are meeting a priority need in South
J.T. Thornhill, M.D.
Associate Dean, Medical Education & Academic Affairs
“As genetics and genetic counseling take on an increasing role in health care, I am
honored to be a part of a group looking to educate and train the next generation of
healthcare professionals in these important areas.”
Courtney J Truluck
“To serve on the advisory board is such a unique honor. Previously, with the guidance
and support of USC Genetic Counseling and its counselors, I was given the opportunity
to make a very informed and personal decision about my future health.”
Debera Zvejnieks, M.S., C.G.C.
Certified Genetic Counselor
“As a graduate of the USC Genetic Counseling Program, I support the program that has
enabled me to successfully pursue my career through various transitions and geographical
relocations. This program is a tremendous asset for South Carolina and the southeast,
both to the medical community and to the population served.”