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Second Year Students

Madison BernhardtCara Barnett

Cara was born and raised in Glen Ellyn, IL, a northwest suburb of Chicago. She graduated from Centre College in Danville, KY in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in anthropology. During her time at Centre, she worked under Dr. Mark Galatowitsch studying freshwater macroinvertebrate diversity. In addition, for a year and a half she served as a crisis line counselor and medical advocate for Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center. An avid equestrian, during her free time you will find Cara riding her horse, running, sleeping, or visiting a local craft brewery!

Nicole LahnerSamantha Choi

Samantha was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University in Kent, OH. During her undergraduate studies, Samantha worked as a research assistant in a health psychology lab studying risk perceptions and risk communication. In addition to her research experience, Samantha volunteered as an advocate for victims of crime through Townhall II, a local organization specializing in crisis intervention. Samantha’s passion for genetic counseling stems from prenatal shadowing experiences she gained at the Carolina Medical Center Women’s Institute in Charlotte. Her love for the field continued to grow after she completed an internship in genetic counseling with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Samantha loves baking, singing, painting and, most of all, coffee.

Andrew McFaddinKelly Drelles

Kelly is from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She graduated from Calvin College in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.  She has gained advocacy experience through volunteering with children at Safe Haven, a service for those affected by domestic abuse.  She has been fortunate enough to be a Cancer Genetic Counseling Assistant in the year before entering graduate school.  In her free time, she enjoys going to Barre classes, baking, and exploring new restaurants.

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Ellen Goldstein

Ellen hails from Gaithersburg, MD, where she grew up and worked for the past year at GeneDx as a GCA. Ellen graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017 and enjoys cooking and eating new food, hiking or biking the outdoors, and participating in the arts, such as drawing, painting, listening to live music and (one day) stand-up comedy. Ellen has a strong background in IDD advocacy and hopes to further public knowledge and acceptance of the capabilities of adults and kids with autism.

Alexandra SuttmanVictoria Klee

Victoria was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH.  She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2018 where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with a specialization in biological systems and behavioral neuroscience.  During her undergraduate career, Victoria was secretary of the Undergraduate Genetics Counseling Club, a swim coach and volunteer for the Ohio Special Olympics, and a Crisis Center volunteer for Franklin County Children’s Services. Victoria gained exposure to genetic counseling through working as a student research assistant in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Division of Human Genetics exploring the genetic mutations driving metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and managing patients’ pedigrees and medical records. Victoria loves swimming, wakeboarding, cooking, and is so excited to be a Buckeye for 2 more years!

Karin WagnerLeah Lindak

Leah was born and raised in North Ridgeville, Ohio, a suburb west of Cleveland. She fell in love with OSU at a young age and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Neuroscience in December of 2017. While an undergraduate, she led a service trip to Boston to work with the homeless community, was a member of OSU’s Undergraduate Genetic Counseling Club, played intramural sports, and worked as a nanny. Leah’s interest in genetic counseling began in high school and fueled her desire to shadow genetic counselors in Cincinnati and Columbus. Leah acquired advocacy experience through Crisis Text Line where she volunteers as a trained Crisis Counselor. 

Karin WagnerRachel Marbach

Rachel is from Exton, Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA in 2016 where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology. During her time there, Rachel completed research in stream and disease ecology, specifically exploring the interaction between sex and aggression in parasite-infected salamanders. She also served as VP of Philanthropy for her sorority and had the opportunity to work with the local women's shelter in fundraising and service. After graduation, Rachel worked for Holy Family Institute as a family and child worker with high-risk behavior youth in Pittsburgh, PA. In her free time, Rachel loves DIY projects, traveling, and strategic board games. 

Karin Wagner

Madison Ruehl

Madison was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Creative Writing. Throughout her undergraduate career, she played volleyball for her university for all four years while volunteering at the local Canton-Potsdam Hospital. She interned during the summer before her senior year with an oncology genetic counselor at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, California. She gained advocacy experience by being a part of SLU Advocates, the student-run sexual crisis hotline program at her university. In her free time, Madison loves to travel to new places and write about her adventures. 


Lara Sucheston-Campbell

Born and raised a Buckeye Lara grew up in Upper Arlington, Ohio. After some time on the East and West Coast in undergraduate and graduate school she returned to Ohio, this time to Cleveland to do a PhD in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology at Case Western Reserve University. An associate professor and  translational scientist at The Ohio State University her research is focused on leveraging common and rare genetic variation to find better donor matches for patients receiving blood and marrow transplants as curative therapy for leukemia. She is excited to begin this new chapter in her scientific career, leveraging her research skills and genomic understanding in a way that directly benefits individual patients. Check out her lab website at https://suchestoncampbelllab.github.io/​

Karin WagnerLeah Vicini

Leah was raised a Spartan in Grand Rapids, MI. She graduated from Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Genomics and Molecular Genetics. During undergrad she worked as a research assistant in a psychology and epidemiology lab studying child development. She was also able to spend a summer during my undergrad at Van Andel Institute studying Alzheimer's disease. After graduation she worked as a clinical language and reporting technician for a genetic carrier screening company, NxGen MDx. While working, she was able to gain advocacy experience at Ele's Place, a center for grieving children. To take a break from science during undergrad she worked as a Wings Team member for Red Bull!