meet the

leadership

Find out more about the AUG Board of Directors

board of directors

  • Whitney Espinel
    Whitney Espinel Director

    Whitney graduated with her master’s degree from Emory University in human genetics and genetic counseling. She worked as a genetic counselor with Intermountain Healthcare as a cancer counselor before joining Huntsman Cancer Institute in October 2016.

  • Allie Ortega
    Allie Ortega Director

    Allie graduated with her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston in 2013. She works for Lineagen, Inc as a laboratory genetic counselor. She provides physicians and families with consultation, education, and support throughout the testing and evaluation process.

  • Cathryn Koptiuch
    Cathryn Koptiuch Director

    Cathryn graduated with a M.S. in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in 2015. She is a genetic counselor for Huntsman Cancer Institute and specializes in gastrointestinal cancers. She sees high risk patients within the Family Cancer Assessment Clinic and participates in research on hereditary cancer and family communication of health information.

  • Laila Andoni
    Laila Andoni Director

    Laila graduated from the University of Utah Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2015. She works for Lineagen, Inc as a laboratory genetic counselor where she provides physicians and families with support throughout the testing process. She has served on AUG planning committees in the past and is now excited to support this organization as a director.

  • Deborah Hartzfeld
    Deborah Hartzfeld President

    Deborah graduated from the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University in 2012. She is a genetic counselor at the Department of Veterans Affairs providing genetic counseling services to our nation’s Veterans through telehealth.

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