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.
Whitney EspinelDirector - President
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.
Erin HeckamanDirector - Membership
Erin graduated from the Utah Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in 2012. After graduation, she worked for Myriad Genetic Laboratories for several years. Currently, she is remaining active in the field by maintaining her license and certification, while in a temporary pause to be home with her two young children. Erin is happy to have the chance to give back to the local Utah genetic counseling community by serving on the AUG board of directors.
Cathryn KoptiuchDirector - Treasurer
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.
The Association for Utah Genetic Counselors (AUG) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Utah. Our mission is to promote communication and support among genetic counselors in the state of Utah and also to provide genetic education and promotion of the genetic counseling profession.