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board of directors

  • Cathryn Koptiuch
    Cathryn Koptiuch Director - 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.

  • Erin Heckaman
    Erin Heckaman Director - 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.

  • Whitney Espinel
    Whitney Espinel Director - 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.

  • Laila Andoni
    Laila Andoni Director - Membership

    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.

  • Heidi Gorringe
    Heidi Gorringe Director - Secretary

    Bio coming soon!

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