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board of directors

  • Elise Austin
    Elise Austin Director

    Elise is a licensed and certified genetic counselor with over 10 years of experience in public health, clinical practice, student supervision, and industry. She currently practices at St. Mark’s Hospital as an oncology genetic counselor. Since relocating to Utah and becoming an AUG member in 2014, she has participated in multiple events such as journal clubs, education conferences, and advocacy events. She is looking forward to further serving and engaging in the Utah genetic counseling community through the Board of Directors. She resides in Salt Lake City and currently spends a lot of time at home with her husband and two young sons.

  • Heather Nick
    Heather Nick President

    Heather Nick, MS CGC is a clinical oncology genetic counselor with Intermountain Healthcare in Murray, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling in Spring 2020. Heather’s professional interests are centered around patient autonomy, genomic data sharing, and improving access to genetic counseling services. As part of AUG, Heather hopes to find ways to bring the local GC community together and support prospective students as they learn more about the profession.

  • Rachel Palmquist
    Rachel Palmquist Director

    Rachel graduated from the University of Utah Genetic Counseling Program in 2014. She works at University of Utah Pediatrics and Primary Children’s Center for Personalized Medicine. Her clinical focus is primarily in epilepsy, pediatric neurogenetics and rapid sequencing in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. In her role she supports local pediatric-wide initiatives and research around genomic sequencing and genomic data collection and infrastructure. Rachel is excited for the opportunity to work with and learn from the larger Utah GC community.

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