Genetic Counseling

School of Health and Human Sciences


Tanner Coleman

Tanner is from Graniteville, SC. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College in 2018 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Neuroscience. 

As an undergraduate, he spent three years as an Academic Tutor and Supplemental Instruction Leader, planning and facilitating review sessions for students in introductory biology and chemistry courses. He spent two years under the supervision of Dr. Shannon Davis in a developmental biology lab and completed an undergraduate thesis on the WNT signaling pathway and the  development of the pituitary gland. He also participated in two summer research programs at the Medical University of South Carolina and Clemson University studying cancer disparities and the mechanisms of parasitic invasion, respectively. He served in various leadership roles throughout his time at USC, including time as a Program Mentor for the Student Success Center and President of the Men’s ultimate Frisbee club. 

During senior year, Tanner shifted his focus from bench work to genetic counseling after taking graduate coursework with the USC Genetic Counseling students and recognizing a desire to combine his passions for genetics, teaching, and science communication. 

Following graduation in 2018, he began working full-time as a Research Assistant at the USC School of Medicine studying neuroinflammation, social stress, and Gulf War Illness in animal models. At the same time, he began preparing for graduate school by shadowing genetic counselors in prenatal, cancer, and pediatric settings; volunteering as a Crisis Counselor at Crisis Text Line; and taking the online genetic counseling course offered through the University of South Carolina. 

In his free time, he enjoys playing and coaching ultimate Frisbee, cooking, board games, and live music. He is happy to answer any questions about finding genetic counseling, the application process, or UNCG.


Daniela DeCristo

Daniela is from Winston-Salem, NC. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. As an undergraduate, Daniela volunteered at UNC Hospitals in Geriatric Psychiatry and with Musical Empowerment as an elementary school violin teacher. In addition, she worked in the psychiatric genetics laboratory of Dr. Patrick Sullivan at UNC and studied genetic predictors of tardive dyskinesia susceptibility in genetically diverse mice administered haloperidol.

After graduating, Daniela began working as a lab technician in the clinical genetics laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Berg. In the Berg lab, she was a member of the NC NEXUS team examining the utility of genetic sequencing applied to newborn screening and a ClinGen Community Curation coordinator for the ActionabilityWorking Group. She is currently involved in variant curation efforts for the ClinGen Cerebral Creatine Deficiency Working Group.

In her free time, Daniela enjoys running in the mountains, marathon training, cooking, playing violin, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends. She would be happy to answer any questions you have about genetic counseling and the program at UNCG.


Katherine DeLap

Katherine is from Uniontown, OH. She graduated summa cum laude from the Ohio State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics and a minor in Psychology. 

During her time at OSU, Katherine served as treasurer and president of the Undergraduate Genetic Counseling Club, volunteered with the Crisis Text Line, and helped facilitate a book club for people with developmental disabilities through the Next Chapter Book Club. She worked for a genetic counselor as a research assistant for two years. Through her job, she was able to contribute to a thyroid cancer gene-hunting study and was credited on a subsequent publication. Katherine enrolled in a service-learning course her senior year during which she taught local high school students about DNA. To further prepare for graduate school, Katherine shadowed in prenatal, pediatric, general, and cancer clinics.

Katherine enjoys reading, cooking, watching Buckeye football games, and spending time with her family, friends, fiancé, and two cats. Feel free to contact her with any questions. 


Frankie Fann

Frankie is from Hickory, NC, and graduated with honors from North Carolina State University in 2016 with a B. S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in ecology, evolution, and conservation. As an undergraduate, Frankie was a tutor and academic consultant for fellow undergrads in general and organic chemistry courses. She also worked part-time in a DNA sequencing lab for a year and a half. After graduating, Frankie went on to work as a lab technologist at LabCorp in the genomics department doing Sanger sequencing and Next-Generation Sequencing.

In preparation for the genetic counseling program, Frankie shadowed genetic counselors in prenatal and cancer clinics in the Research Triangle. She also volunteered as a crisis counselor for the Crisis Text Line and volunteered in a kindergarten classroom for children with cognitive disabilities at the Frankie Lemmon School in Raleigh, NC. She also participated in a brief internship at Northwestern University in the summer of 2018.

In her free time, Frankie likes to hike with her dog Bayley, try new restaurants, watch scary movies, and hang out with friends. Feel free to contact her with any questions.


Missy Gilbert

Missy grew up in Houston, Texas and attended NC State where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014. She majored in Biological Sciences concentrating in human biology and minored in Biotechnology. During her undergraduate career, she tutored quantitative chemistry and was a teaching assistant for Genetics and Human Anatomy and Physiology courses. Missy also interned for the Biotechnology program at NC State under Dr. Goller where she conducted research in metagenomic plasmids. After graduation, she worked at Duke University for 5 years. In her first job at Duke, she worked in the Genomic Analysis Facility in the Center for Human Genome Variation and performed next-generation library preparation and sequencing though Illumina HiSeq sequencers. She then worked under the leadership of Dr. Ferrari in the Duke Department of Surgery, Surgical Sciences division as the lead analyst for the NIH funded HIV Vaccine Trials Network. While at Duke, she attended multiple work conferences realizing her desire to work with patients.

To prepare for graduate school, Missy shadowed genetic counselors at Duke solidifying her interest in the field. She also volunteered at the Durham Crisis Response Center as a hospital responder and crisis line advocate. In this role, she supported and advocated for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence by providing them with local resources, placement in shelters, and listening to their stories.

In her free time, Missy enjoys re-watching The Office, reading Young Adult and trashy romance novels, hiking with her dog, cuddling/pestering her two cats, and listening to local live music with her husband. Please feel free to reach out to her with questions about the program and/or application process.


Amy Knight

Amy grew up in Greensboro, NC and graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a Theatrical Design in 2005. After graduation, she worked in costume design and production in San Francisco for several years and later lived and worked abroad in France and Finland before returning to North Carolina with her family.

After personal experience with genetic counselors during pregnancy, Amy became fascinated by the field and chose to return to school to pursue coursework in science and psychology in order to become a genetic counselor herself. She had the opportunity to gain valuable experience working as community support staff for the Autism Society of North Carolina, volunteering time as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line, and working as a lab technician researching phototropic response of Arabidopsis in zero gravity conditions. Additionally, to prepare for graduate school, she sought training in Mental Health First Aid, shadowed genetic counselors in pediatric, prenatal, and cancer settings, and participated in the UNCG Genetics Club.

In her spare time, Amy bakes, gardens, reads fantasy and science fiction novels, and loves to be outside with her husband and two children. She welcomes prospective student contact and is happy to answer questions about the application process and the program at UNCG.


Cari Koerner

Cari is from Buffalo, NY.She graduated summa cum laude from Allegheny College in 2017 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Global Health Studies.

At Allegheny, Cari was a writing consultant and a teaching assistant for various biology and global health studies classes. She spent a summer as an intern at a refugee resettling agency in Erie, Pennsylvania where she conducted home assessments for newly arrived clients. Additionally, Cari enjoyed her time conducting research on the dimer interface between proteins involved in glutathione biosynthesis. She further pursued research at UNC Chapel Hill, earning her M.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics in 2019. In the lab of Dr. Saskia Neher, she studied the structure and mechanism of proteins involved in lipid metabolism. During graduate school, Cari participated in NC DNA Day, where she traveled to high schools in North Carolina and led activities about DNA repair and the use of DNA in forensics.

To prepare for the genetic counseling program, she served as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line. She shadowed and conducted informational interviews with genetic counselors that work in cancer, prenatal, and pediatric settings.

Cari loves to lift, take trips to the mountains, and go to Durham Bulls baseball games.She’s happy to answer any questions about UNCG or the genetic counseling application process.


Rozalia Valentine

Rozalia is from Martinez, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 with a BA in Psychology. During her time at Cal, Rozalia assisted with research at the Hinshaw ADHD lab, as well as the Srinivasan Language and Cognitive Development Lab.

After graduation, Rozalia moved to Ohio and worked in special education for several years. She was involved in coordination of a teen group at Gigi’s Playhouse in Cleveland, a Down syndrome achievement centre. She is passionate about a multidisciplinary approach to medicine and advocating for equity in healthcare. Rozalia is the current LEND trainee representing the UNCG Genetic Counseling program and is happy to answer questions about LEND at UNCG.

In her free time, Rozalia likes cooking, exploring North Carolina with her wife, and hopes to join an orchestra in the Triad area.