About Us

Clinical Leadership Team

Dr. Rebecca Sutphen, MD, FACMG

Rebecca Sutphen, MD, FACMG

Chief Medical Officer

  • InformedDNA Co-founder, President and Chief Medical Officer
  • Professor, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
  • Former Director of Clinical Genetics at Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
  • Researcher funded by the American Cancer Society, the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in clinical genetics, molecular genetics and cytogenetics
  • Board certified pediatrician
  • One of the few physicians board-certified in clinical, molecular, AND cytogenetics
  • Served for more than a decade as the Director of Clinical Genetics for the only NCI-designated Cancer Center in Florida, the Moffitt Cancer Center, as well as Director of Clinical Genetics for the large university-affiliated tertiary children's hospital, All Children's Hospital that is now part of the Johns Hopkins Healthcare System.
  • Served for 12 years on the NCCN guidelines committee that sets the standard for clinical genetic testing
  • Currently serves as an invited expert member of Medicare's Advisory Committee on Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Testing and the subcommittee on Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory Testing.
Amber Trivedi

Amber Trivedi, MS, CGC

Chief Innovation Officer

“I loved making real connections with my patients when I worked in the clinic, and didn’t imagine how much I would enjoy the transition to managed care. It’s truly amazing to see the huge positive impact when we write best practice policies and deploy them nationally.”
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2007
  • M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University
  • B.A. in Behavioral Biology from Johns Hopkins University
  • Seminal involvement with national hereditary cancer patient advocacy group
  • Former researcher at Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwestern University and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA
  • Member of National Society of Genetic Counselors; American Society of Human Genetics; American College of Medical Genetics; and the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Research has appeared in the Cancer; Journal of Genetic Counseling; Breast Cancer Research and Treatment; The Journal of The National Cancer Institute; The Journal of American Health; Information Management Association; The American Cancer Society Journals; and the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Presented research at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium; American College of Medical Genetics Annual Meeting; National Conference on Genomics and Public Health; American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting; and Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Cancer Symposium
Jana Pruski-Clark

Jana Pruski-Clark, MPH, MS, CGC

Senior Vice President, Clinical Services

"I studied genetics in high school and college, but hadn't heard about genetic counseling until my senior year. I loved the real-world application of genetics!"
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2007
  • MS in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College
  • MPH in Epidemiology from University of Washington
  • BA in Mathematics and Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College
  • Member of FORCE Advisory Board
  • Member of National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • Research has appeared in Clinical Genetics and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
  • Research presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium; International Symposium on Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer; National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference; National Consortium of Breast Centers Annual Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference; Newborn Screening and Genetic Testing Symposium; Pediatric Endocrinology Montreal 2001 Meeting
Megan Czarniecki

Megan Czarniecki, MS, MA, CGC

VP, Genetic Analyst Services

“I have always been drawn to the intersection between science and psychology, and genetic counseling marries the two perfectly.”
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2009
  • M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University
  • M.A. in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from Northwestern University
  • B.A. in Anthropology and French from Grinnell College
  • Former clinical genetic counselor specializing in reproductive genetics and newborn screening
  • Former Research Technician at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Member of National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • Research published in Genetics in Medicine.
  • Presented research at the American College of Medical Genetics Annual Meeting and National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Meeting
Kim Schahl

Kim Schahl, MS, CGC

Director, Genomics Research & Development

“Clinical genetics has always interested me, but my time as a laboratory genetic counselor really sparked my nerdy love of molecular genetics.”
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2002
  • M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University
  • B.A. in Biology from Augustana College
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Genetic Counseling
  • Member of the National Society of Genetic Counseling
  • Former genetic counselor at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and Molecular Genetics Laboratory
  • Former genetic counselor at the University of Chicago College of Medicine, in the Department of Pediatrics
  • Former instructor in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • Developed general genetics curriculum at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
  • Developed the genetic counseling laboratory internship course at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • Guest lecturer and presenter at St. Francis Medical Center; Illinois Central College; Proctor Hospital; Illinois Department of Public Health; Mayo Medical School; Northwestern University; and Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Research published in the Illinois Teratogen Information Service; Laboratory Investigation; Communiqué; PLOS Genetics; American Journal of Medical Genetics; Mayo Clinic Proceedings; and Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.
 
Kelle Steenblock

Kelle Steenblock, MS, CGC

Senior Innovation Project Manager

"I was hooked on genetics in 10th grade after watching 'The Race for the Double Helix' and then building our own DNA models in biology class."
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2002
  • M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL​
  • B.A. in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
  • Seminal involvement with national hereditary cancer patient advocacy groups​
  • Former Prenatal genetic counselor, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Former Molecular genetic counselor, Mayo Clinic Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Rochester, MN
  • Former Program Coordinator/Genetic Counselor, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Program, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN
  • Former Embryologist, Center for Human Reproduction, Chicago IL​
  • Member of National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • Research has appeared in the Journal of Genetic Counseling; Cancer Research; Genetics in Medicine; Journal of Neurogenetics; Gastroenterology; Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention
  • Presented research at the National Society of Genetic Counselors
Kelly Athman

Kelly Athman, MS, CGC

Utilization Management Team Lead

"My love of working with people in a direct care setting led me to the field of genetic counseling, after initially thinking that I wanted to pursue a career in neuropsychology in undergrad."
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2010
  • M.S. in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology & Genetics from the University of Minnesota
  • B.A. in Psychology and Biology from the University of Minnesota
  • Former genetic counselor at Fairview Hospitals and Clinics, Children’s Mercy Hospital, and CentraCare Health Systems.
  • Former clinical supervisor for students from the University of Arkansas Genetic Counseling Program and University of Minnesota Genetic Counseling Program.
  • Former member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors Leadership Development Task Force.
  • Presentations at the National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference and the Minnesota Genetic Counselor Association Annual Education Conference.
  • Research published in Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Abstracts presented through the National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference and the Meeting of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders
Whitney Ducaine

Whitney Ducaine, MGC, CGC, CN-BM

Cancer Team Lead

“I was always interested in a healthcare field that helped people. That ability to partner with patients in order to help them understand their risk and what they can do to improve their health makes me love being a genetic counselor."
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2005
  • Certified Breast Patient Navigator in Breast Management since 2013
  • Master’s in Genetic Counseling from the University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • B.S. in Biology from the University of Georgia
  • Former genetic counselor at William Beaumont Hospital - Beaumont Cancer Genetics Program; Magee-Women’s Hospital
  • Former research specialist at Emory University Department of Urology
  • Member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • Assisted in the identification of DNA of victims from Hurricane Katrina
  • Research published in the Journal of Genetic Counseling; Connecticut Medicine; and BioTechniques
  • Research presented at National Consortium of Breast Centers Annual Education Conference; Michigan Cancer Consortium Annual Education Conference; National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference; Collaborative Group of the Americas on Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Annual Meeting; Annual Beaumont DNA Symposium; American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting; and National Consortium of Breast Centers Annual Conference.
Marie Schuetzle

Marie Schuetzle, MS, CGC

Reproductive Genetics Team Lead

“I have always loved science and sharing information - I even missed a high school prom to present at a science fair. Being a genetic counselor allows me to support families' understanding and use of genetic information in a way that is meaningful to their health.”
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2005
  • M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Indiana University
  • B.A. in Biology from the College of Saint Benedict
  • Former genetic counselor at Mayo Clinic's Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology Departments and Indiana University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Former Laboratory Technician at Washington University Department of Molecular Genetics
  • Member of the National Society of Genetic Counseling</span
  • Previous Mayo Clinic Reproductive Medical Advisory Board Member and Instructor in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
  • Research presented at American College of Medical Genetics Annual Conference; American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting; Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting
  • Guest lecturer at National Society of Genetic Counselors, Mayo School of Continuing Medical Education, Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Mayo School of Health Sciences, American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, North Dakota Cancer Coalition Annual Conference, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Services, University of Mary and Saint John’s University
  • Research published in Diseases and Disorders, and Prenatal Diagnosis
Tricia See

Tricia See, ScM, CGC

Cardiac & Neurogenetics Team Lead

“I knew I wanted to be a genetic counselor since my high school AP biology class. I have loved the field of genetic counseling ever since then!”
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2005
  • ScM in Genetic Counseling from Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A. in Genetics from Cornell University
  • Former genetic counselor at Children’s Hospital Boston; University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center; Children’s National Medical Center, Center for Prenatal Evaluation
  • Guest lecturer at Children’s National Medical Center and University of California San Francisco
  • Full member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • Research published in Acta Neuropathologica Communications; Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology; Handbook of Genomics and the Family; and Neurology Journal of the American Medical Association
Karmen Trzupek

Karmen Trzupek, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor - Ocular Team Lead

“After over 15 years working in ophthalmic genetics, I have developed personal relationships with many people with blinding retinal diseases. Some of them have talked me into joining them next summer to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in support of Usher syndrome research. I'm not a climber, but I'm committed and excited!”
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2005
  • M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University
  • B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Illinois
  • Former genetic counselor at the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health & Sciences University
  • Former research assistant at the Macular Degeneration Center at Oregon Health & Sciences University
  • Member of the Board of Directors at the Hear See Hope Foundation
  • Member of the Board of Directors at the Usher Syndrome Coalition
  • Member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors; Member and author of "NSGC Telegenetics Practice Guidelines" Working Group
  • Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Member and author of American Academy of Ophthalmology Clinical Working group to develop "Recommendations for the Clinical Assessment of Patients with Inherited Retinal Diseases"
  • Research published in GeneReviews; Current Opinion in Ophthalmology; Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Ophthalmic Genetics; Archives of Ophthalmology; and Ophthalmology Clinics of North America.
Erin_Engel

Erin Engel, MS, CGC

Lead Genetic Analyst / Product Manager, IDNAcentral

"I've had a fascination with genetics and a passion for spreading science education since high school. I feel so fortunate to have found the field of genetic counseling which marries my intellectual and personal interests and allowed me to find a professional role where I have the opportunity to expand access to genetics expertise across the country!"
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2012
  • M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • B.A. in Genetics, Cell Biology & Development with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Former genetic counselor at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Cancer Clinic, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, including former member of the NSGC CEU Review Team
  • Member of the Minnesota Genetic Counselors Association
  • Former coordinator of the Minnesota Genetic Counseling Experience Program
  • Former clinical supervisor for students from the University of Minnesota Genetic Counseling Program
Gwen Fraley

Gwen Fraley, MS, CGC

Lead Policy Writer

"I loved clinic and my experience caring for patients. Now I get to use what I learned in that setting to address access to genetic services from a public health perspective."
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2005
  • MS in Genetic Counseling Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • BA in Biology from the University of Oregon
  • Member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • Former genetic counselor at Oregon Health and Sciences University; Evanston Hospital Fetal Diagnostic Center; Perinatal Center at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital; Mount Sinai Medical Center; Southwest Washington Medical Center; and Salem Hospital
  • Former instructor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Former guest lecturer of the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University
  • Presented research at Annual Pacific Northwest Update in OB-GYN and Women’s Health; Annual Education Conference of the National Society of Genetic Counselors; and the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting
  • Research published in the Journal of Maternal Fetal Neonatal Medicine
Jenna McLosky

Jenna McLosky, MS, CGC

Lead UM Algorithm Engineer

"Public health and prevention are so important in protecting the health of people and communities. Increasing access to genetic services and deploying best practices makes my heart happy."
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2007
  • M.S. in Medical Genetics from the University of Cincinnati
  • B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Valparaiso University
  • Alumna of LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities)
  • Former cancer genomics education coordinator at Michigan DHHS, formerly the Michigan Department of Community Health
  • Former clinical genetic counselor at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
  • Member of National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • Research published in Public Health Genomics; BMC Cancer; Journal of Cancer Epidemiology.
  • Research presented at the Centers for Disease Control National Cancer Conference; National Program of Cancer Registries Annual Program Directors Meeting; National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference.
Shanna Gustafson

Shanna Gustafson, MPH, MS, CGC

Senior Relationship Manager

"I decided I wanted to be a genetic counselor when I was in high school, it was only after working as a clinical genetic counselor for a few years that I found I was most passionate about the many ways we can improve access to appropriate genetic care for patients and I have been pursuing opportunities that provide these experiences ever since."
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2007
  • MS in Genetic Counseling from The University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health
  • MPH with a focus in Genetics from The University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health
  • BS in Genetics and Cellular Development from the University of Minnesota
  • Former genetic counselor at Cleveland Clinic Health System; Former genetic counselor at William Beaumont Hospital; Former genetic counselor at University of Michigan Health System; Former graduate student researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • Member of National Society of Genetic Counselors, including former leadership roles in Access and Service Delivery and Public Policy Committees
  • Research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology; Journal of Genetic Counseling; Genetics in Medicine; Gastrointestinal Cancer Research; Seminars in Oncology; JAMA Dermatology; and Familial Cancer
  • Presentations at National Society of Genetic Counselors annual education meetings, Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer Annual Meeting, World Research Group Medical Policy and Molecular Diagnostics/Genetic testing Forum, American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, and the Sickle Cell Disease Associations annual convention.
Sandy McDonough

Sandy McDonough, MS, CGC

Senior Relationship Manager

“I knew I always wanted a career that would help people and initially started my undergraduate studies focused in psychology. I learned about a new major at my college, which examined the psychological, sociological, and biological factors that impact health and knew this was for me. I was introduced to the field of genetic counseling through my courses,which I pursued shortly after graduation.”
  • Certified Genetic Counselor since 2002
  • MS in Genetic Counseling from Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • BS in Behavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University
  • Former psychosocial researcher at The Pennsylvania State University, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Former genetic counselor at Saint Barnabas Medical Center
  • Former product specialist at numerous diagnostic laboratories specializing in hereditary cancer as well as prenatal screening and diagnosis
  • Member of the Human Genetics Association of NJ
  • Abstracts presented through the Society of Behavioral Medicine, International Society of Behavioral Health, and National Society of Genetic Counselors conferences
Rachel Utesch

Rachel Utesch, RN, CN-BN

Relationship Manager

“As a patient advocate and healthcare professional, I want the best outcome for each patient. My role at InformedDNA has given me the opportunity educate clients on the importance of genetic counseling and also help those affected by cancer navigate through the best treatment of care.”
  • B.A. in Communication and Journalism from the University of Minnesota
  • A.S. in Nursing from Riverland College
  • Registered Nurse since 2011
  • Certified Navigator-Breast Nurse since 2014
  • Ten years professional experience in business administration, sales and executive healthcare recruiting
  • Three years professional experience in healthcare relationship management