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Class of 2018

Amy Siemon

Hi! I'm Amy, a first year student from Cleveland, Ohio. I graduated in 2013 from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in genetics. While there, I was president of my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, worked at the student health center, and was a member of the botany/microbiology student board. In addition, I served as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault at HelpLine of Delaware County. After graduation, I stayed in Columbus to work at Battelle Memorial Institute where I researched biomedical countermeasures against pathogenic organisms. I made the choice to apply to graduate school after shadowing genetic counselors in Columbus and I could not be happier with my decision! In my spare time I enjoy traveling, hiking and watching documentaries.

Alison (Ali) Robzen

Hi, I'm Alison Robzen but just call me Ali! I am a first year student from a suburb outside of Philadelphia, PA. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and earned my BS in biology with a minor in chemistry. During my undergraduate career, I traveled to Tena, Ecuador to perform ecological research along the Napo River. Additionally, I volunteered at the Hillman Cancer Center in the biobehavioral oncology unit by surveying women about their experiences with mammography. Upon early graduation, I was able to secure a job working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I chose to further my education at Case Western due to its 3 diverse hospital systems, prestigious faculty, and location. When I am not working or studying, I enjoy exercising with classmates, finding new recipes, working on my golf game, and watching HGTV!

Annelise Page

Hello! My name is Annelise Page and I am a first year student born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. I completed my undergraduate degree at Wittenberg University where I earned a BS in biology and a minor in psychology. During my time as an undergraduate student I volunteered at a mental health and behavioral services agency working with children diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, and depression. I also worked with a non-profit to foster and train puppies to become service dogs for disabled children during my senior year. I was able to shadow genetic counselors in different specialties throughout my undergraduate years in Cincinnati and Columbus. The rest of my spare time was devoted to my sorority where I held a position on the executive board for two years. When I am not thinking about how fascinating genetics is; I am watching Netflix, exploring Cleveland's many museums and breweries, or doing yoga!

Katie Clayback

Hi! I'm Katie Clayback and I'm a first-year student from Buffalo, NY who attended John Carroll University where I earned my Bachelors of Science in Biology and minor in Philosophy. Before entering Case's Program, I was a research intern at Roswell Park Cancer Institute where I shadowed genetic counselors and completed a research project about the use of multi-gene panels in hereditary cancer syndromes. I was also a hotline advocate at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and member of the Pre-Health Honor Society and Smiles with Style at John Carroll. Outside of the program I love to hang out with my classmates, travel and relax with family!

Stephanie Gerber

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie Gerber and I am a first-year student from Sheboygan, WI. I graduated from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and minors in Psychology and Spanish. During my undergraduate years, I completed fruit fly research looking at the effects of light treatments on potassium cyanide exposure in the brain. In addition, I was a member of my university's golf team and was a volunteer crisis advocate at a domestic abuse shelter. I also volunteered in a special education pre-K class and had the opportunity to shadow a few different genetic counselors in various specialties. In my free time, I enjoy golfing, watching cooking/baking shows on Food Network, and spending time with my awesome classmates!

Morgan Hnatiuk

Hi, I am Morgan Hnatiuk and I am a first year student from Grand Haven, Michigan. For my undergraduate degree, I attended the University of Michigan and earned my BS in Neuroscience. While there, I was involved in clinical research with the Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) clinic where I helped develop an interactive learning tool for families of children with DSD. I also worked as a genetic counseling assistant at the University of Michigan's Cancer Genetics clinic and was a private organic chemistry tutor. One of my favorite experiences from undergrad was the opportunity to volunteer at Ozone House as a crisis hotline counselor where I provided support to members of the community, with our center specifically offering services to youth and their families. In my free time, I enjoy experimenting with new recipes, discovering new wineries, and being outside doing anything from hiking to relaxing on the beach!

Class of 2019

Alexandria "Alex" Bakos

Hi everyone! My name is Alexandria Bakos, but I go by Alex since Alexandria can be a mouthful! I am a first-year genetic counseling student from Broadview Heights, Ohio. I graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology. During my undergraduate career, I volunteered with the American RedCross as a caseworker, where I counseled people who had gone through disasters. I also spent a summer doing research on the genetic diversity of the white tail deer population in the Cleveland Metroparks. In addition to volunteering during undergrad, I worked part time. When I am not doing school work, I can be found at work, watching Netflix, hiking, cuddling with my cats, going out with friends, and practicing yoga!

Emily Creque

Hi! My name is Emily Creque and I am a member of the class of 2019. I am from Macedonia, Ohio. For my undergraduate studies, I received my BS in Cellular/Molecular Biology with a Chemistry minor from Kent State University. During my time as an undergraduate, I was an executive board member for a student organization known as the Body Acceptance Movement. In this role, I worked to plan, secure funding for, and execute a week of events for KSU's campus in accordance with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. I also served as an undergraduate research assistant for an NSF-funded study regarding lipid signaling pathways occurring in plants during a stress response. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and going hiking with my two Samoyed dogs.

Molly Ford

Hello! I'm Molly Ford and I am a first-year student originally from Port Huron, Michigan. I graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan with my Bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. During my time at Grand Valley, I collaborated with the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan to create an informative brochure for families expecting a child with Down Syndrome. I also volunteered as a friendly visitor for Spectrum Health Hospice where I provided emotional support to patients and their loved ones at an extremely difficult time in their lives. After graduating, I worked as a Genetic Counseling Assistant for two years in the Cancer Genetics department at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was able to work closely with Genetic Counselors and have face-to-face interactions with patients, which solidified my desire to become a genetic counselor. I chose to further my education at Case Western because of the outstanding faculty, variety of clinical rotation opportunities, and cultural diversity in the Cleveland area. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Cleveland with my fiancé, spending time with my friends and family, watching Food Network, cooking/baking, cuddling my cat, and hanging out with dogs (especially corgis)!

Sharisse Jimenez

Hi! My name is Sharisse Jimenez and I am a first-year student from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I completed my undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduating with a BA in Biology and a minor is Spanish for the Medical Professions. During my senior year at UNC, I was an undergraduate research assistant in a plant genetics lab where I worked on protein-protein interactions in a cytokinin-signaling pathway. During the gap year between undergraduate and graduate school, I worked as a clinical research assistant and basic science research assistant at the UNC Cancer and Adult Genetics Clinic where I gained invaluable exposure to the great field of genetic counseling! I also volunteered as a telephone worker for CONTACT crisis helpline. During my free time I enjoy traveling, reading, and exploring the diverse opportunities Cleveland has to offer!

Caroline Linke

Hi! I am Caroline Linke and I am a first year student from Cincinnati, OH. I got my BS in microbiology from Ohio State University in 2012. During college, I studied the genetics of the bacterial pathogen S. pneumonia which is where I discovered my interest in genetics, it just took me a few years to make the switch to human genetics. After working in a couple bacterial genetic labs, I was looking for something new and joined a human genetics lab at the University of Chicago, working to characterize inter-individual protein levels in human tissue samples. It was during this time that I learned about genetic counseling and after shadowing counselors, I knew it was the perfect career for me! In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my classmates and friends, watching football (go Buckeyes!), trying new restaurants and breweries, and watching Netflix.

Cortlandt Martin

Hi, my name is Cortlandt Martin, and I am a first-year student from Columbus, Ohio. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Health Sciences. During my time at OSU, I worked as a genetic counseling assistant in the Division of Human Genetics, helping to complete a project pertaining to telegenetics. In addition, I have volunteered at the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio, and have had the opportunity to shadow several genetic counselors of varying specialties in Columbus. Upon graduating, I began volunteering for the lab GCs at Nationwide Children's Hospital and LifeTown, a mock town for children with special needs. In my free time, I love spending time with my family, especially my dog, watching Netflix and sleeping as much as I can! I'm so excited to be a part of this family at Case, and I can't wait to see what the next two years have in store for me!

Kristy Nguyen

My name is Kristy. I pursued my undergraduate degree at Kent State. I'm originally from Los Angeles, California but moved to Ohio when I was 14 years old and have been here since. I'm a huge foodie, I enjoy doing yoga, and traveling as much as I possibly can even if it means just going to a neighboring state. I also love art and going to museums!

Madeline "Maddie" Williamson

Hi, my name is Madeline Williamson and I am a first-year student from Bloomingdale, OH. I completed by Bachelor's degree at Kent State University where I majored in Biology. As an undergraduate I worked with first-year students as a Peer Mentor and as a Student Success Leader. After taking a genetics course in my sophomore year, I became the Supplemental Instruction Leader for the class and had the opportunity to facilitate the success of other students in the course for three semesters. Outside of school, I volunteered with Crisis Text Line, a text-based service where I provided support to individuals of diverse backgrounds and crises. In my free time I like to hike, check out new restaurants, watch movies, and do yoga.

Last update on: 28th November 2018