Meet the Board

The Board of Directors shall appoint a President, Chairman of the Board, Secretary/Treasurer, Western Regional Representative, Northern Regional Representative, Central Regional Representative, and Eastern Regional Representative. At the end of the appointed term, the immediate President will become the Past-President and the appointed member will assume the office of the President. 

Lydia Higgs
Lydia HiggsPresident

I earned my Master’s of Science in Genetic Counseling with distinction from Arcadia University in Philadelphia, PA in 2015. I have been a Licensed and Certified Genetic Counselor in the High Risk Genetics Program at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA since the fall of 2017, working primarily in oncology. Previously, I was an oncology genetic counselor at the University of Virginia. My work at Carilion is primarily clinical, but I also serves as a faculty Instructor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

In my role as President I serve as the representative for VaAGC members through media, legislative, and other public interactions. I also chair conference calls and meetings of the VaAGC Officers and meetings of the general membership. I also serve on the Bylaws and Public Policy committee. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding VaAGC as an organization or if you would like to get involved in VaAGC.
Martha Thomas
Martha ThomasPast-President

I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. I currently practice as a cancer genetic counselor at the University of Virginia. Previously, I have worked at Martha Jefferson Hospital (2013-2014) and UTHSCSA (2008-2013) as both an adult and pediatric cancer genetic counselor.

In my role as Past President, I work to maintain continuity from one administration to the next.
Jessica Watts
Jessica WattsSecretary

I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011. I currently practice as a telehealth genetic counselor with GeneMatters. Until March 2020, I worked at Centra Health in Lynchburg, VA. I still live in Lynchburg, working remotely from home. My specialties are prenatal and cardiovascular genetics, but I also currently counsel on a wide variety of indications.

In my role as secretary, my job is to keep minutes during officer meetings and maintain organization documents. I also serve on the Website Design and Maintenance committee. Please feel free to contact me.
Chelsea Chambers
Chelsea ChambersTreasurer

I graduated from Arcadia University in Philadelphia, PA in 2014. I have recently become the Neurology genetic counselor in the Neuromuscular program at VCU Health. Previously, I was a Neurology genetic counselor at the University of Virginia. My work at VCU in Neuromuscular includes both clinical and research responsibilities. I have also been a clinical supervisor for the VCU Genetic Counseling program during my time at UVA.

In my role as treasurer, I plan and implement funding of the VaAGC’s key activities and projects. I also serve on the Membership committee.
Brianna Murray
Brianna MurrayEastern Representative

I graduated from the University of Utah in 2017. I currently practice as a licensed certified genetic counselor supervisor at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) in the Hampton Roads. I also serve as a clinical supervisor for students in the VCU Genetic Counseling program.

In my role as Eastern Representative, my job is to represent genetic counselors in the Eastern Virginia region and serve as a point of contact at VAAGC for genetic counselors in this region. I also serve on the Communication and Outreach committee.
Adam Stucke
Adam StuckeCentral Representative

I graduated from the inaugural class of the Indiana State University Genetic Counseling program in 2018, and I am originally from Lynchburg, VA. I currently practice at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital Forest, specializing in oncology in Henrico, VA. There, I have worked to establish the oncology genetics program with our surgeons, oncologists, breast center, and other providers to make a more robust screening program and testing process for the population.

In my role as Central Region Representative, my job is to serve as the contact for regional resources and educational opportunities. I also serve on the membership committee. Feel free to contact me if there are regional information updates that the VAAGC should be aware of, if there are educational or employment opportunities that can be communicated to members and our other resources, if extra support or connections with other regional genetic counselors or resources is needed, or if you have questions that I can address to the VAAGC or other individual needed.
Joyti Khokhar
Joyti KhokharWestern Representative

I graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University Genetic Counseling program in 2016. I currently practice as a genetic counselor at the University of Virginia specializing in pediatric genetics. I have previously worked in pediatric/general genetics, including various sub-specialties, and in cancer genetics.

In my role as Western Region Representative, my job is to serve as the contact for regional resources and educational opportunities. I also serve on the State Meeting & Education committee. Please feel free to contact me if there are regional informational updates that VAAGC should be made aware of, if there are educational or employment opportunities within the region that should be disseminated among members, if connections between regional genetic counselors and/or officers are needed, or if there are any other questions that I may address or pass along to the most-appropriate individual.
Dina Alaeddin
Dina AlaeddinNorthern Representative

I received my Master’s in Genetic Counseling from the University Of Maryland, School Of Medicine in May, 2017. I have since worked at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, VA as a licensed and certified cancer genetic counselor. I was born and raised in Amman, Jordan and have been in the DMV area for almost 8 years. When out of clinic, I enjoy traveling and playing basketball. In my role as the Northern Region Representative, my job is to represent genetic counselors in the northern region and serve as the point of contact for resources and educational opportunities. I also serve on the Communication and Outreach committee.

In my role as Northern Region Representative, my job is to serve as the contact for regional resources and educational opportunities. I also serve on the Membership committee.
Kim Matthijssen
Kim MatthijssenBoard of Directors

I graduated from Arcadia University in 2014. I currently practice as a licensed and certified senior genetic counselor in the Cancer Genetics Program at Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Northern Virginia, and I see patients at Inova Fair Oaks and Inova Loudoun Hospitals.

In my role as a board member, my role is to elect/confirm officers and participate in officer meetings. I have previously served as the VaAGC Northern Region Representative. I also serve on the Bylaws and public policy committee.
Berkley Schmidt
Berkley SchmidtBoard of Directors

I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. I currently practice as a general and cancer genetic counselor at VCU, as well as the coordinator for the Ehlers Danlos and Hypermobility multidisciplinary clinic. I am also a clinical supervisor for the VCU Genetic Counseling program.

In my role as a board member, my role is to elect/confirm officers and participate in officer meetings. I also serve on the Website design and maintenance committee.
Hailey Feldman
Hailey FeldmanBoard of Directors

I graduated from Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN with a Master of Science degree in Medical and Molecular Genetics in 2018. I am currently a licensed and board-certified prenatal genetic counselor working in the department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA. I am also an instructor for the OBGYN department through the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) School of Medicine, and I have the privilege of teaching both VTC medical students and Carilion's OBGYN residents.

In my role as a board member, my role is to elect/confirm officers and participate in officer meetings. I also serve on the Communication and Outreach committee.

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