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.
John Quillin
John QuillinCentral Representative

I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999. I am a faculty member with VCU’s Department of Human & Molecular Genetics where I serve as Assistant Director for Research for the MS Genetic Counseling program. I also work as cancer genetic counselor for VCU Health.

In my role as Central Regional Representative, my job is to represent genetic counselors in the Central Virginia region and serve as a point of contact at VAAGC for genetic counselors in this region. I also serve on the State meeting and education Committee. Please feel free to contact me if you are a genetic counselor new to the central Virginia region or have any questions about VAAGC, or if you are interested in joining this committee.
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.
Casey Mckenna
Casey MckennaBoard of Directors

I graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2013. I currently practice as a senior genetic counselor in cancer and ocular genetics at InformedDNA. Previously, I have worked at the University of Virginia as a pediatric and lysosomal genetic counselor.

In my role as a board member, my role is to elect/confirm officers and participate in officer meetings. I have previously served as VaAGC secretary. 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.
Tifany Lewis
Tifany LewisBoard of Directors

I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. I currently work as a genetic counselor with Virginia Oncology Associates.

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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