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. 

Martha Thomas
Martha ThomasPresident

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 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.
Elizabeth Chisholm Spears
Elizabeth Chisholm SpearsPast-President

I graduated from Brandeis University. I currently work as a Patient Education Liaison for patients with lysosomal storage disorders with Sanofi Genzyme. Previously, I have worked at the Children’s Hospital of The Kings Daughters, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Huntsman Cancer Institute.

In my role as Past President, I work to maintain continuity from one administration to the next.
Jennifer Propst
Jennifer PropstSecretary

I graduated from Indiana University in 2004. I currently practice as a genetic counselor in general genetics and MDA specialty clinic at VCU Health, as well as prenatal clinics at Bon Secours. Previously, I have worked at Emory Genetics as a clinical research coordinator and genetic counselor specializing in lysosomal storage diseases.

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.
Brooke Spangler
Brooke SpanglerTreasurer

I graduated from Indiana University in 2008. I currently practice as a genetic counselor at Lineagen, Inc. Previously, I have worked as a genetic counselor in the Medical Genetics and Metabolism Clinic at the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters.

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.
Amy Kenney
Amy KenneyEastern Representative

I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I currently practice as a genetic counselor at the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. Previously, I have worked at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

In my role as Eastern 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 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 Membership 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 the membership committee.
Lydia Higgs
Lydia HiggsWestern Representative

I graduated from Arcadia University in 2015. I currently practice as a Clinical Genetic Counselor in Oncology at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA. Previously, I have worked as a cancer genetic counselor at the University of Virginia.

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.
Kim Matthijssen
Kim MatthijssenNorthern Representative

I graduated from Arcadia University in 2014. I currently practice as a licensed and certified senior cancer genetic counselor in the Division of Medical Genetics at Inova Translational Medicine Institute in Northern Virginia, and I see patients at Inova Fair Oaks and Inova Loudoun Hospitals.

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 State Meeting & Education committee. 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.
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 Website Design and Maintenance committee
Lauren Vanner Nicely
Lauren Vanner NicelyBoard of Directors

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. I currently practice as a genetic counselor at VCU Medical Center. Previously, I have worked as genetic counselor at Greenwood Genetic Center & Medical University of South Carolina.

In my role as a board member, my role is to elect/confirm officers and participate in officer meetings. I also serve on the Bylaws and Public Policy committee
Tifany Lewis
Tifany LewisBoard of Directors

I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. I currently work as a Genetic Analyst with InformedDNA. Previously, I have worked as a genetic counselor with Virginia Oncology Associates and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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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