Class of 2022

Carina Bertolini

Carina is from Columbus, OH, and received a bachelor’s degree in both psychology and Italian from The Ohio State University. During college, she studied abroad in Siena, Italy and spent a summer in Cork, Ireland working as a research assistant with the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT). Prior to graduate school, Carina worked as a genetic counseling assistant at a maternal-fetal medicine center and volunteered as a crisis counselor on a suicide hotline. She enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, and getting lost on long walks through Central Park. Carina is conversant in Italian. 

 

Aimiel Casillan

Aimiel is from Los Angeles, CA, and received a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in society and genetics from UCLA. She is an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Advocate and continues to volunteer for a national suicide lifeline. Prior to graduate school, Aimiel worked as a program coordinator intern at a large, urban medical center. She is active in the Filipino-American community and cultivates her skills in traditional Filipino dance as both a performer and dance coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, exploring local book shops, and finding new places to eat. She is fluent in Tagalog.

 

Chloe Cheung

Chloe is from Hong Kong and received a bachelor's degree in bioengineering from UCLA. Prior to graduate school, she worked as an industry-based genetic counseling assistant supporting preimplantation genetic testing services and as an intern at a cancer prevention and treatment center. Chloe also volunteered at a suicide prevention center as a crisis counselor and mentor, and is a former camp counselor and director at a bereavement camp for children. She is an avid rock climber and has worked as a challenge course facilitator at an outdoors ropes course. Chloe is proficient in Cantonese.

 

Mary Egan Clark

Mary Egan is from Memphis, TN, and received a bachelor’s degree in English from The College of William & Mary. During college, she studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland and taught English for two summers in Merida, Mexico and Budapest, Hungary. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a genetic counseling assistant at a pediatric cancer prevention and treatment center, supporting both clinical practice and qualitative research. Mary Egan also has expereince as a crisis center hotline counselor. She enjoys traveling, playing piano, and searching for the best bagel in Manhattan.

 

Nicky Delva

Steinhardt-Goldman Scholar

Student Member, Admission Committee

Nicky is from Atlanta, GA, and received a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Howard University. During college, she worked with the Howard University Diversity in Aging Research (HUDAR) program, studying triple negative breast cancer and its impact on African American women. Prior to graduate school, Nicky was a genetic counseling research assistant and volunteered with West-African refugees. She enjoys fashion, traveling, movies, and museums in New York. Nicky is fluent in Haitian-Creole and conversant in French.

 

Jennah Foltz

Jennah is from Shelbyville, IN and received a bachelor's in biology and minors in chemistry and Spanish from Butler University. She grew up on a farm and was a ballet dancer for 15 years prior to college. During college, Jennah worked in an advanced cell biology lab and also provided therapeutic horse-riding lessons to people with intellectual and physical disabilities. She has worked as a child life specialist and a crisis counselor supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Jennah is proficient in Spanish.  

 

Jordana Graifman

Jordana is from Short Hills, NJ, and received a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Northwestern University. During college, she studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and also conducted research in human computer interaction and medical information seeking. Jordana has worked as a clinical research coordinator in maternal-fetal medicine, supporting an interdisciplinary study investigating the mechanical environment of pregnancy. She continues to serve as a crisis counselor and participates in community theater. 

 

Samantha Guzman

Samantha is from Billings, MT and received a bachelor’s degree in physiology from Seattle Pacific University. During college, she held a leadership position in the Minority Association of Pre-Professional Health Students and worked as a teaching assistant in biochemistry. Samantha has worked in utilization management of genetic testing and has experience in supporting long term memory care. She enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking, skiing, and exploring new parks with her puppy. Samantha is conversant in Spanish.

 

Felicia Russo

Felicia is from Montreal, Canada, and received a bachelor’s degree in anatomy and cell biology from McGill University as well as a certificate in medical genetics from the University of Montreal. During college, she studied abroad in Canberra, Australia. Prior to graduate school, Felicia worked as a clinical research coordinator in psychiatric genetics and as a counselor and fundraising coordinator with a non-profit organization for people experiencing homelessness. She enjoys baking, traveling, and trying out new restaurants. Felicia is fluent in French and conversant in Italian. 

 

Dani Temares

Dani is from Warren, NJ and received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Yale University. During college, she was a member of the varsity women’s soccer team and volunteered with both the Boys and Girls Club and a local hunger and homelessness action project. Dani has worked as a clinical research coordinator and a genetic counseling assistant in cancer genetics, and has experience as a camp counselor for children impacted by a parent's cancer. She enjoys running, recreational sports, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Dani is proficient in Spanish.

 

Shannon Trujillo

LEND Fellow

Shannon is from Los Angeles, CA, and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of San Diego. During college, she studied abroad in Queensland, Australia. Shannon has worked as a STEM program consultant and instructor in engineering, computer science, coding, and robotics for underserved local communities. She has experience as a community educator and research assistant in Alzhemier disease, and is a certified aerial yoga instructor. Shannon enjoys spending time in nature, as well as reading and writing about science and genetics. 

 

Gabrielle Vincent

Gabrielle is from Edmonton, Canada, and received a bachleor's in biology from Queen’s University. Prior to graduate school, she was a crisis counselor on a regional hotline and with a rape relief and women's shelter. Gabrielle has worked as a research assistant in psychiatric genetics and as a volunteer adaptive ski instructor for individuals with cognitive, visual, and physical impairments. She is always on the search for good coffee spots, loves spending time outdoors, and values quality time with family and friends. Gabrielle is proficient in French.

 

Becca Waggoner

Becca is from Orange County, CA, and received a bachelor's degree in psychobiology with a minor in society and genetics from UCLA. During college, she studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland and worked as a research assistant for the Familial Impact of Newborn Screening in X-ALD study. Prior to graduate school, Becca was a research assistant in pediatric genetics and a genetic counseling assistant in cancer genetics. She also has experience providing emotional support in the setting of hospice and with a local trauma intervention program. Becca enjoys running in Central Park and exploring the city. She is proficient in Spanish. 

 

Anna Xue

Student Member, Research Committee, United Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency Foundation

Anna is from Minneapolis, MN, and received a bachelor’s degree in physiology with minors in biochemistry and chemistry from the University of Minnesota. During college, she worked as a research assistant in blood-brain barrier disease modeling using induced pluripotent stem cells. Prior to graduate school, Anna worked in clinical research support at a large medical center and volunteered as a hospice companion. She enjoys trying new restaurants and finding good coffee. Anna is conversant in Spanish and Mandarin.