Faculty and Staff

The primary faculty for the Genetic Counseling Program consists of genetic professionals within Boston University Medical Center:

MaryAnn W.  Campion, M.S., C.G.C.MaryAnn Campion

Program Director, Genetic Counseling Program
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Licensed Genetic Counselor

MaryAnn received a B.S. in Psychology from Furman University and an M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of South Carolina. Prior to coming to Boston University in 2003, she worked as a prenatal genetic counselor with the Greenwood Genetic Center in South Carolina. MaryAnn serves as a prenatal genetic counselor at Boston Medical Center, and she is an advisor to GoodStart Genetics and a consultant for the Framingham Heart Study. She was recently appointed as Director of Program Evaluation for the BUSM Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. She has also served on several committees for the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the American Board of Genetic Counseling, the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, and the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors. She is also currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Development at BU’s School of Education, with research interests in student and faculty vitality, program development and assessment, and positive psychology.


Maureen Flynn, M.S., C.G.C., M.P.H.Maureen Flynn

Associate Director, Genetic Counseling Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology & Oncology
Licensed Genetic Counselor

Originally from Chicago, Maureen received a B.S. in Cell & Structural Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She received her M.S. in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She subsequently moved to Boston in 2002 to begin her role at the Boston University School of Medicine.  Maureen’s primary clinical interests include cancer genetic counseling, hereditary cancer syndromes, health disparities, ethnicity-based carrier screening, and pediatrics.  She received her M.P.H. with a concentration in Health Law from Boston University in 2007.  She was a member of the BU School of Public Health Alumni Board and has served on multiple subcommittees and working groups of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. Maureen is a member of Boston Medical Center’s Cancer Care Committee.


Katherine E. Krepkovich, M.S., M.S., C.G.C.Katie Krepkovich

Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Licensed Genetic Counselor

Katie received a B.A. in Biology and an M.S. in Biology (with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended the Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and received an M.S. in Medical Genetics in June 2006. Katie serves as a prenatal genetic counselor at Boston Medical Center.   In addition, she works with the Birth Defects Monitoring Program Advisory Committee at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Katie is also involved with the National Society of Genetic Counselors and is currently a member of the Abstract workgroup.


Lauren Lichten, M.S., C.G.C.Lauren Lichten

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Lauren received a B.A. in molecular biology from Colgate University and subsequently attended the Genetic Counseling Program at Brandeis University.  Prior to joining the team at BUMC, Lauren worked as a clinical genetic counselor in maternal fetal medicine and general genetics. During that time she also taught guest lectures, mentored student research projects, and served as a clinical supervisor for the genetic counseling programs at BU and Brandeis University.  Besides education, her professional interests include helping underserved populations, ethics, professional issues, and counseling psychology.  She has been a member of the Boston-Area Genetic Counseling Supervision Group since 2006.  Lauren currently works in the Pediatric Genetics clinic at BUMC.


Beverly Hay, M.D.

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Medical Director

Dr. Hay graduated from UC Santa Barbara with the intent to become a genetic counselor, but was waylaid by science.  After 6 years of molecular genetics in a lab, she went to medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  She completed her Pediatrics Residency in Rochester (NY) prior to doing a fellowship in Genetics at the NIH, where she studied immunogenetics (still her favorite subject) and gene therapy.  Despite her years & interest in research, she came to find clinical genetics more compelling and moved to UMass in 2003.  Currently she is most involved in clinical genetics (for children and adults), teaching students and residents, and maintaining a healthy interest in many different subjects.

 

Audrey C. Woerner, M.D., M.P.H.A Woerner

Clinical Medical Genetics Faculty

Dr. Woerner received a BA in Speech-Language-Hearing from the University of Kansas and an MPH from the University of Texas Houston School of Public Health and an MD from the University of Texas Houston Medical School.  She completed a 5 year combined Pediatrics/Medical Genetics Residency program at the University of Texas Houston and began working as a Clinical Geneticist at Boston Children’s Hospital with a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School in 2011.  She is board certified in Clinical Genetics.  She is the faculty advisor for the Medical Geneticist Student Interest Group at Harvard Medical School, is currently piloting a TeleGenetics program through Boston Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Woerner provides outpatient and inpatient Clinical Medical Genetics services in the Department of Pediatrics at BUMC.


Raveen K. Basran, DPhil.

Director, Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Basran received her Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree from the University of Toronto in Human Biology. After completion of her undergraduate degree she went over the pond to England to complete her Masters and Doctorate degrees at the University of Oxford. Dr. Basran’s graduate work focused on hemoglobin disorders within Southeast Asia, an interest she continued through her postdoctoral work. Recently, Dr. Basran completed an ABMG-accredited fellowship in Clinical Molecular Genetics within the Center for Human Genetics.


Thomas A. Maher, M.S.T. Maher

Manager, Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Instructor, Department Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Tom earned his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and went on to earn a M.S. in the Cell and Molecular biology program at Boston University. He was the Director of Forensics and laboratory manager at the Center for Human Genetics at BUMC for 25+ years. Recently, Tom has moved to the Pathology department to setup molecular genetic testing at BMC. He is involved in the genetic counseling program, teaching students and training pathology residents in molecular genetics.


Kira A. Dies, ScM, C.G.C.Dies_Kira

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Kira Dies received a B.A. in Biology and Spanish from Bucknell University in 1998 and a Master of Science degree (Sc.M.) in Genetic Counseling in 2003 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and a licensed genetic counselor in Massachusetts. Her experience includes establishing a new clinic, the Comprehensive Brain Malformation Program, at Children’s Hospital Boston and coordinating research on the genetics of brain malformations and cognitive disorders. She then served as the Director of the Family Research Network for the non-profit Autism Consortium and coordinated multi-site research and family programs. Kira is currently the Program Manager for the Tuberous Sclerosis Program at Children’s Hospital Boston. She coordinates clinical trials for Tuberous Sclerosis and provides genetic counseling for patients in the Neurology department.  For the past six years, she has also been a coordinator of the Research Seminar Series for the BUSM Genetic Counseling graduate program and aids in the development of student thesis projects.


Shannon K. Barrett, M.S., C.G.C.Barrett

Medical Science Liaison

Shannon received a B.S. in Biology at the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York in 1995.  Shannon was the Senior Genetic Counselor and Division Coordinator in the Department of Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and holds an academic appointment of Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. In 2005, Shannon joined Genzyme as a Patient Care Liaison.  In 2007, she relocated to the Boston area and now works as a Medical Science Liaison in the Personalized Genetic Health division at Genzyme-A SANOFI Company.  Her primary responsibility is the academic development of Health Care Providers in Southern New England in the management of Lysosomal Storage Diseases.  She also serves as the Encounter Group facilitator for the 2nd-year genetic counseling students at BU.


Allison L. Cirino, M.S., C.G.C

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Allison received her B.S in Biology with a minor in Psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She received an MS in Genetic Counseling from the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University. Since 2004, Allison has served as the clinical genetic counselor and research coordinator for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cardiovascular Genetics Center. Additional responsibilities include her role as a co-coordinator of the BUSM Genetic Counseling graduate program Research Seminar Series and a member of Partners IRB.


Emily Dalton, M.S., C.G.C.

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Emily earned a B.A. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She then attended the Boston University School of Medicine Genetic Counseling program, where she earned her Master’s in Genetic Counseling.  Soon after graduating, Emily started her position as a cancer genetic counselor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, where she has both clinical and research responsibilities. She has also taken an active interest in teaching at BU through guest lectures, supervising genetic counseling students, and coordinating the Social, Cultural, and Ethical Issues in Genetics course.


Katherine Schneider, M.P.H., C.G.C.

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Kathy is a Senior Genetic Counselor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and she has over 20 years genetic counseling experience.  Her primary responsibilities are to provide genetic counseling services to individuals and families at risk for inherited forms of cancer.  Ms. Schneider has served as President of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and Co-Director of the New England Regional Genetics Group.  She has also served on two National Task Forces regarding genetic testing.  She recently completed the third edition of her textbook: Counseling about Cancer: Strategies for Genetic Counseling (Wiley & Sons pub.)


Kathleen B. Swenson, M.S., M.P.H., C.G.C.Kathleen B. Swenson

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Kathleen graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2000 with a M.S. in Human Genetics.  Kathleen has worked in prenatal genetics, pediatric genetic specialty clinics, and cancer genetics settings. In 2007, Kathleen completed her M.P.H. degree at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, where she focused on genetics education within the Latino community in conjunction with the March of Dimes. Prior to her current position at Counsyl, Kathleen coordinated the Comprehensive Neurofibromatosis Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical Center and served as the Clinical Program Coordinator at the Children’s Tumor Foundation. She was also a former faculty member in the Human Genetics Program at Sarah Lawrence College prior to her relocation to Boston.


Steve Brady, Ph.D.

Director, Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Program

Dr. Brady has been a faculty member at the Boston University School of Medicine for over 20 years. He serves as Director of the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry. He is also a past Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Council on Psychology and AIDS, current Chair of the American Mental Health Counseling Association’s Professional Development Committee, and current Secretary‐Treasurer of the Faculty Council at Boston University. He is an active clinician, and his research interest focuses on HIV and serious mental disorders. He is currently the Principal Investigator for an NIH R01 study for 2010‐2015 examining Motivational Approaches for HIV prevention for mentally ill and homeless adults.


Diana M. Toledo, M.S., C.G.C.Toledo

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Diana is originally from Miami, Florida. She transplanted to New England and received her B.A. in Biology from Brown University. After working as a healthcare/biotech consultant for one year, she decided to pursue a degree in genetic counseling. She attended the Genetic Counseling Program at Boston University and received her M.S. in June 2011. After graduation, Diana joined the group at Boston University and is now working with the Harvard-affiliated Laboratory for Molecular Medicine (LMM),  a  molecular diagnostic laboratory operating within the Partners Healthcare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine (PCPGM).  Diana currently serves as one of BU’s Laboratory Curriculum Advisors.

 

Katherine A. Lafferty, M.S., C.G.C.Kat Lafferty

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Kat received her B.S. in Biology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Upon graduation, Kat worked in various laboratory settings including a molecular diagnostic technician at the Laboratory for Molecular Medicine (LMM) at the Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine and a production associate at Sequenom, Inc. These experience fueled her interest in genetic counseling and she attended the Genetic Counseling Program at Boston University, receiving her M.S. in 2011. Kat returned to the LMM to work as a Laboratory Counselor and also sees patients at Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement.  Kat currently serves as one of BU’s Laboratory Curriculum Advisors.


Meghan Towne, M.S., L.G.C.Meghan Towne

Licensed Genetic Counselor

In her role as Research Coordinator for The Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, Meghan has helped shape the Center into a world-wide model for rare disease research. As a genetic counselor, Meghan works closely with families to ensure they have access to the information and resources they need. She played a critical role in developing the infrastructure for the Gene Discovery Core and helps each family through the consenting and enrolling processes. She has presented at international conferences and other meetings. Before coming to Boston Children’s in 2009, she earned a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Boston University. Meghan’s work at The Manton Center combines her passion for patient advocacy and her desire to help the underserved and understudied population of patients and families affected by orphan diseases.  She also serves as a coordinator of the Research Seminar Series for the BUSM Genetic Counseling graduate program and aids in the development of student thesis projects.  Meaghan currently serves as the coordinator of BU’s Research Seminar Series / Capstone Experience.


Stephanie Newton, M.S., C.G.C.Stephanie Newton

Licensed Genetic Counselor

Stephanie received a B.S. in Biology from Providence College.  She attended the genetic counseling training program at the University of Pittsburgh and received a M.S. in Genetic Counseling in 2006.  She worked at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center as a pediatric genetic counselor for over four years prior to joining the Metabolism and Neurometabolic program at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2011.  Stephanie serves on the Advisory Committee for the New England Genetics Collaborative, and is also a member of the Transition Work Group.  She is involved in the BUSM Genetic Counseling Program as the metabolism curriculum advisor through teaching guest lectures, mentoring student research projects, and serving as a clinical supervisor for both observations and clinical rotations.