Vision: To educate and advocate for the genetic counselors and genetics professional in the state of Ohio
- To develop and sponsor activities that will promote professional development of the career of genetic counseling
- To support and conduct education to increase public awareness of genetic counseling
- To encourage communication and alliances that will facilitate access to genetic counseling services and genetic counseling education in the state of Ohio
- To promote collaboration amongst Ohio GCs who wish to take action on issues relevant to our profession
- To foster professional growth and continuing education in the field of genetics
- To provide a centralized location for relevant information regarding genetics in Ohio
Board of Directors
President: Lindsey Byrne, MS, CGC
Lindsey is a licensed genetic counselor who received her Masters of Science in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in 2008. She has worked and dedicated her entire career to the field of cancer genetics by specializing in providing hereditary cancer risk assessments, education, genetic testing, and support to patients and their families. She works at The Ohio State University, where she established a Genitourinary (GU) cancer genetics clinic in fall of 2018 and also focuses on research in GU cancers. She is a founding member and executive board member of the Ohio Association of Genetic Counselors as well as the current Committee Director. She is actively involved in The OSU Genetic Counseling Graduate Program as a course director, supervisor, mentoring program coach, thesis committee member and serves on the admissions committee. Additionally, she is the current Co-Chair and genetic counselor representative for the Ohio Partners for Cancer Control with the purpose to implement and create the statewide Ohio Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. She is also engaged in efforts with the National Society of Genetic Counselors with a current co-chair role, and past roles as chair and member in other numerous sub committees, as well as currently on the nominating committee for ABGC.
President-Elect: Meghan DeBenedictis, MS, CGC, MEd
Meghan is a licensed genetic counselor who took a position at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute after graduating from the Genetic Counseling Program at Case Western Reserve University in 2011. Focusing her career on hereditary eye diseases, she established an ophthalmic genetics clinic – the first in the state of Ohio. She is the first genetic counselor to be elected to the serve on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Genetic Eye Diseases. In addition to her clinical work, she has been active in research, serving as PI, co-Investigator or study coordinator on over a dozen clinical studies/trials. Meghan is also passionate about education and received her Masters in Health Professionals Education Degree through Cleveland State University with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine in 2017. She serves as the education coordinator for the Ophthalmology and Hearing Loss SIG and also on the advisory board and actively involved with the Case Western Reserve University Genetic Counseling Training Program. She also developed an ophthalmic genetics elective rotation for genetic counseling students and has served as thesis committee Chair and guest lecturer. Meghan is also an integral team member of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Personalized Genomics Healthcare where she serves as the Director of Genetic Business Development.
Immediate Past President: Nichole Morman, MS, CGC
Nichole received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Ohio University in 2005 and graduated from the Case Western Reserve University Genetic Counseling Program in 2007. She has been working for OhioHealth as a cancer genetic counselor since 2007 and is the manager for the genetic counseling department. She has volunteered as a coordinator for the Columbus FORCE support group and as a member of the NSGC CEU Review Committee. She currently serves on the ACGC Program Review Committee and is a founding member and current President of the Ohio Association of Genetic Counselors.
Committee Director: Jackie Riley, MS, CGC
Jackie attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison, obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Master of Science in Medical Genetics in 2001. From 2001-2008, she was employed in west Michigan by Spectrum Health and Bronson Methodist Hospital, specializing in prenatal genetic counseling. Since 2011, Jackie has worked at Cleveland Clinic, developing the role of laboratory genetic counselor, where she now leads a team of three genetic counselors who support molecular and cytogenetics testing labs and laboratory stewardship/utilization management initiatives.
Secretary/Treasurer: Katie Fritinger, MS, CGC
Katie attended Wittenberg University where she obtained a Bachelor of Art in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Psychology in 2004. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Genetic Counseling Program and graduated with her Genetic Counseling Master’s Degree in 2006. From 2006-2012 she was employed by Integrated Genetics as Senior Genetic Counselor in Miami, Florida and worked as a prenatal genetic counselor in a maternal fetal medicine specialty clinic. In 2012 Katie moved to Columbus, Ohio and joined the GeneDx sales and marketing team as a Neurology Product Specialist. In 2014, she became a Senior Genetic Testing Specialist providing support to all of the GeneDx testing options. Katie joined patient-centered health intelligence company, Sema4, in 2019 as a Medical Science Liaison in the Women’s Health Division.
- Maintain membership directory
- Learn interests of GCs to inform organization goals and address concerns
- Answer questions about organization
Web Design, Communication, and Marketing
- Design web content for OAGC
- Maintain a social media presence (e.g. Facebook and Twitter)
- Develop professional connections
Education and Outreach
- Organize and plan annual education meeting
- Administer scholarship funding and application process for GC research projects and student theses
- Develop educational and outreach activities in the state of Ohio
Public Policy/Professional Issues
- Collect institution specific information including credentialing practices, billing practices, career ladders
- Create guides for new GCs in Ohio on how to obtain licensure, specialists to refer to in the area
We are excited that you want to be an OAGC member! There are three classes of members: full members, associate members, and student members. All full and associate members should reside or work in the state of Ohio, and student members should be genetic counseling graduate students of a genetic counseling training program in the state of Ohio.
- Any GC living or working within the state of Ohio, defined as a masters-level trained health professional who is either board eligible and/or board certified and/or licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board
- Eligible to hold a position on Board of Directors or chair a Subcommittee
- Voting Member
- Any individual with a professional interest in genetics who shares the Mission and Vision of the OAGC
- Includes: non-certified/non-board eligible GC, genetic counseling assistant, nurse in genetics, etc
- Not eligible to hold a position on Board of Directors or chair a Subcommittee
- Can be a committee member
- Not a voting member
- Any student enrolled in an accredited genetic counseling program in the state of Ohio
- Not eligible to hold a position on Board of Directors or chair a subcommittee
- Can be a committee member
- Not a voting member
Benefits of Joining
- Networking and sharing of information
- Organization for Ohio Annual Education Conference and creation of CEU opportunities
- Organized funding available
- Opportunities for professional growth and networking
- Collaborative research between genetic counselors
Cost of Joining
Membership can currently be obtained for free
To learn more about membership, please email OAGCCommittees@ohiogenetics.org with the subject line “Membership Inquiry”.