Class of 2021
Hi! My name is Jillian Doyle from Wilmington, MA. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Maine in May of 2019. While there I conducted research on virus resistance genes in potatoes and was a volunteer at the Women's Resource Center on campus. I also served as the director of philanthropy for my sorority, raising money and awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and cooking dinners at our local Ronald McDonald House. An internship with a genetic counselor at Boston Children's Hospital helped affirm my decision to apply to genetic counseling programs and I am so excited to now be at Case Western! In my free time I enjoy cuddling with my cat, riding my bike, and eating too many donuts at Brewnuts!
Hi! I'm Maddie Frederick and I'm excited to be a member of the class of 2021. I grew up in Kent, Ohio and graduated from Kent State University in 2018 with a BS in Biology. During my time as an undergraduate, I worked as a teaching assistant for an introductory genetics course and did research on the Zika virus. Outside of classes, I volunteered for a 24-hour crisis hotline as a crime victim advocate and at University Hospitals. I chose to further my education at Case Western because of the distinguished faculty and variety of clinical rotation opportunities. In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my dog and three cats, scrapbooking, and finding new places to eat.
Hello, my name is Cameron Friedman. I am from Pickerington, Ohio. I completed my undergrad from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) with a BS in Biology and a BS in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. I graduated with University Honors completing a peer education project on LGBTQ+ sexual health. During my time at BGSU, I was able to complete a medical mission trip through MEDLIFE in Cuzco, Peru. Also, I volunteered at a domestic violence center and was involved as a Morale Captain with Dance Marathon raising money for Children's Miracle Network. Throughout school, I worked as a resident advisor and medical scribe. I ranked Case Western Reserve University due to the diverse clinical sites, the location, and the extensive experience of the leadership of the program. Aside from studying, I enjoy watching reality television shows and trying new restaurants.
Hi! I’m Lexi Hubbel, originally from a suburb of Cleveland, but I spent the last four years completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh. I graduated with my B.S. in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry in December 2018. During my undergraduate career, I volunteered as a helpline worker for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape. Additionally, I worked for a camp serving individuals with disabilities, the Woodlands, as a counselor and cabin coordinator. I also spent two summers volunteering with Camp Quality Ohio, a camp for children with cancer. I am no stranger to CWRU as I spent a two summers doing research in a genetics lab at CWRU studying Ataxia Telangiectasia and a chromosome therapy project involving ring chromosome induction, and I am excited to be back as a student in the Genetic Counseling Program. When I have time for fun I like to play with my cat and go camping.
Hello, my name is Jordyn Koehn. I am from a suburb outside of Kansas City, Kansas. I completed my undergraduate degrees at the University of Kansas and earned a BS in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and a BGS in psychology. While at KU, I researched reproductive biology of moths and butterflies. (The Monarch butterfly and Polyphemus moth are two of my favorites!) I also volunteered at Headquarters Counseling Center answering calls for the National Suicide Prevention Line. After graduating in December of 2018, I worked full time as a lab technician studying immunology via different species of Drosophila for six months before moving to Cleveland, Ohio for the Case Western's Genetic Counseling Training Program. Whenever I am not studying, I enjoy playing board games and watching scary movies.
Hello I'm Kristen Matson! I'm originally from Columbus, OH (Go Bucks!) but completed my Bachelors in Biology at the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH. In my undergraduate career I spent time traveling to Japan and Italy with a study abroad program called Camp Adventure! I also was actively involved in my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega and spent my free time volunteering at the local domestic violence shelter. In addition to my extracurriculars, I worked part time as a Supplemental Instruction leader at my university's library. I'm very excited to be spending the next two years at Case Western and am grateful for the opportunities this school offers. In my free time I enjoy traveling, trying new foods, binging Netflix shows, and going on walks!
Hi, I’m Lexys Sandman, (yes, I am named after the car), but I also go by Lexy. I am from a small town in South Dakota called Canistota. I completed my undergraduate degree at South Dakota State University and earned by BS in Psychology with a minor in Biology in 2017. After graduation, I worked as a behavior specialist where I interacted with children with a variety of developmental and intellectual disabilities. As their behavior specialist, I was in charge of writing a program for each child and worked one-on-one with them using Applied Behavior Analysis principles to teach positive behavioral changes and life skills. I’m looking forward to learning from the diverse clinical rotations Case Western has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Cleveland, reading, hammocking, hiking in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, traveling, going to concerts, and hanging out with friends.
Hi my name is Mikael Stovarsky but everyone calls me Miki. I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. I went to undergrad at Santa Clara University in San Jose, California where I majored in Biology and minored in Spanish. During that time I studied abroad in El Salvador, did research on bird population dispersion in Costa Rica, studied business and agriculture in Cuba, and learned about the natural and social history of California on a walk from San Francisco to Yosemite. I was also on the Santa Clara Rowing team and a part of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After graduation, I served as a Jesuit/Americorp Volunteer in Bethel, Alaska at the Tundra Women's Coalition women's shelter as a legal advocate. I then completed my master's degree in Medical Genetics and Genomics at Tulane University. I love living in Cleveland close to my family and exploring the city. I enjoy seeing the Cleveland orchestra perform and hanging out with my friends after class at the Jolly Scholar.
Class of 2022
Hi everyone! I’m Kristy, a first-year student from a small town outside of Erie, PA. I attended Penn State University to earn a degree in Biobehavioral Health and a minor in Psychological Science. While there, I participated in a fulfilling research project called The Child Health Study, I volunteered at Centre Helps, a 24/7 crisis hotline, and I was a research intern during a summer at Geisinger where I worked with chatbots. After graduating, I became a genetic counseling assistant for Geisinger. I ranked CWRU’s Genetic Counseling Program because I loved our options to rotate through many hospital systems, and the people truly stood out to me. Outside of academics, I am enjoy exploring outdoors and hiking trails, sipping wine especially at wineries, and exploring what the Cleveland area has to offer.
Hi there! I’m Nikki Dumigan and I’m from the little beach town of Lewes, Delaware. I went to University of Delaware for my undergraduate degree, where I had majors in both Biology and History. While at UD, I was a genetics TA and worked as an Honors Program Writing Fellow, helping freshmen learn the skills of writing college papers. In the two years between college and starting at Case Western, I had two jobs—a server at Buffalo Wild Wings and a research assistant in a microbiology lab (studying bacterial genetics!)—and two volunteer positions—a Crisis Text Line counselor and a volunteer at the cancer center doing therapeutic art projects with the chemotherapy patients. In my free time, I love going to the beach and breweries, creative writing, and traveling to see historic sites or museums. I’m so excited to be part of Case’s class of 2022!
Hello my name is Jordan Johnson and I am excited to be a part of class 2022. I received my BS is molecular and cellular biology from Lawrence Technological University, a small school outside of Detroit, MI. While at LTU I played on the varsity volleyball team and served as a board member for our chapters of ASBMB and ACS. My interest in genetic counseling started my senior year of my undergrad and solidified during my year spent as a GCA in a cancer clinic. In my free time I love exploring Cleveland and trying out new coffee shops.
Hi! My name is Emily Marckini and I'm from a small town north of Grand Rapids, MI called Cedar Springs. I received my BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology with a minor in music from the University of Michigan in 2015. During my undergrad, I was a member of the Michigan Marching Band, Michigan Basketball Band and Tau Beta Sigma sorority. After graduation, I worked three years as a genetic counseling assistant in the Cancer Genetics Clinic at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids where I was able to work alongside genetic counselors and interact directly with patients. I was also a volunteer mentor for Alpha Women's Center where I provided emotional support to pregnant women and mothers in an underserved area. When I'm not studying, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, checking out Cleveland, researching my genealogy, attending church, traveling, and listening to music. I am a movie enthusiast and especially enjoy Disney, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and documentaries of all kinds.
Hi! My name is Megan Mayers, and I am from North Carolina. I grew up in Durham and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Neuroscience. During my time as an undergraduate, I worked as a teaching assistant for Cellular and Developmental Biology, and I was involved in research with the Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen) project. I continued this work with ClinGen postgrad during my gap year, where I was involved in both gene and variant curation for cardiovascular, inborn errors of metabolism, and neuromuscular clinical domains. Outside of classes and work, I also volunteered for the Crisis Text Line as a crisis counselor. I very grateful and excited for the opportunities I will have attending the Genetic Counseling Training program at Case Western! In my free time, I like to hang out with my cat, watch too much Netflix, and spend time with my friends and family.
Hello, my name is Tania Montenegro. I am a first year student from San Diego, California. I completed my undergraduate degree at Point Loma Nazarene University and earned my BS in biology. After my undergrad, I went to Indianapolis to complete my Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences at Indiana University. While there, I volunteered for the 24/7 Families First crisis hot line and did an internship with Brookside Community Play. With Brookside Community Play, I was able to create educational and fun science material for the children of the community to encourage them to learn more about science. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and baking!
Hello, my name is Emma Nelson and I am from Ypsilanti, Michigan! I graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 2020 with a BA in Biology and Political Science. In undergrad, I worked as a tutor for writing and biology, which grew my love for helping and educating people. Over the summer, I’ve also worked with a program in Michigan that helps distribute and repair accessible bicycles! I’m excited to be here at Case Western to become a genetic counselor, and part of what drew me to CWRU was the opportunity to dual enroll in the Bioethics program. I hope to use my education in genetic counseling and bioethics in my career to work with the interaction of genetic counseling and policy. In my free time, I follow Formula 1 racing and listen to all kinds of music!
Hi! My name is Alexa Weiss. I’m from Yorkville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I went to Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois where I got my BA in biology. I graduated in December 2019. While at IWU, I did research on the genetics of chlorophyll synthesis in a bacterium called Synechocystis. I also volunteered as a call center specialist at PATH Crisis Center. In addition, I worked as a TA for gen bio lab. I got the opportunity to shadow some genetic counselors in the Chicagoland area, and it affirmed my decision to pursue genetic counseling as a career. I am so excited and grateful to be at Case Western! I’ve enjoyed exploring Cleveland and trying the cuisine the city has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy going for walks, swimming, and relaxing with Netflix.