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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of NERGG and is composed of an executive committee and representatives from each the six New England states. We gather genetics service providers (physicians and genetic counselors), public health officials, and consumers (patients and families) to hear their unique perspectives as we work together to educate providers and the public to improve access to genetic services throughout the region.

Board meetings are held quarterly by conference call and/or Zoom meeting. Members are welcome to attend as non-voting participants. For phone-in or Zoom information for the meetings, please contact Cindy Ingham at director@nergg.org.


  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 12 noon – 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 12 noon – 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 12 noon – 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact the executive director at director@nergg.org for dial-in/link information to attend the meetings.


May 5, 2017 in Danvers, MA
November 30-December 1, 2017 in Portsmouth, NH
May 4, 2018 in Danvers, MA
November 28-29, 2018 in Portsmouth, NH
December 5-6, 2019 in Portsmouth, NH
Hello, NERGG Colleagues! I hope you are all well and adapting to our current work restrictions.  Thank you so very
Kunal Sanghavi  is the Program Manager of Genetic Counseling at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT.  He
Kathleen Swenson is an Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences & Education at the Boston University School of Medicine and Director
Sam Drazin is the founder and Executive Director of Changing Perspectives, a non-profit providing schools and other organizations with disability
Mary-Frances Garber earned her B.S. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester and her M.S. in Human Genetics from

Kunal Sanghavi, MBBS, MS, LCGC
Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Program Manager – Genetic Counseling
Farmington, CT

Kathleen Swenson, MPH, MS
Boston University – Genetic Counseling Program, Director
Boston, MA

Sam Drazin
Changing Perspectives, Executive Director
Bradford, VT

Maria Gyure, MS, CGC
University of Connecticut – Genetic Counseling Program, Director
Storrs, CT

Gillian McNeil, BS
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT


CT Practitioner: Lisa Brailey
CT Public Health: Marie Burlette
CT Consumer: Peggy Sweeney

ME Practitioner: Tom Brewster
ME Public Health: Holly Richards
ME Consumer: Abby Pearson

MA Practitioner: David Harris
MA Practitioner: Catherine Nowak (alternate)
MA Public Health: Eirini Nestoridi
MA Consumer: Sophia Zilber

NH Practitioner: Erica Stelmach
NH Practitioner: Lisa Demers (alternate)
NH Public Health: Vacant
NH Consumer: Joanne Huff

RI Practitioner: Kerry Ahern
RI Public Health: Emily Eisenstein
RI Consumer: Tara Hayes

VT Practitioner: Christine Giummo
VT Public Health: Sydney Williamson-White
VT Consumer: Allison Wood