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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.


  • March 28, 2022, 7:00 pm
  • June 13, 2022, 7:00 pm
  • September 19, 2022, 7:00 pm
  • December 7, 2022, 7:00 pm

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


President:  Kathleen Swenson, MPH, MS (MA)

President: Kathleen Swenson, MPH, MS (MA)

Kathleen Swenson is an Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences & Education at the Boston University School of Medicine and Director of the Boston University Master’s Program in Genetic Counseling. She has 16 years of experience in genetic counseling in various...

Treasurer: Maria Gyure, MS, LCGC (CT)

Treasurer: Maria Gyure, MS, LCGC (CT)

Maria Gyure is the Program Director of the Clinical Genetics & Genomics Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Connecticut.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences from UCONN and her MS in Genetic Counseling from the Virginia...

Secretary:  Gillian McNeil, BS (CT)

Secretary: Gillian McNeil, BS (CT)

​Gillian is a graduate student in the Clinical Genetics and Genomics program at the University of Connecticut, pursuing a life-long career in genetic and genomic medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of...

Immediate Past President: Kunal Sanghavi, MBBS, MS, LCGC (CT)

Immediate Past President: Kunal Sanghavi, MBBS, MS, LCGC (CT)

Kunal Sanghavi  is the Program Manager of Genetic Counseling at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT.  He received a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery Degree from Terna Medical College at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in...

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

Tara Hayes, BS, CCHW
Rhode Island Family Voices Manager
Warwick, RI

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

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: Vacant
CT Consumer: Peggy Sweeney

ME Practitioner: Tom Brewster
ME Public Health: Holly Richards
ME Consumer: Sarah Staffiere

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: Amanda Merrill
NH Consumer: Joanne Huff

RI Practitioner: Kerry Ahern
RI Public Health: Emily Eisenstein
RI Consumer: Stephanie Trafka

VT Practitioner: Christine Giummo
VT Public Health: Linda Hazard
VT Consumer: Allison Wood