617-963-0900 Director@NERGG.com

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.


Kimberly Zayhowski is a general genetic counselor at UMass Memorial Medical Center, working with patients in cancer, cardiac, prenatal, and
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Farmington, CT

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

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Bradford, VT

Maria Gyure, MS, CGC
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Gillian McNeil, BS
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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