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 Wendy Kohlmann Wendy Kohlmann, MS, CGC
Wendy Kohlmann is a board-certified genetic counselor with a master’s degree in genetic counseling from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin. She has worked as a genetic counselor at the University of Texas-M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor. She began working at Huntsman Cancer Institute as a research associate in 2006. Wendy Kohlmann’s research interests include the inherited basis of melanoma and pancreatic cancer, psychosocial and behavioral outcomes of genetic counseling, and issues for children and adolescents with hereditary cancer syndromes.

Marjan Champine, MS, CGC  Marjan Champine, MS, CGC
Marjan Champine is a board-certified genetic counselor with a master’s degree in genetic counseling from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology and Spanish from the University of California, Los Angeles. During her training, she completed a fellowship at Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, CT that included extensive work in cancer risk assessment and counseling. She later worked as a genetic counselor in southern California for two years before joining Huntsman Cancer Institute as a licensed genetic counselor in 2011. Ms. Champine is also a program faculty member of the University of Utah's graduate program in genetic counseling where she provides training to graduate students through both clinical supervision and coursework. Her research interests include addressing the needs of high-risk families within the Hispanic population and understanding the various perspectives of genetics and genetic testing based on patients’ cultural and spiritual values.

Amanda Gammon, MS, CGC 

Amanda Gammon, MS, CGC
Amanda Gammon is a board-certified genetic counselor with a master’s degree in genetic counseling from University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and English literature. While completing her education, Amanda worked at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers. She began working at Huntsman Cancer Institute in July 2007. She provides genetic counseling to patients in the Family Cancer Assessment Clinic and the research-oriented High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic. She also provides counseling for two National Institutes of Health-funded studies. For one study, she discusses familial colorectal cancer risk with individuals by telephone in rural Utah and Idaho to assess effectiveness of telephone intervention versus written risk information in encouraging individuals to pursue colonoscopy. In the other, she provides hereditary breast and ovarian cancer counseling to women in rural Utah both by phone and in-person to assess equivalency. Her main research interests include hereditary breast cancer and provision of genetic counseling through alternative modes for individuals with limited access to genetic counseling centers.


 Kinley Garfield

Kinley Garfield, MS, CGC
Kinley Garfield is a board-certified genetic counselor with a master’s degree in genetic counseling from the University of Utah, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the same university. Prior to her graduate training, she was a member of the Mary Beckerle lab at Huntsman Cancer Institute, where she assisted in cancer research with genetic-based experiments in fruit flies. While completing her master’s degree, she completed a fellowship with the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND) program, which included extensive clinical, leadership, and didactic experiences focused on maternal and child health. She worked as a genetic counselor at ARUP Laboratories for a short period before joining Huntsman Cancer Institute as a licensed genetic counselor in 2014. She also provides genetic counseling to participants in the Pediatric Biobank study, which is aimed at improving the understanding of cancer genetics, as well as the treatment, and prevention of childhood cancer. Ms. Garfield’s primary area of interest is in the field of pediatric oncology, particularly in the role that genetics play in the development of childhood cancer.


 Cathryn

Cathryn Koptiuch, MS, CGC
Cathryn Koptiuch is a board-certified genetic counselor with a master’s degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College and a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Vermont. Prior to her graduate training, she was a member of the Langevin Lab at the University of Vermont as well as at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she assisted translational research on lower back pain and connective tissue as a clinical coordinator and technical assistant. While completing her master’s degree, she completed a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellowship with the Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which included extensive clinical, leadership and didactic experiences focused largely on Autism Spectrum Disorder. She began working at Huntsman Cancer Institute in the Family Assessment Clinic in June 2015.


Samantha Greenberg Samantha Greenberg, Genetic Counselor
Samantha Greenberg is a board-certified genetic counselor with a master’s degree in Human Genetics and a master’s of public health from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the same university. Prior to her graduate training, she taught 7th grade science in Tulsa, Oklahoma, through Teach for America. During her graduate studies, she received the James V. Neel Fellowship for her research on improving high-risk women’s path to cancer genetic counseling in a community-based setting, and taught a translational and societal biology course, as well as an introductory genetics course to undergraduates. As a public health genomics intern, Samantha worked with Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Utah Department of Health, focused on rural clinician education and programming. She began working at Huntsman in June 2016.

 Whitney Espinel Whitney Espinel, MMsc, CGC
Whitney Espinel is a board-certified genetic counselor with a master’s degree in human genetics and genetic counseling from Emory University. She also has a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University. During her genetic counseling graduate training she conducted, designed, and implemented a study on health implications of the fragile X premutation in women with Stephanie Sherman, PhD. She published a booklet for premutation carriers titled “Women’s Health and the Fragile X Premutation,” which has now been distributed through the National Fragile X Association in the US, the International Fragile X website, and is currently being translated into Norwegian. In her graduate program at BYU she studied genetic contributions to alcoholism, aggression, and anxiety in non-human primates and completed an internship at the Oregon National Primate Research Center and the California National Primate Research Center. She worked as a genetic counselor with Intermountain Healthcare before joining Huntsman Cancer Institute in October 2016.

 Sara

Sara Johnson, Project Coordinator
Sara recently joined the Family Cancer Assessment Clinic team. She assists the genetic counselors with research studies and administrative needs. Sara came to Huntsman Cancer Institute after working for the Quality Department for Intermountain Healthcare. She has a degree in Human Development and Family Studies.


 Lundon

Lundon Bywater, Oncology Patient Coordinator
Lundon recently joined the Family Cancer Assessment. She is responsible for managing the clinic scheduling, correspondence, and patient experience. Lundon has been working with the University of Utah Health Care since February 2011 and HCI since February 2015. She comes to FCAC from the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic. Lundon graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication in 2014.


 Brittnee

Brittnee Silcox, Oncology Patient Coordinator
Brittnee has recently joined the Family Cancer Assessment Clinic team. She is responsible for the coordination, scheduling, and communication on all aspects of the patient experience, she works with various providers and services to ensure that new patients are assimilated into the system. Brittnee has been with Huntsman Cancer Institute since 2011. She came to us from the Bone Marrow Transplant team where she worked as the Auto/Allo Transplant executive secretary.


Danielle Williams

Danielle Williams, Genetic Counseling Assistant
Danielle Williams recently graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and a certificate in public health. While completing her degree, she was a teaching assistant for an introduction to biology course and a high school tutor for at-risk youth. She also volunteered with Imagine where she worked with individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. She began working at Huntsman Cancer Institute in August 2016.