Emily Ellen Hardisty, MS, CGC, class of 2001, is a native of North Carolina and a board-certified genetic counselor serving patients in North Carolina. Emily has been a reproductive genetic counselor with UNC Maternal Fetal Medicine for over 15 years, and has been the supervisor of the Reproductive Genetics group at UNC since 2011. In her role as a clinical instructor with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Emily has been involved in both didactic and clinical education of medical students, residents, fellows, nurse practitioners, and genetic counseling students. Emily has collaborated with colleagues to author more than 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts and abstracts and is currently recruiting patients for a study regarding clinical whole exome sequencing in the prenatal setting. She currently resides in Hillsborough, North Carolina with her husband and her two children

Recognizing Outstanding Alumni of the Program

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Genetic Counseling Program has always recognized our success as a Program comes from the accomplishments of our very active alumni. Since 2001, the SOM has honored an outstanding alum each year, welcoming them to the School of Medicine Black Tie-White Coat Gala and the Dean’s Awards Dinner in the spring, and inviting the alum to visit with Program faculty and students, often as a special guest lecturer. Click on the highlighted names below, to read about outstanding achievers----we are proud of our graduates!

If you would like to nominate an alum, please click here to the SOM Alumni Association and complete an online nomination!    

2001  Cam Brasington (1988) 2010 Jennifer Sullivan  (1996)
2002 Jill Fischer (1993)  2011 Mary Ann Campion (2000)
2004 Christine Miller (1989) 2012 Kerry Crandall (1988)
2005  Vicki Vincent (1987) 2013 Cam Brasington (1988)
2006  Sonja Eubanks (1996) 2014 Katie Berrier Sheets (2009)
2007 Holly Peay  (1997) 2015    Peggy Walker (2008)
2008 Courtney Rowell Tate (2000) 2016 Libby Malphrus (2001)
2009 Melissa Bennett (1998)


Robert Young Outstanding Genetic Counselor Award

Each spring, the Genetic Counseling Program Faculty select one member of the graduating class for the Outstanding Genetic Counselor Award, named for our founding director. This graduate has performed in an exemplary manner in every facet of their professional education: in academic coursework, clinical rotations, interactions with faculty, in service learning, and as a representative of the Genetic Counseling Program. We always find it difficult to select just one!

Recipients of the Outstanding Genetic Counseling Student Award:

1992 Debra Harris Zvejnieks 2006 Christina Barger
1993 Jill Fischer 2007 Holly Hardin Zimmerman
1994 Lara Berg 2008 Peggy Walker
1995 Sonja Eubanks 2009 Sally Cunningham Harris
1996 Jennifer Sullivan Sareela 2010 Ravin Winfrey
1997 Melissa Bennett 2011 Madison Foster
1998 Lori Terry 2012 Audra Bettinelli
1999 Amy Giordano Shealy 2012 Vruti Mehta
2000 Mary Ann Whalen Campion 2013 Ginger Edwardsen
2001 Elizabeth Cook Dempsey 2014 Brittanie Morris
2002 Stephanie Nix 2015 Devon Haynes
2003 Lindsay Allen Metcalf 2016 Natasha Rudy
2004 Anne Baughman Bandholz 2016 Molly Snyder
2005 Bridgette Aufmuth 2017 Rachel Hickey

Genetic Counseling Alumni Newsletter

The Program publishes an annual newsletter highlighting the alumni, their professional and family news. Explore the most recent newsletters with these links, and you will see how the Program has evolved and the alums are making an impact on the genetic counseling profession

Alumni Newsletters


Check Out This Sweet Tribute from our Alumni and Friends
in Celebration of 30 Great Years!