Research Staff

Research Coordinators

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Anne Weidner, MPH, CPH, CCRP
Anne Weidner is a Research Coordinator III for ICARE. She is responsible for overseeing recruitment efforts and participant outreach, as well as questionnaire verification and follow-up. She assists with provider correspondence, database and website management, data analysis, and regulatory submissions. She is interested in health disparities and bioinformatics.

Anne attended West Virginia University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She also earned her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of South Florida.


Ann TezakAnn Louise Tezak, MA, MPH, CPH
Ann Louise Tezak is a Research Coordinator III for ICARE. She is responsible for specimen collection efforts, recruitment efforts, participant outreach, and data management and analysis. She is interested in health seeking behaviors, cancer disparities, women’s health, and global health efforts in cancer care.

Ann attended The University of Montana where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in SocioCultural Anthropology, with a minor in African American Studies. She also earned her Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology, with a concentration in BioCultural Medical Anthropology, and her Master of Public Health in Global Health Practice at the University of South Florida.

Outreach Coordinators

Cristi RadfordCristi Radford, MS, CGC

Cristi Radford received her B.S. in Genetics from the University of Georgia and her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from the University of South Carolina.  She has over 15 years experience in genetics and has worked in laboratory, academic, and clinical settings.  She is the past president and current vice president of Lynch Syndrome International (LSI), as well as an invited columnist for The Oncology Nurse.  She has several peer reviewed publications and routinely speaks nationally.  She is known for her ability to develop innovative solutions that increase the identification of individuals with genetic conditions and appropriate medical management in the community setting.  Professionally, her passion lies in increasing the visibility, reach, and demand of certified genetic counselors.


Brenda ZunigaBrenda Zuniga, MS, GC

Brenda Zuniga is cancer genetic counselor and faculty member at Vanderbilt University. She received her B.S. in Genetic Counseling from The Ohio State University in 2018. She also has nine years of experience as a certified cytogenetics technologist where she performed cancer chromosome and molecular analyses in a clinical setting. Brenda was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico and is fluent is both English and Spanish. Her professional interests lie in increasing access to healthcare, specifically genetic counseling, by incorporating alternate service delivery models to reach underserved populations and minority groups.

Research Analysts

Kelsey Horick, MA
Kelsey Horick is a Research Analyst II for ICARE. She is responsible for recruitment efforts, participant outreach, data entry and management, and outreach to Spanish-speaking participants. Kelsey attended Southwestern University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish. She spent over a year studying and teaching in Granada, Spain, where she developed fluency in Spanish, and then returned to Nashville complete her Master’s degree at Middle Tennessee State University in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology. She is interested in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and exercise physiology.


Natalie Oxley
Natalie Oxley is a Research Analyst I for ICARE. She is responsible for participant enrollment, recruitment, and data entry/management. She is interested in global medicine and increasing access to healthcare. Natalie attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science.


Allison Thompson, MA
Allison Thompson is a Research Analyst l for ICARE. She is responsible for participant enrollment, recruitment, and data entry/management. She received her B.A. in Globalization and Cultural Geography of Latin America from Middle Tennessee State University. Allison furthered her education by receiving her Master’s degree in Globalization and Securities from Florida International University in Miami, FL. Allison in interested in human securities and global relationships.

Research Interns & Assistants

Claire Barton
Claire Barton is a Student Worker for ICARE. She is responsible for organizing enrollment paperwork and data management. Claire is in her last semester as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University where she studies Biology and Spanish. After graduation, Claire hopes to become a certified genetic counselor and help Spanish-speaking populations navigate genetic disease.