ICARE Team

Principal Investigator

ProviderTuya Pal, MD, FACMG 
Dr. Tuya Pal is a board-certified clinical geneticist based at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Associate Director of Cancer Health Disparities. For further information on Dr. Pal, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Co-Investigator

Georgia L. Wiesner, MD, MS

Dr. Georgia L. Wiesner is an Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Genetic Medicine and the Director of the new Clinical and Translational Hereditary Cancer Program for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. For further information on Dr. Wiesner, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Collaborators

Deborah Cragun, PhD, CGC 
Dr. Deborah Cragun earned a doctoral degree in the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. She received her master of science degree from the University of Cincinnati’s genetic counseling program and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2005. She has worked as a clinical genetic counselor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for four years and at Moffitt Cancer Center since 2011. She completed her postdoctoral research fellowship in molecular and genetic epidemiology within the division of Population Sciences at Moffitt Cancer Center. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of South Florida in the College of Public Health where she is the program director for the newly approved and sole genetic counseling training program within the state of Florida. For further information on Dr. Cragun, click here.

 

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 Tezak
Ann 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 Radford
Cristi 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.

 


Lindsay Venton, BSc
Lindsay Venton is a Research Analyst I for ICARE. She is responsible for recruitment, participant outreach, data entry, and data management. Lindsay attended the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada where she earned her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and genetics. Previously an academic researcher, she has decided to transition into clinical research and hopes to one day become a board-certified genetic counselor.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Communications Consultant

Pauleen Pal

Pauleena is the Communications Consultant for ICARE. She is responsible for creating and managing social media content. Pauleena is currently pursuing her PharmD/MBA at the University at Buffalo’s School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and School of Management.