Meet the Team
Mikayla started GC Prep with the goal of battling genetic counseling applicant anxiety by consolidating comprehensive (and brutally honest) knowledge of the field and application guidance into a central location. Along the way, she partnered with Janelle to add experience and depth to the curriculum. Ultimately, their vision is to make GC Prep a clear roadmap for applicants all the way into their first jobs, with the goal of providing free services to underrepresented racial, LGBTQIA+, differently-abled, and low-income applicants. Expansion to provide services to current students and working genetic counselors is on the horizon!
Mikayla Stoecker (she/her) graduated in 2014 with a Masters of Genetic Counseling from the Icahn School of Medicine. Mikayla’s primary specialties are clinical prenatal counseling and patient-facing laboratory counseling, though her true professional love is teaching. Mikayla is passionate about the need for increased valuation of counselors and helping mentees find their voice while pursuing their goals. Mikayla lives in Colorado with her partner and two young children, and has a deep love of K-dramas and learning new skills.
Roles: Coaching, Administration
Janelle Villiers (she/her) is an Assistant Program Director as well as an alumna of the Sarah Lawrence College Genetic Counseling Program. She received her BAS from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to SLC, Janelle worked in the clinical setting as a clinical supervisor at Jacobi Medical Center. She later worked in the laboratory setting at the Mt. Sinai Genetics Testing Laboratory. She was a former site visitor volunteer for the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) and was also the former treasurer for the executive committee of the Association for Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD). In addition to teaching, Janelle’s oversees the admissions and recruitment efforts for the Sarah Lawrence Program. Janelle is also on the faculty of New York Medical College where she is involved in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.
Roles: Social Media, Administration