The FRAP Team
The FRAP team consists of two licensed genetic counselors and an advanced practice nurse. All have received specialized training in cancer genetics and cancer risk assessment.
Rachel Rando, MS, LGC – Program Coordinator / Licensed Genetic Counselor
Rachel Rando received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Kenyon College and her Master of Science degree in genetic counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. She is certified in genetic counseling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and licensed as a genetic counselor in the state of New Jersey. Rachel worked in both prenatal and pediatric genetics and has been an instructor and coordinator of a March of Dimes course in genetics for allied health professionals. Rachel has provided genetic counseling at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center (HRCC) since 2007 and is the coordinator of HRCC’s Family Risk Assessment Program. She is an active member of the City of Hope cancer genetics research network and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). She was the recipient of a grant from the NSGC Cancer Special Interest Group which was used to develop a patient resource to assist parents when discussing a familial BRCA mutation with their children. Rachel serves as supervisor during clinical internships for genetic counseling graduate students. She has given presentations about cancer genetics and cancer risk assessment both locally and at the state and national levels, including community education programs, radio and television programs, hospital Grand Rounds, statewide and national cancer conferences, and a webinar with a national audience.
Kristen Koprowski, MS, LGC – Licensed Genetic Counselor
Kristen Koprowski received her Bachelor of Arts degree in genetics from Rutgers University and her Master of Science degree in genetic counseling from Arcadia University. She is certified in genetic counseling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is licensed as a genetic counselor in the state of New Jersey. Kristen’s prior work experience spans a broad range of genetics subspecialties, including pediatric and adult medical genetics, prenatal and preconception counseling, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Her particular interest in oncology genetics and cancer risk assessment drew her to Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, where she joined the Family Risk Assessment team in 2016. She is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). Kristen enjoys teaching and has mentored students in high school, college, and graduate school who are on their way to becoming genetic counselors. She has also provided educational lectures and case presentations in the local community at Rutgers University and at the Philadelphia Prenatal Diagnosis Conference. Kristen has a special interest in precision medicine (an approach to disease treatment and prevention that takes into account an individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle).
In addition, she is passionate about technology and its tremendous potential to streamline healthcare practices, facilitate research, and connect patients with healthcare services and medical information.
Mary Vecchio, MSN, APNC, OCN, CTTS – Advanced Practice Nurse
Mary Vecchio received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kean College and her Master of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University. She is certified as an advanced practice nurse by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, certified as an oncology nurse by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and is certified as an advanced practice nurse in the state of New Jersey. She is also a certified tobacco treatment specialist. Having worked in the field of adult oncology for over 25 years, Mary has provided direct patient care in both in-patient and out-patient settings, caring for both chemotherapy and radiation therapy patients. Mary worked in HRCC’s Community Education and Outreach program for 11 years, serving a diverse population of adults and children, educating them about the value of healthy lifestyle choices, the importance of cancer screening, and the need to be connected to a medical home. She has been the advanced practice nurse for the Family Risk Assessment Program since 2015.
Mary was awarded National Nurse of the Year by Nursing Spectrum/Nurse.com in the area of Community Service in 2009. She has been active in the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), including having served as coordinator of their Prevention and Early Detection Special Interest Group. Mary has given several presentations to local and national audiences, including community presentations, radio and television programs, hospital Grand Rounds, national ONS conferences, and a webinar with a national audience. She has spoken about initiatives to improve cancer screenings, cancer advocacy, and the medical management of patients at increased risk for cancer.
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