Ashley Mills is a licensed board-certified genetic counselor who joined KGI in April 2017 to help develop the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling (MSGC) program. Born and raised in Southern California, she received her bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology at Lewis and Clark College and her master’s degree in genetic counseling at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Since completing her graduate education and receiving board certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, Mills practiced genetic counseling at Long Island College Hospital in preconception, prenatal and cancer genetics, and was involved in developing both the LICH newborn screening program for hereditary hemoglobinopathies and multidisciplinary clinic for craniofacial disorders.
Following that, she began working as a Clinical Care Coordinator and Reproductive Genetic Counselor at the Columbia University Medical Center’s Center for Prenatal Pediatrics, where she coordinated and oversaw multidisciplinary care for high-risk pregnancies affected with fetal anomalies. Clinically, Mills worked with patients and family members from diverse backgrounds and educated them about complex issues related to reproductive risk, genetic testing, and the medical and psychosocial implications of genetic findings.
Mills worked to develop alternative models of clinical care in collaboration with multiple hospital departments to maximize communication and outcomes for patients and providers. She obtained licensure for genetic counseling in the state of New Jersey in order to provide telegenetic counseling for patients undergoing ART and PGD. Mills also has extensive experience in education. She was a teaching assistant for undergraduate biology and physiology courses, provided clinical supervision and training for all levels of genetic counseling students from the Sarah Lawrence Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling and participated in multiple reproductive genetics lectures for medical students and the medical community in New York City.
In 2015, Mills joined the Long Island University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program leadership team as the Assistant Program Director. She managed, coordinated and facilitated graduate student clinical placement fieldwork, was instrumental in developing new and maintaining clinical placement sites and genetic counseling supervisory relationships, and oversaw student mentoring, training, progress and evaluation, logbook integrity and student research activities. Mills was active in curriculum development, taught core didactic graduate courses, served as faculty thesis advisor, and provided mentorship for genetic counseling graduate students. Additional administrative responsibilities included maintaining accurate written program records, remunerations, affiliation agreements, prepared accreditation reports, self-study, and applications for the Long Island University Graduate Program.