ASHG Welcomes Kelly Ventura as Senior Director of Education and Membership

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
12:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Media Contact:
Nalini Padmanabhan
ASHG Director of Communications & Marketing

Kelly Ventura, MHA,
Senior Director of Education and Membership

BETHESDA, MD – The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is pleased to announce that Kelly Ventura, MHA, joined the organization this month as Senior Director of Education and Membership. In this capacity, Ms. Ventura will work with ASHG staff, committees, and board leadership to drive strategies and programs that connect ASHG’s public and field-facing educational programming and a growing array of field-facing education programs with the Society’s growing commitment to create and communicate the value of membership.

“We are very excited to welcome Kelly as ASHG advances its many excellent programs and builds on them to serve members in new ways,” said Mona Miller, executive director of ASHG. “Kelly has deep membership and association expertise, as well as a passion for helping societies in their educational and membership goals. She also brings substantial experience with and appreciation for membership organizations focused on health and research topics.”

“I look forward to partnering with ASHG’s dedicated staff and member leaders to create a stronger member experience through enhanced engagement opportunities, educational offerings, and community building,” said Ms. Ventura.

Ms. Ventura was most recently Senior Director of Member Strategy at the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a society for cardiovascular professionals of all types, and previously worked on ACC’s development and member segment efforts. Prior to her 15 years at ACC, she served as a grant review administrator at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, and earned a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of Maryland University College. She serves on the Leadership Committee of the American Association of Medical Society Executives and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives

About the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. Its nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses, and others with an interest in human genetics. The Society serves scientists, health professionals, and the public by providing forums to: (1) share research results through the ASHG Annual Meeting and in The American Journal of Human Genetics; (2) advance genetic research by advocating for research support; (3) educate current and future genetics professionals, health care providers, advocates, policymakers, educators, students, and the public about all aspects of human genetics; and (4) promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies. For more information, visit:

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