ASHG Names Marie Ternieden, EdD, IOM, as Chief Operating Officer

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Media Contact: Kara Flynn, (202) 257-8424,

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) announced today that Marie Ternieden, EdD, IOM will join the Society as Chief Operating Officer on May 22. In the role, Ternieden will lead development of ASHG’s growing range of professional education and scientific programming, ensure the continued strength and innovation in the Society’s Annual Meeting, and oversee ASHG’s awards program and several executive office functions. She will also serve as deputy to the CEO, helping to guide ASHG’s strategic directions and its next phase of growth and distinction. Ternieden will succeed Pauline Minhinnett, who will retire from ASHG on June 30.

“I am delighted to welcome Marie to ASHG in this leadership role, as she brings to ASHG more than 20 years of association executive leadership,” said Mona V. Miller, ASHG Chief Executive Officer. “Along with her substantial experience working in associations and advancing their nonprofit missions, Marie will bring wide and deep expertise serving the evolving education and networking needs of busy professionals and driving innovation and growth in professional programs. She combines these experiences with substantial academic training in both adult education and international relations, which will support ASHG’s ongoing service to the dynamic, global human genetics and genomics research community.”

Ternieden will join ASHG from the American Council of Engineering Companies, where she spent 10 years as Senior Vice President directing education programs, publications, business intelligence analysis and market specialty groups. She also served as Vice President of Education and Professional Development for the American Meat Institute where she oversaw planning and management of AMI’s annual convention, workshops, online seminars, and training resources. She held similar positions at the Construction Specifications Institute and APICS — The Educational Association for Resource Management.

Ternieden holds a doctorate in education from the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She also earned her master’s from George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs, and her bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Marie resides in McLean, Virginia with her husband and their son.

“I am thrilled to join ASHG,”  said Ternieden. “I look forward to working with the team to build on the already significant impact of ASHG in advancing human genetics and genomics. I am excited to get started and help shape the organization’s future.”

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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 community of 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 and Human Genetics and Genomics Advances; (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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