Jennifer Eichmeyer, MS, LCGC

Program Director, MS in Genetic Counseling

Jennifer Eichmeyer Portrait

Jennifer Eichmeyer graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center with her MS in genetic counseling in 2002. She started her career in Idaho as a prenatal genetic counselor in 2002 at St. Luke’s Health System and established the first cancer genetic counseling clinic for the state in 2004. Subsequently, Jennifer worked in pediatric genetic counseling for 3 years while continuing to grow and expand the oncology clinic. In 2011, she transitioned to cancer full time while participating with the NCCCP grant and served as the lead genetic counselor at St. Luke’s to a team of other full time genetic counselors staffing multiple sites across the state until 2017.

During her time at St. Luke’s, she supervised and mentored many newly graduated and/or employed genetic counselors in the clinical setting, lectured at Boise State University in the Department of Biology, provided folic acid teach in Spanish, and taught in multiple local and regional medical conferences.  

In 2011, she received the nationally recognized Innovator Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers and received St. Luke’s President’s Award in 2014. Jennifer was a co-lead to spearheaded and pass genetic counseling licensing legislation in the State of Idaho in 2015.

Eichmeyer has been involved in expanding other genetic services in the state of Idaho through the development of a High Risk Breast Clinic, NICU genetics, implementation of universal screening for Lynch syndrome, launching telehealth genetic counseling services, and developing a chart review program that helps identify patients needing genetic counseling.

She also co-chaired a project to improve oncofertility referrals with recognition for her work at ASCO’s Quality of Care Symposium poster session. She collaborated with other health care providers to bring pharmacogenetic testing to oncology patients and developed the genetic test utilization management program out of the St. Luke’s Reference Lab.

Eichmeyer has also been a founding member of the NF Idaho support group, a board of directors for the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter, and volunteer for March of Dimes and Planned Parenthood.

She is actively involved with NSGC and ABGC. In 2009, she served as a working group leader for the NSGC Mentor Program and served as a mentor for several students in this program. She was a Board of Directors nominee in 2010, and NSGC Leadership Award nominee in 2017 and 2018. She is the current Vice-Chair of the ASD Licensure Subcommittee and participates on the Precision Medicine Pharmacogenetics Work Group and the Cancer SIG. Jennifer has also been an author and peer-reviewer of many articles for the Journal of Genetic Counseling. 

Courses:

  • GENCOUN 521 Clinical Genetics
  • GENCOUN 540 Professional Issues I
  • GENCOUN 541 Professional Issues II (co-instructor)
  • GENCOUN 570 Scholarly Project I
  • GENCOUN 571 Scholarly Project II
  • GENCOUN 572 Scholarly Project III
  • GENCOUN 692 Capstone