Team Members


Kathryn Hassell, MD
Project Director

Kathryn Hassell, M.D., Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, became the MSGRC Associate Project Director, December 1, 2011. Kathy hails from Minnesota originally but has been in Colorado since 1989. She has played a major role in the development of systems of care for individuals with sickle cell disease in Colorado, and she has been very active in newborn screening for hemoglobinopathies for over a decade. Kathy has supervised the Colorado hemoglobinopathy newborn screening follow-up program since 2000, and she has been Director of the Colorado Sickle Cell Treatment and Research Center since 2003. Kathy is project director of a MSGRC small grant for standardization of hemoglobinopathies newborn screening follow-up in the mountain states region.


Janet Thomas, MD
Associate Project Director

Janet Thomas, M.D., Director of the Inherited Metabolic Diseases Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine since 1996 and devotes her time to caring for individuals of all ages with inborn errors of metabolism in the Rocky Mountain region. She has a particular interest in lysosomal storage disorders and newborn screening. Teaching medical students, pediatric and genetic residents, and graduate genetic counseling students is also a part of her duties. Dr. Thomas is a faculty member of the UCDHSC Human Medical Genetics Program, a member of the State of Colorado Newborn Screening Program Advisory Committee, and former Director of the University of Colorado Medical Genetics Residency Program. She also developed and co-directs the Colorado Lysosomal Disorders Program. She is actively involved in industry sponsored therapeutic research for PKU and several lysosomal storage disorders.


Camille Miller, MSSW
Project Administrator

Camille D. Miller has been the president and CEO of the Texas Health Institute since its inception in 1996. After completing bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology and social work, Miller gained extensive experience in policy research and development while she served in Texas under two governors and two lieutenant governors, a state comptroller and state senator planning, researching and developing state policy to address health and human services issues. In February 1995, the Texas Hospital Association (THA) selected her to be the director of its Medicaid project, and immediately promoted her to Director of Regulatory Affairs. When the 32-year old Texas Hospital Education and Research Foundation changed its name and mission to create the Institute, THA again tapped into her experience in policy development and her strong leadership skills when they asked her to be the Institute's first president and chief executive officer. In 2006, THA merged with Texas Health Foundation to create the Texas Health Institute (THI), an independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to "Improve the Health of Texans and their Communities." Miller currently serves as the Project Director of the Mountain States Genetics Regional Collaborative, of which THI is the fiscal administrator.


Marilyn Brown
Project Manager
Telephone: 303-477-1976
Email: mbrown@mountainstatesgenetics.org

Marilyn completed her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University and recently received her Master’s in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health. Having actually grown up in Bay City, Texas, she is delighted to be back in her home state after almost nine years away. While in Colorado, Marilyn began her work in public health as a tobacco inspector for the Food and Drug Administration. She continued her work in public health at the University of Colorado Cancer Center as Program Coordinator for the Generations Project, a program aimed at providing historically underserved patients genetic counseling and testing services for hereditary cancers. Through this experience, Marilyn’s interest in public health genetics was fostered. She is excited to continue serving in a role that advances the availability of genetic services to high-need populations.


Joyce Hooker
Director of Regional Outreach
Telephone: 303-978-0125
Email: dnjhooker@msn.com

Joyce Hooker has been in public health for over 40 years starting in Maryland and since 1978 in Colorado. While in Colorado she has worked for the state in developmental disabilities and genetics. In 1985 Joyce became the genetics coordinator for the Mountain States Genetics Network and later the state genetics coordinator. Since 2004 she has worked for the Mountain States Genetics Regional Collaborative as project manager. Joyce currently serves as Director of Regional Outreach for MSGRC. Over the years, Joyce has served on several national, state and local Boards and advisory committees. She loves “networking” with others interested in helping children and all critters with four legs and furry.


Kristi Wees
Social Media Coordinator
Email: kwees@mountainstatesgenetics.org

Kristi comes to MSGRC as a parent advocate who served as part of the 2012 Consumer Task Force for Baby’s First Test. She brings previous experience working in a laboratory and research setting as a chemist as well as scientific sales and marketing experience after completing her master’s degree in chemistry from UCLA. Kristi has utilized social media in the last 5 years as she had focused on outreach to a target audience of mothers. Kristi’s daughter is suspected of a mitochondrial disorder that was not diagnosed at birth and she blogs about what she has learned along her journey at Babyfoodsteps.com.