ASHG Hires Marie Ternieden as New COO

ASHG Hires Marie Ternieden as New COO

Washington, D.C. (April 27, 2023) –The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has appointed Marie Ternieden, EdD, IOM, as the organization’s new Chief Operating Officer. Ternieden brings a wealth of experience in association management, having spent over two decades in leadership roles for organizations such as the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the American Meat Institute (now known as the North American Meat Institute). She will begin her position at ASHG on May 22.

Currently serving as Senior Vice President of Business Resources and Education at ACEC, Ternieden oversees resources and education for the organization’s 5,600 members across the United States. This includes providing leadership training, managing a team responsible for producing 200 publications and books, and coordinating six mini-trade associations with their own boards and budgets. Prior to her work at ACEC, she held a number of roles in education programming and certification management, including positions with APICS (currently known as the Association for Supply Chain Management) and the Construction Specifications Institute. 

Ternieden holds a Doctorate in Education from the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She also holds a Master’s degree in International Development from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Italian from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

About the American Society of Human Genetics 

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: http://www.ashg.org.

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