Madeline’s interest in genetic counseling began when a relative was diagnosed with a genetic disorder. The support and unique companionship Madeline's family received from genetic counselors throughout her sister's medical journey left a lasting impact, and Madeline knew she wanted to serve families in the same way. Madeline went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Los Angeles, where she completed undergraduate research in primate genetics and a thesis in plant hydraulics and evolution. Since graduating in 2019, she has worked in City of Hope’s Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics, developing educational tools to facilitate the return of genetic test results, informed consent, and communication with family members. Madeline also worked to adapt these tools for cancer patients who primarily speak Spanish and Mandarin, which has kindled a passion for continuing research that evolves how genetics providers care for diverse patient populations. She worked as a crisis counselor on the Suicide Prevention Lifeline during the COVID-19 Pandemic and it was here that she discovered an innate gift in listening that she could leverage in the service of others. As a proud Angeleno, Madeline considers it an honor to attend UCLA and serve the communities that raised her. In her free time, she volunteers as a Painted Turtle camp counselor with children affected by serious medical conditions. Madeline is also an avid salsa and bachata dancer and is always on the lookout for new dance classes and socials in Los Angeles.