About Us Our Team
For over 8 years, Natasha Bonhomme has led initiatives in the healthcare field. Since joining Genetic Alliance in 2006, she has worked to improve the state of newborn screening. For the past 4 years, she has overseen maternal and child health initiatives for the organization, with a particular focus on bringing the families perspective into policy setting around newborn screening, and maternal and child health overall. Natasha led and managed the largest study of women (with more than 2,000 expectant and new mothers) to gain an understanding of their attitudes towards newborn screening and their preferences on how and when to be educated. She also supervised four federally funded projects having to do with newborn screening and prenatal diagnoses.
As vice president at Genetic Alliance, she launched the nation’s center on newborn screening education, Baby's First Test. As director of Baby's First Test, Natasha has testified before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee's Subcommittee on Children and Families on the importance of public education for newborn screening. Natasha serves on a range of committees including: as a Co-Chair of the Genetics and Bioethics Committee, American Public Health Association; the Association of Public Health Laboratories Committee on Newborn Screening and Genetics in Public Health; and the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children.
In 2011, she obtained a Certificate from Georgetown University in Non Profit Executive Management to better serve other non-profit partners. Outside of the office, Natasha has been involved with the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington for several years and currently is the Co-Chair of their Developing Leaders Program.
As Program Manager for Expecting Health, Jackie Seisman provides project management for maternal and child health initiatives within Genetic Alliance. With a particular focus on newborn screening, Jackie currently manages Baby's First Test, the nation's educational resource center for newborn screening. Jackie is passionate about helping families and communities navigate the complex healthcare delivery system and hopes to develop innovative resources that guide and empower healthcare professionals and new and expectant parents throughout the newborn screening process.
Jackie has a BA in Public Administration and Political Science from Elon University and an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her background is in communications and public health, with extensive experience in maternal and child health. Outside of the office, she serves as a birth doula and volunteers at her local animal shelter.
Anastasia Sissamis is the enthusiastic Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Expecting Health division of Genetic Alliance. As part of her role, she is developing and implementing a strategic communications and outreach plan for Baby’s First Test, the nation’s clearinghouse for newborn screening information.
Anastasia moved to DC from Upstate South Carolina where she worked at Meals on Wheels of Greenville as part of a two-person communications team. There, she increased social media engagement and managed all marketing materials needed to sustain their program that aids 1,500 homebound clients on a daily basis. Previously, she worked at Greenville Water where she developed a county-wide education outreach program to increase water conservation amongst school children and business people alike.
She is a proud 2011 graduate of Furman University where she earned her B.A. in Communication Studies and, in her spare time, she enjoys being active at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, chatting with her peace lily Agatha and watching Greek comedies with her husband. Contact Anastasia to share your newborn screening story or to share ideas for the Baby’s First Test social media channels and e-newsletter!
In her role as Program Assistant, Amelia Mulford assists in the creation and management of content for the English and Spanish Baby’s First Test sites. Her prior professional roles span early childhood education, tech support, and neuroscience research. Through her time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, she also has experience advocating for families traveling for their children’s medical care.
Amelia graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and holds a B.A. in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. She aspires to get her Master's in Genetic Counseling and use her bilingual skills to serve a diverse population of individuals and families, particularly in bridging cultural barriers to care. Amelia is passionate about empowering communities with accurate, accessible knowledge to make informed decisions about their health.
We have been fortunate to work with a number of interns on the launch and improvement of Baby's First Test. We are so thankful for their time, dedication and enthusiasm! Our former interns have gone on to graduate from law school, start genetic counseling school, and seek out other opportunities in public health. We wouldn't be able to keep this site running without them!