Blake Andres, Executive Director
Blake has more than twenty years of experience leading community initiatives that leverage science and technology for the betterment of community. Blake has a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a masters in science education. Prior to his role at DDC Clinic, Blake served as Education Director then Vice President at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix and the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Health and biomedicine have always been a personal and professional focus.
Blake and his wife Karla, an occupational therapist, have two children and live in Chesterland. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, paddling, and biking in Northeast Ohio’s parks.
Karen Cechner, Lab General Supervisor
Karen began working in the Molecular Diagnostics Lab in March of 2012 – she has an impressive background in various labs and came highly recommended. Karen resides in Russell with her husband Ron.
Patti Gallagher, Business Manager
Patti joined DDC Clinic in order to use her business and financial background, as well as her personal family experience of having a brother with special needs, to help others. Patti’s diverse work experience includes office management at various organizations and finance at banking institutions.
Patti and her husband Jack live in Burton – when they aren’t traveling to someplace warm with a beach. They have four sons and are enjoying their grandchildren immensely.
Valerie Sency, Registered Nurse
Valerie’s career at DDC Clinic began in February of 2013 – her years of working in an urgent care and as a school nurse will serve her well at DDC Clinic. She resides in Madison with her husband Matthew and their 3 children.
Erica Stewart, Administrative Assistant
Erica joined DDC Clinic in September of 2012 - she has many years’ experience as an administrative assistant and is excited to be able to put those skills to work in such a special place. Erica lives in Orwell with her husband Jason and their two children Anthony and Camille. She loves reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Julia Szekely, Laboratory Technician
Julia joined DDC Clinic in June of 2014- she is excited to utilize her background in Biotechnology as well as her love for helping others to serve the community. Julia currently resides in Madison where she enjoys eating out with friends, spending time at the beach, and symbolically adopting wildlife.
Sarah E. Ossler MS, CGC, LGC, Genetic Counselor
Sarah is originally from Alliance, Ohio, and attended the University of Mount Union for her Undergraduate degree in Biology and Spanish. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Science degree, Sarah was accepted to the Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Cincinnati. Sarah completed her Master of Science degree in Medical Genetics, and also completed the Preparing Future Faculty Program, which prepares students to be educators in their chosen field. Sarah then went on to become Board Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and Licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board. Sarah has previously worked at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio as the sole Genetic Counselor for inherited cancer predisposition syndromes. She then began work at University Hospitals of Cleveland as a Laboratory Genetic Counselor, where she was able to serve as a liaison between the Genetics Laboratory and providers in the community. Sarah is interested in Molecular Genetic testing and is excited for the opportunity to join the prestigious team at DDC Clinic Molecular Laboratory.
Heng Wang, M.D., PhD, Medical Director
Dr. Wang is a board certified pediatrician. In addition to his medical degree, he has a PhD in biochemistry, along with many years of research experience. As a physician scientist, Dr. Wang has been instrumental in all scientific discoveries in DDC Clinic, from description of new diseases and associated genes, to development of diagnostic and treatment protocols for many genetic conditions.
Dr. Wang and his wife Jian live in Orange with their two daughters. Between his busy practice with DDC Clinic, he enjoys practicing Tai Chi.
Baozhong (Bao) Xin, PhD, Research Scientist
Dr. Xin has a PhD in molecular biology and viral oncogenesis from the University of Hong Kong and he completed his post-doctoral fellowship with the Cancer Biology and Cancer Genetics Program at Case Western Reserve University.
The unique opportunity and challenge that DDC Clinic presents is what intrigues Dr. Xin most about working at DDC Clinic. While he is fascinated by the research, he also enjoys working closely with the community and our patients to translate the research into real-world answers and solutions.
In his spare time Dr. Xin enjoys family life with his wife Li and his two daughters, as well as music, traveling and sports. His co-workers enjoy teasing him about his love of eating!