Margaret A. Hefner
Margaret A. Hefner, MS, is a Genetic Counselor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics, at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She first became interested in CHARGE syndrome in 1982 when working with Dr. Sandra Davenport at the University of Missouri, Columbia. In addition to writing journal articles on CHARGE syndrome, Ms. Hefner has written and edited materials for families and professionals, including for the Management Manual for Parents, the 2005 and 2017 American Journal of Medical Genetics special issues on CHARGE syndrome, and the GeneReview and Face2Gene summaries of CHARGE syndrome. One of the founders of the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, Ms. Hefner served on the Board for 12 years. In 1999, Ms. Hefner was awarded the first Stars in CHARGE, the highest award of the Foundation. In 2014, she was given the Diane Baker Award from the University of Michigan for her lifelong work as a genetic counselor and her work with CHARGE. Ms. Hefner still serves as an advisor to the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, is on the advisory board of the Missouri Deafblind Project, and answers inquiries from families and professionals via email and social media.