Alumni

Alumni of the UNCG Gerontology Program are up to GREAT things!

 

Tarik Glenn

Tarik Glenn

May 2013 Tarik Glenn began studies toward a M.S. in Gerontology in August 2010. “I chose the dual MBA/MS to refine my knowledge of complex global business operations, expand and build upon core leadership competencies, learn how to skillfully manage resources to remain competitive, and become aware of how to effectively recognize and address the needs of aging and older consumers.  Upon completion of the program, I focus on project management, performance and quality measures, training and assessment of employees, and the management of service delivery standards. I will continue to use the knowledge gained through the gerontology program to broaden my consciousness as it relates to opportunities for universal product and service design, inclusiveness of all communities, and collaborating to successfully care for aging adults.”

 

 

Rachael Wonderlin

Rachael Wonderlin

May 2013 Rachael Wonderlin graduated with a M.S. in Gerontology.  Since graduation she has enjoyed several employment opportunities and in April 2014 accepted her current position as Memory Care Program Coordinator at  Clare Bridge of Burlington in Burlington, NC.  Wonderlin manages CNAs, plans events for the Clare Bridge residents, and provides tours to prospective families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

May 2012 Sarah Johnson graduated with a M.S. in Gerontology. During her summer of 2011 Sarah enjoyed a practical experience at Carol Woods, a CCRC noted for it’s promotion of inclusivity allowing residents to experience their independence, even with a diagnosis of dementia. “A strong team mentality exists by working in the ‘homes’ of the residents, rather than at a facility, which made Carol Woods a fantastic learning environment.” Johnson worked primarily with the Life Enrichment team including a Gerontologist, a Recreational Therapist and an Activities Professional, all of whom designed and implemented creative activities that residents enjoyed. Sarah also earned a B.A. in Recreational Therapy from UNCG.

 

 

Kimberly Miller McDowell

Kimberly Miller McDowell

May 2011 Kimberly A. Miller-McDowell graduated from the UNCG Gerontology Program with a M.S. and Certificate in Gerontology. Miller-McDowell is a Nutrition and Outreach Director for Randolph County Senior Adults (RSCA), the organization with which she performed her internship among leaders who value her many contributions. This organization aims to minimize confusion, reduce the number of agencies a consumer must contact to receive services, enhance individual choice, support informed decision-making, and increase the cost effectiveness of long-term support systems. Kimberly is excited about her opportunity to work with the RSCA to accomplish these goals.

 

 

 

Brittany Singhas

Brittany Singhas

May 2011 Brittany Singhas graduated from the UNCG Gerontology Program with a dual degree M.S. in Gerontology/MBA. She quickly accepted a position as Davidson County Tennessee Regional Coordinator as well as the Service Coordinator at Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency, Homemaker/Companion Programs. She administers staff, clients, budgets, documents, meetings, etc. for these adult services in Nashville and surrounding cities within Davidson County, TN.

 

 

 

 

Toyosi Adeykeye

Toyosi Adeykeye

May 2010 Toyosi Adeykeye graduated from the UNCG Gerontology Program with a Certificate in Gerontology and a Masters in Public Health from UNCG. He promptly accepted a Health Policy Leadership fellowship at The Satcher Health Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Georga. He is also a faculty member in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Prior to his graduate studies at UNCG, “Ty” was a Research Associate with the North Carolina Health Literacy Counci, an Intern with Smoke Free Guilford Coalition, Medical Director at a Federal Low Cost Clinic and Medical Officer at a Nigerian Airforce Hospital.

 

 

 

Amanda May

Amanda May

August 2010 Amanda May graduated from UNCG with a M.S. in Gerontology. Today she is Director of Accesss to Services for Senior Resources of Guilford, ensuring older adults and their caregivers obtain community services.  She coordinates the Family Caregiver Support Program and supervises the Social Work Case Assistance Program and the SeniorLine Information and Referral Program.

 

 

 

 

 

Jill Yesko

Jill Yesko

May 2009 Jill Yesko graduated from the UNCG Gerontology Program with a Certificate in Gerontology. She is a Program Coordinator with Community Health Integrated Partnership (CHIP) in Maryland. CHIP is a non-profit that provides essential business services and support to nine federally-qualified health care centers throughout Maryland. At CHIP, Jill is managing the Community HealthCorps of Maryland, the largest health-focused national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for America’s undeserved. She is also managing CHIP’s social media and participating in its web and online communications development. Jill can be reached at jyesko@chipmd.org.

 

 

 

Misty Wolfe

Misty Wolfe

May 2007 Misty Wolfe’s completed her M.S. in Gerontology. Administrators with the Randolph County School system (her employer and placement site for her first internship on grandparents raising grandchildren) were so impressed by Misty’s internship accomplishments and passion for community outreach, they hired her as a counselor. Misty’s other interests include faith community outreach to older adults. For her second internship, she taught an inaugural course in ministry to older adults at John Wesley College in High Point.  mwolfe@randolph.k12.nc.us

 

 

 

Pat Cleary

Pat Cleary

December 2006 Pat Cleary graduated from UNCG with a Certificate in Gerontology. Today Pat engages his skills as Program Director at River Landing within the Adult Center for Enrichment, a non-profit adult day health center serving 50 people from age 27 to 95. Sixty percent of their clients have dementia. Forty percent have other frailties such as mental impairments, developmental disabilities or are recovering from stroke.pcleary@triad.rr.com

 

 

 

 

Erin Russell

Erin Russell

December 2006 Erin Russell graduated from UNCG with an M.S. in Gerontology. Today she is Senior Research Associate with the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services (NC DAAS). While working in community services for a continuing care retirement community in Chapel Hill, she began work on an MS in Gerontology which she completed in December 2006. Her interests in policy and advocacy led to her successful application for a Somers Internship in Long Term Care with the National Academy of Social Insurance for the summer of 2006. She was placed with the Institute for the Future of Aging Services in Washington, DC. As part of Erin’s current work with NC DAAS, she has substanial responsibilities for preparation of the state aging services plan and related planning documents.

 

 

 

Syble Solomon

Syble Solomon

May 1990 Syble Solomon, Founder of Lifewise, graduated from the UNCG Gerontology Program with a Certificate in Gerontology. In 2001, she returned to teach Life Planning for the Third Age, a graduate course to prepare students for a future of successful aging for themselves, their employees and their clients.
Syble is Founder/Speaker/Consultant with LifeWise and creator of Money Habitudes. While at UNCG, Syble received the Association of Higher Education in Gerontology Award, and in 2006 she was honored with the Mary Ellen Edmundson Educator of the Year Award from the Association of Financial Counseling and Financial Planning. Read what Syble is up to at http://www.lifewise.us

 

 

 

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