UNCG Gerontology Students

Meet several of our current students who have given permission to share their interests.

Jennifer ShoreJennifer Shore is pursuing a Minor in Gerontology at UNCG, planning to graduate in May 2018.

"Majoring in Social Work, I was thrilled when UNCG began offering the Gerontology minor! This allows students to become knowledgeable about older adults; realizing they are fun, diverse, and a blast to be around!

Working in the aging adult field for many years — currently with the NC Baptist Aging Ministry — I see so many elderly population needs unmet. The first step in creating new resources is awareness through education. 

By the year 2025, one in five North Carolinians will be age 65 or over. Help is needed in every field imaginable. What great job security… and opportunities! “
Stephen H. SimpsonStephen Simpson graduated from Eastern Illinois University obtaining a B.A. in Psychology with minors in Business Administration as well as Communication Studies May 2016.

Born and raised in Chicago, IL Stephen moved 11 hours away from home to further his education here at UNCG. His passion for older adults is due to his late grandfather who had Alzheimer's Disease. Stephen currently holds an interest in Advocacy. "I hope one day my voice can inspire individuals to support elders all around the world."

Stephen Simpson -- entered August 2016
Christina PeoplesChristina Peoples shares "I received my B.A from Winston-Salem State University in 2011 and I am currently in my second year toward the Master’s in Gerontology with a concentration in Aging and Business."

"Since I was child, I have always admired older adults and had the desire to be around them. My goal is to develop a programming center that will be geared toward intergenerational activities and create unity among the community."

Christina Peoples -- entered August 2015
Ana HerreraAna Herrera graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Gerontology in 2014. She has worked with older adults since she graduated, focusing in the multicultural aspect of aging.

Ana is now pursuing a Masters in Gerontology and a Nonprofit Management Certificate. She works at Senior Resources of Guilford as the coordinator of the Refugee Outreach Program. "My dream is to open a multicultural senior center, therefore I decided to go back to school and pursue a Master's Degree."

Ana Herrera — entered August 2016
Ronqeiya Luther"I chose to pursue a degree in Gerontology because of my love for the elderly. My first job was a certified nursing assistant in the memory care unit."

"After working with Alzheimer's and Dementia patients and their families for a few moments I knew that I wanted to work with them for the rest of my life. One day I plan to open my own memory care facility."

Ronqeiya Luther -- entered August 2016
Rachel Pennington"I decided to pursue this degree after my experiences with elders in home health and senior adult day care programs."

"My goals are to gain business and non-profit management skills and apply them to owning my own senior adult day care program, concentrating in dementia and memory care.”

Rachel Pennington -- entered August 2016
Current UNCG Gerontology students are welcome to send:

1- your "headshot" photo and
2- 2 to 3 brief sentences of your aspirations, plus
3- your explicit permission for us to post those three items here.

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