UNCG Gerontology Students

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

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 — entering August 2016
Halimah Balogun"During my Biochemistry undergraduate days, I volunteered to partake in field work with a friend to study older adults in a nearby community. The aim of the study was to learn about challenges older adults face and how it affects their physiological changes. It was a big eye opener and I am eager to continue with this sort of research and the biochemistry phases of aging processes as I pursue Gerontology as a career at UNCG."

Halimah Balogun — entering 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 -- entering 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 -- entering 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.

Email all three items to

We look forward to highlighting you here!