UNCG Gerontology Students

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

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
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 — 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
KaitlinReidHeadshot“UNCG alone presented me with the unique opportunity to merge both of my core interests -- business and older adults. Soon after my acceptance into the UNCG MBA/ MS Gerontology dual degree program in 2014, I was offered and accepted a job as Executive Assistant at the prestigious Well-Spring Retirement Community. I was able to complete both of my two required gerontology internships conveniently at Well-Spring. After both internships were fulfilled, I eagerly accepted a promotion as Well-Spring Assistant Director of Retirement Relocation.

The UNCG MBA/ MS Gerontology dual degree allowed me to gain invaluable knowledge in my specialty areas and fostered -- through internships and the Graduate Dean's Scholarship -- the ability to simultaneously work a full time job to pursue my career goals, complete two internships, attend evening classes and receive my Masters degrees in 2 years!

UNCG's advisors and professors worked consistently and patiently with me to make this possible. Without the flexibility of UNCG's professors and advisors, the nature of the advanced programs, the boldness of the idea to interweave business and gerontology, the requirements of the internships and the intensive classes, I would not be where I am today. My success and my future successes all can be attributed to my experiences at UNCG. For that I am forever grateful.”

Kaitlin Reid -- entered May 2014
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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