UNCG Gerontology Students

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

Elise Eifert

Elise Eifert

Elise Eifert “received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and her Master’s degree in Health Promotion from Indiana University. After graduation, she spent 4 years in Florida working as an Alzheimer’s disease educator before returning to school to pursue her doctorate in Public Health Education to be awarded December 2014 from UNCG. Her research focus is on increasing family caregiver’s utilization of support services.

Specifically, Eifert is interested in the transition to the caregiver role and caregiver identity.” Elise Eifert — August 2013
Leslie Harris

Leslie Harris

Leslie Harris “recently graduated from UNCG with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in American Sign Language. As a C.N.A. I have worked with older adults over the past five years and hope to work in administration within long term care in the future. I also have interests in dementia and Alzheimer’s. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of gerontology. Leslie Harris — September 2014

Madeline Huff

Madeline Huff began “working with older adults as a wellness coach at the YMCA back home and found that I absolutely loved working with that age group. I am working toward a MS in Gerontology and want to study how individuals can have the best quality of life as they age and how fitness practices can help improve cognitive function of older adults.

Because of my background in the fitness field, I would love to work with older adults in a health and wellness setting. I am excited about the endless possibilities as I begin my career in gerontology! Madeline Huff — September 2014
Kristin Spence’s “goal is to work in a retirement community in an administrative-level position. I enjoy working with the aging population and hope to use my time at UNCG to increase my knowledge of older adults.”
Kristin Spence — August 2014
Katie Thompson began studies toward her M.S. in Gerontology with an Aging & Business concentration in August 2013. “I simply enjoy living life! I love to laugh, paint, play sports, spend time with my family and friends and build community. I have always enjoyed the geriatric population and am blessed to have all four grandparents living today!

What drew me to gerontology was a conversation with a Holocaust survivor when I was in middle school. I remember wanting to advocate for her and “rescue” her from her loneliness and a shabby assisted living center. Overall, I enjoy listening to their stories and spending time with them. I consider myself crafty and creative and I would like to be an activity director at a senior center or assisted living center in the future.” Katherine “Katie” Thompson — August 2013