Certificate Alumni Spotlight

Since 2004, nearly 80 students have completed the Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology. Here are the stories of some of our alumni who have gone on to utilize all they have learned during their time in the program. Enjoy!

An Interview with Amal Ali-Al-Ghassani
Amal recently completed the Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology while living in Oman, and opened up with us about her experience and plans for the future. According to Amal, in Oman, the older adult population represents 5.2% of the total population, and this figure is expected to reach 10% by 2025 and 20% by 2050, making gerontology highly desirable knowledge. Read More
Gordana Dermody: Building Bridges to Implement Change
After meeting Gordana Dermody in person, I could sense the commitment that she has towards aging adults. At a young age, Ms. Dermody knew that she wanted to make a difference in the lives of older adults. Her passion started when she first volunteered in a nursing home … Read More

Meet Mark Thompson: Innovator
Mark Thompson_pictureMark Thompson is a partner in the startup BrightLife Innovations, a company that specializes in bringing video technologies to senior communities, and a consultant for companies in the community. He completed the Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology program in Spring 2013 while entering the next phase of his successful career in…Read More

Meet Ellen Nocun: Artist
Ellen NocunEllen “Ellie” Nocun is the director at Luther Manor Adult Day Services, moving up after she was hired on as part of the person-centered care services team. She completed her Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology in 2012. “I’m now leading … Read More
Meet Shari Azinger
Shari AzingerShari Azinger has spent most of her life wanting to impact the way we care for aging adults. After attending art school for two years at UWM, Azinger wasn’t sure if that was right for her. Trying to figure out where she wanted to go in life, Azinger started working in an assisted living home and fell in love with the idea of…Read More
Interested in being part of our “Certificate Alumni Spotlight” series? Contact Lori Becker at beckerla@uwm.edu