Miami University Gerontology Alumni

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Making a difference for nearly fifty years!

Miami University’s gerontology academic programs date back to the 1970s. The Master of Gerontological Studies program was founded in 1977, the BA in Gerontology in 2000, the PhD in Social Gerontology in 2005 and the Master of Population and Social Gerontology in 2010. We now have nearly 500 gerontology alumni from those four programs, and an estimated 700+ alumni with the gerontology minor. Our alumni are out there making a difference around the world!

This page is devoted to our gerontology alumni. Here we will highlight your accomplishments, post alumni photos, invite you to connect with us online or at upcoming events, and make it easy to update your contact information and support current students.

If you are an alumni and want more information about how to connect, please contact Pamela Mayberry, MGS.

Members of the Alumni Advisory Group

BA in Gerontology

Julia Creswell Larimer ’15, Founder, Alz Well, LLC; Engage Life Director, Atria Highland Crossing
Emily Lubin ‘11, Online Learning Specialist, LeadingAge


Master of Gerontological Studies

Ashlee Cordell '19, Benjamin Rose Institute
Chelsea Gilchrist '14
, Deputy Project Director, National Institute on Aging Information Center at IQ Solutions
Julie Kaminski '00,  Senior Vice President and COO, Immanuel Communities
Katie Magyar,  Current 2nd-Year MGS student
David Mancuso '99,  Partner & Director of Sales, Troon Technologies
Kathryn Myles '91,  Associate Director, Alumni Travel and Lifetime Engagement, Miami University Alumni Association
Quanhong Qiu (Cho) '01,  Executive Director, Compassionate Community Care
Marisa Scala-Foley '95, Director, Aging and Disability Business Institute, n4a
Abby Schwartz  '05, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University

PhD in Social Gerontology 

Anna Rahman '11, Research Assistant Professor, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Taka Yamashita '11, Associate Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Recent Cottrell Awardees

2020 Taka Yamashita, PhD '11, Associate Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore County

2019 Julie Kaminski, MGS '00, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Immanuel

2018
Quanhong Qiu, MGS '01, Executive Director, Compassionate Community Care

2017
Heather Menne, MGS '01, Senior Health Policy Researcher, RTI International

2016
Rebecca Utz, MGS '99, Associate Professor, University of Utah

2015
Ken Wilson, MGS '94, Vice President of Program Operations, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio

2014
Marisa Scala-Foley, MGS '95, Director, Aging and Disability Business Institute, n4a

 

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Alumni Spotlights

Takashi Yamashita, PhD '11

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The Scripps Gerontology Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Takashi Yamashita is the recipient of the 2020 W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Alumni award. 

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Julie Kaminski, MGS '00

Julie Kaminski with caption, "We need more curios people in the field. When our curiosity id tapped, innovation starts to happen and we can see things a little bit differently."

"That is one thing that I remember working with Suzanne Kunkel on a couple of research projects and her saying, 'challenge what it looks like on the surface and dig in a little bit deeper.' So I think being curious and not accepting things at face value. We need more curious people in this field. When our curiosity is tapped that innovation starts to happen and we can see things a little bit differently."
– Julie Kaminski, MGS '00

Julie Kaminski, (MGS '00) shares the story of her experience as an MGS student, career path, and offers advice to students.

Heather Menne, MGS '01

“.... the MGS program ... really felt to me like a place to grow in my areas of interest. I don’t remember feeling dissuaded from going down a path that not many were going down. Faculty were supportive in the area of my interest, but they also exposed me to complimentary topics, issues, and methodologies.”
– Heather Menne, MGS '01

Heather Menne, (MGS '01) shares the story of her academic and career path and offers advice to students.

Quanhong “Cho” Qiu, MGS ’01

Quanhong “Cho” Qiu  (MGS ’01)

“I wouldn't have today’s success without the wonderful education and support I’ve received from Scripps. It has enabled me to successfully launch Compassionate Community Care (CCC) and keep it growing to serve many people in the San Francisco Bay Area.”
– Quanhong “Cho” Qiu, MGS ’01

Quanhong “Cho” Qiu (MGS ’01) discussed her career in gerontology with us and shared advice to current students who are studying gerontology.

Marisa Scala-Foley, MGS '95

"Where Miami really stands out is the ability to work directly with some of the top leaders in the field."
Marisa Scala-Foley, MGS '95

Marisa Scala-Foley (MGS '95) explains why Miami was her top choice for her masters in gerontology. Marisa is the Director for the Office of Policy Analysis & Development at the Administration for Community Living.

Alumni News

 Alumni Meet Ups

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Join other gerontology alumni virtually to connect and hear from guest speakers. These events typically occur every other month. Keep an eye on your email inbox for the next invite. Not sure if you are on our email list? You can update your contact info with this form

Dr. Takashi Yamashita selected for the 2020 Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award

Taka YamashitaThe Scripps Gerontology Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Takashi Yamashita is the recipient of the 2020 W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Alumni award. This award recognizes Miami University gerontology graduate student alumni for outstanding leadership in the field of aging. 

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Alumni making a difference

Meghan Young wearing a mask

On Friday, April 10, 2020 we asked Miami University Gerontology Alumni to tell us about the roles they played (paid or volunteer, large or small) to make a positive difference during the COVID-19 pandemic. We gathered their responses and were overwhelmed with the selflessness of our alumni.

Read their responses