Carol Zernial '89 MA

2018 Alumni of Distinction for Service in Mission


Carol Zernial, MA is a nationally recognized gerontologist who was named one of the nation’s Top 50 Influencers in Aging for 2017 by Next Avenue, the digital journalism arm of the PBS System. She holds a master's degree in social gerontology from the University of the Incarnate Word, and has been involved in the field of aging for over 25 years.

Carol currently serves as Executive Director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation and Vice President of Social Responsibility for WellMed Medical Management. She is immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Council on the Aging. Carol is a member of the governor’s Aging Texas Well Advisory Committee. She is the producer and co-host of the podcast Caregiver SOS on Air.  

Carol was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 2015 under President Obama and 2005 under President George W. Bush. She was a staff member to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging under President Clinton. She is the former Chair of the National Institute of Community-based Long-term Care, board member for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Vice-President of the Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

She received the 2008 Outstanding Professional in Aging Award in Texas for her contributions to the field in the area of evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion. She was selected as the 2017 Murlin B. Johnson Legacy Award recipient for her work to support aging services and caregiving.