Referring Members Has Perks!

Recruit a new GSA member and you’ll be entered into a monthly drawing for a $25 gift card! Each recruit qualifies you for an entry in the drawing -- recruit one new member, get one entry in the drawing; recruit three new members, get three entries.

Do you remember how you first learned about GSA?

Chances are you heard about us from an advisor or colleague. That referral led to your membership in GSA and likely connected you with leading scholars in the field of aging who inspired, supported and mentored you on your professional journey. Help us spread the word!

Why Refer New Members?

  • Give back to the community that fostered your development and growth.
  • Create a stronger group of peers with whom to collaborate.
  • Recruiting New Members is FUN and EASY.
  • And, you have a chance to win a $25 gift card!

Program Details

View all the program rules

Tips for Recruiting New Members

  • Send an email to a friend or colleague.
  • Use social media to promote the member benefits you receive from GSA. See below for specific topics and ideas to promote in social media.
  • Invite a colleague to participate in a GSA webinar.
  • Search the GSA Member Directory on GSA Connect to see who’s missing.
  • Publish an article in your workplace e-newsletter about GSA.
  • Make announcements about the value of GSA membership in weekly/monthly staff meetings.
  • Share an interesting article from one of GSA’s five scholarly journals.
  • Follow up to see if your contacts have any questions and encourage them to join.
  • Invite them to GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Get CREATIVE and spread the word!


Get all the tools you need, with additional tips and sample emails.

Thank you to GSA members who referred new members in 2023

Adam Davey
Ali Ahmed
Andrew Achenbsum
Ashley Ermer
Barbara Bowers
Bernard Steinman
C. Victor Fung
David Burnes
Elsa Strotmeyer
Emily L. Mroz
Faika Zanjani
Giuliana Casanova
Hariom Yadav
Heidi Ewen
Jen-Hao Chen
Jeremy Hamm
Jolie Harris
Jonathan Wanagat
Jullet Davis Weave
Karen Roberto
Karl Pillemer
Kathleen Unroe
Keith Kleszynski
Kelly Melekis
Kyungmin Kim
Laura P. Sands
Leah Janssen
Margie E. Lachman
Maria Roche-Dean
Maritza Dowling
Michael Province
Mo-kyung Sin
Nai Ching Chi
Natascha Merten
Olena S. Tomarevska
Patricia Heyn
Susan B. Bluck
Tam Perry
Terri Harvath
Terry Fulmer
Tuo-Yu Chen
Wendy A. Rogers
Yenisel Cruz-Almeida
Yin Liu

Congratulations and welcome to our new members in 2023

Abdi, Lovina
Adkins-Jackson, Paris
Aduen, Paula
Ajja, Rahma
Allemann, Alex
Almada, Albert
Almardawi, Ranyah
Almidani, Louay
Anand, Shruti
Angel, Jacqueline
Anquillare, Elizabeth
Arafah, Micah
Arguelles, Trinidad
Barbara, Rita
Barnason, Susan
Bastos, Alice
Batamack, Yvann
Bates, Alicia
Beaty, Darla
Belokon, Eric
Belsky, Janet
Bergh, Marissa
Blaskewicz Boron, Julie
Breder, Kelseanne
Bubak, Matthew
Carlson, Bryant
Cecil, Charlotte
Challa, Suman
Chang, Yuanqing
Chen, Lingming
Cheng, Clio Yuen Man
Cho, Hyeonji
Cho, KyungAh
Cogdill-Richardson, Kiana
Coggins, Rachel
Cohen, Andrew
Cohen, Matthew
Connelly, Denise
Connolly, Marie-Therese
Contreras, Janessa
Cortes, Constanza
Couch, Elyse
Covarrubias, Anthony
Cox, Jillian
Crippen, Dan
Crowther, Vanessa
Curtis, Ashley
D'Alessandro, Susan
Dagne, Mahederemariam
Delgado, Daphne
Dellefield, Mary
Deller, Juergen
Dhillon, Sarah
Diaz Garcia, Carlos Manlio
Dillon, Ellis
Donkor, Michael
Dotson, Vonetta
Droujinine, Ilia
Duangjan, Chatrawee
Duarte Folle, Aline
Duran-Ortiz, Silvana
Durkee-Neuman, Elizabeth
Ello, Linda
Elrod, Cathy
Erickson, Melissa
Faria, Carla
Ferguson, Melissa
Fernandes, Deanna
Festa, Natalia
Frederick, Miranda
Friedman, Ari
Friesen, Tammy
Fry, Jean
Fulay, Aarohee
Gaglio, Marisa
Galindo, Rodolfo
Gammon, Amara
Gan, Lena
Gandhari, Sanjeela
Genge, Courtney
Giannouli, Vaitsa
Golden, Blair
Goldman, Alyssa
Goncalves, Raquel
Gorla, Vandita
Groves, Angela
Guillory, Ann
Haller, Landon
Hamilton, Jess
Harper, Garrett
Harris, Lani
Hawks, Cathleen
He, Zhongyu
Heintz, Hannah
Huang, Kian
Hwang, Misun
Jackson, Amy
Jacobson, Mireille
Jain, Shalini
Jin, Bora
Jones, Alexandria
Kakuta, Momoho
Kang, Hun
Kasahara, Tomoko
Kasu, Yasar Arfat
Keeler, Carlyn
Keenoy, Jaclyn
Khalaila, Rabia
Khan, Maham
Kho, Sonah
Kim, Hyosin
Kim, Jennifer (Jeehyun)
Kim, Jung-Nim
Kim, Min Hee
Kim, Nahyun
Kim, Sun-Jae
Klebenow, Lindsey
Ko, Sunghwan
Koch, Mary Kate
Korotkevich, Ekaterina
Kravljaca, Nikolina
Kriebel-Gasparro, Ann
Kusters, Cynthia
Labovic, Dubravka
Ladaga, Bonnie
Lakshmanan, Sarada
Lee, Eunju
Lee, Knoo
Lehmberg, Lisa
Lester, Barbara
Levine, Daniel
Lewis, Hannah
Li, Fuhai
Li, Jingxi
Liao, Shuyao
Lin, Lisha
Lin, Zhixuan
Luskey, Valerie
Lynn, Nancy
Macieira, Tamara
Maggiore, Sophia
Malesky, C. Michael
Maloney, Elizabeth
Manea, Thomas
Marshall, Shawn
Mazer, Vickie
McHugh, John
McMurray, Adalyn
McNeil, Heather
McNeish, Brendan
Medders, Laura
Merss, Kristin
Mese, Patrick
Mgabhi, Philile Sharon
Mize, Mary Chase
Mizrahi, Chanelle
Monroe, Stephanie
Montes-Tacuba, Agustin
Montesino Goicolea, Soamy
Moo, Lauren
Moore, Elizabeth
Moore, Sebastiana
Morales-Arnao, Lani
Morgan, Deborah
Morse, Deborah
Mowat, Freya
Muehlbauer, Marshall
Muqri, Muiz
Muqri, Zacki
Murach, Kevin
Murali, Komal
Nazario, Jaminette
Nesvet, Matt
Newman, Michael
Nguyen, Christopher
Nik Bakht, Negar
Nimrod, Galit
Ning, Hongting
Nnadi, Chimeremma
Norling, Amani
North, Kara
O'Sullivan, Kelly
Ogunade, Temi
Oorloff, Maria
Osei Poku, Charlotte
Pak, Heidi
Palavicini, Juan Pablo
Papaioannou, Alexandra
Pappa, Sara
Parker, Elizabeth
Parker, Kelly
Pasupuleti, Sudershan
Peprah, Prince
Perek-Bialas, Jolanta
Perry, Adam
Phyo, Aung Zaw Zaw
Pike, Paul
Pinyan, Elizabeth
Pleasant, Michelle
Poliakov, Oleksandr
Prasad, Jitender
Pumilio, Victoria
Rachmuth, Lisa
Raciti, Audrieanna
Reed, Araeya
Rieger, Randee
Ries, Julie
Rodrigues Pinto, Edna Darlene
Rogers, Priscilla
Rosa, William
Ruth, Daniel
Ruvalcaba, Lili
Ryan, Julia
Sang, Elaine
Santurri, Laura
Sapkota, Krishna
Saucedo, Jennifer
Schiloski, Kylie
Schneider, Barbara
Schneider, Cindra
Schoen, Julie
Schoenfeld, Elinor
Sellon, Alicia
Senior, Josh
Shah, Arsal
Shahriar, Sonja
Shanahan, Angela
Shang, Yongxin
Sherman, Carey Wexler
Shichijo, Yuka
Shin, Juh
Siddiqui, Aziza
Silver Seidle, Julie
Simcox, Judith
Siverskog, Anna
Sotelo, Lizeth
Stahl, Amanda
Steidl, Joan
Strath, Larissa
Sturmlechner, Ines
Sun, Ken
Sweet, Jayson
Takesako, Kazumi
Tamargo, Javier
Tang, Foong Yee Vivien
Tarantini, Stefano
Tat, Amy
Theeke, Laurie
Theriot, Danielle
Thomas, Aaliyah
Thompson, Atalie
Thompson, Erin
Tinsley, Meg
Torres, Toni
Tu, Wei-Ting
Van Den Bossche, Maarten
Vandiver, Amy
Vaughan, Denise
Verma, Mansi
Vogel, Claudia
Wang, Binsheng
Wang, Siqiang
Ward, Brooke
Warren, John Robert
Weimar, Lisa
Weisse, Carol
Williams, Claire
Williams, Samuel
Wilson, Rebecka
Wiranto, Yumiko
Wolfe, Warren
Wong, Karen
Woo, Seoyoon
Wood, Kaliah
Wood, Shenell
Yamada, Yuji
Yokota, Fumihiko
Yu, Jing
Zhang, Nan
Zhang, Ruoying
Zhao, Shangang
Zhao, Yuanchang
Zhong, Sheng
Zhu, Yuyang



Summer Award Nominations Will Open June 27 - July 31

Nomination Resources

Watch the GSA Awards Nomination Informational Webinar: A quick, 10-minute overview of the GSA Awards Program including—How to Find the Right Award For You, How to Write a Nomination Letter, and How to Submit an Application

Watch the GSA Student Awards Nomination Information Webinar: A quick overview of the student award offerings including information on eligibility requirements and instructions on how to submit an application

Student Award FAQ and Eligibility Overview 

Nomination Tip Sheet

Award Nomination Letter Example- AGHE Rising Star Early Career Faculty Award

Award Nomination Letter Example- BSS Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award

Award Nomination Letter Example- HS Joseph T. Freeman Award





You are passionate about the aging profession which is why you are a GSA member. Share this passion with your colleagues and encourage them to join GSA! Recruiting a new member helps grow GSA’s rich and diverse network of researchers, practitioners, educators, and other professionals. Connect your colleagues to GSA’s strong network of professionals and be rewarded for your efforts.

Between April 11 – May 6, 2022, GSA is running a special member referral program. 

For every new member you refer…

  • You will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Visa Gift Card. You will receive one entry for each new member you refer.
  • The new member will be entered to win a free registration to the GSA 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting (up to a $640 value)

Referring a member is easy to do

  • E-mail a colleague with the sample email below and include a link to GSA’s member benefits. Be sure to direct your referral to provide your name when they apply for membership online.

Sample email:

Dear (Name),

As one of my professional colleagues, I want to share with you some information on membership at The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). I have been a member for several years and am grateful for all that I’ve gained from it.

GSA keeps me informed of all the latest research, trends, and more. As an interdisciplinary Society, it brings together professionals from all walks of life, and we collaborate and share information to advance the field in so many ways.

Please take the time to explore the many benefits GSA has to offer for professionals in the field of aging. You can visit their website to learn more. Now is a great time to join because GSA is running a special promotion. If you join by May 6, GSA will enter your name into a drawing to win a free registration to the GSA 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting (up to a $640 value). In order to be entered into the drawing, you must enter my name in the “referred by” section of the application. I hope that your membership proves to be as valuable in your career as it has been in mine.

Promotion Rules:

  1. Referrals must be Regular, Student, or Retired (i.e., no Emeritus, Spouse/Partner).
  2. New member cannot have been a member of GSA during 2021 to qualify for a new member referral.
  3. New member must list referring member’s full name in referral field of the membership application.
  4. Referring member will be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card. Your name will be entered into the drawing for each member you refer. There is no limit to how many members you can refer. There will be two winners who will each be awarded with a $500 Visa gift card. 
  5. New Members will be entered to win free registration to the GSA 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting. There will be two winners who will each be given free regular registration to the in-person GSA 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting. This excludes the pre-conference workshops. 
  6. The winners will be determined and should receive information about their prizes within 3 weeks of the promotion end.
  7. The new member must enter the referring member name in the “Referred by” line on the membership application. 

Your Vote, Your Society!  

GSA is a member-based organization, and its elected leaders, selected by you, help shape the future of the Society. Voting is a member benefit and an important duty of all GSA members. 

2023 Candidate List

View the 2023 Election Guide with full candidate bios and statements here

GSA Board of Directors (society-wide)


Marilyn R. Gugliucci, MA, PhD, FAGHE, FGSA

Elsa S. Strotmeyer, PhD, MPH, FGSA


Jordan P. Lewis, PhD, MSW, FGSA

Fei Sun PhD, MSW, FGSA

Board Member

Karen S. Lyons, PhD, FGSA

Ronica N. Rooks, PhD, FGSA

Board Member

Abraham (Ab) A. Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

Fayron Epps, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN

Board Member

Tam E. Perry, PhD, FGSA

Adam B Salmon, PhD

Section Leaders

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education Chair

Laura KM Donorfio, PhD, FAGHE

Tamar E. Shovali, PhD

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section Chair

Lisa C. Barry, PhD, MPH, FGSA

Chivon Mingo, PhD, FGSA

Biological Sciences Section Chair

Sean P. Curran, PhD, FGSA

Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Chair

Kallol Kumar Bhattacharyya, MBBS MA PhD

Sohyun Kim, PhD, RN

Health Sciences Section Chair

Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, BC, FGSA, FAAN

Elizabeth Vasquez, DrPH, FGSA

Social Research, Policies, and Practice Section Chair

Howard B. Degenholtz, PhD, FGSA

How do I vote?

Elections are held June 9-July 5, 2023. Instructions on how to cast your ballot online are sent via e-mail.

Who votes?

All members of GSA who are in good standing are eligible to vote.

What positions do I vote for?

All members of The Gerontological Society of America who have designated a primary section are entitled to vote for officers of that section and for Board of Directors positions.

All members who are Academy Representatives with the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education are entitled to vote for officers of AGHE as well as for officers of their primary section and for the Board of Directors positions.

All student and transitional members are entitled to vote for officers of ESPO as well as for officers of their primary section and for the Board of Directors positions.

Members who have not affiliated with a section are entitled to vote for Board of Directors positions.

To verify your primary section and e-mail address on file with the Society, please log in to the GSA website, select “My Account” in the upper right-hand corner, and choose “Update Profile.” All profile updates must be made by June 8, 2023.

While you are there, be sure to update your demographic information so that we have accurate and informative member demographics that include age, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, and disability.

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