The Gerontological Society of America Names New Officers

For Immediate Release
July 14, 2020

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — is proud to announce its newest elected officers. These individuals were chosen by GSA’s membership, which consists of more than 5,500 researchers, educators, and practitioners.

The officers are responsible for matters of governance and strategic planning and will assume their new roles on January 1, 2021.

Board of Directors

Vice President
Peter A. Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP, FGSA
Wayne State University

LaDora V. Thompson, PhD, PT, FGSA
Boston University

Board Member
Patricia C. Heyn, MS, PhD, FGSA, FACRM
University of Colorado

Board Member
Marie Boltz PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Penn State University

Board Member
Elizabeth Vásquez, DrPH
University at Albany

Section Leadership

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education Vice-Chair Elect
Joann M. Montepare, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE
Lasell University

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section Vice-Chair Elect
Shannon E. Jarrott, PhD, FGSA
The Ohio State University

Biological Sciences Section Vice-Chair Elect
Rozalyn M. Anderson, PhD, FGSA
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Vice-Chair Elect
Kalisha Bonds, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC
Emory University

Health Sciences Section Vice-Chair Elect
Kirsten N. Corazzini, PhD, FGSA
University of Maryland

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section Vice-Chair Elect
Debra Dobbs, PhD, FGSA
University of South Florida


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational unit, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.