San Antonio, TX - WellMed Charitable Foundation Executive Director Carol Zernial has been elected to become the next Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
, who also serves as Vice President-Community Relations for WellMed Medical Management, begins her
three-year term as NCOA Chair in September.
She holds a master's degree in social gerontology and has been involved in the field of aging for two decades.
The Washington D.C.-based NCOA
(www.ncoa.org) is the nation's leading nonprofit service and advocacy organization representing older adults and the community organizations that serve them.
Its goal is to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020.
"Carol has built the WellMed Charitable Foundation into a leading voice for seniors and caregivers through various innovative, evidence-based programs," said Dr. George Rapier, Chairman of the WellMed Charitable Foundation Board of Directors.
Zernial currently serves on the statewide Aging Texas Well Advisory Committee.
is also creator and co-host of the weekly radio show Caregiver SOS: On Air, heard on NewsTalk 930 KLUP in the San Antonio, TX market and online at www.caregiversos.org/podcasts.
Before joining WellMed, she was Director of the Bexar County Area Agency on Aging in San Antonio, TX, and Vice President of the Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
"I'm honored to have been chosen for this opportunity to help seniors and caregivers on a national level," Zernial
"I will work hard to do my part to help NCOA
in its efforts to enhance economic security and improve health for millions of older adults by the end of this decade."
Zernial has served on the NCOA Board since 2010, alongside national aging leaders such as Dr. Mark McClellan, former CMS Administrator and Director of Health Policy at the Brookings Institution, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Aging Josefina Carbonell.