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 and has been involved in the field of aging for over 20 years. She currently serves as Vice President of Social Responsibility for WellMed Medical Management and Executive Director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation. 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 and 2005, and was a staff member to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. 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 recently selected as the 2017 Murlin B. Johnson Legacy Award recipient for her work to support aging services and caregiving.