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. Carol has been involved in the field of aging for over 25 years. She holds a master’s degree in social gerontology.

Carol currently serves as Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility for WellMed Medical Management and Foundation Executive Director. In 2020, she received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/National Recreation and Park Association Innovation Award for Health Equity. In 2021, she was selected as one of the Top 50 Corporate Social Responsibility Leaders by the National Diversity and Leadership Conference.

Carol is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Council on the Aging, and was appointed to the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council under President Trump. 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 named the Outstanding Professional in Aging in Texas 2008 for her work in evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion.