Carol Zernial

Vice President – Community Relations

Executive Director, WellMed Charitable Foundation

Carol Zernial joined WellMed Medical Management as Vice President‐Community Relations in February 2009. She also oversees the WellMed Charitable Foundation, serving as executive director of the non‐profit 501(c)3 organization that supports seniors and caregivers of seniors in our community.

Zernial is considered one of Texas’ leading professionals in the field of aging and an expert on advocacy issues impacting seniors. She came to WellMed after a highly regarded tenure as director of the Alamo Area Council of Governments’ Bexar Area Agency on Aging, a $5.7 million‐a‐year human services agency serving more than 15,000 seniors and their caregivers annually.

As VP‐Community Relations, Zernial will be responsible for WellMed’s outreach efforts at the community and national levels. WellMed is a growing diversified healthcare company specializing in senior care with more than 80,000 patients and insured members in four states, primarily Texas and Florida.

With two decades of experience in the field of aging, Zernial is a national expert on evidence‐based disease prevention and health promotion programs for seniors. She received the 2008 Outstanding Professional in Aging Award in Texas for her contributions to the field of aging on a range of critical issues facing seniors, from the prevention of falls to diabetes, elder abuse, long‐term care and community development.

Zernial’s background includes work for the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, and the National Center on Elder Abuse. She serves on the Leadership Council of the National Council on Aging. She was Vice President of the Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging and immediate past‐chair of the National Institute on Community‐based Long‐Term Care.

Zernial holds a master’s degree in social gerontology from the University of the Incarnate Word.

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