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About the BellaOnline Geriatrics Editor

Dr. Villani’s career encompasses leadership experiences in federal, business and academic settings.

While working with the Department of Health and Human Services for 21.5 years, Dr. Villani was employed primarily with the U.S. Public Health Service, ending her federal career at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, leaving to attend graduate school. After receiving her PhD, she spent 15 years at the George Washington University Medical Center, 11 years as the Executive Director of the Washington, DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium. The Consortium is a regional geriatrics collaborative that made a national impact with its innovative continuing education training curriculum.

Dr. Villani began her consulting firm, Gerontology for Education and Research Opportunities (GERO), Inc. in 1990 while in graduate school. Throughout the years, Dr. Villani completed numerous contracts with the US Public Health Service and numerous private and non-profit organizations.

EDUCATION: PhD in Human Rehabilitation from the Univ. of Northern Colorado on a full fellowship, along with a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Her other degrees are from Harvard University’s Kennedy School (MPA – also a full fellowship) and Rutgers University in Newark (BA).

She currently writes columns for local newspapers on Quality of Life as We Age among other civic items of interest, a magazine for CHEERful Living that supports older adult programs, and also volunteers with the local garden club helping with community beautification.





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