Dr. Andrew Revell, Facility Advisor
What I do: Andrew Revell, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology, Program Coordinator of the Aging and Health Academic Minor, and the Director of the Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMassD).
Why I joined Alzheimer's Buddies: I have a strong commitment to the scientific field of Alzheimer's disease research and prevention. This began initially in 1997 while on a clinical internship in Alzheimer Clinical Trials in a hospital setting. More recently, I have presented research from my lab at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC). I have known many people with the disease, and now have a family member affected. The Alzheimer's Buddies program is excellent.
Future plans and hobbies: Continue to conduct research in the area of early detection of cognitive impairment. Now that 1 in 5 adults has a disability, I am also investigating this research in relation to cognition and falls prevention. My hobbies include choral singing, reading, traveling, and spending time with family.
Courtney Grippin, director
What I do: Courtney Grippin is a junior at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth studying Nursing, focusing on Aging and Health. She spends the majority of her time as captain of UMASS Dartmouth's Women's Sailing team and as the Co-Social Chair within the Student Nursing Association.
Why I joined NAB: During the past year, I have learned what it is like to be a caregiver as a nurse and as a family member. Caring for my grandparents, I experienced the emotional importance of support and spending quality time with them. My experiences has inspired me to build those same bonds with other senior citizens.
Future plans and hobbies: After graduating University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Courtney plans to continue her mission to work with the sick and elderly population
Tatiana Gonzalez, Director
What I do: Tatiana Gonzalez is a senior Psychology and Pre-Med major at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She spends her time as a student leader on campus, hospice volunteer and activities volunteer at an assisted living facility.
Why I joined Alzheimer's Buddies: After years of volunteering directly with senior citizens, I continue to notice the positive impact volunteering can make in their lives. The creation of strong relationships with a volunteer improves their quality of life and overall happiness. I truly enjoy my time with them! I wanted to create the National Alzheimer’s Buddies chapter at UMass Dartmouth to inspire and encourage other students on campus to become involved and actively participate in spending time with senior citizens in our community.
Future plans and hobbies: After graduating from UMass Dartmouth, Tatiana will be applying to medical school as well as continuing her passion for volunteering in the community.
MARGARET MIDURSKI, Director
What I do: Margaret Midurski is a junior Nursing major at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a minor in Aging and Health. In edition to attending school, Margaret works at a local Hospital, is an active member in other organizations on campus and participates in promoting Reiki and Meditation as alternative treatment options.
Why I joined NAB: Growing up Margaret was intrigued by the stories narrated by her mother about clients she cared for and the bonds they created. Personal experiences and volunteer work lead Alzheimer's Buddies to capture her attention as it aimed to enhance the well-being of oneself and another individual and produced meaningful and emotional bonds. Margaret thrives to show others how small acts of kindness can go a long way.
Future Plans and Hobbies: Before enrolling in a Master's program, Margaret plans to work a few years as traveling Registered Nurse experiencing what the world has to offer and promoting strong therapeutic relationships between patient and nurse or caregiver. Margaret enjoys running, playing field hockey and lacrosse, participating in equestrian activities and cooking.