Alumnus Nicole Therrien, BA MBA-HCM, was recently appointed as the new Executive Director of Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Boston. LBFE is an international, volunteer-based nonprofit dedicated to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. There are many local programs that address the physical and nutritional needs of the elderly, however Little Brothers focuses on the social and emotional needs. Volunteers participate in programs including Inter-generational Matching, Social Events, Holiday Visiting, Medical Escorts and Emergency Food Pantry. Therrien is a graduate of the 5 year Gerontology and Health Care Management program.
Every piece of my experience at Quinnipiac has led me to Little Brothers, and I am extremely grateful for Professors Angela Mattie, Ronald Rozett, and David Ives for the mentorship and support throughout my journey. When I started college, Quinnipiac was one of the few universities offering a degree in Gerontology. Dr. Rozett met with me to talk about the new 5 year program with an MBA in Health Care Management. Through that program I became passionate about quality of life issues with the elderly, and also gained management and leadership training to put me in a position to do something about it. In addition to this program, I had the pleasure of working with David Ives and the Albert Schweitzer club which led me to Peace Corps in Ethiopia. Quinnipiac gave me the spirit of volunteerism, and the gerontology/management background to lead me to Little Brothers.