Research & Students

Natalie Gillespie

Natalie is completing her undergraduate field placement with Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County during the 2018-19 school year. She is also our first Age-Friendly Student in Residence. Learn more and follow along with her blog.

Ava Eisele

Ava Eisele is currently in The Ohio State University’s Masters of Social Work program. She has chosen to focus on aging and older adults due to a passion for working with that population. She began her internship with Age-friendly Columbus and Franklin County the summer of 2018 and will be with us until May 2019. Prior to her time with Age-Friendly, she completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio State in Social Work with a minor in aging. In addition to her undergraduate degree, she completed internships with Franklin County Senior Options and LeadingAge Ohio.

Emily Long

Emily is a current graduate student, of Ohio State University’s Master of City and Regional Planning program, interested in community development and neighborhood revitalization. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Management, Leadership and Policy from the Glenn College at OSU. Emily currently works at Planning NEXT, a Columbus based planning firm who worked on Age-Friendly’s Strategic Plan. Previously, Emily worked with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the City of Dublin, Smart Columbus, and through the Columbus Foundation at Huckleberry House. She worked on Phase 1 of Age-Friendly Columbus, and after some time is back to being a part of the amazing work! Outside of work, Emily loves traveling, exploring Columbus neighborhoods, painting, and spending time with friends and family, especially her baby niece, Izzy.

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Tara Mick

Tara Mick is an undergraduate student in Human Development and Family Science. She was recently admitted and will start the Master of Social Work program in Autumn 2019.

Learn more about the summer Tara spent with Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County.