Karisha Wilcox graduated from Ithaca College with the Aging Studies Major in 2005. During her time at IC she was active in AGES and Sigma Phi Omega, and she worked as a student employee at the Gerontology Institute.
Karisha earned a Master of Gerontological Studies degree from Miami University of Ohio in December 2008. Her master's thesis focused on how older adults assess the livability of their community in terms of the physical environment. Karisha also completed an Administrator in Training (AIT) placement with Otterbein Retirement Living Communities in Ohio. She was fortunate to be the first person to complete an AIT in Otterbein's small house community. The innovative small house model differs from a traditional nursing home setting in many ways. Each house has up to 10 elders who meet the criteria for nursing home care, and five small houses create a neighborhood. The neighborhoods are located in a residential setting and incorporate universal design features. There is no staff hierarchy and the emphasis is on self-directed work teams which empower the employees to better serve the elders living in the house.
Karisha is currently employed by the Alois Alzheimer's Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.