Alumni Interviews

Grace Goodhew, '13

Interview by Sophie Hudes’19, Aging Studies

Where do you currently work, what is your job title, and what are your primary job functions

Grace Goodhew is the Division Administrator at Johns Hopkins University Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. As the division administrator, her job is to drive forward education, research, and provide a clinical mission. Grace works with Human Resources and provides and deals with personal management, strategic planning and finances.

How did you get this highly ranked position so quickly?

She said that it was a mixture of luck and hard work. She said that she had a pretty clear vision and overall went after a lot of opportunities that she didn’t feel like she was qualified for that she had to grow into.

Describe the path you took to get you to where you are today.

Grace graduated Ithaca College in 2013. She then went on to do an internship at Shell Point Retirement Community in Florida. After her internship in Florida, she went to Boston and got her MBA at Simmons College. She said that this was a stretch because she wasn’t too confident in finance. While she was getting her MBA, she worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation on the IT team working on their EMR (Electronic Medical Records) system. After receiving her MBA and working for Spaulding Rehabilitation, she applied to administrative fellowships and got the fellowship at Geisinger in Oliver, PA. At Geisinger, she worked on a two-year executive program focusing on a neurology project. All of these opportunities and experiences resulted in her current work at Johns Hopkins as the operational manager where she is working on the program J-home. This program provides home-based medicine to older adults with chronic medical conditions.

In terms of internships, did the internship or internships you had play any significant role in where you are today?

She said that her internships 100% played a significant role in where she is today. The internship with Spaulding helped qualify her for her other jobs as well as other internships and administrative fellowships.

What made you interested/choose gerontology as a career?

Grace said that the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute has a warm feeling of facility and staff that provide a lot of information and content. She said that many of the classes she took showed a lot of opportunities in terms of careers in aging. She said that the classes also show ways in which to provide and help in careers in gerontology because the field is growing.

How has majoring in Health Care Management paired with business and aging studies helped you in your career?

Grace said that majoring in Health Care Management paired with Business and Aging Studies set a good foundation to build off from. Aging studies benefitted her in many ways. When it came to Aging studies, the many people she encountered, were really interested in that. The connection and personalization that comes with being an Aging studies major she said is very special.

What were your favorite memories of the Gerontology Institute/Aging Studies?

When it came to picking her favorite memory, she said there were so many that she couldn’t just pick one! She said one of her favorite memories was the Harvest Moon Dance and she loved the opportunity to see gerontology in a medical and social aspect in her classes. Her favorite classes that she took at IC she said were End of Life Issues, which was taught by Elizabeth Bergman and her policy class that was taught by Mary-Ann Erickson. She said that her policy class led her to chose her senior thesis on, do people at Ithaca College know what it is like to save for retirement.

Out of all of the experiences you have had while working in the field of gerontology, what has been your favorite?

Out of all the experiences she has working in the field of gerontology, her favorite parts have been the fact that this field is a really good opportunity. She loves how there is a lot of patient interaction. She really enjoyed going onto a hospice floor working with a team and found it really interesting. Grace talked about how her growth as a professional with Johns Hopkins and the Johns Hopkins Home Based Medicine has been a favorite part of working in gerontology as well.

What advice do you have for current aging studies majors and minors?

Grace’s advice for current Aging studies majors and minors is to explore all opportunities. She says that there are a lot of interesting classes to take that one should take advantage of. She said to not be afraid in terms of asking for help from staff and facility. Since there are many areas of Gerontology that one can grow into and focus on, there are many ways to get involved.

Why should students consider being a major or minor in Gerontology?

She said that there are a lot of ways in which one can have an impact on how our culture is shaped and how it impacts society. Majoring or minoring in Gerontology means one can help work with families, patients, advocate or even help make polices.

Grace Goodhew