Gerontology Faculty List

Darlene E. Heian, M.L.S.

Assistant Professor of Gerontology

Phone: (315) 792-3309
Office: 229 White Hall


Darlene easily uses her own life as an example when talking with students about life course changes that occur for many of us. While owning/operating a small landscape design firm for many years, she designed sites older adults found accommodating and pleasant. She became skilled in the ways design facilitates aging in place while working with Main Street programs.

These understandings later influenced the creation of a number of course offerings in Utica College’s undergraduate and graduate gerontology programs and guided their wellness/planning focus. Further, earlier time spent living and teaching overseas fueled an interest in designing programs which address our diverse yet increasingly connected world.

“The knowledge, skills, and abilities developed today become the stepping-stones for tomorrow’s joys and creations.”


B.S. – Elementary Education/Special Education, Millersville University

B.S. – Landscape Architecture, Pennsylvania State University

M.L.S. – Gerontology, Fort Hays State University


Joan Kay, M. A.
Director of Gerontology
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