Nancy Orel, Ph.D., LPC

Position: Associate Dean, Professor of Gerontology
Phone: 419-372-7768
Email: norel@bgsu.edu
Address: 105 HHS

Dr. Orel came to BGSU in 2000. Dr. Orel received her BA in Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 1978, her MA in Guidance from the University of Toledo in 1983, and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Toledo in 1999. Dr. Orel was previously an assistant professor of Gerontology at Lourdes College, and served as Assistant to the Editor at the Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision.

As a licensed professional counselor, Dr. Orel's professional experience includes over 15 years of clinical experience working with older adults. She was the Executive Director of the Washtenaw County Council on Aging, former member of both the Turner Geriatric Clinic Advisory Board and the Eastern Michigan University Gerontology Advisory Board.

Dr. Orel's teaching and research interests include qualitative studies exploring grandchildren's perceptions of grandparent-grandchild relationships, and grandchildren's perceptions of multigenerational care giving. Her current research interests include studies in gerontological counseling, and investigating the impact of disruptive life events (e.g., care giving, divorce) on retirement patterns among women of the Baby Boom generation.


Charlie Stelle, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-8304
Email: cstelle@bgsu.edu
Address: 229 HHS

Dr. Stelle received his Bachelor of Science in Studies in Aging in 1994 and his Master of Science in Administration of Aging Organizations in 1996 from the University of North Texas. He received his doctorate in Family Studies with an emphasis in aging families from the University of Connecticut in 2000. Dr. Stelle has received certificates for training in gerontology from both the University of North Texas and the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Stelle was an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University before joining the gerontology faculty at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Stelle’s past research experience includes work in the areas of social support networks of older adults and spousal loss.

Dr. Stelle’s current research interests include issues of older men and masculinity, social roles and transitions in later-life individuals and families, social support networks of midlife and aging adults, and patterns of grief and adaptations to bereavement.


Wendy K. Watson, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor, Coordinator of Gerontology
Phone: 419-372-1057
Email: wwatson@bgsu.edu
Address: 220 HHS

Dr. Watson received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston in 1990. She received her Master of Science in 2000 and her Ph.D. in 2006, both in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. Dr. Watson served as a graduate instructor at Texas Tech University from 2002-2005 and also taught in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Bowling Green State University during 2006 and 2007. She joined the Gerontology Faculty at BGSU in 2007.

Dr. Watson’s dissertation explored issues of dating, sexual decision-making, sexuality, and remarriage for women in their sixties and seventies. Current projects and research interests include sex and sexuality, dating and remarriage, women’s identity development, and HIV/AIDS prevention for older adults.