SYDA Foundation Board of Trustees
Elizabeth is a founding member of the Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York, a clinic dedicated to the practice of functional medicine, which views mind and body as an integrated whole. A certified nurse-practitioner with 25 years’ experience, Elizabeth treats and helps heal patients with chronic diseases, and also teaches in the Center’s “Mind.Body.Spirit” programs, in which patients are empowered to optimize their own health.
From 1990 to 2007, Elizabeth offered full-time seva, first at Gurudev Siddha Peeth in India, and then at Shree Muktananda Ashram in upstate New York. During these years, she was a manager in many areas, including first aid and training.
Elizabeth was educated at the Yale School of Nursing, earning an MS degree in nursing, and going on to become an assistant professor of nursing there. A concurrent appointment in primary care at Yale-New Haven Hospital allowed Elizabeth to work closely with patients diagnosed with chronic conditions.
In 1988, as a volunteer for the American Refugee Committee under the direction of the United Nations, Elizabeth trained Cambodians in a refugee camp to staff hospitals and clinics. In 1995, she collaborated with local community leaders in New York’s Sullivan County to help launch the Children’s Dental Health Program for the PRASAD Project, a philanthropic expression of the SYDA Foundation. That same year she procured essential donations, supplies, and equipment for the PRASAD Chikitsa eye camp in India, which has performed surgeries to save and improve the eyesight of 1,200 indigent villagers.
Elizabeth lives in New York State.