SYDA Foundation Board of Trustees
Elizabeth is a certified family nurse practitioner with more than thirty years of patient care experience. She is part of a nationwide private medical practice that is dedicated to functional medicine, an approach that evaluates and treats the root causes of people’s health conditions.
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 trainings. Throughout the 1990s, she offered seva as a medical care provider on the Muktananda Mobile Hospital, which provided free medical care to villagers who lived in the areas surrounding Gurudev Siddha Peeth.
Elizabeth was educated at the Yale School of Nursing, where she earned an MS degree in nursing, and went 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 on-site 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. She also procured essential donations, supplies, and equipment for a PRASAD Chikitsa eye camp in India, where more than 1,200 indigent villagers that year received life-changing surgery to save and improve their eyesight.
Elizabeth lives in New York State.