STATE LYME DISEASE ASSOCIATION,
Our mission is advocacy, education
of the public, education of health care professionals and Lyme and associated
disease research. Empire
State is based in Manorville, NY and is active in local, state, and national
issues. There is a desperate need for public awareness of tick-borne illnesses.
Our goal is to prevent chronic tick-borne diseases, by education about prevention
which includes crucial early diagnosis and by promoting a quality of health care that needs to be provided to
patients with both
early and chronic tick-borne diseases.
We are dedicated to helping and
supporting people suffering from Lyme and associated tick-borne diseases.
Empire State Lyme Disease Association wants to thank the many people involved
with making previous years of advocacy successful.
also looking forward to much future work that will continue to raise awareness
of Lyme disease. Empire State Lyme Disease Association, Inc. is a non-for-profit 501(c)3
organization incorporated in New York State.
Board of Directors
Chuck Schumer “I am happy to serve as an honorary board member of the
Empire State Lyme Disease Association. As I continue to fight for more funding
for research and technology on the federal level, this organization will play a
vital role on the local level to promote education, prevention, and treatment of
Lyme Disease. I look forward to working together to mitigate the impacts of this
and David Merritt
Judy Merritt volunteered in 2007 to run a support group in the Albany Capital
Region. The additional benefit to us was that David Merritt was also a
part of Judy's "team." Judy Merritt and husband David Merritts' efforts brought education,
knowledge and much needed help and support to hundreds of patients. In
addition to their intelligent and sophisticated approach, they set the bar with a
terrific example of true devotion and pure altruistic service to humanity.
They are now retired.
is President of Empire State Lyme Disease Association.
You might know
Eva Haughie as
the artist who painted a train mural, “The Manorville Mural,” at The
Maples. You might also
remember her from the landmark Grace's Restaurant which was also located
graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors earning a BS in Chemistry from Long Island University,
then for 11
years, she ran a business that became a local landmark.
leaving Grace's, Haughie remained in the business sector, overseeing two separate
corporations simultaneously. During this time, she also became an
Since 2006, Haughie has been employed at Tek-Vac Industries, Inc. as an
assistant to the President of Tek-Vac. In addition to being a Lyme Advocate, Ms. Haughie has
added her voice to those who work against Domestic Violence. With the help of
many wonderful volunteers, Haughie hopes to see Empire State Lyme Disease Association continue
to help Lyme patients and to realize its missions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like to volunteer to help.
Ms. Bennetta C.
Dosiak has a strong commitment to community, in addition to her
time as Executive Vice President of Empire State Lyme Disease Association, Inc.,
she is the President of the Manorville Residents Association, a Board Member and
Treasurer of the Manorville Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Greater
Westhampton Chamber of Commerce and she is on the Manorville Volunteer Fire
Governale earned a BS in Nutrition from Hunter College and in addition to taking on the
difficult and time consuming task of Secretary-Treasurer for Empire State Lyme Disease Association, Inc., she is also writing
about how nutrition and supplements can help Lyme patients.
grateful to have Dr.
George Ruggerio as a board member. We appreciate the many
hours he has also volunteered at our events. We are especially grateful to
him for his dedication to his patients.
Anna Satalino is a new addition as an advisor to our board.
Dr Satalino offers a biweekly support group for patients suffering with chronic
illnesses. She is earning her PhD in psychology and we are grateful
to have Ms Satalino's expert advice and dedicated support.
F. Salat has
a lot to offer as Chairman of our committee on marketing communications. Mr. Salat has spent a lifetime
researching and studying Physics. Mr. Salat's company offers forty years of high
vacuum and ultra-high vacuum technology experience in the form of production and
R&D semiconductor process equipment. Having been in the business
sector for over fifty years, he offers us his valuable experience in marketing
communications and other business issues that face our organization.
holds a Masters from Columbia University and works in the private
sector as a Human Resources Director.
Moss a long time resident of the NYS capital region, Barbara
volunteered to take over for Judy and David Merritt when they
retired. Together with Phyllis Gross and Karen MacDonald,
Barbara is doing exemplary volunteer work running the
Capital Region Branch Lyme Disease Support Group
Gross another resident of the NYS capital region, we owe a deep
gratitude to Phyllis for her efforts on behalf of patients while
she has worked closely with Barbara Moss and Karen MacDonald to
bring encouragement, education and support to hundreds of
MacDonald another resident of the
NYS capital region, added her help and tremendous efforts on behalf of patients
as she has worked closely with Barbara Moss and Phyllis Gross to
bring encouragement, education and support to hundreds of
Barbara Moss and Phyllis Gross are a great team who have done the
best job possible to fill Judy and David Merritt's shoes.
Kudos all around.
McAllister is a resident of Saratoga where she has founded the
Lyme Disease Foundation (ALDF). Ms McAllister has made
important inroads in her area and continues to bring awareness to
hundreds of people. She authored an article on Lyme disease
and how it had personally affected her own life for Public Health
Alert in 2010. With Linda's insight and dedication, the ALDF
is in very capable hands. Working together with the leaders
of the Capital Region Branch of ESLDA, Linda has been an integral
part in bringing events to both regions.
Alita Lyons studied biochemistry and biology at the University
of Washington and spent 10 years at Weill Cornell Medical College
as a Senior Research Specialist studying Hepatitis C virus RNA
structure and function relationships. She has publications in the Journal
of Biochemistry, RNA, Nucleic Acids Research and
the Journal of Biochemistry.Advisors
Michele Moynihan is an Education
for Empire State Lyme Disease Association.
She is the author and designer of a
great presentation for school age children entitled
DISEASE: BE LYME WISE
We extend our thanks to "Lyme Disease: Be
Lyme Wise" creator, Michele Moynihan.
If you would like to use Michele's presentation for your for your
school, group or organization:
Please email: EmpireStateLyme@aol.com
is the founder of Military Lyme Support, an organization devoted
to helping Lyme patients in the US Military.
has worked in the business sector on Long Island. Mr.
Mazarakis has agreed to act as Liaison for Empire State Lyme Disease