Patricia V. Smith, BA
Pat graduated with a BA in English from Monmouth University and is in her 18th year as LDA president. She is a member of Columbia University's Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center Advisory Committee, member of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) PESP Partnership to promote avoidance of tick exposure, and Advisor to Lyme Research Alliance (CT). Former Chair of the (NJ) Governor's Lyme Disease Advisory Council, she served as President/12-year member of the Wall NJ Board of Education. In 2011, she was EPA's Lyme Prevention Conference Session Chair with CDC and also presented a Lyme session at the New Jersey Education Association's Annual Meeting. Working with author Amy Tan, she created LDA's LymeAid 4 Kids, a fund for children with no health coverage for Lyme.
A 30-year Lyme advocate, Pat has raised funds for researchers nationally─research acknowledged in 35 scientific journals. Besides speaking, publishing, TV/radio appearances, and organizing 15 CME accredited Lyme scientific conferences for doctors, she's testified for and helped secured passage of state and federal bills, including the passage in 2014 through the US House of Representatives of a bill to create a tick-borne diseases working group, for Lyme research and physician's right to treat. In 2012, she was an invited to testify on Lyme disease before the U.S.House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Africa, Global Health & Human Rights Subcommittee in Washington, DC. In 2013, she testified before the Energy & Commerce Committee Health subcommittee on the Lyme bill, and she was also invited to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in Ft. Collins, CO, to adddress the problems of Lyme disease nationwide with the Vector-Borne Diseases Division which oversees work on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, her second invitation to meet there with CDC.
In 2002, Pat received a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from RI Congressman James Langevin, and in 2007, Columbia gave her an award for her commitment to opening the Columbia Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center. She was chosen Jackson NJ's Chamber of Commerce 2008 Woman of the Year and was honored by a Joint Resolution of the NJ Senate and General Assembly and one from the Township of Jackson, NJ. In 2008, she had a flag flown over the US Capitol by NJ Congressman Christopher Smith in honor of her work on Lyme. She received a leadership award from Dr. Brian Fallon, Columbia University, in 2011.Click for Publications
Executive Vice President, Treasurer
Pam had attended Villanova University and University of Maryland (Walter Reed). For 42 years, she has worked for the Greenbriar Association, a 55+ adult community, including Administrative Assistant and Office Manager positions. Pam has been a LDA Board of Directors member for 17 years. Sixteen of those years she has been an officer, first Recording Secretary, then Executive Vice President. For the past two years, she has served as Executive Vice President and Treasurer.
Corey Lakin, AB
2nd Vice President, Technical Support, LDA
Corey Lakin, graduated from the University of Chicago with an AB in Geophysical Science. He is a scientist with the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection. Corey has been an LDA Board of Directors member for 15 years and currently serves as LDA's second vice president for technology. He is responsible for the audio visual portion of the LDA's scientific conferences.
Ruth Waddington, RN
Corresponding Secretary, LDA
Ruth graduated from Ocean County College with an associates in applied science degree, AAS, and passed the Nursing Boards to become an RN. She is currently employed as a nurse in a large OB/GYN group practice. She was formerly office manager & nurse for an internal medicine/geriatric medical office 31 years until the practice closed. She was also a nurse in a pediatric office and worked at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey, in labor & delivery and in post op surgery and neurosurgery. Ruth has been an LDA Board of Directors members for ~13 years and has served as its Corresponding Secretary for that time.
Jeannine Phillips, BA
Jeannine completed her BA in chemistry and has post graduate work in chemistry, physics, marine and environmental sciences. She has been awarded numerous grants for environmental and water studies. Her career has spanned organic chemistry custom syntheses, analytical chemistry such as pollution, food, water quality and pharmaceutical analyses, as well as trace metal analysis of Atlantic fish stock. Jeannine has performed process validation studies and research for the pharmaceutical industry. Volunteer service includes former vice chair of local environmental commission and officer of local watershed association. Currently, she chairs LymeQuest Support Group & Advocacy Project. She has been a LDA Board of Directors member Board member for several years and currently serves as Recording Secretary. She has received the Woman of Distinction Award, (Mayor and Town Council, 2003) and Outstanding Citizen Volunteer (Mayor and Town Council Award, 2011).
Linda Davis, BS, RHIA
Member, LDA Board of Directors
Linda graduated from Northeastern University BS Health Information Management. She is RHIA certified. (Registered Health Information Administrator). She was manager of the Medical Records Department, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston for 3 years and operations officer HCC (Hospital Correspondence Corporation) for the New England Region for 7 years. Linda was supervisor for the Medical Records Department, New England Baptist Hospital in Boston for 2 years. She has been an LDA Board of Directors member for 8 yrs and formerly served as its recording secretary and chaired several committees.
Inga Querfeldt, BA
Member, LDA Board of Directors
Inga graduated with a BA in psychology from George Washington University, and she took tax preparation courses at H&R Block. Inga had worked as a claims adjudicator and supervisor at Division of Disability Determinations, was a substitute teacher at various schools including German Language School and was a medical claims representative at Operating Engineers Local 825. Her current employment includes 22 years as a client service professional and a tax preparer at H&R block for several years. She has been an LDA Board of Directors Member for 16 years and has served as the chairperson of a number of LDA committees including one for a public education program. Past Volunteer work includes helping out at a support group, school related activities, member and volunteer of the UMDNJ Parents Alumni Association, volunteering at a local hospital and in a college companion program at a mental hospital.
Richard H. Smith, BA
Member, LDA Board of Directors
Richard has a BA from Rutgers University. After being honorably discharged from the US Army (Army Security Agency), he worked for New Jersey American Water Company for 38 years. He also served as the president of the local utility union for several years. He is currently president of his local homeowners association.