Lydia Cristobal ’16 DNP currently manages two transitional care units in CarePoint Health hospitals as an administrator. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, Cristobal continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve as a major and case manager for the 7245th Medical Support Unit in Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. While living in Texas, she initiated the Yale Veterans Association (YVA) Houston Chapter, and she currently is regional chapter development chair for the YVA in New Jersey, a YVA board member, and YAA Board of Governors member.
Lydia will share her struggle keeping a work-life balance in civilian and military life. From her perspective as a Yale alum and Army veteran, she speaks to endurance and resilience after going through struggles with divorce, death in the family, financial hardships, and other life challenges. Lydia represents a less recognized but much valued contingent of students and alumni, and this session will offer a space in which her experience provides lessons learned. Lydia will lead discussion in which attendees can be open about their own stories.