Dr. Lydia Alicia Cristobal works at the CarePoint Health Hoboken University Medical Center in New Jersey as transitional care unit administrator and quality improvement program team leader. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, she continues to serve as a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and as a public affairs officer at the 361st Theater Public Affairs Support Element in Fort Totten, New York.
After moving to Texas in 2015, Cristobal became an advisory board member and programming chair of the Yale Club of Houston. In 2016 she initiated the Houston chapter of the Yale Veterans Association (YVA), which enjoyed the company of President George H.W. Bush as an honorary member. She helped forge a partnership between the Yale Club of Houston and the YVA Houston Chapter to honor Yalies who were Vietnam War veterans through a formal ceremony, awarding recipients with a lapel pin and certificate authorized by the U.S. Department of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. After returning to New Jersey, she oversaw a similar ceremony growing out of a partnership between the YVA and CarePoint Health to honor Vietnam Veterans in Hudson County.
Cristobal served as a YAA At-Large Delegate from 2017 to 2020. She became a regional chapter development chair for the YVA in 2018 and continues to serve in that role, and she became a YVA board member in 2020. She has served on the YAA Board of Governors since July of that year.