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September 10: Elizabeth Alderman
Elizabeth Alderman: Co-founder of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF) Hometown: Westchester, New York Education: Syracuse University Achievements: PCAF has trained more than 1,000 doctors and mental health workers on four continents to help heal victims of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Elizabeth Glickman Alderman Elizabeth Glickman Alderman is co-founder of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF), a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding post-conflict societies by returning victims of terrorism and mass violence to productive lives.
Elizabeth and her husband, Steve, established PCAF after the death of their 25 year-old son Peter on September 11, 2001, killed while attending a conference at the World Trade Center. She and her family decided to honor Pete’s memory by working to heal the invisible emotional wounds of victims of terrorism, torture and war, those who had survived but were unable to live their lives because of crippling traumatic depression and PTSD.
The Aldermans threw themselves into the work of the foundation, and quickly educated themselves on fundraising, strategic planning, and the world of global mental health. Today, PCAF has ten trauma clinics around the world: in Cambodia, Uganda, Rwanda and Haiti. Their partners include the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Partners in Health, Uganda’s Makerere University and the Ministries of Health in each country in which it operates. PCAF has trained or conducted workshops for over 1,000 doctors and mental health workers from 22 countries on four continents. To date, more than 100,000 victims of terrorism and mass violence affected by traumatic depression have been treated by PCAF-trained personnel or in Peter C. Alderman Clinics.
Elizabeth and her husband received the 2009 Purpose Prize for their work with the Peter C. Alderman Foundation. She writes and speaks frequently about global mental health and the work of the foundation, and travels extensively to visit PCAF clinics and to attend the Peter C. Alderman Regional Conference in Psychotrauma, held this year in Nairobi, Kenya.
Elizabeth graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. She taught mentally challenged and emotionally disturbed children for 9 years and then was happy to be a stay-at-home mom raising her three children. The Aldermans live in Westchester, New York.