Lydia Jon Greene was born September 19, 1947, in Wilmington, NC. She attended grade school in Wilmington where one of her happiest moments was when her biology teacher allowed her to teach the class. Lydia graduated as Valedictorian of Williston High School, and this began her quest for academic excellence regarding healthcare issues.
Lydia attended Howard University in Washington, DC, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. She started her pharmacy career at Miami Baptist Hospital. In 1987, she returned to school and graduated with an MBA from the University of Miami School of Business with a specialty Certificate in Geriatric Health Care.
In 2001, Lydia received her Doctorate Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy. Personally and professionally, Lydia was a mentor, consultant and preceptor for healthcare interns and young women alike in the Miami-Dade community. She ended her professional career in healthcare as Director of Pharmacy at HealthSouth upon her passing.
Lydia was very active in her community and her church. She was a leader and founder of several civic and community organizations that focused on healthcare and other community issues in the Miami-Dade community including St. Veronica’s Guild , Jack and Jill of America, Inc., The Florida Breast Initiative, The Links, Inc. and nameless others. She participated in community projects such as raising awareness about childhood obesity, providing food, clothing and blankets to the homeless, going door to door for cancer awareness, and most recently she collected medical and school supplies for Haiti. The 2010 Florida Breast Health Initiative was dedicated to Lydia as one of the original door-to-door educators regarding breast health in low income neighborhoods.