February Board Member Spotlight

Meet Open Door Board Members Daysi Briones and Anita Suchdeo.


As President and Owner of IQ Contracting, Inc. & Associates, Daysi Briones is a seasoned general contractor and real estate agent for residential, commercial, private and public sectors. Before starting her business, Briones spent seventeen years as a certified HIV counselor and medical administrator for hospitals and health centers in Paraguay and the U.S. – including the Open Door. As a staff member, Briones worked as a Patient Services Representative, System Analyst/Data Analyst, and Site Manager overseeing daily operations. A native of Peru, Briones loves to work in her Ossining community as an Open Door Board Member and member of ELKS Lodge 1486.


Anita Suchdeo is a co-founder of Two Merlin Design Studio, providing a multitude of design services at every step of the home improvement process. What started with personal home renovations led to helping friends with their projects and organically grew into a design business. Prior to this, she worked for Ernst & Young and then startup Scient Corporation as a technology strategy consultant, as well as for Morgan Stanley as an interest rate derivatives trader. After traveling around the country as a consultant, crunching numbers on Wall Street as a trader, and staying home with three young boys, Suchdeo came “home” to design. Her involvement with Open Door started as a committee member and ultimately co-chair of fundraising events, starting as a House Tour volunteer in 2013. Having been touched by chronic illness in her own family members growing up, she saw firsthand that patient care doesn’t start and stop in the doctor’s office. She wants to spread the good word that the gold standard of health care is being set at Open Door, including wellness and patient advocacy services for everyone in the community. Suchdeo graduated from Duke University with a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Economics, studied math at Stanford University, and has a Masters degree in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University. When not hiking or skiing with her three active boys, Anita likes to read anything and cook for friends and family.

About Open Door Family Medical Center and Foundation
Open Door Family Medical Center provides health care and wellness programs to individuals and families in need throughout Westchester, Putnam and Ulster Counties. A pioneer Federally Qualified Health Center, Open Door provides more than 300,000 patient visits annually and serves nearly 60,000 individual patients who might not otherwise have access. Open Door offers integrated services and a holistic approach to building healthier communities. Primary medical care, dental care, integrated behavioral health care, clinical nutrition, wellness programs, and chronic disease management are the foundation of its clinical programs. Founded as a free clinic in 1972, Open Door’s mission of building healthier communities through accessible, equitable, culturally competent health care has led to site and service expansions. Today, Open Door operates centers in Brewster, Mamaroneck, Mount Kisco, Ossining, Port Chester, and Sleepy Hollow, in addition to eight School-Based Health Centers in the Port Chester and Ossining School Districts, a mobile dental van in Mount Kisco, and a dental practice in Saugerties, NY. Open Door is accredited by the Joint Commission and is recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Open Door achieves clinical results that consistently surpass national benchmarks for patient outcomes. For additional information, please contact Elisabeth Gilbert, Senior Director of Development, at 914-502-1417.

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