Ondina Hawthorne,M.S. Ed.
About Thomas Silvera, CST, MSHS-PH
Co-Founder and President of the Elijah-Alavi Foundation.
Thomas Silvera is a Certified Surgical Technologist. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences/Education and is currently enrolled in graduate school where he is completing his Masters' in Public Health.
After the passing of their son, Elijah-Alavi, Thomas and his wife Dina created The Elijah-Alavi Foundation in his honor. Elijah passed away on November 3rd, 2017 due to a food allergen that was given to him while attending daycare in New York. As a food-allergic parent with another food-allergic son, Thomas channeled his grief into motivation to educate and train others on the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, create awareness, and change laws, policies, and practices as they relate to keeping children with severe food allergies safe. Thomas has learned immensely from his experiences working hand in hand with those in the food allergy & asthma community, as well as his involvement in legislative and policy-making processes.
Outside of his work with the foundation, Thomas, aided in the New York State passing of a historical piece of legislation called Elijah's Law a law named after his son, Elijah-Alavi, signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on September 12th, 2019. Recently, he played an active role in the passing of legislation in Illinois, also known as Elijah's Law HB102, that has been signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on August 20th, 2021. As of October 7th, 2021 Elijah’s Law a law championed by Thomas and his wife Dina, Office of Children and Family Services, Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin, and Assemblyman Al Taylor is now in full effect in NYS and N.Y STATE will be allocating $4.8 million dollars for the Auvi-q auto-injector initiative for child care centers in NYS in support of Elijah’s Law. Thomas’ goal is to implement Elijah's Law state by state and, eventually, nationally.