My name is Gigi Ackert. I am a model, certified personal trainer, bikini competitor, scuba diver, skydiver, and a mother. I have a 22 year old son whom I adore. I was born in Ambato, Ecuador where I lived and studied for 26 years. I have an Associate’s Degree in English as a Second Language at the Universidad Técnica de Ambato, a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Spanish and Latin American Culture from Empire State College, and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree from Empire State College I am walking for NAMI-NYS to raise awareness and to advocate for minority mental health. The stigma associated with mental health is a significant public health issue. I believe providing minorities with the resources and information about mental health can go a long way and can be very impactful.

Favorite quote: Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to help others, as faithful stewards of God’s Grace in its various forms. Peter 4:10