Meet the Team

Jennifer Laflin

Jennifer Laflin

Jennifer Laflin is the Executive Director of the NYS Capital District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association in addition to her full time job as the Residency Coordinator in the Psychiatry Department at Albany Medical Center. Prior…

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Dr. Jeffrey Winseman

Dr. Jeffrey Winseman

Dr. Jeffrey Winseman Dr. Jeffrey Winseman is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Student Psychological Services and Residency Training Director in the Department of Psychiatry at Albany Medical College. Prior to coming to Albany, Dr. Winseman was Medical Director of...

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Nia Flick

Nia Flick

Hi! Last year I challenged myself to participate as a model ambassador for NAMI. This year I pushed harder to give my heart & soul as Co-Chair to make this event the success I believe it to be.

This new year continues to empower me. I’m one of millions who personally struggle with mental illness. The fuel behind my engine is my beautiful 16-year-old daughter who inspires me to fight through the darkest of days.

At 46, I strive to be a better version of who I was yesterday. I love my family, my friends & all who support with encouragement and without judgment. As the “average Jo” who doesn’t come to the table with a list of accomplishments, a big name, money or power, I hope my actions & story will motivate another person like me to be hopeful and become involved.

Wishing you love & peace,

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Gwendolyn Hayles

Gwendolyn Hayles

Gwendolyn Empress Hayles is a loyal, outgoing, loving community advocate and fashion guru. Empress has always enjoyed all facets of fashion, being of service to others and turning pain into purpose which is the main reason she volunteered her services to NAMI. Volunteering for NAMI is an honor and she is delighted to provide her talents…

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Greg Aidala

Greg Aidala

Greg Aidala Greg Aidala is an award-winning comedian / actor based in New York. He’s the producer and host of the award-winning touring production The Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase and the owner of Radial Gage Entertainment Company. Greg is also a professional Master of...

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David Anderson

David Anderson

David is a professional Photographer of 2 years but his interest and scope of photography reaches much farther back than he can remember. This will be his second year shooting for the Off The Mask Fashion Show. NAMI is important to David because by helping people come together it helps shatter misconceptions of mental illness. […]

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