Meet the Team

Maria Poole

Maria Poole

  Maria is a published photographer located in Niskayuna NY returning for NAMI’s second fashion show. Specializing in event photographer and capturing your special occasions. To view her work, visit her website: https://www.mariapoolephotography.com/...

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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 Ceremonies...

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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....

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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 Health and...

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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 to working at Albany...

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Nia Cromartie

Nia Cromartie

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...

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Ann Canastra

Ann Canastra

Ann Canastra is a licensed mental health counselor and is the Local Recovery Coordinator and Director of LPMHC Training at the Syracuse VA Medical Center.  Ann has served on the Board of the Syracuse National Alliance for Mental Illness for over 13 years, and as a Board Member for the National Alliance for Mental Illness […]

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Next Evolution Media

Next Evolution Media

  Bobby Chase is an award-winning Screenwriter/Producer/Director/Editor. His work has appeared on major networks such as CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, PBS, and The CW. Bobby is a graduate of Plattsburgh State University.  He then moved to New York City to work in the...

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