Models

Gigi Ackert

¡Hola! My name is Gigi Ackert. I am a model, certified personal trainer, bikini competitor, a 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 there for 26 years. I attained an...

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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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Jubie Banks

Jubie Banks has been a fitness instructor for over 29 years and is certified to teach: Zumba, Pilates, Body Pump, RPM, and Body Attack. She is a two time survivor of breast cancer and believes in Strong Body and a Strong Mind. She is also a school bus driver for the...

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Robin Brennan

Hello, my name is Robin Brennan. I am 45 years old and I have two grown children. I am married for the second time in my life to the most wonderful man and we have been together for 11 years this coming July. I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies (all...

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Madeline Canastra

Madeline Canastra is an 8-yr old, second-grade student in Cicero, NY.  She plays the ukulele and does dance and gymnastics for fun.  Madeline enjoys spending time with her friends and her favorite things are unicorns and being creative, from making necklaces to STEM...

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Peg Curtiss

Peg has been volunteering for NAMI Mid-Hudson since 2014. She is a Connections Support Group Facilitator, Peer-to-Peer Leader, In Our Own Voice Presenter, and will be attending Training of Trainers this Spring to become a State Connections Facilitator Trainer. Peg is...

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Nyna Giles

NYNA GILES is the co-author of the mother-daughter memoir, The Bridesmaid's Daughter published by St. Martin's Press in 2018. In her book, she opens up about her life as the youngest daughter of Carolyn Scott Reybold, a Ford model best known as one of Grace Kelly's...

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Kolbie Glionna

Hi, my name is Kolbie Glionna, and I was born and raised in Amsterdam, New York. I am a Coach at Orangetheory Fitness in Niskayuna, a certified personal trainer, and also a part time barber. I am cat walking for NAMI because mental illness is a huge problem in this...

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Trent Griffin

Trent Griffin-Braaf is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. He owns his own transportation company, Tech Valley Hospitality Shuttle. Ventures include commercial and residential real estate, Prison Bosses: The Podcast, and opening March 1st, the Beauty Bar...

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Allie Hill

My name is Allie, and I have been a NAMI member for almost 6 years. I owe everything to NAMI for giving me back my life. I am a psychology/substance abuse counseling student, and I work as a direct support professional for developmentally and mentally disabled adults...

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Robert Laitman

With over 35 years of experience in nephrology, internal medicine, and the optimal management of clozapine, I love being a physician. I involve myself in the total care of my patients.  I am also a parent, husband, son, runner and co-author of Meaningful Recovery from...

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Jayette Lansbury

Jayette is one of NAMI’s most passionate and dedicated advocates. Jayette is proud to be a NAMI mommy and became involved 20 years ago as a result of her son’s struggles. She is recognized as the go-to person, both within NAMI and the greater community, when mental...

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Andrew McKenna

As an expert on the opioid epidemic and its devastating effects on American communities, Mr. McKenna has established a large national media presence both as an advisor and consultant. McKenna travels the country speaking to corporations, schools, colleges,...

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Alana McNulty

Hi. My name is Alana McNulty. I am a student at the University of Colorado Boulder. I am studying Neuroscience and Medicine. I’m a proud sister of Delta Gamma Phi. I’m really excited to be on the catwalk to raise better awareness and end the stigma of mental illness....

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Aley Olsiewski

My name is Alexandra Olsiewski (I go by Aley!) and I am a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Schenectady, NY. I am very blessed to work with families and the community surrounding mental health. Breaking the mental health stigma, providing education and...

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Jason Paden

In his mid 20’s, Jason Paden was in crisis and diagnosed with major mental illness. Suicidal and fully symptomatic, he was in his “darkest days” and hospitalized to be released with medications that finally began to work more effectively for…

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Earl Page

Earl Page was born in the Bronx, New York and then relocated to Schenectady, New York at the age of 5 years old in 1977. He was gifted with the entrepreneurial spirit from a young age as his father was one of the first African-American TV repairmen who owned his own...

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Nia Flick

Hi, I’m Nia. I wanted to challenge myself & participate to promote NAMI’s message. I feel empowered to be the face of the average person who struggles with mental illness. I have a beautiful 15-year-old daughter who inspires me to always fight…

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Christine Rickeman

Hello, my name is Christine Rickeman; I am the Information and Resource Helpline Coordinator at NAMI-NYS and I am on the Board of Directors for NAMI Capital Region, NY, where I also serve as the program coordinator for the affiliate. I believe strongly in the positive...

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Matthew Shapiro

Hello, I am Matthew Shapiro; I work at NAMI-NYS. I am cat walking because I am very excited for the opportunity to Off the Mask and help advance conversations about mental health. Mental illness has impacted me and many members of my family. Ending the silence about...

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Shane Schulz

Schulz is an inspirational speaker, Mental Health Advocate, and CEO of the “Speaking to the Heart Podcast Network”. As a board member of The National Alliance on Mental Illness Capitol Region, Shane works to bring awareness and…

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Jenna Sue

Jenna Sue is a vocalist from Upstate New York with more than 15 years of professional singing under her belt. Throughout her career, she has performed in country, rock, pop and wedding bands. As a teenager, she entered local singing competitions, quickly connecting...

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Alison Tan

Alison is an emerging Malaysian model and stylist based in New York. Alison’s inaugural gig as a Fashion Intern with ELLE Magazine Malaysia provided her with a strong launch into the fast-paced fashion world. The Kuala Lumpur native moved to New…

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Dr. Tassinari

In 1972, I made a very important move when I switched my plans from a surgery career to psychiatry. Since then I’ve been blessed with 47 years of a very satisfying career, teaching and providing care to amazing patients, and working alongside some of the most talented...

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Anna Van Laan

Hi, my name is Anna, and I’m ready to walk the catwalk for NAMI-NYS because finding NAMI has helped build my confidence in what I can do as a person living with a mental health condition. I’ve been involved for three years and am an IOOV presenter and a…

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Amelia Waters

I have been modeling since age 19 and have always enjoyed bringing fashion and entertainment to others. Other than modeling, I work as a personal trainer and self-defense instructor for the Guilderland YMCA and am a membership recruiter for the Girl Scouts of...

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Jennifer Woods

I am a Schenectady native and a veteran of the USAF. Soon after separating from the military, my addiction and mental illness spiraled my life out of control. In 2014, I made a decision to take my life back. With the love and support of family, friends, and my...

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Dina Ziskin-Fortune

Throughout my life, I have found so much joy in creating art, dancing, and exercising. I grew up in Monsey, NY with an artistic family and studied fine art at Carnegie Mellon. I have also lived in Italy and studied jewelry design. Recently, I started to compete in...

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