Models

Sarah Hutchinson

Sarah Hutchinson

My name is Sarah E. Hutchinson, I was born in Hudson, NY on November 25,1989 to Lynda & Donald Hutchinson. My parents divorced when I was 2 and we went to go live with my Grandmother in Chatham, NY. My Mother remarried when I was about 5 years old. That same year,...

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Pooja Mehta

Pooja Mehta

Pooja Mehta is an outspoken South Asian Mental Health Advocate, and has been telling her story to audiences across the country for the last 5 years. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Pooja got her degree in biology from Duke University, and is currently getting...

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Megan Moran

Megan Moran

If you asked me to describe myself, I would tell you I am a musician, hardcore dork (dad jokes are my specialty), entrepreneur, insanely passionate creative, song-writer, model, and just overall lover of people. My ultimate goals in life are to spread kindness, help...

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John D. Bennett, MD

John D. Bennett, MD

Named president and CEO of CDPHP in July of 2008 after serving more than 10 years as chair, vice chair, and board member of CDPHP. During this time, CDPHP has been recognized as one of the top-rated plans in the nation, has been named one of the Best Companies to Work...

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Ellen Ritz

Ellen Ritz

 I am an RN who began my career as an emergency room and ICU nurse. I am currently a school nurse. I have always been passionate about helping and educating others. I am currently on the NAMI Queens/Nassau Board and the NAMI NYS Board. I teach Family to Family...

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Mark Mclean

Mark Mclean

Mark Mclean was born and raised in London, England, and at 18 years old he relocated across the pond to Brooklyn, New York where he enrolled in college and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. Mark began his career as a computer programmer at Merrill Lynch...

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Gigi Ackert

Gigi Ackert

¡Hola! 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...

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RoseMarie Andrews

RoseMarie Andrews

RoseMarie Andrews was born November 11, 1981 in Albany, NY.  She grew up in the rural town of Berne, NY which was a traumatizing experience as a bi-racial child to her Italian Mother and African Father in the early 1980’s.  The oldest of four children, she held a...

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Leslye Benson

Leslye Benson

Leslye Benson is an Albany resident who is the second oldest of six children, and has 13 nieces and nephews. She is currently in the process of redefining herself after going through several hardships within the last five years. In 2015 she had decided to begin an...

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Ariffa Bevin

Ariffa Bevin

  Ariffa spends her time educating others in the areas of nutrition, fitness, and self-defense. She is a student of the Storm Crow Dojo, a local martial arts and military combat school - a place she describes as her pride and passion. She is walking today to show...

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Madeline, Quentin & Carter Canastra

Madeline, Quentin & Carter Canastra

Madeline: "I am 9-yrs old and I have a loving mom and dad. I have 2 brothers I love. I like ot help people. I do competitive dance and I love to have fun with everyone around me. I am participating in Off The Mask because I love to help other kids and adults. I like...

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Ashley Coyne

Ashley Coyne

Ashley has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and works hard every day to maintain stability and to keep the disorder under control. Today, she is a litigation paralegal and takes great pride in her career and accomplishments. Growing up in Niskayuna, New York...

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Peg Curtiss

Peg Curtiss

Peg was born and bred in the Hyde Park, New York Area. She has suffered from mental illness since a young child, and refuses to let that define her. Peg has been volunteering for NAMI Mid-Hudson since 2014. She is a Connections Support Group Facilitator, Peer-to-Peer...

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Cara Davis

Cara Davis

Cara is a former archaeologist turned chemist full-time homesteader/woods woman. She is now a pet-sitter and volunteer for the Berkshire Bird Paradise and is going to be pursuing her Wildlife Rehabbers license.

Cara is excited to be an Off The Mask model because it will be a fun way to help others. If she is able to do something to help others, raise money, and make even one person’s life better, it brings her great joy to do so.

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Ariana DelliPaoli

Ariana DelliPaoli

I'm a NY based photographer and fitness trainer. My photography focuses on glamour, fashion, and portraiture. I discovered my interest for photography and fitness at an early age. Passionate to learn more, I moved to NYC to attend The Fashion Institute of Technology...

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Mary Beth Honsinger

Mary Beth Honsinger

Mary Beth grew up predominately in Catskill, NY and currently resides in Troy, NY. Mary Beth has an extended family of three beautiful sisters and has a son of her own, who is 24. She has overcome several struggles that life has thrown at her, and in the midst of it...

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Emma Hughes

Emma Hughes

Hi! My name is Emma Hughes, and I am 20 years old. I have struggled with anxiety and depression since the 5th grade. But since, I have found positive outlets to help me overcome the anxiety and depression which include: talking to my therapist, art, and participating...

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Kate Kroll

Kate Kroll

Kate is currently a junior in high school at The Doane Stuart School. She has been a competitive gymnast since the 1st grade. Kate is very passionate about social justice and health issues, and participates in the Capital Region Institute for Human Rights Teen Summer...

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Robert Laitman

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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George LaMarche III

George LaMarche III

George is an attorney and founding member of LaMarche Sanfranko Law PLLC. He represents individuals who have been seriously injured and families who have suffered the loss of a loved one because of the negligence of others. He also represents people who are under...

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Lisa O’Donnell Wolfe

Lisa O’Donnell Wolfe

Lisa is a mother of two beautiful children and a loving wife. She has worked in Corporate America for 27 years in various capacities, but her passion falls within the health and fitness arena. She is a certified Mind & Body Expert, and helps executive women who...

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Stamatia Pappas

Stamatia Pappas

I became an advocate for mental health 17 years ago when our son experienced signs of emotional distress. We were just like many families who are blindsided by behavioral changes in their loved one. We were overwhelmed and unaware of what lay ahead. We listened as...

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Gina Schwarz

Gina Schwarz

Gina is a single mother who is a survivor of domestic violence. She is currently in the process of rebuilding herself and is working on being the best self she can be, by focusing more on her physical and mental health. Gina has been very successful in making strides...

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Asa Snyder

Asa Snyder

I’m Asa.  I have a house in the middle of the woods where I live with a woman and cats.  I’m pretty good at making things and enjoy doing it.  I also work as an engineer.  Usually walking in a fashion show is not something that I would typically do, but I am trying to...

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Matthew Shapiro

Matthew Shapiro

I am proud to be a mental health advocate and serve as the Associate Director, Public Affairs of NAMI-NYS, where I work to empower others who have struggled in the same way me and my family have. I suffered in silence and was ashamed of my mental illness for way too...

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Dr. Tassinari

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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Don Tallman

Don Tallman

I'm 48 years old from Schenectady NY. I'm married (Sharon) and have 2 children (Kaleb 21 and Gabriella 17) I have a Service Dog named Tucker who’s 9 years old. I was in the Marines for 8 years and the Army for 12 years, and retired in 2013. I work at Union College in...

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