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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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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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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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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Gwendolyn “Empress” Hayles

Gwendolyn “Empress” Hayles is a native of Mississippi and she brings southern hospitability and charm with her wherever she goes.  Empress began modeling at the tender age of 5 and has since turned her hobby into a career.  Empress is CEO & founder of Creative...

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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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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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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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Jacque Ecuyer

My name is Jacque Ecuyer. I am a 47 year old father of three boys and grandfather of one. Originally from Albany, NY, I have been in sales for over 20 years and have run my own fundraising organization for 3 years. I created the foundation to help raise awareness for...

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Jessica Bez

Jessica Bez is a 32 year old Virgo. Although she was born and raised in Amsterdam, New York, her experiences have taken her across the United States. Jessica loves the outdoors, often looking for new opportunities to hike, hunt and go fishing. She is currently a...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nia Flick

Nia Cromartie-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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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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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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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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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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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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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 am a paralegal for two separate lawyers in the city of...

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Melissa Galbreth

My name is Melissa Galbreth. I am the Director of Business Development for Fuccillo Lincoln-Hyundai and Fuccillo Volkswagen of Schenectady. I have been with the Fuccillo Automotive Group for 3.5 years now and one of the many reasons why I love working for this company...

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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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