Lucy Halter was introduced to AIR™ in 2017 when she brought her Standard Poodle Lily to a therapy dog class that AIR Co-founder Tricia Baker was teaching. After Lily received her Therapy Dog certification, she and Lucy joined AIR’s therapy dog program, joining other dog/handler teams into schools to teach students about mental health. Prior to joining AIR, Lucy spent 12 years volunteering for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), working with the family court to assist with children involved in the foster care system. During a hiatus from CASA, she met a therapy dog who was visiting with her mother in a hospital. “That’s when I knew that pet therapy was what I wanted to do. There were a few steps to get through. For one thing, I did not own a dog,” Lucy said.
An American musician, rapper, and actor best known for his Emmy nomination for the theme song to FX Network drama series Justified, produced by Gangstagrass, in the original main title theme music in 2010. (click name to learn more)
The beautiful Alysa has been a mental health advocate from a very young age. When she joined the pageant world, Alysa chose mental health as her platform. She watched both her older brother and younger sister struggle, (click name to learn more)
Harrison Mehlman has been involved with AIR since 2013. He secured AIR's first invitation to present at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in 2012 when he was a Junior there. (click name to learn more)
Gil McKinney is a graduate of the University of Southern California and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance with a minor in Musical Theater. .(click name to learn more)
Suzanne Keller, MSW, LSW, is the Program Director for TheSource at Red Bank Regional High School (RBRHS). Celebrating 19 years serving RBRHS students and their families, (click name to know more)
Barbara Eget has been her son Davin', best advocate. She has fought for Davin, who has struggled with mental health issues since he was very young. Barbara has been an incredible advocate for her son, allowing him to thrive and be well. (click name to learn more)
Originally from Texas, Matt moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to pursue a career in music. He is a session guitarist and bassist for artists in hip hop, rap, pop, and rock. (click name to learn more)
A mom who has lost her son, Tyler, to the ugly disease of addiction disorder. Michele lives in PA and has been a friend of AIR for many years. (click name to learn more)
A mom who lost her son, Sean, to depression and suicide, about a year ago. Geri herself struggles with mental health disorders and has lived through the darkness of having suicidal thoughts. Geri has been an active AIR volunteer sinces shortly after Sean's death. (click name to learn more)
Lynn S. Zubernis, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and professor at West Chester University in Philadelphia. Dr. Zubernis has written/edited seven books, including a counseling textbook and six books on the positive impact of fandom and popular culture in people’s lives. She has over twenty years of experience as a clinician and a researcher, helping children, adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges. (click name to learn more)
Carrie Genzel is an actor/writer/producer. She is most recognized for her work as “Skye Chandler” on ALL MY CHILDREN, as well as two memorable SUPERNATURAL episodes “Bugs” and “Just My Imagination. (click name to learn more)
In 2013, brother Mitch and Clif Kosterman established TwoSharks Media. Their first project was the Supernatural Fandom movie, which features the cast and crew of the popular hit TV series, Supernatural. Both Kosterman brothers knew the importance of starting the conversation about good mental health and included AIR Co-Founder Tricia Baker. (click name to learn more)
Former Starbucks making coffee barista and now currently a 911 dispatcher, I have been with a County Sheriff's office for eight years, four dispatching and four in another department. I have a geeky blog Superheroes.xyz where I've been sharing my love of all things geeky for about five years now. I have met so many wonderful people and had many awesome experiences due to it; one of them is Attitudes In Reverse.
Mark Pellegrino is a highly prolific American actor of film and television. He is best known for his work as Lucifer in Supernatural, Paul Bennett in Dexter, Jacob in Lost and Bishop in Being Human (click name to learn more)
David Jelinski started his police career in August of 1990 with the Manasquan, NJ Police Department until coming to West Windsor in 1997. (click name to learn more)
Dr. Bratman is a clinical psychologist and has been in private practice in Princeton, NJ for more than 10 years. Her clientele is diverse, populated largely by women of high school age and older with eating disorders. (click name to learn more)
Jensen (Jay) Boaz is involved with AIR because people need to know that they aren’t alone; that they’re okay, they’re whole as they are and they deserve help, love and respect. Too many people struggle with mental health disorders because of the stigma, shame and misinformation surrounding it, and Jay aims to help AIR fix that. (click name to learn more)
Maria Fischer is personally committed to the field of disability law. The mother of a daughter with multiple disabilities, Maria chose to focus her legal work on guardianship, estate planning and helping families of adults with disabilities access and retain appropriate services. She completed an internship at the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, where she conducted legal research and drafted papers on civil rights, healthcare, education and administrative law.
Randie Blumhagen met Trish and Kurt Baker more than two years ago when Miki won the Award for Canine Excellence from the American Kennel Club. Randie works for Care Alternatives Hospice and when she saw Miki had won, she was hoping to grab Trish as a volunteer for the hospice. The two women bonded and have been friends, as well as fellow AIR leaders, ever since. Randie’s background is education, as well as hospice. She owns, shows and occasionally breeds her Chinese Shar-Pei. She is also involved with many animal-related organizations and enjoys networking for AIR, as well. (click name to learn more)
Su Fen Lubitz is a senior at The College of New Jersey, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Health and Sociology. She gained an interest in mental health, especially suicide prevention when she joined CONTACT of Mercer County in 2012. There, she is on the other line of crisis hotlines as well as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. She has over 220 service hours to date.