Active over the years in charitable organizations focused on hospitalized children, mental health and gardening. Tracy founded Make a Child Smile, Inc., which funds hospitals to provide emotional support to families with hospitalized children and is now part of a New Jersey hospital’s Child Life Services department........(Click NAME to continue)
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 continue)
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 continue)
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, and Alysa wanted to help them and others by eliminating stigma. Alysa is currently Miss Outstanding Teen Pennsylvania and has shared her message with thousands across the state. Alysa has been a speaker for AIR. She has been Walk Chairperson for the Miki and Friends event several times. Having Alysa on the Advisory Board would be a tremendous asset.
Judy Duff graduated from Quinnipiac College with a degree in radiologic sciences. She is a radiologic technologist in an orthopedic office. Judy was a foster parent for Russell Rescue for seven years. She met Tricia while wandering aimlessly with her Jack Russell Terrier Jackson, AKA Action Jackson, at a Petsmart store.
Following his return to U.S., he has been an active member of AIR, assisting with the planning and execution of the Annual Miki & Friends 5K Walk & Run for AIR event, and revitalizing and expanding AIR’s social media presence. He regularly gives the Coming Up for Air presentation to teenagers as part of AIR’s ongoing efforts. Michael was elected to the AIR Board of Directors in May 2014. He is a certified Youth Mental Health First aider and works with youth and their families as a Care Manager for Capitol County Children’s Collaborative in Hamilton, New Jersey.
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. With her daughter Alysa, Michele has participated in many AIR events, both being mental health advocates who understand the importance of speaking up about these illnesses, to erase stigma to save lives. Michele's third child, Olivia, also struggles with mental health challenges.
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 continue)
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 continue)
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. Some of her credits also include WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE, SMALLVILLE, WATCHMEN and JENNIFER’S BODY.
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.
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. Mark became a supporter of AIR the day of the funeral of his best friend who died by suicide. Later that day, Mark met AIR Co-Founders Tricia and Kurt Baker at the Los Angeles premiere of Supernatural’s Fan Movie (spnfanmovie.com), which includes an interview with Tricia as part of its feature of the cast and crew’s philanthropic endeavors