Nirav K. Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S

Nirav K. Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., was honored as one of AIR’s Champions of Hope during this year’s Taste of Hope event. He is a Board certified neurosurgeon with an emphasis on complex spinal surgery and intracranial tumor/radiosurgery. He is the medical director at Princeton Brain and Spine. Dr. Shah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Pennsylvania…

Craig J. Hubert

Craig J. Hubert, Esq., Partner and Executive Committee member of Szaferman Lakind Blumstein & Blader, P.C., a law firm in Lawrenceville, NJ, received the inaugural Champion of Hope award during AIR’s first Taste of Hope event in October 2016. Hubert heads Szaferman Lakind’s Personal Injury Group. He is a distinguished trial attorney whose practice focuses…

Patricia Marie Betz

Patricia Betz graduated from Miami University with a microbiology and chemistry pre-vet degree. She later completed a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in math and science. She is clinical researcher at Merck & Co and is involved with in diabetes and endocrinology. As an active volunteer, she is very involved with MISE (Merck…

Jennifer Walters

Jennifer Walters has been an elementary and middle school counselor with Princeton Public Schools since 2007.  She is currently a counselor at John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton where she remains with her students as they move through grades 6, 7 and 8.  Jennifer has been appointed to numerous district-level committees that focus on social and emotional learning, positive…

Katelyn Baker, YMHFA

Co-Founder, Board Member

Katelyn Baker created AIR along with her parents, Tricia and Kurt, soon after her brother Kenny died by suicide. Katelyn came up with the statement, “Mental illness is like air. Just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It’s all around us.” This profound statement earned Katelyn an Ambassador’s Award from…

Tricia Baker, YMHFA, CPDT-KA

Co-Founder, Board Member

After a 20 year corporate career in marketing, Tricia Baker took her love for animals and started her career as a dog trainer. She is one of 2,000 Certified Professional Dog Trainers-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) in the world, an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator and Certified Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dog Evaluator. She…