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. Tracy serves as President of Sipprelle Charitable Corp. that focuses primarily on education; the foundation’s most notable achievement is funding a secular girls’ boarding school in Morocco. With her youngest child in college,
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. When not doing music, Matt is the Family Services Assistant at the Good Shepherd Center (GSC), based in Los Angeles, which is a homeless shelter that houses only women and children.
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.
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, WATCHEN 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
David Jelinski started his police career in August of 1990 with the Manasquan, NJ Police Department until coming to West Windsor in 1997. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Kean University and is a candidate for a Master’s degree in Psychology (Behavioral).
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. His guest starring work on television includes The courtroom TV drama Just Legal, sitcom The Loop, crime series Saving Grace, supernatural thriller Ghost Whisperer, several police procedural oriented shows and the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. McKinney’s best known roles have been on ER for 23 episodes as Dr. Paul Grady, Derek Bishop on Friday Night Lights and as the noted Henry Winchester on Supernatural and Prince Eric and his counterpart on Once Upon a Time.
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. Prior to opening a private practice, Dr. Bratman worked with adults with chronic mental health disorders in a partial hospital setting using a Dialectical Behavior Therapy model.
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.
I was introduced to AIR through my mom, who was already involved, when I was in high school. I informed my health teacher at the time about AIR and that they would like to present at the school, and she also thought it was a fantastic idea. I have been supporting AIR and helping spread their message of the importance of mental health since then, and continue to do so in college. Always wearing my AIR wristband, I am excited to share when someone asks about AIR and start the conversation.
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.