MEET OUR AMBASSADORS:

Together they are sharing their stories making a difference prioritizing mental health

Give an Hour Ambassadors are advocates who use their platform to elevate the conversation about mental health and emotional wellbeing. Stronger together, we join forces to prioritize mental health just as we do our physical health.

Their stories are just like yours and mine because they are us.

HEAR THEIR STORIES.

Listening to passionate people is ILLUMINATING, INSPIRING, and INTRIGUING.
Learning how others struggle and succeed is HUMBLING, HELPFUL, and HEALING.
Realizing that we all have mental health is LIBERATING and LIFE SAVING.

Give an Hour’s Ambassadors come from many backgrounds and have unstoppable energy to make a difference.  Their stories are just like yours and mine because they are us.

ELLE MARK

Dog Mom & Difference Maker

Gabrielle “Elle” Mark is an honors graduate from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with her bachelor’s degree in Public Health & Community Health Education. During her undergraduate career, Elle spent a significant amount of time researching and performing health education programming surrounding the topics of mental health and wellness as well as the prevention of mental health crises.

Elle’s passion for promoting mental wellness stems from her personal experience with mental health disorders. In efforts to help others through the struggles she encountered with mental illness, Elle utilized her role as a local titleholder within the Miss America Organization to share her mental health journey and help to guide others through theirs.

ELLE MARK

Dog Mom & Difference Maker

Elle's Bio

Gabrielle “Elle” Mark is an honors graduate from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with her bachelor’s degree in Public Health & Community Health Education. During her undergraduate career, Elle spent a significant amount of time researching and performing health education programming surrounding the topics of mental health and wellness as well as the prevention of mental health crises.

Elle’s passion for promoting mental wellness stems from her personal experience with mental health disorders. In efforts to help others through the struggles she encountered with mental illness, Elle utilized her role as a local titleholder within the Miss America Organization to share her mental health journey and help to guide others through theirs.

Shawn Christian Porter is an American professional boxer. As a stand out amateur boxer, he represented the US on multiple world teams. He was a 2007 Pan-American Team Member, as well a 2008 Olympic Team Member. He is a former two-time welterweight world champion, having held the IBF title and the WBC title. He is particularly known for his aggressive pressure fighting style, physical strength and high work rate.

Outside of the boxing ring, Shawn has a young flourishing career as a boxing analyst and ringside commentator, working on multiple networks (FOX and NBC) and other platforms. He created The PorterWay Podcast in 2020 with two of his best friends and it is rapidly growing to become one of the best boxing podcast around. Shawn Porter is heavily involved with the Las Vegas community and has stated “God gave me a heart to help and after boxing that’s what I intend to do… HELP”.

SHOWTIME SHAWN PORTER

Two-time Welterweight Champion Boxer

SHOWTIME SHAWN PORTER

Two-time Welterweight Champion Boxer

Shawn's Bio

Shawn Christian Porter is an American professional boxer. As a stand out amateur boxer, he represented the US on multiple world teams. He was a 2007 Pan-American Team Member, as well a 2008 Olympic Team Member. He is a former two-time welterweight world champion, having held the IBF title and the WBC title. He is particularly known for his aggressive pressure fighting style, physical strength and high work rate.

Outside of the boxing ring, Shawn has a young flourishing career as a boxing analyst and ringside commentator, working on multiple networks (FOX and NBC) and other platforms. He created The PorterWay Podcast in 2020 with two of his best friends and it is rapidly growing to become one of the best boxing podcast around. Shawn Porter is heavily involved with the Las Vegas community and has stated “God gave me a heart to help and after boxing that’s what I intend to do… HELP”.

ANNA SHINODA

Author

Anna Shinoda was raised in a mountain town so small it lacked a stoplight. She used to escape into the high branches of trees to read and dream of stories, out of reach from her own family skeleton. Eventually she climbed down with her debut novel, Learning Not to Drown, a story about a young girl who struggles to preserve her own identity amidst a chaotic, dysfunctional family unit.

Anna married musician Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park in 2003 and has led efforts with the band’s non-profit, Music For Relief, in the U.S. and abroad.

As a mental health advocate, before becoming an Ambassador she served as a senior advisor to Give an Hour for the Books Change Direction initiative, a campaign that strives to inspire responsible representation of mental health and illness in stories.

ANNA SHINODA

Author

Anna's Bio

Anna Shinoda was raised in a mountain town so small it lacked a stoplight. She used to escape into the high branches of trees to read and dream of stories, out of reach from her own family skeleton. Eventually she climbed down with her debut novel, Learning Not to Drown, a story about a young girl who struggles to preserve her own identity amidst a chaotic, dysfunctional family unit.

Anna married musician Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park in 2003 and has led efforts with the band’s non-profit, Music For Relief, in the U.S. and abroad.

As a mental health advocate, before becoming an Ambassador she served as a senior advisor to Give an Hour for the Books Change Direction initiative, a campaign that strives to inspire responsible representation of mental health and illness in stories.

Allen Levi Simmons is a U.S. Marine Corps Combat Veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a survivor of a rocket propelled grenade blast. Allen is using his battle with PTS and suicidal thoughts to inspire and encourage survivors of trauma to live a purposeful life.

Allen’s published collection of poems titled Can I Speak? tells of stories from the lives of characters who face different adversities. He has evoked empathy and has inspired his readers to reflect on their own unique story. His motto has moved the hearts of those who desire motivation as they journey through life; it is a lifestyle and a mindset. “Never Stop, Never Quit, Repeat! “

Allen is the Founder of Live N Love Incorporate, Persist Motivational Clothing Co., Brunch and Ties, Brunch and Heels and AllenLeviSpeaks and creator of The Purpose Pod podcast. He continues to use his podcast to inspire and educate his listeners into their purposeful life.

ALLEN SIMMONS

Author & Motivational Speaker

ALLEN SIMMONS

Author & Motivational Speaker

Allen's Bio

Allen Levi Simmons is a U.S. Marine Corps Combat Veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a survivor of a rocket propelled grenade blast. Allen is using his battle with PTS and suicidal thoughts to inspire and encourage survivors of trauma to live a purposeful life.

Allen’s published collection of poems titled Can I Speak? tells of stories from the lives of characters who face different adversities. He has evoked empathy and has inspired his readers to reflect on their own unique story. His motto has moved the hearts of those who desire motivation as they journey through life; it is a lifestyle and a mindset. “Never Stop, Never Quit, Repeat!”

Allen is the Founder of Live N Love Incorporate, Persist Motivational Clothing Co., Brunch and Ties, Brunch and Heels and AllenLeviSpeaks and creator of The Purpose Pod podcast. He continues to use his podcast to inspire and educate his listeners into their purposeful life.

Stephanie Szostak is a French-American actress you may know from the ABC hit series A MILLION LITTLE THINGS, The Devil Wears Prada or Iron Man 3 (amongst other projects). Stephanie got a late start on the acting scene and had the willingness to disrupt her life, leaving her career in the corporate world behind to seek an authentic life.

Stephanie took her first acting class when she was 29 years old. It was a theatre class in NYC. It was there that she realized acting was her passion and knew she had to do it because for the first time in her life, while pretending to be someone else, she felt more like herself than she ever had, she felt ALIVE, connected to all of herself, including pieces she’d buried a long time ago.

From being told “your career should have never happened” as her roles got bigger so did the pressure, causing her performance to be negatively affected by feelings of unworthiness and fear. This pushed her to address mindset and discover its interconnection with performance. Stephanie acts, writes, speaks and tells stories of challenges and transformation.

Stephanie's Bio

Stephanie Szostak is a French-American actress you may know from the ABC hit series A MILLION LITTLE THINGS, The Devil Wears Prada or Iron Man 3 (amongst other projects). Stephanie got a late start on the acting scene and had the willingness to disrupt her life, leaving her career in the corporate world behind to seek an authentic life.

Stephanie took her first acting class when she was 29 years old. It was a theatre class in NYC. It was there that she realized acting was her passion and knew she had to do it because for the first time in her life, while pretending to be someone else, she felt more like herself than she ever had, she felt ALIVE, connected to all of herself, including pieces she’d buried a long time ago.

From being told “your career should have never happened” as her roles got bigger so did the pressure, causing her performance to be negatively affected by feelings of unworthiness and fear. This pushed her to address mindset and discover its interconnection with performance. Stephanie acts, writes, speaks and tells stories of challenges and transformation.

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