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The conference features experts in the fields of health, nutrition, animal rights, the environment, exercise and related lifestyle areas, plus talented chefs. The following speakers are already confirmed, with many more to be added. Please check back for updates.

MARIBETH ABRAMS, MS CNC (CT)

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Certified Nutritional Consultant; Certified Holistic Health Practitioner; Certified Lifestyle Educator; author of The 4-Ingredient Vegan and Tofu 1-2-3; NAVS Board Member; Associate Editor Vegetarian Voice magazine; vegan for 19 years; mother of two teens vegan since birth..

CHEF AJ (CA)

Chef AJ

Chef AJ is the author of the popular book, UNPROCESSED: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight; teaches culinary classes and speaks throughout the United States and Canada about the benefits of a Whole Food/Plant Based Diet; graduate of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and The T. Colin Campbell eCornell Plant Based Nutrition Course; she works as a vegan pastry chef at Sante La Brea Restaurantin Los Angeles and is chef to many TV shows and celebrities; she has followed a Plant Based diet for over 33 years.

DINA ARONSON, MS, RD (NJ)

Dina Aronson

internationally-recognized nutritionist specializing in plant-based nutrition and community health; she earned her undergraduate degree in Nutrition from Cornell University and her graduate degree from Tufts University; she is president of Welltech Solutions, a health and wellness consulting company, and spends much of her time writing articles, giving lectures and workshops, and consulting to both individuals and organizations; her work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and other publications and web sites, and she is co-author of three nutrition books; she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Dietetic Association's Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award in Massachusetts

NAVA ATLAS (NY)

Nava Atlas

author and illustrator of many vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, most recently Vegan Holiday Kitchen, Vegan Express, and Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons, and the forthcoming Wild About Greens (June 2012); has written scores of articles on healthful cooking with natural foods, which have appeared in Vegetarian Times, VegNews, Cooking Light, and numerous other publications; produces visual books on family themes, humor, and women’s issues, including Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife (2009)— a satiric look at contemporary marriage and motherhood through the lens of a faux 1950s cookbook; an active fine artist specializing in limited edition books and text-driven objects and installations; her work is shown and collected by museums and universities across the U.S.

Regrettably Nava Atlas has had to cancel her appearance.

JONATHAN BALCOMBE, PhD (MD)

Jonathan Balcombe

author of Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals, Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good, The Use of Animals in Higher Education: Problems, Alternatives and Recommendations; and the forthcoming The Exultant Ark, A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure; he has written many scientific papers and lay articles on animal behavior, humane education, and animal research; a popular speaker, he has given presentations on six continents, including a 15-stop lecture tour of medical and veterinary schools in India in January 2007; former Senior Research Scientist for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

CHIP BALLEW (MO)

Chip Ballew

leader of the Vegetarian Club of the Ozarks, entertains and teaches juggling, "flip stix,' top & bubble tricks and other toys and games, long-time advocate for animals and cruelty-free living

CAROLE BARAL, MS (NY)  

Carole Baral

certified Integral Yoga instructor for over 25 years; NAVS board member

 

NEAL BARNARD, MD

Neal Barnard

clinical researcher, author, and health advocate; he has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on several clinical trials investigating the effects of diet on health, including most recently a study on dietary interventions in diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health and conducted under the auspices of the George Washington University School of Medicine, in association with the University of Toronto; he is the author of dozens of publications in scientific and medical journals as well as numerous nutrition books for lay readers and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition, research issues, and
other controversial areas in modern medicine; he is a frequent lecturer
at scientific and lay conferences and has made presentations for the
American Diabetes Association, American Public Health Association, the
World Bank, the National Library of Medicine, and many other medical and
scientific organizations; he received his M.D. degree at the George
Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C; he
practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to
Washington to found the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
(PCRM) in 1985, which has since grown into a nationwide group of
physicians and lay supporters that promotes preventive medicine and
addresses controversies in modern medicine; he is an Adjunct Associate
Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of
Medicine and Health Sciences, a Life Member of the American Medical
Association, and a member of the American Diabetes Association

CAROL H. BARNETT, PhD, JD (NY)

Carol Barnett

Co–coordinator, Rochester Area Veg. Soc.; mother of three vegan children

 

TED D. BARNETT, MD (NY)

Ted Batnett

Board certified interventional and diagnostic radiologist; co–coordinator, Rochester Area Veg. Soc.; father of three vegan children

 

RYNN BERRY (NY)

Rynn Berry

NAVS historical advisor; author of Food for the Gods, Vegetarianism and the World’s Religions, Hitler: Neither Vegetarian Nor Animal Lover, Vegan Guide to New York City; contributing author of Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Vegan Raw Food Diets               

JOHN BOLUS (FL)

John Bolus

America's sole instructor of Chinese Wand Exercise; ranked 1st in his state's 5K races in the 65-69 age group, 5th in National Sr. Olympics; professional musician (keyboards) frequently performing at top clubs, including the Ritz Carlton; released "Naples Medleys", a CD collection of easy listening standards             

PATTI BREITMAN (CA)

Patti Breitman

Co-author of How to Eat Like a Vegetarian, Even If You Never Want To Be One and How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty; Founder and Director of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group; Co-founder of Dharma Voices for Animals; on the advisory council of the Animals and Society institute; former publishing consultant to some of the vegetarian world's best known leaders; has been teaching vegan cooking classes for 14 years         

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HAROLD BROWN (NY)  

Harold Brown president, Farm Kind, Ltd.; born and raised on a cattle farm in Michigan and spent over half his life in agriculture including three years in the dairy industry; featured in the Tribe of Heart documentary, Peaceable Kingdom, the Journey Home, his story is one of transformation from animal farmer to vegan animal advocate; works as an advocate for sustainable independent family farms, environmental justice, social justice, and peace through non-violence

JENNY BROWN (NY)

Jenny Brown

co-Founder and director of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary—a not-for-profit organization and farm animal shelter located in the Catskill Mountains of New York; she is an outspoken vegan animal rights activist who previously worked as a Television Producer until 2002 when she went undercover in Texas to film farmed animal abuse, an experience that led her to dedicate her life to helping farm animals and raising awareness of their plight; her story and the work of the sanctuary has been featured in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, Rolling Stone, Magazine, NPR’s Weekend America and more

KAREN BUDKIE (OH)

Karen Budkie

an avid freecycling, recycling, reusing, composting vegan animal rights activist for over three decades; space utilization expert; cofounder (in 1996) and operations manager of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN)

MICHAEL BUDKIE, AHT (OH)

Michael Budkie co-founder & executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), which has been successful in terminating research projects & forcing the USDA to take legal action against laboratories; after witnessing the atrocities of animal experimentation during his education, he successfully ended a head injury experiment on cats at the University of Cincinnati, which launched his career leading to positions with several national organizations before he co-founded SAEN in the mid 90's

DREENA BURTON (CANADA)

Dreena Burton author of 4 vegan cookbooks charting her journey as a cook and at-home mother of three, including her newest, "Let Them Eat Vegan: 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family"; always passionate about creating recipes, she is an advocate of the use of "vegan basics" (beans, nuts, seeds, whole-grains and whole-grain products, and fruits and vegetables) to create meals that are wholesome and healthy, but also satisfying and delicious

PAULETTE CHANDLER, MD (MA)

Paulette Chandler graduate Princeton University, Duke Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health; practices internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital; Harvard Medical School faculty member; director Natural Healing Pathways, Inc., a non-profit organization providing a wholistic approach to helping people with chronic diseases through union of mind, body and spirit

TINA CHIU, MPH, RD (Taiwan)

Tina Chiu, MPH, RD

Registered dietitian; Secretary General for Taiwan Vegetarian Nutrition Society; researcher with the Tzu Chi Health study – a prospective cohort looking into health outcomes of vegetarians in Taiwan; former clinical dietitian in Tzu Chi hospital which serves only vegetarian meals; has taught the clinical nutrition course for medical students at Tzu Chi University; former scientific committee member of Taiwan’s Vegetarian Dietary Guideline; featured speaker for many events in Taiwan; co-author of two books in Chinese: Vegetarians from the Heart, a cookbook, and Vegetarian Nutrition, a nutrition text book

MARY CLIFTON, MD (MI)

Mary Clifton, MD

Practicesinternal medicine in Northern Michigan where she teaches her patients about the importance of following a plant-based diet; Health Educator, Greenspire Schools; Nutrition Consultant for Cancer Survivor's Group; currently conducting a funded study that is researching the effects of plant-based diets on arthritis and fibromyalgia; Academic Advisor, Nutrition Elective MSU-CHM, where she lectures to the CHM-COM students on nutrition, and organizes the lecturers responsible for nutrition education at medical colleges; graduate, Michigan State University

JOSEPH CONNELLY (CA)

Joe Connelly

Serial entrepreneur and cereal eater who ran a successful music collectibles business for 15 years before turning his talent to veganism; he began writing for NAVS’ Vegetarian Voice in 1991, founded the Syracuse Vegetarian Society (SAVES) in 1996, and converted SAVES into VegNews in 2000; in 2010 VegNews began leading vegan tours, and to date he has traveled to India, Thailand and Bali

FRAN COSTIGAN (NY)

Fran Costigan

Pastry chef, culinary instructor; author, More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally, and the forthcoming Irresistible Chocolate Vegan Desserts for Everyone: Unapologetically Delicious, Decadent and Dark, Organic and Fair, (Fall 2013); internationally renowned as the vegan dessert authority – her vegan versions of favorite “typical” desserts lack nothing—except dairy, eggs, white sugar and excess fat; creator and instructor of Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive® series; she is a sought after presenter at conferences and events throughout North America and around the world; recently named one of the top 50 cooking teachers to follow on Twitter by Chef2Chef.net

EILEEN WIEDER CRONE, MS, RD, RYT (PA)

Eileen Wiede Crone, MS, RD, RYT

Registered Dietitian with master's degree in nutrition; registered yoga teacher; ACSM-certified health/fitness specialist; raw food educator; has lectured on wellness, vegan, sports and raw nutrition, stress management, yoga and ayurveda; teaches wellness yoga at Harrisburg Area Community College

MARTY DAVEY, MS, RD (PA)

Marty Davey, MS, RD

dietitian at Wordsworth Academy, a residential treatment facility for older youths and teens with behavioral issues, and The Lodge at Woodloch (a top 10 destination spa in the US - voted #1 in food demonstrations) where she presents a weekly food demo; writer for VegFamily.com and Vegan Culinary Experience; producer and host of nutrition DVDs

BRENDA DAVIS, RD (CANADA)

Brenda Davis, RD

Registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She is co-author of seven books: Becoming Raw, Becoming Vegan, Becoming Vegetarian, The New Becoming Vegetarian, The Raw Food Revolution Diet, Defeating Diabetes and Dairy-free and Delicious, and contributing author to an eight book, The Complete Vegetarian. Brenda is also author of numerous professional and lay articles. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, Brenda was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. She lives in Kelowna British Columbia with her husband and has two grown children.

ANNE DINSHAH (NY)

anne dinshah

rowing coach for the Haddonfield High School and various masters programs; lifetime vegan and third generation vegetarian; author of Healthy Hearty Helpings; co-author of The 4-Ingredient Vegan and her latest book Dating Vegans

 

FREYA DINSHAH (NJ)

Freya Dinshah

president, The American Vegan Society: editor, American Vegan magazine; author, The Vegan Kitchen, Vegetarian Cooking for 100; lecturer & teacher; lifetime vegetarian (52 years vegan)

 

GEORGE EISMAN, RD (NY)

George Eisman Nutrition director of The Coalition for Cancer Prevention Through Plant-Based Eating; co-founder and first chairman-elect of the Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association; author of The Most Noble Diet, A Basic Course in Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition and Don't Let Your Diet Add to your Cancer Risk; has taught nutrition at the college and university level since 1980; inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame (1993)

STEPHAN ESSER, MD (MA)

Stephen Esser is a physician committed to the principles and practice of Lifestyle Medicine; Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School; former #1 in the US in Men's Open Doubles Tennis; a lifelong vegetarian/vegan; he is excited to be a part of the healthcare revolution educating, empowering and motivating patients to achieve their best health through rational living

JOANN FARB (KS)

JoAnn Farb Microbiologist, and former biodecontamination consultant for Pharmaceutical giant Merck and Co Inc. Then an activist and founder of Vegetarians of Kansas City. Vegan for 20 years. Mother of two lifelong vegans. Her first book, Compassionate Souls -- Raising the Next Generation to Change the World, was a primer for raising healthy compassionate children. Her newest book, Get Off Gluten aims to help vegan's learn how getting off gluten can be beneficial, and to help gluten sensitive omnivores discover veganism for their health.

REBECCA GILBERT (PA)

Rebecca Gilbert

a former competitive figure skater, healed her body by switching to a plant-based diet; founder of Yummy Plants, an online community to help connect and support others who wanted to explore a plant-based lifestyle

SHARON GREENSPAN, CHHP, HTP, MEd (VA)

sharon greenspan author of Eating Your Way To Health Workbook, Wildly Successful Fermenting, Raw and Living Food Basics, and Warming Winter Recipes; board certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner, Healing Touch Practitioner, yoga teacher and raw food chef; she is a sought-after speaker and her work spans 5 continents; she teaches classes in the Living Foods lifestyle and maintains a private practice which specializes in dissolving sugar habits and relieving chronic illness; she was as vegetarian for 15 years, vegan for 12 and now raw for 6 years; personally cleared a tumor, reversed her arthritis and lost 55 lbs by changing her lifestyle

MICHAEL GREGER, MD (MD)

Michael Greger director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture, Humane Society of the United States; graduate Cornell's College of Agriculture and Tuft's University of Medicine; internationally known speaker on public health and social justice issues; invited as expert witness in Oprah Winfrey's meat defamation trial; author Carbophobia: The Scary Truth about America's Low-Carb Craze and the landmark Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching

LEE HALL, JD (PA)

Lee Hall Vice President of Legal Affairs for Friends of Animals, whose most recent book, On Their Own Terms: Bringing Animal-Rights Philosophy Down to Earth, makes an urgent case for connecting animal advocacy, the ecology and climate with a conscientious vegetarian commitment; co-author, Dining With Friends: The Art of North American Vegan Cuisine; curator of VeganMeans.com; co-facilitates West Chester, Pennsylvania’s annual VeggieFest as Vice President of Compassion for Animals, Respect for the Environment (CARE); penned the “Vegetarian” entry for The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice (Sage Publications)

AMIE HAMLIN (NY)

Amie Hamlin Executive Director of New York Coalition for Healthy School Food; wrote NYS Legislative Resolution which requested vegan entrees each day and nutrition education that includes information on multi-cultural and vegan eating styles; former non-profit director for environmental organizations and a tobacco-control group.; founder and president of Club Veg: Vegetarian Education Group in the Southern Tier of NY (Binghamton & Ithaca)

LARA HEIMANN, MS, PT, RYT (NJ)

Lara Heimann

Registered Yoga Teacher, with over 15 years of yoga teaching experience; her teaching style, YogaStream, is a fun-filled sweatfest that combines precise alignment with playful and creative sequencing to elevate the heart rate and calm the mind; she fosters her growing community through her studio classes, workshops in the tri-state area, international retreats, and teacher training at her school; she is registered physical therapist, certified natural foods chef and a holistic health coach

ALEX HERSHAFT (DC)

Alex Hershaft

Founded FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement) which has become a major force in the national shift toward a plant-based diet; launched World Farm Animals Day; the Great American Meatout in 1985,and the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame; FARM also sponsors Letters From FARM, Pay-Per-View, Sabina Fund (that awards small grants to vegetarian groups in developing countries), and other programs; FARM’s national animal rights conferences turned hundreds of concerned Americans into animal rights activists

JULIEANNA HEVER, MS, RD, CPT (CA)

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT

aka “The Plant-Based Dietitian”, is a passionate advocate of the miracles associated with following a whole food, plant-based diet; author of the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition; co-author, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine; counsels a variety of clients in her private practice; recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show and Reluctantly Healthy, in numerous radio shows, and has lectured extensively internationally; co-producer and star of the “infotainment” documentary To Your Health; Executive Director of EarthSave, International

CHRIS HIRSCHLER, Ph.D., MCHES (NJ)

Chris Hirschler

Assistant Professor of Health Studies and Faculty Director, Study Abroad at Monmouth University; author of “What Pushed Me Over the Edge was a Deer Hunter”: Being vegan in North America (Society and Animals, 2011); a United Nations-Department of Public Information-Non-Governmental Organization representative for the Institute of Global Understanding-Monmouth University; blogger for One Green Planet; published articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and Z-Life; creator of numerous videos that can be found on YouTube

MELANIE JOY, PhD, EdM (MA)

Melanie Joy

author of the newly released Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism and Strategic Action for Animals: A Handbook on Strategic Movement Building, Organizing, and Activism for Animal Liberation; Professor of Sociology and Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston; personal/relationship coach.

MICHAEL KLAPER, MD (CA)

Michael Klaper, MD

staff physician at the True North Health Center, a nutritionally-based medical clinic specializing in health improvement through therapeutic fasting and a whole-foods, plant-based diet; director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education & Research; a gifted teacher, clinician, and author of successful books and videos on cholesterol-free nutrition; contributed to the making of two PBS television programs, "Food for Thought," and the award-winning, "Diet for a New America;" hosted the popular medical information radio program, "Sounds of Healing," on WPFW in Washington, DC and KAOI 1110 AM in Maui, Hawaii for over ten years; graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 1972 and under took additional training in surgery, anesthesiology, orthopedics, and obstetrics at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco; Dr. Klaper believes strongly that proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health and, in many cases, make the difference between healing an illness or merely treating the symptoms

DAN LADERMANN (CA)

Dan Ladermann

Co-director of Living Light Culinary Institute president of the Institute for Vibrant Living, which produces educational events worldwide that promote health and well-being; certified Hippocrates Health Educator; a graduate of Anthony Robbins' Mastery University.

JAMES LAVECK, (NY)

James Laveck

co-founder of Tribe of Heart, a non-profit organization that creates award-winning, life-changing films about the journey of awakening conscience; producer of The Witness, an animal advocacy film classic, and the newly released Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, currently on the film festival circuit and winning numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Canada International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale; co-creator of HumaneMyth.org, a web resource encouraging truth, transparency and integrity in animal advocacy; public speaker on issues of critical thinking, social justice, and the essential role of grassroots activism and independent media in maintaining a healthy democracy

VANCE LEHMKUHL (PA)

Vance Lehmkuhl

vegan columnist ("V for Veg") for the Philadelphia Daily News; cartoonist, speaker, piano-player and all-around entertainer; founding member of vegetarian pop band Green Beings; creator of "Edgy Veggies" cartoon for VegNews; author, Joy of Soy (collection of his vegetarian cartoons); illustrator (created NAVS "Food/Friend" T-shirt) and feature writer for Vegetarian Voice

BOB LEROY, RD, MS, EDM (NY/NC)

Bob Leroy NAVS Nutrition Advisor since 1990; vegan since 1976; public health nutritionist & researcher; fitness instructor; long-time activist promoting local food & economic self-reliance measures; advocate for personal & agricultural carbon-footprint reduction

ISABEL MARMOLEJO, MAT (NJ)

Isabel Marmolejo certified Zumba Fitness instructor, Gold’s Gym instructor, creator of instructional dance videos (YouTube, Isamara2); Masters of Arts in Teaching, certified Spanish K-12 (Monmouth University); Bachelor of Hotel and Tourism (Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral; Guayaquil, Ecuador, vegetarian since birth, vegan for over 3 years

PARAS MEHTA, MD (NC)

Paras Mehta

Physician, acupuncturist, musician, presenter, meditator; graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, he believes plant-based nutrition is the foundation for vibrant health; his special interests include food as medicine, pain management and nutrition, the energetics of food and cultural variations in food consumption and their influence on human health; he uniquely blends a knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine, ayurvedic and allopathic approaches to guide audience members and patients alike toward a course of greater health

MILTON MILLS, MD (VA)

Milton Mills, MD associate director of preventive medicine with Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM); co-author of PCRM's report on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines

DAWN MONCRIEF, MS (DC)

Dawn Moncrief executive director of the new organization A Well-Fed World, and partner organization FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement); has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1994 and on food/animal issues since 2001; holds Masters degrees in International Relations specializing in economic development, and the other specializing in women-in-development; her focus is on the detrimental effects of animal agriculture on world hunger, especially women in low-income countries; she works with groups and individuals to reduce global meat consumption as part of efforts to reduce global warming, protect the environment, and improve public health

VICTORIA MORAN (NY)

Victoria Moran

motivational speaker, certified life coach, certified holistic health counselor (HHC, AADA); author of ten books including the vegan weight loss classic, The Love-Powered Diet, the best-selling Creating Charmed Life, and the Oprah-featured Lit from Within and Shelter for the Spirit. vegetarian since age 18, and mother of lifelong vegan actress Adair Moran

JILL NUSSINOW, MS, RD (CA)

Jill Nussinow, MS, RD

Nutrition specialist and culinary educator, teaching at the McDougall Program and cooking schools throughout the US and beyond; freelance writer, speaker and consultant who has been teaching vegetarian and vegetables cooking for 20 years; author of 2 award-winning cookbooks The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes and The Veggie Queen™: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment; producer, Pressure Cooking: A Fresh Look, Delicious Dishes in Minutes DVD

MYRIAM PARHAM, RD, CDE, CLC (FL)

Myriam Parham, RD

clinical dietitian & certified diabetes educator at the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills; certified lactation consultant; mother of a vegan child

COLLEEN PATRICK-GOUDREAU (CA)

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

inspiring public speaker on the spiritual, social, and practical aspects of a vegan lifestyle; author, The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan's Daily Companion, andThe 30-Day Vegan Challenge, host and producer of the award-winning podcast Vegetarian Food for Thought, columnist for VegNews Magazine, and is a contributor to National Public Radio and The Christian Science Monitor

DORON PETERSAN (DC)

Doron Petersan

founder Sticky Fingers bakery; vegan baker extraordinaire; author of Sticky Fingers’ Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes; winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars All-Stars; hold a degree in dietetics from the University of Maryland; competitive cyclist, member of “Team Sticky Fingers”

KRISTIN STAR PICUN (NJ)

Kristin Picun

long-time Vegetarian/Vegan and Animal Rights Activist, as well as a singer, writer, college radio show host, and aspiring actor, who hopes to make great strides for Animal Rights and Veganism, through a career in the spotlight; she, recently started the North Jersey Animal Rights Coalition

JOHN PIERRE (IL)

John Pierre

Personal trainer for Ellen DeGeneres; vegan nutrition and fitness consultant who lectures throughout the US sharing the principles of compassionate living to people of all ages; best known for his innovative work helping older adults enhance cognitive functioning, and his fun, yet effective approach to functional fitness

KATHY POLLARD, MCN Candidate (PA)

Kathy Pollard

Instructor for eCornell's T. Colin Campbel Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Course and owner of the Wellness Forum in State College, teaching people how and why to achieve and maintain optimal health through a plant-based diet and lifestyle for health; certified in plant-based nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Foundation

STEPHANIE REDCROSS (CA)

Stephanie Redcross

founder and managing director of Vegan Mainstream (VM) – a marketing company that strives to bring vegan and veg companies and their services into the mainstream; Vegan Mainstream is now a destination for vegan businesses and brands in need of increased product exposure in multiple markets; she has over a decade of experience in marketing – from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, where she actively developed new markets through grassroots efforts paired with cutting-edge technologies; she has made it her life's mission to help likeminded entrepreneurs and small to mid-sized companies reach and exceed their goals and also hopes to encourage all businesses to consider both the marketing viability and ethical importance of shifting to veg-friendly products and services

ALLISON RIVERS SAMSON (CA)

Allison Rivers Samson

Since 1997, she has been pleasing palates with her award-winning vegan bakery, confectionary & chocolaterie, Allison’s Gourmet; in 2006 she began sharing her savory creations in her award-winning recipe column, Veganize It in VegNews magazine; completed her chef training at The School of Natural Cookery in Boulder Colorado; she lives with her family in Northern California where she continues to create magic in the kitchen


KERRIE SAUNDERS, MS, LLP, PhD (MI)

Kerrie Saunders

nationally known presenter, consultant and author with work featured on television, radio, and in numerous newspapers, magazines, and e-zines; "Dear Dr. Kerrie" column has been featured in VegNews magazine; served as a Global Diabetes Moderator for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; author, The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention; Certified FLT Health Care Provider; Food Science & Health Instructor; guest chef with Henry Ford Hospital Health Systems; food demonstrator for The Cancer Project™ and Food For Life™; currently working with the Michigan Firefighter Challenge; private Functional Food Consultations in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and remotely nationwide

ROBERTA SCHIFF, MS (NY)

Roberta Schiff

vice president, Mid-Hudson Veg Society; health educator; nutrition counselor

RAE SIKORA (FL)

Rae Sikora

has been a full-time spokesperson for other species for over 30 year; is co-founder of Plant Peace Daily, Vegfund and the Institute for Humane Education; she leads compassionate living and ethical consumerism programs for diverse audiences ranging from schools and prisons to businesses and universities

CHERIE SORIA (CA)

Cherie Soria

founder and director of Living Light Culinary Institute, which is renowned for its professional curriculum, experienced staff, supportive atmosphere, and the remarkable success stories of its graduates who hail from more than 50 countries and six continents around the world; has been teaching gourmet raw vegan cuisine since 1998, and vegetarian culinary arts for more than 40 years; author of several books including the classic Angel Foods: Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies, and Raw Food Revolution Diet: Feast, Lose Weight, Gain Energy, Feel Younger; has earned the respectful title of “Mother of Gourmet Raw Vegan Cuisine;” her goal has always been to spread the benefits of gourmet raw vegan cuisine around the globe by training teachers and chefs to inspire others

JENNY STEIN (NY)

Jenny Stein

co-founder of Tribe of Heart, a non-profit organization that creates award-winning, life-changing films about the journey of awakening conscience; director of The Witness, an animal advocacy film classic, and the newly released Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, currently on the film festival circuit and winning numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Canada International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale; graduate of the UCLA film program whose work has been recognized by the International Documentary Association, CineWomen New York and the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival; co-creator of HumaneMyth.org, a web resource encouraging truth, transparency and integrity in animal advocacy

KATHY STEVENS (NY)

Kathy Stevens

Founder and Director of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, one of the nation’s leading sanctuaries for horses and farmed animals, located in New York’s Hudson Valley; she is passionate but patient advocate of the vegan lifestyle; she presents her message of “kindness to all” through her Huffington Post blog; author of Where the Blind Horse Sings and Animal Camp

WILL TUTTLE, PhD (CA)

Will Tuttle

a 31-year vegan and author of the best-selling book, The World Peace Diet, he has also taught college courses in mythology, philosophy, comparative religion and creativity; award-winning writer, pianist and composer who performs widely throughout North America and Europe; his PhD dissertation in education from the University of California, Berkeley focused on educating adults about intuition and altruism; a Dharma Master in the Zen tradition, he has done intensive training in Korea and has practiced meditation for over 30 years; he is devoted to promoting world peace through spiritual education and uplifting original piano music

ROBERT C. VICTOR (CA)

Robert Victor

former Staff Astronomer at Abrams Planetariam, Michigan State Univ, where he held that position for over 30 years; since his retirement, he continues to design and produce the monthly Sky Calendar for Abrams Planetarium; in recent years, his peers named him Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association, and Fellow of the International Planetarium Society, in recognition of his longtime service to astronomy education

DON WAGNER, DO (AZ)

Don Wagner, DO

board certified Emergency Physician and Family Practitioner who dedicates his practice to reversing and preventing chronic diseases through whole food plant based diet and lifestyle; host of the daily medical talk radio show, The Dr. Don Show, on AM 1230 KAAA and 1490 KZZZ in the Arizona, Nevada and California tri-state area; his show bridges the gap between conventional medicine and lifestyle approaches to medical treatment

Regrettably Don Wagner has had to cancel his appearance.

CHRISTINE WALTERMYER (NJ)

Christine Waltermeyer

Founder and director of The Natural Kitchen Cooking School; chef and teacher, specializing in macrobiotic, vegan and raw foods cuisines; author, Natural Vegan Kitchen; her personal chef clients have included well-known celebrities; Christine has taught Food for Life cooking classes for The Cancer Project; she has also co-taught with legendary natural foods leader, Michio Kushi; she is a graduate of Millersville University, the Kushi Institute, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals; certified wellness coach specializing in gluten free diets for children with special needs

MICHAEL WEBER (DC)

Michael Weber

Program Director of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), a national nonprofit group working to end the use of animals for food through grassroots activism and public education; directs FARM’s campaigns- Meatout, World Farm Animals Day, Vegan Earth Day, Gentle Thanksgiving; helps coordinate vegan activism events across the United States and abroad; produces literature and TV ads exposing animal agribusiness; develops improved strategies for the farmed animal movement; gives presentations to high school and college students that draw parallels between their companion animals and farmed animals