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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.



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 20 years; mother of two teens vegan since birth

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Chef AJ

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; creator and co-producer of Healthy Taste of LA; runs the 30 Day UNPROCESSED challenge lifestyle program with John Pierre; chefs for many TV shows and celebrities; she has followed a plant-based diet for over 36 years


Will Anderson

founder, Greenpeace Alaska in 1978, and continued his long career in the environmental and animal welfare/rights professions for Earth Island Institute, Maine Animal Coalition, Progressive Animal Welfare Society, Animal Welfare Institute, Earth Justice, and now Green Vegans; author, This is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology - How We Find Our Way to a Humane and Environmentally Sane Future; his wildlife, ecosystems, and animal welfare and rights advocacy has protected many individuals from other species—wild and domestic—and their ecosystems; lobbied for and won a preemptive ban on greyhound racing in Washington State and successfully petitioned for state protection of southern resident Orca whales; has experience in a wide variety of subject matter that includes marine mammals, offshore oil and gas impacts in Alaska, the Alaska aerial wolf hunt, the Omak Suicide Race (horses), Pribilof fur sealing, livestock auctions, the moral and ecological unsustainability of animal agriculture, tribal subsistence and take issues, industrial impacts on Mexican gray whale calving lagoons, the environmental impacts of industrial food production and human ecology


Dina Aronson, MS, RD

internationally-recognized nutritionist specializing in wellness-related technology and healthy living; serves on several boards and committees dedicated to educate people on healthy living and is passionate about empowering people to optimize their health by using creative and customized solutions; president of Welltech Solutions, a health and wellness consulting company, with an emphasis on Welltech Bistro, a unique web-based interactive nutrition application for restaurants; provides lectures and workshops on health and wellness, writing articles, and consulting to both individuals and organizations; co-author of three nutrition books; earned her undergraduate degree in Nutrition from Cornell University and holds a Masters in Nutrition from Tufts University



Juggling teacher; with 20 years experience in the field teaching ball/club/ring/scarf juggling, diabolo, poi, juggling stix and other skill-toys and cooperative games; boomerang, frisbee, kendama, rola-bola, footbag, etc.; co-founder of the Vegetarian Club of the Ozarks; 20 plus years advocating for animals and veganism; vegan for 26 years


Carol Barnett

Co-Coordinator, Rochester Area Vegan Society; provides the recipes, cooking and food sampling for a six-week course in Plant-Based Eating which has reached more than 300 people in the Rochester area; mother of three adult children who are lifelong vegans


Ted Barnett

Co-Coordinator, Rochester Area Vegan Society; Board-Certified Interventional and Diagnostic Radiologist; teaches a six-week course in Plant-Based Eating which is accredited for physicians by the University of Rochester, and which has reached more than 300 people in the Rochester area; father of three adult children who are lifelong vegans



Patti Breitman

Co-author of Never Too Late to Go Vegan; 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; has been teaching vegan cooking classes for 15 years         

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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


 T Colin Campbell

Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutrition Biochemistry at Cornell University; project director, China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project, the most comprehensive study of health & nutrition ever conducted; author The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss & Long-Term Health and WHOLE: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition


Mary Clifton, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Michigan State University’s medical school, and private solo internal medicine specialist with 18 years of experience; co-author with her daughter, Chelsea Klemens, (an OB/GYN physician in Manhattan) of Waist Away: How to Joyfully Lose Weight and Supercharge Your Life; founder of the weight loss program Dr. Mary's Waisters; diagnosed with pre-diabetes and elevated cholesterol six years ago served as a wake up call which resulted in her researching the extensive pharmaceutical options, but opted to modify her diet instead and her blood sugar is back to normal and her cholesterol dropped by 70 points; she now shares her lifestyle and diet tips


Jeffrey Cohan

Executive Director of Jewish Vegetarians of North America; writer of The Beet-Eating Heeb, a blog on theology-based veganism; earned Masters of Public Management at Carnegie Mellon University, and BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkley; former director of community relations, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh; former print and broadcast journalist


Sherry Colb

Professor of Law and Charles Evans Hughes Scholar at Cornell University, where she teaches courses in animal rights, criminal-related constitutional law, and evidence law; author, Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger?; co-author (with Michael C. Dorf) of the forthcoming book, Beating Hearts: Animal Rights and Abortion; writes a bi-weekly column for lawyers, law students, and general audiences at, where her topics frequently address animal rights themes


Jim Corcoran

co-founded VegFund, Plant Peace Daily, Santa Fe Veg and VegMichigan; has a BS in Emergency Medicine; certification in the Living Foods Lifestyle; certified fitness instructor; is a former softball champion/all-star; has been leading life-altering programs on health and the environment for over a decade now; his talks empower people to make informed and lasting changes in their lives; currently a business development consultant for Thai Vegan restaurant, one of the top 10 vegan chains in the country


Fran Costigan

pastry chef, culinary instructor, author and long time vegan, is internationally renowned as the “Queen of Vegan Desserts;” the sumptuous, yet healthful desserts in her bestselling cookbook, More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally, satisfy vegans and omnivores alike, and her highly anticipated new book, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy Free Desserts; she is graduate of the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute and has worked as a pastry chef in both traditional and vegan kitchens, including New York City’s famed Angelica Kitchen, before moving into the teaching kitchen over 20 years ago; home cooks and professionals enjoy her lively classes, which include the unique Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®, and she presents demonstrations and workshops at events throughout North America and Europe; her work has been featured on television and radio, and in print and online publications


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



Founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Loma Linda, CA, where he is also Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University's School of Medicine; the clinical results of his pioneering efforts as a lifestyle interventionist with the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) have been published in more than 30 peer-reviewed medical journals; his program has shown more than 65,000 graduates how simple lifestyle changes can prevent, arrest, and facilitate the reversal of many of our largely lifestyle-related chronic diseases which consume more than 80% of our national health dollars; author, Health Power, (co-authored with Aileen Ludington) and the Optimal Diet Cookbook (with Darlene Blaney)


anne dinshah

Co-author (with H. Jay Dinshah) of the forthcoming book Powerful Vegan Messages; co-author of Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake: Kids!Teach Yourself to Cook; author of Dating Vegans; vice president of American Vegan Society; managing editor of American Vegan magazine; professional rowing coach; lifelong vegan, third generation vegetarian, and mom to vegan son Clint


Freya Dinshah

co-author of Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cook a great new book that inspires kids to make healthy snacks and meals; author of The Vegan Kitchen which in 1965 was the first U.S. cookbook to use the word vegan in the title and espouse the vegan philosophy; lecturer & teacher; lifetime vegetarian (53 years vegan); president of American Vegan Society and editor of American Vegan magazine; inducted to the Vegetarian Hall of Fame


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)


Gary Francione, JD Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law – Newark; Professor Francione has been teaching animal rights and the law for more than 29 years, and he was the first academic to teach animal rights theory in an American law school; he has lectured on the topic throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe; he is well known throughout the animal protection movement for his criticism of animal welfare law and the property status of nonhuman animals, and for his abolitionist theory of animal rights; author of numerous books and articles, including Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals, The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation? , Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation, Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?, Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement, Animals, Property, and the Law , and Vivisection and Dissection in the Classroom: A Guide to Conscientious Objection (with Anna E. Charlton); he and his partner and colleague, Adjunct Professor Anna E. Charlton, started and operated the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic/Center from 1990-2000, making Rutgers the first university in the United States to have animal rights law as part of the regular academic curriculum, and to award students academic credit not only for classroom work, but also for work on actual cases involving animal issues


Sharon Greenspan

author of Eating Your Way To Health Workbook, Wildly Successful Fermenting, Raw and Living Food Basics, and numerous other books; Board Certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner; Healing Touch Certified Practitioner; RYT200 yoga teacher and raw food chef; she is a sought-after speaker and her work spans 5 continents; teaches classes in the Living Foods lifestyle and maintains a private practice which specializes in dissolving sugar habits, ending emotional eating and weight-loss/health-gain; she has been vegetarian since 1982, vegan since 1991 and raw since 2005; she cleared a tumor, reversed her arthritis and lost 55 lbs by changing her lifestyle (all after age 40!)


Michael Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues and is a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; he has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial; he is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine; serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States; founder of where he posts new videos and articles on a daily basis


Lee Hall Lawyer and grass-roots advocate connecting vegetarianism with ecology and animal rights; President of Compassion for Animals, Respect for the Environment (CARE) and co-facilitates Pennsylvania’s annual Chester County Vegan Festival; penned the “Vegetarian” and “Environmental Racism” entries forThe Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice; Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environment & Climate Law and a member of the adjunct faculty at Widener University; her new book is On Their Own Terms: An Animal-Rights Handbook for Classrooms and Communities (2015)


Amie Hamlin Executive Director of New York Coalition for Healthy School Food; responsible for first vegetarian public (non-charter) school in the United States; co-author of Food UnEarthed: Uncovering the Truth About Food full-year curriculum for 4th and 5th graders; wrote NYS Legislative Resolution that passed unanimously in the NYS Legislature in 2004, which requested vegan entrees each day and nutrition education that includes information on multi-cultural and vegan eating styles; founder and president of Club Veg: Vegetarian Education Group in the Southern Tier of NY (Binghamton & Ithaca)


Julieanna Hever Registered Dietitian who has been in private practice in Los Angeles specializing in weight management, disease prevention and management, and sports nutrition; host of the wellness talk show series What Would Julieanna Do? on Z Living Network; author of the new book, The Vegiterranean Diet, and the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition; co-authored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking and is a recipe contributor to both New York Time Best-Selling Forks Over Knives books; featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Reluctantly Healthy, and E! News, co-stars on The Chef and The Dietitian, on numerous radio shows, and lectures extensively throughout the United States and beyond; she received her Bachelors degree from UCLA and Masters of Science in Nutrition at California State University, Northridge, where she also completed her Dietetic Internship; she has taught as part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Program; worked as a clinical dietitian at Century City Doctors Hospital, and consults for numerous organizations


Christopher Hirschler

Assistant Professor of Health Studies and Faculty Director of Study Abroad at Monmouth University; Master Certified Health Education Specialist; author of “What pushed me over the edge was a deer hunter”: Being vegan in North America (Society and Animals, 2011); 15-year vegan; producer of videos that appear on YouTube; and athlete


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, 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

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

Founder & Coordinator, Plant-based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) national conference; NAVS Nutrition Advisor since 1990; vegan since 1976; public health nutritionist & educator; fitness instructor; developer of nonprofit initiatives for continuing education of health professionals in plant-based nutrition; long-time activist promoting local food & economic self-reliance measures; advocate for personal & agricultural carbon-footprint reduction


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 Founding Director of A Well-Fed World, aWashington DC-based hunger relief and animal protection organization that partners with and financially strengthens vegan feeding and farming programs for people in need... farm animal care and rescue efforts... and pro-veg outreach campaigns; she holds two master’s degrees from The George Washington University: one in international relations, the other in women studies—both with a focus on economic development; her work highlights the ways in which animal agriculture in the U.S. and internationally exacerbate global hunger and global warming; she also draws attention to the ethical and environmental dangers in “gifting” animals for food in poor countries and "humane" meat marketing


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


Christy Morgan

known as The Blissful (& Fit) Chef, has been tantalizing taste buds for years as a vegan chef, cooking instructor, food writer, and cookbook author; her mission is to show that a whole foods vegan diet can be delicious, easy and will bring more energy and bliss into your life; she offers cooking instruction and food coaching through her online wellness programWellness Reboot; she is author of Blissful Bites: Plant-based Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet and is Editor-In-Chief of new online magazine for plant-powered women,DefinitionMagazine; she is a certified personal trainer spreading the message that you can be strong (and sexy!) with a plant-based diet


Ana Negron

Board certified in Family Medicine; specializes in using food for the treatment and prevention of obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, arthritis, acid reflux, erectile dysfunction, acne, asthma, and cancers; regularly cooking with patients is a unique and integral part of her plan; she helps people transition to a plant-based diet to lower the inflammation that is at the root of their illness, thereby reducing medications; educates young family physicians and medical groups about the role of food in medicine, and offers regular seminars in the community; recipient of the 2014 Champions of the Community Award from the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and the 2012 Community Betterment Award from the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce; member of the American Academy of Family Practice, the Society of Graduated Physicians from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and a senior faculty member at the Crozer Family Practice Residency in Springfield, Pennsylvania   


Jill Nussinow

Nutrition specialist, culinary educator and Registered Dietitian teaching at the McDougall Program and cooking schools throughout the US and beyond; freelance writer, speaker and consultant who has been teaching vegetarian, vegan and vegetable cooking for more than 25 years; author of 3 award-winning cookbooks Nutrition CHAMPS: The Veggie Queen’s Guide to Eating and Cooking for Optimum Health, Happiness, Energy and Vitality, 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 and starring in Creative Low-Fat Vegan Cuisine DVD


Myriam Parham

Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills; Certified Lactation Consultant; mother of a vegan child. President and co-founder of Florida Voices for Animals, a nonprofit  organization dedicated to educating people about animal rights and healthy, sustainable plant-based diets


John Pierre

Personal trainer to top celebrities and Fortune 500 CEOs, and his client list has included Ellen DeGeneres and Emily Deschanel; 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; author of The Pilars of Health



instructor in plant-based nutrition for the renowned T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, through eCornell; she is passionate about educating others about achieving optimal health through whole, plant foods, and will be unveiling her newest educational project at Summerfest!


Kerrie Saunders

is an internationally known presenter and consultant, with work featured on television and radio, and in several books and magazines; she has served as a Global Diabetes Moderator & Food Demonstrator through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and lectures frequently for hospitals and universities; she is a Master’s Level psychologist and serves as Director of Education for RJL Sciences; her book, The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention, is a Publisher’s Bestseller, and her food demo dvd series, When Bachelor Meets Homemaker, co-stars Celebrity Fitness Trainer, John Pierre


Robeta Schill

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


heather shenkman

is an interventional cardiologist in practice in the Los Angeles area; while she performs complex angioplasties to open up clogged coronary arteries, she prefers to help her patients reduce their risk of heart disease through not only medication, but also a healthy lifestyle, including a plant-based diet and regular exercise; shehas followed a plant-based diet for nearly ten years and is an avid athlete, competing in triathlons of all distances, marathons, and ultra cycling events


Rae Sikora

A full-time spokesperson for other species and the environment for over 35 years; co-founder of Plant Peace Daily, Vegfund and the Institute for Humane Education; she leads compassionate living and ethical consumerism programs internationally for diverse audiences ranging from schools and prisons to businesses and universities


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, a web resource encouraging truth, transparency and integrity in animal advocacy


Kathy Stevens

founder and director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS), one of the country's leading havens for farmed animals and a center for raising awareness of their of their plight and the imperative of a plant-based diet; she is the author of two critically and popularly-acclaimed books about the work of CAS, Where the Blind Horse Sings and Animal Camp, a regular blogger on veganism and farmed animal issues for the Huffington Post, and a frequent contributor to books, articles, and blogs on farm animals, vegan living, and related issues; she and the groundbreaking work of CAS have been featured in numerous national media, from Good Morning America to The New York Times


Caroline Trapp

Diabetes nurse practitioner with Premier Internists in Southfield, MI, and director of diabetes education and care, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C.; certified diabetes educator and adult primary care NP specializing in the care of people with diabetes; adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan; recipient of Oakland University’s 2012 Nightingale Award for Education and Research; Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners; member of the Plant-based Prevention of Disease (P-POD) Board of Directors; has lectured across the U.S. and internationally on plant-based nutrition and reduced reliance on medications for diabetes; her ongoing special interest is in the role of diet in the growing diabetes epidemic among Native Americans; executive producer of the AADE “favorably-reviewed” documentary “The Power to Heal Diabetes: Food for Life in Indian Country;” she is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) candidate at Madonna University


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