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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


Carol Adams

author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, now in a 20th anniversary edition from Bloomsbury; she is also the author of books on living as a vegan including Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Vegan Diet, and Living Among Meat Eaters; she has edited several collections of feminist writings about animals, the most recent is Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth, (with Lori Gruen); she pioneered work discussing and addressing domestic violence and harm to animals

Chef AJ (CA)

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



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


Jonathatn 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 Exultant Ark, A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure; 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 (the penguins are still waiting for him to visit Antarctica); Department Chair for Animal Studies and online course instructor for Humane Society University



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


Neal Barnard

is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and as president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, he leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research; Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes funded by the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Barnard has authored dozens of scientific publications as well as 15 books; He has hosted three PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research


Carol Barnett

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



Ted Batnett

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



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


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


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



Ethical vegan, wellness educator, musician, instructor and long-time practitioner of meditation and yoga techniques; now a seasoned teacher, having left a successful engineering career to teach yoga, nonviolence, and help people meet their wellness goals; known for his innovative – uplifting and inspiring full-house classes; he works internationally to help people and animals in need; has helped to found several thriving vegan events and currently serves on the board of Maple Farm Animal Sanctuary


 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


Sherry Colb

Professor of Law and Charles Evans Hughes Scholar at Cornell University, where she teachescourses in animal rights, criminal-related constitutional law, and evidence law; author, Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger?; 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


Marty Davey

Registered dietitian and alter-ego of international video star, LaDiva Dietitian; teaches nutrition for Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan Lifecoach program and has done research with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; specializes in children and the over 50 crowd; her DVDs include Why Do I have Stubborn Belly Fat when I do a Million Crunches a Day? and FAB Fruit Festival for Kids; LaDiva’s YouTube channel shows over 100 healthy video recipes


Brenda Davis, RD

Registered dietitian, is co-author of 9 books including, Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition, Becoming Raw, The New Becoming Vegetarian, The Raw Food Revolution Diet and Defeating Diabetes; she is the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention project in Majuro, Marshall Islands, and the 2007 inductee into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame


Karen Davis

President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl; maintains a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia.; author, Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry; More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality; Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless “Poultry” Potpourri; A Home for Henny; and The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities


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)


Stephen Esser physician, author and motivational speaker specializing in sports medicine and lifestyle modification; he is dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve their best health and maximize fitness, fun and function; he completed a Bachelor of Science at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Medical School at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and is presently completing a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL; prior to his career in medicine he was a competitive tennis player, achieving a ranking of #1 in the US in Men’s Open Doubles (2002)


Tiffany Esser Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist; co-creator and fitness model of A-B-E (Activity Bursts Everywhere) for Fitness; has previously served as the National Fitness Expert of RediClinic’s WeighForward weight management program in Houston, Texas; she founded Restore Training, an elite personal training and group fitness company; she is a contributing author for national magazines and a sought after fitness speaker around the country


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.


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 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 Author, lawyer, educator and grass-roots advocate connecting vegetarianism with ecology, climate and animal rights; co-facilitates Chester County, Pennsylvania’s annual Vegan Festival as Vice President of Compassion for Animals, Respect for the Environment (CARE of the Delaware Valley); penned the “Vegetarian” entry for The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice; Master of Law (LL.M.) candidate (Environment & Climate Law - 2014), Vermont Law School


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)


Lara Heiman 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


Julieanna Hever also known as The Plant-Based Dietitian has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 2005, specializing in weight management, disease prevention and management, and sports nutrition; host of the talk show series What Would Julieanna Do? on Veria Living Network; author of the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking; nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine; she is a Special Consultant for the best-selling documentary, Forks Over Knives; recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Steve Harvey Show, The Marie Osmond Show, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Reluctantly Healthy, and E! News, co-stars on The Chef and The Dietitian; co-producer and star of the “infotainment” documentary To Your Health; she interviewed a host of the plant-based world’s most respected doctors and researchers to bring this important information to film and television audiences; has served as the Executive Director of EarthSave, International


Christopher Hirschler

Assistant Professor of Health Studies and Faculty Director of Study Abroad at Monmouth University, Master Certified Health Education Specialist, highly rated professor with more than 6,000 hours of classroom engagement, author of “What pushed me over the edge was a deer hunter”: Being vegan in North America (Society and Animals, 2011), 14-year vegan, video producer , blogger (One Green Planet), and athlete


Howard Jacobson

contributing author to WHOLE: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD; health educator, marketing consultant; ecological gardener; founded as a resource for crazy busy parents trying to raise fit and healthy children; speaks, coaches and consults on marketing for small and green businesses, health and fitness for individuals and families, and permaculture and planetary sustainability; earned his Masters of Public Health and Doctor of Health Studies from Temple University


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 NAVS Nutrition Advisor since 1990; vegan since 1976; public health nutritionist & researcher; 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


Howard Lyman executive director, Voice for a Viable Future; nationally renowned
speaker; author Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth From the Cattle Rancher Who
Won’t Eat Meat and No More Bull! The Mad Cowboy Targets America’s
Worst Enemy: Our Diets; he is the subject of the feature documentary
Mad Cowboy, an expose' of modern agriculture


Isabel Marmolejo certified Zumba Fitness instructor, Gold’s Gym instructor, creator of instructional dance videos (YouTube, Isamara2); adjunct professor of Spanish at Monmouth University; Masters of Arts in Teaching, certified Spanish K-12 (Monmouth University), Bachelor of Hotel and Tourism (Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador); vegetarian since birth, 6-year vegan


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



Founder of the Montgomery Heart & Wellness, a cardiology practice and wellness center in Houston that offers a comprehensive approach to help people transform from conditions of sickness to wellness and eventually optimal health; board-certified cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist, he has treated thousands of patients with severe cardiovascular diseases for over a decade; developed a food prescription program that enables individuals to reverse chronic conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes without medications or surgeries; he has refined this process over the past 10 years with profound positive results in severely ill patients; he is the founder and president of the Houston Cardiac Association (HCA) and the HCA Wellness Center, which guides clients and patients toward optimal health through nutritional excellence


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


Lani Muelrath

Plant-Based Fitness Expert, specializing in helping people who struggle with health, weight and energy levels to transform their bodies - and their lives - without going hungry or grueling, excessive exercise; best-selling author of Fit Quickies: 5 Minute Targeted Body Shaping Workouts and The Plant-Based Blueprint; presenter and celebrity coach for the 21-Day PCRM Vegan Kickstart and VegRun Programs; fitness adviser for the Dr. John McDougall Health and Medical Center discussion boards; regular presenter for the Complete Health Improvement Project (CHIP); she is an associate professor in kinesiology at Butte College; holds a Master's degree and several teaching credentials in Physical Education, and holds multiple fitness certifications including fitness Instructor from the American Council on Exercise, Yoga, and Pilates-based instruction from the PhysicalMind Institute, and over 30 years of experience as health educator and coach; certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University and holds a Fitness Nutrition Specialist Advanced Credential from the National Academy of Sports Medicine; created and starred in her own CBS TV show, "Lani's All-Heart Aerobics"


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

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!


Mark Rifkin

Registered Dietitian in private practice, who focuses on whole-food, plant-based diets to prevent and treat chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and depression; MS in Health Education and has been conducting presentations on food-related topics since 1997; using good foods and great flavors, he also specializes in helping vegetarians and vegans optimize their eating habits; vegan since 1986


Kerrie Saunders

internationally known presenter, consultant and bestselling author in the area of diet as disease prevention; her work has been featured all over the world, in print, radio and television, including her “Dear Dr. Kerrie" VegNews column, and “DrFood's Nutrition Intermission” on the radio; she is a certified FLT Health Care Provider, former Global Diabetes Moderator for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, coordinator of the Michigan Firefighter Challenge, and a popular guest chef for several hospitals/health systems; her book, The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention is now a Publishers BestSeller; co-stars with celebrity fitness trainer John Pierre, in the exciting new “When Bachelor Meets Homemaker” food demo DVD series – for super simple- super nutrition!


Robeta Schill

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


Miyoko Schinner

vegan chef, television cooking show host, author of Artisan Vegan Cheese; has been promoting delicious, decadent, and healthful plant-based foods for the past thirty years; co-host of Vegan Mashup, a new cooking show on public television, and stars in her own whimsical online show, Miyoko’s Kitchen; cooking instructor for the McDougall Program, and at festivals and events around the country; former restaurateur (Now and Zen, San Francisco) and food developer and has had her vegan products distributed nationwide as well as on United Airlines


Rae Sikora

been a full-time spokesperson for other species and the environment for over 35 years; is 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


Jo Stepaniak

has been involved with vegetarian and vegan-related issues for nearly five decades; author and coauthor of seventeen books on compassionate living and vegan cuisine and a contributing author to many other books and national publications; editorial director for Book Publishing Company; community and victim-offender mediator and international business dispute-resolution specialist


Michael Stepaniak

is a program coordinator for the Pennsylvania Resources Council, one of the state's oldest grassroots environmental organizations; administrator of the Southwestern PA Household Hazardous Waste Task Force, which has collected and responsibly disposed of nearly two and a half million pounds of toxic materials and minimizes their generation through education


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


Wes Youngberg

practicing clinical nutritionist and lifestyle medicine specialist with over 20 years of experience using integrative therapies for diabetes control, depression recovery, cardiovascular disease reversal, optimizing digestive health and effective management of many chronic health conditions; trained at Loma LindaUniversity where he earned a doctorate in clinical preventive careand a master’s degree in nutrition; he is on the clinicalfaculty ofLoma Linda Universityand serves as assistant clinical professor for both the Department of Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine and the Department of Health Promotion at the School of Public Health; he is a board certified Nutrition Specialist and is a founding director and fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; spent 14 years on the island of Guam, researching the diabetes epidemic on the Micronesian islands of the Western Pacific region and directing the Wellness Center at the Guam Seventh-day Adventist Clinic; previous medical nutritionist and Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and Wellness Center for Rancho Family Medical Group in Temecula; co-host of the Hope Channel’s “Naturally Gourmet” and has produced various DVD video series, including: “Transforming Sickness into Health” and “Controlling Cravings with Contentment”; author of several books including, The Path to Health & Healing, and most recently, Goodbye Diabetes – Preventing and Reversing Diabetes the Natural Way