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SPEAKERS BUREAU 

Featuring Great Vegan Speakers across America.
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AVS honors the following speakers for their ability to deliver a great vegan speech and their expertise on a specific topic. The knowledge, actions, and opinions expressed by the speakers represent individual views, not necessarily those of American Vegan Society.

MARIBETH ABRAMS (CT)

MARIBETH ABRAMS (CT)

Nutrition & Philosophy

Sample Talks: Eat Better, Feel Better, Live Better: Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet; Eating for Cancer Survival; Eating for Bone Vitality and Osteoporosis Prevention; Raising Vegan Children; Eating in Alignment with Our Values; screenings and discussions on documentaries.

More about Maribeth

Maribeth Abrams is a certified holistic health practitioner, author of two cookbooks, The 4-Ingredient Vegan and Tofu 1-2-3, and mother of two college students who have been vegan since birth. Known for her lively and approachable demeanor, her presentations offer a blend of motivation and education. MaribethAbrams.com

Contact:  MaribethAbrams.com

REBECCA ASLAM, MS, RD, LDN (MA)

REBECCA ASLAM, MS, RD, LDN (MA)

Nutrition

Sample Talks: Plant-Based Nutrition Basics; Plant-Based Diets for the Treatment of Chronic Diseases Such as Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular, etc.; Transitioning to a Vegan Diet; Be Healthy and Happy on a Vegan Diet

More about Rebecca

Rebecca Aslam is a registered dietitian working to educate both patients and employees at a teaching hospital in MA. She is a nutrition advisor to the American Vegan Society, a lifelong vegan, and fourth-generation vegetarian. She loves experimenting with vegan cooking and enjoys working with individuals or speaking to groups of all sizes.

Contact: 617.308.7488 rebecca.aslam@gmail.com

JONATHAN BALCOMBE, PhD (ON Canada)

JONATHAN BALCOMBE, PhD (ON Canada)

Animal Behavior

Sample Talks: What a Fish Knows; The Inner Lives of Animals; The Inner Lives of Birds; Bats: Myth and Reality

More about Jonathan

Jonathan Balcombe, PhD, is a biologist with expertise in animal behavior. He has written several books on the inner lives of animals, including the New York Times bestseller What a Fish Knows. Jonathan also performs professional editing and consultations with established and aspiring authors. He teaches an online course in Animal Sentience for the Viridis Graduate Institute and serves as an associate editor for the journal Animal Sentience. Balcombe lectures widely, having appeared on six continents (the penguins eagerly await him in Antarctica).

Contact: 613-243-4143, jonathan@jonathanbalcombe.com

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TED BARNETT, MD (NY)

TED BARNETT, MD (NY)

Health

Sample Talks: The History of Dietary Recommendations and Multiple Diseases Including Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Cancer, etc.

More about Ted

Ted Barnett, MD is board certified in diagnostic imaging as well as vascular and interventional radiology and has practiced in the Rochester area since 1986. Dr. Barnett teaches a six-week plant-based nutrition course which is accredited for twelve professional CME. He is the founder, CEO, and medical director of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine, PLLC, a medical group created to teach plant-based nutrition to thousands of people in the Rochester area and to turn back the tide of obesity and chronic disease. He, his wife, and three children have thrived on an exclusively plant-based diet since 1991. He has been the co-coordinator of Rochester Area Vegan Society since 1995. RochesterVeg.org

Contact: drveggie@gmail.com

STEVE BLAKE, SCD (HI)

STEVE BLAKE, SCD (HI)

Nutrition & Health

Sample Talks: A Nutritional Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease; Arthritis, a Natural Approach; How to Overcome Diabetes; Defensive Medicine; Comparing the Nutrition in Popular Diets; Healthy Hearts: How Not to Get a Heart Attack

More about Steve

Steve Blake lectures widely about the role of nutrition in health. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and has a doctorate in nutritional biochemistry. Dr. Blake is nutritional biochemist for Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience, where he has authored a clinical trial for Alzheimer’s disease. He is the author of the college textbook Vitamins and Minerals Demystified and the dietary analysis software, the Diet Doctor. Dr. Blake is the Maui director for the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. drsteveblake.com

Contact: 808-280-6865, steve@drsteveblake.com

HAROLD BROWN (NY)

HAROLD BROWN (NY)

Agribusiness

Sample Talks: Exposing the Humane Myth; Living a Morally Consistent Life; Activism: Communicating Effectively for the Planet, the Animals, and Us; Food Justice?; All You Need Is Love; Trusting Our Hearts and Living with Joy

More about Harold

Harold Brown is in the documentary Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home and spent half of his life in agriculture. Growing up on a beef farm in Michigan and later working in the dairy industry, Harold has been involved in the behind-the-scenes operations of food production that uses animals. Today Harold is an activist advocating for sustainable food production, social and environmental justice, animal liberation, and peace through nonviolence.

Contact: 607-425-2524 farmkind@empireaccess.net

GENESIS BUTLER (CA)

GENESIS BUTLER (CA)

Inspiring Youth

Sample Talks: Compassion Begins on Our Plates; Living a Compassionate Lifestyle at Any Age; You are Never Too Young or Too Old to Be an Animal Rights Activist; Healing the Planet One Meal at a Time.

More about Genesis

Genesis Butler went vegan at six years old after learning her meals were a product of animal exploitation. She founded her nonprofit organization, Genesis for Animals, which raises funds for sanctuaries around the world. Genesis has won several awards including the 2018 Lisa Shapiro Youth Animal Activist of the Year. She became the youngest TEDx speaker for her speech “A 10-Year-Old’s Vision for Healing the Planet.” She’s also been featured in several documentaries including The Invisible Vegan, Vegan: Everyday Stories, and Corky, and in Cesar Chavez Respect for All where she learns about the activism of her great uncle, Cesar Chavez.

Contact: genesisforanimals@yahoo.com

MARY R CLIFTON, MD (MN)

MARY R CLIFTON, MD (MN)

Health

Sample Talks: Antioxidants and Your Food; Bulletproof: Protecting Yourself from Chronic Disease with Diet; How to Lose Weight Joyfully and Supercharge Your Life

More about Mary

Mary R Clifton, MD practices internal medicine in Duluth. In 2011 she cured herself of prediabetes and lowered her cholesterol with simple diet changes. Since then she’s helped thousands of others get healthy and strong by changing their diet. Dr. Mary is coauthor of the bestselling book Waist Away and companion cookbook Get Waisted. She cofounded a healthy weight-loss program. getwaisted.com

Contact: 231-342-6132, drmary@drmarymd.com

SHERRY F. COLB (NY)

SHERRY F. COLB (NY)

Law and Animal Rights

Sample Talks: Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger? How to Respond to the Confrontational Questions People Ask Vegans; Do Vegans Experience Stereotype Threat?; Should Animal Rights Start With Dogs?

More about Sherry

Sherry Colb is a Professor of Law and Charles Evans Hughes Scholar at Cornell Law School. She received her A.B. from Columbia College (valedictorian) and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She publishes a bi-weekly column on Verdict.Justia.com which often takes up issues of veganism and animal rights. She is the author of Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger? And Other Questions People Ask Vegans and coauthor of Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights.

Contact: 607-323-1292, sfcolb@gmail.com

FRAN COSTIGAN (PA)

FRAN COSTIGAN (PA)

Desserts

Sample Talks: Creating Successful Vegan Cooking Classes for Everyone; Yes You Can Eat Healthfully and Eat Dessert Too; Setting up Your Vegan Pantry; The Basics and Beyond of Modern Vegan Desserts

More about Fran

Fran Costigan is a chef, cookbook author, and director of vegan baking and pastry at Rouxbe online cooking school. Fran is internationally renowned as the authority on vegan desserts. Professionally trained, Fran was a chef in both traditional and vegan pastry kitchens before moving into teaching in 1993. Her unapologetically luscious confections lack nothing — except dairy, eggs, white sugar, and cholesterol. Fran’s cookbooks are: Vegan Chocolate, More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally, and Great Good Desserts Naturally. francostigan.com

Contact: fran@francostigan.com

ANNE DINSHAH (NY/NJ)

ANNE DINSHAH (NY/NJ)

Recipes & Fitness

Sample Talks: Dynamic Harmlessness for Today’s World; Four Secrets to Healthy Recipes Everyone Loves; Cross-training for Anyone Anywhere; Vegan Cuisine Activism

More about Anne

Anne Dinshah is vice president of American Vegan Society, a rowing coach, lifelong vegan, third-generation vegetarian, mom to vegan son Clint, and author of Dating Vegans and Healthy Hearty Helpings. She coauthored a kids’ cookbook with her mother Freya Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake and coauthored Powerful Vegan Messages, with her late father Jay. Anne credits Freya for instilling in her a love of cooking and Jay for a love of speaking to large audiences.americanvegan.org

Contact: 856-694-2887, Anne@americanvegan.org

FREYA DINSHAH (NJ)

FREYA DINSHAH (NJ)

History & Recipes

Sample Talks: Discovering Veganism; Vegan Fine Dining; Quality Time—Cooking with Kids; Vegan Cuisine Activism

More about Freya

Freya Dinshah is coauthor of the book Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cook. She has been a key organizer for local and national events to encourage compassionate, healthful living. Freya has taught cooking classes to people of all ages for over fifty years. She is a lifetime vegetarian, and vegan since 1960. She serves as nutrition educator and teaches basic cooking skills to children ages three to eighteen at afterschool programs in southern NJ. She is president of AVS, editor of American Vegan, and author of The Vegan Kitchen–the first U.S. cookbook with vegan in its title. americanvegan.org.

Contact: 856-694-2887 | freya@americanvegan.org

MICHAEL C. DORF (NY)

MICHAEL C. DORF (NY)

Social Justice

Sample Talks: How Activists Create Change; Winning by Losing and Winning by Winning; Animal Rights and Legal Rights; Speaking Up for Vegan Kids

More about Michael

Michael C. Dorf is Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell University. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is the author of four books and numerous articles on law and its relation to social change. As a vegan activist, he applies the lessons he has learned from studying other justice movements.

Contact: 607-323-1492, mikedorf@gmail.com

BARATA EL (NJ)

BARATA EL (NJ)

Poetry & Ahimsa

Sample Talks: How I Became a Vegan; Ahimsa and Societal Behavior; How Veganism Impacts the Environment and Sensibilities

More about Barata

Barata El is a lifelong resident of South Jersey; he became vegan July 1 1991. As a law enforcement officer in the NJ Department of Corrections for twenty-five years, he only met two other vegans in his line of work. Barata has a B.A. in theater arts from Rowan University. He married a beautiful native Jamaican woman in 1988 who is not vegan. They have four children and two grandchildren. Since age fourteen, Barata has been writing universal poetry—poems with which anyone from any culture can identify.

Contact: 609-458-7185, barata@comcast.net

JOANN FARB (KS)

JOANN FARB (KS)

Gluten-Free & Sustainability

Sample Talks: What Really Matters; From Pharmaceutical Rep to Vegan Activist; Raising Healthy Compassionate Children; Why Gluten is Important for Vegans to Understand; How to Go Vegan

More about Joann

JoAnn Farb is the author of two books, Compassionate Souls: Raising the Next Generation to Change the World and Get Off Gluten. She is a former microbiologist with a large pharmaceutical corporation, who now teaches cooking classes and nutrition education in Kansas. Her keynote presentation, What Really Matters, is a mind and heart-opening journey for all audiences, designed to connect social justice and environmental sustainability with health. CompassionateSouls.com and Getoffgluten.blogspot.com

Contact:  joannfarb.com

SARINA FARB (KS)

SARINA FARB (KS)

Advocacy

Sample Talks: My Parents “Forced” Veganism on Me; How the Orthodoxy Historically Gets it Wrong and Why a Vegan World is Coming; Effective Altruism and Measuring the Effects of Vegan Advocacy; The Power of Individual Choice and How We CAN Change the World

More about Sarina

Sarina Farb, a science educator and activist, was born and raised vegan in Kansas. She has published essays about growing up vegan and dealing with “pushback,” created YouTube videos, and founded grassroots vegan groups. She has organized documentary screenings, a lecture series, and vegan potlucks. Sarina earned a BA in biochemistry with a concentration in policy studies, and she is passionate about bringing holistic critical thinking and ethics into science curricula. bornvegan.org, youtube.com/c/bornvegan

Contact: bornvegan@outlook.com

EMANUEL GOLDMAN (NJ)

EMANUEL GOLDMAN (NJ)

Philosophy & History

Sample Talks: The Vegan Lifestyle (covering many aspects of the topic); Then and Now: Personal Reflections on the Evolution of Vegetarianism and Veganism over the Last Fifty Years

More about Emanuel

Emanuel Goldman has been vegan since 1992 (and vegetarian since 1964) with an ethical basis, but Emanuel is also glad about the health and environmental benefits. He is Professor of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at NJ Medical School of Rutgers University in Newark. He has written on food poisoning and animal agriculture and done veg film reviews as “The Vegetarian Cinophile.” Emanuel has played cocktail lounge-style piano to entertain at a number of veg events through the years.

Contact: egoldman45@yahoo.com

LEE HALL, LLM (PA/NJ/DE)

LEE HALL, LLM (PA/NJ/DE)

Environment & Animal Rights

Sample Talks: Are Sustainable, Humane Animal Products for Real? For Humanity and Everybody Else: Be Conversant on Climate Change; Beyond a Government-the-Hunter Paradigm; Objections to Veganism: Respond and Represent!

More about Lee

Lee Hall holds a Master of Laws in environmental law with a focus on climate change and teaches at Widener University. Lee has appeared on Court TV, Gooseberry Productions’ Exploring Rights for Animals, Allegheny Front Environmental Radio, and It’s All About Food with Caryn Hartglass, and written for Growing Green International and American Vegan. A vegan since 1983, Lee’s books are On Their Own Terms about animals, freedom, and veganism and Capers in the Churchyard. Blog is Veganplace.wordpress.com.

Contact: climatelaw@me.com

AMIE HAMLIN (NY)

AMIE HAMLIN (NY)

School Food

Food, Mood, and Behavior: Keeping Kids Healthy, Focused, and Learning; Food & The Environment: Teaching Kids the Most Powerful Thing They Can Do to Save the Planet; Diet & Disease: How to Help Your Children Avoid the Most Common Diseases.

More about Amie

Amie Hamlin has been executive director of the Coalition for Healthy School Food since its founding in 2004. She wrote a NY state legislative resolution for healthy plant-based entrees and nutrition education in schools which passed unanimously in 2004. The Coalition developed recipes and distributed to 25,000 schools nationwide, a middle school Family and Consumer Sciences Cooking Curriculum, a Pre K through second-grade curriculum Food UnEarthed: Uncovering the Truth About Food, and nutrition education resources. Amie consults with schools to help them implement healthy change.

Contact: amie@healthyschoolfood.org

JULIEANNA HEVER, MS, RD, CPT (CA)

JULIEANNA HEVER, MS, RD, CPT (CA)

Nutrition

Sample Talks: Let the Myths Stop Here; Ten Tenets to Optimal Health; Plant-Based Nutrition: The Future of Healthcare; Winning the Weight-Loss War; and Plant-Based Sports Nutrition

More about Julieanna

Julieanna is a registered dietitian, the host of the wellness talk-show series What Would Julieanna Do? on Z Living Network, author of the books The Vegiterranean Diet and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and the nutrition columnist for VegNews magazine. She counsels a variety of clients throughout the world from her Los Angeles-based private practice including elite athletes, adults, and children with various nutritional and/or medical concerns. Julieanna received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and master’s of science in nutrition at California State University, Northridge. PlantBasedDietitian.com

Contact: PlantBasedDietitian.com/contact/

SHERIMANE JOHNSON (PA)

SHERIMANE JOHNSON (PA)

Desserts

Sample Talks: The Basics of Vegan Baking; The Basics of Eating Vegan—Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

More about Sherimane

Sherimane Johnson is a vegan baker who shares the good news and health benefits of eating a plant-based diet. She utilizes fruits and vegetables to make her desserts sweet and delicious, instead of loaded with sugar. Sherimane shares her personal experience with diabetes, the disease that took her beloved grandmother, and how adopting a vegan way of eating has improved her own health. Sherimane is the mother of two young adults. Known for her lively and approachable demeanor, her presentations offer a blend of motivation and education, making a difference one cupcake at a time. NaturallySweetDesserts.com

Contact: NaturallySweetDesserts.com

Ellen Jaffe Jones (FL)

Ellen Jaffe Jones (FL)

Fitness & Food

Sample Talks: Eat Vegan/Stay Fit on a Budget, Vegan Mythbusting, Vegan Running, Senior Fitness.

More about Ellen

Ellen is a personal trainer and nationally ranked sprint runner who also performs well in marathons. She is the author of many books including Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, Kitchen Divided, Vegan Sex, and Paleo Vegan. Ellen spent eighteen years as a two-time, Emmy-winning investigative reporter figuring out how to dodge genes that gave her mom, aunt, and both sisters breast cancer. A vegan runner for much of 40 years, she often gets “carded” at races and is featured as an example in The Ultimate Age-Defying Plan by Vegan Hall of Fame chef, Mark Reinfeld. VegCoach.com.

Contact: 941-704-1025, ejones@vegcoach.com

BROOK KATZ (FL)

BROOK KATZ (FL)

Recipes & Philosophy

Sample Talks: Whole Foods as Medicine; Tips from a Thirty-Year Vegan; Preparing Vegan Cuisine for Friends or Family; The Science of Being Vegan

More about Brook

Brook Katz has dedicated his life to the sciences and maintains a logic-and-reason approach to life. He has training in emergency medicine and holistic medicines. Brook uses food as a healing tool and has become a gourmet chef in order to get the messages across. He authored several cookbooks including New Favorites and made videos. Brook feeds vegan food to thousands of people every year absolutely free-of-charge because he feels it’s one of the best and most dramatic ways of convincing people to listen to the rest of the truths.

Contact: 954-971-4432, brookkatz@hotmail.com

MICHAEL KLAPER, MD (CA & HI)

MICHAEL KLAPER, MD (CA & HI)

Health

Sample Talks: Nutritional Health and Healing; From the Operating Room to the Dining Room; Eating as If the Earth Mattered; Avoiding Pitfalls in Vegan Nutrition; Smart Food Choices for the 21st Century; Food for the Spiritual Journey.

More about Michael

Michael Klaper, MD is a practicing physician and consultant with over forty years of experience in general practice and acute-care medicine. He is trained in surgery, anesthesiology, orthopedics, and obstetrics. Dr. Klaper believes strongly that proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health. He is the author of several books and videos on vegan nutrition and serves on the staff of True North Health Center, Santa Rosa CA. doctorklaper.com

Contact: michael@doctorklaper.com

ELLIE LAKS (CA/TN)

ELLIE LAKS (CA/TN)

Animal Rights

Sample Talks: Holding the Light for Animals; Animals, My Greatest Teachers: Lessons Learned; The Truth Behind Meat, Dairy, and Egg Industries.

More about Ellie

Ellie Laks is the founder of The Gentle Barn Foundation and author of My Gentle Barn. Since Ellie was seven years old, she has rescued lost, abandoned, sick, or injured animals and brought them home to heal. In 1999, after majoring in psychology and special education, Ellie established The Gentle Barn as a sanctuary for severely abused and neglected animals. After the animals fully recover, healthy and happy, they help Ellie give hope and inspiration to at-risk, inner-city, and special-needs children who have similar stories of abuse and neglect. Through interaction, children learn kindness, compassion, confidence, and cultivate self-awareness and hope for the future. GentleBarn.org.

Contact: tgboutreach@gmail.com

 APRIL LANG, LCSW,SEP (NY)

APRIL LANG, LCSW,SEP (NY)

Relationships & Grief

Sample Talks: Expectations and Assumptions: Steering Our Relationships with Nonvegans; Managing Life’s Emotional Challenges as a Vegan Activist; Compassion Fatigue: Lecture and Support Group for Animal Caregivers and Advocates; Coping with the Loss of an Animal Family Member.

More about April

April Lang is an LCSW, SEP psychotherapist in NYC. Part of her practice is devoted to working with animal advocates and people grieving the loss of their animal family members. April is also a humane educator, speaker, and writer. She writes a column, “The Relational Vegan” for the online magazine, La Fashionista Compassionista. She is author of Animal Persuasion: A Guide for Ethical Vegans and Animal Advocates in Managing Life’s Emotional Challenges.

Contact: aprillang23@gmail.com

MARY LAWRENCE (CT)

MARY LAWRENCE (CT)

Recipes & Health

Sample Talks: Vegan Resolutions: Get Healthy in the Kitchen; Healthy Cooking in a Hurry; Stocking Your Vegan Pantry; Planting a Chef’s Kitchen Garden; Cooking Vegan for Nonvegan Friends.

More about Mary

Mary Lawrence, a trustee for AVS, is executive chef and owner of Well on Wheels, Connecticut’s premier vegan personal chef service. She also runs Ahimsa Health & Harmony, a vegan wellness center. Mary’s culinary creations are on the blog, The Traveling Vegan Chef wellonwheels.blogspot.com. Her two recent cookbooks are Easy Peasy Vegan Eats (2014) and Eat Vegan with Me (2017). Mary earned a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Dr. T. Colin Campbell Foundation at eCornell University. She studied culinary arts at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. wellonwheels.com

Contact: 860-985-1645, mary@wellonwheels.com

VANCE LEHMKUHL (PA)

VANCE LEHMKUHL (PA)

Humor & History

Sample Talks: New-Vegan Answers to Others’ Common Questions; Drawing Out Your Inner Vegan (Drawalong); The Vegan Answer to Climate Change; To Buy or Not To Buy? Targeting Your Vegan Dollars.

More about Vance

Vance Lehmkuhl (PA) is the vegan columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, writing the food column V for Veg (since 2011) and the philly.com blog V for Vegan (since 2013). He’s known for his audience-participation cartoon “Drawalong” and for his eco-conscious pop band Green Beings. He is the creator and host of Vegcast (vegcast.com), one of the first vegan podcasts, with more than a hundred interviews still free online. Philly.com/vforveg

Contact: soyjoy@earthlink.net

SALLY LIPSKY (PA)

SALLY LIPSKY (PA)

Nutrition & Cooking Demos

Sample Talks: Plant-Based Eating: What/Why/How’s; One Pot Meat-Free Meals; Reading Food Packaging Labels; Managing Stress via Healthy Food Choices; Plant-Based Eating on a Budget; Sustaining Plant-Based Eating: Navigating Family, Friends, and Social Situations.

More about Sally

Sally Lipsky PhD has a PhD in education and certificate in plant-based nutrition. She combines her expertise in the field of adult learning with her knowledge and zeal about plant-based nutrition to offer workshops, presentations, and cooking demonstrations that focus on practical steps for adopting and sustaining healthy vegan habits. Her face-to-face and video talks are interactive, informative, motivational, and fun. She’s the author of Beyond Cancer: The Powerful Effect of Plant-Based Eating and runs PlantBasedEatingHub.com.

 Contact: PlantBasedEatingHub@gmail.com

LINDA LONG (NY)

LINDA LONG (NY)

Recipes

Sample Talks: Why Be Vegan? Shoot Better Food Shots; Are You a Virgin Vegan? Why No Dairy? How the Great Chefs Cook Vegan!

More about Linda

Linda Long has had a lifelong relationship with food and hospitality and has been a committed vegan for more than half of her life. Trained as a home economist, she has had a varied career in the academic, corporate, and media communities, with an emphasis in fashion, food, and nutritional topics. She authored/photographed Great Chefs Cook Vegan and Virgin Vegan. She is host/NYC producer for Vegan Hotspot, web-based TV show by Delicious TV that spotlights vegan restaurants in New York City. Linda gave the first talk on a vegan subject at James Beard House. lindalong.com, virginvegan.com

Contact: 212-721-1113, 917-373-0399, linda@lindalong.com

DALE LUGENBEHL (OR)

DALE LUGENBEHL (OR)

Philosophy & Environment

Sample Talks: Environmental Impact of Personal Food Choices; Widening Our Circle of Compassion to Include All Species; Ethical Components of Choosing a Vegan Lifestyle; Making the Change to Vegan Eating; What the Buddha Really Taught about Eating Meat.

More about Dale

Dale Lugenbehl is a writer and has taught college philosophy classes for more than thirty years. He has also served as co-director of Ahimsa Acres Educational Center since 1995. Dale’s areas of interest include the ethics of personal food choices, voluntary simplicity/low-consumption living, environmentally-conscious home-food production, understanding the processes of personal and societal change, and engaged Buddhism. ahimsaacres.org

Contact: lugenbehld@lanecc.edu

DAVID M. MADOW, D.D.S. (MD)

DAVID M. MADOW, D.D.S. (MD)

Health & Fitness

Sample Talks: How to Thrive on a Plant-Based Lifestyle. Customized topics that may be covered include plant-based eating, goal setting, weight loss, nutrition, exercise, meditation, forgiveness, and happiness.

More about David

David M. Madow, DDS (MD) is an author with a passion for helping people live their healthiest possible lives. Now in his sixties, he stays active running marathons, backpacking, skiing, and climbing mountains. Formerly a practicing dentist, Dr. Dave combines comedy, music, and fun in talks, and is a member of The National Speakers Association. His weekly podcast, The David Madow Lifestyle Show, has over 275,000 listeners. DavidMadow.com

Contact: 410-504-2186, rundrdave@gmail.com

DAMIEN MANDER (US/AFRICA/AUSTRALIA)

DAMIEN MANDER (US/AFRICA/AUSTRALIA)

Wildlife & Philosophy

Sample Talks: Saving the Keystone Species: Elephants and Rhinos; Why Africa’s Wildlife Matter to Americans; Can Guns and Ahimsa Be Used Symbiotically?

More about Damien

Damien Mander, aka the “Vegan Sniper”, is the founder and CEO of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF.org). He liquidated 100% of his personal assets to create IAPF to target wildlife crime. The organization changed to a primarily community approach by developing Akashinga: an all-vegan all-women team protecting Zimbabwe’s wildlife. This model empowers disadvantaged women to restore and manage a network of wilderness areas as an alternative to trophy hunting. Damien is a former Australian Naval Clearance Diver, Special Operations Sniper, and Iraq War veteran. His TEDx talk on speciesism has been seen more than seven million times across various platforms.

Contact: info@iapf.org

ANDY MARS, PHD (NJ)

ANDY MARS, PHD (NJ)

Kids Education

Sample Talks: Raising Veg Kids; Empowering Kids to Make a Difference; How a Vegan Diet Can Help Kids Better Focus & Function; Being More Effective Vegans; The Ten Commandments to Better Health; Veganism: Were We’ve Been, Where We Are, & Where We’re Going; Veganism: A Jewish Ideal.

More about Andy

Andy Mars, PhD is a visionary leader in education. He has been directing totally vegan camps for kids since 1993 and runs vegan K-12 school and enrichment programs. Andy is the director of Veg Kids and of the Kids Make a Difference Foundation as well as the rabbi of Bnai Tov vegan synagogue. His mission is: “Helping make a difference in the lives of kids; helping kids make a difference in life.” vegkids.org    vegancamp.org

Contact: Andy@KidsMakeADifference.org

CHRISTINA MARTIN (NJ)

CHRISTINA MARTIN (NJ)

Cooking

Sample Talks: Plant-Based Cuisine; Setting Up Your Vegan Kitchen; Vegan Desserts; Farm to Table: Seasonal Farmers Market Cooking

More about Christina

Christina Martin is a plant-based chef educator, healthy-food advocate, and nutrition columnist. After graduating with a BS in Business Administration from Rowan University, and working in the accounting field, Christina embraced a career change. She now has her associates degree in culinary arts. She has worked in many kitchens of Philadelphia restaurants including Vedge. Christina was also featured in an article and on the cover of Independent Restaurateur magazine. She seeks to share her love for cooking through educating with a focus on teaching the basics of healthy, local, and sustainable plant-based cooking. Christina is now a high school culinary arts teacher and the founder of Cooking to Nourish

Contact: chefchristinamartin@gmail.com

CHRISTOPHER-SEBASTIAN MCJETTERS (NY/ENGLAND) –

CHRISTOPHER-SEBASTIAN MCJETTERS (NY/ENGLAND) –

Social Justice

Sample Talks: Race, Class, Species: Dismantling injustice by embracing veganism and animal rights; Queering Animal Liberation: On queer bullying and animal violence, American gay male hypermasculinity, and gender presentation in nonhumans

More about Christopher

Christopher-Sebastian McJetters is a longtime vegan and social commenter who divides his time between London and NYC. A copyeditor by profession, Sebastian is a staff writer at Vegan Publishers, part-time lecturer on speciesism at Columbia University, and board member of Peace Advocacy Network. He explains why veganism is a useful tool for deconstructing multiple systemic oppressions. Sebastian contributed to the anthology Circles of Compassion, UK-based Barefoot Vegan magazine, and the blog “Striving With Systems.”

Contact: christopher.mcjetters@gmail.com

VESANTO MELINA, MS, RD

VESANTO MELINA, MS, RD

Nutrition

Sample Talks: Update on Vegetarian, Vegan, and Raw Food Nutrition; Veg. Nutrition for Superb Health; Staying Healthy: Plant-based Diets to Protect against Chronic Disease; Raw Food Diets; Surviving and Thriving Despite Food Allergies

More about Vesanto

Vesanto Melina, MS, RD is coauthor of 10 books on nutrition, foods, and disease prevention. Her latest book (with Brenda Davis), Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, was given star rating by the American Library Association as the “go-to book” on vegan nutrition. She has taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and at Seattle’s Bastyr University. nutrispeak.com

Contact: 604-882-6782, vesanto.melina@gmail.com

 MILTON MILLS, MD (DC)

MILTON MILLS, MD (DC)

Health & Nutrition

Sample Talks: Are Humans Designed to Eat Meat?; Chemistry for Understanding Nutrition;  How Dietary Fiber Affects Our Health, Physiology, and Psychology; Flowers and the Human Intellect

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Milton Mills, MD is a Stanford University School of Medicine graduate and a practicing critical-care physician. His encompassing worldview has led him to apply his knowledge about preventative healthcare toward the unique challenges of those who are underserved by the mainstream medical model: minority and less-affluent populations. Dr. Mills has served as Associate Director of Preventative Medicine for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and coauthored published articles on the Racial Bias in Federal Nutrition Policy. Dr. Mills is a powerful public speaker and an empathetic healthcare ally.

Contact: 703-642-0855  gileadmedicalgroup@gmail.com

VICTORIA MORAN (NY)

VICTORIA MORAN (NY)

Health & Longevity

Sample Talks: Main Street Vegan: Eating Green & Loving Life in the Real World; The Look Great, Feel Amazing, Change the World Lifestyle; How I Learned to Bypass the Drive-thru and Fall in Love with Leafy Greens; and When I’m 64: Vegan Living for Slow-Motion Aging

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Victoria Moran is the Oprah-featured author of thirteen books including Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World. Victoria has been vegan since 1983 and was voted “PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50” in 2016. She hosts the weekly Main Street Vegan podcast and is the founder and director of Main Street Vegan Academy, training and certifying vegan lifestyle coaches. mainstreetvegan.net

Contact: office: 212-289-1808; mobile: 646-734-6167; direct email: victoria@mainstreetvegan.net: assistant Jo Lee: mainstreetveganmedia@gmail.com

JOHN MORLINO (CT)

JOHN MORLINO (CT)

Philosophy

Sample Talks: Extending Compassion to All Beings; Compassion Is a Journey–Not a Destination; Putting Animal Rights Back into the Animal Rights Movement

More about John

John Morlino is a former social worker who founded The ETHIC (The Essence of True Humanity Is Compassion) the-ethic.org, to help create a world where all beings live free from violence and oppression. John’s presentations are heartfelt and compelling with a commitment to nonviolence and compassion. He also presents on animal rights, universal peace, gun violence, and genocide.
the-ethic.org

Contact: via website the-ethic.org

ANA NEGRON, M.D. (PA)

ANA NEGRON, M.D. (PA)

Nutrition & Health

Sample Talks: The Patient with Multiple Risk Factors; Household Nutrition; Plant-Food Literacy; What It Means to Live Vegan

More about Ana

Ana M. Negrón, M.D., was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Dr. Negrón is a board-certified family physician who has made cooking with patients integral to her practice. She helps people transition to a whole-plant diet, thereby reducing the inflammation which is at the root of most chronic medical conditions. Dr. Negrón volunteers at a clinic for the uninsured and teaches family doctors the role of food in medicine. Her book, Nourishing the Body and Recovering Health: The Positive Science of Food published by Sunstone Press, is an antidote to our reliance on pharmaceuticals.

Contact: 610-525-6246 x4, ana.m.negron@gmail.com

LAUREN ORNELAS (CA)

LAUREN ORNELAS (CA)

Social Justice

Sample talks: Food Justice, Using Food as a Tool for Social Change; Running Effective Campaigns, Starting Organizations

More about Lauren

Lauren Ornelas is the founder and executive director of Food Empowerment Project (FEP), a vegan food-justice nonprofit that promotes veganism, fights for farm workers, and works for access to healthy foods in communities of color. Lauren started the first high school animal rights group in San Antonio TX and also founded the group, Action for Animals, in college. As the leader of Viva! USA, she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns which lead Trader Joe’s to stop selling duck meat, Pier 1 Imports to stop using feathers, and the CEO of Whole Foods to become vegan. Lauren has also given a TEDx talk titled “The Power of Our Food Choices.” foodispower.org, veganmexicanfood.com.

Contact: 707-779-8004, info@foodispower.org

MYRIAM PARHAM, RD, CDE (FL)

MYRIAM PARHAM, RD, CDE (FL)

Nutrition & Children

Sample Talks: Basics of Vegan Nutrition; The Anti-Aging Diet; Diabetes and the Vegan Diet; Bringing Plant-foods to the Workplace; Raising Vegan Children; Animals Rights and the Vegan Diet; Balancing Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

More about Myriam

Myriam Parham RD, CDE is a registered dietitian, a certified diabetes educator, and a CHIP-certified instructor. She coordinates and teaches multiple programs which promote a plant-based lifestyle at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. Myriam also coordinates and teaches at the Diabetes Education program and is president and co-founder of Florida Voices for Animals, Inc. She has presented vegan nutrition lectures for Publix, worked on the GEICO research program, and has been a frequent speaker at the North American Vegetarian Society’s Vegan Summerfest. She is the mother of a healthy, active, and thriving teenager who was raised vegan.

Contact: mparham7@yahoo.com

 JOHN PIERRE (CO)

JOHN PIERRE (CO)

Nutrition & Fitness

Sample Talks: Fine-tuning the Vegan Diet; The Power of a Plant-Based Diet; Veganism−More than a Diet, It’s a Lifestyle

More about John

John Pierre is a nutrition and fitness consultant, famous as a personal trainer to celebrities, rock stars, and Fortune 500 CEOs. His book, The Pillars of Health: Your Foundations for Lifelong Wellness, explains four principles: real food, mind stimulation, physical movement, and spiritual philosophy. johnpierre.com

Contact: foodsforlifejp@yahoo.com

CHRISTINA PIRELLO, MFN (PA)

CHRISTINA PIRELLO, MFN (PA)

Cooking

Sample Talks: Health Is Not the Luck of the Draw; You Just Have to Know What to Eat; Let Food Be Thy Medicine; The Care and Feeding of Your Breasts; The Heart of the Matter; Aging Gracefully; Eating as Though All Life Matters; Energize Your Life; Cook Your Ass Off; How to Be a Happier Camper

More about Christina

Christina Pirello’s love affair with food began at a young age. She would put her cooking skills to the test when she was diagnosed with terminal leukemia. Meeting (her now husband) Robert Pirello would change her life forever; he helped her adopt a healthier lifestyle and diet, and she overcame the odds of her diagnosis and developed an expertise in cooking with whole-natural foods. She is an expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, acupuncture, macrobiotics, and has a Masters Degree in Nutrition. She teaches vegan/macrobiotic cooking, has authored eight cookbooks and is the hostess of the Emmy Award-winning TV show Christina Cooks.

Contact: robert@christinacooks.com, www.christinacooks.com

MARK RIFKIN, MS, RD, LDN, (MD)

MARK RIFKIN, MS, RD, LDN, (MD)

Nutrition

Sample Talks: The Case of the Lapsed Vegan; Six Ways to Reduce Risk of Colds and Flu; Healthy Fats, Healthy Hearts; New Reasons to Go Dairy-Free; The Sustainable Diet Debate

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Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN, (MD) holds a master’s degree in health education from Towson University and is a registered dietitian. A vegan since 1986, he has been speaking on nutrition and food-related topics since 1997. Through group presentations and online services, he focuses on plant-based diets to prevent and treat chronic diseases and nutrient deficiencies. Unique topics and perspectives are a specialty.

Contact: 410-764-8343  mark@balancednutritiononline.com

CLIFTON ROBERTS (CA)

CLIFTON ROBERTS (CA)

Politics & Economics

Sample Talks: Vegolitics: Veganism and Politics; Veganism and the Environment; Human Health and Emotional Wealth; Veganism and Economic Transition; Compassionate Intelligence

More about Clifton

Clifton Roberts has been vegan since his birthday Sept 24 1997. He’s a Humane Party volunteer, 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, 2018 candidate for U.S. Senate, and hopeful 2020 U.S. presidential candidate. Clifton is passionate about protecting representatives of nature, human health, and environmental resources. As global policy director for the world’s largest semiconductor producer (Intel) he influences governments to establish policy conducive to evolution of cloud technology. He’s committed to inserting vegan advocacy into politics, and he can walk on his hands.

Contact: Clifton@cliftonroberts.org or 916-479-1628

BRENDA SANDERS (MD)

BRENDA SANDERS (MD)

Health & Social Justice

Sample Talks: Making the Connection: Veganism and Social Justice; Why the World Can’t Wait for You to Go Vegan; Veganism: A Diet, Philosophy or Ethical Choice?

More about Brenda

Brenda Sanders serves as one of the directors of Open the Cages Alliance, an animal advocacy organization for which she organizes a vegan education program, animal rights demonstrations, and family-friendly events promoting the vegan lifestyle including Vegan SoulFest in Baltimore. She’s also the executive director of Better Health, Better Life, a community-health organization for which she conducts lectures, workshops, healthy-living classes, and food demos.

Contact: 443-219-7971, brenda@bhblnow.org

KERRIE SAUNDERS, MS, LLP, PHD (MI)

KERRIE SAUNDERS, MS, LLP, PHD (MI)

Health

Sample Talks: Using Food & Fitness to Fight Osteoporosis/Cancer/Diabetes; Diet as Disease Prevention; Cravings & Food Addiction; Lifestyle Medicine, Body Composition & Nutritional Excellence; Advanced Issues in Nutrition for Vegetarians; The Transition Kitchen: Going from 0 to Veg in One Day

More about Kerrie

Kerrie Saunders, MS, LLP, PhD is the author of the first successful application and oral defense for the American Medical Association on the use of bioelectrical impedance analysis in medical settings. Vegan since 1996, she is a featured expert in the movie Eating You Alive, coauthor of the Guidelines for a Standard of Care for Preventive and Integrated Medicine, and contributing author for the blockbuster book, Rethink Food. Her own book is The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention. She began her career as a master’s level psychologist and earned her doctorate in natural health. drfood.org

Contact: 248-808-3601, drkerriesaunders@gmail.com

MIYOKO SCHINNER (CA)

MIYOKO SCHINNER (CA)

Cooking & Cheese

Sample Talks: How to Get Dairy Out of Your Diet; Get Flavor into Your Diet and Junk Food Out; Yes, You Can Have Your Cheese and Eat It Too!

More about Miyoko

Miyoko Schinner (CA) is a chef and entrepreneur promoting delicious, decadent, and healthful plant-based foods for thirty years. She is the founder of Miyoko’s Kitchen, a leading maker of artisan vegan cheese. She is cohost of Vegan Mashup, a television show seen on PBS. Her bestselling books are Artisan Vegan Cheese and The Homemade Vegan Pantry. artisanveganlife.com, miyokoskitchen.com

Contact: info@miyokoskitchen.com

 ORI SHAVIT (ISRAEL)

ORI SHAVIT (ISRAEL)

Food

Sample Talks: The Compassion Revolution: How and Why Veganism Has Taken Israel by Storm; What You Eat Can Change the World; Culinary Activism; Mediterranean-Israeli cooking demo

More about Ori

Ori Shavit is a food writer and critic, media person, a leading promoter of the Israeli vegan cuisine and vegan culture, and an activist for animal liberation and green lifestyle. Ori organizes and hosts cooking workshops and dinners, offers culinary counseling, and owns the urban vegetable restaurant, Miss Kaplan, in Tel Aviv. She publishes recipes and info on her website Vegansontop.com and on the food channel of YNET, one of the most popular Israeli news and content websites. Shavit cooked for the first vegan dinner in the Israeli Parliament on the Knesset’s Animal Rights Day. Ori speaks fluent English and Hebrew and tours in the U.S.

Contact: oshavit@gmail.com

RAE SIKORA (NM)

RAE SIKORA (NM)

Philosophy

Sample Talks: Human Billboards; Vegan Is NOT a Diet; Despair Repair; Under One Roof; Clever Cows and Einstein Squid; Joyfully Vegucating Your Community

More about Rae

Rae Sikora has been vegan and a full-time spokesperson for other species for over thirty years. She is a co-founder of Plant Peace Daily, Vegfund, and the Institute for Humane Education. Rae leads compassionate living and ethical consumerism programs for diverse audiences ranging from schools and prisons to businesses and universities. Her work takes her from the U.S. to the Middle East and Central America. plantpeacedaily.org

Contact: 248-219-3991, rae@plantpeacedaily.org

CASEY TAFT, PHD (MA)

CASEY TAFT, PHD (MA)

Ahimsa & Advocacy

Sample Talks: How to Best Help Nonhuman Animals; Mom, Dad, I’m Vegan: Understanding Your Vegan Family Member; Violence or Compassion in the Home and on the Farm

More about Casey

Casey Taft, PhD is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized clinical researcher in the area of violence prevention and has published over one hundred journal articles, book chapters, and scientific reports. He is also co-owner of Vegan Publishers, a vegan-themed publishing company, and sees the prevention of violence towards nonhuman animals as a natural extension of his interpersonal violence work. He is the author of Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy.

Contact: 617-872-3623, contact@veganpublishers.com

LAURA THEODORE (NC)

LAURA THEODORE (NC)

Cooking

Sample Talks: Why Vegan? (It’s Easier Than You Think!); Plant-Based and Loving It; Vegan Recipes for the Holidays; Cooking with a Rainbow of Colors; Living Vegan in an Omnivore’s World

More about Laura

Laura Theodore is a Taste-award-winning, public-television chef, and an award-winning recording artist. She hosts the Jazzy Vegetarian vegan cooking series on public television, and the podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio. Laura has authored cookbooks: Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease, Jazzy Vegetarian Classics, and Jazzy Vegetarian. She writes a weekly food column for Mother Earth Living and has been featured in The New York Times, VegNews, Family Circle, and Reader’s Digest. LauraTheodore.com JazzyVegetarian.com.

Contact: laura@jazzyvegetarian.com

WILL TUTTLE, PHD (CA)

WILL TUTTLE, PHD (CA)

Philosophy & Music

Sample Talks: Healing Our World: A Deeper Look at Food; The World Peace Diet; Creating a New Culture of Peace; Being Healthy & Saving the Planet; Heart Teachings on the Dharma Path; Keys to Effective Vegan Advocacy; Metaphysics of Food; Vegan Living & World Peace

More about Will

Will Tuttle, PhD, is an author, educator, pianist, and composer. Author of The World Peace Diet, a former Zen monk, a dharma master in the Korean Zen tradition, and vegan since 1980, he is devoted to cultural healing and awakening and has seven CD albums of original piano music. worldpeacediet.org

Contact: 800-697-6614, willtuttle@earthlink.net

MARK WENDT, MS, LPC (MN)

MARK WENDT, MS, LPC (MN)

Health

Sample Talks: The Vegan Runner; Using Nutrition to Enhance Student Performance; The Athlete and the Doctor

More about Mark

Mark Wendt, MS, LPC, (MN) is a college counselor and coach with expertise in health and sports psychology. Mark developed DINOCARDS, the How You Do That career education series, and coauthored Get Graduated. Mark’s focus on health began in 2000 when he and other members of his family were suffering from obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease; they decided to choose a healthier lifestyle. Mark subsequently lost 30 pounds and lowered his cholesterol by 200 points. He became a barefoot runner and is currently working to complete a marathon in every state.

Contact: 715-862-0419, careerguy84@yahoo.com