July 30th - August 2nd ♦ Hilton Mark Center
 just outside Washington, DC

AR2014 Speaker Profiles

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Kip Andersen is the executive director of Animals United Movement, a non-profit dedicated to producing films and media promoting sustainable, compassionate and peaceful living. He is the co-director of the groundbreaking documentary film, Cowspiracy: the sustainability secret.

Andrade Silvana14

Silvana Andrade has been a journalist for the last 30 years, working primarily as a reporter, and chief editor of TV networks, and video production.  A vegan and animal rights activist, she is the founder and president of ANDA, an animal rights news agency, the first and only agency of its kind in Brazil.  Silvana's ideal is to form a worldwide network of journalists to help develop a strong international network of animal rights media, including radio, TV and other means of communication. She is also a founding member of the Brazilian Vegan Society. In addition, she proposed a bill to create public animal hospitals in the São Paulo state. She often speaks at public events about animal rights issues.


Bala Vandhana11

Vandhana Bala serves as general counsel for Mercy For Animals and oversees the organization’s legal initiatives, which include working local law enforcement for criminal prosecutions of farmed animal abusers, developing lawsuits and initiating complaints to governmental agencies relating to illegal agribusiness operations, and lecturing on legal issues relating to farmed animals. An honors graduate of the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, Vandhana is currently admitted to practice in Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Baur Gene14

Gene Baur is co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization. Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. For 25 years he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. His book, entitled Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, was published by Touchstone in March 2008 and has appeared on the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe best-seller lists.

Beach Marji14

Marji Beach is passionate about ending farmed animal suffering. She earned her Animal Science degree from UC Davis, using that knowledge to advocate on behalf of farmed animals. As Education Director at Animal Place, she has a decade of experience working with farmed animals. She developed Animal Place’s flagship rescue and adoption program Rescue Ranch, which saves animals from slaughter, with a special emphasis on hens from the egg industry. She oversees the sanctuary’s advocacy, volunteer, social media, and internship efforts. Her photography has been featured in several books. She shares her home with rescued vegan canines Mina and Celeste.

 Belotti Anthony12

Anthony Bellotti is the founder of the White Coat Waste Project - a new campaign to expose and eliminate the waste, fraud, and abuse in the government’s $12 billion annual taxpayer-funded animal experimentation budget. He is a co-founding Director of the Humane Research Council. Bellotti has been honored by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as a Republican “Rising Star of Politics.” He served as Executive Director of the American Association of Political Consultants and as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Senior Research Analyst, where he managed opposition research, candidate inoculation, and rapid-response research. Anthony has also worked in a laboratory witnessing the harsh reality of modern animal experimentation.

Bhumitra Jaya12

Jaya Bhumitra is the Campaigns Director for the farmed animal protection organization Compassion Over Killing, where she develops national public education campaigns such as US VegWeek and corporate campaigns such as We Love Subway. She also supports the Meatless Monday campaign with outreach to city governments across the country. In addition, Jaya is a Governing Board Member of the Los Angeles chapter of New Leaders Council, a national association that develops emerging leaders. She was previously the Co-Director and a Fellow of the prestigious program. Jaya earned a bachelor's in business from Georgetown University and a master's in psychology from Pepperdine University.

 Bockman Jon14

Jon Bockman has spent the last decade working in a large variety of animal advocacy causes, including concurrently managing multiple wildlife rehabilitation centers, serving as a humane investigator in Illinois, and working at a humane society. Jon also founded a 501(c)(3) farm animal advocacy group and ran a small business selling vegan food locally. After several years of intensive outreach efforts, Jon joined Animal Charity Evaluators as Executive Director, as he believes that using evidence and reason to inform our philanthropy is paramount to our success as a movement.

Bohanec Hope13

Hope Bohanec has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for over 20 years and recently published the book The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? She is a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the animal protection movement, and is currently serving as Projects Manager for United Poultry Concerns. Before this, Hope offered her organizational talents as the Campaigns Director at In Defense of Animals. Hope the primary organizer for the annual Conscious Eating Conference at UC Berkeley as well as the Sonoma County VegFest and is currently working on a vegan themed sci-fi novel.

Budkie Karen12

Karen Budkie is the co-founder & Operations Manager of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), which works exclusively on the animal experimentation issue by successfully terminating research projects, forcing the USDA to take legal action against laboratories, & coordinating release of animals into sanctuaries. Karen’s activism started in the 1970s by supporting leghold trap legislation and eliminating live dissection of guinea pigs at her high school. Her activism has come full spectrum as she lends her many talents to the daily operations of SAEN while traveling extensively & organizing SAEN’s Free the Animals – Effective Action Against Vivisection conferences.

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Michael Budkie, A.H.T., is the co-founder & Executive Director of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN), which works exclusively on the animal experimentation issue by successfully terminating research projects, forcing the USDA to take legal action against laboratories, & coordinating release of animals into sanctuaries. After witnessing the atrocities of animal experimentation during his education, he successfully ended a head injury experiment on cats at the Univ. of Cincinnati, which launched his career leading to positions with several national organizations and co-founding SAEN. He has been published & travels extensively, appearing on TV & radio programs to expose the truth about animal experimentation.

Camp Jon14

Jon Camp is the Executive Vice President for Vegan Outreach, which publishes and distributes informational booklets promoting veganism throughout the world. Jon travels across the US leafleting on behalf of Vegan Outreach's Adopt a College campaign, which, as of May, 2014, has handed out over 11 million hard copies of Vegan Outreach brochures. Jon has personally handed out over one million booklets at 500 schools, and has mobilized hundreds of others to join the outreach program.

Cantrell Katie12

Katie Cantrell is the founder and executive director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, which she founded in 2010 to educate people about the ecological and social justice hazards of industrial meat production in the United States. She has delivered over 100 presentations to venues like Yale University and the National Resources Defence Council, and her presentation has been used as a resource by food justice activists across the country.

 Cara Jola14

Jola Cara is an actress, writer, director and activist from Switzerland and Poland. She co-organized the International Veggie Pride in May 2013 in Geneva.

Carman Judy14

Judy Carman, animal rights activist since the ‘70’s, is the author of award-winning Peace to All Beings: Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul; and co-author of The Missing Peace, with Tina Volpe. She is co-founder of CircleofCompassion.org with Will and Madeleine Tuttle, and the Prayer Circle for Animals on facebook.  She founded the Animals’ Peace Prayer Flag Project, assists Vegan Spirituality.com with events, and co-chairs In Defense of Animals' Council of Sustainable Activism along with Lisa Levinson. Judy's website is www.peacetoallbeings.com.

Clifton Merritt14

Merritt Clifton has been a journalist since 1968, mostly on animal-related news beats, and has been doing statistical research on animal issues continuously since 1979. Editor of ANIMALS 24-7, Merritt Clifton also served as news editor for the Animals’ Agenda magazine,  1988-1992,  editor of the ANIMAL PEOPLE newspaper, 1992-2013,  and editor of the ANIMAL PEOPLE Watchdog Report on Animal Charities,  1999-2013.  He was keynote speaker at the first No Kill Conference in 1995.

Cohan Jeffrey14

Jeffrey Cohan is the Executive Director of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA), an international organization which encourages and helps Jews to embrace plant-based diets as an expression of the Jewish values of compassion for animals, concern for health, and care for the environment. He is also the author of The Beet-Eating Heeb, the leading blog on the theology of veganism.  Prior to joining JVNA, Jeffrey worked in print and broadcast journalism in four states and three Latin American countries. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Berkeley and his master’s in public management from Carnegie Mellon.

Cohen Murry14

Murry Cohen has been a physician and psychiatrist for 41-49 years. He directed Mount Sinai’s Narcotics Rehabilitation Center and Lenox Hill Hospital’s psychiatric out-patient department in New York Ciry, and chaired/co-chaired the Medical Research Modernization Committee.  His publications include: Alcoholic Rats: Alcohol Research Using Animals; Of Pigs, Primates, and Plagues: Animal-to-Human Organ Transplants, Aping Science: Research at the Yerkes Primate Center. In 1989 he debated NIMH Chief and vivisector Frederick Goodwin on the MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour.  His board memberships include: Concern for Helping Animals in Israel, Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, New England Anti-Vivisection Society, and Friends of Animals.  He is currently the Scientific Consultant to Stop Animal Exploitation Now.

Coman-Hidy David14

David Coman-Hidy is the Executive Director of The Humane League, a national farm animal advocacy group that uses outreach, education, and campaigns to reduce as much suffering as possible. The Humane League is ranked as one of the two most cost effective animal advocacy groups by the Animal Charity Evaluators.

Cooney Nick14

Nick Cooney is the Director of Education for Mercy For Animals. He is also the author of Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change (Lantern, 2011) and Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom (Lantern, 2014). He has lectured across the U.S. and Europe on effective animal advocacy, and his work for farmed animals has been featured by hundreds of media outlets, including “Time” magazine, “The Wall Street Journal,” and National Public Radio.

Cressey Charlotte14

Charlotte Cressey is an animal rights activist and educator, ecofeminist, student of Women's Studies, originator of Earth Energy Yoga, a certified Chopra Center Meditation Instructor, lover of life, and enthusiast for the many benefits of a vegan lifestyle.  She views veganism and treating all animals with respect as the foundation of a larger goal to create a peaceful, harmonious existence for humans, animals, and the Earth. Her yoga, meditation, and empowerment sessions are designed to help each individual become happy, healthy, and a beneficial presence on the planet. Learn more at www.CharlotteCressey.com

Datar Isha14

Isha Datar is the Executive Director of New Harvest, an organization whose vision is a future where factory farming is rendered obsolete through advances in science and technology. In 2010 she published academic research on the possibilities of growing meat through cell culture and in 2012 she spoke at TEDxToronto about cultured meat and eating sustainably through changing one's meat intake. Isha believes that creating an industry of humane, safe and environmentally-friendly alternatives to animal products is our best bet at saving millions of animals worldwide.

 DeRose Chris14

Chris DeRose has been an international leader in the animal rights movement for 35 years.  Chris has been shot, jailed and called a terrorist for trying to make a difference in the world. In 1984, he founded Last Chance for Animals (LCA) where he has carried out groundbreaking investigations that have resulted in prison sentences for those responsible of some of the worst cases of animal cruelty to be investigated in the US.  The emmy-nominated HBO documentary, Dealing Dogs, profiles LCA's undercover investigation into the world of pet theft.  In 1997, Chris released his autobiography, In Your Face.  His work has earned him the prestigious Courage of Conscience International Peace Award.

Devries Mark14

Mark Devries is the producer and director of Speciesism: The Movie, which has been called “brilliant and compelling … the best of the animal rights documentaries” (Michael Shermer, Scientific American and Skeptic magazine) and “tremendously entertaining and often laugh-out-loud funny” (The Huffington Post).      

Feldstein Stephanie14

Stephanie Feldstein is the Population and Sustainability Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, where she leads the Center's work to highlight and address threats to endangered species and wild places from runaway human population growth and overconsumption. Previously Stephanie worked for Change.org, where she helped hundreds of people start and win online campaigns to protect animals. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and has years of experience in organizing, outreach and communications, with a focus on animals and the environment.

Fitzgerald Angie14

Angie Fitzgerald is Tour Operator for Farm Animal Rights Movement's 10 Billion Lives Tour.  The 10 Billion Lives Tour travels throughout the United States year-round using a tactic called 'pay-per-view,' offering people $1 to watch a 4-minute documentary that gives a glimpse into the lives and deaths of farmed animals. Angie engages viewers in follow-up conversations providing knowledge and resources to help viewers reduce their meat, egg, and dairy consumption. They later receive additional support via FARM's Live Vegan program. Angie previously operated the Southwest Tour which focuses primarily on colleges in Southern California, and will be operating the National Tour this fall.

Fulton Moira14

Moira Fulton defines animal rights issues as spiritual issues and seeks to make that connection visible in her mainstream faith community. She helped form their first diocesan-wide committee to assist churches in honouring the sacredness of all animals. She worships at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, Washington and Saint Paul's Church in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She teaches at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington.

Frankel Stephanie14

Stephanie Frankle is the San Francisco Director for The Humane League. She oversees outreach and campaigns in the greater Bay Area, where she spends her time leafleting, presenting to high school and college classes, coordinating volunteers, running Meatless Monday and other campaigns, and working her way through all the delicious vegan food in the Bay! Before joining The Humane League, she traveled across the country with FARM's 10 Billion Lives Tour, showing thousands of students footage of undercover factory farm investigations and talking to them about changing their diets, and also previously worked at Farm Sanctuary's Northern California location.

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Bruce Friedrich is the senior director for strategic initiatives at Farm Sanctuary. Bruce has worked as a public school teacher in inner city Baltimore, as vice president for policy at PETA, and at a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in D.C. He was inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2004 and has been a progressive activist for 25 years. He co-authored The Animal Activist's Handbook with Matt Ball. About the book, Peter Singer states, "Rarely have so few pages contained so much intelligence and good advice. Get it, read it, and act on it. Now."

Gates Barbara14

Barbara Cole Gates, mom of two kids in the public school system, started her vegan advocacy when her children were in elementary school by implementing  an award winning and multi-cultural vegan nutrition program in several classes, Food is Elementary. As her children grew, so did her advocacy, and in 2003  she coordinated a CA statewide coalition of parents, students, health authorities and education professionals to pass the first ever Vegetarian School Lunch legislation (ACR 16 - J. Nation).  Barbara founded Lean and Green Kids (LGK) in 2009, continuing her vegan school lunch advocacy at the local, state, and federal level. LGK education programs have reached over a thousand students with the "plants are powerful protein" message.  Barbara currently resides in Oceanside with her husband and "scholar-athlete" award-winning high school graduates, Jack and Lucy - vegan since birth!

Glover Matthew14

Matthew Glover is the co-founder of the UK online campaign Veganuary. As a business man, Matthew wanted to use his skills to contribute to the animal rights movement and developed the idea for Veganuary to inspire and support others to go vegan for the month of January. Matthew is also working closely with the non-profit organisation Animal Equality to develop their Compassionate Outreach on Campus programme. As part of this campaign, Matthew has supported the production and distribution of thousands of information booklets, helping to promote veganism on university campuses nationwide.

Goodman Justin14

Justin Goodman is the director of laboratory investigations at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), where he oversees research and campaigns exposing cruelty to animals in laboratories and promoting the use of humane non-animal research methods. He has helped PETA uncover abuse and violations of laws in laboratories around the world, modernize government and corporate testing policies, and end countless cruel experiments on animals. Goodman has a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Connecticut. He serves on the leadership council of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Animals and Society and is an adjunct faculty member in Marymount University’s Department of Sociology.

Hallinan Liz14 Liz Hallinan is a Litigation Fellow at the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She received her J.D. from New York University, where she focused on animal, administrative, and environmental law. She also holds a master’s degree in psychology from Queens University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University.  Prior to coming to ALDF, Liz worked on farmed-animal protection litigation for Compassion Over Killing, and environmental and animal law cases for Meyer Glitzenstein and Crystal in Washington, D.C. A published author of several psychological studies, Liz also enjoys cooking, hiking, volunteering, movies, and politics, and lives with a tabby cat named Piggy.
Hartland Susan13 Susan Hartland is an animal rescuer, activist, and advocate, and has served as the Administrative Director of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society since January 2012.  Before joining the Sea Shepherd team as an employee, Susan was a volunteer onboard the Steve Irwin in 2009 - 2010 as Communications Officer and 2nd Mate for the Antarctic, Waltzing Matilda and Blue Rage campaigns. Susan’s life long mission to protect and save animals began over 20 years ago when she worked with homeless animals in rural shelters.  It was through this experience that Susan recognized a need and started working to stop the needless suffering of animals.
Hershaft Alex9 Alex Hershaft, Ph.D. is the Animal Rights Conference Chair and founder of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM). He launched World Farm Animals Day in 1983, the Great American Meatout in 1985, Gentle Thanksgiving in 1990, and has organized 20 national Animal Rights conferences. He is a member of the Vegetarian and the Animal Rights Halls of Fame. Dr. Hershaft describes himself as a "late bloomer", having accomplished all this after earning a Ph.D. in chemistry and devoting nearly 30 years to science research and consulting.
Hindi Steve14 Steve Hindi is the Founder and President of Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), which has been documenting and exposing pigeon shoots,  rodeos, hunting, bullfights, government deer kills and other forms of animal abuse since 1993.  SHARK’s number one tool is video footage using hidden video, long range video, and even video cameras that see in the dark. The latest innovation is the "Angels." These remote controlled aircrafts are equipped with video cameras to document and expose the animal cruelty that would otherwise be hidden from the public. SHARK battles tirelessly on many issues that involve violation of the innate rights of living creatures.
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Wayne Hsiung is an attorney, founding organizer of Direct Action Everywhere, and coordinator for Animal Liberationists of Color. He was lead organizer of the Earthlings March that mobilized thousands of activists in 41 cities in 17 countries, has served as a law professor at Northwestern (where he co-authored research with renowned Harvard scholar Cass Sunstein), and has organized social justice campaigns since 1999. Wayne studied behavioral economics at MIT and the University of Chicago, and he blogs at The Liberationist about the science of social change. Despite two graduate degrees, he regularly finds himself outwitted by his four furry companions.

Huling Ryan14

Ryan Huling is the associate director of international youth outreach for peta2—the world’s largest youth animal rights organization and the student wing of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Ryan’s team oversees on-the-ground outreach efforts at concerts, festivals, and conventions across North America and works with more than 300 college student organizations nationwide to achieve tangible victories, such as getting more vegan food offered on campuses and a wider use of humane alternatives to dissection. Ryan’s efforts to promote animal rights have garnered interviews across the country with newspapers, radio stations, and television networks, including Fox News, CNN, HLN, and Fox Business.

Jauron Kezia14

Kezia Jauron is co-founder of the public relations agency Evolotus, which serves nonprofits, documentary films, animal advocacy campaigns, and vegan food companies. She also contributes to The Thinking Vegan, a popular blog on veganism as a social justice movement. She and her husband Gary Smith live in Sherman Oaks, CA, with their cat Chloë, and Frederick and Douglass, two beagles rescued from an animal testing laboratory.

Johnson Seba14v3 Seba Johnson made history as the youngest Alpine Ski Racer in Olympic history and the first Black female to ever ski in the Olympics, a title which Johnson still holds today. As an animal rights activist, and a vegan since birth, Seba protested what would have been her third Olympic Games because Norway lifted their moratorium and resumed practice of commercial hunting for minke whale. Recently speaking out about Sochi strays, the slaughter of dolphins in Taijii and various forms of oppression, Seba's unique perspective on life solidifies her unwavering commitment to helping the lives of all human/nonhuman animals.
Jones Pattrice7 pattrice jones is the coordinator & co-founder of VINE Sanctuary, the only animal sanctuary staffed by LGTBQ people. VINE provides a haven for animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy and egg industries or other abusive circumstances, such as cockfights or pigeon-shoots. An activist in various social change movements since the 1970s, pattrice speaks and writes frequently of the connections between earth, animal, and human liberation. She is the author of Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and Their Allies and formerly directed the Global Hunger Coalition.
Joy Melanie10

Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M., is a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, celebrated speaker, and author of the award-winning book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. Dr. Joy is the eighth recipient of the Institute of Jainology’s Ahimsa Award, which was previously awarded to Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama and was presented to her in the British House of Commons. Dr. Joy has given her acclaimed carnism presentation in 17 countries, and her work has been featured by numerous media outlets worldwide. She is also author of Strategic Action for Animals, and is the founder and president of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network

Kemmerer Lisa11

Lisa Kemmerer, Ph.D., MTS, has been working on behalf of the environment, nonhuman animals, and disempowered humans for more than thirty years. A graduate of Reed, Harvard, and Glasgow (Scotland), she has written nearly a dozen books, including Eating Earth: Dietary Choice and Planetary Health, Animals and World Religions, and Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice. She is currently a philosopher-activist at Montana State University in Billings, Montana. You can learn more about her work at lisakemmerer.com.

 Kroplick Marilyn14b

Marilyn Kroplick, MD, is president of In Defense of Animals (IDA). Three years ago, Dr. Katz handed over the torch of IDA, an international animal rights organization with a 30-year history of fighting animal abuse through education, campaigns, and litigation. IDA sees the importance of animal care in their sanctuaries, in Mississippi, Africa, and India.  Dr. Kroplick is trained as child, adolescent, and board-certified adult psychiatrist. Throughout her life, she has loved traveling to exotic locales: Africa, Middle East, Asia, Cuba, and South America as a medical doctor and professional photographer.  In the sixties, Dr. Kroplick photographed social movements-- civil rights, anti-war, and women’s rights.  Her activism was published in underground (activist) newspapers, books, and in a weekly column of the Village Voice. In 1972, The National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a grant in photography.

Kuhn Keegan12

Keegan Kuhn is a documentary film-maker, video producer and professional musician based in the San Francisco bay area of CA. He runs First Spark Media a video production company tailored to creating videos and films for non-profit organizations and conscientious companies. His most recent film is Turlock the Documentary, made in conjunction with Animal Place.

Lange Lisa14

Lisa Lange is the senior vice president of communications for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), where she devises effective and eye-catching ways to get the animal rights message out to as many people as possible. She has coordinated the production of some of PETA’s most successful videos and public service announcements, and she works closely with celebrity PETA supporters, as well as networking with Hollywood directors, producers, and writers. Lange oversaw the launch of PETA Latino, which—with its huge social media presence and bilingual website, PETALatino.com—is the pre-eminent resource for information on animal rights issues relevant to the Latino community.

Leahy Chery11

Cheryl Leahy serves as Compassion Over Killing's General Counsel targeting large-scale abuse of farmed animals through proactive litigation and undercover investigations. Her work includes challenging cruel practices forced upon farmed animals as well as the misleading marketing of meat, milk, and eggs often found in grocery stores. Cheryl received a J.D. from UCLA School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Chicago in Environmental Studies. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and California bars.

LeBlanc Carrie12

Carrie LeBlanc, MA, is a nonprofit management and fundraising consultant, and is the Co-Executive Director of CompassionWorks International, a nonprofit dedicated to building a more compassionate world for all beings. Carrie has been advocating for animals since she was a teenager and brings a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector to the animal protection movement. In addition to serving as the former Director of Operations for Mercy For Animals, Carrie has consulted for numerous groups including Compassion Over Killing and Darwin Animal Doctors and has served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties.

Lowson Kathleen14

Kathleen Lowson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lowson International Studios and the Director of the precedent-setting documentary film, Cry of the Innocent: The Voices That Can't Speak.  Her studio produces transformative films based on the principles of moral, ethical and spiritual values as the pathway to social evolution.  She is a spiritual scholar and her advocacy has spanned over two decades with the core belief that animal abuse is a social justice issue perpetuated by an egocentric society in a state of 'spiritual disconnect.'  The mission of her films is to engender a paradigm of compassion for all living beings on our planet and instill the power of respect, which she believes will change our world.

Levinson Lisa14

Lisa Levinson has a BA in biology and MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning & Design. Lisa organizes Vegan Spirituality Meetups and Retreats to explore veganism as a spiritual practice, through www.VeganSpirituality.com. She works at In Defense of Animals (IDA), protecting the rights of nonhuman animals and serves as co-chair of IDA’s Sustainable Activism Advisory Council, along with Judy Carman, providing resources to support activists. Lisa also coordinates speakers for the Healthy Hut at Worldfest, and develops exhibits for the National Museum of Animals & Society. She enjoys hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and leads a Veggie Hikers Meetup in Los Angeles.

Marino Nora14

Nora Constance Marino, Esq., has been in the private practice of law since 1997, focusing on negligence, constitutional law, contract disputes, and family law.  She is a member of the Animal Law Committees of the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.  In 2006, Ms. Marino ran for New York State Senate, and in 2011, Mayor Bloomberg appointed her for a 4-year term as the Queens County Commissioner of the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission. A prominent advocate for animals, Ms. Marino acts as Chief Counsel to the League of Humane Voters, and also to Kinship Circle.


Andy Mars, Ph.D., is a man with a mission - a mission of raising a more conscious generation of kids. He specializes in raising veg kids and and raising kids in general. As an esteemed Ph.D. in Education, Dr. Mars is highly sought after for parent education sessions, teacher training seminars, and helping children directly. He has been vegan for over 30 years, has served on the Board of Trustees of The American Vegan Society for over 25 years, was a founding member of PCRM as well as Earthsave, and is the founder and director of the Kids Make A Difference Foundation. He has raised veg kids, runs the Veg Kids organization that helps veg kids connect with other veg kids, and is in the midst of running the 21st summer of the Camp Exploration totally vegan camp programs for kids.

May Armaiti14

Armaiti May is a practising housecall veterinarian and has been an activist since campaigning for improved vegan options in the dining cafeteria at her university. As a veterinary student, she organized a surgery training wetlab using ethical source cadavers as an alternative to terminal surgeries which were subsequently replaced with a rotation in which students perform needed procedures on patients with faculty supervision. Active in Vegan Toastmasters, she has given numerous speeches on vegan diets for dogs and cats. She co-organizes an animal rights meetup group, United Animal Advocates of LA, which does regular vegan outreach. Dr. May has volunteered on several veterinary service trips providing free spay/neuter services. She hosts an internet radio show called Animal Issues with Dr. Armaiti May (http://adrenalineradio.com/shows/168-the-vegan-vet).

McGreal Shirley14

Dr. Shirley McGreal is the founder of the International Primate Protection League (IPPL). She began her work on behalf of primate protection while residing in Thailand in 1973. She formed IPPL after witnessing the deplorable conditions under which primates were captured, sold and transported. IPPL specializes in fighting the highly organized and often illegal traffic in apes and monkeys and makes grants to overseas primate sanctuaries and rescue groups. IPPL operates a sanctuary which is home to 37 gibbons, many from research labs. Dr. McGreal has received a number of awards, including the Order of the British Empire in 2008.

Meeropol Rachel11

Rachel Meeropol has worked at the Center for Constitutional Rights since 2002. She is the co-editor and primary author of the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook, a widely-requested resource for prisoners, and the editor of America’s Disappeared: Secret Imprisonment, Detainees, and the “War on Terror,” (Seven Stories Press, 2005). Rachel is currently lead counsel on Blum v. Holder, a first amendment challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.  She also represents federal prisoners held in the Bureau of Prisons’ secretive “communication management units” in Aref v. Holder.

Mehta Tushar14

Tushar Mehta MD, practices family, emergency, and addiction medicine in Toronto, Canada. He also works internationally on medical missions in India, as well as teaches people about the benefits of vegan diet according to the current medical and nutritional science.  Last year, Tushar was a speaker at the National Health Service Conference in Mexico. This year, he is speaking on the nutrition, economy, and social factors regarding dairy and meat in India. He also teaches about compassion and vegan diet amongst the Jain community, and he has a deep interest in animal rights, ecology and international development.  In 2012/2013, Tushar served as a medical officer with Sea Shepherd.

Meier Erica10

Erica Meier is the Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing, a non-profit animal advocacy organization based in Washington , D.C. that focuses on exposing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting vegetarian eating. COK’s undercover investigations inside factory farms have been featured in various newspapers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Before working at COK, Erica spent four years as an animal control officer in D.C., rescuing sick, injured, and homeless animals as well as enforcing animal protection laws.

Messina Ginny14

Ginny Messina, MPH, RD, is a registered dietitian and public health nutritionist. She is the co-author of three books on vegan nutrition, Vegan for Life, Vegan for Her, and Never Too Late to Go Vegan. She also co-authored a textbook for health professionals, The Dietitians’ Guide to Vegetarian Diets. She writes about a variety of issues related to health and activism on her blog TheVeganRD and speaks about vegan nutrition at scientific events for health professionals as well as events for the public. Ginny taught nutrition at Central Michigan University and was a dietitian for PCRM.

Mullin Carolyn14

Carolyn Merino Mullin is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Museum of Animals and Society. She has over 14 years' worth of experience in the nonprofit sector, with special emphasis in children’s education (literacy, humane education, museums). She served as an organizer for the historic "Yes on 10" ballot initiative with Floridians for Humane Farms in 2002 and the "Yes on 2" campaign in 2008 through Californians for Humane Farms. Carolyn earned her Bachelor’s in Religion Studies, with a focus in Religion & Nature, from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, CO.

Modi Pulin12

Pulin Modi lives in Washington, DC where he currently works as a Senior Campaigner for Change.org. He has been involved in animal rights for nearly 15 years. He organized with the Animal Defense League in NJ in the 90s, Vassar Animal Rights Coalition in NY as a student, and spent over nine years at PETA where he was involved with youth campaigns and outreach across the country, online organizing via social media, and managed the grassroots activism program. His goal is to help anyone, anywhere make the world a better place for all.

Moncrief Dawn14

Dawn Moncrief is the Founder and Executive Director of A Well-Fed World, a Washington DC-based hunger relief and animal protection organization that partners with and financially strengthens vegan feeding 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 high levels of meat consumption in the U.S. and internationally exacerbate global hunger and global warming. She also draws attention to the ethical and environmental misconceptions in “gifting” animals for food in poor countries and "humane" meat marketing, more generally.

Nambudiripad Unny14

Unny Nambudiripad is co-founder of Compassionate Action for Animals (CAA), and has more than 18 years of experience organizing fundraising and outreach events, writing about animal protection, and developing campaigns and projects. Under Unny's direction, CAA distributes tens of thousands of leaflets, screens videos exposing factory farms, distributes free vegan food samples, and organizes Twin Cities Veg Fest, which draws 2,000 people. Unny enjoys commuting by bike, swimming, camping, and cooking food with friends.

Newkirk Ingrid14

Ingrid E. Newkirk is the president and founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the author of several books, including One Can Make a Difference, 50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals, Making Kind Choices, The PETA Celebrity Cookbook, Free the Animals, and The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights. Numerous publications have featured Newkirk’s work, including The New Yorker, Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, and the Financial Times. She has appeared on television shows all over the world and is the subject of a BBC special and the HBO documentary I Am an Animal.

Norris Jack14

Jack Norris is a Registered Dietitian and the Executive Director of Vegan Outreach. Vegan Outreach promotes individual outreach primarily through distribution of their booklets on college campuses through their "Adopt a College" program. In 2005, Jack was elected to the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. Along with Ginny Messina, MS RD, Jack has written the book, Vegan For Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet. Jack writes a nutrition blog at JackNorrisRD.com. He is also the author of Vitamin B12: Are You Getting It? and maintains VeganHealth.org.

Nunez Sharon14

Sharon Nuñez is the co-founder and International Director of Animal Equality.  In less than 8 years since its foundation, Animal Equality has become a leading European Animal Rights organization.  Sharon has been interviewed about Animal Equality's work in international media and the organization’s campaigns and investigations have appeared in the CNN, BBC, The Guardian, La Republica or El País. Animal Equality has reached millions of people, successfully campaigned to get supermarket chains to change their policies, worked with authorities to get animal abusers convicted, and closed farms, slaughterhouses and markets investigated by the organization.  In May 2014 Sharon became Last Chance for Animals’ new Executive Director.  She is also the coeditor of "LiberAnima," a book collection that promotes animal rights in Spanish speaking countries through key book publications.   

Ornelas Lauren14

lauren Ornelas is the founder/director of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice nonprofit seeking to create a more just world by helping consumers recognize the power of their food choices. F.E.P. works in solidarity with farm workers, advocates for chocolate not sourced from the worst forms of child labor, and focuses on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities. While lauren was the director of Viva!USA, she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, she persuaded Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat and was the spark that got the founder of Whole Foods Market to become a vegan. She served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Watch her TEDx talk on The Power of Our Food Choices. Learn more about F.E.P.’s work at www.foodispower.org and www.veganmexicanfood.com

Orr Julia14

Julia Orr is a public relations professional currently serving as Communications Director for Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN). She has been an activist for over 20 years, and spent many years volunteering on the Navajo reservation.  For the past 10 years, she has focused on vivisection. She has organized protests for World Week for the Liberation of Laboratory Animals, National Primate Liberation Week and National Day of Mourning for Animals In Labs. Julia is also a guest blogger on the Huffington Post and most recently curated an exhibition on the anti-vivisection movement for the National Museum of Animals and Society.

Pacheco Alex14

Alex Pacheco is leading 600 Million Stray Dogs Need You - The Cure for Animal Overpopulation, to develop special food that can sterilize stray dogs and cats, without surgery, in an effort to permanently end the number one cause of suffering (overpopulation) for the 82 million stray cats in the U.S. and the 600 million stray dogs worldwide, who give birth to over one billion stray puppies annually.  Alex is co-founder of PETA and Adopt-A-Pet, an Animal Rights Hall of Fame inductee, and a Sea Shepherd Crew Member of The Year.

Parks Krystal14

Krystal Parks is the founder of Pachyderm Power! Love in Action for Elephants, an organization whose pivotal work in Kenya to save the African elephant has confronted the many issues threatening elephants' survival, namely: poaching, hunting, human/elephant conflict, drought, poverty and hunger. Now the organization's efforts are focused on one thing: stopping the genocide of the Elephant Nation, who are being killed at the rate of 100 per day. To this end, they focus on educating students, farmers and villagers in rural areas, where poachers come from, about the magnificence of elephants and why they should be protected and conserved. 

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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s compassionate living philosophy is propelling plant-based eating into the mainstream and forever changing how we regard animals. Well-known as someone who richly inhabits countless public-facing outlets – writing, speaking, educating, hosting - her message is enriched by her refreshingly positive outlook, charisma, and sumptuous recipes. Colleen might be best known for her trendsetting 30-Day Vegan Challenge, but that is only one aspect of her robust public profile whose work spans several mediums. Colleen is an acclaimed speaker, award-winning author of six books, including The Joy of Vegan Baking and The Vegan Table, expert ethics commentator, and a multimedia host, beloved for her entertaining and unparalleled cooking segments and her intimate and inspiring podcasts. Colleen is a regular contributor to National Public Radio and has appeared on The Food Network and PBS. You can learn more at joyfulvegan.com.

Potter Will14

Will Potter is an award-winning journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. who focuses on the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil liberties post-9/11.  His reporting and commentary have been featured in the world’s top media outlets, including the Washington Post, Rolling Stone and El Pais.  He has testified before the U.S. Congress as the only witness opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and his book, Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege, was awarded a a Kirkus Star for “remarkable merit.” This year he was selected as a TED Fellow.

Prosin Natalie14

Natalie Prosin is the Executive Director of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), which made history last December when it filed the first-ever habeas corpus lawsuits seeking release from captivity and the fundamental right to bodily liberty for four chimpanzees who are being held in private homes and laboratories in New York State. While those cases work their way through the appellate courts, the organization is preparing its next series of lawsuits, later this year, on behalf of elephants. Natalie oversees the organization’s growth and strategic direction, as well as its public outreach, which led, most recently, to the NhRP being the subject of a cover story in the New York Times magazine. Natalie graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Brown University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Radig Taylor14

Taylor Radig worked as an undercover investigator for national animal advocacy group Compassion Over Killing. Working closely with their legal team, she went into facilities to expose the ugly truth of animal agribusiness, and to share the stories of animals in factory farms. In the summer of 2013, Taylor documented egregious abuse of newborn calves at a Colorado farm. Shortly after turning in her footage that showed workers and supervisors abusing the calves, Taylor was ironically charged with animal cruelty and had her identity outed by the Sheriff's Department. Taylor has traveled the country sharing her story and more importantly the commonplace abuses of animals she witnessed in factory farms.

Rajt Lindsay14

Lindsay Rajt is the associate director of campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Since 2005, Rajt has spearheaded hundreds of PETA's highest-profile actions around the world. Her work to promote animal rights has landed her on television and in newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, including U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, FOX, BBC, CNN, and national television programs in Canada and Australia.

 Reiman Tracy14

Tracy Reiman is the executive vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She oversees the organization’s campaigns, marketing, corporate affairs, youth, and Web outreach efforts. She has appeared on television in behalf of animals numerous times, including on CNN and ABC’s 20/20, and her work to promote animal rights has made headlines in major publications across the country, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.

 Reyes Simone14

Simone Reyes was the breakout star of Oxygen's reality tv show Running Russell Simmons, and has been entertainment mogul Russell Simmons' right hand woman since high school, often affectionately referred to as the "Boss" by Simmons himself. Simone boldly shed her clothes for PETA's "Rather Go Naked" demonstrations, and Stray Cat Alliance and has used her voice in countless media outlets to speak out in support of animal liberation. Simone is a 20+ year vegan and has been a grassroots animal rights activist for most of her adult life. PETA 's Animal Rahat Sanctuary in India was officially given a new name, "Simone’s Place," in her honor. Last year she traveled to Taiji, Japan as a Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian to report on  the atrocities of the dolphin drives. She was recently arrested for protesting the SeaWorld float at the Rose Parade.

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Matt Rice serves as Mercy For Animals' Director of Investigations - working closely with undercover investigators to obtain video footage and other evidence of animal abuse at factory farms, hatcheries and slaughterhouses. Matt also works with attorneys, veterinarians and animal welfare experts to review covert footage and draft criminal complaints, and then with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to secure animal cruelty convictions against individuals and facilities that abuse animals.

 Rosell Matt14

Matt Rosell is the Campaigns Director for Animal Defenders International heading up their grassroots effort to end circus cruelty by passing the Travelling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 4525). This federal bill introduced by Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) aims to ban wild animals from traveling circuses in the United States. Matt’s extensive experiences working undercover inside abusive industries including circuses, fur farms, factory farms, research labs, and a slaughterhouse, have all helped to personalize his advocacy work. Matt’s expert comments and undercover work have appeared in hundreds of news stories and documentaries and he frequently speaks publicly on animal issues.


Roth Ruby14

Ruby Roth has been featured on CNN, FOX, Today, and other major media outlets.  She is an activist, blogger, and one of the world's leading authors and illustrators of vegan and vegetarian books for children.  Roth has received international attention for her sensitive, yet frank advocacy of a vegan diet and lifestyle, sharing her philosophy and practice of a veganism with over 80,000 worldwide followers. Complementing her degrees in art and American Studies, she has researched animal agriculture, health, nutrition, and the benefits of a plant-based diet for over a decade, lending her expertise to schools, radio, blogs, print publications, festivals, and conferences. 


Nathan Runkle is the Founder and Executive Director of Mercy For Animals. Since founding MFA a decade ago, Nathan has overseen the organization's growth into a leading national force for the respectful and compassionate treatment of farmed animals. Nathan has appeared in hundreds of interviews including 20/20, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, NPR, and The New York Times. Nathan has worked to pass landmark farmed animal protection legislation, raise public awareness about vegetarianism, and implement animal protection policy changes.

Sehgal Melissa14

Melissa Sehgal is Campaign Coordinator and Senior On-Ground Leader for Sea Shepherd Society’s Operation Infinite Patience Campaign. For four consecutive years, Melissa has led hundreds of volunteers known as Cove Guardians from around the world to document and expose the brutal captive dolphin trade and slaughter in Taiji, Japan. Before joining Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Melissa was actively involved for more than 12 years in the Animal Rights movement and has campaigned for various causes with PETA and Mercy For Animals.  Amazon.com agreed to end the sale of all dolphin, shark and whale products after Melissa organized a Change.org social media petition in 2012. Her work with Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians has been featured by numerous media outlets including: Associated Press, ABC, CBS Evening News, CNN, HLN, Huffington Post, NPR and Reuters.

Shapiro Ryan13

Ryan Shapiro is a longtime animal rights activist who has organized successful sit-ins, blockades, protests, hunt-sabotages, undercover investigations, and open rescues. Ryan is now also a doctoral candidate at MIT. His research explores the use of the rhetoric and apparatus of national security to marginalize animal protectionists, from the late 19th century to the present. As part of this work, Ryan has nearly 600 Freedom of Information Act requests in motion with the FBI, as well as multiple ongoing lawsuits challenging their failure to comply.  Ryan is a plaintiff in Blum v. Holder, the federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Sheen Nicoal14

Nicoal R. Sheen graduated from CSU Long Beach with her B.A. in Comparative Political Science specializing in sociopolitical revolution and people-powered movements. As both an academic and activist, she recognizes all oppression as interlocking mechanisms used to silence and exploit other beings considered “less than” and fights to end these systemic inequalities. Nicoal embraces the ethics of total liberation and feminism, and works to unite social justice movements based on our commonalities.

Simon Dave12

Dave Simon works as general counsel for a healthcare company and is the author of the book Meatonomics (Conari Press, 2013).  Among other things, Meatonomics looks at the effects on consumers of ag-gag laws and other aggressive legal protections that animal food producers have put in place over the past several decades.  Dave co-founded the Greater Orange County Animal Rights Roundtable, and he serves on the boards of Animal Protection & Rescue League and APRL Fund and on the advisory board of Animal Legal Defense Fund.  He has brought numerous legal challenges to free speech rules that stifle animal advocacy, resulting in better access rights for people seeking to engage in expressive activity at more than 20 venues in Southern California (including Downtown Disney, Hollywood Park, South Coast Plaza, and others).

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Lee Slonimsky is a hedge fund manager who is using socially responsible investing techniques to advance vegan and humane causes, and to demonstrate that no profits need be sacrificed in such an approach. Lee is working on a fund, Green Hills Partners LP, that will be devoted exclusively to this mission and will also advance these causes in advertising under the terms of the Federal “J.O.B.S. Act." Lee is also a published poet in his spare time.

Soloman Ari14

Ari Soloman serves as director of communications for Mercy For Animals, overseeing the organization’s impact across all social media platforms. He also serves as the liaison to celebrities and other public figures involved in MFA’s campaigns.  A prolific writer on animal rights, veganism, and human rights, Ari's work appears regularly on The Huffington Post. Many of Ari’s letters have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Advocate. Ari has appeared widely on national television and radio to discuss a range of subjects from veganism to civil rights, including appearances on CNN, Reuters TV, NPR, and HuffPost Live. Ari’s YouTube videos on animal rights and veganism have also become viral sensations, including Sh*t Vegans Say, with over 1 million views.

Stanley Doll12

Doll Stanley is the Director of In Defense of Animals-Hope Animal Sanctuary and is a Director of Investigations. Since the 1980's, Doll has been known for her bold activism and leadership, organizing campaigns and direct action events including rodeos, circuses, anti-fur protests, and hunt sabotages. She entered the arena of disaster relief in the aftermath of the Bay Area firestorm in 1990, and her 1993 mission to shut down two animal dealers in Mississippi led to IDA founding Hope Animal Sanctuary and the rescue of thousands of animals, as IDA-HAS shut down puppymills, pet shop suppliers, exotic animal hoarders, dog fighting rings and rescued as many animals from neglect and suffering in backyards, barns, and pastures .  

Su Pei14

Pei-Feng Su is Executive Director and co-founder of ACTAsia for Animals.  She has been active in animal advocacy for over 20 years, with extensive undercover experience. Pei has spearheaded campaigns in Asia on issues including fur farming, bear farming, zoos, illegal turtle trade and stray animals. She believes that humane education for young children is the key to break the chain of cruelty to animals in Asia. ACTAsia’s 'Caring for Life: Humane Education' course is expanding in cities across China. ACTAsia coordinated more than 60 anti-fur events this year, and the 1st Fur-Free Fashion Show was widely covered by Asian media.

Stram Veda11

Veda Stram is currently working with All-Creatures.org. She saw a picture of a lab animal around noon one day in April 1988 and attended a Last Chance for Animals meeting that night and has been an activist ever since. She has volunteered with Last Chance for Animals, Orange County People for Animals and Northwest Animal Rights Network. She was Associate Editor and Administrator for AnimalsVoice.com and The Animals Voice Magazine. Veda has been coordinating the Newcomer Orientations at the Animal Rights National Conferences for several years.

Tumasse TJ14

TJ Tumasse spent more than six years working as an undercover investigator with PETA and Mercy For Animals inside many of the nation’s largest factory farms, local shelters, and roadside zoos.  His cases exposed the ugly truth about what continues to happen behind closed doors, and led to groundbreaking criminal convictions for felony abuse to factory farm animals as well as corporate, local, and federal policy changes.  Most importantly, TJ’s work as an undercover investigator has helped to affect change in the lives of millions of animals across the United States.

Webermann Michael14

Michael A. Webermann is the Executive Director of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), where he oversees FARM’s Sustained Vegan Advocacy approach to reducing (and eventually eliminating) the number of animals raised and killed for food. He produces literature, advertisements, and videos that expose animal agribusiness, determines how to best bring these messages to key target audiences, and helps develop follow-up resources to make the vegan path fun and easy. Michael also gives presentations to high school and college students, helping them make the connection between companion animals and farmed animals, and he speaks nationally on effective strategies, tactics, and messaging for promoting veganism.

Weintraub Eileen14

Eileen Weintraub is the Founder/Director of Help Animals India, a USA nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to supporting efficient and effective animal protection organizations in India.  She is a lifelong humane volunteer, animal rescuer and veg advocate.  Her spiritual background drew her to visit India in 2003 and it was there she found that she could be most effective in helping the animals.  Starting with the Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA) where she continues their international outreach, she now works to support fabulous animal advocates and groups in India from home in Seattle, WA.  

Wilkens Odette10

Odette Wilkens is Executive Director of the Equal Justice Alliance, whose mission is to repeal the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. She is a member of the Committee of Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals of the New York City Bar Association. As a corporate attorney, Odette was Assistant General Counsel for a major international recruiting firm. She holds a masters degree in business administration in Finance from Stern, New York University. She has spoken at bar associations, law schools and legal conferences on the Act's implications for civil liberties.

Winnard Stephanie14

Stephanie Winnard has  been practicing yoga for 2 decades and has been teaching yoga for more than 10 years.  She enjoys a flowing style that can bring one into a state of bliss.  Stephanie’s classes are intention-based and aim to teach others how to control the mind using meditative techniques. In addition to being an avid yogi, she has worked as an educator her entire adult life, and currently teaches psychology at Pierce Community College. A passionate vegan, Stephanie is also certified in Plant-based Nutrition, and teaches vegan cooking classes as well. When she is not engaging in social justice activism, she enjoys spending time with her husband Clifton and two boys, Trevor and Taj. 

Schaeffer Ashley14

 Ashley Schaeffer Yildiz, born and raised in Mendocino County, CA, is a lifelong vegetarian and animal rights activist. She is a proud new mom, fiercely committed to halting industrial expansion of oil palm plantations to ensure that orangutans and other wildlife don't become extinct. Deeply inspired by nutrition and the food movement's work to reclaim our broken food system, Ashley has been a Palm Oil Campaigner at Rainforest Action Network (RAN) since 2009. Before joining RAN, she worked on social and environmental justice campaigns across the country with Amazon Watch, Green Corps, and Greenpeace for several years. Prior to her career as an organizer, she worked for the World Learning Institute in Ecuador.

Scott Brandon14

Brandon Scottinternational entertainer, filmmaker and creative wizard of wonder, loves what he does, especially when it helps save our precious animals.  He is a headlining magician at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and has performed at Caesars Palace, The Hollywood Bowl, The Universal Amphitheater and Disneyland.  As Creative Director for Cool-Cups Natural Vegan Snacks, he is proud of being part of an eco friendly company that believes in only using all natural-plant based ingredients; supporting the vision to reduce farm animal usage and eliminate cruelty to animals. You can find him at brandonscott.tv and facebook.com/BrandonJayScott


Young Peter14

Peter Young is a veteran activist, former Animal Liberation Front (ALF) member, author, publisher, and creator of the website Animal Liberation Frontline. He is a former political prisoner sentenced to two years in prison for releasing thousands of mink from fur farms. After 7 years wanted by the FBI and a 24 month federal prison sentence, today Young speaks to activists on using creative and often controversial tactics in in the struggle for animal liberation. He brings a message of urgency, speaking on first-hand accounts of animal rescues, animal liberation, direct action, and more.

Zosch Sebastian14


Zosch, Sebastian - Sebastian Zösch (34) holds a masters degree in NGO-management and is CEO of VEBU - Europe’s biggest veg association. He has brought the successful "Veggieday" campaign to Germany and initiated "VeggieWorld", Europe`s largest veg fair with more than 30,000 visitors each year. Sebastian invented the first B12-toothpaste and established an influential veg catering training program as well as a vegan business consulting company. Through political lobbying, Sebastian has promoted the EU-wide legal definition of the terms "vegetarian" and "vegan". Recently, he launched a carnism awareness campaign with Melanie Joy. So far, he has received six international awards for his activism.