|John Schlimm||DC VegFest Emcee|
|11:20 am||Wendy Rieger||Main Stage|
|11:35 am||Lesley Parker Rollins||Kids’ Activity Area: “Ask a Vegan Mom”|
|11:35 am||Ruby Lathon||Main Stage Cooking Demo: Easy & Delicious Recipes from The Veggie Chest|
|12:20 pm||Paul Shapiro||Main Stage: From the Margins to the Mainstream: Veg Eating in America|
|12:55 pm||Rich Roll||Main Stage: Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Finding Myself|
|1:30 pm||Milton Mills||Main Stage: Improve Your Health and Longevity with a Plant-Based Diet|
|2:05 pm||Dan & Annie Shannon||Main Stage Cooking Demo: Betty Goes Vegan – Classic Recipes for the Modern Family|
|2:15 pm||Michael Worsham||Kids’ Activity Area: Magic Show|
|2:45 pm||Josh Tetrick||Main Stage: Beyond Eggs: The Future of Food|
|3:20 pm||Obstacle Course||Next to Kids’ Area|
|3:40 pm||Ayinde Howell||Main Stage: Cooking Demo|
|3:45 pm||Doron Petersan||Kids’ Activity Area: Cooking Demo|
|4:30 pm||Closing Remarks||Main Stage|
|4:40 pm||Musical Performance
by Steven Gellman
|*Maldon Language Interpreters will be on-site to provide American Sign Language interpreting.|
Paul Shapiro, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the United States, has played an integral role in numerous successful legislative and corporate campaigns to improve the plight of farmed animals. His efforts have helped to enact laws in states across the country, and he’s worked with dozens of companies to improve animal welfare standards. He founded Compassion Over Killing in 1995, and served as its campaigns director until January of 2005. Paul has been interviewed in hundreds of print, broadcast, and online news sources as an authority of farm animal welfare and animal advocacy. He has also published dozens of articles about animal welfare in publications ranging from daily newspapers to academic journals.
Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Annie and Dan Shannon recently published Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family, a comprehensive guide to making delicious meals and comfort foods vegan-style. Compelled to take on a cooking challenge, they set out to prove that any recipe could be recreated to satisfy vegans, vegetarians, and soon-to-be vegetarians alike. Betty Goes Vegan started with “The Betty Crocker Project,” in which Annie and Dan Shannon started to vegan-ize the Betty Crocker Cookbook—page by page—on their blog, Meet the Shannons. Prior to blogging and creating vegan versions of American classics, Annie and Dan worked at animal advocacy organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and In Defense of Animals.
Rich Roll is a vegan ultra-distance endurance athlete, and one of two people to complete EPIC5 – 5 Ironmans on 5 Hawaiian Islands in under a week. At the age of 40, an out-of-shape Rich made a decision to overhaul his life, adopted a plant-based diet, and started competing in endurance events across the globe. His plant-fueled feats of athleticism have been featured on CNN and in the pages of the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Stanford Magazine, Men’s Health Living, VegNews, Triathlete, Outside, 3/GO Magazine and Men’s Fitness Magazine, which named Rich as one of the “25 Fittest Men in the World.” Rich discusses all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking minds in health and fitness on his podcast. At the 2013 DC VegFest, Rich will be discussing how his switch to vegan eating helped him go the distance, and signing his inspirational memoir, Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself.
Editor in Chief and founder of ieatgrass.com, Ayinde Howell is a fourth generation entrepreneur, executive vegan chef, actor, musician, and writer. Howell, born in a small town called Tacoma, Washington, is a lifelong vegan who started practicing yoga with his family at the age of ten. He has a background in a variety of vegan fare covering soul food, raw, and new American. It was in Seattle where he got his start as co-owner of Hillside Quickies Vegan Sandwich Shop, an offshoot of the family business. “The Shop” became a popular lunch spot know for blasting hip hop during the crowded rushes and was frequented by notable industry clients like The Roots, Saul Williams, Common, Blackalicious and the Erykah Badu when their respective tours came through town.
John Schlimm, named one of the “Vegan Men We Love” by VegNews magazine, is an activist, educator, artist, and international award-winning author of such cookbooks as Grilling Vegan Style, The Tipsy Vegan, and The Cheesy Vegan, coming this fall. The son of a former butcher and meat-processing business owner, John came out on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a pro-meatless, pro-vegetable loving kind of foodie, expressing the sentiment that “no living being, human or animal, should ever go through this life unloved.” John’s cookbooks and appearances have been critically acclaimed and heralded by the vegan and mainstream media, including The New York Times. John has a Master’s in Education from Harvard University, and has authored 12 books; the most recent two, written since his transition to vegan, carry this dedication: To All the Animals ~ So you know that you have not passed this way unloved.
In 2007, Dr. Ruby Lathon was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and instead of following the route to surgery, Ruby opted to use a whole-foods, plant-based diet as medicine. A year and a half later, her tumor had completely dissolved. She uses her powerful story of recovery to teach others about the benefit and power of plant based foods and provides tools for living healthy, disease-free lives. Dr. Lathon served as Nutrition Policy Manager and Lobbyist at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine where she led an initiative to improve child nutrition and prevent chronic disease through emphasis on plant-based options in the National School Lunch Program. She is a health and wellness contributing writer for African American Lifestyle Magazine, author of the upcoming book Above the Clouds, and host of “The Veggie Chest,” a plant-based cooking web series.
Josh Tetrick is a social entrepreneur, writer, and speaker. He has led a United Nations sustainable business initiative in Kenya, worked for both former President Clinton and the president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and taught street children as a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria and South Africa. As CEO of Hampton Creek Foods, a one-year old company backed by venture capitalists and selected by Bill Gates as one of the three companies shaping the future of foods, Josh is committed to developing an innovative and sustainable plant-based egg replacer that is cheaper than real eggs: Beyond Eggs. Josh is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Cornell University.
Wendy Rieger is a lifelong animal lover who became a vegetarian four years ago this August thanks to the influence of Erica Meier of Compassion Over Killing and DJ Kim of Java Green. Wendy has been covering news in Washington for almost 30 years. She spent the last 22 years at NBC-4 where she is now anchoring the 5 o’clock news. Four years ago she created the Going Green segment that shows how easy it is to make simple changes in your life to help combat global warming and the everyday mess humans are making on the planet. Because animal agriculture is a major cause of global warming she has been weaving vegetarian stories into her Going Green reports. She lives with her two cats, Buddy and Rudy, rescued from the streets of Baltimore. She also has a vegan West Africa Peanut soup recipe that will make you weep.
Few people have unlocked the secrets of creating animal-free decadent desserts as well as cookbook-author, bakery-owner, and Cupcake Wars-winner Doron Petersan. Holding a degree in Dietetics, Doron has brought dreams of coveted sweet treats to a delicious vegan reality. Her bakery, Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats, has won several accolades, and her cookbook, Sticky Fingers Sweets has flown off the shelves since its debut earlier this year.
When not making the world a sweeter and more savory place, Doron spends her free time volunteering with Pinups for Pitbulls Inc., bike racing competitively on the bakery-sponsored team “Sticky Fingers,” or hanging around Washington, DC with her family, two rescued dogs and son. At the 2013 DC VegFest, Doron will be dishing out information on creating delicious kid-friendly vegan food at the kids area.
A graduate of Stanford Univ. School of Medicine, Milton R. Mills, MD, serves as associate director for preventative medicine for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Dr. Mills has written about some of the environmental and societal influences affecting the health of African-Americans and other racial monitories, and he’s been published on the Journal of the National Medical Association. Whether Dr. Mills is practicing at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia or at free clinics in Washington, D.C., his prescription for patients is likely to include some important dietary advice: go vegetarian.
A mother to three children raised vegan from birth, Lesley has been vegan herself for nearly 15 years. She married her husband, Ray, in 2000 and by early 2001, he was vegan as well! Their first child Tyler was born shortly thereafter, and they went on to have Will in 2003 and Maya in 2007. Raising children vegan was never a question for Lesley and Ray. Between their ethics and compassion for animals, the health benefits of being vegan, and concern and respect for the environment, it made sense that they would instill those values in their children as best they could. Besides being a stay-at-home parent, Lesley enjoys volunteering for many animal rights organizations as much as possible to help create a kinder, more peaceful vegan world.
Steven Gellman has been performing his slice-of-life lyrics to audiences across the United States since the mid-90s. Described by Billboard Magazine as “intensely sensitive and impressively intelligent,” Gellman’s songwriting captures the simple moments of everyday life and wraps them in notes that will have you humming along – long after the song is over. On stage, Gellman combines friendly banter with a sonorous, tenor voice that critics have compared to the late John Denver.