Every year we curate a group of the best speakers, chefs and presenters on the topics of vegan health, ethics, animal rights, good eating and more to present to our festival goers.
Cam F Awesome has been a proud vegan since 2012. Cam is the #1 heavyweight boxer in the country and has won numerous national championships and Olympic Trials. Cam is a standup comic and a motivational speaker. Cam is the host of the podcast “Awesome Talks”. His goal is to break the stigma of what people think of when they hear ‘vegan’. He prides himself on breaking the vegan stereotype and called himself a NOOT (Not One Of Those).
Chef Babette is a world-class chef, fitness expert and motivational speaker. She runs a successful restaurant, Stuff I Eat, and has a loyal fan base via social media outlets while participating in health summit events around the country. Chef Babette recently guest starred in the new HBO hit comedy series Insecure and the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family amongst a few. Chef Babette shares an array of raw and cooked recipes including Inspirational Messages and Chef B’s Delectable Delights.
Hope Bohanec has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for over 25 years and has published the book The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? She is a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the animal protection movement, and serves as Projects Manager for United Poultry Concerns. Hope is also the Executive Director of Compassionate Living, a Bay Area vegan advocacy organization. She manages the annual Conscious Eating Conference at UC Berkeley, the Berkeley Earth Day, and the Sonoma County VegFest.
Personal Chef, Caterer, Instructor, Restaurant Consultant and Professional Vegucator, Lisa Books-Williams has been sharing the joys of plant-based foods since 2005. Lisa has lost more than 100lbs and regained her health and vitality through WFPB eating. She won Vegan Iron Chef in 2013, is an award winning raw foods chef and a certified Green Chef Instructor. Lisa developed the culinary portion of the Plant-Based Diet Program for Kaiser Permanente and teaches patients, staff and physicians at dozens of Kaisers throughout Northern California.
Patti Breitman is a co-founder of Dharma Voices for Animals and director of The Marin Vegetarian Education Group. She is the co-author of many books including Even Vegans Die (with a foreword by Dr. Michael Greger). In 2016 she was honored to receive the Lisa Shapiro Award for Unsung Vegan Heroes. Patti lives in Fairfax, CA where her neighbors and friends include coyotes, foxes, rabbits, spiders, birds, snakes, deer, and countless other beautiful creatures.
Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned: Love, Laughter, and Living as a Vegan for 32 Years
Genesis became an ethical vegan at the age of 6 after finding out mother cows have their milk stolen for human consumption. Since then, Genesis has attended over a hundred demos to protest against animal testing, entertainment venues that exploit animals, and slaughterhouses. Genesis also speaks at vegan and non-vegan events sharing her message of compassion. In 2017, Genesis became the youngest TEDx speaker when she presented a talk on healing the planet by going vegan.
Cat is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and CEO and founder of Cat Fitness and Plant Powered Brothaz. As a personal trainer, he runs boot camps and helps people Transition into a plant-based diet. He is a co-host on “Health Matters” on 89.3 KPFB. Drawing on his 10 years of experience in leadership, motivational speaking and team building, Cat now focuses mainly on using the skills to help people find their purpose, improve their health and live up to their true potential.
Eshiana is a 10 year old vegan and USA GYMNASTICS star. She won the GOLD medal for STATE TITLE, REGIONAL TITLE and GOLD in 2018 USA GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLE. She was also awarded the “PAIR OF THE YEAR” for levels 8-10 at Regionals and the judge’s choice for BEST PERFORMANCE at Nationals. She is also a top academic in school winning the Dr. Benjamin Mays Spiritual Consciousness award in 2017. Vegetarian since age 5, Eshiana turned vegan after discovering the inhumane treatment of animals in the dairy industry.
Scott David worked for two years as an undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing, filming hard-hitting footage that exposed animal abuse at three slaughterhouses across the country. Now retired from the field, he spends his time assisting with the research and support COK’s current investigators need to expose animal cruelty. After getting his master’s degree in Applied Ecology, he taught students about animals and the environment in an after-school education program.
RG Enriquez at astigvegan.com finds ways to see that Filipino food can be vegan, healthy, and delicious without losing its soul. Born and raised in Cavite, Philippines, RG veganizes the Filipino food of her childhood. She has appeared on the television show, “Adobo Nation” and given demonstrations and talks at “Savor Filipino”, “Taste of South Lake”, “Barrio Fiesta”, Pitzer college, and Cal-State East Bay. Her recipes could be found on astigvegan.com, youtube.com/rcestudios, and onegreenplanet.org
Recipe-video blogger, Joe Geeseman, quickly developed a passion for converting traditional non-vegan meals into delicious vegan recipes while transitioning to the vegan diet. Wanting to share his new passion, Joe started FruitBones, a recipe-video blog on social media, where he films, edits, and posts great recipes a few times a week! For the World VegFest, he will be preparing mushroom stroganoff, balsamic roasted beets with dill, spiced buckwheat, and a traditional Russian summer salad.
Sid Garza-Hillman, podcaster and YouTuber, is the author of Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto and Raising Healthy Parents: Small Steps, Less Stress, and a Thriving Family. He graduated from UCLA with a BA in Philosophy, and is a public speaker, certified nutritionist, and Small Steps Coach–teaching people around the world his unique Small Steps approach to healthy living at www.smallsteppers.com. He is the Wellness Programs Director at the Stanford Inn Eco-Resort, an ultra runner, and Race Director of the Mendocino Coast 50K trail ultramarathon.
Grey is one of the hottest emerging artists at the intersection between activism, urban style & hip hop. Grey became one of the most talked about acts of 2016 after his Vegan Thanksgiving freestyle & music video took the internet by storm. His superb, cerebral and soulful flow ensured that his message went global, earning nods from Russel Simmons, DL Hughley, Ellie Goulding, Unilad, Worldstar, and Baller Alert. Notching a total of 30+ million views, he was catapulted from local stardom to the global stage.
Timaree Hagenburger, an RD and certified exercise physiologist, is a full-time nutrition professor at Cosumnes River College, where she is launching a hands-on Plant-Based Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture certificate program. Timaree has spoken at VegFests from San Francisco and Alaska to Florida and Hawaii, works in corporate wellness, writes a monthly newspaper column, has a regular segment on California Bountiful TV and published her first book – The Foodie Bar Way: One meal. Lots of options. Everyone’s happy. Life is better when you “love the food that loves you back.”
For 34 years Dr. Alan Goldhamer has been the director of the True North Health Center and the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa. TrueNorth Health is an integrative medical facility. Their 58-bed facility admits over 1000 inpatients per year and specializes in medically supervised water-only fasting. The non-profit TrueNorth Health Foundation provides internship and residency training to over 30 doctors per year and their clinical research team conducts and publishes clinical research. Dr. Goldhamer is the author of the Health Promoting Cookbook and co-author of The Pleasure Trap.
Hannah Kaminsky has developed an international following for her delicious recipes and mouthwatering food photography at the award-winning blog BitterSweetBlog.com. She is the author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan à la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie. Passionate about big flavors and simple techniques, she works in the San Francisco bay as a recipe developer and food photographing, and baker at Nourish Cafe.
Dr. Joanne Kong has been praised as one of the most compelling advocates for plant-based nutrition today. Author of If You’ve Ever Loved an Animal, Go Vegan and highly praised for her TEDx talk on veganism, she has given numerous presentations at festivals and universities around the globe. She is a volunteer with the Humane Party, has been featured on the radio showVegan Nation, and promoted veganism during a 3-week tour of India.
Chef Patricia is a certified Nutrition Consultant. She and her husband Dave Koot host a weekly vegan, delicious dinner on Wed nights followed by a lively presentation at the SF Opera Plaza. Patricia is a 2018 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.
My name is Monk and I am 48yrs old. I am personal trainer, meditation instructor, public speaker, and a 2x natural pro physique bodybuilder. I made my life transformation by way of meditation. I beat addiction and change my diet to a compassionate vegan diet- while finding purpose in my life. Now, the main part of my purpose is to bring awareness to our communities so that we can heal physically, mentally, and spiritually.
InstaGram @iamveganmonk; FB Vegan Monk; Twitter @jccmonk
Combine equal parts imagination and training. Add a heaping dash of talent and an overflowing cup of passion. Top it off with the ability to create engaging sensory experiences with the fusion of food, entertainment and fun…and you have the recipe for Jillian Love…Talented raw vegan chef, international raw educator, community organizer and event planner, inspiring presenter, extensive background and training in assisting people in personal transformation and change. Certified Raw Chef, M. Ed. Counseling, Certified Life Coach & NLP Practitioner.
Mary McGovern studied translation science and lexicography at The University of Copenhagen and published two academic papers: On Translating Martinus (2010). She is a translator and teacher at The Martinus Institute, Copenhagen and has lectured on Martinus Cosmology in Denmark, Sweden, USA and UK. She graduated in music from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London in 1976 and subsequently trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. She translated The Ideal Food by Martinus into English.
Katie Mae’s passion is empowering people to build their fitness and well-being—physically, mentally, and emotionally—through delicious plant foods! Katie Mae is a culinary coach and the founder of Plantz St. Culinary Gym in Santa Rosa, CA. Plantz St. provides in person and online training and recipes to make plant-based cooking easy and delicious. Since 2011, Katie Mae has also been teaching healthy and delicious cooking demos at TrueNorth Health Center and the McDougall residential health programs. Katie Mae holds a Master of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University.
Dr. Milton Mills is the Associate Director of Preventive Medicine with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and co-author of PCRM’s report on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. A graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a practicing urgent care physician in the Washington, DC-area, Dr. Mills’ compassionate and encompassing worldview has led him to apply his knowledge about preventative healthcare toward the unique challenges of those who are under-served by the mainstream medical model: minority and less affluent populations.
A recognized expert and thought leader on all aspects of living vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an award-winning author of seven books. She is an acclaimed speaker and a multimedia host, beloved for her entertaining and informative videos and her inspiring podcast, “Food for Thought,” which was voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers. Colleen is a regular contributor to National Public Radio. Colleen has appeared on national and regional TV programs, including the Food Network, CBS, PBS, and FOX. Interviews with her have been featured on NPR, U.S. News and World Report, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Times, Pacifica Radio, Rodale News, and in countless blogs and podcasts. Her recipes have been featured on Oprah.com and Epicurious.com.
She has a Masters Degree from San Francisco State University where she taught Psychology and Culture & Cuisine. Shanta has written and published three cookbooks, “Cooking Together”, “The Ethnic Vegetarian Kitchen” and “Flavors of India” (Book Publishing Company); the later in 7th printing has become a classic among vegetarians. Shanta lives in San Francisco and recently retired as the co-owner of Other Avenues Food Store, a worker cooperative. Shanta writes on plant-based nutrition and recipes for magazines such as India Currents and teaches vegetarian cooking.
A serious accident led James to discover the beauty of healing through a plant-based diet. He has taken his life-long passion for garden to table cooking and merged it with his artistic talents; becoming a certified gourmet raw/vegan chef, pastry chef, as well as a yoga and chef instructor. James Sant is the Culinary & Creative Director for Living light Culinary Institute and lead instructor for their Mastery of Raw Vegan certification.
Dr. Julie Sinistore has been vegan for 18 years. In her current position as a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) project director and consultant with WSP, she analyzes the environmental burdens and benefits from the life cycle of goods and services like agricultural products, but also electronics and construction products. Julie also teaches courses on Life Cycle Thinking and Sustainable Product Design in the mechanical engineering department at UC-Berkeley. Julie was featured on episode 411 of the Our Hen House podcast and gives lectures on the environmental impacts of food choices around the bay area.
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Alex Tiphayachan is a certified life coach motivational speaker ,vegan traveler and YouTuber. I will be hosting a table on diversity and veganism and the importance of seeing our differences as a strength.