Engage with knowledgeable speakers, presenting topics of health, compassion, and environmental regeneration.
|Ellen Jaffe Jones||Eat Vegan on $4 A Day||11:15am - 12:10pm|
|Fab the Vegan||An Incredible Weight |
|12:15pm - 1:10pm|
|Shayla Toombs-Withers, DO||Food Addiction - How Does It Happen!||1:15pm - 2:15pm|
|Bill Muir, RN||Life in the Military as a Vegan!||2:30pm - 3:30pm|
|Animal Rights Panel||Panel Discussion||3:45pm - 5:00pm|
Ellen Jaffe Jones
11:15am - 12:10pm
Eat Vegan on $4 A Day
Ellen Jaffe Jones is an age-defying nationally ranked sprinter, certified personal trainer and certified running coach. The largest online free class platform for the 55+, Get Set Up, sponsored her at the National Senior Games where she was the only woman in her 70-75 age group to compete in all 7 track events. And placed in 3. Ellen is a 6 time vegan book author, including Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, and is a trained cooking instructor for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She has placed in an unheard of 257 5K or longer races for her age group since ’06. She’s been running vegan for 41 years and teaches aerobics at LA Fitness.
The Plant Based Health Influencer
I was raised in Queens, New York and grew up in a typical Latin household eating a lot of different types of meats, and toxic food.
By my late 20’s I had become accustomed to eating the Standard American Diet, which led me to eventually weigh 300 pounds if not maybe more.
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2007 at the age of 44 and was sicker than I had ever been in my life.
At 50 years old in 2013 I decided to make a change and work actively towards healing myself from the inside out.
I decided to eat more Plant Based and ultimately became fully vegan in 2014. Coupled with a fitness routine, I reversed the diabetes type 2 and cured more illnesses, lost all the extra weight, and regained my health, confidence, and zest for life!
Now I weigh 165 pounds at 59 years young and I feel amazing!
Shayla Toombs-Withers, DO
Food as Medicine
Having practiced a plant-based diet for numerous years, Dr. Shayla
Toombs-Withers has strived to incorporate her lifestyle into educating her patients in how to improve
and overcome their chronic diseases as a Family Physician. She founded Essence of Health Wellness
Clinic & Coaching in Chattanooga, TN in 2019 so that she could combine her deep knowledge of
medicine, plant-based nutrition, and athletic training to provide Preventative and Chronic Care to her
patients using a unique concierge model of care. Dr. Toombs-Withers earned a Doctorate Degree in
Osteopathic Medicine from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed
Residency training in Family Medicine at The University of Cincinnati and Christ Hospital. She has also
completed additional Fellowship Training in Obesity Medicine and holds a Certificate of Plant Based
Nutrition. Her basis for health are in line with two of her favorite quotes “an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure” and “let food be thy medicine.”
Bill Muir, RN, Army Veteran
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Bill Muir (AKA SGT Vegan) left a cushy life in Japan after 9/11 to join the Army. Despite being afraid of heights, he became a paratrooper, and served with the 173 rd Airborne Brigade in Afghanistan as a Combat Medic.
A vegan since 1992, Bill adhered to his PLANT-FUELED diet throughout his rigorous Army training and deployment. Bill now resides in Los Angeles, CA, and serves our Nation’s Heroes as a Registered Nurse. He has been interviewed on numerous TV shows all across America, and has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered. Bill is the author of VEGAN STRONG, THE ADVENTURES OF SERGEANT PIGGY, and DEAD MEAT.
Animal Rights Panel: Come hear what some of our area activists do AND get a chance to ask them questions during the Q&A
Chef Zen "Z" Paul
Chef & Entrepreneur
Mikael Roldsgaard Nielsen
Mercy For Animals
Mikael Roldsgaard Nielsen has been active in animal protection since 2002 and a part of Mercy For Animals since 2006. He spent six years as a volunteer and has served for the past 10 as a staffer in various programs, including corporate engagement, volunteer coordination, veg support, and fundraising. Today he serves as director of leadership giving at Mercy For Animals, where he oversees the leadership-giving program and spends his days working with supporters to ensure they are updated on and engaged with the organization’s work and mission to construct a compassionate food system by reducing suffering and ending exploitation of animals for food.
World’s Youngest Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator
VeganEvan is a passionate and talented young animal advocate committed to creating a healthy, compassionate, and regenerative world. He is the Youth Ambassador for APlantBasedDiet.org and a spokesperson for the Solutionary Species movement. Evan is the World’s Youngest Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator.
He has spoken in front of large audiences at several major events throughout the country including the What the Health-Cowspiracy Conference, Central Florida Earth Day, the Animal Liberation Conference, the National Animal Rights Conference, Asheville Vegan Fest, VegFest Oahu and so many more!!
He has been awarded the Russell Simmons Creative Animal Hero Kids Award, and in 2016, he earned PETA’s Cutest Vegan Kid award. In 2017, he was awarded the Shining World Leadership Award for Compassion from the Supreme Master Ching Hai Association. VeganEvan is a voice for the animals everywhere he goes! He enjoys leafleting, protesting, doing marches, Open Rescue, Cooking Demos, disruptions, and making videos and rap songs! Evan also participates in Anonymous for the Voiceless Cubes of Truth and Vigils with the Save Movement wherever he travels.
Most of all, he loves visiting all his rescued friends at the sanctuaries where they’re happy, safe & free from harm!