July 22 & 23, 2017

David Hance
Title & Subject Matter of presentation:

David joined the executive management team of Sea Shepherd in 2016, after being a member of the organization since 2009.  David has served as an on-shore volunteer, crew-member on the ships and spent two years as the organization’s campaign coordinator. 
Currently David oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations in the Burbank HQ office, and after spending 11 years in private business management and operational roles, he brings a vast network of experiences to the team. In 2007, David launched a private investigation firm in Southern California, with the focus of the firm being on Civil Rights and Criminal Defense cases.  David’s firm became one of the most sought after firms by attorneys in the greater Los Angeles area, due to their hard work and diligence in protecting and defending human rights.  David continues to be an advisor to local civil rights investigators and remains active in his community, fighting for equal rights for all people. In addition to David’s passion for human rights, he is equally as zealous about the state of our oceans and the atrocities that occur in the seas around the world.  David applies his business experience, coupled with his passion, to ensure that Sea Shepherd remains an active and effective ocean conservation organization.​

Larry Weiss
Title & Subject Matter of presentation:
A Humane Future: moral, judicial and legislative approaches to a world of compassion for animals

Larry Weiss is a retired attorney who earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He practiced law in California for 36 years, first as a criminal defense attorney and then in the field of animal law. Larry specialized in the defense of animal activists. Larry believes that the exploitation of animals is a branch of the pervasive tree of dominance that exists within our society. "If we create a culture of true compassion and respect toward animals then this will change everything."

Saturday, July 22
​12:00PM - 1:15PM

Sunday, July 23
10:30AM - 11:45AM

Sunday, July 23
1:00PM - 2:15PM

Photo by Melissa Schwartz

Saturday, July 22
​1:30PM - 2:15PM

Andrew M. Freeman MD, FACC, FACP

Title & Subject Matter of presentation:
Speaking on Health

Dr. Freeman joined National Jewish Health in Denver, CO after completing his training in Philadelphia at Temple University. Prior to that, he completed his internal medicine training at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo with research honors after graduating summe cum laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. At National Jewish, he serves as the director of clinical cardiology and the director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT, and echocardiography. His clinical and research interests are in disease prevention, exercise and lifestyle medicine, imaging heart disease, nutrition, and cardiac sarcoidosis. 
Dr. Freeman also hosts a monthly Walk with a Doc program (
http://Denver.WalkWithADoc.Org) in the Denver area where he volunteers his time to walk with patients on Saturday mornings to teach key health concepts, but also to explore using exercise as medicine for the greater good of the public. Finally, Dr. Freeman holds some key leadership positions in the Colorado chapter of the American College of Cardiology as well as at the national level, including founding chair of the Early Career Council and Section, an active member of the Best Practice Quality Improvement committee, co-chair of the Lifestyle and Nutrition Workgroup and a spot on the Patient-Centered Care and ACC Digital Steering Committees. He has published scholarly manuscripts on patient-centered care, cardiac sarcoidosis, and served as editor-in-chief of the Patient Centered Care community on CardioSource. He serves as the social media editor for JACC, the country’s number one cardiology journal. An avid teacher and educator, Dr. Freeman teaches medical, physician assistant and pharmacy students regularly, and has hosted many community lectures and CME programs. He is a regular feature at VegFest Colorado and continues to expand his teaching and messages of prevention and wellness all over Colorado.

Tess Challis
Title & Subject Matter of presentation:
Than Age 

Tess Challis is an author, vegan chef, and wellness coach.
She began her holistic health journey in her late teens. After a lifetime of numerous health ailments (including severe acne, obesity, constant illnesses, anxiety, and depression), she found that a vegan diet along with an inner wellness regime made all the difference.
In 1994, she began to work as a personal chef across the country. In 2008, she shifted her focus to writing, coaching, speaking, and teaching healthy cooking.
Her five books include Radiant Health, Inner Wealth, The Two-Week Wellness Solution (foreword by Dr. Neal Barnard), Radiance 4 Life (foreword by Robert Cheeke), 100 Vegan Entrées, and FOOD LOVE.
Her greatest passion is helping others achieve both radiant health and inner well-being - all while enjoying the most delicious foods on the planet! In 2015, Tess founded “Be Radiant,” a holistic weight loss group for women. She also runs an online Cooking Club, as a way of empowering people in their own kitchens from all around the world. Find out more at

Saturday, July 22
​2:30PM - 3:30PM

Alan Goldhamer

Title & Subject Matter of presentation:
Escaping the Pleasure Trap or Fasting can Save your Life or How to Eat etc.

For over 30 years Dr. Alan Goldhamer has been the director of the True North Health Center and the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa CA. TrueNorth Health is an integrative medical facility who staff includes a dozen clinicians representing medicine, osteopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and psychology.   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 continues to conduct and publish clinical research on the application of fasting to the treatment of high blood pressure, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and lymphoma. Dr. Goldhamer is the author of the Health Promoting Cookbook and co-author of The Pleasure Trap.  He was the principal investigator in a number of studies that have appeared in the peer reviewed literature including 2 papers of the us of fasting in the treatment of high blood pressure and a recent report that appeared in the British Medical Journal on the treatment of Lymphoma cancer with fasting and an  exclusively plant food diet. His presentation today is Fasting Can Save Your Life- a modern application of an ancient practice.

Saturday, July 22
10:30AM - 11:45AM

Marc Bekoff
Title & Subject Matter of presentation:
The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age 

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has won many awards for his scientific research including the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Marc has published more than 1000 essays (popular, scientific, and book chapters), 30 books, and has edited three encyclopedias. His books include the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, The Ten Trusts(with Jane Goodall), the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, the Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships, Minding Animals, Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating Nature, The Emotional Lives of Animals, Animals Matter, Animals at Play: Rules of the Game (a children's book), Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals(with Jessica Pierce), The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons For Increasing Our Compassion Footprint, Ignoring Nature No More: The Case For Compassionate Conservation, Jasper's Story: Saving Moon Bears (with Jill Robinson), Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation, and Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence. The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall (edited with Dale Peterson) was published in February 2015 and The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age (with Jessica Pierce) will be published in April 2017. And, in early 2018, Canine Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to the Best Lives For Dogs and Us also will be published. In 2005 Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners. In 2009 he was presented with the St. Francis of Assisi Award by the New Zealand SPCA. In 1986 Marc became the first American to win his age-class at the Tour du Haut Var bicycle race (also called the Master's/age-graded Tour de France).


Alphabetical by First Name (as of 3/28/2017)

Sunday, July 23
​2:30PM - 3:45PM

Shaleen Shah
Title & Subject Matter of presentation:
To be Determined 

Details coming soon