Ellen Jaffe Jones 

Title & Subject Matter of presentation:
Vegan Sex Dump Your Meds and Jump in Bed

Ellen Jaffe Jones is an inspiring motivational speaker, personal trainer, running coach, author, and instructor of healthy cooking classes.
An avid runner, Ellen has placed in 127 (so far) 5K or longer races for her age group since 2006 (including 6 Senior Grand Masters Awards). She is a nationally/Florida ranked sprinter: 2017 3rd US W65-69 4X1 Relay, 5th US 800, and 7th 1500 and 400M races. She was similarly nationally ranked in 2015. Getting better with age "just" on plants.
As a former investigative reporter and anchor for 18 years in major market TV news, Ellen won 2 Emmys and the National Press Club award. She became known as the "Earth Mother in a Suit" when she left TV and became a successful Wall Street financial consultant for 5 years. She wrote her first book, the best-seller Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, after seeing too many news stories saying eating healthfully was impossible on a budget.
She is a certified personal trainer by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America trainer and running coach. Ellen blogs at VegCoach.com and broadcasts live streaming her weekly "Vegan Myth Busters" radio segment as part of the Dr. Don Show on KAAA and KZZZ.  She teaches cooking classes locally in Sarasota/Bradenton and to national audiences at VegFests and book festivals.
Currently Ellen is an employee, consultant and “ambassador” for Fit2Run, one of the largest running store chains in Florida.
Her latest release is Vegan Sex, Revised Edition. Other titles include Vegan for One (with Beverly Lynn Bennett), Vegan Fitness for Mortals, Eat Vegan on $4 A Day, Kitchen Divided, and Paleo Vegan (co-authored with Chef Alan Roettinger).  

Sarah Broome 

Title & Subject Matter of presentation:
Kids Fit Kitchen!  Compassionate Recipes with a Side of Exercise

​VISION: All kids will bond with their grownups through plant based nutritious food and engaging movement!

Kids Fit Kitchen is an engaging and educational program for kids and grown ups alike! Create an unforgettable bonding experience with the kids in your life as you follow along and create a compassionate recipe with a side of exercise. Kids and grown ups will alternate between 2 ingredients and 2 exercises until the recipe is complete.  As you chop, mix and smoosh the ingredients you will learn why each ingredient is good for you with the Fun Facts for Kids and the Fun Facts for Grown Ups! These facts are written in a hilarious and relatable way making learning fun! Kids Fit Kitchen shows you that you truly do have time for it all! 

Armaiti May, DVM 

Title & Subject Matter of presentation:
Vegan Diets for Our Animal Companions: What You Need to Know

Armaiti May, DVM is an integrative housecall veterinarian and vegan advocate practicing in Los Angeles. She graduated with a B.S. in Bioresource Sciences from UC Berkeley in 2001. After graduating with her veterinary degree from University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, Dr. May worked at an emergency dog and cat hospital and then trained in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. Dr. May volunteers to help homeless animals monthly. For the past ten years she has had a veterinary housecall practice for dogs and cats in the Los Angeles area. Dr. May completed her certification in animal chiropractic from Options for Animals in 2015. She has recently founded a non-profit organization called the Veterinary Association for the Protection of Animals to educate the veterinary profession about the benefits of vegan eating and encourage veterinary schools to offer humane surgical teaching methods to students.

Sunday, July 29

Sunday, July 29

Saturday, July 28

Sunday, July 29

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.


Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.

Title & Subject Matter of presentation:
The Nutritional Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease: Fact or Fiction

 Dr. Esselstyn received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he has served as President of the Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. He chaired the Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.  
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Saturday, July 28

Saturday, July 28

Saturday, July 28

Dr. Andy Mars 

Title & Subject Matter of presentation:
"The World Needs More C.H.I.P.S." 

Dr. Andy Mars is an expert in raising veg kids and an expert in raising kids in general.  He is a Ph.D. in Education who is highly sought after for parent education sessions, teacher training seminars, and helping children directly.  He has been vegan for thirty-five years and has served on the Board of The American Vegan Society for over thirty years.  He was a founding member of PCRM and of Earthsave, and he is the Founder and Director of the Kids Make A Difference Foundation.  He has raised veg kids, runs the Veg Kids organization helping veg kids connect with other veg kids, and is entering the 26th year of the Camp Exploration totally vegan camps for kids. 
www.VeganCamp.org and www.VegKids.org.

Panel Discussion 

Title & Subject Matter of presentation:
Andy Tabor, Ginny Messina, and JL Fields will be participating in a panel discussion:
"The Herbivore in the Room" Body-Shaming and Food-Shaming Alienate Vegans and Pre-gans

Andy Tabar is the co-host of The Bearded Vegans podcast, a weekly podcast focused on the ethical grey areas of veganism as well as issues within the vegan community. Andy is also the owner of Compassion Co, an organic, USA made vegan clothing line. As an activist Andy has most notably completed three tours with the 10 Billion Lives tour, traveling to nearly every continental state and having over 10,000 one on one conversations educating college students and concert goers about the cruelty inherent in animal agriculture. Currently, Andy lives nomadically in his van as he brings Compassion Co to vegfests coast to coast all while eating at as many vegan restaurants as possible.

Ginny Messina

JL Fields is the founder and culinary director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy. She is a Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator, Food for Life instructor, chef instructor in the culinary program at the University of New Mexico-Taos, personal chef, career coach, and a corporate consultant offering wellness training, brand representation, and strategic planning services. JL is the author of the revised and updated Vegan Pressure Cooking: More Than 100 Delicious Grain, Bean, and One-Pot Meals Using a Traditional or Electric Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot® (Fair Winds Press, January 2018), The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors (Vegan Heritage Press, June 2017), and Vegan Pressure Cooking: Delicious Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutes (Fair Winds Press, January 2015), co-author of The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Sourced Recipes Plus Practical Tips for the Healthiest, Most Compassionate You (Ben Bella, December 2017) and Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet (Da Capo Lifelong Books, July 2013) and co-creator of The 3-Month Real World Vegan Meal Plan. She produces and hosts the weekly radio program Easy Vegan and writes the monthly vegan dining review for the Colorado Springs Gazette. JL writes at JLgoesVegan.com.