JL Fields
​Food Presentation
TOPIC:  Vegan Meal Prep: Learn how to save time, save money, and flex your culinary muscles

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 Vegan Meal Prep: Ready-to-Go Meals and Snacks for Healthy Plant-Based Eating, Vegan Pressure Cooking: More Than 100 Delicious Grain, Bean, and One-Pot Meals Using a Traditional or Electric Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot®, and The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors and co-author of The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Sourced Recipes Plus Practical Tips for the Healthiest, Most Compassionate You and Vegan for Her: The Woman's Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet. She writes the monthly vegan dining review for the Colorado Springs Gazette. 


Alphabetical by first name

Dr. Yamileth Cazorla-Lancaster
​TOPIC: Beyond the Vegan Trend: Sustainable Nutrition Habits for Health and Longevity

In this presentation, plant-based pediatrician, Dr. Yami, will discuss how eating a vegan and plant-based diet can promote health, longevity and joy for families and children. She will discuss how practicing habits such as intuitive eating and adopting the concepts of Health at Every Size support a lifelong healthy relationship with food and eating. She will also discuss ways to keep it simple, sustainable and enjoyable for life. 
About the speaker Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster is a board-certified pediatrician, author and speaker. She is a passionate promoter of healthy lifestyles, including the power of plant-based diets for the prevention of chronic disease. She founded VeggieFit-Kids.com in 2013 and hosts the podcast Veggie Doctor Radio. She obtained a certificate in plant-based nutrition, is a certified Food for Life Instructor, and a certified WellCoach. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Yami owns Nourish Wellness, a pediatric practice in Yakima, Washington where she lives with her husband and two sons.



Carla Boyd
​Food Presentation
TOPIC: Cooking with Hemp 

In 2014, Carla founded Hemp Way Foods, a hemp based food production company.  Today she continues as president & operations manager.  Carla struggled personally with various food intolerances, hemp foods assisted her on the road to sustainable health.  This inspired the creation of Hemp Way foods and fuels the company’s visionary food products.  Hemp Way Foods education is shared alongside brand awareness and is a central focus of the business’s outreach.  In 2015, her company received “Best Hemp Product/Facility “ by the Cannabis Business Awards and was voted in 2016 for “Best Colorado Hemp Food” by the Industrial Hemp Awards as well as winner of 2018 Indo Expo Hemp Foods competition. Recent highlights include articles featuring Hemp Way Foods in various regional publications, most notably the Denver Post & The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine.  Carla is also a featured contributor to the “Vegfest Cookbook” published in 2017.  In November 2018 Carla was appointed to the Leadership Council for the NSBA.  2019 brings more opportunities for sharing her message of hemp nutrition & sustainable food development; starting with catering at this years’ Indo Expo Hemp Hallway and panel member/speaker for The Industrial Hemp Summit held in Virginia at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

Dr. Andrew Freeman MD, FACC, FACP 
TOPIC:  Plant Based Diets 2019: What's the Latest Science

Andrew M. Freeman MD, FACC, FACP 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.

Michael Suchman (Vegan Mos)

​Food Presentation
​TOPIC: Making it Vegan: Turning Omnivore Meals into Vegan Ones

Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment founded and run the popular blog VeganMos.com. Through their recipes, they show that eliminating animal products does not mean giving up your favorite familiar foods. Together they were named one of the top 10 male vegan bloggers for 2015 by VegNews magazine and won a 2016 Bloggy Award as one of the top vegan blogs to follow from the same magazine. The Vegan Mos regularly speak and hold food demos at veg fests around the county.  Their first cookbook, NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple was published in 2017. Michael is a certified Vegan Life Coach and educator through Main Street Vegan Academy and a certified Food for Life instructor through the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine. Ethan is a podiatric surgeon in Manhattan and is the President of the Board of Directors of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. They share a home in Brooklyn with their dogs, Riley & Charlie.

Dr. Kim Allan Williams, Sr., M.D., MACC, FAHA, MASNC, FESC

Dr. Williams is Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Rush University and specializes in cardiology, prevention and cardiac imaging. He has served on numerous national committees and boards including serving as the President of the American College of Cardiology, President of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Black Cardiologists. He is also the founder of the Urban Cardiology Initiative in Detroit, Michigan to reduce ethnic heart care disparities, and continues community-based efforts in Chicago at Rush. A native of Chicago’s South Side, Dr. Williams has over 30 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and physician.

Dr. Aysha Akhtar
TOPIC: Our Symphony With Animals. How empathy for animals is vital for human well-being. (subject matter: health, well-being, empathy and animals) 

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a neurologist and public health specialist and is on a mission to show that what’s good for animals is also good for humans. Exploring diverse topics including infectious disease epidemics and the health consequences of factory farming, Dr. Akhtar explains how many of our most urgent and pressing public health threats are connected with how animals are treated.
Dr. Akhtar is the author of the book, Our Symphony With Animals. On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies, to be published May 7, 2019. You can watch her TED talk, Do Animals Hold the Key to Your Health? where she discusses the connection between animal protection and human health.
Dr. Akhtar is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, is Deputy Director of the Army Traumatic Brain Injury Program, and serves as Lieutenant Commander in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Dr. Akhtar has appeared in the television shows, 30 Days, produced by Morgan Spurlock, and in Nick News, on both occasions discussing animal experimentation. You can learn more at her website, www.ayshaakhtar.com