Directors and Officers
Paul Krause — President
Paul is a pharmacist and owner of The Medicine Cabinet pharmacy in Southfield. “Going vegan is very comprehensive,” he states. “As a society, we need to start accentuating preventative health care through our food choices. Furthermore, the planet can’t sustain a meat-eating society much longer. Finally, the evolution of factory farming has lead to the continual imprisonment and torture of animals.”
Phyllis Sharbo — Secretary and Treasurer
Although my path to veganism began with compassion for animals, I quickly learned that the benefits of adopting a vegan lifestyle are far reaching. It is my belief that it is the single most effective choice that an individual can make to prevent animal suffering and environmental degradation, and to promote good health.
I’ve been a vegetarian since 1988 and a vegan for the last 5 years. I became a vegetarian for ethical reasons, but since I joined VegMichigan, I’ve also become aware of the health benefits of the vegan lifestyle. I am healthy and very active for my age. I enjoy outdoor activities, especially hiking and scuba-diving. I attribute my health to my vegan lifestyle, and am always happy to share information about veganism with my friends.
Jeff Hampton is a graduate mechanical engineer with a minor in environmental science from Michigan State University. His initial interest in the vegan lifestyle was prompted by his concern of the horrific effects of the standard American diet (SAD) on the planet ecosystem. This concern led to the development of an entertaining and educational presentation entitled, “Saving The Earth, One Bite At A Time.” Jeff is available as a guest presenter.
Vera has a degree in nutrition and has been a practicing nutritionist for a number of years. She has been vegetarian most of her adult life and vegan the last twelve. An avid cook since an early age, she now enjoys introducing people to healthy vegan fare as a vegan cooking instructor.
Eating a plant-based diet has had such a positive impact on my life. Helping move society towards a plant-based lifestyle is important to me because I want people to feel better, be more active, and live longer with less chronic disease. A plant-based diet also greatly benefits the environment and reduces animal suffering. A real win, win, win! I am a graduate of Michigan State University and am currently pursuing my Master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University in non-profit management.
Kim became a humane educator after receiving her Master’s in Education from the Institute for Humane Education. In college, she interned at Farm Sanctuary in California, and helped to take care of the rescued farm animals. While she was there she realized what she wanted to do with her life, to educate others and spread awareness about the issues facing our world. She currently works for a nonprofit organization that teaches youth about animal protection, human rights, and environmental stewardship. Kim is a longtime vegan and activist who works everyday to create a more humane and sustainable world for all.