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 Phyllis’ path to veganism began out of compassion for animals, she quickly learned that the benefits of adopting a vegan lifestyle are far reaching. It is her belief that it is the single most effective choice that an individual can make to prevent animal suffering, environmental degradation, and to promote good health.
Maria has been a vegetarian since 1988 and a vegan for the past 5 years. She went vegetarian for ethical reasons, but since joining VegMichigan, she has also become aware of the health benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Maria is healthy and very active for her age, enjoying outdoor activities, especially hiking and scuba-diving. She attributes her health to her vegan lifestyle and is always happy to share her knowledge with 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.
Tom graduated from Michigan State University in 1993 and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Eastern Michigan University. After attending a VegMichigan Vegfest, his eyes were opened to the cruel realities of eating meat, eggs, and dariy and he has made it his life’s work to convince others to move towards a vegan diet.
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.