Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

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Tom Progar – President

Tom graduated from Michigan State University with a finance degree and began his career working for the Detroit Tigers. After attending VegMichigan’s Vegfest, his eyes were opened to the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of a vegan diet. Tom has been involved in vegan advocacy for over 10 years now and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Eastern Michigan University. It has become his life’s work to bring about a more humane, sustainable, and healthy food system.

 Paul Krause — Vice President

Paul is a pharmacist and former 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 continued imprisonment and torture of animals.”


Noelle Grain – Membership Director and College Outreach Coordinator

Noelle Grain is serving as the Membership Director and College Outreach Coordinator, where she helps promote the many benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. Noelle has spent 15 years working in public policy and corporate affairs in both environmental and animal rights advocacy. She has worked with major food and apparel brands to implement policies that benefit animals as well as in regulatory compliance as an environmental inspector and with various environmental NGOs. Noelle holds a B.S. in environmental policy and political science and an M.S. in community, agriculture, recreation and resource studies from Michigan State University.

Tammy Warren – Community Outreach Director

Tammy Warren is serving as our Community Outreach Director and Event Coordinator. Tammy began her journey into the plant-based world in 2009 after realizing that there was no difference between her Dachshund and other sentient beings. As she learned more, she made the transition to a 100% vegan lifestyle. Tammy is an enthusiastic supporter of assisting people in finding their own path into the plant-based lifestyle. She believes that it is important that we continually work to align our beliefs with our actions regarding our everyday choices, career ambitions, clothes, lifestyle, and what we put on our plate.