VegMichigan

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.”


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Tom Progar – Vice President

Tom graduated from Michigan State University in 1993 with a finance degree and began his career working for the Detroit Tigers. He is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Eastern Michigan University.  After attending a VegMichigan Vegfest, his eyes were opened to the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of becoming vegan.


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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.


Directors

Lisa Kempe

Lisa graduated from Baker college with a degree in business administration and is now pursuing a degree in Nutrition and a Master’s in Public health. She is currently working as an IT analyst for Ascension Information Systems. Lisa’s journey into veganism started three years ago as a step toward a healthier lifestyle. Seeing the horrific ways animals are treated in factory farms, she knew becoming vegan was the right choice.


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Jeff Hampton

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.


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Vera Hampton

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.


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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.


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To Angie, becoming vegan was one of the best choices she ever made. After realizing the truth about factory farming, animals used in research, for clothing and in entertainment, she made the choice not to support those industries/businesses and has never looked back. Her hope as a board member is to continue the great work that VegMichigan already does by contributing with her passion, commitment and knowledge of a vegan lifestyle. With a degree in nutrition and master’s in higher education administration, she feels she can use the knowledge and skills she’s acquired to reach a wide variety of people.

Upcoming Events

Aug
1
Tue
all-day VegMichigan’s August Allen Park ... @ Allen Park Community Center Library Display
VegMichigan’s August Allen Park ... @ Allen Park Community Center Library Display
Aug 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Allen Park Community Center, 15800 White Ave., Allen Park, Mi. 48101. ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s August Oakland Com... @ Oakland Community College Library Display
VegMichigan’s August Oakland Com... @ Oakland Community College Library Display
Aug 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Oakland Community College Library, 2900 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. ... Read More >
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >
Aug
6
Sun
11:00 am VegMichigan’s Free Summer Festival @ Madonna University
VegMichigan’s Free Summer Festival @ Madonna University
Aug 6 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
VegMichigan's Free Summer Festival @ Madonna University | Livonia | Michigan | United States
Come enjoy your favorite summer foods, live music, fun games, and more!  Free Admission!
Aug
9
Wed
6:30 pm Dr. Neal Barnard, The Cheese Trap @ Seaholm High School
Dr. Neal Barnard, The Cheese Trap @ Seaholm High School
Aug 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dr. Neal Barnard, The Cheese Trap @ Seaholm High School | Birmingham | Michigan | United States
This event is being hosted by our good friends at PBNSG.
Aug
16
Wed
6:00 pm August Dinner Club @ Turmerican Vegetarian Cuisine
August Dinner Club @ Turmerican Vegetarian Cuisine
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
August Dinner Club @ Turmerican Vegetarian Cuisine | Novi | Michigan | United States
We have a very special dinner club planned for August at Turmerican Vegetarian Restaurant. Head Chef Jay is preparing a ... Read More >
Sep
14
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn how to prepare vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructor Jeri and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes ... Read More >
Sep
15
Fri
7:00 pm VegMichigan Tiger Game Outing @ Comerica Park
VegMichigan Tiger Game Outing @ Comerica Park
Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
VegMichigan Tiger Game Outing @ Comerica Park  | Detroit | Michigan | United States
Join VegMichigan for a fun night as we “Veg Out” Comerica Park for the first annual VegMichigan Tiger Game Outing. ... Read More >
Oct
1
Sun
all-day VegMichigan’s October Alfred Nob... @ Alfred Nobel Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s October Alfred Nob... @ Alfred Nobel Public Library Display
Oct 1 all-day
Please check out or library display, located at the Alfred Nobel Public Library, 32901 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, Mi. 48150. (734) ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s October Ferndale P... @ Ferndale Public Library
VegMichigan’s October Ferndale P... @ Ferndale Public Library
Oct 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, Mi. 48330. ... Read More >
Oct
3
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >
Nov
1
Wed
all-day VegMichigan’s November Canton Pu... @ Canton Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s November Canton Pu... @ Canton Public Library Display
Nov 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Canton Public Library, 1200 S. Canton Center, Canton, Mi. 48188. (734) ... Read More >
Nov
9
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn how to prepare vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructor Jeri and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes ... Read More >
Dec
5
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >