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

Mar
29
Wed
6:00 pm Special March Dinner Club! @ Turmerican Vegetarian Cuisine
Special March Dinner Club! @ Turmerican Vegetarian Cuisine
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
We have a very special dinner club planned for November at Turmerican Vegetarian Restaurant. Head Chef Jay is preparing a ... Read More >
Apr
1
Sat
all-day VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library Display
Apr 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Romulus Public Library, 11121 Wayne Rd., Romulus, Mi. 48174. (734) 942-7589. ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s Novi Public Librar... @ Novi Public Library
VegMichigan’s Novi Public Librar... @ Novi Public Library
Apr 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at Novi Public Library, 45255 W 10 Mile Rd., Novi, Mi. 48375. Contact: ... Read More >
Apr
4
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Apr 4 @ 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 >
Apr
6
Thu
10:00 am Washtenaw Community College Eart... @ Washtenwaw Community College
Washtenaw Community College Eart... @ Washtenwaw Community College
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The WCC Earth Day Celebration is an educational event intended to provide an opportunity for our students and the larger ... Read More >
Apr
12
Wed
12:00 pm AT&T’s 6th Annual Health Fair @ AT&T
AT&T’s 6th Annual Health Fair @ AT&T
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
VegMichigan will be passing out educational material and speaking to AT&T employees regarding the health benefits of a plant-based diet ... Read More >
Apr
13
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Apr 13 @ 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 >
Apr
30
Sun
10:30 am VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan
VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan | Novi | Michigan | United States
The VegFest has been a Michigan tradition for 18 years! Come see what all the excitement is about.  Try free ... Read More >
May
1
Mon
all-day VegMichigan’s May Caroline Kenne... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
VegMichigan’s May Caroline Kenne... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
May 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George Ave., Dearborn Heights, Mi. 48127. Contact: ... Read More >
Jun
1
Thu
all-day VegMichigan’s June Caroline Kenn... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
VegMichigan’s June Caroline Kenn... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
Jun 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George Ave., Dearborn Heights, Mi. 48127. Contact: ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s June Milford Libra... @ Milford Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s June Milford Libra... @ Milford Public Library Display
Jun 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Milford Public Library, 330 Family Dr., Milford, Mi. 48381. (248) 684-0845 ... Read More >
Jun
6
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Jun 6 @ 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 >
Jun
8
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Jun 8 @ 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 >
Jul
1
Sat
all-day VegMichigan’s July Oakland Commu... @ Oakland Community College LIbrary Display
VegMichigan’s July Oakland Commu... @ Oakland Community College LIbrary Display
Jul 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 >