2017 VegFest Speakers:  

Speaker biographies below presentation times.  


Presenter Room #1

11:15: Jeff Hampton Introduction to VegFest

11:30: Dr. Joel Kahn and Dr. Kerrie Saunders on fighting disease and achieving optimal health through diet!

12:30: Michael Dorn will discuss  how a vegan diet made him healthier and gave him more energy!

1:30: Dr. Michael Greger will discuss his best selling book, How Not to Die.

2:30: Special surprise guest TBA! 

Presenter Room #2


Interpreters will be provided for the Deaf & HOH


Michael Dorn is best known for his role as Worf in Star Trek. For Michael Dorn, one of the best things about creating the apex Klingon in an ensemble like the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation was that he got to make up Lt. Cmdr. Worf as he went along.  And with the help of great co-stars, great writing and really great prosthetics, he made up one of television’s most memorable and most unexpectedly beloved heroes.  Dorn routinely tallied more fan mail than any of the dozens of characters and actors he worked with on 11 seasons of ST:TNG and Deep Space Nine, and in five feature films from Star Trek VI: The worfUndiscovered Country through Star Trek X: Nemesis.  Working steadily in film  — Santa Clause 2 & 3, Ted 2, and in a hilarious send-up of a sci fi starand television — Showtime’s Dead Man’s Gun, a recurring role over two seasons of Castle, and three seasons as on-camera host of Discovery’s World of Wonder.  And in March, 2017 he returns to the stage, starring in Antony & Cleopatra at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.  Superbly healthy, the committed vegan plays tennis several times a week both for fun and in charity tournaments.  He remains an avid pilot, collecting and flying vintage Korean War fighter jets.   


michael-greger-with-bookMichael Greger, MD, is a physician and a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is a New York Times bestselling author and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues.  He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous “meat defamation” trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. His latest book How Not to Die became an instant New York Times Best Seller. He has videos on more than 2,000 health topics freely available at, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.


Join the Founder of the Kahn Center for Longevity, plant-based cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn and functional nutritionist Dr. Kerrie Saunders for a wild ride through the why and how to use your diet to help fight disease and achieve optimal health! Co-authors of the Standard of Care Guide for Integrated and Preventive Medicine, over 50 years of combined vegan living, don’t miss your chance to see both of these preventive health leaders on the same stage! Get your questions answered by these bestselling authors; books and DVDs will be available for purchase and author-signing while supplies last.”

Dr. Joel Kahn has taught plant based cardiology for nearly 3 decades and preaches “Prevent Not Stent”.   He is known as “America’s Healthy Heart Doc” and graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Michigan School of Medicinne. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Wayne State University School of Medicine but also has led protests with PCRM against the same university to end abusive animal research. Dr. Kahn was named recently by PETA as the sexiest vegan over age 50 along with Victoria Moran for 2016-7. Kahn’s first book, The Whole Heart Solution, an Amazon #1 Top Selling book, is now a public TV special nationwide. His second book, Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses, was published in 2015 and is also on the bestseller list.  Kahn opened the largest plant based bar and cafe in the Midwest in 2015, GreenSpace Cafe, managed with his wife Karen and son Daniel. His 4th book, on vegan medicine, is being released soon. He can be found at



Dr. Kerrie Saunders, also known as “DrFood”, is an internationally-known presenter and consultant on the use of food in the integrated medical setting. Her book, The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention, is a Publisher’s Bestseller, now in its 3rdprinting and available on KindleTM, a contributing author to the blockbuster Rethink Food: Over 100 of the world’s leading doctors can’t be wrong. Dr. Saunders’ work has been featured on television, radio, in numerous books, newspapers, and magazines, and she’s featured in the award-winning movie, Eating You Alive.   



Ellen Jaffe Jones is an inspiring motivational speaker, personal trainer, running coach, author, and instructor of healthy cooking classes. As a former investigative reporter and anchor for 18 years in major market TV news, Ellen won 2 Emmys and the National Press Club award. She became known as the “Earth Mother in a Suit” when she left TV and became a successful Wall Street financial consultant for 5 years. She wrote her first book, Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, after seeing too many news stories saying eating healthfully was impossible on a budget. Ellen, an accomplished endurance and sprint runner, has combined all of her skill sets with her latest release, Vegan Fitness for Mortals. Recognizing that fitness and diet are two sides of the same coin, Ellen developed routines for a variety of activities along with dietary recommendations that augment fitness—a winning combination designed to help anyone achieve a healthier lifestyle. For more information on Ellen, visit her website


JeffHamptonJeff Hampton is a graduate mechanical engineer with a minor in environmental sciences from Michigan State University. He developed his love for the environment at a young age, growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, and became involved in Dune Preservation and Restoration projects. Long before it was fashionable to be green, Jeff designed and built his solar heated and cooled house. Snug and warm in the middle of February, cool in August!!!

Fifteen years ago, Jeff adopted a vegan, plant-based, lifestyle for health reasons. As he studied the benefits of this lifestyle, he discovered the enormous, detrimental impact of the standard American diet (S.A.D.) on the environment: animal agriculture is a curse on our planet. That is the bad news.

The good news is that making the shift to a vegan, plant-based lifestyle can have an enormous and immediate counter balance, making spaceship earth a far more hospitable place to live.

Jeff is an award-winning presenter and competitor in the Toastmasters, International Speech Contest. Jeff’s presentations are entertaining, lively, and engaging. Yes, it is possible to combine these elements into a presentation about food choices and the environment, detailing the impact of factory farming on various ecosystems, land, water, and air.

Change your life; save the planet; one bite at a time.

Jeff is a valued member of the Board of Directors for VegMichigan. He will start off an exciting day at VegFest with welcoming remarks and an introduction to VegMichigan and VegFest. Jeff will also warmly welcome and introduce our nationally-acclaimed speakers. 


Vera Hampton is a member of the VegMichigan board of directors. She has a degree in nutrition and practiced nutrition counseling for many years. Vegetarian most of her adult life, she has been vegan 12 years. Her passion for cooking and baking started at an early age in her grandmother’s kitchen and continues today. She learned how easy it is to convert any recipe into its vegan counterpart and she enjoys sharing her love of vegan cooking at the Veg 101 cooking classes she conducts at Whole Foods (Rochester).