2017 VegFest Speakers:  

Speaker biographies are below presentation times.  


Presenter Room #1

11:15: Introduction to VegMichigan, Jeff Hampton

11:30: Fighting Disease & Achieving Optimal Health through Diet, Dr. Joel Kahn (Cardiologist) & Kerrie Saunders, PhD

12:30: How a Vegan Diet Made Me Healthier  Michael Dorn 

1:30: Creating a Humane Economy, Wayne Pacelle

2:30:  How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger

Presenter Room #2

Noon: Vegan Cooking Made Easy, Vera Hampton

1:00: The Greatest Lie Ever Told, Emily Moran Barwick from Bite Size Vegan

2:00: Vegan Fitness for Mortals, Ellen Jaffe Jones

3:00: Vegan Alternatives to Meat, Eggs, and Dairy, Quiana “Que” Broden 

Cooking Demo Room #3

Noon: Kale Quinoa Medley, Quiana “Que” Broden 

1:00: Cauliflower Sweet Potato Casserole and Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Velonda Anderson, PhD

2:00: Sea Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, Jessie Ho-on, Avalon International Breads, Detroit 

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.   


Wayne Pacelle is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United States. During his tenure, Pacelle has driven transformational change for animals and spurred major growth for the organization. Pacelle and his team have helped to drive enactment of 138 federal animal protection laws and provisions, including a series of upgrades to federal animal fighting laws, banning imports of puppy mill dogs, incorporating animals in disaster planning, and restricting animal testing for the assessment of chemicals. He and his team have also helped to pass more than 1200 state laws since 2004, including passing more than 30 successful statewide ballot measure campaigns. He has testified before U.S. House and Senate committees on a wide range of animal protection issues.  Wayne is an accomplished author and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and many other publications. His current book,  The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals was published in April 2016 and will be the focus of his talk at the VegFest.


michael-greger-with-bookDr. Michael 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 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



Kerrie Saunders, MS, LLP, PhD, 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. Kerrie 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


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).



Quiana “Que” Broden, is a renown vegan food blogger that has 15 years of experience in the food service and entertainement industries, as a personal chef, and food connoisseur, respectively. With existing  relationships with local, social and community groups, ongoing relationships with specialty grocers, and her elite clientele, she has pushed forward her mission to teach people how to EAT TO LIVE, by introducing more plant based meals into everyday lives. Cooking with Que has become the space to allow Vegans and Meateaters to coexist. With live demonstrations and living recipes, Cooking with Que satisfies every appetite at the table.


Emily Moran Barwick is an animal-liberation activist, international speaker, artist, writer, and the creator of the YouTube channel and accompanying website Bite Size Vegan, where she provides free, educational videos and resources about veganism—backed by rigorous research, yet awkwardly entertaining. From thoroughly researched academic reports, to engaging videos for kids, to moving mini-documentary style videos, Emily provides a wide range of educational approaches for various learning styles, and emphasizes the diversity of veganism—that it’s not about changing who you are, just what you do in relation to non-human animals.  Emily hopes to provoke an honest examination of our justifications for what we do to animals, beyond the surface of  “that’s the way it’s always been”— to engender the realization that veganism, far from an extreme way of life, is simply aligning our actions with the values we already have.


Velonda Anderson, PhD, is a well-known health promotion educator, author, professor and nutritionist specializing in nutrition coaching and plant-based diet meal makeover education.  She has provided fitness direction for corporate, small businesses, and individuals since 1979.  She is currently the manager of the City of Detroit Health Department’s Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program and is also a nutrition professor for South University Online.  Velonda Anderson has completed doctoral studies in the field of nutrition and health promotion.   She is the author of several educational cookbooks; “Beyond Candied Yams and Sweet Potato Pie,” her second book;   “Pass the Sweet Potatoes, Please!”, her first book. She published her first children’s educational coloring book entitled “Amaya’s ABCs to Good Nutrition” in November 2016.  She has been seen cooking up delicious dishes as a regular guest on Fox2 (WJBK) Meatless Mondays program, and recently appeared on WXYZ-TV/TV 7 to demonstrate a vegan/vegetarian holiday dessert from her cookbook.


JeffHamptonJeff Hampton is a graduate mechanical engineer with a minor in environmental sciences from Michigan State University. 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. Jeff is an award-winning presenter and competitor in the Toastmasters, International Speech Contest. Jeff’s presentations are entertaining, lively, and engaging. 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. 


Jessie Ho-on. My Father is from Jamaica and was in the air force which required us to move around the country every few years so from an early age. I was exposed to a lot of different cultures and took a liking to how different cultures expressed themselves in their cuisine. I found a home in brewing and eventually baking up in Traverse City MI. I then decided to take these skills down to Detroit to help be a part of its regrowth and be closer to family. At Avalon I bake a wide variety of different sweets everyday and also am the head of the laminate program making croissants from scratch.