Tom progar - presIdent
Tom has been serving on the VegMichigan board for five years and was elected president in 2018. After attending VegMichigan’s VegFest over ten years ago, his eyes were opened to the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet and it has become his life’s work to bring about a more humane, sustainable, and healthy food system. He is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Tom graduated from Michigan State University with a finance degree and began his career working for the Detroit Tigers and later for his family’s business.
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 led to the continued imprisonment and torture of animals.” Paul graduated from Wayne State University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Noelle GraIn - operatIons manager
Noelle joined the VegMichigan staff in 2018. Prior to joining VegMichigan, Noelle 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 Sustainability from Michigan State University.
OlIvIa GramprIe - medIa and outreach manager
Olivia has worked on outreach campaigns with animal rights groups, such as The Humane League and Attorneys for Animals, and has volunteered at SASHA Farm. While enrolled with the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, she gained an appreciation for how delicious and healthy eating plant-based can be and is now dedicated to spreading good food appreciation. Studying video production at Washtenaw Community College gave her the storytelling skills to share food education in new and unique ways. Olivia earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College, where she focused on sustainable food systems.
NIkkI dIroff - outreach coordInator
Nikki (she/her) graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology where she first learned about the environmental, ethical, and health benefits of a plant-based diet. While working in animal care and rehabilitation for non-profits including the Bird Center of Michigan, Hawai’i Wildlife Center, California Wildlife Center, and Michigan Humane she developed a passion for animal welfare and advocacy. She views veganism as an extension of her values as well as a partner to other social justice movements. In her freetime she loves being in nature, volunteering for Detroit Adubon, trying new vegan food around Detroit, and cooking for friends and family.
angIe SullIvan - board
Angie became active in animal advocacy in 2011 and hasn’t looked back. Her love for all animals was what sparked this desire and then learning more about the suffering they continually endure is what sustains that passion. She has a background in nutrition and exercise sciences and higher education administration. She has completed the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate course from eCornell and hopes to use what she’s learned from that course, as well as information from books, articles, and life experience to encourage others to make kinder, more informed choices when making consumer purchases.
JerI SchneIder - board
Jeri (she/her/hers) has supported VegMichigan for many years as a member, VegFest volunteer, vegan cooking and baking presenter, co-organizer of Ann Arbor Veg Week, information tabler, and resident cook for numerous events. Her passion for veganism started over 20 years ago when she became aware of the animal suffering and environmental degradation involved in animal farming, as well as the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet. She sees vegan advocacy as an extension of her work in the broader economic and social justice movement. Jeri is a high school librarian and holds a B.A. in History, an M.S. in Information Science, and teaching certification from the University of Michigan.
NIsha andronIc - board
I am a 39-year-old graduate of Michigan State University. Married and living in Troy, MI. I work as a General Manager of Quality Design Services, Inc. As a hobby, I like playing golf and DIY art projects. I have been vegetarian my whole life and LOVE plant-based foods!
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