InGREEDients with David Burton

Raised in the sticks of Southeastern Connecticut, David has always been amazed by the human body and how it functions. Burton received his Associates of Science degree in Nursing in 2005 and has since been working as a registered nurse in the hospital setting on medical, surgical, cardiac, and intensive care units. For 2 years straight he was the President of the International Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and named to the All-Connecticut Academic Team. Now living in Tampa, FL he continues working at a community hospital while pursuing his independent filmmaking career as President and Founder of Sir Rebel Films. David has shot, directed, produced, and edited three short films, two music videos and a documentary. David has spent the past 2 years writing, directing, and editing the documentary inGREEDients, a film that has successfully blended his career as a health care professional with his passion for filmmaking. He is currently focusing all his efforts on getting inGREEDients into every school, health care center and home in America and plans to continue making movies that entertain and make a difference.

Today's Guest: Bruce Friedrich, Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives at Farm Sanctuary

Bruce Friedrich is senior director for strategic initiatives at Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Bruce has previously worked as a public school teacher in inner city Baltimore, as vice president for policy at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and at a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in inner city Washington, D.C. He has been a progressive activist for 25 years. He is the co-author of The Animal Activist’s Handbook.

Part I: Mia McDonald, Executive Director, Brighter Green

Based in New York, Brighter Green is directed by Mia MacDonald, a public policy analyst and writer who has worked as a consultant to a range of international non-governmental organizations—including the Ford Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the Green Belt Movement, the Sierra Club, and Save the Children as well as several United Nations agencies, among others—on issues of environment, gender, sustainable development, women’s rights and gender equality, reproductive health and population, and conservation and animal protection. She has published many articles in popular and environmental media, authored a number of policy papers and reports, and has contributed to four books, including Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai’s best-selling autobiography, Unbowed. She is a Senior Fellow of the Worldwatch Institute and has taught in the human rights program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the environmental studies program at New York University. She serves as a director on the boards of Farm Sanctuary, Food Empowerment Project, and the Green Belt Movement International – North America. She received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. with honors from Columbia University.

Part II: Lois Dieterly author of the dessert cookbook, Sinfully Vegan

Lois Dieterly is a former baker and current elementary-school teacher. She lives outside of Reading, Pennsylvania, with her family.

Part I – Barry Estabrook, Tomatoland

Stints working on a dairy farm and a commercial fishing boat as a young man convinced Barry Estabrook that writing about how food was produced was a hell of a lot easier than actually producing it. He lives on a 30-acre tract in Vermont where he gardens, tends a dozen laying hens, taps maple trees, and (in an effort to reduce his alcohol footprint) brews hard cider from his own apples that no one except him likes. He was formerly a contributing editor at the late lamented Gourmet magazine. He now serves on the advisory board of Gastronomica, The Journal of Food and Culture, and writes for the the New York Times, the Washington Post,,, Saveur, Men’s Health, and pretty much anyone else who will take his stuff. His article for Gourmet on labor abuses in Florida’s Tomato fields received the 2010 James Beard Award for magazine feature writing. His book Tomatoland,about how industrial agriculture has ruined the tomato in all ways–gastronomic, environmental, and in terms of labor abuse– was recently published by Andrews McMeel.

Part II – Karen Giblin and Mache Siebel, Eat To Defeat Menopause

Karen Giblin is the founder of the Red Hot Mamas, the largest menopause education and management program in the United States and Canada.

Mache Seibel, MD, is the director of the Complicated Menopause Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is the founder of HealthRock, a health education program that uses music to make learning a fun experience.

Guests: Demetria Clark and Karyn Calabrese

Demetria Clark started learning about herbal healing at a very young age from friends and mentors she had during her youth and in childhood. She has formally studied and apprenticed with Rosemary Gladstar (in beginner and advanced trainings), apprenticed with Jane Smolnik, studied the Wise Woman Way with Susun Weed and attended workshops given by scores of well-known herbalist from all over the world including David Hoffmann, Christopher Hobbs, David Winston and scores of other amazing teachers. She received her aromatherapy education from the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy and Jeanne Rose. Demetria has taught herbal and aromatherapy classes since 1996 and in 1998 founded the Heart of Herbs Herbal School. The school offers Herbal and Aromatherapy Certification Programs. Teaching herbs either in workshop format or an apprenticeship model has allowed Demetria to model her herbal and aromatherapy correspondence classes after the apprenticeship programs.

A graduate of SUNY Empire State College with a BA in Human Services, Demetria has also taken many graduate level college courses in forestry, botany, horticulture, and nutrition. She has also done graduate work at Midwives College of Utah and Open University in the UK, was on faculty at the Midwives College of Utah, and adjunct faculty at NH Community Technical College, where she taught herbal and aromatherapy classes at conferences, and apprenticeships. Demetria has also worked for UMASS Medical School in a research capacity. She is a member of the Northeast Herbal Association, an organization dedicated to merging ancient traditions of Herbalism and the needs of the modern herbalist, and is also a member of United Plant Savers and the American Herbalist Guild. She has published numerous articles in medical, herbal and parenting journals. A midwife, doula and trainer, Demetria runs Birth Arts International. She is married and the mother of two boys.

Karyn Calabrese is a successful entrepreneur and popular holistic health expert based in Chicago. At 64 years old she looks nearly a generation younger and enjoys boundless energy and great health. She started on her journey of health after suffering from a host of allergies and ailments as a child. In her 20’s, she adopted a vegetarian diet and began juicing to improve her health. After meeting teachers and raw food pioneers, Anne Wigmore and Viktoras Kulvinskas, Karyn gradually transitioned from vegetarian to vegan to a complete raw vegan diet. For the past 30 years, Karyn has been committed to taking care of her body and helping others to do the same. In addition to a raw diet, she believes in regular detoxification and has developed a program that she has shared with thousands of people over the years and is now available in her debut book, ‘Soak Your Nuts: Cleansing with Karyn.’ Karyn’s business also includes 3 vegan restaurants, a holistic wellness center, and a line of all natural supplements, skin care and makeup. Karyn has enjoyed huge success as a health expert in the local and national media including two appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show that featured age-defying women. Karyn was awarded the First Annual Raw and Living Foods Golden Branch Award in 2002 for introducing the idea of raw and living foods to the greatest number of people in the mainstream public.

Part I. The Healthy Candles, with Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson. Since 1988, Bart Potenza and his partner Joy Pierson have created three successful vegetarian dining establishments. Candle Cafe was the first restaurant to be certified by the Green Restaurant Association and both restaurants are at the forefront of campaigns to green the restaurant industry. The most recent is Candle 79, one of the first upscale organic vegan restaurants in the country.

At the vanguard of health food marketing and vegetarianism, Bart Potenza has written and lectured on the virtues of healthy eating for everyone. After studying at the City College of New York Business School, Bart was a successful art dealer for 16 years before making a change-of-career to the health food industry. His new lifestyle impressed him profoundly with his renewed vitality and sense of well being, and he wanted to share that with the public. In recent years, Bart and Joy have passionately supported the efforts of the environmental and animal rights communities, through their work in the Candle restaurants and beyond.

Bart is a proud member of Co-op America, Social Ventures Network, Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, The Presidents Club at F.A.R.M., P.E.T.A. and Farm Sanctuary. He provides a wealth of inspiration and information through his daily aphorisms, which he posts on a chalkboard in both restaurants. A compilation of his works, “Look Two Ways on a One Way Street” is published by Lantern Books. The success of Candle Cafe and Candle 79 proves Bart’s original assertion that eating super healthy vegetarian food is a choice that impacts not only individual health, but also the health of the planet. Bart’s “daily bread” is his quest to make our world better for all humanity. He continues to be inspired by the growth and significance of the green movement.

Joy, a nutritional counselor since 1985, graduated from Tufts University Magna Cum Laude, and is certified by the Pritikin Longevity Center and Hippocrates Health Institute. Her passion for counseling and healing through great food lead her to join Bart Potenza at The Healthy Candle in 1988 where they began creating foods and menus tailored to the nutritional needs of clients from Joy’s private practice, and the Healthy Candle’s ever-growing customer base. Their partnership has flourished, and Joy and Bart have joined to create Candle Cafe, Candle 79, a growing catering and wholesale business, and the internationally best selling Candle Cafe Cookbook.

In addition to time spent at the restaurants, Joy avidly promotes their mission beyond the restaurants’ walls. She has written and lectured extensively about food and nutrition, sharing her expertise with an ever widening audience as more and more people become mindful of the positive effects of healthful eating. She regularly leads workshops and teaches courses on diet and nutrition. Joy has appeared on The Today Show, Good Day New York, CBS News This Morning, The Food Network’s TV Food Diners, and has been a radio guest on Joan Hamburg, The Howard Stern Show, and Walden’s Pond with Sheldon Walden on NPR. Joy serves as a board member of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Lunches and Wellness in the Schools. She is also an active SVN member. Her quest is to continue changing people’s awareness of health and well being and its effect on the planet and future generations by bringing farm fresh vegan food to as many people and as many tables as possible!

Part II. Interview with Jesse Boss. Jesse Boss is a fifteen-year-old, home schooled student living in San Francisco. She's been vegan for over a year and shares her experiences in this interview.

Part I – Ellen Jaffe Jones Eat Vegan On $4 A Day
Ellen Jaffe Jones is a cooking instructor with The Cancer Project, a program of the prestigious Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She spent eighteen years in TV news as an investigative reporter, morning anchor, and producer for network affiliates around the country, winning two regional Emmys, the National Press Club First-Place Award for Consumer Journalism, and United Press International’s First-Place Award for Investigative Reporting (twice). As a result of her personal quest for better health, Ellen is a certified personal trainer and running coach.
Part II – Gene Stone Forks Over Knives
Editor Gene Stone is the author of the international bestseller The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick and the coauthor, with Rip Esselstyn, of The Engine 2 Diet. Stone, who has written or ghostwritten more than thirty books and numerous magazine articles, lives in New York and follows a plant-based diet.

Guest 1: Tracy McQuirter

A vegan trailblazer, public health nutrition expert, speaker, and author, Tracye McQuirter, M.P.H., is passionate about inspiring people to live healthier, happier lives. Her best-selling book is titled By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat.

Guest 2: Marisa Miller Wolfson

As a full-time food activist, Marisa has organized roughly 70 grassroots workshops and screenings of award-winning documentaries about healthy, humane, eco-friendly eating all across North America. She decided to tell a story that hadn’t been told on film before and completed Vegucated with the help of colleagues at the FilmShop and the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. She borrowed heavily from her experience as a sketch comedian who has performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, Caroline’s on Broadway, and the March for Women’s Lives, where she shared a stage with Gloria Steinem. She has starred in award-winning short films and edited the documentary short I [broken heart] NYC, which screened at the Bushwick Film Festival and the Last Supper Film Festival. Her letters and articles have been published in USA Today Magazine, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune, and her PSAs on environmental and animal protection issues have been viewed by thousands. She has enjoyed vegucating the 1,300+ members of her free online coaching program Vegan at Heart, which was featured on She’s a founding member of the Sustainable Leadership Council of NYC and the NYC Foodprint Alliance and is the honored recipient of Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Animal Friend Award.

Guest: Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board-certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He has been practicing for more than 20 years and established the Center for Nutritional Medicine located in Flemington, New Jersey. Dr. Fuhrman is a renowned speaker and author. His work has been acclaimed as “a medical breakthrough for weight loss, disease reversal and prevention”. His signature book Eat To Live: The Revolutionary Plan for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, first published by Little, Brown & Company in 2003 spawned multiple foreign editions and over 20 reprintings. Due to it’s enduring popularity it was updated and revised for 2011. Dr. Fuhrman’s first book, Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease was published in 1995 by St. Martin’s Press. His other books include, Disease-Proof Your Child, published by St. Martin’s Press in April 2005, Eat For Health (a two volume set) published in 2008. In addition, Dr. Fuhrman’s articles, case studies, and advice are widely published, from medical journals such as the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Orthopedics and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, to consumer publications such as Mothering Magazine and Health Science. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and has received the St. Joseph’s Family Practice Resident’s Teaching Award for his contribution to the education of residents. In addition, Dr. Fuhrman provides nutritional education to other physicians, and is a guest lecturer at Cornell University Graduate Program in Human Nutrition. Dr. Fuhrman is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Health Association; Advisory Panel, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; Diplomat, American Academy of Family Physicians; Sports Medicine Committee, Professional Skaters Guild of America; and PwC Health and Performance Advisory Panel, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Whole Foods Market, Inc., a leader in natural and organic foods, selected Dr. Fuhrman as a partner to create their Health Starts Here initiative, a program geared toward promoting the health of Whole Foods team members and customers. Dr. Fuhrman provides nutritional guidance via week long immersion programs and in-store lectures. His books, supplements and food products are featured in stores. As one of the country’s leading experts on nutrition and natural healing, Joel Fuhrman, M.D. has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, Today, Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, TV Food Network, CNBC and many more. He was recently invited to speak at the World Preservation Conference at the House of Parliament about his accomplishments in demonstrating the power of a micronutrient-rich, plant-based diet to prevent and reverse disease, relieving the burden of dietary-related chronic disease overwhelming the modern world. Joel Fuhrman is a former world class figure skater and member of the United States World Figure Skating Team. In 1973, he placed second in the United States National Pairs Championships (click here to download, or right click and “save link as” his winning routine – 10mb). In the World Professional Pairs Skating Championship in Jaca, Spain in 1976, he placed third. His dedication to sports medicine, health and fitness, preventive care and medicine speak to these lifelong interests. Dr. Fuhrman lives in Flemington, New Jersey with his wife, Lisa, daughters, Talia, Jenna and Cara and son, Sean.

Guest: Dr. Hans Diehl
Dr. Hans Diehl is director of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute of Loma Linda, California. His pioneering efforts with Nathan Pritikin and Dr. Denis Burkitt have shown conclusively that many of today’s diseases are truly reversible through some simple lifestyle changes. As a best-selling author, researcher, dynamic speaker, and top-ranking motivator, he has lectured to corporations and governments and has presented seminars on four continents. The CHIP program itself was born in the winter of 1988 when Dr. Diehl was invited to conduct a 4-week lifestyle change program in Creston, British Columbia, a community of about 5,000. Some 400 persons accepted the challenge to take responsibility for their health and became charter members of the first CHIP program. Following the Creston experience Dr. Diehl went on to conduct multiple live programs in Canada, India, Australia, and the United States. Because he cannot respond to all the invitations for live CHIP programs, Dr. Diehl decided to produce a Video-CHIP series that is being used very effectively in a variety of settings.

Part I: Deborah Merlin, Victory Over ADHD.  Deborah Merlin’s mission was to become an advocate for her special needs twins. Medical professionals only offered drugs.  She sought alternative methods, did extensive ADHD and other health-related research, and kept impeccable records. In 1993, she co-chaired the Westside Cities Council to help promote Public Law 99457, part H, to implement early intervention services from birth through three years of age for children at risk. In 1990 and 1991, she coordinated outreach to pediatricians (under Public Law 99457, part H) and coordinated presentations at hospitals to educate pediatricians on early intervention services and resources for children at risk from infancy to three years of age. She is a frequent guest speaker on radio shows through out the United States and Canada.  She is a consultant to parents who need support, provides resources regarding their children’s individual needs, and she is an artist.

Part II: Humane Investing with Brenda A. Morris. Brenda Morris graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1994 after transferring from the University of New Hampshire two years earlier when her family moved to Virginia. She spent over a decade in the financial service industry with a large firm in different capacities, though most recently as a financial planner.

Over the years she grew increasingly uncomfortable with the model to which most of the industry still subscribes. When she felt that the clients with whom she enjoyed working the most often received the least amount of attention, she ventured downtown to coach advisors on the managed money platform, and then later to the financial planning team to consult advisors on the investment planning process.

During this time she worked on her CFP® designation, all with the hope of making a transition back into a role where she could assist clients directly and quite literally spend her day helping people achieve their hopes and dreams.

In addition to holding her Certified Financial Planner™ designation, Brenda has successfully completed the FINRA sponsored Series 6, 7, 63, 66, examinations and is insurance licensed. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association and is the Treasurer on the Board of her homeowner’s association, as well as Treasurer for the Richmond Chapter Society of Alumni for the College of William and Mary. As a coordinator of the annual Richmond Vegetarian Festival and an active member of the Vegetarian Society of Richmond, she enjoys meeting and educating people on the virtues of living a healthy, cruelty-free lifestyle.

Guest: Michael Greger

Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, among countless other symposia and institutions, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Dr. Greger’s recent scientific publications in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Critical Reviews in Microbiology, Family & Community Health, and the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health explore the public health implications of industrialized animal agriculture.

Dr. Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and was a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He was featured on the Healthy Living Channel promoting his latest nutrition DVDs and honored to teach part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s esteemed nutrition course at Cornell University. Dr. Greger’s nutrition work can be found at

His latest two books are Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching and Carbophobia: The Scary Truth Behind America’s Low Carb Craze. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

All speaking fees and proceeds Dr. Greger receives from the sale of his books and DVDs are all donated to charity. To invite him to speak fill out the Speaking Request form.

Part 1 – Laurie Sadowski, Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread
Laurie Sadowski is a certified personal trainer and nutrition and wellness specialist, food writer, and musicologist. She spends her time spreading awareness about balanced living, cooking, and baking, and continuing her research in modern music and art.
Part 2 – Betsy DiJulio, The Blooming Platter Cookbook
The author of The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes, Betsy is an artist, journalist, teacher, and innovator in vegan cooking. Her concept of seasonality can be of audience interest for winter cooking, excellent for spring (and summer and fall, too)—topical four times a year as the recipes in her book take the guess work out of using the freshest seasonal produce in her creative and delicious recipes.

Guests: John Schlimm and Terry Romero

Part 1 – John Schlimm, The Tipsy Vegan

Just in time for the holidays, John Schlimm, a member of one of the oldest brewing families in the U.S., brings together the flavor of the kitchen and the fun of the bar in The Tipsy Vegan: 75 Boozy Recipes to Turn Every Bite Into Happy Hour. Showcasing plant-based recipes that feature everything from beer to brandy, he presents irresistibly tasty dishes that are easy to prepare and reveal the wilder side of everyday fruits and vegetables.

Part 2 – Terry Romero and Isa Moskowitz, Vegan Pie in the Sky

Holidays? Check. Birthdays? Check. Tuesdays? Check! Our research says life is 100% better any day pie is involved. There’s nothing like a rich, gooey slice of apple pie straight from the oven, baked in a perfectly flaky crust and topped with cinnamon-sugar. And now it can be yours, along with dozens more mouthwatering varieties, vegan at last and better than ever. Vegan Pie in the Sky is the latest force in Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero’s baking revolution. You’ll find delicious and adorable pies, tarts, cobblers, cheesecakes and more—all made without dairy, eggs, or animal products. From fruity to chocolaty, nutty to creamy, Vegan Pie in the Sky has the classic flavors you crave. And the recipes are as easy as, well, you know.

Guests: Nava Atlas and Bryanna Clark Grogan
Have yourself a happy vegan holiday! This exciting, inviting cookbook by veteran author Nava Atlas brilliantly fills the biggest gap in the vegan repertoire with more than 200 delectable, completely doable recipes for every festive occasion. Atlas, one of the most respected names in vegetarian and vegan cooking, addresses everything from Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas –to celebratory brunches, lunches, dinners, potlucks, and buffets. Such mouthwatering dishes as Coconut Butternut Squash Soup, Green Chili Corn Bread, Hearty Vegetable Pot Pie, delicate Ravioli with Sweet Potatoes and Sage, and Cashew Chocolate Mousse Pie will convince even the most skeptical eater that vegan cooking is well worth celebrating.
Longtime vegan author and cooking expert, Bryanna Clark Grogan, has written many books, including our title, World Vegan Feast: 200 Fabulous Recipes from Over 50 Countries. This book is destined to be a classic of vegan versions of authentic international recipes. The book is a treasury of excellent recipes and practical culinary and vegan information that can help any home cook excel. Bryanna knows the whys and wherefore’s of cooking science and what makes plant-based foods taste great.

PART I: Betsy Carson, Miyoto Schinner, Toni Fiore, Terry Hope Romero- Vegan Mashup The filmmaker Betsy Carson has a passion for sharing the benefits of a plant-based diet, and is fueled by a lack of vegan programming options. Since 2005 she has produced 52 episodes of the popular public television program Totally Vegetarian. And a top 10 recipe podcast VegEZ, now seen by more than 4 and a half million people and counting. She also created and produced Vegan Hotspot, a celebrity dining series podcast that can be viewed online at Both podcast were nominated for a Taste TV Award. With a desire to once again reach the wider television audience she’s ready for her next big adventure: Vegan Mash-Up.

The Chefs Terry Hope Romero, author and co-author of bestselling vegan cookbooks Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, and Viva Vegan! Authentic Vegan Latina American Recipes has also presented informative and lively cooking demos and talks to hungry crowds at food festivals and conferences the world over, from Paris to New York City, from Boston to Toronto and beyond. Terry also contributes to VegNews (a leading vegan lifestyle magazine) with her regular column: “Hot Urban Eats.” She also holds a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

Toni Fiore was the host of the Delicious TV’s Totally Vegetarian, as well as the VegEZ podcast with apps and e-cookbooks .Toni is also the author of Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Cooking for Every Kind of Vegetarian, she is currently mulling over ideas for her next cookbook.

Miyoko Schinner has published three cookbooks, owned a restaurant, developed and sold products nationwide and on United Airlines, and has taught cooking in front of both live audiences and on television. She started her own cooking show – Miyoko’s Kitchen – with the goal of mainstreaming vegan cuisine and making plant-based cooking fun and accessible to all.

Part II: Johanna McCloy, Soy Happy Johanna (pronounced “yo-hah-nah”) is dedicated to bridging cultural gaps and empowering individuals to realize that their voices and their actions matter. With compassion and action, they can cross divides and help to generate the positive changes they seek to see in the world. Soy Happy was created with this in mind.

A multi-cultural background Johanna spent seventeen years living in Spain, India, Japan, and Venezuela. She speaks nearly fluent Spanish and some Japanese. She attended Duke University and received her degree in Comparative Area Studies and Anthropology.

Experience in the entertainment industry Johanna studied acting with the legendary Sanford Meisner in Los Angeles. She is often noted for her Guest Starring role as Ensign Calloway in Star Trek The Next Generation and for other acting credits in radio, theatre, television and film. She also has professional experience as a story analyst, documentary researcher and tribute video producer. (She continues to free-lance in these capacities.)

Published writer Johanna’s personal essays have been published in India Currents Magazine, Moxie Magazine, Journeywoman and a book entitled Voices from the Garden (Lantern Books.) She has written countless articles regarding consumer advocacy and Soy Happy for a variety of publications, including the book by Erik Marcus entitled, Meat Market. Johanna is also co-creator and co-editor of Dare To Be Fabulous (DTBF) , celebrating womens’ stories of daring, joy and empowerment.

In 2000, Johanna attended a Major League Baseball (MLB) game and found no viable vegetarian menu options in the entire stadium. She realized that many fans were either bringing their own food or eating before or after the game, due to the lack of options, so she decided to do something about it. She compiled statistics on the rise in demand for vegetarian options, and presented her menu proposal to the concession manager one week later. She then began outreaching to every MLB park, as well as baseball fans, consumer groups and supportive organizations. The Soy Happy website was created as an informational resource.

Fans started to speak up, celebrities offered endorsements, media paid attention, and concession managers responded. When Soy Happy started, none of the MLB parks offered veggie dogs. As of 2011, 22 MLB parks offer veggie dogs, due in large part to Soy Happy‘s efforts.

Using our baseball experience as a model, Soy Happy continues to empower consumers on the importance of their feedback and to promote a wide variety of vegetarian/vegan options for foodservice establishments.

Soy Happy provides a unique hybrid of services. In addition to being a consumer advocate, Soy Happy offers promotional and outreach services for foodservice providers.

A Well-Fed World Founding Director / Board Director – Dawn Moncrieffe has been a social justice advocate (for people and animals) since the mid-90′s. She has two master’s degrees from The George Washington University: one in International Relations, the other in Women’s Studies, both focusing on economic development. Her work highlights the ways in which high levels of meat consumption in the U.S. and globally exacerbate global hunger, especially for women and children. She also draws attention to the negative consequences of increasing livestock production and intensification on climate change and oil scarcity.

Part I: Priscilla Feral, Friends Of Animals.  Priscilla Feral is the Friends of Animals President, who works out of FoA’s International Headquarters in Darien, Connecticut.

Part II: Nick Branningan, Genetically Modified Food.  Nick Brannigan is the author of "I’m Eating WHAT?!?: The Health Risks of Genetically Modified Food and 10 Real World Solutions to Avoid Them", the free eBook available at

Part I: Barbara Gates, Lean & Green Kids Barbara Cole-Gates is the Director of Lean & Green Kids. She is the mother of two smart and spirited teens, Jack and Lucy. She earned her BFA from San Diego State University in drama/acting, and now and again works as a professional actress in Southern California ( She has been working to teach kids about healthier foods since her son entered kindergarten – Jack is a Jr. in high school now!

Part II: Dr. Milton Mills, Rethinking Food Dr. Milton Mills is the Associate Director of Preventive Medicine with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and co-author of PCRM’s report on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Dr. Mills serves as the Race & Nutrition Specialist and Board Advisor for A Well Fed World. Whether internist Dr. Mills is practicing at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia or at free clinics in Washington, D.C., his prescription for patients is likely to include some dietary advice: go vegetarian. “Medical research shows conclusively that a plant-based diet reduces chronic disease risk, so that’s something I absolutely encourage my patients to move toward,” says Dr. Mills, a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Mills doesn’t limit his message to his patients. He takes it to audiences around the country as well, speaking at hospitals, churches, and community centers.

Part I: Donna Beaudoin, Sister Vegetarian Donna Michelle Beaudoin is an Author and Motivator who inspires and puts the burning passion in you to lead a healthy, drama-free lifestyle as a vegetarian or vegan.

She is the author of Sister Vegetarian’s 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living. She is a 45 yr old Vegan who knows how it is to try for years to become a vegetarian and then a vegan. She is a a vegan who incorporates 20% to 50% raw vegan meals weekly into my vegan meals for optimum health benefits. She is a Certified Raw Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Raw Vegan Chef through Raw Vegan Network-Ekaya Institute of Living Food Education. She uses her certifications to help people transition to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle by illustrating the importance of adding to weekly meals raw vegan and whole foods for increased health benefits.

Part II: Doron Petersan, Sticky Fingers Sweets Doron Petersan opened Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats in 2002 drawing on her dgree in Dietetics from the University of Maryland and years of experience working in restaurants. She lives with her husband, Peter and their recued companion-animals in Washington, D.C.

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