Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary

Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production.


Marc Ching is a fourth-generation Japanese Herbalist, macro-biologist, and holistic nutritionist, born into his vocation in Hawaii. He is the owner of The Petstaurant in Los Angeles, where he makes species-appropriate meals for both dogs and cats, understanding the anatomy of animals and how their bodies process and absorb nutrients. His belief and culture, a presence which has become the cornerstone of the company, is that pets are a part of our family.


Simone Reyes was the breakout star of Oxygen’s reality tv show “Running Russell Simmons” and became an overnight hero in the animal rights community. Vegan Lifestyle Magazine put Simone of their cover, calling her The Gloria Steinem of the Animal Rights Movement. She is a sought after public speaker at events such as TedX, The Seed in NYC, Michigan Veg Fest, WorldFest and uses her many media opportunities to promote a fully vegan lifestyle. Simone is a 25+ year vegan and has been a grassroots animal rights activist for most of her adult life.


Host of her own national live daily talk show on Court TV for eight years, Lisa Bloom is now a legal analyst for NBC News, appearing frequently on the Today Show, Nightly News, CNN, HLN and many other television and radio shows. As a legal analyst for the biggest legal website,, Lisa writes a popular weekly column on civil rights issues.


Seba Johnson made history at the tender age of 14 as the youngest Alpine Ski Racer in Olympic History and the first Black female to ever ski in the Olympics, a title which Johnson still holds today. As an animal rights activist, and a vegan since birth, Seba protested what would have been her third Olympic Games because the host country lifted their moratorium and resumed practice of commercial hunting for minke whale.


BRYAN PEASE is co-founder of the Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL), which is based in San Diego and has a very active chapter here in Orange County.


Kuntal Joisher combines the distinction of being both an accomplished mountaineer and a high-end, computer science professional.


Unmatched in theatrical stage production, Rio will make you feel as though you’ve been transported back to an actual 1984 Duran Duran concert. The show will bring you back in time to the big 80’s where fun, dancing, and music were priorities in your youth.

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Heather Shenkman MD FACC is an interventional cardiologist in practice in the Los Angeles area.


Gina Bonanno-Lemos is the award-winning author of What The Fork?


Ken Spector is one of the owners of, the world’s largest vegan/vegetarian restaurant and health food store guide.


1:45pm – 2:05pm: Main Stage

Katie Cleary (WAN – World Animal News, Media Sponsor)


Ellie Laks
Founder and Author:
The Gentle Barn

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Karen Dawn runs the animal advocacy media watch and is the author of “Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way we Treat Animals” (Harper Collins, 2008).


Dr. Moses Seenarine is a graduate of Columbia University and a former Assistant Professor at Hunter College, City University of New York. He is the founder of a non-profit group, Climate Change 911.


11:20 – 12:25pm: Main Stage

“Vegan Athlete/Fitness Panel”:  Will Tucker, Seba Johnson, Matt Ruscigno,
John Pierre (Moderator – Laura Oatman)

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The influences of Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton can be discerned in her solo debut, and Country Music People ranked “Life, Death, and the Spaces Between” third on a Best Albums of 2015 list, dubbing Annette Conlon “a major talent” who “created a moving, intimate, magical melodic country trip.”

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Laura Robinson Oatman is the author of #1 Amazon bestseller Whole Earth Diet, the founder of Whole Earth Wellness, a plant-based nutritionist, holistic wellness guru, speaker, and warrior for world peace.


Dr. Andy Mars is an expert in raising veg kids and an expert in raising kids in general.


Christopher Locke worked in the television industry for over a decade before pursuing his passion project, “Persimmon Takes On Humanity,” which is the thrilling first book of the young adult series, “The Enlightenment Adventures.”

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Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and content editor of JaneUnChained, a multi-platform social media news outlet that produces original video content on animals rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle.

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When LA based singer/DJ, Anji Bee, began posting photos of her homemade vegan meals online in 2007, the commonly held belief of Social Media experts was that “nobody wants to know what you’re eating.”


Spirit Soul And Friends are the Award Recipients of the Los Angeles Music Awards for World Music Artists of the Year and Showcase Artists of the Year.


RemJ is a Michael Jackson Tribute Artist from Long Beach, CA.


Purple Mountains Majesties is comprised of a bassist, a drummer, and four front men who switch off on every instrument they can afford to buy.


Elijah Bustos is a 21-year old self taught guitarist and singer from San Pedro, California who is vegetarian, and environmentalist and is an animal lover!


Pam Nishikawa and Winnie Rafael host this drum circle via Meetup in Irvine, CA.