Speakers & Instructors

Brian Allard - Becoming Vegan Panel

Jennifer Burzycki - Plant-Powered Performance

Keddy Dixon, M.Ed. - Becoming Vegan Panel

Adriana Gambino - Your Feed Habits Matter

Patrice Jones - What We Can Learn from the Animals

Sandra Koski - NH Veg Fest Drum Circles

Carrie LeBlanc - Live Vegan

Tarrin P. Lupo, D.C., PSc.D. - Plant-Based Diets & Natural Options for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and M.S.

Emily Murphy - The Benefits of Living a Plant-Based Diet

Abby Power - Why Animal Rights Issues are Human Rights Issues

Amanda Elizabeth Toll - Jivamukti Yoga

Casey Taft - Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy

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Speaker & Instructor Info

Jennifer Burzycki, Nutrition Educator

Plant-Powered Performance

There are two components that will forecast an athlete’s performance: training and recovery. While both are equally important, training usually gets all of the attention. It’s not uncommon for an athlete to develop a detailed 14 week training plan, while at the same time overlooking the importance of adequate nutrition by neglecting to create a corresponding meal plan. Unless training all day, the majority of an athlete’s time is spent in the recovery phase. Recovery is not just about getting adequate rest; it’s about nourishing and repairing the body’s cells. Accelerating the recovery rate allows the athlete to schedule workouts closer together thus resulting in more rapid gains in strength and endurance. Those who spend more time recovering and less time training will inevitably be out-performed. Although often equated exclusively with the animal activist or the environmentally conscious, the adoption of a Whole-Food, Plant-Based (WFPB) diet has increasingly become mainstream with athletes looking to prolong their athletic careers and enhance their performance by reducing inflammation, promoting recovery, and boosting energy levels. While skeptics question the ability of a WFPB diet to provide adequate nutrition, concerns have been negated by extensive scientific research and by the numerous WFPB athletes excelling in their sport.

Athletes often experience, and endure, common ailments that hinder athletic performance. Jennifer Burzycki will explain how a WFPB diet can result in more adequate nutrient intake, aid in the healing of the body, and alleviate symptoms while allowing the athlete to focus first and foremost on their training. She will examine the common challenges athletes encounter when switching to a WFPB diet, and what will happen if particular nutrient dense foods are overlooked and highly processed versions of them are consumed. She will address some common misconceptions about a WFPB diet, many of which are perpetuated by the food industry with the goal of selling products, and how this misinformation can result in harmful health effects. Achieving a healthy, active lifestyle is not an effortless task. Jennifer will provide tips for determining where improvements can be made with current food choices to focus on obtaining optimal nutrition in order to maintain athletic performance goals.

Jennifer is certified in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, and currently teaches nutrition and life sciences at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men. Jennifer is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast and has been eating a WFPB diet for 6 years. She has also assisted numerous athletes in attaining their goals by focusing on adequate nutrition. Her passion lies in informing and educating individuals about their role in creating their own optimal health and preventing chronic disease. She seeks to assist others in identifying their nutrient deficiencies and to provide knowledge regarding the role nutrients play in the body, and how they can best be attained. Jennifer stresses that regardless of the condition you may find yourself in, it is never too late to improve your diet, thereby increasing your level of performance and overall wellness.


Keddy Dixon, M.Ed.

Becoming Vegan Panel

Keddy is a Black Residential Recovery Clinician who is also newly vegan! She is in year two of her vegan journey. Keddy is planning to start a vegan meal prep and catering business by the end of this year.

Adriana Gambino

Your Food Habits Matter

A plant-based lifestyle is about getting CLEAR and CONFIDENT about your food habits. Get empower to take control of your health and the health of animals and the environment, using simple, effective, and achievable techniques to create new healthy eating habits. You will learn the 3 building blocks of success and how to apply them when implementing healthy eating habits in your life. As well as gain an understanding of the pitfalls that can hold you back from success and develop strategies to manage them. Whether you’re just beginning your journey with healthy food habits or you’re an organic, plant-based fanatic looking to optimize your approach, you will leave with practical tools, tips, and techniques to start applying your healthy food habits with confidence.

Adriana Gambino is a life coach and therapist who helps people stress less, eat clean, and enjoy life more. She is a licensed clinical social worker with over a decade of experience in holistic approaches to creating sustainable lifestyle changes and has completed the plant-based nutrition certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center. She is plant-based enthusiast, animal rights advocate, and yoga fanatic.


Sandra Koski

NH Veg Fest Drum Circles

Come drum with us at NHVegFest 2019 to elevate your mood and build up your immune system! We’ll start by learning some basic rhythms, then play a few songs and drum circle games. Please bring your non-animal skin drums or try out one of ours – we’ll have extras available. All ages and experience levels welcome keeping in mind drummers under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Carrie LeBlanc

Live Vegan

Carrie LeBlanc, MA, is the Executive Director of CompassionWorks International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a free and fair world for all beings through community education, legal advocacy, and investigations. CWI is primarily focused on advocating for animals the public already loves and relates with as an important initial step in ultimately ending speciesism. Prior to founding CWI in 2014, Carrie used her extensive experience in fundraising and nonprofit management to assist numerous animal rights organizations and served as the first-ever Director of Operations for Mercy For Animals.

Tarrin P. Lupo, D.C., PSc.D.

Plant-Based Diets & Natural Options for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and M.S.

Dr. Lupo is a chiropractor who practices functional wellness. As a child, Dr. Lupo suffered from asthma, allergies and migraines. A chiropractor changed his life. He studied to become a chiropractor and realized that this was not his true calling so he then began to study functional wellness


Abbey Power

Why Human Rights Issues are Animal Rights Issues

Understanding the intersectionality of both can help break down the barriers of injustice while also building our skills as effective activists. I hope that you join this collaborative discussion so that we can work together to create a more humane and just world.

Abby believes that kindness and compassion, combined with action is the path to social change. Whether it is inside the classroom or outside, Abby uses her solutionary vision to help inspire both children and adults to be the next generation of changemakers. Abby is certified in plant-based nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Humane Education through Valparaiso University and The Institute for Humane Education.

Website: www.abbypower.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peachesbyplums/

Amanda Elizabeth Toll

Jivamukti Yoga

Amanda is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Jivamukti Yoga Teacher. Her classes give people a holistic experience that nurtures the body, mind, and soul through pairing yoga asanas alongside elevated intentions, chanting,skillful assists, and yoga philosophy.

Amanda Toll Yoga

Casey Taft

Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy

How can we as animal advocates best help nonhuman animals? This is a question that gets thrown around and debated passionately among those who care deeply about animals. Many fall within different "camps," claiming that their particular approach is more "effective" despite a lack of any meaningful or peer-reviewed scientific study. Often, claims of effectiveness are not grounded in any particular theory of behavioral change and may actually run counter to the clinical and scientific literature about how change occurs for other behaviors. This talk will focus on some principles and methods from the field of clinical psychology to enhance the potential impact of the animal advocacy efforts of individuals and groups. This work is based on the premise that animal advocates are the change-makers and will help determine whether this movement succeeds or fails. Fortunately, there are tried and tested models and strategies that have been shown to help create true, internal, long-standing behavioral change for a range of problem behaviors that include unnecessary violence. Taft discusses these methods and illustrates how they can best be applied in preventing the needless harm inflicted upon animals.

Dr. Casey Taft is co-owner of Vegan Publishers and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He’s an internationally recognized psychologist and clinical researcher in the area of family relationships and abuse prevention, winning prestigious awards for his work from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and scientific reports. He has recently authored “Millennial Vegan,” “Motivational Methods for Animal Advocacy,” and “Trauma-Informed Treatment and Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence.”