Speakers & Instructors

Rebecca Aslam, MS, RD, LDN – Updates on Vegan Nutrition

Jennifer Burzycki - Is Just Being Vegan Enough?

Abby Power - Why Animal Rights are Human Rights

Sandra Koski - NH Veg Fest Drum Circles

Tarrin P. Lupo, D.C., PSc.D – How to Reverse or Manage Alzheimers & Dementia Naturally

Emily Murphy - The Benefits of Living a Plant Based Diet

Amanda Elizabeth Toll - Jivamukti Yoga

Casey Taft - Trauma in Animal Advocacy


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Speaker & Instructor Info

Rebecca Aslam, MS, RD, LDN

Updates on Vegan Nutrition

Rebecca is a Clinical Dietitian at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA. Her professional interests include plant-based nutrition as prevention and treatment for chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. She also has personal experience in plant-based nutrition throughout the lifecycle, having followed a life-long plant-based (vegan) diet.

Jennifer Burzycki, Cancer Survivor, Nutrition Enthusiast

Is Just Being Vegan Enough?

There are numerous motives for becoming vegan, such as the ethical treatment of animals, the protection of the environment, a more sustainable future, and overall health. However, when it comes to our health, being vegan may not be enough to rid us of the aliments our non-vegan friends experience. Many of us get excited when the food industry emerges with a new vegan option of one of our favorite foods; however, these products often contain processed fillers, chemicals, refined sugars, saturated and trans fats, and are, in effect, devoid of nutrients. Over time, vegans can find themselves just as overweight, malnourished, and overcome with chronic disease as our meat eater counterparts and quite possibly to an even greater degree. 

Jennifer, who became a Whole-Food, Plant Based (WFPB) vegan shortly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, will return to NHVegFest with her popular lecture and new and updated information to discuss how to reduce our risk of chronic disease by achieving and maintaining optimal health on a vegan diet. She will examine the challenges of obtaining essential nutrients that vegans often encounter and what will happen if particular nutrient dense foods are overlooked and highly processed versions of them are consumed. Jennifer will focus her discussion on how processed vegan foods, marketed as promoting health, are often manipulated to distort nutrient ratios and/or contain ingredients that have no role in the body and pose their own health risks. Achieving a healthy vegan lifestyle is not an effortless task. Jennifer will provide tips to assist you in determining where you can make improvements with your own food choices while focusing on obtaining optimal nutrition.

Jennifer has achieved certification in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation at eCornell University, and currently teaches health and science at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men. Jennifer is also an avid runner and has assisted Runner’s Alley in Concord as a nutritionist for their half marathon and 10K training groups.  Her passion lies in informing and educating adults about their role in preventing chronic disease. She seeks to assist others in identifying their own nutrient deficiencies along with providing knowledge regarding the role nutrients play in the body, and how they can best be attained. Jennifer assists individuals in their shift to a more WFPB diet and firmly believes that through proper nutritional education, and the implementation of adequate nutrient intake acquired through a WFPB diet, the risk of developing chronic diseases diminish. Jennifer stresses that regardless the condition you may find yourself in, it is never too late to improve your diet, thereby increasing your level of wellness, while reversing the damaging effects of the Standard American Diet.


Elizabeth Clements

Demo – Brewing Kombucha

Elizabeth Clements is a food blogger and recipe developer. She is currently studying to be a holistic nutritionist and intends to share her knowledge about healthy eating through a forthcoming blog and consulting services. Creating delicious, healthful recipes is her passion! Twitch.TV/ClemCanCook

James Glover

NH Connection to Orca Captivity!

Maria Giurcan

Vegan Travel Tips
Maria is the creator/author of veganworldtrekker.com vegan travel blog. She has visited 6 continents and many parts of USA. She began the vegan blog 8 years ago and it ranks at the top of search engine results.

Maria’s presentation will cover the vegan dining scene across the globe, she will share travel tips for vegans/vegetarians such as vegan/eco-friendly travel accessories, travel snacks, travel skincare/sunscreen/insect repellent, accommodations, tours, shoes/clothing & bags for travel, questions to ask waiters, ways/tools to translate dining needs abroad, and tricky things to look out for in international cuisine that may appear to be vegetarian/vegan.

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.

Mary Lawrence

Is The Future Vegan?

Chef Mary Lawrence will talk about issues of land use, water use, species extinction, pollution, environmental racism, food justice and the impact on slaughterhouse workers.

Mary Lawrence is executive chef and owner of Well on Wheels, Connecticut’s premier vegan personal chef service. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV, including WNPR’s “The Colin McEnroe Show,” WWLP-TV’s “Mass Appeal,” and WTNH-TV’s “CT Style.” Mary has a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation at eCornell University and has taught at the Connecticut Culinary Institute and numerous programs and conferences throughout the U.S. Her recipes have been included in the Best of Vegan Cooking (2009) by Priscilla Feral and VegCooking.com. Her most recent cookbook, Easy Peasy Vegan Eats (2014), is a guide for busy people making the vegan transition. She is also a writer and food blogger, and her culinary creations can be followed on the blog, The Traveling Vegan Chef (http://wellonwheels.blogspot.com).

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

How to Reverse or Manage Alzheimers & Dementia Naturally
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. Holistic Healing Information

Emily Murphy

The Benefits of Living a Plant Based Diet


Andy Siver

Demo – Growing Micro Greens, Shoots & Sprouts

Andy is a veganic farmer, fermenter and homesteader in Eliot, Maine. In this demo he will be showing how to grow microgreens, shoots and sprouts. Andy's Edible Gardens

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

Trauma in Animal Advocacy

Animal advocates often have some form of trauma in their backgrounds and are exposed to regular trauma inflicted upon non-human animals. This talk will discuss the impacts of trauma on our advocacy and ourselves, and what we can do to heal from trauma and reduce its negative impacts.

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.” veganpublishers.com