Speakers & Instructors

Brian Allard - Becoming Vegan Panel

Marie-Philippe Baudin - Becoming Vegan Panel

Jennifer Burzycki - Is Just Being Vegan Enough?

Keddy Dixon, M.Ed. - Becoming Vegan Panel

Adriana Gambino - Your Feed Habits Matter

Patrice Jones - What We Can Learning from the Animals

Sandra Koski - NH Veg Fest Drum Circles

Carrie LeBlanc - Live Vegan

Tarrin P. Lupo, D.C., PSc.D. - How to Reverse or Manage Alzheimer’s and Dementia Naturally

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, 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.


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.

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.

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.”