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Savannah | Presenters

Featuring expert doctors, researchers, and activists to discuss timely topics such as health, diet, animal welfare, and the environment.

10:00AM - MIKE & DENISE YOUNG

Mike Young is the Founder of aPlantBasedDiet.org 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, TriangleGrapeVine.org and FloridaGrapeVine.org. aPlantBasedDiet.org has a website full of food and recipe resources, a YouTube Channel, local community groups, and live in person outdoor festival events up and down the US East Coast. He’s the type of person that’s continually in search of improvement and doing the best he can do with everything. Mike has always been a forward thinker, and this has propelled him into leading a whole foods plant based lifestyle. He believes there’s nothing more important to do today than spread the good news of this lifestyle since everyone and everything benefits! Mike can be found perpetually on social media. Mike is also a Lifestyle Nutritionist @ ForeverYoungNutritionCoaching.com with a passion for human health. Author of the vBook “Live to 150” available FREE here: http://LiveTo150.org

Denise began her non-profit leadership work as the President of her COA. She leads projects and analyses financial data as a Senior Systems Analyst at Freddie MAC. Denise began her Plant-based journey after Mike encouraged her to read The China Study in 2017. Denise lost her beloved Aunt and Grandmother to diabetes and watched several family members struggle with breast cancer. She’s committed to educating people about a healthy lifestyle that doesn’t exploit animals and is better for the environment. Since switching to a Whole Foods Plant Based diet, Denise has lost 20 pounds, has resumed running and recently won first place in her age group in a competitive 5K!

10:30am - Sydney Collins
The Plant Based Journey

Sydney Collins is a local resident of Savannah. She discovered and adopted a Plant-Based lifestyle in 2020. She is here to talk about her journey and why she has chosen a Plant-Based lifestyle as well as to offer some easy tips to help you and your loved ones take steps towards a healthier, happier, Plant-Based Life!

10:50am - Susan Barnwell
How To Veganize Recipies

In her role as a Wellness Consultant for Nikken, Susan Carter Barnwell come across The China Study by T. Colin Campbell which led her to change to a plant-based lifestyle.  She had already given up red meat and dairy, so she was already part way down the path.  As family, friends and acquaintances began asking the “why” and “how” questions, she started a monthly “Movie Day” at her home in 2009 inviting people to get the information from the experts through a video and then discussing the information while sharing a whole food, plant-based meal she prepared.  During the recent pandemic, “Movie Day” continued as a ZOOM conference call.
 

11:10am - Jeff Adams
The Relationship Between Food and Chronic Disease

I have lectured in many states and in Canada on the connection between what we eat and the chronic diseases that we get. I am not a doctor, but my unusual life’s journey and relentless research has given me a unique insight into the preventive measures that we can all take to insure ourselves the best quality of life possible. A lifelong entrepreneur, starting my own business at the age of 19, I entered the wholesale/retail automotive tire business for 24 years, and then continuing in the wholesale/retail book business for the next 20+ years. My lifelong connection to Conjuring (Magic), and involvement in the sport of Squash Racquets lead to professional relationships that have afforded me a distinct and unconventional angle in pursuing my nutritional research. 

11:45am - Thomas Wade Jackson
“A Prayer For Compassion”

Thomas Wade Jackson received his Masters from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts, where his thesis film, Slow Dancin’ Down the Aisles of the QuickCheck, won both the Student Academy Award and the Student Emmy Award, as well as 20 other awards and honors. He is the founder of The Compassion Project, a multi-media production company, and director of the award-winning, feature-length documentary, A Prayer for Compassion. Thomas is a vegan and animal rights activist and lives in the woods of North Florida with his daughter and their cat friend Obi Wan.

12:30pm - Chef AJ
LIVE Recipe Demo + Q & A Remote on our 6’ tall by 12’ wide Video Wall 

Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-exclusive diet for nearly 45years. She was the host of the television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ which airs on Foody TV. A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from an obese junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body. Her latest bestselling books The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss: A Revolutionary Approach to Conquer Cravings, Overcome Food Addiction and Lose Weight Without Going Hungry and Own Your Health have received glowing endorsement by many luminaries in the plant based movement. Chef AJ was the Executive Pastry Chef at Santé Restaurant in Los Angeles where she was famous for her sugar, oil, salt and gluten free desserts which use the fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the whole fruit. She broadcasts CHEF AJ LIVE! on YouTube and Facebook daily. She is the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program, which has helped hundreds of people achieve the health and the body that they deserve, and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol. In 2018 she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.

1:30pm - FabTheVegan
The Plant Based Health Influencer

I was raised in Queens, New York and grew up in a typical Latin household eating a lot of different types of meats, and toxic food. By my late 20’s I had become accustomed to eating the Standard American Diet, which led me to eventually weigh 300 lbs pounds if not maybe over. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2007 at the age of 44 and was more sick than I had ever been in my life. At 50 years old in 2013 I decided to make a change and work actively towards healing myself from the inside out. I went PlantBased and ultimately became fully vegan in 2014 and, along with starting a fitness routine, I reversed my diabetes and lots of more illnesses, lost all the extra weight, and regained my health, confidence, and zest for life! Now I weight 165 lbs at 58 years old and I feel amazing!

2:15pm - GeorgAnna Wiley
Holistic Women’s Health

I am GeorgAnna Wiley APRN, CNM, MSN, WHNP, BSN, BA, CPM of Rebirth Holistic Women’s Health, with 20+ year’s experience integrating traditional medicine with natural remedies in gentle, trauma informed virtual or in-person healthcare, while helping women heal from trauma, release shame, and love themselves. I offer affordable holistic gynecology and primary care with natural options to our un/underinsured, underserved, marginalized women, neurotransmitter and hormone balancing (for stress, anxiety, brain fog), natural fertility, contraceptives, annual exams (paps), free workshops on empowerment, sex ed, shame release, healing, self-care, herbalism, mindfulness, and consent to build community and self-love. 

2:30pm - Emcee Shannon Blair
Animal Activism Mentorship

Shannon’s journey toward animal liberation really got going Thanksgiving Day, 1996, when she was just 9 years old. After she saw footage showing what happens to animals in order for them to end up on our plates, she never ate another animal again and immediately became an activist, stickering packages and holding demos outside of supermarkets. After about 2 decades of eating a vegetarian diet, Shannon was made aware of the atrocities occurring in the dairy industry — she had never heard this information before. She also watched Cowspiracy on Netflix and then made the decision to transition to a Vegan Lifestyle overnight. Shortly after, she found out how horrendous the egg industry is, another one she had been supporting during all that time as a vegetarian. Shannon now understood why those “crazy vegans” weren’t eating cheese or eggs — they weren’t so crazy after all. She got right back into activism — this time with more knowledge, more reasons, and an incredible amount of inspiration from her son, VeganEvan (who decided to go vegan the same day, even though she tried talking him out of it)! Shannon is fighting for the animals and for Evan’s future. She quit her job in 2017 to advocate, educate, and activate full-time. Shannon and Evan travel all over doing outreach & actions for the animals. They are in the process of starting up a new non-profit organization, the Animal Liberation Action Squad. Shannon is a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator.