2014 Speakers

2014 Speakers

Speaker Schedule:

11:30 am Tess Challis, Radiant Health – Inner Wealth
12:30 pm Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen, Balcones Woods Family Medicine & Cornucopia Health
1:30 pm Chef Rosa Vera, Natural Epicurean
2:30 pm Mac Danzig, 2007 Ultimate Fighter Welter Weight Winner
3:30 pm Chef Inge Bothma, Happy Vegan Baker
4:30 pm Nicole Sopko, Vegan Business Owner, Yogi & Animal Activist

Speaker Bios:

happyveganbaker Inge Bothma

Inge is the owner of Happy Vegan Baker in Austin, Texas. Happy Vegan Baker specializes in healthy, tasty vegan meals and allergen-free baked goods. Besides her working on her business, Inge is a Chef Instructor at The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts.

Inge will be teaching how to bake delicious gluten-free treats without eggs or dairy.

Tess-Challis Tess Challis

Tess Challis has made it her life’s work to share healthy, tasty plant-based recipes with the world. Tess believes anyone can transform their health through small, sustainable changes. She spreads this message this through a variety of work including wellness coaching, writing, speaking, and teaching cooking. Her latest book, Get Waisted, is part of a partnership with Dr. Mary Clifton.

Tess will be sharing some of her best healthy recipes with us at Texas VegFest, including Thai Fresh Spring Rolls with Ginger Dipping Sauce.

Mac-Danzig Mac Danzig

Mac Danzig is a mixed martial artist, professional fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and proud animal lover. Mac fights in the lightweight class and has a 21 to 12 win-loss record. He’s living proof that vegans aren’t wimps!

Mac’s talk will focus on using a plant-based diet for maximum athletic success and personal health. He’ll also share his personal experiences working with animals at a farm sanctuary in Pennsylvania and photographing animals in the wild.

Sharon-HausmanCohen Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen

Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen is an Austin-based doctor at Balcones Woods Family Medicine. She opened the practice in 2001 so she could practice the “Art of Medicine.” Dr. Hausman-Cohen and her partners see about 35% fewer patients than most practices. This allows them to spend quality time working on lifestyle changes with interested patients.

As part of this focus, Dr. Hausman-Cohen created the Cornucopia Health program to provide education on how moving toward a plant-based diet can improve issues with weight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and family history of cardiac disease or cancer. Patients who participate in the four week program average an 8-pound drop in weight and lower their cholsterol by about 20 percent.

At Texas VegFest, you can learn about why these changes work and how you can move toward a plant-based diet in your own life from a doctor with extensive personal experience.

 Nicole-Sopko Nicole Sopko

Nicole Sopko is the Vice President of Upton’s Naturals and director of Maha Dharma Yoga Center in Chicago. Nicole has been vegan for sixteen years; her lecture will provide you with tools and ideas for integrating activism into the activities you are already doing every day! What can you do to make the world a better place?

 Rosa_photo Chef Rosa Vera

Chef Rosa is an instructor for the professional culinary arts program at The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin. She has sixteen years of culinary experience from four star hotels to small solar powered sustainable businesses.

Chef Rosa will be making Smoked Tofu with Orange Miso Jam and Black Sesame Gomashio.



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