2016 Speakers

2016 Speakers

The groundwork of all happiness is health. – Leigh Hunt


Our team is so honored to have a full line-up of dynamic and engaging speakers for our 5th year celebration.The Texas VegFest Lecture and Demo area is a fantastic way for attendees to get free information on the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a plant-based diet. Each presentation is centered around providing the most useful information to the audience as a tool to incorporate more plant-based items in their daily lives. There are three free cooking demonstrations during the event, each providing samples to the audience of their wonderful dishes.So don’t be late! Gates open for the event at 11am; the Lecture and Demo area begins seating at 11:15am; first presentation begins at 11:30am.


 11:30 am Jessica Pavs, Chef at N​atural Epicurean​ :: Healthy Good Morning Cooking Demonstration   
From her early exposure to the exotic world of food to her passion for her plant-based diet, Jessica has been following the steps to  becoming a healthy vegan chef. Growing up on Long Island she had a decent variety of food to pick and choose from. Her parents  found it important to try new things and never to shy away from any ethnicity of food, which is what helped Jessica form an extensive  palette and learn about all the different flavors and techniques that can come from Jessica began her journey into the plant-based  lifestyle at the age of thirteen. She experimented for two years with a vegetarian diet but had to stop due to health reasons.After gaining support through friends in the vegan community and through education of what a healthy plant-based diet looks like  Jessica was able to successfully transition to a vegan diet. Her passion for veganism has led her to discover her love for plant-based  cooking, especially baking. It wasn’t until Jessica started to experiment with baking that she’d discover her love for culinary arts. She  began baking vegan treats for small local businesses and realized the career opportunities it presented to her. In search for a way to  learn more about her passion she discovered the professional chef training program at the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary  Arts. Jessica has invested her last six months increasing her knowledge of plant-based foods and honing her craft. After graduating in  December, Jessica took a job at Johnson’s Backyard Garden, to learn more about organic farming in the hopes to one day own her own farm and café.


12:30 pm Brooke Goldner, M.D.​ :: Physician and Author Brooke Office Headshot
Dr. Brooke Goldner is a best-selling author, the founder of VeganMedicalDoctor.com, SkypePsychiatrist.com, creator of the Hyper-nourishing Healing Protocol for Lupus Recovery, and is the author of Goodbye Lupus and Green Smoothie Recipes to Kickstart Your Health and Healing.Dr. Goldner was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Nephritis with stage IV kidney disease at 16 years old and made a startling recovery from her disease at 28 years old using her protocol, which uses supermarket foods. She has been symptom-free ever since, with normal lab results and no trace of disease in her body.Now, she educates physicians and patients on how to heal and achieve vibrant health using her protocol and supermarket foods. Dr. Goldner’s Hyper-nourishing Healing Protocol has helped
patients with Lupus and a multitude of other diseases.


1:30 pm Seba Johnson :​: Olympic Skier, Writer, and AuthorSeba Johnson
Seba Johnson is a Winter Olympian who has represented The United States Virgin Islands in the Slalom event and also the Giant Slalom. Seba competed in Calgary, Canada in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in the women’s Giant Slalom. In doing so she became the  youngest alpine ski racer in Olympic history. She was also the world’s first black female to ski in the Olympics. Seba was brought up  vegan from birth and has never consumed any animal products. She is involved in education about the effects on health and animal  welfare of eating animal products. She has been disqualified from a World Cup Ski race for refusing to wear a ski suit which included  a piece of leather. After competing in her second Olympic Games in France, she did not compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics in  Norway through choice in response to Norway’s decision to resume whaling.Following her retirement in 1992 she entered full time education and left with a degree in Fine Arts. She then spent time educating young people about health and animal welfare as well as bringing skiing to inner city Boston. She has now started a career in film as an actor and also in modeling.J​acques Laventure​


2:30 pm The Naked Chef, J​acques Laventure​ :: Haitian Traditional Cuisine Cooking
Jacques Laventure is one of LA’s hottest Vegan Chef, Jacques specializes in mixingVegan & Haitian Traditional cuisine with his desire for natural flavors. He is seasoned in orchestrating custom menus and incorporating large dining events. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York In 2008 Jacques began to train and cook for his clients. California beckoned, for Jacques to move to Los Angeles in 2012, where he open a Studio and Kitchen in Downtown LA. Jacques writes regularly about Food and Fitness,


3:30 pm The Taco Cleanse​Scientist :: Scientific Demonstration on the Benefits of Tacos
Forge a new path of wellness and selfTaco Cleanse-discovery, one taco at a time. The Taco Cleanse was created through many years of research by a group of dedicated Taco Scientists in Austin, Texas. Taking the seemingly simple and perfect concept of the Taco, this diet re-imagines it to fit every kind of lifestyle. The Taco Cleanse will bring all of your levels to new heights and increase your nutrimatter content a thousandfold.


4:30 pm Joyce Tischler :: Co­Founder and General Counsel :: A​nimal Legal Defense Fund
Joyce Tischler
Joyce Tischler, affectionately known as “the Mother of Animal Law,” is the co-founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and was ALDF’s executive director for twenty-five years. Currently, as ALDF general counsel, Joyce is responsible for in-house legal matters, as well as writing, lecturing on, and promoting the field of animal law. She has been called a visionary, a leader, an inspiration, and a role model–she is that and so much more. She’s also an exceptional attorney.
Joyce Tischler has devoted her career to the development and advancement of animal law. Her article, “Rights for Nonhuman Animals: A Guardianship Model for Dogs and Cats,” received dramatic response from her professors and colleagues and continues to influence the greatest philosophers in animal law today. She earned her JD from the University of San Diego, where she was also a member of the San Diego Law Review, Steering Committee on Women in the Law, and Environmental Law Society. An inspiration to so many activists around the world, Joyce is an internationally recognized speaker and author of numerous publications. In 2009, The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Animal Law Committee honored Joyce with the Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award. In 2010, Joyce was invited on a 12-day, seven-city speaking tour in Australia sponsored by father-daughter team Brian and Ondine Sherman of Voiceless – the Animal Protection Institute. One of her recent publications of influence is her double volume “A Brief History of Animal Law, Part II (1985-2011),” published in the Stanford Journal of Animal Law and Policy. In addition to her many publications, Joyce has been quoted far and wide, including in the New York Times, Science Magazine, Washington Post, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, the Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, and People magazine. She is currently co-writing two animal law books.

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