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Speaker Bios

Matt Ball is co-founder of Vegan Outreach, which is dedicated to direct, grassroots educational outreach against factory farms and for ethical eating. In addition to advocacy materials and a Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating, Vegan Outreach also provides thorough, cutting-edge nutritional information, based on the most up-to-date research from around the world. Matt and Vegan Outreach co-founder, Jack Norris, were inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2005.
Lorri Bauston is considered the “pioneer” of the farmed animal sanctuary movement. In 1986, Lorri co-founded Farm Sanctuary, which opened the country’s first shelter for farmed animals. For 18 years, she directed the group’s shelter and fundraising efforts, and served as the organization’s Executive Director until 2004. In 2005, Lorri Bauston formed a new nonprofit organization, Animal Acres, and opened the Los Angeles farmed animal sanctuary and compassionate living center. Today, the sanctuary is home to over 100 rescued farmed animals and hosts a variety of special events and volunteer programs to teach people to extend compassion to ALL beings.
Nikki Bollaert has helped nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions, and churches reach their fundraising goals throughout her 14-year career as a development professional. As founder and president of Bollaert Associates, Inc., Nikki provides consulting and hands-on development services to organizations seeking to maximize mission impact through efficient fundraising operations. Nikki holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University, is a Certified Fundraising Executive, and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy�. Committed to the animal welfare movement since childhood, Nikki looks forward to assisting activists with fundraising counsel.
Lawrence Carter-Long is a longtime animal advocate and works as the Network Coordinator for the Disabilities Network of NYC. Lawrence brings his experience in media communications and strategy to AR2006. He has been a guest on dozens of regional and national media outlets including NBC's The Today Show, CNN and National Public Radio and has facilitated workshops on effective communication techniques for activists at conferences and colleges nationwide. He has been a selection committee member since 2001 for the HSUS Genesis Awards and is an advisor to NYC's League of Humane Voters. Currently, he serves as a spokesperson for IDA and is a Contributing Editor for Satya Magazine.
Cat Clyne has been Editor of Satya Magazine since 1999. Now in its 12th year of publication, Satya focuses on animal advocacy, environmentalism, social justice and vegetarianism. (See to learn more.) Through the monthly publication of Satya, Cat seeks to develop common ground among activists, deepen understanding about issues of compassion and nonviolence, and challenge readers to examine different points of view.
Karen Davis is the founder and President of United Poultry Concerns, Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl and includes a sanctuary. She has a PhD in English from the University of Maryland-College Park where she taught for 12 years in the English Department and pioneered a course on the role of animals in the Western philosophic and literary tradition in the University Honors Program. In 2002, Karen was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame "for outstanding contributions to animal liberation." She has also authored numerous essays, articles, and books.
Karen Dawn worked as a news researcher and writer for various Australian publications and on ABC's nightly news magazine, "The 7:30 Report." In 1999 she founded DawnWatch, which monitors animal issues in the media and encourages activists to respond. Her opinion pieces have appeared in numerous papers and she was featured in a New York Times piece on the Hurricane Katrina Animal disaster. She is a contributor to "Terrorists or Freedom Fighters: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals," a 2004 anthology. As a spokesperson for the movement, Karen Dawn has appeared on MTV, and she has lectured at animal rights conferences since 2001.
Adam Durand is president of Compassionate Consumers, a not-for-profit animal advocacy organization based in Rochester, NY that focuses on the cruelty of animals in agriculture and encourages consumers to adopt a vegetarian diet or seek out more humane animal products. He is well-known for his undercover investigation film, Wegman's Cruelty, which documents the cruel living conditions of the farm's egg-laying hens. He was arrested for trespassing and sentenced to 6 months in jail and has since been released on bail. Adam has received much media attention and was featured on ABC's "Primetime" TV program.
Linda Fisher is a widely collected fine artist and award winning designer. Adding to her list of accomplishments, Linda is also a published writer. She has written articles regarding animal rights, written children's stories, and is presently writing and illustrating a book about the spirit of animals. Linda co-founded a nonprofit humane education organization and founded the first nonprofit organization to help captive parrots. Linda is also a professional creative consultant for animal rights organizations and is senior coordinator for In Defense of Animals’ captive bird campaign.
Bruce Friedrich is PETA’s vice president for international grassroots campaigns. He has overseen some of PETA’s most successful campaigns, has been responsible for many articles in all of North America’s top newspapers, and has appeared on a variety of TV programs, from the Today Show to the O’Reilly Factor. Before joining the PETA team ten years ago, Bruce spent 6 years running a homeless shelter and the largest soup kitchen in Washington, D.C.
Steven Gellman is an animal rights advocate and musician, praised by Billboard Magazine as “intensely sensitive and impressively intelligent at the same time." He performs throughout the US and Canada at premiere music venues and has opened shows for Dar Williams, Cheryl Wheeler, Richie Havens, Richard Shindell and Al Stewart. He was nominated for 4 awards from The Washington Area Music Association Awards and by The Gay/Lesbian American Music Awards for Debut Album of the Year. His release "Return to Summer Lake" was chosen by Barnes & Noble for national distribution and was featured on their listening post wall.
Caryn Ginsberg, co-founder of Priority Ventures Group , has years of experience helping organizations get better results using proven strategic planning and marketing approaches. Her clients have ranged from small nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. They include The Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The Fund for Animals, Doris Day Animal Foundation and more. Caryn serves on the board of the International Institute for Humane Education and acted as Chair of  the Executive Committee of Summit for the Animals (now National Council for Animal Protection) for 2003-2004.
Timothy Gorski is Producer/Director of Rattle the Cage Productions. He has a Masters degree in film and visual communications. He's worked in television for 12 years and has recently created PSA's for VIVA, Harpseals, Wildlife Care Center, SHAC, and Dolphin Freedom Foundation. Tim’s 1993 anti-captivity documentary received 12 awards in 45 festivals. He's also an animal/disaster rescue specialist volunteering for the Wildlife Care Center and certified through the American Humane Association. He spent 3 weeks in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina pet rescues, as well as 2 weeks in Thailand in after the 2004 tsunami. Tim also owns and maintains a controversial site,
Tammy Grimes is founder and executive director of Dogs Deserve Better, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the chaining and penning of dogs, and bringing 'man's best friend' into the home and family. She is an animal advocate and artist living in rural Pennsylvania. Tammy holds a B.A. in Art from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in Naturology from the American Institute for Holistic Theology. Her animal-advocacy-focused art has produced two series of note to date: "Little Girl Looking" and the "New Orleans After Katrina Series" Her art site can be reached at
Camille Hankins is co-founder of Win Animal Rights (WAR), a group of hardcore, grassroots, direct action campaigners dedicated to bringing an end to the brutality and killing at Huntingdon Life Sciences and ultimately to total animal liberation. With almost 20 years of sales, marketing and management expertise, Camille specializes in using her knowledge base to capitalize on critical weaknesses of animal exploitation businesses. In addition to her role with WAR, Camille acts as a Press Officer for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office and annually serves as Exhibit Coordinator for the AR200X national conferences.
Dr. Alex Hershaft founded the Vegetarian Information Service in 1976 and FARM in 1982. He launched World Vegetarian Day in 1977, World Farm Animals Day in 1983, the Great American Meatout in 1985, Gentle Thanksgiving in 1990, and CHOICE (Citizens for Healthy Options In Children's Education) in 1995. He organized 17 national animal rights conferences including the Action For Life Conference that launched the U.S. AR movement in 1981. He is a member of the Vegetarian and the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. He describes himself as a "late bloomer", having accomplished all this after earning a Ph.D. in chemistry and devoting nearly 30 years to science research and consulting.
Cheryl Hill has been performing music since 1982. In the spring of 2005 a friend introduced her to the world of animal rights and veganism and she’s been an active voice ever since. Completing her first animal rights song “Another Day”, on her latest release “Can’t Take Anymore”, Cheryl has been making many contacts with animal rights activists. She’s the host for local cable access show “Animal TV”, soon to be airing on Nashville’s Comcast Channel 19. Inside her CDs and DVDs one can find business card sized literature on animal rights, on her merchandise table at her shows there’s always animal rights literature, and her website is very active supporting animal rights links and vegan products as well.
Pattrice Jones, coordinator of the Eastern Shore Sanctuary and Education Center, nurtures and advocates for chickens in the heart of a rural region dominated by the poultry industry. An activist in various social change movements since the 1970s and now the coordinator of the Global Hunger Alliance, Pattrice speaks and writes frequently of the connections between earth, animal, and human liberation. She formerly taught courses on psychology and social change activism at the University of Michigan and now teaches public speaking at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Andrew Knight has been an active animal advocate ever since helping launch Australia’s campaign against the live sheep trade to the Middle East in the early 1990s. He obtained his veterinary degree in 2002 primarily to provide specialized knowledge for the assistance of animal protection campaigns. While a veterinary student, he used legal action and media exposure to introduce Western Australia’s first humane vet surgical program. Andrew began working for US animal protection organizations in 2002 and founded Animal Consultants International in 2004. He is also an expert on vegan companion animal diets, and the creator of the informational website
Greg Lawson has been a National Park Service ranger for 22 years and the environmental reasons are a strong motivation for his veganism.  For eight years, he was lead journalist for Animal Rights Online.  President of the Vegetarian Society of El Paso, Greg also has co-hosted an AR/vegan radio show, ACT Radio, for the last four years.
Jacquie Lewis has a PhD in psychology. She is the president of SPEAK (Supporting and Promoting Ethics for the Animal Kingdom), an all-volunteer organization that has been educating people about the conditions of animals and the environment since 1990. SPEAK offers presentations at schools, civic groups, and public forums, providing information about animal rights. Jacquie recently organized and presented at a symposium on the Emotional Intelligence of Animals. She is very knowledgeable about birds, especially African Grey parrots.
Anthony Marr holds a science degree from the UBC and has worked as a field geophysicist and an environmental technologist. In 1995, he became a full time wildlife preservationist, which has brought him to India three times, earning him the title of the "Champion of the Bengal Tiger" in the Champions of the Wild TV series aired in 20 countries.  As an anti-hunting activist, he has conducted high profile campaigns in Canada for the bears and seals, and been to Japan twice for the whales and dolphins. He is the founder of Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) and is currently on his fourth Compassion for Animals Road Expedition (CARE-4), covering 40 states.  He is also the author of Omni-Science.
Libra Max has been an ethical vegan for over ten years, active in rescue, rehabilitation and adoption, farmed animal welfare and antivivisection. She worked with the NYPD, Humane Law Enforcement as an advocate for the animals of NYC. She is also a strong proponent of feral cat trap-neuter-return programs, serving as Project Coordinator for City Critters, Inc.. Libra is on the Advisory Council of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and she is the Executive Producer and Music Supervisor of the documentary film EARTHLINGS, and serves on the Genesis Awards Screening Committee. Most recently, Libra has begun doing livestock investigations in the California area.
Armaiti May, DVM is an animal rights advocate and veterinarian currently practicing at a 24-hour dog and cat hospital in Southern California. She became a vegan and activist as student at UC Berkeley. An active officer in the campus advocacy group, Cal Vegetarians, she helped put on several vegan outreach and food giveaways. As a student at UC Davis, Armaiti helped coordinate a surgery “wetlab” training for fellow vet students as a humane alternative to the school’s terminal surgeries. During vet school she volunteered with Rural Area Veterinary Services to provide free care and sterilization surgeries to dogs, cats, and horses in economically disadvantaged communities.
Kim McCoy is a third year law student and Editor in Chief of the Animal Law Review. She has been passionate for years about environmental protection, particularly in developing countries. Serving as an intern with the Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Kim worked alongside attorneys and scientists to assist people to protect their environmental rights and conservation of nature. She annually assists the conference management team and will be working in the AR2006 office.
Erica Meier is the Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing (COK), a non-profit animal advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on exposing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting vegetarian eating as a way to reduce animal suffering. COK’s undercover investigations inside factory farms have been featured in various newspapers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Before working at COK, Erica spent four years as an animal control officer in D.C., rescuing sick, injured, and homeless animals as well as enforcing animal protection laws.
Milton Mills is Associate Director of Preventive Medicine with Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). He is the co-author of PCRM's report on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Milton interns at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia, as well as free clinics in Washington, D.C. and frequently lectures on the benefits of a plant-based diet. He works with HIV and AIDS patients at clinics, noting that vegetarians seem to improve, with increased energy and higher T-cell counts. In the future, Milton hopes to delve into a new area of interest where little research has been done but the anecdotal evidence looks promising: diet and immunity.
Moby began his electronic music career in 1989 and is best known for singles like “Go,” Porcelain,” South Side” with Gwen Stefani, “We Are All Made of Stars,” and “Lift Me Up.” He is an outspoken advocate for a variety of progressive groups and is very passionate about animal rights. His activism extends into his musical career, as noted from his 1996 album, Animal Rights. He has worked on vegan campaigns with PETA, PETA2, HSUS, and other organizations. As a vegan for more than 16 years, Moby is co-owner of the popular New York City vegetarian restaurant, Teany. He will be receiving a prestigious celebrity award during Sunday night’s Awards Banquet.
Dawn Moncrief is the Executive Director of FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement), a non-profit, public interest organization advocating a vegan diet and the humane treatment of farmed animals. She has two graduate degrees from George Washington University, one in International Relations specializing in economic development, the other specializing in women-in-development. Her specialty is the detrimental effects of animal agriculture on world hunger, particulary women in less-developed countries.
Peter Muller has been involved in wildlife protection since 1976. He has participated in patrolling posted land against hunters during hunting season, given presentations on the deleterious effects of hunting at various universities and other groups, published numerous articles on this topic, debated and educated on radio and TV. Peter is currently President of LOHV (League of Humane voters), a PAC (Political Action Committee) whose mission is to support candidates for political office who promise their support of animal protective legislation.
Vivianne Nantel is a painter/sculptor, photographer, spiritual teacher, freelance writer/poet, speaker, spokesperson, animal advocate, environmentalist and humanitarian. She is dedicated and devoted to help changing this world to a more peaceful, loving, compassionate and harmonious planet for all sentient beings by creating more awareness and helping expand people’s consciousness by opening their hearts. Vivianne’s paintings have been exhibited in many fine art museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Many of her articles and poems have been published in newspapers and magazines. Visit to view her work.
lauren Ornelas is Campaigns Director for Compassion Over Killing. She has been active in the animal rights movement for over 19 years. After spending four years as National Campaign Coordinator for In Defense of Animals, lauren was asked by Viva!UK to start and run Viva!USA in 1999. As the leader of Viva!USA, she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. Some of her accomplishments include persuading Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat, Pier 1 to stop using feathers and was the spark that got the CEO of Whole Foods Market to become a vegan. Her campaigns have been covered in USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, and other major media outlets.
Alex Pacheco began making headlines at the age of 21 by closing down the first laboratory in the U.S. on charges of cruelty to animals. As co-founder and Chairman of PETA for 20 years, he was responsible for expanding it into the world’s most recognizable animal rights charity. To date, he has been responsible for raising over $128 million for charity in donations alone. He is well-known for leading a 15-year battle to save a band of crippled lab animals called "The Silver Spring Monkeys.” His picture and articles have appeared in each edition of Animal Times for the last 20 years. In 1999, Alex became President of All American Animals and Humane America, the creator of
Charles Patterson is a writer, editor, therapist, and teacher. His books include Anti-Semitism: The Road to the Holocaust and Beyond, The Civil Rights Movement, The Oxford 50th Anniversary Book of the United Nations, Animal Rights, From Buchenwald to Carnegie Hall (co-author with Holocaust survivor Marian Filar), and Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust (soon to be in eleven languages). He lives in New York City and is a member of PEN, The Authors Guild, and the National Writers Union.
Michele Pickover is the author of "Animal Rights in South Africa," a pioneering book published in 2005 and nominated for the 2006 Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction. She has a BA Honours in History, a Masters in Environmental Sociology and a diploma in Archival Science. Currently she is chairperson of South Africans for the Abolition of Vivisection (SAAV), a director of Xwe African Wild Life, a member of the Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education (CARE) advisory committee, committee member of CLAW, an NGO specifically dedicated to bring primary healthcare and humane education to disadvantaged communities.
John Pierre, vegan nutrition and fitness consultant, has been lecturing throughout the United States about the powers of a plant-based diet and an active lifestyle for the last 15 years. He helps transform people's lives by working with individual clients and by conducting group fitness boot camps.  For the past two decades, John has also served as a dedicated advocate for women, animals and the environment.  He incorporates the importance of living a loving and compassionate lifestyle into all the work that he does.
Dan Piraro is the creator of the syndicated cartoon feature Bizarro, which appears daily in over 200 newspapers worldwide. He is the winner of numerous cartooning and animal activism awards and has authored Life Is Strange and So Are You: A Bizarro Sunday Treasury, among others. Recently, Dan has taken his comedy on the road with "The Bizarro Baloney Show: Comedy for a Cause." This one-man variety act attracts a wide audience. His uniquely imaginative entertainment spreads meaningful humor by keeping the audience laughing, while learning about important issues. Check out his website at
Dallas Rising, Animal Advocate Coach, is a pioneer in her field.  She
started her company, Living With Purpose, with the vision of empowering
activists in the animal rights community to be powerful and effective in
their vital work.  She partners with animal advocates to make the biggest
impact they can with the resources and skills they have, avoid burnout,
communicate in a way that leaves listeners wanting to get on board, and
produce breakthrough results in their chosen area of focus.  She was a
member of the first open rescue team in the USA, with Compassionate Action for Animals, and served as Volunteer Coordinator for the same group, during which the group experienced massive growth.
Richard Schwartz is President of the Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) and Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV), and serves as the Councilor of the Vegetarian Union of North America (VUNA). Professor of mathematics at the College of Staten Island, he is the author of Judaism and Vegetarianism, Judaism and Global Survival, and Mathematics and Global Survival.
Brenda Shoss founded Kinship circle in 1999 with a mission to empower people to take action in campaigns addressed to lawmakers, businesses, media and other institutions linked with animal protection concerns. As a professional writer and graphic designer, her goal is to provide tools for activists to write/speak/act influentially on behalf of all animals. In response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Kinship Circle played a vital role in coordinating Gulf Coast animal rescue, forming a second list/site, Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Relief. Recently, Brenda worked directly with Louisiana Senator Fontenot’s office, crafting letter campaigns and press materials to help pass the Pet Evacuation Bill.
  Valerie Sicignano is the Director of Companion Animal Outreach for In
Defense of Animals and she also works on Wildlife Issues in the Northeast and Southeast US.  Valerie is the Co-Director of the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots & Shoots children's group, The Veg Kids. She currently manages IDA's Manatee, Florida Endangered Species and NJ Black Bear Campaigns. She is the first recipient of the Manhattan Pet Gazette's Animal Guardian Award.
  Marjorie Spiegel is Executive Director of The Institute for the Development of Earth Awareness (IDEA), author of The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery, photojournalist, and winner of a 2005 Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As an expert on industrial-scale animal agriculture, she is now completing a new book on animal agribusiness entitled THEM, which will be the first in-depth photodocumentary of slaughterhouses ever produced. Marjorie will give 2 special preview slideshow presentations of the project in the Video Room at AR2006. Click here for more information about THEM; and visit to learn more about IDEA.
Veda Stram is Vice President, Associate Editor, Administration & Outreach for and The Animals Voice Magazine
Veda saw a photograph of an animal in a lab around noon one day in April 1988 and attended an animal rights meeting that night. She was vegetarian within weeks, vegan within months. She volunteered for The Animals Voice Magazine from 1988 through 1999, began working for in 2001. Veda has been on the Boards of Orange County People for Animals (OCPA) and the Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN) and has been a speaker at past AR conferences. Additionally, she wrote "What to Eat When You Don't Eat Animals."
Shawn Vougeot (pronounced voo-ZHOH), two-time Grand Prize Winner of the Great American Contest of among over 4,000 songs worldwide, lends her musical intensity to her classical violin training. With a voice that is "soft, clear, at times operatic and …entrancing," Shawn intends on becoming one of the largest voices for the animals in the music industry. She is currently producing an animal advocate show for college touring which will incorporate the projection of animal imagery in hopes, through music and video, to heighten audience awareness of the intrinsic value of our fellow creatures. Shawn is happy to be back for her third year as an AR conference performer.
Captain Paul Watson has exhibited much diversity in his activism. Aside from being a co-founder of Greenpeace in 1972 and Greenpeace International in 1979 and founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977, Paul was a Field Correspondent for Defenders of Wildlife between 1976 and 1980. He was a field rep for the Fund for Animals between 1978 and 1981. He co-founded Friends of the Wolf in 1984 and the Earthforce Environmental Society in 1977. Paul has received many awards and commendations over the years, the Genesis Award in 1998, and the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2002. He was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th Century in the year 2000.
Susan Weingartner has been an Animal Rights advocate since the 1980's.  She helped found the original board of EarthSave Los Angeles in 1992 after reading Diet For A New America, and meeting and working with John Robbins.   She later re-started EarthSave L.A. as it's director in 2000 until 2003.  She has worked with and supported many animal rights and environmental organizations, including SUPPRESS, PETA, Last Chance for Animals, Worldfest, The Genesis Awards, and others, and is helping with fundraising efforts for the SHAC 7.  She is the mother of an 8 year old vegan son, William. Susan is a co-producer on the animal rights film, Behind The Mask.
Steve Whitman is on the Board of Animal Rights International, the activist group founded by Henry Spira. He has extensive financial and management experience, headed a large nonprofit, and will share tips at AR2006 on how you can add planned giving to your fundraising program.
Kenneth Williams is a professional vegan bodybuilder and Spokesperson for the vegan campaign of In Defense of Animals (IDA). He made sports history at the 2004 Natural Olympia in Las Vegas by finishing third out of more than 200 competitors from 37 nations and becoming America’s first vegan bodybuilding champion. Kenneth speaks on the power of diet, exercise and compassion while educating audiences about the cruelty of factory farming. He also hosts IDA’s new half-hour television program Undercover TV (UTV), which takes viewers where other shows won’t – inside factory farms, vivisection laboratories, fur ranches, circuses, rodeos and other exploitive industries to show people the truth about animal cruelty being deliberately hidden from the public.
Bruce Zeman, along with his dachsund Nathan, spearheaded the enacting of the "Guardian Campaign" in his hometown of Wanaque, NJ. A member of the Wanaque Board of Education, Bruce also initiated a humane education program in the schools - where (assisted by Nathan) he regularly speaks to students about animal issues. Last summer, he spent time conducting animal rescue in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Bruce and Nathan were recently awarded the "Kinship Award" by the Doris Day Animal Foundation for promoting animal welfare and will soon be releasing their first book, A Boy and His Dog - Nathan's Story.


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