VegFest 2020 Speakers!

Michael Greger

Michael Greger, MD, FACLM

Michael Greger, MD FACLM is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, among countless other symposia and institutions; testified before Congress; has appeared on shows such as The Colbert Report and The Dr. Oz Show; and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. In 2017, he was honored with the ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Trailblazer Award.

Dr. Greger’s most recent scientific publications in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Critical Reviews in Microbiology, Family and Community Health, and the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health explore the public health implications of industrialized animal agriculture.

Dr. Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He was featured on the Healthy Living Channel promoting his latest nutrition DVDs and honored to teach part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s esteemed nutrition course at Cornell University. Dr. Greger’s nutrition work can be found at, which is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit charity.

He is the author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching and Carbophobia: The Scary Truth Behind America’s Low Carb Craze. Both of his latest books, How Not to Die and the How Not to Die Cookbook, became instant New York Times Best Sellers.  On December 10, 2019, Dr. Greger will release his newest book How Not to Diet, now available for pre-order.

Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

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Wayne Dysinger, MD

Wayne Dysinger, MD is a lifestyle, preventive and family medicine physician who currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Lifestyle Medical, a new model primary care concept that is built around Lifestyle Medicine principles.  He is also Chair of both the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine, and Medical Director of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP).  He is an active faculty at Loma Linda University and consults, teaches and participates in research on Lifestyle Medicine issues around the world.  Dr. Dysinger is a past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and has worked in various capacities with the American Medical Association, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.  He was previously Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda University, and faculty/co-founder of both the Family and the Preventive Medicine residencies at Dartmouth.  He has also worked in faculty, patient care and service capacities in Atlanta and Guam.  Dr. Dysinger earned his M.D. degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine (1986), and his MPH from Loma Linda University School of Public Health (1990). He is a Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is changing the way we talk about, think about, and treat other animals.

A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an award-winning author of seven books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan’s Daily Companion, On Being Vegan, and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. Her newest book The Joyful Vegan, is available for pre-order now and will be published November 12, 2019.

Colleen is an acclaimed speaker and beloved host of the inspiring podcast, “Food for Thought,” which has been voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers several years in a row, and her new podcast, “Animalogy,” is changing the way we talk about animals. She also co-founded the political action committee East Bay Animal PAC to work with government officials on animal issues in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Colleen shares her message of compassion and wellness on national and regional TV and radio programs, including on a monthly vegan segment on Good Day Sacramento and as a monthly contributor to National Public Radio (KQED). She has appeared on the Food Network, CBS, PBS, and FOX; interviews with her have been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report; and her recipes have been featured on and

Colleen lives in Oakland, CA with her husband David and two cats, Charlie and Michiko.

J Morris Hicks

James Morris Hicks

A former career business executive and senior vice president with Ralph Lauren in New York, Jim Hicks has always focused on the “big picture” when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about the “optimal diet” for humans, he began a comprehensive study of what we eat from a global perspective– discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way.

He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Hawaii, a degree he earned while serving as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard in Honolulu. In 2009, he earned a Certificate in Plant- Based Nutrition from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has served on the board of directors since 2012.

A prolific writer and blogger, he published his first book, Healthy Eating, Healthy World, in 2011 and, four years later, teamed up with a medical doctor to publish the 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health. Along the way, he has posted over 1200 health and sustainability articles on his website at

In 2004, he began referring to our food choices as the most important issue in the history of humanity—having concluded that our future as a species was riding on those choices. Ten years later, he realized that in order to preserve the fragile ecosystem that sustains us, we must also begin urgently addressing other aspects of humanity that now threaten our civilization and our long-term existence as a species.

Finally, in 2018, he devised an uplifting way of writing and speaking about those troubling issues—by envisioning how we can totally re-invent the way we live on this planet, such that we can co-exist indefinitely in a virtual paradise with nature. To be sure, this new “vision” has become a major part of his never-ending mission to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

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Doug Lisle, PhD

Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D., is the founder of a new method of approaching human psychology and wellbeing. He describes this approach as Esteem Dynamics  – its core insights adapted from a revolutionary biological approach to psychology. Central figures having major influence on Dr. Lisle’s thinking include Richard Dawkins, John Tooby and Leda Cosmides, David Buss, Steven Pinker, and Geoffrey Miller. All of these individuals are considered academic A-list thinkers in evolutionary theory and human psychology. Somewhat surprisingly, insights from these trailblazers has yet to reach mainstream clinical psychology, and thus major advances stemming from some of the world’s greatest thinkers have yet to be systematically applied to problems of helping people improve their lives. Esteem Dynamics is the first such effort – born of Dr. Lisle’s 25-years of clinical experience wedded to the deep insights into human nature now available via evolutionary psychology.

Dr. Doug Lisle received his undergraduate education from the University of California, San Diego (summa cum laude). He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia, where he was awarded the Presidents Fellowship and was a DuPont Scholar. He was then appointed Lecturer in Psychology at Stanford University, and worked on the research staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Palo Alto, California. His research and clinical interests have broadened to include health and wellness, self-esteem, relationship satisfaction, the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression, and optimizing achievement motivation. In addition to his work with Esteem Dynamics, he is currently the Director of Research for the TrueNorth Health Center and also serves as the psychologist for the McDougall Wellness Program, both located in Santa Rosa, California.

Kip Anderson

Kip Andersen

Kip Andersen is the Co-Director of the acclaimed Films “Cowspiracy” and “What the Health”.

Kip Andersen’s awakening as a filmmaker came as a result of An Inconvenient Truth. After seeing the film, he dramatically changed his lifestyle and believed he was doing everything he could to help the planet. But his life took a different direction when he found out animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction. Together with Keegan Kuhn he co-produced his first film, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, which became an overnight viral success and ignited the environmental movement. Following this success, he was invited to speak in front of the European Parliament and a new cut, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, was exclusively released on Netflix in September 2015.

He then co-produced his second film What the Health in 2017.

Andersen is the founder of A.U.M. Films and Media, a 501c3 non-profit focused on creating films and media that promote thrivability, compassion, and harmony for all life. He is also a serial entrepreneur, as well as a certified Jivamukti and Kundalini yoga teacher.

He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo school of business and has called San Francisco home for more than a decade.

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Robby is co-founder of Mastering Diabetes and the founder of Mindful Diabetic. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12, and embraced a low-fat whole food plant-based diet 4 years after his diagnosis. To this day, he says that adopting this lifestyle has been one of the best decisions of his life, and since that fateful day his hemoglobin A1c value has never exceeded 6.6%. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 and worked at Forks Over Knives for 6 years before turning his attention to coaching people with diabetes full time.

He enjoys exercising every day, spending time with friends and sharing his lifestyle on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Helping people with diabetes has gone from a desire to a true passion, and he loves inspiring others to achieve excellent health.

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Jolene Bowers, PhD

Jolene Bowers is a public health scientist, specializing in the study of microbes as pathogens and as symbionts. She studies the common “opportunistic pathogens” that plague us and that are often antibiotic resistant, and has shown that they are often part of our microbiome before they cause infection. It’s the dysbiosis, or imbalance of homeostasis and the microbiome, that results in disease and infection.

Dr.Bowers will discuss theOne Health Initiative“, which is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment.

The initiative recognizes that human health (including mental health via the human-animal bond phenomenon), animal health, and ecosystem health are inextricably linked.  The initiative seeks to promote, improve, and defend the health and well-being of all species by enhancing cooperation and collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, other scientific health and environmental professionals and by promoting strengths in leadership and management to achieve these goals.  

When properly implemented, the One Health Initiative will help protect and save untold millions of lives in our present and future generations.

After a half-hour presentation on this topic, Dr. Bowers will call other experts from human, environmental and animal health and welfare professions, on-stage to discuss this initiative and how all audience members can contribute to its success over the coming years.

Chef Jason Wyrick

Jason Wyrick, Executive Chef

Saturday Morning Presentation

Jason Wyrick is a New York Times bestselling author, Executive Chef of Casa Terra, Arizona’s first and only fine dining vegan restaurant, and founder to The Vegan Tase, the country’s longest running vegan meal delivery service.  

In 2001, he reversed Type II Diabetes by adopting a Vegan lifestyle.

 In 2004, he formed Arizona’s first vegan catering company and subsequently founded The Vegan Culinary Experience, the world’s first vegan food magazine.  He is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart and authored Vegan Tacos and Vegan Mexico.  Jason was named one of the top ten food influencers for compassionate eating in the country.

Chris Kalinich

Chris Kalinich, Vegan Culinary Instructor

Saturday Afternoon Cooking Demo

Chris Kalinich is the founder and culinary instructor of Plant 2 Platter, working with individuals, groups, and companies to promote positive life change through a variety of classes combining evidence-based nutrition education with practical life application. She is a PCRM-Certified Food for Life instructor, MSVA-Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, Nutrition Coach Practitioner for the Healing Consciousness Foundation, and a board member of Healthy World Sedona.  With her education and corporate training , and her passion for cooking tasty cuisine, she inspires growth through action to tackle life with vitality.

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Linda Voorhis, Vegan Culinary Instructor

Sunday Morning Cooking Demo

Linda Voorhis is a Main Street Vegan Academy Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator.  She is the founder of Veganification, Verde Valley Vegans Meetup group, and Veganification/Verde Valley Vegans Facebook group.  Linda earned her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.  Veganification provides vegan holistic wellness activities and education for self-actualization, community, and environmental sustainability.  Linda hosts vegan culinary demonstrations, classes, and potlucks and works with local restaurants to develop vegan-friendly menus and hold Vegan Nights Out. 

Jodi Paige

Jodi Paige, CCO (Chief Cheese Officer)

Sunday Afternoon Cooking Demo

Jodi Paige is CCO of Virgin Cheese out of Las Vegas.  She has been creating organic vegan cheeses for five years, shipping to both coasts and in-between.  Jodi loves hosting “Ditching Dairy” demos and collaborated with UNLV Harrah’s Hospitality College last Spring to teach “Plant Power 101/102”.  Virgin Cheese is available in Sedona at Chocola Tree and Winery 1912,   Tantrum Wines in Cottonwood, and the Original Jerome Winery.  Jodi is dedicated to living an authentic life in a compassionate way, grows much of her own produce, and is developing a five acre site for relocation in Jerome, AZ, at which to host guests and community sacred gathering circles.    

2020 Program Agenda


Sedona VegFest

January 18 and 19, 2020

Speaker Program Agenda – Auditorium

Saturday, January 18
  8:00 a.m. Registration and Exhibits Open
  8:55-9:00 Welcome

– Don Fries and Bev Bow, Healthy World Sedona

  9:00-10:15 Michael Greger, MD Topic: “HOW NOT TO DIE: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers”             
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:45 Wayne Dysinger, MD”It’s Not Just What You Eat   – It’s Also How You Eat”                                 
11:45 – 1:00 p.m.         Lunch – Note: The cafeteria will serve each day from 11:30-1:00
  1:00-1:15 Volunteer Acknowledgement
  1:15-2:30 Colleen Patrick-Goudreau:  Topic: “How to Live Ethically, Eat Healthfully, Engage Socially, and Remain a Joyful Vegan
  2:30-2:45 Break
  2:45-3:15 Ask The Chefs Session
  3:15-4:30 J. Morris Hicks Topic: “Food. Health. Planet.

                                                    Our Future As A Species”       

  5:00 Exhibits Close
Sunday, January 19
  8:00 a.m. Registration and Exhibits Open
  9:00–10:15 Doug Lisle, PhD Topic: “The Pleasure Trap”
10:15–10:30 Break
10:30-11:45 Kip Andersen – Topic:  “Actualizing Activism”
11:45 – 1:00 p.m.    Lunch – Note: The cafeteria will serve each day from 11:30-1:00
   1:00–2:15 Robby Barbaro – Topic: “High Carb Foods Proven to Reverse Insulin Resistance”
  2:15–2:30 Break
  2:30–4:00 Jolene Bowers and Panel – Topic: “One Health: How the Health of People is Connected to the Health of Animals and the Environment” 
  4:00-4:05 Don Fries and Bev Bow – Final Remarks, Including Resources and Support Available for Your Plant-Based Journey                                               
  5:00 Exhibits Close
Parallel Track – In Cafeteria:

Sedona VegFest – Cooking Demos:

 Saturday, January 18

 10:30-11:45  Chef Jason Wyrick – Lunch Demo: “Maximizing Flavor for Maximum Health” – Indonesian Lemongrass Curry
  11:45–1:00 Lunch – Note: The cafeteria will serve each day from 11:30-1:00
   1:00-2:15 Chris Kalinich – Vegan Culinary Instructor – “Dishing Up The Daily Dozen”
Sunday, January 19
 10:30-11:45  “Linda Voorhis – Vegan Culinary Instructor – Lunch Demo:  “Nutritious and Delicious Made Show-Stoppingly Easy” – Moroccan Root Vegetable & Fava Bean Tagine
  11:45–1:00 Lunch – Note: The cafeteria will serve each day from 11:30-1:00
   1:00-2:15 “Jodi Paige – Vegan Culinary Instructor – “Ditching Dairy: Yogurt, Cheese and Creams”
Lunch At VegFest:

Love the food that loves you back while taking a culinary jaunt across the globe! Each day attendees are invited to satisfy their food cravings with a hearty, nutritious, and delicious whole-food plant-based lunch that explores international cuisine. Designed to impress the taste buds, Executive Chef Jason Wyrick and culinary master Linda Voorhis have each created a special themed meal highlighting the beauty and bountiful flavors of WFPB cuisine that transcends borders.

SATURDAY:  Enjoy a visit to the food lovers’ haven of Indonesia, with Chef Jason Wyrick’s focus on maximizing the subtle intricacies of balancing distinctive flavors to create the taste pillars of a classic dish known for its complexity in flavor:

Indonesian yellow curry redolent of lemongrass, nutmeg, and fresh turmeric served over jasmine rice with chickpeas and roasted vegetables. Optional:  spicy peanut, garlic, chile mix available. This will be paired with a salad with a roasted red pepper and lime dressing.

SUNDAY:  Escape to the Mediterranean coastal country of Morocco to indulge in a traditional North African stew showcasing layers of flavor built from regional savory and sweet components created by Vegan Culinary Instructor Linda Voorhis:

Fragrant Moroccan Root Vegetable & Fava Bean Stew seasoned with Ras-el-Hanout and preserved lemons topped with raisin-pine nut quinoa and an herbaceous and lemony condiment drizzle. No Moroccan meal would be complete if it didn’t include a sweet date to complement the savory tagine.

Make sure to check out each chef’s cooking demo preceding lunch so you can learn how to re-create these amazing dishes in your own kitchen and enjoy after VegFest.

Lunch tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased at the registration and book sales tables. All lunch dishes are soy-free and gluten-free.

Healthy World Sedona is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and presents these and many other events throughout the year as a public service.

Your regular tax-deductable contributions and sponsorships are much appreciated (see the “Donations” link at the top of this page).

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