Speakers 2018

VeganEvanDo my choices really make a difference?10:30 a.m.
Susan HargreavesAnimalHeroKids.org Sprouts Compassion10:45 a.m.
Korin SuttonHow to be a Healthy Vegan
11:15 a.m.
Myriam ParhamDiabetes & the Vegan Diet12:00 p.m.
Heart PhoenixRaising Vegan Children12:45 p.m.
Mikael NielsenInspiring Compassion: Putting Our Ethics on the Table1:30 p.m.
Sailesh RaoInspiring the Great Transition2:15 p.m.
Savitha KasturiNutrition: Key to Illness2:45 p.m.
Anna PrizziaComposting 1013:15 p.m.


Do my choices really make a difference?

VeganEvan is a passionate and talented young animal advocate committed to creating a healthy, compassionate, and regenerative world through his amazing work as Co-President of Animal Hero Kids, as well as through his own personal ideas and strategies for animal activism.

Animal Hero Kids is an all volunteer organization with a mission to empower children to be teachers and advocates for a solutionary lifestyle. VeganEvan has inspired many through his powerful speeches and knowledge. At only 7 years old, Evan has the potential to change the world through the incredible influence he has already had on people he’s met.

VeganEvan has spoken in front of large audiences at several major events throughout Florida, including Central Florida Earth Day and Gainesville VegFest. He has been awarded the Russell Simmons Creative Animal Hero Kids Award, and in 2016, he earned PETA’s Cutest Vegan Kid award. Evan, his mom, and grandmother are true solutionaries (people who choose to be a part of the world’s solutions) and have put in an extraordinary amount of effort toward the vegan movement. The 3 of them recently started up a new business called 3GV designs (3 generations of vegans) and are using their products to support animal sanctuaries and solutionary organizations all throughout the country!

Affiliations: Animal Hero Kids, 3GV Designs, Solutionary Species

Susan Hargreaves

AnimalHeroKids.org Sprouts Compassion

An Animal activist for almost four decades Susan Hargreaves is the woman behind Animal Hero Kids, and the Animal Hero Kids Awards empowers and recognizes compassionate youth. She’s the award-winning author of “Animal Hero Kids Voices for the Voiceless” and an educator, radio host, ex-undercover investigator, wildlife rehabilitator.

Affiliation: Animal Hero Kids

Korin Sutton

How To Be a Healthy Vegan

Featured in multiple magazines and competitions for plant-based bodybuilding, Korin has held a successful career since he transitioned to a vegan diet 4 years ago.

Affiliation: VEGAN LIVE FIT


Myriam Parham

Diabetes & The Vegan Diet

Myriam Parham, RD, CDE, CLC  is a Registered Dietitian, a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Certified Lactation Consultant. She coordinates and teaches multiple programs which promote plant-based lifestyle at the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills; is president and co-founder of Florida Voices for Animals, Inc. She has presented nutrition lectures for Dr. John McDougall program, worked on the GEICO research program with PCRM, has been a frequent speaker at the North American Vegetarian Society’s Vegetarian Summerfest, is a frequent speaker at local community programs, and has served on the PCRM Professional Advisory board for many years. She is the mother of a healthy, active and thriving teenager who was raised vegan.

Affiliation: Florida Voices for Animals & Florida Hospital Zephyrhills

Heart Phoenix

Raising Vegan Children

Heart’s work, service and activism has spanned over five decades.  Having worked as an educator, activist and champion throughout the United States and numerous countries on the subject of the environment, animal rights, social justice, peacebuilding and gender equality, she brings the passion and energy of her name. She and her family have recently celebrated their 40th anniversary as vegans and her passion and commitment to nonviolence for all sentient beings, has been the center point of her life. Heart is currently living her dream in Gainesville, Florida as President of the Board of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, in honor of her son. The Center honors River’s dedication and courageous contribution to the wellbeing of the planet and all life that lives thereon. Her tireless efforts to launch and drive the work of embedding best and next practices in the field of resolving conflicts restoratively rather than punitively has led to successful partnerships with the Department of Juvenile Justice, Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, District Schools and countless others.

She is also co-founder of The Peace Alliance a national non-profit working towards the passage of legislation that calls for nonviolent solutions to conflicts. She serves on the Board of the Florida Restorative Justice Association and has been a leading voice for the midwives’ model of care and serves on the board of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery for well over twelve years.

Affiliation: River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

Mikael Nielsen

Inspiring Compassion: Putting Our Ethics on the Table

Mikael Nielsen is the campaigns manager for MFA’s corporate outreach programs in Brazil and Mexico, working with corporations to get egg-laying hens out of cages in Latin America.

Affiliation: Mercy For Animals

Saliesh Rao

Inspiring the Great Transition

Dr. Sailesh Rao is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth’s climate. A systems specialist with a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, conferred in 1986, Dr. Rao worked on the Internet communications infrastructure for twenty years after graduation. In 2006, he switched careers and became deeply immersed, full time, in the environmental crises affecting humanity and has been studying how to reverse them and achieve global sustainability from a systems perspective.

Dr. Rao is the author of the 2011 book, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies and the 2016 book, Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis. He is the Co-Executive Producer of the trilogy of documentaries, The Human Experiment (2013), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014) and What The Health (2017), which explore the systemic causes of human and environmental ill health and of the forthcoming documentary, The Compassion Project. Dr. Rao has over 50 standards contributions to the ATM Forum and the IEEE 802.3 CSMA/CD Working Group, 22 peer-reviewed technical publications, 10 U.S . Patents and 3 Canadian Patents and has received numerous awards throughout his career.

Affiliation: Climate Healers

Savitha Kasturi

Nutrition: Key to Illness

Dr. Kasturi is a board-certified Osteopathic Family Medicine physician with a passion for improving the quality of patients’ lives through education, preventative health care and comprehensive medical treatment. Her promise is to continue to build long term relationships through compassionate and individualized medical care . Over the past year, She has also focused on communicating how improvement of diet and exercise can affect certain illness’ and what we need to do to sustain this for a healthy lifestyle.

Affiliation: Ormond Family Care

Anna Prizzia

Composting 101

Anna Prizzia directs Field & Fork Program, and works as the campus food systems coordinator for the University of Florida. She is the co-founder and Board president for Working Food, and has 15 years of experience in sustainability and food system efforts.

Affiliation: Working Food