Jack is a cofounder of Vegan Outreach. He was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2005. Jack is also a registered dietitian, and is responsible for all of VO’s writings on nutrition. With Ginny Messina, he co-authored Vegan for Life.
Jack grew up in Cincinnati, OH. He attended Cornell College in Iowa, where he was a Division III All-American in the pole vault. He has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, philosophy, and sociology. He performed his dietetic internship at Georgia State University. For fun, Jack plays ultimate frisbee; takes hikes with his spouse, Alex; and hangs out with his rescued companion turtle, Richard.
Steve Ann is an attorney and lifelong animal advocate who was an early practitioner in the field of animal law.
While serving as President of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), she was instrumental in the expansion of animal trust law, and established major donor and planned giving programs which helped give ALDF a permanent niche within animal protection.
Steve Ann went on to become the Director of Philanthropy at the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), where she built the major donor and planned giving programs. She also helped give birth to the HSLF Political Action Committee, growing it into the powerful political force it is today.
Steve Ann grew up in Iowa and then moved to Seattle, where she practiced law for a number of years before going to work full-time in animal protection. She’s the proud mother of two grown children and, with them, has fostered well over 100 cats. Steve Ann recently moved back to Iowa to care for her elderly mother.
Vegan Mentor Program Coordinator
Jean has been volunteering for VO for many years. Most recently she has taken charge of the Vegan Mentor Program to make sure mentees and mentors are matched up appropriately. Jean also follows up with people who request our Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating, to see if they need any other help. Finally, Jean maintains the Google Maps of colleges and high schools for our Adopt a College program.
Jean has been a passionate advocate for animals since 1994 and a supporter of Vegan Outreach since 2000. Before settling in Port Townsend, WA, she had two careers, one as a computer programmer / systems analyst and later as a hairstylist / salon owner. She earned a degree in Romance languages from the University of Maine in 1966. She has lived all over the US, and in Germany and Argentina. Some of her hobbies are partner dancing and playing tennis with her husband, Tom, advocating for secular causes, and traveling via RV to dances while sampling vegan restaurants along the way.
Direct Marketing Consultant
Nikki oversees VO’s direct marketing programs and fundraising infrastructure.
Nikki has worked in the field of development and philanthropy for over twenty years, building development programs at nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions, and through her consulting practice. She’s spent the past decade devoting her skills and experience to animal protection and advocacy organizations.
Nikki holds a master of nonprofit management, and is a Certified Fundraising Professional and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. She is the proud mom of two amazing and compassionate kids and shares her home in Lafayette, Colorado, with four four-legged furry friends.
Organizational Development Consultant
As a consultant, Alex helps VO’s Director of Development, Lisa Rimmert, with fundraising projects and VO’s Board of Directors with strategic planning. Alex brings vast fundraising experience to VO after working at PETA and HSUS for over a decade. She is also passionate about expanding the social justice practices of the animal rights community.
Alex earned a degree as a professional chef at the Culinary Institute of America and owned the Sonoma county, gourmet vegan restaurant Sparks in the early 2000s before realizing she could help animals most by raising funds.
An enthusiast of endurance sports, Alex has completed the Death Ride, a 130-mile bike ride that includes 20,000 feet of climbing. She also loves to hike uphill and, as a native Alaskan, to cross-country ski. Alex lives in Davis, CA, with her partner Jack, VO’s Executive Director, and her turtle, Richard.
Social Media Manager
Michelle runs VO’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. She comes to Vegan Outreach with more than six years of experience in social media management and has worked with organizations including Farm Sanctuary, PETA, PCRM, Mercy For Animals, and Vegan.com. Michelle is on a mission to make the world a kinder place through social media and other creative activism including through her bite-sized vegan videos and her lifestyle website, World of Vegan.
Michelle has been passionately vegetarian since age eight, and became vegan in college, where she started an animal rights group and spent many afternoons leafleting at universities, concerts, and events. Michelle is an entrepreneur at heart and loves photography, outdoor adventures, and vegan mac and cheese. Michelle lives in Oakland with her dog, Chance, her bunny, Pancakes, and her husband, Dan.
Northern California Outreach Coordinator
Steve does outreach throughout the northern half of California. One of VO’s most consistently prolific activists, Steve gives out thousands of booklets day after day.
A lover of the natural world, Steve was driven to action after reading about the environmental impact of hog farming. He achieved zero-net-energy consumption at his home through major renovations, but promotes a vegan diet as the most effective means of diminishing individuals’ ecological impact. Steve says, “Major home improvements are a great way to improve our world, but that’s a decision you can only make once. Each of us can choose to help protect animals and save the environment every time we sit down to eat.” Before coming to Vegan Outreach, Steve used his free time to help establish some of the largest vegan and environmental festivals in the country. Steve enjoys cooking and being out in California’s wild open spaces—camping, swimming, and biking.
Greater New Mexico Community Engagement and Events Coordinator
In his role at VO, Victor does outreach to communities in New Mexico as well as in some areas of Texas such as El Paso, engaging and educating them in the benefits of a vegan lifestyle.
Victor and his spouse, Karla, cofounded the group Otero Veg in Alamogordo, New Mexico, along with other members of the community. Together, they’ve organized community meals, fed vegan food to those in need, planned restaurant events, and have convinced some businesses to add vegan items to their menu.
Born in Dimmitt, Texas, Victor is a previous business owner and enjoys the spirit of entrepreneurship. Some favorite hobbies Victor likes to do with his family include going four-wheeling in the mountains, hiking, RVing, and watching The Walking Dead.
As Operations Manager, Kevin handles a number of functions such as monitoring our booklet inventory and coordinating printings.
Kevin has been involved with Vegan Outreach since the mid-1990s and joined Vegan Outreach cofounder Jack Norris for the Colorado leg of the first cross-country college leafleting tour. He was a member of Vegan Outreach’s Board of Directors from 2004 to 2015. Kevin was born and raised in suburban Chicago and was a vegetarian from his early high-school years due to the example of his mother. While attending Cornell College in Iowa, Kevin became vegan. After graduating with a BA in philosophy and political science, Kevin settled in Seattle and obtained a BS in neurobiology and physiology from the University of Washington. Kevin has worked for the University of Washington, where he cofounded and directed the Resource Center for Student Organizations, for ten years.
Greater Ohio Outreach Coordinator
Sean does outreach in the state of Ohio and surrounding areas.
He holds a master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he spent two years as a graduate teaching assistant in agricultural economics. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in community and international development from the University of Vermont.
Previously, Sean worked at the American embassy in South Africa as an agricultural specialist for the US Department of Agriculture, conducting research there during the summer of 2015. He has volunteered in several animal advocacy positions, including through Vegan Outreach’s Vegan Mentor Program.
Outside of promoting a vegan diet, Sean enjoys jogging, reading, and salsa dancing.
Community Engagement and Events Manager
Roxanne manages VO’s events—so many of which are part of the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) that she also supervises that department.
Roxanne has worked in the nonprofit world for more than 20 years. Her passion for social justice has led her to activism in the arenas of animal rights, environmentalism, HIV/AIDS, and juvenile justice.
Roxanne earned a master of arts degree in religion at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology, with minors in French and psychology, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Roxanne’s passion for health and fitness led her to become certified as a personal fitness trainer. She also serves as a volunteer chaplain at the Century Regional Detention Facility for women and at Men’s Central Jail and Twin Towers in Los Angeles. Roxanne loves Caribbean dance, Indian dance, reading, and international travel.
Greater Los Angeles Community Engagement and Events Coordinator
Gwenna’s outreach in the greater Los Angeles area includes organizing a variety of events to engage and help facilitate the empowerment of local communities in following a vegan lifestyle.
Gwenna has several years of experience as an IT recruiter and social media consultant, as well as in radio and television sales and marketing.
In 2016, Gwenna went from vegetarian to vegan after watching the video Dairy is Scary. As founder of Vegans of LA, Gwenna enjoys bringing people together for social functions designed to create networking, mingling, dating, and a safe, fun space for non-vegans to experience new and delicious foods, while also learning that it’s unnecessary to eat animals.
Mexico Outreach Coordinator
In January 2015, Emmanuel embarked on Vegan Outreach’s first full-time tour of Mexico. He traveled to 12 of Mexico’s 31 states, as well as its Federal District, as VO’s first-ever Mexico Outreach Coordinator.
Emmanuel hails from Monterrey, Mexico, where he was born and raised. He graduated from the Universidad Autónoma del Noreste with a degree in psychology. In addition to animal rights, Emmanuel is also an activist for environmental, feminist, and social justice causes. Some of Emmanuel’s favorite activities include spending time with friends and family, hiking, visiting museums, attending concerts, and watching movies.
Canada Outreach Coordinator
Based in Ottawa, Jevranne leaflets colleges throughout most of Canada and does other forms of outreach in her local area.
Jevranne has been a passionate vegan and animal advocate since finding out how animals are treated in August of 2013. She has recently been a full-time volunteer animal activist, organizing events such as leafleting, demonstrations, and video viewings in the Ottawa area.
Before finding out about animal issues, Jevranne was dedicated to motivational speaking and life coaching and has used these skills to help motivate and coach others to be effective activists. Jevranne prides herself in using kindness, compassion, and understanding in her interactions and is now proud to be a part of Vegan Outreach.
Southeast Outreach Coordinator
Yuri Mitzkewich is Vegan Outreach’s Southeast Outreach Coordinator. A tireless VO volunteer for years, starting fall 2014, Yuri became part of Vegan Outreach’s staff, leafleting colleges throughout the Southeast.
Yuri studied marine biology and foreign studies at the University of Maryland. Post-college, Yuri toured as a musician in various punk and reggae bands. During this time he developed a love of volunteering, and has been active with various organizations, including Greenpeace, RAN, and Service Employees International Union. After seeing the film Peaceable Kingdom in 2007, Yuri became vegetarian and eventually vegan, and began campaigning to end vivisection and marine mammal captivity. When not leafleting, Yuri enjoys distance bicycling, spending time in his hammock around Key Biscayne, and perfecting his skills creating the best vegan pizza in Miami.
Kimberly has been leafleting US schools as a traveling Outreach Coordinator since the fall of 2016, after having toured Europe and India as a VO intern.
After becoming vegan in October of 2012, Kimberly knew that living vegan wasn’t enough. So she started leafleting in the DC area in 2013 and has traveled on the Warped Tour, and various other countrywide and international leafleting tours as a full-time volunteer. She’s also been involved in video outreach, tabling, demonstrations, and using social media outlets to spread awareness.
In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys gardening, lifting weights, reading books on history, science and other subjects, and traveling and hiking.
As Office Manager, Josie sends out literature orders, responds to those who reach out to Vegan Outreach with questions, and a whole host of other tasks that keep Vegan Outreach the well-oiled machine that it is.
Josie has a degree in English and Spanish from Western Washington University. After working for years in the food service industry and feeling frustrated with all of the wasted animal products she’d see, she’s excited to work for Vegan Outreach on the other side of the spectrum, preventing animals from being slaughtered. When not working, she likes to spend her time listening to vinyl soul records, rollerskating, and cuddling with Tiger, her adorable Cairn Terrier.
Taylor works with restaurants and leading food providers to help them match their menus with the booming industry of vegan eating.
Working and volunteering in the animal protection movement since 2009, Taylor not only brings her campaign experience, but also over eight years working in the food industry. She hopes to use both experiences to help make vegan eating even more accessible, while creating a kinder and more sustainable world for everyone.
As a former undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing, Taylor has seen firsthand the violence inherent in animal agribusiness. Her undercover work earned her recognition as Whistleblower Insider ’s 2013 Whistleblower of the Year.
Originally from California, Taylor now lives in Denver, Colorado, where she volunteers for various grassroots organizations working on addressing racism and supporting the LGBTQ community. She holds two degrees in philosophy with a minor in theological studies. Outside of advocacy, Taylor loves traveling, indoor cycling, and has a newfound love of archery.
India Outreach Coordinator
As VO’s India Outreach Coordinator, Pooja travels the country leafleting, primarily at colleges.
Pooja is a resident of Dwarka, a city in the greater New Delhi area. Always an animal lover, she became her family’s first vegetarian at the precocious age of 4 and is now the first vegan in the family. Pooja grew up surrounded by birds, cats, dogs, and cows. She takes care of more than 50 stray dogs in Dwarka, as well as 4 cows, feeding them and providing healthcare when needed and sterilization.
Pooja has a dual degree in computer science and fashion design. Beyond animal rights and sharing veganism, she has a passion for promoting cruelty-free clothing and cosmetics. Pooja is also fond of spending time in nature, trying new foods, and spending time with her close-knit family and friends.
Director of Development
As Director of Development, Lisa serves Vegan Outreach donors, ensuring they are involved with the organization at their preferred level. She also manages VO’s fundraising campaigns including the Team Vegan and year-end matching fund drives.
Lisa brings to VO more than nine years of experience in marketing and fundraising and has volunteered for a variety of animal protection causes. She has a master’s degree in public relations from Webster University in St. Louis, and a bachelor’s in mass communications from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She lives with her husband and their rescued dog and cat in Denver, where she performs improv and standup comedy, manages the snarky blog Weird! Why Aren’t You Vegan?, and eats all of the Ethiopian food in town.
Mexico Campaigns and Spanish Media Coordinator
Katia helps run VO’s Español pages and also leaflets—in fact she holds the all-time record for the most booklets handed out in a single day with 6,496 booklets at her alma mater, the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL).
Katia went vegetarian after seeing a video at a concert for a local animal shelter and eventually went vegan. She has volunteered and interned for many animal rights organizations. Katia feels a strong passion for speaking up for animals used in labs and completed her biology degree without dissection or vivisection. She is now working to end those practices at UANL.
Katia enjoys attending concerts, reading, horror movies, 90s cartoons, science, Star Wars, and eating brownies. She lives with her adopted Egyptian rat, Arwen, and her three adopted dogs, Nirvana, Camila, and Nicky.
India Outreach Coordinator
Siddharth does outreach mostly in northern India, where he lives with his parents and older brother in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
Siddharth started volunteering for animals with PETA and a local group in Dehradun at age 20, and has since fostered hundreds of cats and dogs. After visiting a dairy farm and witnessing firsthand the cruelty humans inflict on farmed animals, Siddharth went vegan.
Siddharth has a bachelor of commerce degree and is currently pursuing his master’s in social work.
Rachel lives in the Chicago area and is a part-time Outreach Coordinator for Vegan Outreach, leafleting some area schools along with short tours to surrounding states. In addition to several years of volunteer leafleting, she worked for VO for a year, traveling across the country as a full-time Outreach Coordinator. Since 2009, Rachel has reached more than 200,000 people with vegan advocacy booklets. She now serves as the Chicago Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition.
Rachel has been living the veg lifestyle for over twenty years, since the age of twelve when she saw a video of cats and dogs being killed for food in Asia. She realized the animals we eat in America are no different.
In 2009, while obtaining her degree in physical education and health, Rachel stumbled upon an animal rights club at her college. She was then introduced to leafleting by some of Chicago’s best volunteers and has been leafleting ever since.
When not leafleting, Rachel is usually traveling, hiking, biking, playing sports, or organizing community building events in Chicago.
Director of Outreach
Victor oversees VO’s Outreach Coordinators, ensuring that as much of the world is reached with VO’s literature as possible. Victor has been VO’s leafleting specialist for some time and has vastly increased the success rate of many of our Outreach Coordinators and volunteers.
Victor has been leafleting college campuses throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico since 2008. In this time, he has reached over 847,000 individuals with a Vegan Outreach booklet. Formerly VO’s Director of International Outreach, Vic paved the way for our exceptionally successful Mexico program and has a strong interest in expanding to other countries.
Victor was born in Sweden and grew up in the New York area. He studied philosophy and geography at Hofstra University. Victor enjoys reading, stand-up comedy, learning about nutrition, and being out in nature.
New England Outreach Coordinator
Lana has been distributing Vegan Outreach’s literature since 2006 and is our key leafleter in the Northeast. A resident of Maine, Lana focuses her attention on schools in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Quebec. She has also leafleted extensively in Florida. In addition to VO’s work, she has done other animal advocacy, including producing informative public access cable TV shows, collecting signatures for the Florida farmed animal ballot initiative, and participating in animal rescues.
Lana graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in animal science from Middle Tennessee State University. She previously worked in marine biology and microbiology. For fun, she enjoys swimming, scuba diving, skiing, and painting.
Lori edits and writes for many of Vegan Outreach’s communication channels, manages the Vegan Living and Advocacy Blog, and schedules our appearances at dozens of veg fests throughout the US, among many other projects. As a past touring Outreach Coordinator, Lori still leaflets some colleges in her area and does short leafleting tours to other regions.
A Colorado native, Lori completed her undergraduate degree in religious studies and psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She spent her first two years at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY, where she was first introduced to the issues surrounding today’s farmed animals, as well as other animal-related issues. Lori has done a great deal of volunteering for the local Boulder Vegan Meetup group, and she spent the summer of 2014 in Norfolk, Virginia, interning for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Lori has also volunteered for groups and organizations that help individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health concerns. Her favorite hobbies include running, swimming, reading, writing, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
Director of Finance
As Director of Finance, Breege makes sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. She pays the bills, balances the checkbook, keeps our registrations in dozens of states up to date, and handles a number of human resources functions.
Breege hails from the East Coast, having been born in New Jersey and spending most of her time in Connecticut and Vermont. She moved to California in 1999. Prior to VO, she spent 5 years with Nonprofit Financial Administrators (NPFA) working with animal rights and environmental organizations. Prior to NPFA she spent 6 years at the Animal Protection Institute managing the accounting department. She has a certificate in accounting from UC Davis and is currently working toward her BS in Accounting from Colorado State University. In her free time, Breege can be found eating Ethiopian food, at various coffee shops, at the gym, riding her bike or hanging with her three lazy cats.
Australia and New Zealand Outreach Coordinator
Sam began working for Vegan Outreach in early 2015. He conducts outreach throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Sam grew up in Hamilton, New Zealand. After reading a book highlighting the plight of factory farmed animals, he went vegan at age 13 and and began his own animal rights radio show. He became passionate about using media as a tool to create social change and hosted or co-hosted on a variety of different radio shows and stations. This eventually led him to study communications and journalism at the Waikato Institute of Technology. He has also worked as an information technology support assistant. Outside of advocating for animals, he enjoys writing his own songs, playing guitar, camping, road trips, biking, video games, and attending punk and hardcore concerts.
Greater NYC Community Engagement and Events Coordinator
Nzinga’s outreach work spans New York and New Jersey, organizing events designed to spread awareness and engage members of these communities in a vegan lifestyle.
Nzinga studied psychology and creative writing at Temple University. She is the founder of Wanyama Box, a vegan gift box company, as well as a freelance writer and contributor to the Huffington Post.
As a born-and-raised vegetarian and current vegan, Nzinga has followed a meat-free diet for 25 years. She believes a vegan lifestyle has countless benefits for human and nonhuman animals and works to promote these benefits to people from different backgrounds.
Nzinga uses community engagement and her personal Instagram to welcome people into the vegan movement. She hopes her work with Vegan Outreach helps members of her community adopt a healthier lifestyle, spares lots of animals from a life of suffering, and inspires more New Yorkers to go vegan.