Featured Speakers

These talks are held in the Community Room at the far end of the school. Please follow the signs.

Mary Lawrence is a vegan chef and wellness educator with Well on Wheels, Connecticut’s premier vegan personal chef service.  Her new cookbook, “Eat Vegan with Me”, combines techniques for engaging in effective conversation with compassionate cuisine to make the transition to a vegan lifestyle delicious and fun.

Mary is a long-time animal activist who connects the principles of nonviolence, compassion, and unity among all beings with her work and activism. Her first book, “Easy Peasy Vegan Eats”, was published in 2014.

In addition to running Well on Wheels, Mary is also an adjunct faculty member teaching English composition at Gateway Community College. She holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and a certificate in nutrition and wellness consulting from the American Fitness Professionals Association.

Victoria Moran has been listed by VegNews as one of the Top 10 Living Vegetarian Authors. Victoria’s books include “The Love-Powered Diet”, “The Good Karma Diet”, the iconic “Main Street Vegan”, and the recently released “Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook”, coauthored with JL Fields.

Victoria is the Founder and Director of the Main Street Vegan Academy, an exciting in-person program which trains vegan lifestyle coaches, educators, and entrepreneurs.  Featured twice on Oprah, Victoria is a celebrated speaker and host of the award-winning Main Street Vegan radio show and podcast. 

Victoria is also on the production team for The Compassion Project, an upcoming documentary film to introduce vegan living to people of faith. She lives with her husband and a rescued poodle mix in a “green” building in New York City. 

Rachel McCrystal is Executive Director of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, one of the country’s leading sanctuaries and animal rights organizations.  Woodstock Sanctuary is located in High Falls in New York’s Hudson Valley, and is the home to hundreds farm animals who have been rescued from being exploited, abused, and killed in animal agriculture.

Prior to joining Woodstock Sanctuary, Rachel served in senior leadership positions at Best Friends Animal Society and the Pennsylvania SPCA. She has been an animal rights and social justice activist for two decades.