Our speakers are passionate about educating people how to live a healthy, sustainable, plant-based lifestyle that is healthier for people, animals and the planet!
Justin is the co-founder of the Fort Myers Anonymous for the Voiceless Chapter. Anonymous for the Voiceless is an organization that hosts public demonstrations in which its members show the public videos of factory farming conditions and have conversations with the public about the subject of animal rights. Justin has been helping members of the public reach a vegan conclusion in their thought process about animals since November of 2017. In order to increase his effectiveness in creating a kinder world for animals, Justin has attended numerous academic trainings and lectures spanning across the subjects of societal change, individual behavioral change, animal ethics, and nutrition. In addition, he spends much of his free time studying debates, ethics, environmental science, and nutrition that relates to animal agriculture.
DR. RONALD KNAUS
Dr. Ronald Knaus is a psychiatrist in Saint Petersburg, Florida. He received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Cyd Notter is a graduate of the Center for Nutrition Studies, a certified instructor for The Starch Solution and other dietary courses, a past newspaper columnist, and the founder/author of The “Plan A” Diet. She offers a variety of health and cooking classes, provides nutritional coaching on both individual and corporate levels, speaks to local groups, and has worked with school district employees and a hospital’s fitness center. Her book, titled The “Plan A” Diet, released in October, 2019.
Founder of Hallway Stories. Advocates for feeling good. Believes that when we feel good we experience more in life and when we experience more in life we share more with others and when we share more with others from a place of feeling good then we inspire, empower and become the light!
Brad Talbott is an avid musician and Fort Myers Organizer for the international Anonymous for the Voiceless movement. Brad has helped organize public art demonstrations along with others around the state of Florida in order to educate the public about the positive effects a plant based diet can have on your health, the environment, and the animals we share this planet with. He has had experience with hosting musical events as President of music club at Florida Gulf Coast University in addition to hosting and assisting local open mic nights throughout the community.
DR. BRIAN TASCHNER
Dr. Taschner has been practicing Cardiology in his hometown of Fort Myers, Florida since 2005. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Florida where he was accepted into the Junior Honors Medical Program, and later graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1998. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Virginia Commonwealth University where he served as Chief Resident of Internal Medicine, and subsequently completed his Cardiology Fellowship at Saint Louis University where he was the Chief Cardiology Fellow.
Chadwin Taylor has experienced a dramatic weight loss journey and discovered that his son has autism — both which have led him to a vegan lifestyle. Although he claims to be no guru in the world of fitness, special needs or vegan nutrition, Chadwin offers a humble perspective on taking personal responsibility over the lives we live and the world we shape. One choice at a time, he has reshaped his relationship with food, with animals, with Mother Earth and has learned his most valuable lesson from his 6 year old son — unconditional love.
XYLO ZOHN SMITH-PAJARES
Xylo Zohn Smith-Pajares, also known as XYZo, strives to uplift, educate, and inspire everyone with whom he interacts. He is currently finishing his undergraduate career at Florida Gulf Coast University, studying Contemplative Studies & Entrepreneurship, with plans to open healing centers. In addition to instructing hundreds of Yoga classes throughout his time at FGCU, he has been an event facilitator & community organizer, playing a key role in several events of many kinds. He is tremendously excited to continue sharing his passions with the greater community through VegFest!
ADAM A. GRAHAM
Adam A. Graham is a chef, author, teacher and the creator of The Live Food Experience, an immersive opportunity to explore the world of raw and living foods with a master chef and instructor. Chef Adam has run retreats and taught classes around the world. He has worked closely with Dr. Gabriel Cousens at The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center and also ran a raw foods retreat center (Camp Rawnora) in Southwest Michigan for 3 years. He is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox and Zen and the Art of Gadgeting. He is available for coaching, consulting and all things related to raw foods, sustainable living and wellness.