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CHEF AJ – TELEVISION HOST – http://chefajwebsite.com/

She makes healthy taste delicious!

Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ which airs on Foody TV. With her comedy background, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body
Based in Los Angeles, Chef AJ teaches a monthly sold-out seminar featuring cooking instruction, nutritional science and song parodies, all delivered with comedic panache. Never content to leave her audience with mere “just do it” advice, she teaches how to create meals to transform their health, how to deal with cravings and food addiction and addresses the emotional side of eating. She is the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program, which has helped hundreds of people achieve the health and the body that they deserve.
Chef AJ was the Executive Pastry Chef at Santé Restaurant in Los Angeles where she was famous for her sugar, oil, salt and gluten free desserts which use the fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the whole fruit.
Chef AJ is also creator of Healthy Taste of LA and the YouTube cooking show The Chef and the Dietitian, and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol. Chef AJ holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
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Jennifer Conrad – Veterinarian – http://pawproject.org

Protecting Animals from the status quo

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Shannon Keith – Animal Rights Attorney, President & Founder ARME and Beagle Freedom Project – http://www.BFP.org

President ARME Beagle Freedom Project

Shannon Keith is an activist attorney, a multi-award-winning filmmaker and the founder and president of the non-profit organization, ARME (Animal Rescue, Media & Education) and it’s mission, Beagle Freedom Project. Shannon formed ARME in 2004, a non-profit rescue and advocacy group, in order to create positive change for animals, rescue animals in need, and assist in laws for the betterment of their welfare.

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Rey Ortega – Vegan entrepreneur – http://www.sunflourbaking.om

Live life healthfully!

Rey Ortega started Alternative Baking Company in 1994, and left in 1997 to start Sun Flour Baking Company (still owns). He’s published and co-wrote Tucker the Tomato and Benny Brontosaurus Goes to a Party, and published Benny Beansprout Doesn’t Eat Meat. His company co-packages for a raw company and other baking companies like Rawkin Raw, Michys Cookies and Star Bars. He currently co-owns Garden to Grill in Sacramento, CA

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Alexandra Paul – Health coach, actress, activist, – http://AlexandraCoaching.com

Actress, Health Coach, Activist

ALEXANDRA PAUL BIOGRAPHY
Alexandra is an actress  and certified health coach. She has starred in over 75 films and television shows and is most known for her 5 year stint on the international hit tv show Baywatch. This year, she stars in the second season of the web series Mentor, for Logo.com.
Alexandra is a Boston Marathon and Ironman triathlon finisher. In 2014, she swam 14 miles in an ocean swim race off the coast of Mexico.   Alexandra has been vegetarian since age 14 and is now a vegan.Alexandra has committed civil disobedience about a dozen times at the Nevada Test Site to protest nuclear weapons. . In 2003, Alexandra spent 5 ½ days in jail after peacefully protesting the Iraq War. In 2005, Alexandra garnered worldwide attention when she was arrested for protesting the crushing of GM’s electric vehicle, the EV1.
In 1997, the United Nations commended Alexandra for her environmental activism. In 1999, she won the International Green Cross award. Alexandra was honored by the ACLU of Southern California as their 2005 Activist of the Year for her long history of fighting for the environment, voting rights and non-violence.
She has owned electric cars for 26 years, and will not use any products tested on animals. She has traveled to Nicaragua with a medical aid group, to Sierra Leone for a family planning organization and to South Africa to register voters. She also speaks fluent French, was a certified Emergency Medical Technician for 23 years and registered voters every Wednesday evening for 15 years.  She now volunteers weekly for the vegan meal program Food Not Bombs.
Alexandra wrote, produced and hosted the award winning films JAMPACKED, about the human overpopulation crisis, and THE COST OF COOL, on happiness and materialism.
Alexandra has also personally spoken, classroom-by-classroom, to over 6,000 Los Angeles teenagers on the issue of human overpopulation. Her TEDx talk on overpopulation continues to spread the word. In 1986, she co-founded YOUNG ARTISTS UNITED, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teenagers in need.
Alexandra’s health coaching business is busy and fulfilling.
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Mark Thompson – http://edge-show.com

Broadcaster, Speaker for Compassion

Mark Thompson is heard every night in Los Angeles from 6p-10p on the most listened to talk radio station in the country, KFIAM 640 (available on the iheartradio app and at KFIAM640.com)
Before that , Mark Thompson spent 30 years in the TV news business.
Thompson started as a science and environmental reporter and did investigative series and a full range of reporting through the years.
Quickly, Mark became one of the most popular television personalities as a nightly weather forecaster in both San Francisco and Los Angeles . His work gave him a national profile.
When Mark Thompson moved to L.A. he built out his resume as a producer and writer (winning an Emmy for a comedy Christmas show he co-wrote).
Then as a show host Thompson regularly hosted television shows of high drama and even life and death.
He hosted high profile “event” shows like Celebrity Daredevils Live (FOX), all the Robbie Knievel jumps since 1990 (building to building in Las Vegas, over a portion of the Grand Canyon, and over an oncoming train.
New Year’s Eve viewers may remember Mark as a regular New Year’s Eve host for FOX Television as well. In those shows he has presided over everything from building implosions to musical acts.
Then with a different kind of drama and a bit of glamor, Mark Thompson hosted the “red carpet” arrival show for the most recent Emmy Awards on Fox Television (Sept. 2011). It was his second time hosting an Emmy red carpet show.
Mark also hosted Hole in the Wall along with Brooke Burns for Fremantle Television. The show aired on Fox.
For three successful seasons Mark hosted Guinness World Records Primetime on the Fox network and those familiar with the genre will remember him as the host of When Good Pets Go Bad and the voice of many of the edgier primetime reality shows at the time.
Thompson was the host of the weekly entertainment program That’s So Hollywood and was one of the primary fill-in hosts on Good Day L.A., Fox’s highest rated Los Angeles morning show.
Mark Thompson was formerly a creative partner in NEXT entertainment with Mike Fleiss. Together they were responsible for a number of successful specials for Fox and Mark was the first person to pitch The Bachelor to ABC, though he credits Fleiss with the idea itself.
He was the on-air nightly weather anchor and reporter for KTTV FOX 11 in Los Angeles. Since he started appearing on Channel 13 (the Fox owned sister station of Channel 11 in L.A.) . Known for dancing onThompson was known for dancing during the weather reports on the 11 PM newscasts. Thompson said he did it on a whim but when email reaction was so enormously positive he kept it going. It quickly gained not only a local following but nationwide attention as well. He was featured Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 5, 2006 and on Brit Hume‘s program on Fox News Channel among others. He left both stations as of June 3, 2011 when his contract was not renewed. He made no on-air announcements of his future plans as a weather anchor.
Prior to working in Los Angeles, Thompson worked as a weather anchor for KRON-TV, then an NBC affiliate in San Francisco. He previously served as an on-air weather anchor and science/environmental reporter at KMGH-TV, the ABC affiliate in Denver, Colorado, and worked at WKBW-TV, the ABC affiliate in Buffalo, New York. Mr. Thompson ended his roughly twenty years on FOX 11 in KTTV Los Angeles on June 3rd, 2011.
Thompson has been seen as a reporter, an anchorman and even a moderator of presidential debates in feature films like Set It Off, The Day After Tomorrow and The American President to television shows like 24 and Ghost Whisperer.
Thompson has been one of the leading voices in reality television as his voice-overs were heard in the earliest days of reality TV and are still heard on shows like American Idol, Paradise Hotel and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? to The Simple Life, and Don’t Forget the Lyrics. He was also the announcer on former Fox game shows Greed and It’s Your Chance of a Lifetime.
Thompson is also heard on So You Think You Can Dance .. he is also the announcer for the US version of the show.
Mark was the narrator of Conspiracy Theory on TruTV as well as Top 20 and Most Daring on TruTV as well.
He is a native of Washington, D.C., graduated from Colgate University. He also studied at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Thompson is a regular on the charity and fundraising circuit. He is an active supporter of many philanthropic enterprises with a concentration in the areas of advocacy for animals, education and environmental charities.
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Jane Velez-Mitchell – Founder/Editor JaneUnChained.com – http://JaneUnChained.com

Become the Media for Voiceless Animals!

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and content editor of JaneUnChained, a multi-platform social media news outlet that produces original video content on animals rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle. She has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States for her reporting on animal issues. VegNews named Velez-Mitchell Media Maven of the Year in 2010. In 2013 Mercy for Animals awarded her their Compassionate Leadership Award. In 2014, she was honored for fighting animal abuse by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2015, she received the Nanci Alexander Award at PETA’s 35th anniversary.
For six years she hosted her own show on CNN Headline News, where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Previously, Velez-Mitchell reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, where she did numerous stories on animal issues championed by celebrities. Previously, Velez-Mitchell was a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York. She is the winner of both a Los Angeles Emmy and a New York Emmy for her reporting. Velez-Mitchell is a graduate of New York University and began her career with reporting stints in Ft Myers, Florida, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.
Velez-Mitchell is the author of four books. Her 2014 non-fiction New York
Times bestseller, Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias offers a detailed psychological analysis of a salacious trial that gripped the American public. Her other New York Times bestseller is her memoir, iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life. Secrets Can Be Murder delves into the secrecy and deceit embedded in tragic scenarios. Addict Nation: An Intervention for America with co-author Sandra Mohr focuses on our culture’s addictive nature and our obsession with overconsumption.
Velez-Mitchell directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life which won a coveted Gracie award in 2001. She lives with her partner, Donna Dennison, and their 4 companion animals in Los Angeles.
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