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Noon-6:00  Derek Tresize - "Interested in going VEG? Ask a Certified Plant-based Nutritionist how to do it right!"
12:30-1:15  Dr. David Madow - "Ten Ways to Supercharge Your Life"
1:45-2:30  Pete Rosza - Cooking Demo: Vegan Pesto Chicken Pasta Bowl
2:45-3:30  Kristie Middleton - "MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live-One Meal at a Time"
4:00-4:45  Ben Burakoff - Cooking Demo: Masala Dosa
5:15-6:00  Dr. Joanne Kong - "What Is Veganism About?"

Mike Goldberg

Master of Ceremonies

Mike Goldberg is known locally as a meteorologist for WTVR-CBS 6 and Classical Music Host for WCVE Public Radio. His forecasts can be found on the web at richmondforecast.com. Across the state, Mike is a freelance meteorologist for WSET-TV (ABC) in Lynchburg, as well as WAVY-TV 10 (NBC) and FOX 43 in Hampton Roads. On the national scene, he serves on the Broadcast Meteorology Committee of the National Weather Association. Mike holds the Television Seal of Approval from the NWA, as well as the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation from the American Meteorological Society. He has been nominated for a Capital/Chesapeake Bay Region Emmy award for best weathercasting.

Mike is always out in the community, promoting science education in the schools and presenting talks to various groups of all ages. He has served as a judge for the Virginia Science and Engineering Fair and the Metro Richmond Science Fair, and has been the Master of Ceremonies for various events held by the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Arthritis Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Richmond Vegetarian Society, Richmond SPCA, Richmond Animal League and Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts.

What you may not know is that Mike is also a graduate of the world-renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, holding a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance. Highlights of his musical career include performing with the original Broadway production of "Into The Woods" and touring the major concert halls of the Northeastern U.S. and Canada with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded for CBS Masterworks, and remains active as a professional musician and teacher. Mike serves as Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet and Instrumental Conducting at Randolph-Macon College and maintains a private clarinet studio, while serving on the band faculty at Cosby, Lee-Davis and Colonial Forge (Stafford County) High Schools. In addition to these endeavors, he is on the faculty for Da Capo Virginia, based in Chesterfield County. On the performance scene, Mike frequently plays with the Richmond Symphony, University of Richmond Orchestra and Commonwealth Winds. He is the founder and Artistic Director for Crescendo, a professional chamber music ensemble. Also an accomplished conductor, Mike is the Music Director of the Central Virginia Wind Symphony, a group comprised of the most talented high school musicians in the region. The ensemble performs several concerts throughout the year in local malls, helping to raise awareness of the local school music programs.

An avid animal lover, Mike is dedicated to helping local animal adoption and welfare groups and you'll see him at many of their events. He serves as the producer and host of "Paws For Pets" on CBS 6, and has received a Guardian Angel Award for outstanding contribution to animal welfare in Virginia.

You can find his daily forecasts on the web at: www.richmondforecast.com.

Derek Tresize

Derek Tresize

Vegan Muscle and Fitness

Interested in going VEG? Ask a Certified Plant-based Nutritionist how to do it right!

Derek Tresize is a personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise, who also holds a BS in Biology and a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University. He strives to help clients improve health, build muscle and functional strength and lose fat through focusing on a plant-based diet and free weight and calisthenic exercise. He has coached competitive bodybuilders, weight-loss contest champions, and many individuals looking to improve their health and fitness.

Stop by the Vegan Muscle and Fitness booth!

Website: www.veganmuscleandfitness.com

David Madow

Dr. David Madow

Ten Ways to Supercharge Your Life

Dr. David Madow is a vegan speaker, dentist, author and podcaster who is passionate about helping others become stronger, thinner, healthier, happier and much more. He loves changing lives and has been inspiring sold-out audiences all across North America for many years with his unique, fun approach. When Dr. Dave is not teaching, you may find him running, walking, backpacking, skiing, or perhaps climbing up a mountain! Dave lives in Reisterstown, Maryland with his wife and three cats.

In his talk, Dave shares ten very powerful things that you can incorporate into your everyday life that will increase your happiness, strength, health, success, confidence, love, and much more. And there is a special ending. Great for everyone, no matter what your age is or where you may be in life's journey.

Website: davidmadow.com

Pete Rosza

Strange Matter

Cooking Demo: Vegan Pesto Chicken Pasta Bowl

Pete Rosza has been working at Strange Matter for 4 years has been head of the kitchen for a little over a year. Besides working at Strange Matter, he is also a musician and has been involved in the music scene at 929 West Grace for over 10 years. He has always had a passion for cooking and although he has been in and out of the industry throughout his life, has extensive experience in making vegetarian and vegan food.

Pete will be preparing a vegan pesto chicken pasta bowl, rolled in homemade pesto with grilled vegan chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and vegan mozzarella.

Kristie Middleton

The Humane Society of the United States

MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live-One Meal at a Time

Kristie Middleton

Kristie Middleton is senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States and the author of the forthcoming book, MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live-One Meal at a Time. She is a sought-after speaker and thought leader on the topic.

Middleton has partnered with the nation's biggest school districts including Los Angeles, Detroit, and Boston to implement plant-based initiatives such as Meatless Monday. Her work has been covered by national media, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and CNN.

She holds certificate in plant-based nutrition from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

Interested in eating less or no meat, but not sure how to start? Want to have a lighter footprint on the planet, but overwhelmed? Countless people are now cutting back on meat by enjoying more plant-based meals-to look and feel better, have a lighter eco-footprint, or to help animals. If you want to eat less meat and dairy but aren't ready to give them up entirely, MeatLess offers concrete rationale and easy steps for reducing animal products. She'll share tips and tricks and answer your questions. Learn more and pick up a copy of her new book that Paul McCartney calls, "a book to inspire positive change!"

Ben Burakoff

Ben Burakoff

Cooking Demo: Masala Dosa

Ben fell in love with cooking through binge watching episodes of Molto Mario, $40 a day with Rachael Ray, and Unwrapped with Marc Summers. He's been cooking and baking professionally for ten years, most recently at Restaurant Marc Forgione, Bien Cuit, Sub Rosa Bakery, and Rappahanock.

He will be preparing a Masala Dosa. It's a South Indian rice pancake filled with spiced potatoes and served with sambhar, which is kind of like minestrone soup but sweeter and with lots of cumin (Ben thinks that most South Indians would find that statement horrifyingly inaccurate but that's what it tastes like to him) and cilantro chutney.

Dr. Joanne Kong

What Is Veganism About?

Dr. Joanne Kong

Richmonder Dr. Joanne Kong has been praised throughout the country as an advocate for plant-based nutrition, centered ethically in raising awareness that greater compassion for animals and our planet is vitally necessary for transformative growth and positive world change. Motivated to become vegetarian over 30 years ago upon learning of the atrocities of factory farming, her lectures promoting veganism have been described as "artfully crafted," "a positive message about the way our daily choices can make the world a better place for others and for ourselves," "making a difference and encouraging positive change to happen," and "enlightening and provocative." Joanne has presented at the University of Richmond's Earth Week and TEDx event, Rollins College (Winter Park, FL), the Chrysalis Institute, Operation Fitness, the Waring School, VegFest Colorado, the Vegetarian Society of Richmond, and Yale University.

In addition to her animal and environmental advocacy work, she is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning classical pianist and chamber musician, and empowers individuals from all walks of life through her lectures and workshops on performance anxiety.

Joanne's presentation-discussion will cover a broad range of the most common questions, concerns (and even arguments!) related to plant-based eating, including health and nutrition, philosophical, ethical, social and cultural considerations, the environmental impacts of animal agriculture, and advocating for animals. You will have the opportunity to learn about how adopting veganism could be one of the most powerful decisions you ever make in your life, and receive lots of practical advice and tips on how to shift towards a greener diet.

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