Melissa Breslow – Assistant Producer, Mind Body Space –

Melissa Breslow has volunteered with VegFest since 2013. She is the founder of Open Eyes Foundation, an awareness campaigns that helps to inspire solutions for a sustainable future. Melissa runs a dance music record label and tours as a singer/songwriter. She teaches yoga, is an aromatherapist and a sound and energy healer. Melissa loves VegFest L.A. because it is a fun day where we build a strong community to empower each with love and gratitude to create positive change.

Mario Fabbri – Learning Kitchen Co-Coordinator and Leadership Team –

Mario Fabbri is a cooking show host and board member of VegFestLA. Mario grew up in Chicago where his dad owns an Italian Sausage factory that he once anticipated taking over. At 18 yrs old he moved to Boulder, CO and found a passion for helping entrepreneurs solve environmental issues. He began his TV career on the QVC shopping network. Today Mario hosts the cooking show “Trying Vegan with Mario” where he challenges expert chefs, nutritionists and celebrities to teach their best vegan recipes.
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Lisa Karlan – Learning Kitchen Coordinator & MC –

Lisa Karlan is a Heath Educator and Nutrition Consultant & has been the Learning Kitchen Coordinator for VegFest LA since 2016, an annual labor of love spreading the vegan message through food demonstrations w/notable vegan chefs. She is a contributor/reporter for #LunchBreakLIVE on, a daily live vegan cooking show. Lisa is a certified Food for Life Instructor, w/the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine teaching about the practice of plant-based nutrition.
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Lisa MacMillan – Exhibitor Co-Coordinator –

Jeanette Kozlowski – Vegspiration Tent Coordinator –

Liz Zeigler – Exhibitors Co-Coordinator –

Liz has been volunteering with the festival since 2011 and became co-coordinator of the Exhibitors team in 2013 (when the festival was known as WorldFest). She thinks festival day is hands-down the best day of the year and can usually be found eating every bit of vegan goodness she can get her hands on in the food court! Liz is a lover of all animals and is the owner of Must Love Dogs Mobile Grooming. She’s the proud mommy of her 2 dogs Mo and Gregory and her 3 cats Bette, Marilyn and Otto.
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Dave Rutan – Signs/Troubleshooter –

Dave has been a member of the VegFest team since 2002 as sign coordinator, admissions assistant, and general troubleshooter. A vegan since 1991, Dave is also active in animal rights activism in Los Angeles. He founded Vegan Toastmasters in 2003-see for more info.

Char Seferian-Schrock – Food Coordinator –

Biljana Milasin – Co-Coordinator Kid’s Kingdom –

As a teacher, photographer and artist I love working with children in creative ways. With the Family Love Village I worked festivals like LiB, Boogaloo and Symbiosis. Currently I work as a preschool teacher in West LA.
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Jorie Denny – Coordinator –

Jorie is a lover of animals and the Mom of 2 active boys.

Anji Lum – Happy Healthy Vegan –

Ryan and Anji have been creating vegan focused content since 2013, with a current viewership of over 135 thousand on YouTube, 58 thousand on Instagram, and 24 thousand on Facebook. This Long Beach based duo have created 700+ videos covering a wide range of topic including plant based news, health and fitness tips, product and restaurant reviews, recipes and vlogs. Anji released her debut vegan cookbook, Keep It Carbed, Baby!, in 2016.
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