Sunday April 6, 2014 · 11am-5pm · Worcester, MA


Victoria Moran

author of Main Street Vegan

Presenting 11:45am-12:30pm

Victoria Moran has been a Main Street Vegan for almost 30 years and is an obesity survivor, maintaining a 60+-pound weight loss into the double-digit decades. She’s the bestselling author of eleven books, including Creating a Charmed Life and the plant-based weight loss classic, The Love-Powered Diet. Her college thesis became Compassion the Ultimate Ethic: An Exploration of Veganism, originally published in 1985 and the first work on vegan philosophy and practice to come from a major publisher.

Victoria is also an inspirational speaker, corporate spokesperson, certified holistic health counselor (HHC, AADP), graduate of the T. Colin Campbell Foundation/eCornell program in plant-based nutrition, a certified life coach, a vegan lifestyle coach in private practice, and founder and director of Main Street Vegan Academy, training and certifying vegan lifestyle coaches.

Cited by VegNews Magazine among the Top 10 Contemporary Vegetarian Authors, Victoria appeared twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show and she’s one of the celebrity coaches for PCRM’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart. Her articles have appeared in Yoga Journal, Mothering, Natural Health, Woman’s Day, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, VegNews, and Vegetarian Times. Her work has been noted in USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, Self, Elle, Glamour, Allure, and O, the Oprah Magazine.

Book signing after the talk.

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Nikki Gardner

Blogger at Art & Lemons, Vegetarian and Vegan cooking Instructor

Presenting 1:00pm-1:45pm

Nikki Gardner is a writer, cook, and photographer. She shares seasonal vegan and vegetarian recipes on WWLP’s Mass Appeal, teaches cooking classes at Different Drummer’s Kitchen, and offers private cooking lessons upon request. Her photography and writing have appeared in Artful Blogging, Huffington Post’s Taste, Smithsonian’s Food & Think, and The Daily Meal. Nikki lives in Western Massachusetts where she blogs about the intersection of art and life at Art & Lemons.

Robert Cheeke

body builder and author

Presenting 2:15pm-3:00pm

Robert grew up on a farm in Corvallis, OR where he adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995 at age 15. Today he is a best-selling author of the book Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness – The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet.

As a twotime natural bodybuilding champion, Robert is considered one of VegNews Magazine’s Most Influential Vegan Athletes. He tours all over North America giving talks about his story transforming from a skinny farm kid to champion vegan bodybuilder.

Robert works full-time running Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, which includes writing books, touring, and maintaining the popular website, He is a regular contributor to Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, a freelance writer, entrepreneur and multi-sport athlete.

For more information about Robert please visit

Book signing after the talk.

Erica Meier

Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing

Presenting 3:30pm-4:15pm

A graduate of Clark University, Erica has served as COK’s Executive Director since 2005, after being an active volunteer starting in 2000. Since taking the helm, Erica has taken the organization to new heights with continued growth and accomplishments for animals that include ending the egg industry’s use of the misleading claim “Animal Care Certified” and successfully persuading BOCA foods to stop using eggs.

Vegan for 20 years, Erica has been working in the animal protection field since college. Before working at COK, Erica spent several years as an animal control officer in Washington, DC where she rescued sick, stray, and homeless animals as well as enforced anti-cruelty laws.

COK’s most recent undercover investigation exposing extreme abuse to baby calves in a Colorado facility led to criminal charges of cruelty to animals filed against three former employees. Currently, COK is working on a national US VegWeek campaign, which Worcester Councilor Sarai Rivera is participating in by taking a 7-Day VegPledge.

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