Tracy Murphy, President & Founder, Asha Sanctuary
Tracy Murphy is the founder and president of Asha Sanctuary. In an intimate and thought-provoking experience, surrounded by rescued farmed animals in our wooded pasture, she will recount her heart-wrenching and inspiring story “Saving Albert”, a newborn dairy calf. Former business executive and founder of Buffalo's first vegan society (Buffalo Vegan Society), Tracy made the life-changing decision to leave a very lucrative career to direct Asha Sanctuary. The refuge for abused farmed animals is heaven on earth for these innocent victims lucky enough to live there and serves as a prominent educational center in our Western New York community.
John Schlimm, Master of Ceremonies
John Schlimm is a Harvard-trained educator, activist, artist, businessman, and award-winning author of many books on inspiration, cooking/entertaining, activism, history, how-to, and fiction. His newest book is a memoir titled FIVE YEARS IN HEAVEN: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions. It details John’s five-year friendship with an 87-year-old nun and artist named Sister Augustine, who changed his life forever. John is an expert vegan chef and has authored several successful cookbooks including The Cheesy Vegan and Grilling Vegan Style! Always personable, entertaining and dynamic, John is continually in demand to give commencement addresses and talks at colleges, universities and Veg Fests throughout the United States. We are thrilled to welcome him back to Asha Sanctuary!
Beverly Lynn Bennett, The Vegan Chef
Chef Beverly Lynn Bennett aka The Vegan Chef will be flying in from Oregon to conduct fun and educational cooking demos at Kiss A Cow Day! Chef Beverly is a Veggie Hero extraordinaire! She is the author of the extensive vegan recipe site, The Vegan Chef, and previously wrote the popular "Dairy-Free Desserts" column for VegNews Magazine. Moreover, Beverly and her husband Ray wrote the essential "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Living." The book's 384 pages are jam-packed with all kinds of useful info relating to many aspects of vegan life, including 50 super recipes. Other popular books authored by Chef Beverly are "Vegan Bites - Recipes for Singles," "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Cooking," "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten Free Vegan Cooking," and "The Complete Vegan Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking."
Tim Kaufman, Plant-Powered Athlete
Tim Kaufman is an extraordinary person who will present his incredible journey from 400+ pounds to winning athlete -- all by adopting a whole food plant-based lifestyle one plant at a time! Tim's journey to regain his health is nothing short of fascinating. At 400+ pounds he was unable to perform simple, daily tasks. He had many chronic health issues and was almost immobile. Tim had lost his interest in life and had almost given up. He started to change one small thing at a time. Tim is now an athlete that thrives on a plant-based whole foods lifestyle and leads a healthy, happy, productive, and very active life that is free of all medications he was once on. His passion is to spread the message that anyone can transition to a whole food plant-based diet and dramatically change their life regardless of their current situation or size.