About Our Team

Who are we? What is our purpose? Simple- Grand Rapids VegFest is organized by passionate and energetic people like you who care about health, wellness, animals, and environment. VegFest is a way to welcome the public of West Michigan to open their eyes to the compassionate community right under their nose. Meet some of the volunteers that have helped make it happen. If you’d like to be part of our team, fill our volunteer application form and tell us about who you are and what you are interested in.

 

Kim Enochs

Veg since: 2006  Vegetarian since: 2003

Your go-to vegan dish: Tofu scramble (but seriously it’s so hard to pick only one!!)

Why you volunteer at GR VegFest: I have been volunteering for vegan activism since 2008 and Grand Rapids VegFest is the best place to share your passion for animals and vegan lifestyles. All volunteers are dedicated and hard-working. The friendship and support from the volunteer group are priceless.

Erica Wisniewski

Veg since: 2012  Vegetarian since: 1989

Your go-to vegan dish: Chickpea Tuna Salad

Why you volunteer at GR VegFest: I volunteer at GR VegFest because I want to show people that being vegan is the kindest and most compassionate way to live your life.

 

 

Stephanie Albertson

Marketing Director

My name is Stephanie. I love pit bulls, spicy food, and tap dancing. I am happy to be involved in GR VegFest in order to raise awareness about the health, social, and environmental benefits of being vegan!

RB

Special Events Coordinator

After years of suffering with allergies, being sick all the time, weight issues, and horrible migraines, RB decided she had had enough and went plant based cold tufurky! As in ‘I’m a Vegan Mother Clucker!’ as Liz says! And she hasn’t looked back. People started noticing the health changes and two nieces approached asking her to mentor them long distance. SEW they started a blog posting recipes, tips and ideas to share. Others followed. Life is SEW good being plant based!

Wendy Jones

Veg since: 1990

Your go-to vegan dish: Pesto mac and ‘cheeze’

Why you volunteer at GR VegFest: There are many vegans out there, they just don’t know it yet. They need to be informed about the impact of their food choices and they need the tools to get there. That’s where we come in.

Zuzu Nyson

Veg since: 2017  Vegetarian since: 2008

Your go-to vegan dish: BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich

Why you volunteer at GR VegFest: I volunteer at GR VegFest because I believe being vegan is one of the largest steps towards a healthier, greener, and more compassionate world and I want to help encourage others to embrace this lifestyle too! Meeting other like-minded individuals at the GR VegFest committee has been so heartwarming and gives me hope that humans want to learn, evolve, and prosper and want that for others too.

Liz Agerson

Veg since: 2016

Your go-to vegan dish: Bowl of seasonal fresh fruit topped with granola and soy milk

Why you volunteer at GR VegFest: After learning and experiencing all the benefits of being vegan, I want to empower others with knowledge to live healthier, kinder, gentler, and more compassionate lives. I also get to work with a great group of people too!

Allie Gadziemski

Veg since: 2016

Your go-to vegan dish: Anything with potatoes or avocado. 🙂

Why you volunteer at GR VegFest: I want to help people see the ease, deliciousness and beauty being vegan!

Pete Vissar

Veg since: 2015

Your go-to vegan dish: Tempeh Reuben

Why you volunteer at GR VegFest: To educate people on how the future of the Earth’s climate and human health will depend on developing alternative standard-of-living practices.

Patricia Baxter

Veg since: 2013

Your go-to vegan dish: Cashew Alfredo

Why you volunteer at GR VegFest: To continue to learn about being Vegan for life!

Heather Pike

Veg since: 2015

Your go-to vegan dish: Lentil Soup

Why you volunteer at GR VegFest: I enjoy the atmosphere!

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If you are interested in working together, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!