Our speakers are passionate about educating people how to live a healthy, sustainable, plant-based lifestyle that is healthier for people, animals and the planet!

Time for a change

Dr. T Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, Whole, and The Low Carb Fraud and star of Forks Over Knives*

Dr. Neal Barnard, President of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

Lee Crosby, R.D., L.D. | Registered Dietitian Debunks Low Carb / Keto Diet

Dr. Jim Loomis, Director of the Barnard Medical Center and star of ‘The Game Changers’

Pericles Silva, GreenFare Operations Manager | Cooking Demo

Eric O'Grey | Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Eric O’Grey lives in Washington, DC and works as Director of Philanthropy for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and a Doctor of Law degree from Emory University. Eric’s personal story of recovery and redemption went viral with the Internet film Eric & Peety by Mutual RescueTM and his recent book Walking with Peety, the Dog Who Saved My Life, which is now on sale worldwide in 8 languages. Eric is passionate about animal kindness, plant-based nutrition, spending time with his wife Jaye, and long distance running with his dog Jake. For more information about Eric and his work, please see his website at http://ericandpeety.com/videos/.

Presentation description: Eric O’Grey was 340 pounds, depressed, and on 15 different medications, including 200 units of insulin each day for type 2 diabetes. After 25 years of failed diet attempts, Eric’s metabolic syndrome, blood pressure, cholesterol and other medical problems got progressively worse until he met a doctor who told him she would treat the causes of his various lifestyle diseases rather than just their symptoms. When Eric’s new doctor prescribed a shelter dog rather than medications, Eric met Peety – an overweight, middle-aged dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey together, forming a bond of brotherhood and unconditional love that forever changed their lives. During the next year, just by going on walks, playing together, and eating healthy plant-based foods, Eric lost 150 pounds, and Peety lost 25. As a result, Eric reversed his diabetes, got off all medications, and became happy and healthy for the first time in his life, eventually reconnecting with and marrying his high school sweetheart.

Gene Baur | Farm Sanctuary

Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production.

A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations and farm animal rescue, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals, and his rescue work inspired an international farm sanctuary movement.

Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California. His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York TimesLos Angeles TimesChicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal. Gene has published two bestsellers, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (Scribner, 2008) and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life (Rodale, 2015), which he co-authored with Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone. Through his writing and his international speaking engagements, Gene provides simple, actionable solutions coupled with a compassion-first approach to help us be the change we wish to see in the treatment of animals and our food system.

Gwyn Whittaker | CEO, GreenFare LLC

Gwyn Whittaker was founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mosaic, Inc., a strategic and technical consulting firm to the Intelligence Community (IC), for over ten years. Mosaic was acquired by LinQuest in August 2011 and Ms Whittaker was a general manager/vice president for the Mission Intelligence Integration (MI2) business unit through August 2013. Currently, Ms Whittaker is an Independent Consultant supporting the NRO’s Mission Intelligence Integration Directorate (MID) front office in support of the IC ITE transition, and the CEO of GreenFare Organic Café.

After the acquisition of Mosaic, Ms Whittaker turned her attention to the field of health care. The documentary Forks Over Knives inspired her to reach out to a leading cancer researcher in the film, T Colin Campbell, who sponsored a 10 day project on diet change with 45 people, with profound life changing results. GreenFare Organic Café was opened six months later with the purpose of delivering a 21 day program from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) called 21 Day Kickstart, which includes classes, community, and 21 days of organic, whole plant food. Over 650 people, including three dozen medical professionals and senior leaders from the Intelligence Community have completed this program. Multiple doctors are referring their patients to the GreenFare to enable weight loss, reduction of pain and/or medication through this program. GreenFare Organic Café is at 408 Elden Street, in Herndon, VA 20170 and www.greenfare.com.

Board of Directors:

  • HawkEye360 Board of Directors, since 2015
  • Technology Management Associates, Board of Directors, since 2015

Nonprofit Boards:

  • AFCEA Intelligence Committee, elected 4 times, serving a 4th four year term
  • VA Tech Hume Center for National Security, 2014-2016
  • Vice Chair, PCRM President’s Council, since 2017
  • Chair, Governance Committee, Washington Humane Society, elected in 2012, Board of Directors/Executive Committee
  • President, Sycamore Ridge Homeowners Association Board since 2014, Board since 2011
  • Herndon Environmental Network (HEN) Board, elected 2015


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA
  • Financial Management, Darden School, U VA
  • Certified, Plant-Based Nutrition, Cornell Center for Nutritional Studies
  • Food For Life Instructor and Educational Alliance Partner with PCRM
  • 10 Day Dr. McDougall Wellness Program
  • 4 years Continuing Education on the Holistic Cruise
  • Certified Master Gardener, VA Tech Extension, 4 years 


  • PlantPure Nation Major Donor, September 2016
  • Diet Fiction, Co-Producer,  January 2019 (brief role)
  • The Game Changers, Executive Producer, February 2019

Damien Mander | AKA: Vegan Sniper

Damien was an Australian Naval Clearance Diver, Special Operations Sniper and Iraq War veteran. He project managed the Iraq Special Police Training Academy in northern Baghdad preparing Iraq’s paramilitary forces for combat. In 2009 he founded the ‘International Anti-Poaching Foundation’ (IAPF) – a multi-national not-for-profit conservation organization working across Southern and East Africa. Damien is the founder of ‘Akashinga – Nature Protected by Women’, an all female conservation model in Africa, and ‘Back-to-Black Roots’, a grass-roots rural vegan moment in African communities. His 2013 TEDx talk on speciesism has been seen more than 7 million times across various platforms. Damien was the winner of the 2019 Windsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal for 2019, a prestigious international recognition for services to animals and humanity. He resides in Zimbabwe.

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