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!​

Presenter Schedule

  • Emcee | 9 years old VeganEvan
  • 10:00 to 10:05 | XYZo Opening Meditation
  • 10:05 to 10:30 | Ariel Hoover
  • 10:30 to 10:50 | XYZo Mindfulness Talk
  • 10:50 to 11:15 | Shannon Blair
  • 11:15 to 11:40 | Brad Talbott
  • 11:40 to Noon | Chadwin Taylor
  • Noon to 1:00 | Dr. Greger | KEYNOTE
  • 1:00 to 1:45 | Marcus Watts
  • 1:45 to 2:30 | Dr. Dulaney
  • 2:30 to 3:00 | Justin Clark
  • 3:00 to 3:30 | 82 years young Dr. Knaus
  • 3:30 to 4:00 | Cyd Notter
  • 4:00 to 4:05 | XYZo Closing Meditation


VeganEvan is a passionate and talented young animal advocate committed to creating a healthy, compassionate, and regenerative world. He is President & Spokesperson for Animal Hero Kids, a spokesperson for the Solutionary Species movement and Youth Ambassador for aPlantBasedDiet.org. VeganEvan has spoken in front of large audiences at several major events throughout the country including the What the Health-Cowspiracy Conference, Central Florida Earth Day, the Animal Liberation Conference, Tampa Bay VegFest, the National Animal Rights Conference, Asheville Vegan Fest, VegFest Oahu, and many more!!  He has been awarded the Russell Simmons Creative Animal Hero Kids Award, and in 2016, he earned PETA’s Cutest Vegan Kid award.  More recently he was awarded the Shining World Leadership Award for Compassion from the Supreme Master Ching Hai Association. VeganEvan is a voice for the animals everywhere he goes! He enjoys leafleting, protesting, doing marches, Open Rescue, disruptions, and making videos and rap songs! Evan also participates in Anonymous for the Voiceless Cubes of Truth and Vigils with the Save Movement wherever he travels. Most of all, he loves visiting all of his rescued friends at the sanctuaries where they are happy, safe and free from harm.


DR. MICHAEL GREGER | keynote speaker

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on a number of important public health issues. All proceeds from his speaking engagements and the sale of his books and DVDs are donated to charity. His 501(c)3 nonprofit NutritionFacts.org is the first science-based, non-commercial website to provide free daily videos and articles on the latest discoveries in nutrition.



Justin is the co-founder of the Fort Myers Anonymous for the Voiceless Chapter and coDirector of Animal Rights for aPlantBasedDiet.org. Anonymous for the Voiceless is an organization that hosts public demonstrations in which its members show the public videos of factory farming conditions and have conversations with the public about the subject of animal rights. Justin has been helping members of the public reach a vegan conclusion in their thought process about animals since November of 2017. In order to increase his effectiveness in creating a kinder world for animals, Justin has attended numerous academic trainings and lectures spanning across the subjects of societal change, individual behavioral change, animal ethics, and nutrition. In addition, he spends much of his free time studying debates, ethics, environmental science, and nutrition that relates to animal agriculture.



Dr. Dulaney practices Cardiology and Primary Care in her Wellness Practice in Port Charlotte, Florida. Members of her practice have the opportunity of attending three different nutrition class per week. Through plant based nutrition education, she has had remarkable success in reversing lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and autoimmune diseases. She co-authored the Plant Based Wellness Cookbook, three generations of cooking with the Doctor, the Dietitian, and the Diva that showcases family recipes and those taught in her nutrition class. Dr. Dulaney is also an endurance athlete having completed 7 full Ironman Distance Triathlons, 2 ultramarathons, and over 25 marathons. She enjoys backyard gardening with a passion for tropical fruit trees and vegetables. Dr. Dulaney also is an ethical vegan and a passionate rescuer of German Shepherd Dogs. She is the host of the Jami Dulaney, MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast with over 229 episodes posted weekly.



Dr. Ronald Knaus is a psychiatrist in Saint Petersburg, Florida. He received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and has been in practice for more than 20 years.



Cyd Notter is a graduate of the Center for Nutrition Studies, a certified instructor for The Starch Solution and other dietary courses, a past newspaper columnist, and the founder/author of The “Plan A” Diet. She offers a variety of health and cooking classes, provides nutritional coaching on both individual and corporate levels, speaks to local groups, and has worked with school district employees and a hospital’s fitness center. Her book, titled The “Plan A” Diet, released in October, 2019.



Brad Talbott is an avid musician and Fort Myers Organizer for the international Anonymous for the Voiceless movement and coDirector of Animal Rights for aPlantBasedDiet.org . Brad has helped organize public art demonstrations along with others around the state of Florida in order to educate the public about the positive effects a plant based diet can have on your health, the environment, and the animals we share this planet with. He has had experience with hosting musical events as President of music club at Florida Gulf Coast University in addition to hosting and assisting local open mic nights throughout the community.



Chadwin Taylor has experienced a dramatic weight loss journey and discovered that his son has autism — both which have led him to a vegan lifestyle. Although he claims to be no guru in the world of fitness, special needs or vegan nutrition, Chadwin offers a humble perspective on taking personal responsibility over the lives we live and the world we shape. One choice at a time, he has reshaped his relationship with food, with animals, with Mother Earth and has learned his most valuable lesson from his 6 year old son — unconditional love.



Xylo Zohn Smith-Pajares, also known as XYZo, strives to uplift, educate, and inspire everyone with whom he interacts. He is currently finishing his undergraduate career at Florida Gulf Coast University, studying Contemplative Studies & Entrepreneurship, with plans to open healing centers. In addition to instructing hundreds of Yoga classes throughout his time at FGCU, he has been an event facilitator & community organizer, playing a key role in several events of many kinds. He is tremendously excited to continue sharing his passions with the greater community through VegFest!

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Ariel Hoover, M.A. is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, trained in Pittsburgh in 2017 and again in 2019 in Atlanta with climate leaders from around the world, and is co-founder of the Lee County Climate Reality Project. She was an educator in public schools as well as an instructor at Tufts University in Boston in special programs. She considers this work to be the most important of her life.



Shannon’s journey toward animal liberation really got going Thanksgiving Day, 1996, when she was just 9 years old. After she saw footage showing what happens to animals in order for them to end up on our plates, she never ate another animal again and immediately became an activist, stickering packages and holding demos outside of supermarkets.
After about 2 decades of eating a vegetarian  diet, Shannon was made aware of the atrocities occurring in the dairy industry — she had never heard this information before.  She also watched Cowspiracy on Netflix and then made the decision to transition to a Vegan Lifestyle overnight.  Shortly after, she found out how horrendous the egg industry is, another one she had been supporting during all that time as a vegetarian.
Shannon now understood why those “crazy vegans” weren’t eating cheese or eggs — they weren’t so crazy after all.  She got right back into activism — this time with more knowledge, more reasons, and an incredible amount of inspiration from her son, VeganEvan (who decided to go vegan the same day, even though she tried talking him out of it)!  Shannon is fighting for the animals and for Evan’s future.  She quit her job in 2017 to advocate, educate, and activate full-time.  Shannon and Evan travel all over doing outreach & actions for the animals.  They are in the process of starting up a new non-profit organization, the Animal Liberation Action Squad. Shannon is a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator.

MARCUS WATTS | The Watts Guy Fitness

Former professional basketball players,  Elite trainer and Director of Fitness & Health for aPlantBasedDiet.org. Working with the likes of MLB, NFL, Semi pro football teams, European soccer players, and many more. Owned multiple gyms, and decided to originally get into fitness with the goal of inspiring, and motivating.

He has served as a member on Exercise Science & Technology Boards. Additionally, serving as the fitness liaison to the Fort Myers PD SWAT Team, police fitness instrcturs courses, and local youth athletics. After a near death scare with multiple bloodclots and pulmonary embolism I was inspired to grow my knowledge in plant based wellness, and have since transformed my vision to help educate and inspire on the possibilities of living both PLANT BASED & STRONG.

Marcus now runs a podcast and website “The Vegan Transition”. Where his mission is sharing his learning that saved his life, and dispelling the stima that you cant life plant, and live your strongest, healthier life. https://www.thevegantransition.com/