Jack is a cofounder of Vegan Outreach and the president of Vegan Outreach’s board. He was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2005. Jack is also a registered dietitian, and is responsible for all of VO’s writings on nutrition. With Ginny Messina, he cowrote Vegan for Life.
Jack grew up in Cincinnati, OH. He attended Cornell College in Iowa, where he was a Division III All-American in the pole vault. He has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, philosophy, and sociology. He performed his dietetic internship at Georgia State University. For fun, Jack plays ultimate frisbee; takes hikes with his spouse, Alex; and hangs out with his rescued companion turtle, Richard.
Rachel will begin working for Vegan Outreach in the fall of 2014. She’ll travel throughout the US, leafleting college students and encouraging others to get active for the animals.
Before working at VO, Rachel volunteered in Philadelphia for The Humane League. She leafleted, did public outreach, letter writing, and participated in campaigns. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, where she used her paintings as tools of communicating the issues surrounding factory farming in America. For fun, Rachel goes camping and hiking when she can, and she continues to make art.
As Executive Vice President, Jon oversees VO’s outreach department, ensuring that as much of the world is reached with VO’s outreach efforts as possible. Jon has also been known to leaflet a time or two and has handed out over a million booklets for Vegan Outreach.
Jon grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, and focused on guitar studies and music theory at Columbia College in Chicago. During and after college, Jon made a living as a guitar teacher, but gave that up to focus on animal advocacy efforts. In 2004, Jon started working for VO and has considered it a labor of love. In his free time, Jon likes to work out, run, read, and write guitar music.
Chelsea travels The Land Down Under, leafleting at colleges throughout Australia. She’s part of the growing push by Vegan Outreach to expand our work internationally.
Chelsea holds a bachelor’s degree in business with majors in finance and accounting from Swinburne University, and is a Certified Practicing Accountant, but she’s far from a stereotypical bean counter. After a traditional start in investment management and banking, Chelsea chose to leave corporate life behind and work in international development and advocacy. Chelsea’s other passion is travel and her career has taken her to London, the Pacific Islands, and the Philippines, where she worked as a finance manager in a humanitarian emergency. Chelsea went vegan in 2008 after reading a book about factory farming and is thrilled to now be traveling around Australia for Vegan Outreach, raising awareness of the suffering of farmed animals.
As Director of Finance, Bill makes sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. He pays the bills, balances the checkbook, keeps our registrations in dozens of states up to date, and handles a number of human resources functions.
Bill has been vegan and active in animal rights since 1987. Before working at VO, Bill was a finance and administration consultant specializing in animal rights and environmental nonprofit organizations. He has an MS in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a BA in Philosophy from Cal State University East Bay. Bill loves hiking, camping and backpacking with his dog, Maya. When not on the trail, he can be found motorcycle riding through the Bay Area hills.
Jose will begin working for Vegan Outreach in the fall of 2014. He’ll travel throughout the US, leafleting college students and encouraging others to get active for the animals.
A Michigan native, Jose moved to the East Coast, where he interned in Boston with The Humane League for a year before joining Vegan Outreach. Along with animal advocacy, he has interests in photography and graphic design.
Steve does outreach throughout the northern half of California.
A lover of the natural world, Steve was driven to action after reading about the environmental impact of hog farming. He achieved zero-net-energy consumption at his home through major renovations, but promotes a vegan diet as the most effective means of diminishing individuals’ ecological impact. Steve says, “Major home improvements are a great way to improve our world, but that’s a decision you can only make once. Each of us can choose to help protect animals and save the environment every time we sit down to eat.” Before coming to Vegan Outreach, Steve used his free time to help establish some of the largest vegan and environmental festivals in the country. Steve enjoys cooking and being out in California’s wild open spaces – camping, swimming, and biking.
Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Science from St. Joseph’s University and completed the NYU Nonprofit Leadership Series in 2010. Her passion for working with nonprofits and for animal advocacy led her to VO. She has several years consulting experience in fundraising and communication with several nonprofits.
Tracy grew up outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan and has been an animal advocate since childhood. She became a vegetarian in her teens, a vegan a few years later, and spent several years doing greyhound rescue and advocacy. Tracy was a competitive and distance cyclist for many years but has slowed down to a more recreational level so her children can tag along. She spends her free time shuttling kids to sports and activities; practicing yoga; scouting out farmers’ markets for the best local foods; dragging her family to local live music venues; reading; and hanging with her family, which includes their rescued Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. She currently resides right outside of Philadelphia.
Starting in the fall of 2014, Kristin will travel throughout Canada, leafleting college campuses.
Kristin has worked and volunteered with Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States, helping with animal protection public outreach, puppy mill rescues, emergency shelters, and street dog clinics where she falls in love with new dogs on a daily basis. She holds a degree in English journalism from the University of New Hampshire, where she rowed on the varsity crew team. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors, picnicking, general adventuring, beer tasting, and photography.
In January 2015, Emmanuel will embark on Vegan Outreach’s first full-time tour of Mexico. He’ll travel to 12 of Mexico’s 31 states, as well as its Federal District, as VO’s first-ever Mexico Outreach Coordinator.
Emmanuel hails from Monterrey, Mexico, where he was born and raised. He’s currently in his last semester at Universidad Autónoma del Noreste, where he’ill graduate with a degree in psychology. In addition to animal rights, Emmanuel is also an activist for environmental, feminist, and social justice causes. Some of Emmanuel’s favorite activities include spending time with friends and family, hiking, visiting museums, attending concerts, and watching movies.
Yuri Mitzkewich is Vegan Outreach’s Southeast Outreach Coordinator. A tireless VO volunteer for years, starting fall 2014, Yuri will become a part of Vegan Outreach’s staff, leafleting colleges throughout the Southeast.
Yuri holds a degree in marine biology and foreign studies from the University of Maryland. Post-college, Yuri toured as a musician in various punk and reggae bands. During this time he developed a love of volunteering, and has been active with various organizations, including Greenpeace, RAN, and Service Employees International Union. After seeing the film Peaceable Kingdom in 2007, Yuri became vegetarian and eventually vegan, and began campaigning to end vivisection and marine mammal captivity. When not leafleting, Yuri enjoys distance bicycling, spending time in his hammock around Key Biscayne, and perfecting his skills creating the best vegan pizza in Miami.
As Office Manager, Josie sends out literature orders, responds to those who reach out to Vegan Outreach with questions, and a whole host of other tasks that keep Vegan Outreach the well-oiled machine that it is.
Josie has a degree in English and Spanish from Western Washington University. After working for years in the food service industry and feeling frustrated with all of the wasted animal products she’d see, she’s excited to work for Vegan Outreach on the other side of the spectrum, preventing animals from being slaughtered. When not working, she likes to spend her time listening to vinyl soul records, rollerskating, and cuddling with Tiger, her rescued Cairn Terrier.
As Director of Communications, John runs VO’s social media presence and plays a role in developing the look and content of our booklets and merchandise, as well as VO’s strategy. John is also a master leafleter and has given out over 370,000 booklets since getting started with activism in 2009.
John grew up in the Detroit area and learned compassion for animals from his mother, Karen Oberg. Together they rescued and rehomed cats, and protested deer culls. By the age of 22, John learned of the horrors of factory farming and became a vegan and vegan advocate. He graduated summa cum laude in 2012 with a Bachelor in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University. He’s passionate about traveling, playing soccer, and rooting for his beloved Detroit Red Wings.
Since 2013, Kassy has been VO’s go-to outreach coordinator for Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.
Kassy has been vegetarian, now vegan, since watching the film Earthlings in high school. She studied business administration and marketing at Central Penn College and has done animal protection in federal affairs and grassroots campaigning. When she’s not leafleting, Kassy spends time being active with her rescued canine companion, Paco; and also attends pole fitness classes.
Victor has been leafleting college campuses throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico since 2008. In this time, he has reached over 700,000 individuals with a Vegan Outreach booklet. Known amongst many as the most effective leafleter ever, Victor plays a big role in advising leafleters in how to reach the most individuals per hour spent leafleting.
Victor was born in Sweden and grew up in the New York area. He studied philosophy and geography at Hofstra University. Victor enjoys reading, stand-up comedy, learning about nutrition, and being out in nature.
Lana has been distributing Vegan Outreach’s literature since 2006 and is our key leafleter in the Northeast. A resident of Maine, Lana focuses her attention on schools in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Quebec. She has also leafleted extensively in Florida. In addition to VO’s work, she has done other animal advocacy, including producing informative public access cable TV shows, collecting signatures for the Florida farmed animal ballot initiative, and participating in animal rescues.
Lana graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in animal science from Middle Tennessee State University. She previously worked in marine biology and microbiology. For fun, she enjoys swimming, scuba diving, skiing, and painting.