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Speaker Directory

Go Green Expo would like to thank our distinguished group of speakers.

** Ed Begley Jr. **
Ed Begley Jr. will be speaking on Saturday, April 16 at 12:30pm.
When it comes to taking personal responsibility for the environment, few individuals can match the record of actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. Known for turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, he has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He serves on the boards of organizations including the Thoreau Institute, the Earth Communications Office, Tree People and Friends of the Earth. His work has earned both praise and awards from numerous environmental groups including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica Baykeeper, the Southern California Gas Company and the American Lung Association. Currently, he is the co-star of the hit Planet Green series Living with Ed, a look at the day-to-day realities of “living green” with his not so environmentalist wife Rachelle Carson. His book Living Like Ed is currently available nationally from Clarkson Potter / Random House, and his new book Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living also from Clarkson was released September 2009.

** Mariel Hemingway **
Mariel Hemingway will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 2:00pm.
Mariel Hemingway will be discussing "How to Green Yourself" through living a healthy life style - eating well, slowing down, and creating sacred space. She will also talk about her new book "Mariel Hemingway's Healthy Living from the Inside Out," which is a revolutionary individualized program that teaches us how looking and feeling great are just a few simple choices away. No more bossy diets or impossible exercise routines. Instead, Mariel divides healthy living into four foundational areas where we can isolate the issues we all face and start making the best decisions for our life.

**Paul Watson**
Captain Paul Watson will be speaking on Saturday, April 16 at 2:00pm.
Over the years, Watson has exhibited a remarkable diversity in his activism. Aside from being a co-founder of Greenpeace in 1972, Greenpeace International in 1979, and founder of Sea Shepherd in 1977, Watson was a Field Correspondent for Defenders of Wildlife between 1976 and 1980. He was a field representative for the Fund for Animals between 1978 and 1981, and a representative for the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals in 1979. He co-founded Earthforce Environmental Society in 1977 and Friends of the Wolf in 1984. Watson's first affiliation with the Sierra Club was in 1968 and he has remained a Sierra Club supporter ever since. Watson was elected to the National Board of the Sierra Club USA serving as a director from 2003-2006.

Ahmed Rahim
Ahmed Rahim will be speaking on Saturday, April 16 at 3:30pm.
Ahmed Rahim, master blender, CEO and co-founder of Numi Organic Tea, will discuss the many essential elements that comprise a high-quality cup of tea.

Anthony De Vito
Anthony De Vito will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 3:30pm.
Anthony De Vito is the National Sales Director of Element Power Group. He has spent the last fourteen years as a renewable energy consultant and green consumer advocate. He has shared his experience and insights to help educate thousands of people at industry events, conferences, and community planning meetings.

Bobby Williams
Bobby Williams will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 2:00pm.
Bobby Williams is a nutritional expert, world class adventure-athlete, and practicing intuitive healer with deep ties to the world of alternative medicine and the raw food movement.

Cindy Dole
Home Wizards with Cindy Dole
Saturdays 2-4 PM PST
Live broadcast from Go Green Expo

Dan Thomsen
Dan Thomsen will be speaking on Saturday, April 16 at 5:00pm.
Dan Thomsen is the President and founder of the Building Doctors (www.buildingdoctors.com), a home performance contracting company that does comprehensive home energy audits and energy efficiency upgrades. The Building Doctors has both a General and Heating and Air Conditioning contractor licenses and is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) accredited company.

David Cohen
David Cohen will be speaking on Saturday, April 16 at 5:00pm.
David M Cohen recently joined the Energy Upgrade team after managing the outreach and marketing implementation for a number of energy-efficiency programs for NYSERDA, FirstEnergy, and Nevada Power while employed by the consulting firm SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation). Recently transplanted from New York City, Mr. Cohen comes from a background in commercial real estate development, construction, LEED certification, entitlements, marketing implementation plan creation, and brand management of various aspects of the real estate.

Douglas Cohen
Douglas Cohen will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 12:30pm.
Douglas Cohen is a sustainability catalyst who works with organizations and communities to envision triple bottom line prosperity and pursue their flourishing futures. Doug’s current work in Social Innovation takes advantage of his 20-year career as a strategic large scale change management consultant and leadership development specialist.

Dr. Anne Marie Fine, NMD, CPA
Dr. Anne Marie Fine, NMD, CPA will be speaking on Saturday, April 16 at 3:30pm.
Raised in Newport Beach, California, and one of the first women to graduate from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Anne Marie Fine struggled on both a personal and professional level before achieving her stand-out position as an early adopter of integrative treatment protocols and much-followed thought leader on the environmental medicine scene. Forced into a natural, toxin-free, holistic lifestyle by poor health in her teen years, she gradually realized the impact of toxins in our lives and inadequacy of mainstream health care concepts in dealing with them.

Dr. Raymond Hall
Dr. Raymond Hall will be speaking on Saturday, April 16 at 3:30pm.
Dr. Raymond Hall likes to know how things work. He‟s one of those people who can just look at something and mechanically deconstruct and re-build it in his mind. This natural tendency, coupled with an intrinsic leadership and inventing gene (Hall is the great, great, nephew of Samuel Morris), drove him to learn about the mechanics of the human body and led into a career in chiropractic and sports medicine. During his career, he has steadily excelled beyond where many in the field have fallen short and is currently the only chiropractor amongst some of the nation‟s most renowned physician/surgeons at Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group in Los Angeles, Calif.

Eco Chef Bryan Au
Brian Au will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 3:30pm.
Celebrity Eco Chef Bryan Au is your Best Selling Author, Eco Green Cuisine and Eco Expert in Hollywood. He invented the term Eco Green Cuisine and will explain how all of our all natural organic food choices will literally save and protect your health, community, environment and the World. His main website with colorful food photos, recipes, discounts, books, DVDs and all new Eco Ceramic Knives is his main website: http://www.EcoChefApp.com.

Elaine Wilkes, Ph.D., N.C., M.A., LEED
Elaine Wilkes will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 3:30pm.
Elaine Wilkes, Ph.D., N.C., M.A., LEED, is a self-proclaimed “learning addict” discovered that nature has the solutions to most of our problems today. She's the Hay House author of the highly acclaimed Nature's Secret Messages: Hidden in Plain Sight that was awarded a rare star recommendation from the prestigious Publishers Weekly.

Eric Corey Freed
Eric Corey Freed will be speaking on Friday April 15 at 12:30pm.
Eric Corey Freed is principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in San Francisco, with over 15 years of experience in green building. Eric teaches the Sustainable Design program he developed at the Academy of Art University and University of California Berkeley Extension. He is on the boards of Architects, Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), Green Home Guide and West Coast Green, as well as the advisory boards of nearly a dozen other organizations.

Gregory Wendt
Gregory Wendt will be speaking on Friday, April 15 at 2pm on the Eco Entrepreneurship panel and on Saturday, April 17 at 3:30pm on the Sustainable Investing panel.
Gregory Wendt is Vice President of Sustainable and Responsible Investing for EP Wealth Advisors (www.epwealth.com). Greg advises clients who want to align their wealth through investments that reflect their priorities and concerns for a better world. Greg is one of the nation’s leading experts in Sustainable and Responsible Investing. He began his career as a financial advisor in 1991 and worked with Smith Barney, Paine Webber and Prudential Securities prior to joining Enright Premier Wealth Advisors, Inc. in 2002. He is frequently profiled or quoted as an expert in the media including “Living with Ed” Television Show on Home and Garden Television, Business Ethics magazine, Daily Variety, Financial Planning magazine and Yogi Times magazine. Greg speaks regularly at conferences on the matters of new paradigms in economics, sustainable and responsible investing, new consciousness around wealth and related matters.

Jen Boulden
Jen Boulden will be moderating on Sunday, April 17 at 2:00pm
Jen Boulden spent the early part of her career leading business and
marketing strategies for a range of corporate and nonprofit organizations including IBM, Hearst, World Resource Institute, and Rocky Mountain Institute.

Jennie Nigrosh
Jennie Nigrosh will be speaking on Saturday, April 16 at 3:30pm.
According to Wikipedia, a “Marketeer” incorporates “a range of professional and job designations, concerned with development of market research, brand strategy, advertising, public relations, packaging and similar issues that arise when delivering goods or services to competitive markets.” Had the definition included a visual, the picture would have been of Jennie Nigrosh. Early in her career, Jennie’s marketing savvy helped grow Daniels Financial into one of the country's largest privately held financial printer.

Jim Stewart, PhD
Jim Stewart will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 3:30pm.
Jim Stewart, PhD, is volunteer co-chair of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Global Warming, Energy and Air Quality Committee and is co-chair of the Sierra Club California Energy-Climate Committee.

Lauren Rank
Lauren Rank will be speaking on Saturday, April 16 at 5:00pm.
Lauren Rank began her County career working in the Department of Regional Planning’s Advance Planning Division. At the Planning Department, Lauren worked to develop and adopt the County’s Green Building Program, a groundbreaking set of ordinances with the goal of making new development more sustainable within unincorporated areas of the County.

Linda Nicholes
Linda Nicholes will be speaking on Saturday, April 16 at 11:00am.
Linda worked for 28 years as a Superior Court Reporter in Orange County. She is a self-described environmental activist, co-founder and past president of Plug In America www.pluginamerica.org where she continues to serve on the board.

Mackenzie Phillips
Mackenzie Phillips will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 11:00am.
Mackenzie Phillips was born in Alexandria, Virginia on November 10, 1959. She is a mother, actress, musician and writer of the bestselling memoir "High on Arrival."Mackenzie is the daughter of musician and songwriter John Phillips and his first wife, Susan Adams. The acting profession may require a performer to delve deep into the inner workings of a character’s psyche, but it takes true courage for an actor to do the same in their personal life.

Matt Tennison
After spending nearly 15 years in the corporate advertising and marketing world, Matt Tennison has finally found a personal connection to his career. As Vice President of Marketing for the environmentally conscious TreeLiving.com, and parent company TreeHomeMedia, Tennison oversees business development and client relations, while also managing the branding and overall marketing strategies for the two eco-friendly companies.

Megan Blake
Megan Blake will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 11:00am.
Megan Blake is the Pet Expert on PBS’s Animal Attractions TV, and pets are the centerpiece of everything she does: from writing and segment producing the Emmy-Award winning PBS series; to writing her critically acclaimed column for Dog’s Life Magazine; to her position as a Pet Expert and Spokesperson for Toyota, speaking for safe pet travel; to her role as The Official Spokesperson for Pet Expo USA; to her work with her beloved Smiley as a Delta therapy dog team and HOPE crisis response team.

Michael Wisner
Michael Wisner will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 3:30pm.
Mr. Wisner is a producer and writer who has been an environmental health activist for over twenty-five years. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen, peer-reviewed and published scientific research papers and articles on human detoxification.

Mike Kane
Mike Kane spent over 20 years as a marketing and business development professional in the high-tech industry, including stints at Emulex, the semiconductor division of Rockwell International and Motorola. Since leaving the industry in 2004 to pursue personal interests including environmental and alternative fuels advocacy, he has been involved with several non-profit organizations and campaigns in these areas. Mike is one of the founders of Plug In America, a non-profit advocacy group that promotes the use of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Ray Drysdale
Ray Drysdale will be speaking on Saturday, April 16 at 3:30pm.
As Founder of GREEN1, Ray Drysdale brings a diversified, highly successful 20 - year professional background to the Green Cleaning Industry. Prior to the GREEN1 venture, Ray was an executive involved in the development of the digital call tracking and recording industry, as well as localized search engine marketing to the Automotive Industry. For the majority of his career, Ray served as Vice – President of Sumitomo Bank’s Automotive Division, one of the world’s largest banking entities.

Richard Kelly
In love with electric cars since 2003, Richard has experience driving
both conversion and OEM highway-speed vehicles. As head of IT at Plug In America, Richard worked the technical side of many public campaigns to influence plug-in vehicle legislation.

Sarah Backhouse
Sarah Backhouse will be speaking on Saturday, April 16 at 3:30pm.
Sarah Backhouse was born in the UK and raised in Australia and Japan. She graduated with Bachelors degrees in Economics and Japanese Studies from the Australian National University and Keio University, Tokyo, and speaks fluent Japanese.

Tamara Henry, M.A.
Tamara Henry will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 3:30pm.
Eco Mystic Tamara Henry, M.A. "Green T" of GreenTwithTamara.TV won Best Hosted Interview Show for 2010 after showcasing the 2010 Miss America Contestants in the Green Is Gorgeous interactive eco-contest. One quarter Cherokee, Tamara is Miss Arkansas USA 1997. Tamara paid for her Broadcast Journalism degree by competing in pageants. She won awards for her mind/body/spirit work in a program she created "Preventive Health through Whole Person Wellness." She continues that work today with a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health & Healing.

Toni Toney
I have been an environmental activist, researcher and organic food activist for over 25 years, teaching and speaking to large audiences from coast-to-coast. My passion for “green living” and “green eating” led me to start a non-profit foundation called Organic Food For Life along with a healthy, fast food alternative franchise restaurant called VegiTable. In 1988, I started a non-profit foundation called Organic Food For Life with the goal of educating local farmers as to the importance of organic growing versus commercial growing.

Van Harding
Van Harding will be speaking on Sunday, April 17 at 11:00am.
Former CEO of Encompass Design & Build, Inc with a 20 year career of building Special effects for Disney, Universal, many Las Vegas casinos, theme restaurants and motion pictures worked extensively with environmental toxins and public/employee safety regulations. That experience and Master’s Degree in Design & Technology give him first hand knowledge of chemicals that invade the environment and their health hazards.

Vinit Allen
Vinit Allen will be speaking on Sunday, April 18 at 12:30pm.
Vinit Allen is Executive Director of Sustainable World Coalition, a project of Earth Island Institute, based in Berkeley, California. The Coalition provides sustainability education—events, materials and resources—for schools, organizations and the general public.

Ysanne Spevack
Ysanne Spevack will be speaking Saturday, April 16 at 3:30pm.
Organic gardener and food writer Ysanne grows organic gardens for celebrity clients including William Shatner, Barbra Streisand, Angela Lindvall and Anthony Pritzker. She has had thirteen books published, all focused on organic food and organic living. Her writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Food Illustrated, Organic Style,Natural Products News, Natural Parent, Yoga, and Organic Living, plus many other British, American and Asian magazines.

Zan Dubin Scott
As Plug In America’s Communications Director, Zan Dubin Scott sustains the organization’s position as the nation’s leading source of independent information and expert opinion about the plug-in electric vehicle movement. Zan has engineered and executed numerous media and educational campaigns related to state and federal legislation, pivotal California Air Resources Board votes, auto industry developments and other issues.

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