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President: Peter Spendelow
Vice President: Kim Thayer
Secretary: Deanna Cintas
Treasurer: Linda Sant'Angelo
At-Large: Cindy Koczy, Larry Simpson, Wendy Gabbe Day, Eric Day, Rachel Stein, Kathy Peterman

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Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator: Chelsea Davis
Event Coordinator: Bonnie Hildebrand

Monthly Board Meetings

Each month, usually at 10am on the second Saturday, the Northwest VEG board of directors and employees meets to discuss various issues including membership, volunteering, finances, communications, publicity, event planning, and social activities. Members are welcome to attend these meetings and participate in the discussions. However, if there are items that need to be decided by voting, only board members may vote. If you are interested in attending, please contact peter@nwveg.org.

A closer look at the Northwest VEG family:

Peter Spendelow: I've been a Northwest VEG board member since November 2004 and President since July 2006. I've been employed by the State of Oregon since 1985 as an environmental specialist working on recycling and solid waste issues, and have combined that experience with my Northwest VEG experience to work on issues regarding how our food choices affect our environment. Northwest VEG's work is very important to me. I know of no other work more important for our environment, our health, and the other animals we share this Earth with, than to help people move to a plant-based diet.

Kim Thayer: Northwest VEG perfectly mirrors my beliefs to live a more compassionate life and inspire others to seek out compassionate lifestyle options. I am a proud graduate of NW VEG's MVP program and have had the great pleasure of working on many volunteer committees and outreach events for Northwest VEG. As a board member I hope to join forces with our existing members to share new ideas and give my time and talents to help realize the Northwest VEG mission to bring awareness to a veg lifestyle through community activities, outreach and education. My goal is to continue to encourage people to make mindful changes in their lives that create positive change for animals, the environment and their own health. As a Northwest VEG Board Member I will represent Northwest VEG and the vegan community through positive personal interactions and influential networking.

Linda Sant'Angelo: Northwest VEG plays a prominent role in providing education and support about a plant based lifestyle to our community in so many exciting ways. The members of this organization continually inspire people to think outside the box. I love being a part of keeping things moving along and I would be happy to continue to serve as treasurer.

Deanna Cintas: I moved back to Portland in 2006, and became vegan in 2007. I have been active in the Portland community ever since. As a community activist who loves to meet new people and support them in a vegan lifestyle, I love being a part of Northwest VEG. I have contributed to Northwest VEG by planning events such as the 10th Anniversary Party, Compassionate Thanksgiving, and more, tabling at community fairs, managing aspects of their social networking, acting as secretary during our board meetings and helping with logistics and other ideas. This is a great organization and I enjoy being a part of it!


Kathy Peterman: As a Registered Nurse for 33 years, health is of vital importance to me. Even as a kid, I had "vegetarian tendencies" not liking most meats or eggs, but it wasn't until the February 2011 Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise that I was able to make the shift to a vegan diet. So it was health that got me here, but every day I learn more about compassion for animals and veganism as a lifestyle, not just a diet. I joined the NW VEG board because I believe in the work that NW VEG is doing and I'd like to give back for the great classes and fun dine outs and events they provide to our community.

Rachel Stein: As a long time vegan (and, before that, vegetarian), I try hard to be a good ambassador for animal rights, environmental, and human issues. As a nonprofit professional, I love continual improvement and working to create efficient processes and governance. I am really enjoying using these skills and interests to help improve and publicize Northwest Veg and it's work. I am involved in event planning (VegFest and the 10th Anniversary Party), bylaws, finance, and various other aspects of the organization. I have a degree in nonprofit management and extensive volunteer and professional experience with nonprofits, so I have a lot to offer to a growing organization in strategic planning, management, marketing, and other areas. I am excited about getting to know more vegans in the Portland area and helping plan events that will introduce even more people to Northwest VEG, and to the vegan lifestyle and all it has to offer.

Larry Simpson: I became a vegan approximately 9 years ago due primarily to the belief that the body can be self-healing if we support it with the correct nourishment. This was my narrow view of veganism at the time, which due to association with NW VEG has broadened to include issues such as animal cruelty, clothing, and our responsibility to make life choices that support our universe. I became interested in the board through participation as a kitchen assistant at Portland VegFest and exposure to the guest chefs and speakers. It became clear that this group supported all of our efforts to educate and support those who were attempting to change their lives. I look forward to assisting and supporting NW VEG to reach a broader group of individuals to have a positive impact on their lives. NW VEG is a dynamic, growing organization and I want to part of that growth.

Cindy Koczy: I have been a Northwest VEG board member for the past 8 years. I enjoy being involved with our Master VEG Program, monthly potlucks and tabling events. My dedication and compassion for the movement makes me a valuable addition and I look forward to continuing to promoting all the the benefits of plant based diet. Power to the vegheads!

Wendy Gabbe Day: Iím excited to continue on the NW VEG board and continue teaching Veg Kids cooking classes, as well as volunteering with the Race for the Animals and Portland VegFest. In addition to NW VEG, Iím a cooking instructor, author of the cookbook, Scatter Vegan Sweets, and proud mama of a vegan toddler. I've been a vegetarian since birth, and a vegan for most of my life. I played college basketball and like to stay active with hiking, biking, and yoga. Our cooking adventures can be found at: livelydays.com


Eric Day: I'm glad to be back and part of the NW VEG community after returning to Portland. As a long time vegan I'm excited to be volunteering my time helping NW VEG reach more people in our community and promote our message of compassion, health, and sustainability. As a software engineer I'll be focusing on improving the technical side of NW VEG to help it run more efficiently, hopefully allowing staff and volunteers to have an even larger impact. I can't wait to see you all at one of our upcoming events!


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