Who’s behind Vida Vegan Headquarters, anyhow?
Event Directors & Co-Founders
Janessa Philemon-Kerp, a lifelong vegetarian who grew up eating nutritional yeast and alfalfa sprouts, is the blogger behind Epicurious Vegan. In addition to planning Vida Vegan Con, she keeps busy outside her day job of restaurant management with reading, drinking champagne cocktails, adventuring, bike riding, taking photos, and trying to practice restraint in buying in international plane tickets. She loves kale and cookies equally. @janessapk
Michele Truty is the author of Vegtastic Voyage (and a bunch of stuff securely locked away on flash drives and not-so-securely stuffed into notebooks). She’s been vegan for about 7 years, after a long journey since her last hotdog at age 11. A Chicago native, Michele’s been moving around the country (New York, L. A., and now Portland) with her vegan pal Tom. When she’s not getting in trouble with companies for being too honest, she’s reading, editing, listening to records, or just trying to leave the world a little nicer than she found it. @vegtasticvoyage
Jess Sconé is a native New Yorker with a near forgotten accent, red roots and now ten years under her belt in the vegan wonderland of Portland, OR. Jess has been writing Get Sconed! about her everyday culinary adventures since 2005. She spends her free time talking to cats, longing for snowflakes, working on Vegan Iron Chef, playing speakeasy, reading horror fiction, and obsessively visiting farmers markets. Jess decided to stop eating animals when she was 10. @getsconed