Vegan Publishers was formed in 2013 with a mission to publish a range of books that promote social consciousness and awareness related to veganism. We are interested in publishing books for adults and children that focus on positive themes emphasizing justice and respect for all living beings. Vegan Publishers hopes to be at the forefront of the growing societal trend towards vegan living.

Meet Our Team

The co-founders of Vegan Publishers, Christen and Casey, along with the rest of the team are passionate about spreading positive messages about veganism and promoting compassionate and healthy living.

Vegans themselves, the Vegan Publishers team members aim to inspire others to learn more about veganism and to join the vegan movement. Thank you for being here!

Christen Mailler

Co-Founder
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Christen is an artist with a BFA from the Tufts School of The Museum of Fine Arts. Having run after-school programs in the Boston area for many years, she has developed a keen interest and ability to connect with children and help them realize their artistic potential. Her passion for the arts and working with children led her to found the non-profit organization Boston Arts After School, that provides art materials, project ideas, donors and volunteers to programs in need.

Casey Taft

Co-Founder
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In addition to his work managing Vegan Publishers, Casey is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of trauma and the family, winning prestigious awards for his work from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and scientific reports, and has consulted with the United Nations on preventing violence and abuse globally. He sees the prevention of violence towards animals as a natural extension of this work.

Christopher-Sebastian McJetters

Staff Writer

Longtime vegan and social justice advocate Christopher-Sebastian McJetters lives in New York City with his rescue dog Orion. A copyeditor by profession, Sebastian is currently a staff writer at Vegan Publishers. In his spare time, he organizes events and discussions relative to exploring the intersectionality of veganism and other movements for social justice including women, the LGBT community, and people of color. He also bakes vegan cookies that are guaranteed to end wars, lower taxes, save marriages, and raise consciousness.

Saryta Rodriguez

Staff Writer

Saryta is an editor, social justice advocate, and author of the book Until Every Animal is Free. After working at both David Black Literary Agency and Penguin Group, Saryta headed west and founded her own editing and consulting firm, Brave New Publishing. She enjoys hiking, good music, warm weather, and performing musicals in the shower.

Jordan Collins

Staff Writer

Jordan is an animal welfarist turned animal rights activist and she credits volunteering at a vegan animal sanctuary with that shift. An editor with a Master’s in Creative Writing, she and her vegan husband and dog recently moved from the US to the UK and they’re enjoying exploring England (and beyond!).

Christina E. Lee

Legal Consultant/Staff Writer

Christina believes it is her mission to be an advocate for the voiceless. She holds a Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California San Diego. After law school, Christina worked in several human rights positions with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and Nicosia, Cyprus. As a Legal Advisor and Policy Analyst, she helped governments to be in compliance with international law and protected refugees and asylum-seekers from unlawful return. Christina now focuses on animal rights and the law, emphasizing the need to change the status of animals from property to personhood or sentient being status. She actively works as a Consultant and Fellow for several animal rights organizations, and aspires to write novels that bring about compassion and revolutionary change.

Lorelei Plotczyk

Media Director

Lorelei, a freelance content producer, is a Massachusetts native who has lived in Southern California for over a decade. She holds a BA in Media Studies from Emerson College and an MBA in Environmental Management. She has toured the US and UK in the band Film School, was named one of San Diego’s top bassists by NBC, and has worked as a TV segment producer for network programming. A committed vegan, she and her beer-brewing vegan foodie scientist boyfriend have a rescue Great Dane named Spock and a 6-pound cat named Higgins.

Jonathan Byrd

Digital Media Coordinator

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and has spent his entire career working in the publishing industry. He became a vegetarian in 2004 and a vegan in 2009. Most of the time he can be found cooking vegan meals for his family, reading books, playing guitar, or working on a new project. He currently lives in Hagerstown, MD with his wife and son.

Breanna Locke

Project Editor

Breanna is enthusiastic about combining her passion for veganism with her passion for books. An Emerson College graduate, she holds a BA in Writing, Literature and Publishing with a minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She’s currently an Assistant Editor at an independent publishing house in Boulder, Colorado and can be found enjoying the mountains with her three-legged puppy.

Nicole Dethmers

Editorial Consultant

Nicole Dethmers is a writer and editor specializing in literature for children and young adults. She holds a BA in English and an MFA in Children’s Literature. She lives in Michigan with her husband and three cats.

Catherine Gray

Editorial Consultant

Catherine is a lawyer and writer. She has been vegan since 1995 when she and her husband decided that the best way of doing no harm (to others, the environment and themselves) was to go vegan.

Kara Schunk

Artistic Coordinator

Kara earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Sacramento State and her Master’s degree in US literature from the University of Edinburgh. Kara began showing her work in 2009 and has been featured at various venues in the Sacramento region. As an artist, Kara’s goal is to disseminate positive messages, represent important causes, explore new perspectives and generate social sympathy. Her art depicts her love of animals, nature, dreams, places and stories. Kara is also mother of three beautiful cats and an actress.

Pema Rinzin

Global Outreach Coordinator

Pema is a dedicated Civil Servant working under the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Pema has recently entered the world of Veganism not only because he’s a Buddhist, but because he loves living creatures. Pema wishes to help encourage the people of Asia to choose Veganism in their lives.

Magnolia Martínez-Peña

Blog Coordinator

A learning-addict, Magnolia has studied many things (anthropology, psychology, human rights, family therapy, human ecology, and environmental sciences), though her most important lessons have always come from her dog Rita, her family, and all of the creatures who visit her backyard. Magnolia was born in Colombia and lived in Mexico prior to settling in her current home in Texas.

Patti Nyman

Blog Coordinator

Patti holds a Master’s degree in Social and Political Thought from York University, Toronto, and has taught undergraduate courses in the social sciences. She is the Canadian Coordinator for Animal Place’s Food for Thought campaign – where she works with humane societies, SPCAs and rescue groups to take animals off the plate at events. Patti also works with Animal Place on social media and educational materials, and in her spare time, acts as personal assistant to two rescued cats and a rabbit.

Shelby Price

Design Coordinator

Shelby is a freelance graphic designer from Florida. Working with activist groups from around the country, she helps with designing logos and campaigns to inform others about animal rights and veganism. Driven to educate, she takes every opportunity to enlighten others on factory farming cruelty, animal exploitation for the purpose of entertainment and animals used for laboratory experimentation. A true animal lover, she spends time volunteering at Kindred Spirits Sanctuary and fighting for animal rights. She has forged a career in fashion, while working towards her ultimate goal of opening a farm sanctuary.

Kayleigh Castle

Design Coordinator

Currently an Illustration student at Ringling College of Art & Design, Kayleigh will be graduating in 2017 with a BFA in Illustration. Kayleigh’s thesis mission is to create her first children’s book ready for publishing: a story highlighting cute animals on a Vegan adventure. As a Florida Native with a passion for preserving the ecological balance of the world, Kayleigh has been a vegan herself for over ten years and a lifestyle promoter to all who will hear!

Allison Oliver

Creative Awareness Coordinator

Allison earned her Bachelors degree in Visual Arts from SUNY New Paltz in upstate NY and then worked in the Graphic Design, Pre-Press Production and Advertising industries for the next 10 years in Atlanta and Boston. Eventually her love for animals took her career in a completely different direction to dog care and led her back to her hometown. She then became Vegan and uses her cleverness, creative computer skills, and never-ending love for animals to spread Vegan awareness via social media.

Gabrielle Burns

Social Media Coordinator

Gabby is a new passionate vegan from Melbourne, Australia. She is currently working on a degree in nursing at Australian Catholic University. Caring for others is her passion and that is what led her to veganism.

Brandi Grosso

Social Media Coordinator

Brandi is a Public Library Director with an Master’s Degree in Library Science. She recognizes the value of working in a community hub where everyone has free access to print and online publications, educational programming, and meet-up spaces. For stress-relief, she likes to spend time in her kitchen baking. Knowing that food and conversation are a perfect combination, she shares her homemade vegan treats while taking the opportunity to engage others in the topics of animal ethics and vegan cooking. Brandi is a newly-learning, yet determined, vegan who tries to raise awareness and also raise two independent-thinking daughters, two adorable rescued kitties, and two chubby gerbils.

Sara Rauma

Social Media Coordinator

Sara is a hobby writer who loves reading, music, movies, art, and vegan cooking and lives in Sweden with her two sons. She is an assistant nurse trained in emergency care and has also studied psychology, Swedish, English, communication, and history of literature, among other subjects. She is an active voice for our fellow sentient beings.

Cheri Smith

Social Media Coordinator

Cheri earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology at San Jose State University and hopefully will be starting her Masters in Social Work soon. She’s a relatively new vegan, but that doesn’t lessen her passion and love for non-human animals. She aspires to travel the world eating all the best vegan food along the way.

Lori Starling

Outreach Coordinator

Lori holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, as well as other associate degrees in Business Administration, Science, and Computer Information Systems. She is a mother and wife, who has become a professional multi-tasker. She writes for various online publications, as well as manages the blog for Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary. She writes daily at The Elephant Mum, (www.elephantmum.com), where she writes about living local and compassionate living for people, animals, and the planet. When she isn’t writing, she can be found outside with her toddler, hiking with the family dogs by her side and her toddler on her back, out in the garden, and then cuddling with King Louie, the family cat, while she crochets.