Christen Mailler

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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

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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.

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.

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, (, 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.

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.

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.

Valerie McGowan

Social Media Coordinator

Valerie McGowan is a Black female Christian vegan who writes at her blog of the same name. She is a Social Media Community Manager and co-creator of Woke Parents, a Facebook group committed to exposing children (especially those of color) to accurate facts of world history and current events. Favorite pastimes include reading everything, facilitating a social justice book club, and veganizing the soul food dishes she grew up on. She and her husband Marc are homeschooling parents who live with their son Julian, Farley the cat, and mischievous bunny, Chocolate Chip Brownie (Brownie for short) surrounded by the ancient redwoods of Northern California.