Solutionary Events team members are an extraordinary group of individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, & skills.
Larry is a certified mediator and a consultant, with a doctorate in Educational Leadership (and several other degrees) from UCF. He is the co-founder of Vegetarians of Central Florida. He has been vegan for 38 years and active in animal rights causes for 27 years. His favorite thing has been organizing VegCF's vegan festivals, Central Florida Veg Fest and Central Florida Earth Day since 2005. He likes to do mud runs and triathlons, go to concerts, play trivia, and travel for vegan food. He is a longtime resident of Orlando, where he lives with his cats.
Dale and Thomas are residents of Myakka City, FL, where they care for a variety of rescued animals, including dogs, cats, birds, sugar gliders, tortoises, and turtles. Dale has a Master of Arts degree in special education and worked as a special ed teacher until she retired after having children. She then started up her own animal education programs, teaching children the importance of having respect for animals. Thomas worked as a lieutenant for the NYPD for over 20 years before retiring. He now spends his time volunteering for Solutionary Events and working for Tree-Umph Adventure Course, where he teaches guests about climbing strength (through being plant powered, of course).
Dale & Thomas Bardroff
Trevor is a dedicated member of the Solutionary Species movement. Trevor has been on the Board of Directors of Florida Voices for Animals, one of the leading animal rights organizations of Florida, since 1991. Trevor is always the first to arrive and last to leave at every event. He also runs the Solutionary Events' meetup group and our team considers him one of the most kind and genuine people you will ever meet. Trevor also plays a huge role in coordinating Florida Voices for Animals' annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest, one of the biggest and best veg fests in the state!
VeganEvan is a passionate and talented young animal advocate committed to creating a healthy, compassionate, and regenerative world through his amazing work as Co-President of Animal Hero Kids, Spokesperson for Solutionary Species, as well as through his own personal ideas and strategies for animal activism. At only 8 years old, Evan has spoken in front of large audiences at several major events throughout Florida, including Central Florida Earth Day, Central Florida Veg Fest, Tampa Bay Veg Fest, Sarasota Veg Fest, and Gainesville VegFest. He has been awarded the Russell Simmons Creative Animal Hero Kids Award, and in 2016, he earned PETA’s Cutest Vegan Kid award.
At 5 years old, Jenna made the connection between the meat put on her plate and her best friend, a pot-bellied pig named Arnie. Being vegetarian since then, Jenna has always been motivated by the reward of making the world a more compassionate place. At 14 years old, Jenna initiated her first animal education program at a unique sanctuary, the same year she began college and adopted a vegan lifestyle. She has a B.S. degree in Integrative Biology, a Master of Arts degree in Humane Education, and has spent over 11 years researching the solutions to and consequences of problematic cultural eating behaviors. Jenna is a full-time volunteer event coordinator for Solutionary Events and is also the executive director of Vegetarians of Central Florida.
Advisory Board Member, Humane Educator, Event Coordinator
Kristen is a local artist and raw food chef. She developed a love for creating in elementary school and followed that passion through college- receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a concentration in sculpture, in 2008. Kristen now focuses on visual arts in the 2-D form; she combines her love for animals and art by producing drawings and painting of wildlife and domestic animals. Kristen adopting a vegetarian diet in 2001, transitioned to a vegan lifestyle in 2006, and joined the raw food movement in 2010. She loves sharing her compassionate message with others through her art, raw food demonstrations, and volunteering with animal rights groups. You can find her art on Instagram and Facebook at sketchbookbykristen.com
Advisory Board Member, Artist,
Advisory Board Member,
Kevin is a master automotive collision repair technician and uses critical thinking skills each and every day to solve problems. He is a perfect example of how anyone can be a solutionary, regardless of their experiences, career orientation, etc. All his life, Kevin has enjoyed spending time in nature and has developed a responsibility to speak out for environmental protection. Kevin has become one of Solutionary Events' lead event coordinators and often fulfills the role of event announcer and emcee. Kevin had no prior public speaking experience prior to signing up to volunteer with Solutionary Events. He is an extraordinary individual with a strong, compassionate heart for people, animals, and the environment. In his free time, Kevin enjoys camping and rock climbing with his partner, Jenna.
Bio Coming Soon
Karen James has a background in sales and recruiting. For many years, she worked on recruiting doctors, before starting her own business as a healing arts professional, with a focus on reflexology, reiki, and mediumship. Karen has been vegetarian for over 26 years, vegan for over 14 years, and an animal activist for 8 years. She worked for Vegan Outreach for 4 and 1/2 years, and became one of the top leafleters in the USA! She worked with Hampton Creek for a year, where she became their top sales person, country wide, within 2 months. Karen founded a vegan group in Connecticut, dedicated to raising awareness about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Her and her husband, Adrian managed movie screenings, free vegan food samples, leafleting, protests, fun stuff...anything to help the animals! Karen also designed a line of Vegan T-Shirts, Kare-N-Wear! Karen's expert knowledge and experience is incredibly valuable to Solutionary Events' mission.
Food Sampling Director, Donations Coordinator
Straight from the mountains of North Carolina, the now Tampa based acoustic folk/indie duo, The Fickle Souls are sure to bring a foot stomping good time. The duo consist of husband and wife, Cal (Vocals, Guitar, and "The Suitcase Drum") and Hannah Olivier (Vocals, Ukulele, Harmonium, and Percussion).
The Fickle Souls have collectively shared the stage, and studio with the likes of; Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Tommy Tutone, Greg Hawks (The Cars), Rehab, Steel Pulse, Keller Williams, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), along with many more.
Hannah & Cal Olivier
Music & Entertainment
Advisory Board Member,
Event Coordinator, Certified Vegan Health Coach
Naomi Green is a certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator and holder of the eCornell T. Colin Campbell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate who specializes in helping people go vegan and take back their health (or just add more veggies to their diet!) She has been coaching private clients and running both a paid and a free online Facebook support group for those going vegan and presenting cooking workshops, cooking parties and corporate wellness program events around the Tampa Bay Area since recovering from breast cancer treatment in 2014 and she credits both yoga and going vegan with her health, healing and happiness.
Naomi has been working with Solutionary Events to help organize and take part in various Vegan festivals in the Central and South West Florida area to spread the benefits of veganism for the animals, for the planet and for our health. She has appeared in the food demo tent teaching how to roll vegan sushi and the speaker tent talking about surviving breast cancer and taking back her life through a whole food vegan diet. Naomi has also brought yoga to these events by organizing the yoga zones at each event to represent different local area yoga studios through free classes to draw yoga lovers and expand the interests of each event as well as to showcase local yoga studios.
Advisory Board Member,
Creative Idea Producer
Bio Coming soon!
Royce Ashcroft and Imari Spigner are an active vegan couple located in Florida. Royce has been vegan since January 2016, and Imari has been vegan since April 2017. The couple met each other at an open mic show that Royce was the host of in April 2017 and it has been love ever since. The original purpose for Mr. Ashcroft to transition to a vegan lifestyle was to purify and decalcify his pineal gland for spiritual clarity and easier access to lucid dreaming and astral projection. As he continued along his journey, he learned about all the amazing health benefits, environmental benefits, animal slaughter houses, and all the tasty foods that being vegan has to offer. He shared this with his new girlfriend and she transitioned and has no plans on ever going back.
Together they have started Noor XVII, which is a VEGAN modeling & talent network. Noor XVII hosts a wide range of events such as social mixers, fashion shows, public speaking workshops, and the list goes on and on.
Royce Ashcroft & Imari Spigner
Los Angeles producer John Corry has created and supervised numerous television series, TV specials and feature films. His producing credits on diet and disease include Forks Over Knives, The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue and PlantPure Nation. John recently returned to his hometown of St. Petersburg Florida to create the dynamic five-hour plant-based seminar presentation PlantPure Health and Weight Loss. It’s part of a doctor’s RX program for patients in need. He’s producing the upcoming sequel to PlantPure Nation titled: Healing America. John also created the FOX kid’s animal series Safari Tracks (52 episodes) and he’s produced several celebrity hosted corporate fund-raising videos for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
St. Petersburg Speaker Coordinator
Carrie & Tim Burns
St. Petersburg Event Coordinators
Carrie and Tim are the founders of EcoJoia and NorthShore Printing.
Their mission at EcoJoia is to support the merchandise needs of environmental and humanitarian non-profit organizations, with the goal of increasing their fund raising capabilities and simultaneously spreading cause awareness. They also believe in selling products made from environmentally conscious materials such as certified organic cotton and earth-friendly dyes and screen printing, wherever possible. Their shirts, buttons and bracelets are made by hand.
EcoJoia acts as a partner with specific organizations and provides a web-based store of merchandise marketed for that organization’s needs and causes, which interfaces directly with the organization’s website. They then sell the products and donate a high percentage of the sell price directly back to the partnering organization. To contact Carrie and Tim about a partnership,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Jina Foltz &
Dr. Anthony Wasem
Sarasota Event Coordinators
Dr. Anthony is a native of Sandusky, Ohio. All throughout his life, Dr. Anthony has been an athlete. Starting from a young age, he played baseball, football, basketball, golf, and lacrosse. So, he knows what it is like to be in pain and not functioning like he was supposed to, through countless injuries! After experiencing an injury at 15 and seeking chiropractic help, Dr. Anthony pursued a career of drug-free, optimal health and healing. While in school, he worked towards obtaining several certifications, in order to serve his community the best he could. He is now the co-owner of Revitalize Chiropractic and is a part of the Sarasota Veg Fest planning committee!
Dr. Jina is a native of Miami, Florida. She has been eating plant based since 2010. Growing up as a dancer and performer, for Dr. Jina, having a healthy and active lifestyle came naturally. Ever since she can remember she had a passion for children and wanted to pursue the health field with a focus on kids. She is a part of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). With this additional training she is able to understand more of the specific needs of this population to better serve the pediatric community. Dr. Jina has also obtained the Webster certification to better meet the needs of pregnant mothers, which allows their bodies to not only have less pain during and after the pregnancy, but have shorter natural labor times. She is excited to be a part of the community!
Interested in being a part of this amazing team?