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Q&A with Vera Hampton
Meet Vera: Vera Hampton is a nutrition counselor and VegMichigan board member. Her interest in nutrition and passion for cooking started at a young age in her grandmother’s kitchen. Vegetarian since college and vegan for 12 years, Vera volunteers her time through VegMichigan teaching monthly cooking classes, tabling at various events and coordinating cooking demos for the organization’s annual VegFest. Vera lives in metro Detroit with her husband, Jeff Hampton, also a VegMichigan board member.
Q&A with Alexis Hinson
Meet Alexis: Alexis Hinson is a student at Michigan State University where she is majoring in psychology and double minoring in cognitive science, and environmental studies and sustainability. She is president of Protecting Animal Welfare, a student organization that educates the public about animal welfare issues, and welfare manager of the Student Organic Farm Pastured Pig Project, which brings gestating sows out of confinement to give birth on MSU’s Student Organic Farm. She also volunteers at Ingham County Animal Shelter and hopes to earn a master’s degree in animal behavior.
Q&A with Lauren Hansen
Meet Lauren: Mid-Michigan native Lauren Hansen is a freelance violinist and violist, dividing her time between active teaching and performing schedules. She is in her 14th season with the Lansing and Jackson symphony orchestras, and is a touring member of Lil’ Darlins Vaudeville. A veteran instructor, her teaching studio of 35 students is a staple of the Lansing-area music scene. Lauren holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan and donates her time in the field to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is a regular volunteer at SASHA Farm. She would like to thank her parents, Kay and Knud, for raising her and her sister, Erin, to be the animal lovers and supporters they are today.