Who We Are

The Columbus Veg Community (CVC) Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that strives to make veganism fun, friendly and acessible. Our mission is to benefit animals, the environment, and human health by engaging in grassroots efforts to share the benefits of plant-based lifestyles with the community through the means of a transitional approach, inclusive messaging, and effective altruism.

The Committee

Kaylyn -- Founder & Executive Director

Kaylyn is a long time animal lover and animal protection activist. At 16 years old she hosted her first veg event with a community potluck at her local community center. Over a decade later, she is over the moon about helping coordinate community events with the Columbus Veg Community. Kaylyn has three years of experience coordinating plant-based events in Columbus, and over a decade of leadership experience in social justice organizations. In her free time, Kaylyn loves to hug cows at Sunrise Sanctuary and watch adorable pig videos on YouTube.

Check out Kaylyn's My Vegan Journey YouTube feature here!

Evan -- Education Director

Evan is a graduate student in the philosophy department at Ohio State University writing a dissertation about the history of philosophical thought about the minds of animals. Evan went vegan in 2014 after reading Peter Singer’s “Animal Liberation” and is well read in animal ethics and food ethics. Evan is interested in using philosophy to enrich lives and to encourage critical reflection on the status of animals in society. In his free time, Evan enjoys following politics and playing his banjo for his 5 cats.

Check out Evan's My Vegan Journey YouTube feature here!

Jayma -- Special Events Coordinator

Jayma is a straight shooting activist who will always tell it like it is in an endearing, humor-filled way. Jayma’s natural approach to activism involves a delightful twist of frankness, humor, intelligence and energy and we adore her for it! Jayma is a pro at providing vegan education at outreach events and can easily navigate resources to help veg-curious folks find the information that they are most interested in, and will benefit from the most. If you come to an event where Jayma is, you can be sure you’ll quickly feel at ease because Jayma will spot you and strike up a conversation in which you’ll feel comfortable, entertained and at home. In addition to bringing humor to events and making sure people are at ease, Jayma  also plays an essential role working behind the scenes to ensure that events run smoothly. Some of our favorite Jayma moments include Jayma fanning an overheating Santa and ensuring another activist didn’t fall while carefully balancing on a chair to get the perfect vegan food photo! While photos of Jayma herself are rarities, you can always find her at events taking care of small details and jumping into action before attendees even realize there could have been a major hiccup! Be sure to keep an eye out for Jayma at local vegan events- you’ll easily spot her doing what she does best: making people feel comfortable and engaged with her natural charm, frankness, intelligence and good humor. We are so lucky to have Jayma on the team as the Special Events Coordinator!

Anna -- Business Liaison Intern

Anna became vegan at 16 years old after a friend made her aware of the vegan movement. An animal lover since birth, she began experimenting with vegetarian and dairy-free diets beginning in elementary school. Although her vegan journey began for ethical reasons, she has become an advocate for the environmental and health benefits of veganism as well. As a vegan and a minimalist, she firmly believes people have the responsibility to become educated, conscious consumers so that they can vote with their dollars. She is the owner of Mana Ice Cream Co., a whole food/plant-based ice cream company that produces healthier ice cream. When she’s not working on her business or volunteering with the CVC, she enjoys watching documentaries, reading, and spending time with her two cats.

Check out Mana Ice Cream Co here!

Krithika-- Health & Nutrition Intern

Krithika has been a lifelong animal and nature lover. She became interested in veganism after learning about the disastrous environmental impacts of the meat industry. She is currently an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University studying Environmental Public Health and Spanish. In her free time, she likes to watch Netflix and try new vegan restaurants in Columbus.

Thank you Alma Images for this photo!

Madeline-- Nonprofit Management Intern

Madeline is a recent OSU graduate who has always loved animals. Raised in a big Italian family, she identified with St. Francis of Assisi and dreamed of a career path that would help animals in some fashion. She became vegetarian around the age of 13 for health and ethical reasons, and officially adopted the vegan lifestyle 5 years ago on New Year’s Day. She strives to use her degree in communications to promote veganism and make healthy eating accessible to all. In her free time, Madeline enjoys running, practicing yoga, cooking vegan foods, and spending time with her cat, “Grandpa.”

Thank you Alma Images for this photo!

Raven -- Health Coach

Raven become vegetarian at age 12 years old. Then at the age of 29, she became vegan. Before becoming a dental hygienist, she worked as a vet tech on factory farms and in medical research. She was able to get the insider scoop on what really happens behind the scenes on farms and within the research field. Needless to say this led her to switch from vegetarianism to veganism. This switch allowed her to avoid contributing to unnecessary suffering of the animals. Raven has competed in martial arts for over a decade and still trains on a weekly basis. She is confident that her vegan diet has greatly contributed to her success as an athlete. Through discipline and kindness, she uses her experience to help others make health changes. Raven has been working with the Columbus Veg Community for almost a year as a health coach. Working one-on-one with others allows her to provide realistic health advice specific to the person she is working with. It is Raven's passion to help others find peace by living a peaceful lifestyle and learning how to love yourself and the others around you. In her free time you can find her mentoring people, helping her husband with his sculpture business, training-working out, and hanging out with her 16 year old cat named Biggie! 

Check out Raven's My Vegan Journey YouTube feature here!

Special thanks to Alma Images for this photo!

Dustin "DJ" -- Health Coach

DJ became vegetarian in 2013 and became vegan and 2015. He is a lifelong athlete who has competed in baseball, football, rugby,wrestling, MMA, boxing, and jiu-jitsu. Since his switch to veganism, he has noticed his body fat has greatly decreased and his performance has become better than ever. At age 37 he is still playing rugby and training MMA weekly. These sports are known to be taxing on the body and he finds that he is recovering better than when he was in his twenties. He has discovered the power of eating a clean whole foods plant-based diet and how it has made him faster, stronger, and more efficient than he's ever been. DJ has been working with the Columbus veg Community as a health coach for almost a year and enjoys giving people recommendations on how to change the cycle of unhealthy habits. He's a sculptor who owns his own business entitled Sculptdecor, where he makes projects including but not limited to, animatronics for haunted houses to ice or wood carvings. In his free time you can find him walking his cat on a leash, brewing up new art projects, working out/training, and mentoring people into a healthier lifestyle. 

Special thanks to Alma Images for this photo!

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