This week’s show began with a cameo by Stewart Rose, Vice-President of Vegetarians of Washington, who told us about volunteering at the upcoming VegFest, to be held March 23 and 24 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. It looks like it will be another amazing VegFest year!
We next spoke with Lauren Glickman, Executive Director of the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project (FCSNP). She told us about FCSNP’s unique facility, their services and the important role that high volume/high quality spay/neuter services for cats plays in our community. Lauren has been working in the heart of animal welfare since 1998. She is currently the Executive Director of the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project in Lynnwood, WA. She is also the founder and principal consultant of FORAY Consulting & Associates which was founded to provide affordable services to those who work for our communities toughest and most worthy missions. Lauren completed a B.A. in geography from Clark University and then became a Peace Corps Volunteer spending two years working with farmers in rural Nicaragua. She then served as the Volunteer Program Manager at the Progressive Animal Welfare Society and moved on to work as a Project Manager for the Maria Norbury Fund for Animals. Lauren served on the board of directors for Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest and Crooked Trails. Lauren earned a masters degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from the Leadership Institute of Seattle with a focus on systems theory and organization development. She shares her home with her two cats, Moja and Little Sweet.
In the last half of the show, we talked with Ben Greene, local Seattle fitness trainer and co-author of The Vegan Athlete: Maximizing Your Health and Fitness While Maintaining a Compassionate Lifestyle.
Ben was born in Kingston, New York, and grew up with his parents, three older brothers and little sister. Being born with Cerebral Palsy (CP) made sports, and life, just difficult. Ben’s CP left him with a right leg that has a permanent limp and pain, but his family never let him quit or give up and neither has he. Health & fitness became his passion during high school. He started off lifting weights, but his level of fitness has since gone to another level. Since 2009 he has completed two Iron Distance Triathlons (140.6 miles), three Marathons, one Ultra marathon and numerous other endurance events. He moved to Seattle in May of 2011. He currently owns a personal training business called Greene Multisport. He is also in the process of opening a vegan friendly training studio in Capitol Hill. His ultimate goal is to inform people about veganism and its benefits. Ben has been vegan for 2.5 years, and says, “At this point I could never go back to a standard diet.”