HAPPY HAPPY VEGAN TEAM
FOUNDER & ALL-ROUNDER
Lisa Williams is a long-term vegan who thought there simply wasn’t enough straightforward information on the ‘net for those interested in living a plant-based life. That was back in 2014, and the seed for what has become happyhappyvegan.com was sown.
Here’s what she has to say about the site’s philosophy:
Our site is a handy online resource for anyone interested in the vegan lifestyle. We’re focused on giving readers actionable tips, guides and resources that will help them improve their wellbeing and make the world a better place to live for all of its inhabitants.
By creating content in a friendly, easy-to-understand style, we aim to provide prospective vegans with information that will help them transition to a plant-based diet in a safe and healthy way.
We’re also committed to existing vegans as well, providing them with helpful articles and recipes that will foster a community spirit and continued passion for the vegan lifestyle.
CO-FOUNDER & ALL-ROUNDER
David Bedford is a professional copywriter, editor, walker, and, of course, vegan.
Along with the brilliant Ms. Williams and the rest of the exceptional members of the HHV family, he has been integral to site’s success. When he’s not polishing prose, he’s pushing things forward from behind the scenes, ensuring the vegan message is available to the widest possible audience.
On the rare occasions when David isn’t immersed in code or copy, you’ll probably find him out walking along the River Lea, racking up the miles and taking in the greenery. He’s also an avid reader, cook, street food enthusiast, meditator, and music lover.
David lives just outside London with his partner, Jackie, and their ridiculously adorable rescue cat, Ziggy.
Cristina is a freelance writer, doggy daycare attendant, and vegan of nearly a decade. She earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature with a minor in gender studies from University of California, Irvine. As an undergrad, she served as president of the university’s animal rights club and conducted and presented research on the intersections of feminism and veganism.
Before pursuing writing in any professional capacity, she toured college campuses throughout the US to educate students about animal agriculture and veganism. Living on the road and spending time in over 20 different states taught her how to eat vegan pretty much anywhere, no matter how limited options may have seemed. Once she’d left her nomadic lifestyle behind, she spent two years writing and editing animal rights petitions before finally joining HappyHappyVegan’s team. She’s thrilled to share her knowledge and friendly approach to veganism with new and experienced vegans alike.
When she’s not writing or taking care of dogs, she enjoys reading everything from autobiographies to YA fantasy novels, tending to her houseplants, cooking, and drawing. She lives in Southern California with her boyfriend and their dog.
Phil Grossman is a writer based out of New York. A polyglot who speaks French, German, Spanish, and a little Norwegian, Phil strives to put his love for language to good use through traveling and writing in his second tongue: music. An experienced composer, Phil teaches and writes electronic music with a focus on balancing mathematical and theoretical structure with emotional immediacy. Phil has been interviewed on the TODAY Show and featured on CBS 2 News, Anderson Cooper 360, and in the Journal News for his work as an education activist. Passionate about many different societal and institutional issues, Phil has shifted his current focus towards veganism and environmentalism.
Phil started his vegan journey in 2017 after reading Be Here Now by Ram Dass. The book inspired him to reduce the violence in his eating by becoming a vegetarian. He continued his meat-free diet for eight months before reverting to eating omnivorously for a period of two months. However, during a trip to the grocery store to buy a chicken breast, he became disturbed seeing how the lobsters at the fish counter were packed into such a small enclosure with their claws tied up. The fact that all the innocent creatures he was looking at would soon be boiled alive was deeply saddening to him. Suddenly, the connection became clear: this was what chickens, cows, pigs, and other farm animals all endured on a daily basis. He lost his appetite for chicken and never looked back.
Just a few months later, Phil became vegan and has been following the plant-based lifestyle ever since. Phil is also a Buddhist and hopes to inspire others to become more compassionate, more aware of their impact on the world around them, and to find peace and happiness through loving kindness.
Emma is a blogger, life-coach and qualified PR professional and journalist, who also happens to be a passionate vegan, animal and nature lover. She lives in a small village in France with her husband, Christian, their daughter and their dog, Hatchi. You can find her most days walking in the countryside around the village, spending time in the garden, preparing delicious vegan meals, working on Barefoot Vegan and writing about veganism.
As a writer, Emma’s work has been featured in other popular well-being and spiritual websites such as Elephant Journal, IVORY magazine, The Hectic Vegan, VegWorld, One Bite Vegan, and she’s part of the Huffington Post’s team of regular bloggers. Her writing was included in the latest Tiny Buddha book 365 Love Challenges from Tiny Buddha, released in 2015 by HarperCollins. She also edited and compiled Even in My Dreams: A Collection of Vegan Poems, featuring contributions from vegan artists all over the world.
James Dixon is an active freelance health and fitness writer, fully qualified personal trainer and veggie athlete. He holds several black belts and is currently training in both strength/barbell athletics and kickboxing. He has had an interest in animal welfare all his life, having been raised vegetarian, and has trained numerous athletes on plant based diets to great effect in recent years. Writing on vegetarian and vegan lifestyles and training is a passion for him.
Aside from this, he is also an award-winning novelist and playwright, having been shortlisted for the 2018 Somerset Maugham Award by the Society of Authors for his debut novel, ‘The unrivalled transcendence of Willem J. Gyle’ (Thistle Publishing, 2017.) He most recently had his debut play performed at the Edinburgh Science Festival 2019. Entitled ‘It’s My Turn,’ it aimed to explain current and emerging scientific theories to children.
He lives, works and trains in Glasgow, Scotland.
Carly Keyes is writer and personal trainer who decided to go plant-based after a visit to the True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA. The change has completely revolutionized the way she feels, looks, thinks and behaves, making her a very vocal advocate of the vegan lifestyle.
She studied screenwriting at the University of Michigan and has written for the Michigan Daily, as well as numerous health and fitness columns both on and offline. She is also a passionate songwriter, crafting 4-minute audio-stories with a vocal style akin to the likes of Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant and Janis Joplin.
Carly lives in Bloomfield Hills, MI.