Artists and Musicians


Healing Arts Tent



Aysha Akhtar

Why Animal Protection is Good for Humans, Too

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a neurologist and public health specialist and is on a mission show that what’s good for animals is also good for humans. Exploring diverse topics including infectious disease epidemics and the health consequences of factory farming, Dr. Akhtar explains how many of our most urgent and pressing public health threats are connected with how animals are treated.
Dr. Akhtar is the author of the book, Animals and Public Health. Why Treating Animals Better is Critical to Human Welfare, which examines how the treatment of animals impacts human health. You can watch her TED talk, Do Animals Hold the Key to Your Health? where she discusses the connection between animal protection and human health.

Dr. Akhtar is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, is a medical officer for the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the Food and Drug Administration, and serves as Lieutenant Commander in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Dr. Akhtar has appeared in the television shows, 30 Days, produced by Morgan Spurlock, and in Nick News, on both occasions discussing animal experimentation. You can learn more at her website, www.ayshaakhtar.com.

She is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. You can read how animal protection benefits human health here.

Finally, since she works for the government, Dr. Akhtar must provide the obligatory disclaimer: The opinions expressed are solely those of Dr. Akhtar and do not represent the official position of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the U.S. government.

Jon Camp

The Humane League

Jon Camp is the National Grassroots Director for The Humane League. Prior to joining THL, Jon spent 11 years traveling throughout North America, leafleting college campuses for Vegan Outreach, reaching over a million individuals at over 500 colleges and universities. In 2014, Jon was recognized for his contribution to grassroots animal advocacy by being inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame.

Karen Ranzi

We all want our families to be super healthy, and Karen Ranzi has the recipe. She is a mother a two children raised vegan and raw vegan, award-winning author, internationally-renowned speaker, raw vegan lifestyle coach, certified raw food chef, speech and feeding therapist, and owner of SuperHealthyChildren.com and SuperHealthyRaw.com, her online 100 hour Raw Vegan Coaching Certification Course. Karen is author of The groundbreaking book, Creating Healthy Children: Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods, winner of the Bronze Medal “Living Now” Award in the category of Health and Nutrition from Independent Publishers. Karen travels throughout the United States and abroad delivering her and passion message about raising Healthy Families. She has presented for universities, schools, health Institutes, expose, associations, organizations and festivals. Karen is a popular featured speaker annually at the London VegFest and the Woodstock Fruit Festival, and speaks for events such as the vegan Festival of Adelaide, Australia, the Ministry of Education of Brunei, Bomeo and the Russian Association of raw food movement and Naturopathy south of Moscow. Karen was awarded the “Peer-to-Peer Award for Service to Children’s Health” and “Best of Raw Professional Simple Raw Food Chef with 5+ Years Experience” by the Raw Living Expo 2014. Karen also published her popular full color recipe book, Raw Vegan Recipe Fun for Families: 115 Easy Recipes and Health Tips for Energetic Living.

Karen is a writer for VegWorld Magazine, Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine, Eternity Watch Magazine, Fruit Powered Digest, and Healing Our World Magazine, and The Holistic Health Examiner.

In 1994, Karen was able to heal her three year old son from asthma, chronic ear infections and multiple allergies, and herself from digestive and skin problems through dietary and lifestyle changes. By means of her education, life-changing personal experiences, and sincere desire to share her message, Karen had been able to guide thousands toward developing excellent health through vegan living.

Colleen Orozco

Colleen Orozco started singing and performing at the age of 4. She has been the featured vocalist with groups playing styles from classical to rock to show tunes to jazz. In her words, “Music comes from the heart, where our most profound feelings live. Great songs are in every genre, but they all have deep emotion in common.” When she is not singing or cooking up a vegan storm, Colleen is an enthusiastic gardener and backyard birder.

Gary Loewenthal

Gary Loewenthal is founder of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, co-founder of Compassion for Animals, the author of several magazine articles on animal advocacy, and a long-time grassroots vegan activist. He’s been a professional performing and recording musician for over 40 years.

Alex Razze

Alex features an eclectic mix of classic rock and folk covers from the 60s, 70s, and occasionally a tune or two from this century. Since moving to southern Delaware in ’08, Alex has embraced the local music scene performing solo or collaborating with some of the area’s finest musicians at nightclubs, music venues, fundraisers, benefits and private events.

Check out Alex’s Heart of Gold (Tom Petty Cover) by Out On A Weeknight Performed Live @ Hope Is Best 2016 @ The Pond in Rehoboth Beach Delaware.

Kaleb Brown

Kaleb Brown is a reggae artist and popular acoustic performer from Ocean City, MD who has performed at venues along the East Coast in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and North Carolina. Look out for his upcoming album of originals, “The Rootz Movement” and check out as video here!


Check out more about Evangelina on her Facebook page or listen to her music on YouTube.

Free Spirited Foundation

Free Spirited Foundation’s mission is to make integrative healing accessible to ALL. The team takes yoga, meditation, reiki and inspirational talks and workshops to various locations in the Delaware beach area;  Answering the call of businesses, administrators, schools and more who’ve had the desire to host these offerings at their sites the Free Spirited aims to spread love to as many members of the community as they can, helping them to find their Free Spirited selves.

The Free Spirited team also works to connect various Mind-Body and integrative practitioners with opportunities to share their unique gifts and offerings.

Dimitra Yoga

Dimitra Kotanides is an E-RYT 500 certified yoga instructor who has been studying and teaching various styles of yoga since 2003. In 2009 she opened her own business Dimitra Yoga, and has since been teaching, laughing, encouraging, and inspiring her yoga students. Meditation, breath-work, therapeutic yoga techniques and empowering talks are some great aspects of her teachings. She’s at the moment working on her health coach certification, in between her travels and soulful teachings.

Tim Rennick

Hello – My name is Tim and I am excited to be a part of the Bad Hair Day team! During your massage session, I will focus on creating an experience that meets your pressure preferences and target areas through a combination of massage and stretching movements, designed to free you from the restrictions brought on by repetitive motion, injury and stress. Guided by an interest in yoga, meditation and science, my aim is to provide you with a holistic experience that will leave you feeling revitalized and refreshed.

Erin Shivone

Erin Shivone, owner of Just Be Holistic Wellness in Lewes, Delaware, began
her journey into massage and bodywork after experiencing first-hand how
beneficial it is to the body and soul. In 2008 she graduated from the Aloha
Institute of Massage and Healing Arts and promptly opened her first studio
in Kailua, Hawaii. Her teachers instilled in her the spirit of aloha—compassion,
peace, and love.

Yoga had always been a big part of Erin’s life. She trained and received her
RYT200 hours at the Aloha Kula. Before the course was over, she felt the need
to share this beautiful and ancient practice. She is trained in Vinyasa flow with a
heavy emphasis on Iyengar.

Erin became a certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition,
to assist her clients in seeing the larger picture and treating the body as a whole.
She began to notice that combining the elements of her training, her clients were
able to physically, emotionally, and mentally get more out of the sessions.
Erin’s mission with Just Be, is to offer a compassionate and supportive
environment, with a focus on using massage, yoga, meditation, essential oils
and health coaching, to help her clients not only heal, but find balance and
joy in their lives as well.

Erin lives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware with her husband and two boys. She
enjoys being in nature, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Charles Wolfe

Charles Wolfe is director of VegDover, a social and outreach organization promoting healthy, humane, and sustainable eating in Delaware’s capital region. A former meat-lover, Charles discovered the horrors of modern animal agriculture in 2013, and has been on a mission ever since. He leads healthy eating presentations, organizes Meatless Monday events, film screenings and more. Charles is a top-notch vegan home cook and lives in Dover with his wife Melissa, 2 rescue dogs and 1 rescue cat.