Maggie Ortlieb



Maggie's interests run the gamut from advocating for human and animal rights to traveling to hiking to reading to partaking in any new experience she can find (Hip-hop, anyone? Improv?). Maggie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Michigan State University. Go green!

Based in Los Angeles, CA


Tammie Ortlieb



Tammie maintains a personal blog and YouTube channel. Her writing has been featured in VegNews, VegFamily, WOW! Women on Writing, and various other non-veg sources. She is author of Outside the Lines: Essays on Poverty, Possibilities, and the Power of Love as well as Freeing My Inner Blonde. Writer, mother of four, and former professor, she confesses she really just wants to make people smile, look at pretty things, and read until her brain explodes.

Based in Los Angeles, CA


Anja Grommons


Site Manager, VegOut Kalamazoo

Anja is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Masters Degree from Western Michigan University. Growing up in her parents' restaurant in Northern Michigan instilled in her a lifelong passion for nutrition and cooking. Anja has completed the T. Colin Campbell Plant-Based Nutrition certification and keeps a personal blog at full of plant-based recipes and nutrition information.

Based in Kalamazoo, MI


sara souders

Staff Writer, VegOut Kalamazoo


Born and raised in West Michigan, Sara has been a vegetarian for the last seven years (plant based for the most recent two).

When she’s not corralling her infant daughter and infant-at-heart beagle, she enjoys traveling, writing, and eating all the vegan food. Sara is an art school graduate with a BFA in Fashion.

Based in Grand Rapids, MI


Hannah tizedes


Social Media Coordinator, VegOut City Box & Contributing Writer, VegOut Kalamazoo

Hannah is a twenty-something creative soul and Michigan State University alumna. You can find her advocating for animals and the environment, road tripping to find the best vegan foods, creating something at her easel or hiking around the world. She believes all good things are created through human connection and wholeheartedness.

Based in Detroit, MI


Jess fales


Photographer, VegOut Kalamazoo

Jess is a life-long Kalamazoolander, and is frequently spotted at the local coffee shops and bookstores. She is currently a student at Western Michigan University, where she studies English literature, world literature, and creative writing. As a freelance photographer and owner of Epic Fales Photography, she focuses on capturing the beautiful things in life—everything from obscure trash to mountain weddings. Jess mostly enjoys wandering around Kalamazoo and northern Michigan, and she’s always looking forward to new adventures, and wherever they might take her.

Based in Kalamazoo, MI


annabel st louis

Site Manager, VegOut Indianapolis

Annabel is a quality engineer by day and a big time health nut by night. She is a recent vegan of five months and was moved to make the change in order to follow a more sustainable and ethical practice. She's excited to share the rewards and flexibility of a vegan lifestyle.

Based in Indianapolis, IN


Joel alatorre


Photographer and Graphic Designer, VegOut Los Angeles

Based in Los Angeles, CA


erin la ninfa

Staff Writer, VegOut Los Angeles


Erin lives and eats pizza in Oakland, and has been at least vegetarian since the ripe age of four. She’s a proud entrepreneur and #girlboss, and loves talking small business and big ideas over coffee. Erin is a bourbon-lovin,’ red lipstick queen, and will be happy to learn any language you throw her way.

Based in Oakland, CA


John ortlieb

Photographer, VegOut Los Angeles


John went vegan nine years ago on a bet from his mom and found his migraines disappeared as did a little extra weight. When he’s not at work you can find him in the kitchen whipping up original-recipe plant-based desserts. Chocolate Crème Pies, anyone?

Based in Los Angeles, CA


Symphony barnes


Staff Writer, VegOut Los Angeles

Symphony is a Southern California native, who is passionate about health and wellness, and who enjoys writing, living in California, and sharing a vegan lifestyle. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 2017, and is excited to be contributing to VegOut Los Angeles.

Based in Los Angeles, CA


Jamie Chen


Staff Writer, VegOut Los Angeles

Born and raised in the suburbs of LA, Jamie has always been passionate about environmental sustainability, animal welfare, and health. She now attends Wellesley College in Massachusetts and is planning to major in Environmental Studies; she’s still definitely getting used to the cold winters! During her free time, she loves to try new vegan recipes and restaurants... and the occasional scoop of vegan ice cream!