VegNews Staff

Here's your chance to meet the VegNews staff. Our team is passionate about veganism and works hard to deliver the very latest in all things veg. Count on us to dish a hot new restaurant, test a just-launched product, or report on a late-breaking story.

Colleen Holland

Publisher

Passionate about publishing and media, Colleen Holland is the co-founder of VegNews. Since its launch in 2000, she has grown the vegan lifestyle brand into an award-winning, international media company complete with a flagship magazine, digital properties, events, and global vacations. A graduate of UCLA and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Colleen is one of just six people worldwide to have been elected into both the Vegetarian Hall of Fame and the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. A 20-year ethical vegan, she is a die-hard foodie and yogi.

If you could eat just one veg meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? An oversized, steaming bowl of laksa soup, a Malaysian specialty with rice noodles, tofu, and vegetables in a fragrant coconut broth.

What veg dish would you cook to dazzle a veg-curious but still carnivorous friend? People love my Thai yellow curry with fresh vegetables, tofu, and cilantro.

 

Aurelia d'Andrea

Travel + Beauty Editor

Growing up without a television, Aurelia d'Andrea relied on library books and stacks of old National Geographic magazines for entertainment. The latter fueled her imagination and inspired an insatiable lust for travel. Since going vegan in 2000, she has eaten her way through India, Morocco, Israel, and dozens of other countries, relishing the food and the nonstop adventure. In 2010, she traded life in San Francisco for a Right Bank apartment in Paris, where she lives with her husband and their beloved mutt, Fanny.

If you could eat just one veg meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A crunchy corn tortilla topped with rice, beans, lettuce, fresh guacamole, and a heavy dose of homemade chipotle salsa.

What veg dish would you cook to dazzle a veg-curious but still carnivorous friend? A cool rice-noodle salad with lemongrass, mint, cucumber, grated carrot, slivers of onion, and fried tofu.

 

Anna Starostinetskaya

Editorial Assistant

Co-founding a travel media brand in 2009 to pursue a career in writing, Anna joined the VegNews team in 2015 eager to produce quality content in line with her passion for the vegan lifestyle. A graduate of UCSD, Anna is fascinated by food, travel, and world culture. She has lived in Ukraine, Los Angeles, Spain, Brooklyn, and San Francisco and loves to scout new vegan places everywhere she goes.

If you could eat just one veg meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Spring rolls stuffed with fresh vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, cilantro, and mint with a spicy peanut sauce.

What veg dish would you cook to dazzle a veg-curious but still carnivorous friend? Smoked carrot-wrapped tofu over a roasted garlic cauliflower purée.

 

Carol Treacy

Eastern Sales Manager

A 21-year vegetarian and 5-year vegan, Carol has a long history of working in print media and founded The Write Cause, a letter-writing service for animal and environmental rights. When she's not playing with her cats, Pierre and Rita, she's practicing Kundalini yoga and working on her 3rd novel, Mozart's Masterpiece.

If you could eat just one veg meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Steamed veggies covered in extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

What veg dish would you cook to dazzle a veg-curious but still carnivorous friend? The vegan creme brulée I got from the VegNews Recipe Club. It's absolutely amazing!

 
 

Ryan Ritchie

Senior Editor

Ryan decided to become a writer once he realized he was too short to be the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. Luckily, this decision has turned out well, as Ryan has written travel stories for the Los Angeles Times, music stories for LA Weekly, SF Weekly and OC Weekly, veganism for LA Weekly, and a slew of other stories he can't remember. More importantly, for the past five years he's competed in the Classic Tetris World Championship, making him one of the best players in the world. When he's not telling his cats to get off the kitchen counter, Ryan is working on an essay collection tentatively titled Am I Doing This Wrong?

If you could eat just one veg meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Fuji apples and peanut butter.

What veg dish would you cook to dazzle a veg-curious but still carnivorous friend? Nothing beats the Dazzling Caesar Salad at Cafe Gratitude.

 

Sutton Long

Art Director

Sutton has been VegNews' art director since 2006. Creating beautiful magazine pages with a great team is her dream job. In addition to doing what she loves, Sutton has also been honored to win numerous awards for her designs. When not collaborating on new layouts or hunting for the perfect font, Sutton loves taking urban hikes with her rescued hound dog, Chloe, and going to the movies. Her new favorite food is the almond butter, cocoa, and cherry smoothie she has for breakfast every day.

If you could eat just one veg meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Quinoa pasta with Field Roast Italian sausage cooked in a simple red sauce. It's the best comfort food!

What veg dish would you cook to dazzle a veg-curious but still carnivorous friend? Why cook when you can go out? We would get on a plane to LA and head to straight to Locali to eat vegan reubens as fast as they could make them.

 

Natalie Williams

Editorial Assistant

A San Diego native, Natalie is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont where she studied history and English. She also worked as the editor of her award-winning college newspaper and contributed to a weekly Vermont newspaper, which allowed her to do a variety of reporting. Natalie loves tennis, cats, photography, reading, and everything about being a vegan.

If you could eat just one veg meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A big Ethiopian plate of spicy chickpeas, collard greens, lentils, and salad on delicious injera bread.

What veg dish would you cook to dazzle a veg-curious but still carnivorous friend? Soy chorizo, onion, and potato tacos with plenty of guacamole, cilantro, and hot sauce on top.

 

Nick Holland

Chief Financial Officer

With a background working for Silicon Valley internet, media, and design companies, Nick's interest in animals, food sustainability, and health brought him to Fresh Healthy Media. A UC Berkeley graduate with an MBA from the University of San Diego, Nick has traveled around the world—including a two-year stint in Japan.

If you could eat just one veg meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? The baked falafel shawarma made deluxe from Herbivore Restaurant.

What veg dish would you cook to dazzle a veg-curious but still carnivorous friend? My baked tofu and raw kale salad has pleasantly surprised many of my non-veg friends and family.

 
 

Jennifer Chen

Food Editor

Jennifer's love for animals, food, and magazines makes her work at VegNews a perfect fit. A Los Angeles-based journalist, Jennifer's work has been published in Pacific Standard, BuzzFeed, Real Simple, O: The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and several other publications. In addition to journalism, Jennifer writes young adult novels and blogs regularly at jchenwriter.com. Currently, she serves on the artistic committee at The Blank Theater in Los Angeles.

If you could eat just one veg meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Gracias Madre's pumpkin cake with maple cream frosting and coconut ice cream.

What veg dish would you cook to dazzle a veg-curious but still carnivorous friend? A baked vegan brie puff pastry recipe from the Spork Foods sisters' non-dairy cooking class. I've made it for parties and people go crazy for it.

 

Veronica Houk

Editorial Assistant

Born and raised in New York, Veronica Houk is a rising senior at New York University Abu Dhabi. In addition to serving as an editorial assistant at several publications in Abu Dhabi, Veronica also leads a student interest group called Veggie Might to promote veganism and animal rights in the UAE. She loves reading, stand-up comedy, and baking. Although Veronica does not know what she wants to do after undergrad, she hopes to continue traveling and sampling vegan street food around the world.

If you could eat just one veg meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A chopped spinach salad with roasted vegetables and tahini-mustard vinaigrette, served with a side of quinoa and a green apple.

What veg dish would you cook to dazzle a veg-curious but still carnivorous friend? Sweet potato lentil veggie burger with avocado and homemade paprika fries.

 

Laurie Bradley

Western Sales Manager

Residing in the ultra-hip vegan capital of the US, Portland, OR, Laurie is a 20-year vegetarian and 10-year vegan. Before joining the VegNews team in 2005, Laurie was the Northwest Director of In Defense of Animals and a loan officer in the escrow industry. She considers VegNews a great way to softly educate the masses on a more gentle, healthy lifestyle. Laurie's passions include hiking with her dogs and traveling the globe trying every great (veggie) restaurant she stumbles upon.

If you could eat just one veg meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Tacos filled with rice, black beans, avocado, salsa, lettuce, and onions.

What veg dish would you cook to dazzle a veg-curious but still carnivorous friend? Tacos! I might also include tortilla chips, guacamole, and margeritas.

 

Lyndsay Orwig

Recipe Tester

During her time as VegNews Office Manager, Lyndsay recipe tested for several issues of the magazine, including the amazing Vegan Cheese Issue. In addition to testing for VN, she has been an exclusive recipe tester for Robin Robertson, and was one of the top testers for Isa Does It. When not in the kitchen, Lyndsay works as a billing specialist, and spends her down time with her partner, Jay, and cat, Noonie.

If you could eat just one veg meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A banh mi sandwich, filled with tofu, vegan mayo, cilantro, and veggies.

What veg dish would you cook to dazzle a veg-curious but still carnivorous friend? A Mexican-inspired casserole.

 

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