Peace Advocacy Network (PAN) promotes a peaceful existence through veganism, social justice, and respect for the Earth’s inhabitants and resources. PAN, founded in 2010, is a grassroots group that strives for the absence of violence in the lives of people and animals by eliminating oppression and inequity.
Meet our team
Board of Directors
Dara is an Adjunct Professor of Animal Law and works for a non-profit CLE organization. She is the author of Muzzling A Movement: The Effects of Anti-Terrorism Law, Money, and Politics on Animal Activism, Catching Falling Cradles: A Gentle Approach to Classic Rhymes,Twinsight: A Guide to Raising Emotionally Healthy Twins, and Gag Reflections: Conquering a Fear of Vomit Through Exposure Therapy. She has been a vegan and animal activist since she met Leila Vaughan in 2004. More information about Dara can be found at her website DaraLovitz.com.
Carmella GiardinaSocial Media Manager
Meredith has been vegan since 2006 and became involved in the PAN Vegan Pledge when living in Northern VA. She continued volunteering with PAN when she moved to Philly in 2014 and joined the board in 2018. Meredith works in Human Resources at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Carmella Lanni-Giardina is co-owner of V Marks the Shop, Philadelphia’s first all-vegan convenience store. A former food blogger turned digital analyst from the Bronx, NY, Carmella has shifted her career path into growing veganism as a connector across various social constructs. She organizes events, such as Philly Vegan Pop Flea, as a means to show the contributions of vegan & veg-friendly businesses, non-profits and individuals to the local economy. while growing community in all-inclusive spaces. Carmella now resides in Philly with her partner (in life & business), Carlo Giardina in a home run by 3 wacky cats named Connie, Mozzie & Millie. She still likes posting food photos on Instagram once in a while.
Lou has been a financial planner for 20 years, using a methodology called Values-Based Financial Planning. As a vegan for more than 7 years, it became clear that there’s a strong connection between our use of money & time, and our expressed values. He and his daughter are the founders of MindBodyMoney. The main idea behind the system is to connect deeply held values to daily actions in order for people to have the impact they want in their world.
Christopher-Sebastian divides his time between London, England, and New York City. A copyeditor by profession, Sebastian is a staff writer at Vegan Publishers, and part-time lecturer on speciesism at Columbia University. He is also an offsite volunteer coordinator for VINE Sanctuary and senior editor for VINE Sanctuary Press. He sits on the advisory board for Black Vegans Rock. Plus, he provides part-time writing and research support for A Well-Fed World. His work focus on examining the complex relationships between animal violence, anti-black racism, queer liberation and classism. He explains why veganism is a useful tool for deconstructing multiple systemic oppressions.
Elaine joined the board in 2015. She’s been vegan for over five years and participated in the Phoenixville Pledge. Before that she was vegetarian for a very long time and has been volunteering with PAN since 2010. Elaine has two degrees, one in fashion and one in graphic design. She is currently a graphic designer. She enjoys crafts and is big on recycling
Richard Rogers is a whole-food plant-based/vegan enthusiast who combines the lifestyle with running, meditation, and yoga for the betterment and daily well-being. Richard is the reviving director of Philadelphia VegFest and creator/owner of the newly developed Ambler Vegan Company, a high-raw vegan restaurant in Ambler, PA. He shares awareness and practice of the whole-food, plant-based/vegan lifestyle through healthful & purposeful living, writing, presentation, and interaction with others in the vegan and whole-food plant-based community. He looks forward to enriching and promoting healthy lifestyle practices through food and info provided by Ambler Vegan Company and its sister 501c3 organization, the Plant-Based Human Wellness Initiative.
Lisa has been vegan since 2013. She and her husband own a medically-oriented massage business and are the founders of Delaware Valley VEG, an organization dedicated to normalizing veganism in the local area and helping food-insecure populations have more access to vegan foods. Lisa joined the PAN board in 2022.
Mo also runs a Shao-Lin Kung Fu school in NC. Kung Fu was what inspired him to become vegan, as Kung Fu’s philosophy is to do the least harm possible.
The mission of Peace Advocacy Network (PAN) is to promote a peaceful existence through veganism, social justice, and respect for the Earth’s inhabitants and resources. PAN strives for the absence of violence in the lives of people and animals by eliminating oppression and inequity. To this end, PAN is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion among everyone we work with–from board members, employees, and volunteers to participants in the vegan pledge program and other organizational and business partners.
We embrace differences in all who are involved with PAN in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make PAN unique.