VegLife KC Board

We make living a veg-lifestyle surprisingly fun, social, and easy!

Dave Swarts

Dave Swarts

Founder and Executive Director

Dave has earned a BS in Economics, an MBA-Finance, and the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation. He has worked in Corporate Real Estate, primarily focused on decision support.

He spends most of his free time negotiating with three very opinionated Italian Greyhounds, Bailey, Bruno, and Charley. Other times you can find him in the mountains, on a beach, or eating the very best food at vegan events and restaurants around the country.

Dave is a VegLife Kansas City ambassador because he recognizes how important it is to provide an inclusive and accessible platform for people to learn about and, ultimately, adopt a more conscious and humane lifestyle.

Shelley Homan

Shelley Homan

Board President

Shelley received a BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Missouri – Columbia, an MBA-Finance at Rockhurst College and the Certified Treasury Professional designation.  She has worked in the aviation and food manufacturer fields and presently works in the Investment Management field for a local utility.

She shares her home with a menagerie of rescued feline, equine and avian souls.  Shelley volunteers with Operation Wildlife, and has led TNR initiatives and deployed as a volunteer with HSUS and ASPCA.

Shelley is a VegLife Kansas City ambassador because she believes that people with knowledge and support are empowered to make positive choices for themselves, the animals and the environment.

Jeff Swarts

Jeff Swarts

Board Secretary

Jeff received a BS in Economics from the University of Kansas and has worked in the Financial Services industry for a local mutual fund company for 13 years where he is most passionate about helping people plan for retirement.

Jeff and his wife, Ellie, have two beautiful, crazy kids and enjoy traveling together as a family. They share their home with a talented and fluffy labradoodle named Gus.

Jeff is an ambassador for VegLife because he believes that all life is precious and people have the responsibility to speak up for those that can’t.

 Bill Saxton

Bill Saxton

Board Treasurer

Bill received a BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Kansas and has worked as a CPA for local public accounting firms for the past 15 years.
Bill and his wife, Sarah, have a two year old son, Will V, who has already traveled with them all over the country.  They share their home with a two year old furry son, Jackson, a Goldendoodle.   It is a constant battle over attention between our two boys.
Bill is an ambassador for VegLife because of his love for animals, and a desire to be part of a positive message in the city that he’s called home for all of his life.
Lane Teel

Lane Teel

Board Member

Lane received a BS-Clothing, Textiles and Merchandising Management..  She is currently the Associate Director of Design Administration for Essense of Australia.

She shares her home with two Siberian Husky sisters and a fluffy ragdoll cat.  Lane loves to garden, cook, do yoga and spend time with family and friends.  

Lane is a VegLife Kansas City ambassador because she loves spreading the word about the plant based lifestyle.  She enjoys coordinating the food for VegLife Kansas City events and spreading knowledge about all of the plant based alternatives to animal products.

 Macy Marriott

Macy Marriott

Board Member

Macy received a BS in Public Accounting and a BS in Private Accounting from Northwest Missouri State University. She is a passionate Venture Analyst for Stray Dog Capital and GlassWall Syndicate, two organizations with a focus on removing animals from the supply chain.

When she can find some free time, she spends it with her three cats, one of which she recently adopted after fostering through her local shelter.

With a love for the Kansas City community and the animal welfare movement, VegLife Kansas City is a natural fit and she is excited to build a more compassionate future for all.

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