Allison Hess

President
Allison Hess

Allison joined the Uplands PEAK board of directors in 2018. She is a certified vegan lifestyle coach and
educator through the Main Street Vegan Academy in New York City, with a private practice in
Bloomington. Allison also holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition through T. Colin Campbell’s Center
for Nutrition Studies, is a mentor with Challenge 22+ and leads Vegana (vegan + Indiana) on Facebook, a
community of like-minded people who care about animal rights, environmental protection, and healthy
living.

A long-time advocate for animals and the environment, Allison earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal
Behavior from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Education from Indiana University.
Allison began her post-college years in veterinary medicine, as a technician with a focus on feline
medicine. One of her favorite summers was spent working on a forestry research project for Purdue
University, getting paid to listen to bird songs. Allison has spent the majority of her career in education
and nonprofit leadership in Oregon and Indiana.

Allison’s advocacy has ranged from leading letter writing campaigns as a teenager, serving as President
of the Michigan Animal Rights Society in college, volunteering with numerous rescue organizations, and
co-founding Middle Way PAWSS, a program with a mission to provide safety for survivors of domestic
violence and their animal companions. She serves on the board of Pets Alive, a local nonprofit dedicated
to ending pet overpopulation in south-central Indiana, as well as Vegan Interactions, an international
organization based in the U.K., working to promote effective communication based on science.
Originally from Cincinnati, Allison has been a Hoosier for nearly 20 years. She currently lives with
numerous shelter alums: Luna (a golden retriever/Australian shepherd mix) and six ridiculous cats
(Henry, Fern, Darwin, Simon Greggie, Hazel and Watson).