Allison Hess

President
Allison Hess

Allison joined the Uplands PEAK board of directors in 2018. As a certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator through the Main Street Vegan Academy in New York City, Allison works with clients and speaks to groups about vegan living. She also holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition through T. Colin Campbell’s Center for Nutrition Studies, is a mentor with Challenge 22+ and created Vegan for Everything 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’s advocacy has ranged from leading letter writing campaigns while growing up, 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 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.

Allison began her post-college professional 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.

Originally from Cincinnati, Allison has been a Hoosier for nearly 20 years. She currently lives with numerous Bloomington shelter alums: Luna (a golden retriever/Australian shepherd mix) and six ridiculous cats (Henry, Fern, Darwin, Simon Greggie, Hazel and Watson). Allison’s life got 1000 percent better when she began caring for three hens rescued from a factory farm in Colorado at the beginning of 2019:  Beatrice the Great, Opal and Rosebud.

Allison earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Behavior from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Education from Indiana University.