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Hello! We’re VegOut—a group of vegans passionate about the plant-based food and lifestyle scene, living in cities across the US. We work to bring you the best vegan content around. Stop by our Instagram accounts, give us a follow, and introduce yourself. We’d love to connect!

Maggie Ortlieb



Maggie, a graduate of Michigan State University with experience in both the corporate and nonprofit worlds, is founder of VegOut Magazine. Dedicated to creating a kinder, healthier planet, Maggie is a change advocate for individuals looking to transition to a plant-based diet or reduce consumption of animal products. She has been vegan for eight years, and vegetarian since she was a child. Follow her on Instagram for vegan eats, feminist rants, and tales from the entrepreneurial trenches.

Tammie Ortlieb

Managing Editor


Tammie, a VegOut OG and vegan of 16 years, is a former psychology professor and self-proclaimed super-woke wellness guru. Indie author, dreamer, and TikTok rockstar wannabe, she lives to make the world a kinder place.

Articles by Tammie

Joel Alatorre

Creative Director


Joel was born and raised in Los Angeles and is genuinely happy to call Southern California home. He loves the city, but will never pass up an opportunity to be in nature. As a vegan for 10 years, Joel is passionate about helping grow the movement and ensuring our community is inclusive, compassionate, and accepting of everyone. In addition to snapping photos and creating amazing graphics, he is VegOut’s official vegan burger taste tester.

Kimberly Tran



Kimberly came to Los Angeles with two goals in mind: 1) Try all the vegan food and 2) Explore all the cool spots. When not using her mad graphics skills to design our magazine, she’s rummaging through plant nurseries—pour over in one hand, camera in the other.

Jerry Ng

Jr. Designer


Jerry turned vegan after joining the VegOut team as a designer, but has been a certified “plant-based king” for the majority of his life. He enjoys surfing the net and spending time with other people’s pets. He’s still waiting for someone to teach him how to cook dried beans.

Allie Mitchell

Social Media Manager + Staff Writer


Allie is a writer, musical theatre performer, yoga instructor, and walking vegan restaurant directory. On any given day, you can catch her making tofu scramble, scouring Trader Joe’s for new plant-based products, or watching The Lizzie McGuire Movie! Visit her website at alexandrammitchell.com.

Articles by Allie

Anja Grommons

Staff Writer

Anja Grommons

Anja is a plant-based dietitian by day and vegan foodie by night. She offers virtual nutrition coaching for vegan and veg-curious clients. Check out her site for coaching services, recipes, and nutrition tips at vegcentricdietitian.com.

Articles by Anja

Kayla Pasko

Staff Writer


Kayla, a Midwest girl living in NYC, is a writer with a background in media sales. When she’s not scoping out trendy vegan spots, she’s usually taking a yoga class, shopping at Trader Joe’s, or catching a Packers game.

Articles by Kayla

Tanya Flink

Staff Writer


Tanya Flink is an Orange County journalist willing to run for vegan food. She’s written for several plant-based publications, including VegNews, Organic Authority, EcoSalon, and LIVEKINDLY. She currently serves as the Content Manager for Switch4Good.

Articles by Tanya

Melissa Nowakowski

Staff Writer


Melissa has been vegan for three and a half years and is a self-proclaimed pizza and doughnut enthusiast. Has anyone tried combining the two yet? A public relations executive—when she’s not scouring New York City and beyond for the next great vegan food and beauty finds—she donates her time to HIT Living Foundation dog rescue and spoiling her cat, Waffles.

Articles by Melissa

Mohini Patel

Brand Partnerships Manager

Mohini Patel

Mohini, a born and raised vegetarian from Chicago, initially went vegan when faced with a health issue, but stayed vegan for the animals. Whole food plant-based eating (inspired by traditional Indian culture) is her optimal diet. An advocate for mental health and lifestyle changes, she has a degree in Health Sciences from DePaul University.

Articles by Mohini

Laurie Chin Sayres

Brand Partnerships Manager


Laurie, a triathlete of 24 years, came to veganism nearly a decade ago by way of her love and respect for animals. When not training in her hometown of Boulder, CO, she’s roaming the streets of LA in search of vegan croissants.

Erin La Ninfa

Social Media Assistant


Erin, passionate about consuming vegan pizza, has lived in Oakland, CA for seven years. She gave up eating animals in 1991 and works to make veganism accessible to all through promoting intersectionality within the vegan community.

Articles by Erin

Tina Gibbs

Marketing Assistant


Tina is a writer, actor, and community activist. Born and raised in Southern California, she now resides in Brooklyn, advocating for healthy and accessible food options for low-income communities. She enjoys volunteering at local food pantries, creating and cooking delicious vegan meals, and reading vegan blogs. When not working on promoting a vegan lifestyle, you can find her catching up on her favorite shows, writing poetry, practicing and teaching yoga, and honing her acting skills.


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