Jo Stepaniak has been involved with vegetarian- and vegan-related issues for over five decades. She is the author and co-author of more than 15 books on compassionate living and vegan cuisine and has been a contributing author to many other books, pamphlets, national publications, and magazines. Stepaniak is the senior editorial director at Book Publishing Company and a former community and victim-offender mediator. She is the writer of the award-winning column, Ask Jo! Find her on LinkedIn.