Jo Stepaniak, MSEd, has been involved with vegetarian- and vegan-related issues for over four decades. She is the author and co-author of sixteen books on compassionate living and vegan cuisine and has been a contributing author to many other books, pamphlets, national publications, and magazines. Jo is a senior book editor with the Book Publishing Company and an international business dispute resolution specialist. She is also a community mediator and coach for the Pittsburgh Mediation Center in Pennsylvania. Her award-winning column Ask Jo! appears on her Web site Grassroots Veganism.