Francia Ruppen has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and a PhD in Neuroscience from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. At Bryn Mawr College, Ms. Ruppen co-developed an apparatus that enabled the non-invasive study of neurological processes, demonstrating that alternative procedures to sacrificing animals for scientific research are achievable and valuable.

Ms. Ruppen authored The Hollywood Vegetarian Cookbook which combines health conscious information with photos of and recipes by popular celebrities, such as Tim Allen, Barbara Walters, Julie Andrews, k.d. Lang, Doris Day, Roger Ebert, Carol Burnett, Phoebe Cates, Paul Anka, Geraldo Rivera, and Vanna White.

As an independent real estate investor/professional, Ms. Ruppen was a licensed agent in Pennsylvania, where she was co-owner of a Century 21 office in Valley Forge, PA , and in Texas where she worked as an appraiser and invested in the Houston real estate market.

In her personal life, Ms. Ruppen is “mom” to six Schnauzers – two giant and three miniature – and is co-organizer of the Austin Schnauzer Meetup Group.