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Co-Director of One Earth Conservation, LoraKim Joyner

Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner

I have worked in avian conservation in Latin America for nearly thirty years as a wildlife veterinarian. The beauty and the power of the people and parrots there draw me to be in solidarity with them and to witness and share their struggle. To be a better partner in promoting the health of individual beings and biotic communities, I became an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication, and a member of the two-year Unitarian Universalist Entrepreneurial Program. These skills and experiences aid me in promoting the health of humans, for without the flourishing of people, the parrots do not stand a chance, and without the flourishing of life on earth, we humans will live narrower and less vibrant lives. 


Gail Koelln


For as long as I can remember, animals have nurtured me through their beauty and wonder, and I love to care for them. As a child, I was inspired by Jane Goodall and wanted to grow up to be a zoologist like her. I earned a Masters degree in Zoology, but for various reasons left the field. However, over many years I have volunteered for the Wildlife Conservation Society, NYC Sierra Club, Gotham City Networking (leading their Gotham Green group), and Climate Reality Project. As a grant writing professional for more than 20 years, I have worked with a number of animal welfare, wildlife, and environmental organizations. After I met LoraKim in 2014, I finally found my life’s work serving as the Co-Director of One Earth Conservation.





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