Improving Your Conservation Efforts

Improving Your Conservation Results

Curriculum Vitae

For a more complete CV,  including past positions and papers, contact me.

November 2010
Current Address:                                                                     

LoraKim Joyner
3109 NW 35th Terrace
Gainesville, FL  32605

Date/Place of Birth:

July 16, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia


            Meredith Garmon, Spouse
            Yencis Contreras (foster son from Honduras)
            Osman Sanchez (foster son from Honduras)


B.S.           Avian Sciences, University of California, Davis, 1979
D.V.M.      School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, 1986
M.P.V.M.  Masters Preventive Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, 1990
M.Div        Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN, 2000

Current Positions:

  • Consultant, Wings of Compassion Avian Grief Website (
  • Treasurer, Nominating Committee Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Compassionate Communication Working Group Chair, UU Peace Ministry Network Steering            Team
  • Reverence for Life Team Chair and Trustee, Board of Directors Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry

Current Certification:

       Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication


English, Spanish

Current Projects:

  • Scarlet Macaw Conservation Strategies in Guatemala - Checking up on the Chicks
  • Scarlet Macaw Conservation Strategies in Honduras - Peace for the People and Parrots
  • Yellow-naped Amazon Conservation in Guatemala - Counting Them Because They Count On Us

Current Memberships:

Association of Avian Veterinarians
Database Chairman 1987 - 1989
Aviculture Chairman 1989 - 1990
Secretary 1989 - 1990
American Veterinary Medical Association
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville
            Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association
            Unitarian Universalists Animal Ministry


Jean D. Delacour Memorial Scholarship ($5000) for veterinary school tuition, International Foundation for the Conservation of Birds, 1984.

Distinguished Service Award, Association of Avian Veterinarians 1990.

Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship awarded to one entering student, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Fall 1997 - Spring 2000.

Kelley Leadership Grant ($5000) awarded to one or two entering students, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Fall 1997 -Spring 2000.

Outside Activities:

Bird watching, soccer, snorkeling, bass guitar, reading, writing, swimming, hiking, biking, camping, playing bridge, compassionate communication