One Earth Conservation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that seeks to heal human systems that diminish individual worth and separates humans artificially from the rest of nature in many ways. We affirm that people must be healthy and develop multiple intelligences so all of life, individuals, and human and biotic systems on Earth can flourish.
The mission of One Earth Conservation is to engage people, communities and organizations in a unique manner that inspires them to contribute to their own well-being and the well-being of life on Earth. We achieve this by encouraging them to support and/or conduct parrot conservation in Latin America and to nurture themselves in nature. We combine work directed outward toward other beings and outward towards nature with work directed inward toward one's own human nature, as outer well-being and inner well-being are inseparable and mutually beneficial.
One Earth Conservation's Vision:
One Earth Conservation invites people into a vision and practice of interbeing, based on:
1. All individuals of all species have inherent worth and dignity (all bodies are beautiful, have worth, and matter).
2. All individuals of all species are connected to each other in worth, beauty and well-being.
3. We are also connected in harm. There is no beauty without tragedy. What is done to another, is done to all of us.
4. Embracing this reality, humans grow in belonging to this wondrous planet and the life upon it, and so embraced and nurtured, can nurture in return.
5. This reality of interbeing makes us both powerful and vulnerable, therefore, we need each other to grow and to heal as much as possible.
6. Humans are adaptable and can change, both individually and as families, organizations, communities, and societies. We can become more effective and joyful nurturers and naturers. This is hard, deep, intentional, and a lifetime's work.
Board of Directors
LoraKim Joyner, DVM, MPVM,
Co-Director & Board Member
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.
Meredith Garmon, PhD , MA, MA
I love education - both learning and educating. I hold Masters’ degrees in communication studies and philosophy, and a PhD. in government from the University of Virginia. I completed my theological studies at the Meadville-Lombard Theological Seminary in 2003 and was ordained a Unitarian Univeralist minister in 2004. Since 2013 I have served as the senior minister at the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY. I am also a Zen practitioner in the Soto tradition. I am pleased to be married to Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner, where our goals of a shared life together include intentional community households, teaching multispecies courses at the university level, and dedicating all we can to the growth and flourishing of this one earth.
Gail Koelln, MS
Co-Director & Board Member
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.
Hector Orlando Portillo Reyes, MS
I work as a wildlife biologist in Honduras and my professional interest is to research the broad concept of biodiversity, with interest in the ecology of populations and their assemblies, emphasizing parrots. I also study forest fragmentation, linking landscapes to their ecological relationships. Recently I have studied the effects of climate variations at local, regional, national and global levels. My work areas in Honduras have included the Caribbean coast and the Honduran Mosquitia region. In Moskitia I have worked since 2000 to support community conservation processes related to monitoring and research of parrots. My life's work is dedicated to the people and biodiversity of Honduras. Decades of work have taught me that we must take care of the people if we are to save the planet. We must also train the younger generations to understand ecology and biology, and also to guide them in caring and conservation. My hope is that we can accomplish this through One Earth Conservation
Eric Kreuter, PhD, CPA, CGMA, CFE
I am a Partner in the Financial Advisory Services group at Marks Paneth LLP. I specialize in litigation and forensic services, including commercial damages and fraud investigations. My background also includes management, human resources and other consulting services. I am also a specialist in all facets of the construction industry. Last, but not at all least, I am the loving caregiver for a sweet parrot named Pluto, as well as a writer, poet and marathon runner.
I’ve always been interested in things that fly. I have a BS in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at VA Tech. I worked for Boeing for about 20 years in aircraft performance certification. Most recently, I joined a company called Aviation Partners which designs the winglets you see on many Boeing aircraft, the main purpose of which is to reduce drag and improve fuel mileage. I’m also a (very) amateur bird watcher ever since getting the bug after spotting a Great Grey Owl on Orcas Island, WA more than 30 years ago. I’ve known LoraKim since our high school years and have visited her and her projects both in Guatemala in the 90’s and Nicaragua in 2017 to witness the important work she and One Earth Conservation are doing.
Honorary Board Member
Hector (nickname "Time Bomb"; no relation to our human Board Member Hector!) is our first living wild parrot representative to the Board. A yellow-naped amazon, he was found wandering on the road as a fledgling in Omtepe Island in Nicaragua in 2017. To protect him from predators, cars and other dangers, Time Bomb was rescued by One Earth Conservation and Los LOCOS, raised in a shower in a hotel and then became the first resident of the Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of Ometepe Island. He was liberated back into the wild in early 2018, where, as far as we know, he continues to fly free.
My sense of adventure, love of the new and entrepreneurial spirit led me to move to the US after finishing university in England. My success in building businesses, global brands, and great teams has taken me around the world with Revlon, Procter & Gamble, Sony Music, and BBC Worldwide. Each role added fuel to my passion for connecting with people and developing enduring relationships. I currently help businesses and non-profits with change management and to deliver outstanding results, and help people to discover their brilliance. My goal is to leave the ‘Status Quo" crying in the rear-view mirror. Living in NYC, I will unashamedly interrupt anyone with a dog to say hello to their pup.
Dusty, Avian Representative
Honorary Board Member
Dusty, the cockatiel, at the ripe old age of 28 (as of 2019), challenges us to remember the multispecies point of view! Gail Koelln and her husband are happy members of Dusty's flock.
Pluto, Avian Representative
Honorary Board Member
Eric Kreuter and his family belong to Pluto, an 20-year-old Meyer's Parrot, (as of 2019), who is also a multispecies consultant for One Earth Conservation. She chose Eric and his wife after her previous caregiver could no longer care for her.
Rosa, Avian Representative
Honorary Board Member
We are all inspired by brave little Rosa, a scarlet macaw from Honduras, who died in 2016. Rosa, Pree Palisa (Miskito for Rosa, Fly Free). Your inner and outer beauty lives on and inspires us all to help parrots fly free.
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One Earth Conservation's work is done by its Co-Directors, Board of Directors, Conservation Council, and an Advisory Board made up of talented and committed members who believe in our mission and want to contribute, each in their own way. If after reviewing our mission and vision statements above you are interested in joining our Advisory Board, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest!
Cynthia Curtis, Community Investment Officer, J. Marion Sims Foundation, USA
Jane Edwards, Writer, USA
Chris Guiterrez, Development Associate, New York Botanical Garden, USA
Eleanor Leyden, Learning Specialist, USA
David Mack, Co-Founder, Sophist.com, USA
Perry Montrose, Director of Lifespan Religious Education,
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains , USA
One Earth Conservation works with Teal Practices and Teams with high transparency and accountability. Therefore, we invite representatives from regions in the Americas to be in direct and close relationship with One Earth, so we know best how to serve them and life. Listed below are the current members of our Conservation Council.
Andres Alvarez, Conservationist, Paraguay
Roger Flores, Conservationist, Honduras
Christianna Martynowski, Pharmacist, USA
Norlan Zambrana Morales, Conservationist, Los LOCOS, Nicaragua
Hetal Patel, Senior, Berlin High School, USA
Anthony Pilny, DVM, DABVP (Avian), Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital, USA
Manuel Gallino Vasquez, Conservationist, Guatemala
Karen Windsor, Executive Director, Foster Parrots, USA