Join us to Celebrate Joannie Parker on her Birthday


Please join us for a celebration of life for Joanne Parker on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. What better day to celebrate Joannie than on what would have been her 87th birthday? To RSVP for the event, click here. The celebration is being organized by Joannie’s daughters, Alison ’83 and Sabrina, and her former student and friend, Lisa Niver ’85.

Over 200 friends, students and family gathered to Celebrate the Life of Joannie Parker. You can watch the event on Vimeo and also see the Tribute created with words about her!

Joannie spent most of her career at Westlake and had a huge impact on the lives of many. A Westlake and Harvard-Westlake English and humanities teacher, Ms. Parker started at Westlake in 1979 and began the women’s studies program at Westlake and Harvard-Westlake. She retired from HW in 1998.

Judi Niver, Joannie Parker, Lisa Niver and Susan Niver Bernstein
at Westlake School for Girls 1985

Congrats to our FIRST female Vice-President, Kamala Harris! What a great birthday gift in honor of Joannie and her life’s work!

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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