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Meet the MAEOE Staff

Laura Johnson Collard

Executive Director
410-777-9530 x 162

Laura has more than 15 years experience in non-profit and for-profit management in the UK and USA. She has worked with non-profit leaders to develop successful strategies for strengthening and diversifying funding bases.

Her skills include change management, strategic planning and start-up planning and implementation. She has positioned organizations for growth, new initiatives and sustainability. Areas of expertise include increasing capacity of non-profit organizations, strategic planning, financial management and team building. Additionally, she specializes in connecting public and private sector leaders while enabling them to work in partnership and build better communities.

Laura holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She speaks Spanish as a second language and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Mary Westlund

Program Director
410-777-9530 x 164

Mary joined MAEOE in November 2019 as the Program Coordinator and supports the Green Schools program.

Much of Mary's background is in program development and coordination and event planning. As a former elementary teacher, she also has extensive experience in classroom and outdoor teaching, facilitation and curriculum writing.

She's recently relocated from Pennsylvania and is thrilled to bring her passion for environmental and outdoor education to Maryland and MAEOE.

Camille Jefferson

Special Assistant to the Director

Camille Jefferson joins MAEOE as Special Assistant to the Director. Camille is a Communications Professional with combination of 20+ years of experience in operations management, project management and marketing in profit and non-profit organizations. During her career as a media professional she’s worked for numerous broadcast and cable companies throughout the country.

Having spent many years in studios and control rooms, Camille is extremely excited about being involved with outdoors and education. As a Project Manager and Educator, her passion is now her second career. From early in life, Camille encouraged literacy, diversity and community involvement with the environment. The depth of her commitment with the environmental community was deeply enriched when Dr. Mamie Parker became her Advisor. She has partnered with Dr. Parker to work on several environmental projects.

Camille has a BA in Communications from the University of Maryland, College Park and a MBA from Saint Edwards University, Austin. She is an active member of Project Management Institute D.C. Chapter and a member of the Dunn-Loring Merrifield Rotary. She enjoys authentic hands-on experiences, spending time on farms, at beaches, and in parks.

Carolyn Carr

Program Assistant

Carolyn Carr is excited to be a part of the MAEOE team! Carolyn and her husband, David, were both born and raised in Montgomery County, MD, and they have three children who they love to take on outdoor adventures. She has a B.S. in Conservation Biology and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability at Goucher College. Carolyn is passionate about the interconnectedness of culture and the environment.

Drew Powell

Program Assistant

Drew joined MAEOE in June 2021 as a Program Assistant. He graduated from Boston University with a double major in Film/TV and Advertising and a minor in Biology. During his undergrad, Drew worked for NOVA, completed climate change research, and worked as a theater technician.

A passionate science communicator, Drew is excited to blend his communications background with environmental education at MAEOE.

When not at work, Drew enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and watching documentaries.

Vanessa Young

Little Black Book, Ltd, Contractor


There are no do-overs in this business. We take what we do very seriously because we want our clients to have the best memories. You invest time and money into your day to make it perfect and we are your insurance plan to protect your investment and execute your plan. Planning events is our passion. The details matter and we love bringing clients’ visions to life, allowing them to create the best-shared experiences.

Chief Planner, Vanessa Young founded Little Black Book in Washington, D.C. to provide clients with exclusive access to vendors and services starting with event planning that exceeds expectations. With an Event Management Certification from George Washington University and over 7 years of industry experience, she is a seasoned event professional.

We take time to understand each of our clients’ communication styles, visions, and needs. We then build a plan based on that foundation, leveraging our years of experience and vast network of vendors. We manage all aspects of the day, behind the scenes, ensuring that our clients are able to be present and enjoy every emotion of their day. Let us be your connection to just the right people, places, and services. Let us make your event unforgettable.

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