Laura Johnson Collard
Executive Director, MAEOE
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.
Winny Tan joined the MAEOE staff in May of 2018 after attending over 10 years of MAEOE conferences and was a past presenter. She helped certify Oregon Ridge Nature Center as a Green Center and has worked at other Green Centers, such as Irvine and Marshy Point Nature Centers. She has supported many Green Schools by presenting interactive stations at Earth Day/Green Festivals.
Winny has an Environmental Science and Policy degree from University of Maryland and has been an environmental educator for 20+years. She was the former Director at Oregon Ridge Nature Center and the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. She recently joined the Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council Board as a Director at Large to continue furthering the mission of the nature center to inspire and provide nature experiences.
In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and friends by hiking, canoeing, and learning about plants. She has a native pollinator garden, mini-vegetable garden, chickens, and a Quaker parrot.
Administrative/ Bookkeeping Associate
Cora joined MAEOE in August 2018 and supports the team with essential accounting, administrative, and programmatic tasks. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies at Goucher College and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Baltimore.
She began her environmental career as a shipboard educator at the Living Classrooms Foundation, teaching students about marine ecology aboard the S/V Sigsbee and Lady Maryland. She later went on to assist Living Classrooms’ VP of Education with financials and started a beekeeping program at the foundation.
In her free time, Cora enjoys gardening, hiking, and playing with her two kittens. She’s also a lover of the arts and likes visiting museums, watching films, and trying out new restaurants in Baltimore City.