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Meet the MAEOE Staff

Laura Johnson Collard

Executive Director
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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 Coordinator
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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.

Cora Potter

Office Manager
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Cora joined MAEOE in August 2018 and supports the team with essential accounting, administrative, and programmatic tasks. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Goucher College and is pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Solutions from Presidio Graduate School.

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.

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