Laura Johnson Collard
Laura is Executive Director of the Maryland
Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education
(MAEOE). Laura has more than 15 years experience in
non-profit and profit management in the UK and USA.
As Managing Director of the Children’s Information
Centre, a UK non-profit, Laura grew the income by 150%
to $1m by negotiating local government contracts and
securing grants from a variety of sources including
trust & companies (UK) and foundations. She has
worked with non-profit leaders to develop successful
strategies for strengthening and diversifying their
organizations funding bases. Laura’s skills include
change management, strategic planning and start-up planning
and implementation. She has used these skills to position
organizations for growth and sustainability and to develop
and initiate new projects. Laura holds an MBA from Thunderbird
School of Global Management and speaks Spanish as a
second language. Her areas of expertise include: Increasing
capacity of non-profit organizations, strategic planning,
financial management, and team building. She enjoys
making links between the non-profit sector and the public
and private sectors and engaging with business leaders
to enable them to incorporate strategies for building
a better community. Laura enjoys spending time outdoors
with her family.
Volunteer Maryland Coordinator
Gabrielle Cantor joins MAEOE in October as Volunteer Maryland Coordinator. She will be supporting more than 60 Green Leaders as they work with schools wanting to participate in the Maryland Green Schools program and with Md Green Schools who will recertify. Gabrielle is beginning her work with MAEOE as an AmeriCorps alum. She recently finished a year with the AmeriCorps Water Quality Team in Knoxville, TN. Through this opportunity she worked on a variety of environmental initiatives including watershed service-learning education, local environmental outreach projects, volunteer management at stream clean-ups and biological monitoring. In May 2012 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in Biology and minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish. She is passionate about preserving nature and while at St. Mary’s volunteered with the Great Falls National Park and St. Mary’s Environmental Action Coalition. She is excited about this position because she will be able use her outreach skills to help the community care for the environment.
Her role will be to connect MAEOE flagship programs (MD Green Schools, EE Certification, Regional Environmental Literacy workshops, and others) to an upcoming NOAA BWet project. Bryn has extensive experience with environmental education, having worked for several years for both the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Living Classrooms Foundation.
Social Media/Website Assistant.
His role will be updating the Facebook, Twitter, website, and professional development calendar. William graduated from Colorado College in the spring of 2013 with a B.A. in History. While at CC, William was a member of the outdoor recreation club and served as president of the school’s student-run club baseball team. He currently is the head Junior Varsity volleyball coach at the Gilman School, and will be interning at the Living Classrooms Foundation in the coming months.