Executive Director


Lori A. Lilly has been with the READY program since 2014.  She originally came on as Operations Manager and became the Project Manager in September, 2015.  During her tenure with READY, she worked with the County to establish a native plant nursery at the Howard County Department of Corrections, developed and implemented a debris management program in the Ellicott City streams to help prevent flooding, and led the formation of Howard EcoWorks to ensure READY's long term sustainability in the County and provide leadership for social and environmental change.

From 2006-2009, Lori directed an NGO and implemented watershed restoration projects in Oregon.  From 2009-2014, she worked for the Center for Watershed Protection as a Watershed Ecologist / Planner.   Lori owned and operated her own environmental consulting business from 2014-2017.   As a volunteer, Lori was the first Chair  and is currently a member of the Ellicott City Partnership's Clean, Green and Safe Committee and she has been appointed by the Howard County Executive to serve on Ellicott City Flood Workgroup, Ellicott City Community Advisory Group and Ellicott City Master Plan Advisory Committee.  

For fun, Lori enjoys gardening, hiking and playing ultimate Frisbee with her husband and games with her two kids.

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Deputy Director


Having launched the Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth (READY) program in 2012, and running it through 2015, we are very excited to announce that Don Tsusaki is returning to take on the role of Deputy Director of Howard EcoWorks!

Aside from his watershed protection interest, Don is a musician (German/Austrian Zither and Accordion) and photographer.

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Field Operations Manager


Genevieve Simard joined Howard EcoWorks in the fall of 2018 and as Landscape Foreman in August 2019. From a young age she has had a strong interest in plants and the environment. Combining these passions with a desire to serve others, Genevieve joined the Maryland Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program. This experience allowed her the opportunity to work directly with the Maryland Park Service as well as participate in National Service projects with other AmeriCorps groups.


Since her time in the corps, Genevieve has continued to fulfill her passion for adventure and diversity serving as a wildland firefighter, working for various workforce development programs, and engaging in community service.


Outside of work Genevieve enjoys tending to her plants, spending time outdoors, and preparing plant-based foods.    

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Briley Hebner

Landscape Foreman

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Briley earned her degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland with a minor in Sustainability. Her interests span from sustainable agriculture and food systems to creating resilient communities in the face of climate change. Since joining Howard EcoWorks in March of 2021, she has moved from the Crew to the staff team to continue building the READY and Uplift Programs as the Landscape Foreman. 


Briley hopes to connect more people with the environment and in her free time enjoys reading, exploring local businesses, and spending time outdoors. 

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Andrés Ovalle

Nursery Manager

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Andrés Ovalle earned his degree in forestry engineering from the University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. He also holds an arborist certification from the International Society of Arboriculture. Andrés worked for many years in the eco-tourism industry and has held every position from naturalist to program director. Most recently, he was leading a park activation program in Montgomery County, MD, engaging with the local communities and businesses, and generating nature-based programs for diverse audiences.


Andrés values environmental education, good communication, and building community-oriented programs. Andrés is a tree lover and in his spare time, he likes to be outside, hiking, kayaking, and gardening with his family.

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Betty Rivers

Office Manager


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Paula Bahler

Business Development Director


Paula Bahler has a background in business development, social enterprise, and customer management in non-profit, corporate and public sectors.  She is passionate about workforce development, apprenticeship training and inclusiveness. 


As an active member of the Maryland Building Industry Association, Paula helped establish Maryland's first Residential Carpenter Apprenticeship Program, and remains the volunteer coordinator.  In her free time, Paula has been a professional tour guide in Historic Ellicott City for over 16 years.

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Aaron Johnson

Outreach and Education Specialist

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After graduating from Mount Saint Joseph High School in 2017, Aaron was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania where he would pursue a degree in Health & Societies: Public Health, with a special interest in Environments and Health. Driven by his love for the outdoors, interest in the protection of and access to natural resources, and passion for equitable workforce development, Aaron spent three summers working with EcoWorks READY team before transitioning to his current role. In 2019, he also spent some time working with indoor recirculating aquaculture at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technologies.


Having finished his degree in the Spring of 2021, Aaron has big plans for the future. He aspires to improve the health of human populations and the environment through the implementation of sustainable technologies in developing nations. He also hopes to someday gain higher education in public health engineering. When not working, Aaron enjoys the visual arts, music, and health. 

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