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.
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.
Ted grew up in Howard County, MD before he attended college at the University of Alabama. During his time in Alabama, Ted began to appreciate and admire the natural world around him more than ever. He worked on an organic farm and quickly fell in love with sustainable agriculture. Ted graduated in 2011 with a B.S in Physics and accepted a position with the United States Peace Corps to live and work in Paraguay. After 2.5 years of incredible and new experiences in South America, Ted returned home to Maryland and began life anew in the States.
Ted previously worked as a residential energy auditor helping to improve the energy and water efficiency of families in the central Maryland region. Afterwards, Ted joined the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay where he managed the Project Clean Stream Program, Trees for Sacred Places program, the Chesapeake Network website, and many other community engaging projects.
Ted lives in Annapolis and when not working enjoys reading, hiking, drinking tea, and muay thai. In 2015 Ted was certified as a Master Watershed Steward by the Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy.
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.
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.
Landscape Design Manager
Rachel has loved plants and how they make people feel since she was a young child. She eventually graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and has worked in non-profit, community-led landscape improvement her entire professional career. Landscapes that improve stormwater as well as improve people's appreciation for nature are always her goal.
Outside of work, she chases a toddler who loves all things with wheels. She also tends to her dogs, turtle and betta fish as well as a house full of plants. When she gets a chance, she loves to run, do yoga and mountain bike.