Lake Hopatcong Foundation Staff
(Left to right: Donna Macalle-Holly, Jennifer K. DeWitt, Jessica K. Murphy, Lauren Rossi)
Donna Macalle-Holly, Acting Executive Director
Jennifer K. DeWitt, Development Director
Holly Odgers, Managing Director
Jessica K. Murphy, (on Education Sabbatical)
Donna Macalle-Holly brings more than a decade of experience advocating for the protection and restoration of Lake Hopatcong to her role at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Donna held the position of administrator at the Lake Hopatcong Commission, a quasi-independent state environmental commission. A 2012 recipient of the US EPA Environmental Quality Award, Donna served as a member of NJ DEP Citizens Advisory Committee for the Lake Hopatcong Water Level Management Plan. Donna is motivated by the foundation’s vision for the lake and its surrounding communities. She appreciates having the opportunity to work with the dedicated employees, board members and volunteers to improve Lake Hopatcong for all who use it. Donna never heard of Lake Hopatcong until 1983 (the year Bertrand Island Amusement Park closed), when she came boating with her friend’s family and met her future husband Bruce. It’s hard to believe Donna and Bruce have enjoyed living on Lake Hopatcong for more than 25 years (especially since Donna says she is only 29). They love sharing sunsets together near Halsey Island.
Jennifer DeWitt is a Pisces who married a Jersey shore boy so working for an organization by the water is a natural fit. She has spent half her career in the non-profit sector most recently as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Playwrights Theatre. She has also written a weekly column for the Daily Record, had articles published in Parent Guide Magazine and Senior Citizen Guide, and two of her plays have been produced in NYC. She has done voice over work for Japanese Anime and business videos and, with a background of working in a corporate environment as well as the arts, Jennifer hopes to bring a unique perspective to the table. She’s an avid fan of the New Jersey Devils, enjoys painting, sewing, reading books and, in her spare time, volunteers to save homeless dogs.
Holly Odgers is a life-long Sussex County resident who brings 20 years of experience in environmental advocacy and non-profit management to the Lake Hopatcong Foundation team. Before she joined the foundation, she did all things communications at The Land Conservancy of New Jersey for 18 years. After interim positions at the Musconetcong Watershed Association and Grow It Green Morristown, she is happy to settle in at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and assist in making Lake Hopatcong the best place it can be. Holly received a bachelor’s of fine arts in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts from Ithaca College and lives in nearby Stanhope where she served on the Stanhope Environmental Commission for many years. Holly has two teenagers, Aubrey and Logan, who attend Lenape Regional High School. She enjoys hiking and yoga and is flirting with the idea of taking up cycling.
Jessica (Kitchin) Murphy grew up making her way around Lake Hopatcong. A Hopatcong resident (Bass Rock Road) at birth, she spent much of her childhood living in King Cove in Landing before moving to Lee’s Cove in Mt. Arlington as a teenager, where her parents still live (and where she visits often with her growing family!). She is a life-long member of the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, which is where she met her husband, Chris. They sail together in Thistle fleet races every Sunday morning in the summer. Jess received her B.S. in environmental science and journalism from the University of Richmond; she worked as a county reporter for the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress, associate editor of New Jersey Monthly magazine, and as the first editor-in-chief of Lake Hopatcong News before becoming president of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation in 2012. (She continues to freelance occasionally for New Jersey Monthly and Edible Jersey.) She currently lives in Maplewood with her husband and her two children, Arden and Nate, and her dog, Joe–all of whom keep her very busy, but very happy.