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 lifelong 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 reporter and editor for seven years, including as the first editor-in-chief of Lake Hopatcong News, before becoming president of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation in 2012. Jess is a 2014 graduate of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Morris program, where she represented the Lake Hopatcong Foundation. She took an educational leave from the LHF for 18 months while she earned her Master of Public Administration degree, with a specialization in nonprofit management, at New York University, graduating in May 2018. She lives in Maplewood (and on Cow Tongue Point on summer weekends) with her husband, three children, and dog–all of whom keep her very busy, but very happy.
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 had 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.
Holly Odgers is a life long Sussex County resident who brings more than 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 teenage children, Aubrey, who is studying Marine Biology at the University of New England in Maine, and Logan, who attends Lenape Valley Regional High School. She enjoys hiking and yoga and is flirting with the idea of taking up cycling.
Roberta Schmidt comes to LHF after more than 18 years of nonprofit management, strategic planning, and fundraising experience. As Executive Director of the Diabetes Foundation for the past nine years, she comes with an extensive background of leadership and the ability to bring an organization to the next level. Previously, as Director of Community Services for the 3500-member strong National Council of Jewish Women, Roberta spearheaded the growth of The Volunteer Center of Essex County and the NCJW Center for Women, instituting many innovative and successful programs. Academically, Roberta is proud to have received her education through New Jersey schools—Rutgers and Montclair State universities. Professionally, Roberta has broadened her experiences through many avenues of careers from education, to owning her own business, and training in the corporate sector, all preparing her to enter the nonprofit world. Personally, Roberta is an avid walker and tennis player. She is still the consummate volunteer at her church and Friends of the West Milford Township Library and, previously, headed the New Jersey chapter of Operation Support our Troops. Roberta has presented workshops for the NJ Center for Nonprofits, as well as the New Jersey Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism. Roberta has been honored by the Rotary Club, Soroptomist Club, Elks Club and was selected as Citizen of the Year and Woman of the Year. Roberta lives with her husband, Bill, in West Milford, and spends as much time as possible with her children and three grandchildren in Maryland and Washington, DC.
Caitlin Doran grew up in Roxbury Township and Mount Arlington Borough and is someone for whom Lake Hopatcong has always remained a special place. Prior to coming on board as LHF’s deputy development director, Caitlin was the outreach coordinator for Hackensack Riverkeeper, a clean-water advocacy organization working to protect, preserve, and restore the Hackensack River and New Jersey Meadowlands. Caitlin is a graduate of William Paterson University, a 2017 recipient of the New Jersey Clean Communities’ Clean Waterways Award, a past EarthShare New Jersey board member, and an active member of the Beacon Sloop Club, an all-volunteer organization that provides free sails of the Hudson River aboard the Sloop Woody Guthrie, in Beacon, NY. When she is not doing development work or volunteering, you can find Caitlin exploring nature, making frequent trips to New York City, practicing the trumpet, spending time with her boyfriend, Dave, and drafting better bios.
Melanie is a soon-to-be graduate at Seton Hall University in South Orange, where she is majoring in Environmental Studies, minoring in Political Science, and getting a certificate in data analysis. Prior to joining us at the LHF, she has conducted invasive species removal efforts at Windsong Farm in Warren, N.J., and learned about biodynamic farming at the Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. At Seton Hall, Melanie has done a variety of class projects, such as water quality testing and benthic sampling of the Rahway River; carbon sequestration at South Mountain Reservation; learning about raptor species at the Raptor Trust in Millington, and culturing microorganisms from the soil. As a part of her senior year project, she consulted with the South Orange Environmental Commission to assist them with their Tree Identification and Inventory Project. As a part of this project, Melanie utilized GIS mapping to create a database of trees in South Orange, to assist in creating maintenance plans. Melanie loves all things outdoors and is happy to be a part of the LHF family.
Thomas D. Flinn
Sharon Gruber (Treasurer)
Martin Kane (Chairman)
Richard P. Romeo (Secretary)
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