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.
Board of Trustees
Thomas D. Flinn has been a summer resident of Lake Hopatcong since 1970. He has served as a member of the Lake Hopatcong Regional Planning Board (1987-1999) and as its chairman. He is a member of the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club and was its Commodore (1998-1999). Tom is a partner at the East Hanover-based law firm, Garrity, Graham, Murphy, Garofalo, and Flinn.
Martin Kane has served as a Business Manager for the Marine Corps at Picatinny Arsenal since 1998. He transitioned to program management after serving for almost twenty years as an Army attorney specializing in acquisition and international programs. Growing up on Lake Hopatcong as a summer resident, Marty has served as the president of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum since 1990. He is the author of several books on local history as well as co-author with his wife, Laurie, of the script for the award-winning documentary Greetings from Bertrand Island. Marty is originally a native of New York City, where he graduated from Queens College and St. John’s University School of Law. He is still very active with Seward Park High School on New York’s Lower East Side, where he serves as president of its alumni association. He is kept on his toes by his daughter, Natalie.
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 still occasionally freelances for magazines such as Edible Jersey.) Jess is a 2014 graduate of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Morris program, where she represented the Lake Hopatcong Foundation. 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.
Richard P. Romeo and his wife Terri have been summer residents of Lake Hopatcong since 1991. Friends and family are frequent visitors enjoying the full spectrum of lake activities, whether tubing on their boat or celebrating his parents’ 60th wedding anniversary aboard the Miss Lotta. Rich is a partner in the New York City law firm of Salon Marrow, with offices also in Hackensack, New Jersey, representing small to mid-sized businesses in commercial transactions and litigation, with an emphasis on representing companies in employment matters. In addition to serving on the volunteer Water Quality Committee of the LHF, Rich is also a member of Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club and the Knee Deep Club. Rich has served as Trustee of Muhlenberg College since 1999 and is Secretary of Muhlenberg’s Board of Trustees. He was also elected as Village Trustee of the Village of Mount Kisco, New York in 1992, serving as Deputy Mayor from1999-2003. Since 2006, Rich has served as a member of the volunteer Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Inspector General’s Management Advisory Board. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1979 and Brooklyn Law School in 1982.
Sheri Salamanca spent many high school summers vacationing with friends on Raccoon Island on the lake. After graduating from Wayne Valley High School, she attended William Paterson University earning a B.S. in Exercise Physiology. Sheri worked for several years in the exercise and rehabilitation field before marrying her husband Paul and having two daughters Kaylee and Emilia. In January of 2012, Sheri and Paul fell in love with a home that boasts stunning lake views in Landing, where they currently reside as full time residents. Sheri has since obtained her real-estate license and works at RE/MAX in Landing. She and her husband also founded Blue Rock Investment Group, a company that focuses on rehabbing residential homes in communities surrounding Lake Hopatcong. Sheri and her family enjoy all the lake has to offer and spends as much time as they can on their boat in the summer.
Béla Szigethy grew up in Wharton and Flanders, NJ, and throughout his childhood spent most hot summer days swimming in Lake Hopatcong. He graduated from West Morris High School, ’73, Oberlin College, ’77, and Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, ’81. After working for Citibank for 7 years, Béla founded The Riverside Company in 1988, a private equity firm investing in companies at the smaller end of the middle market and he is currently the Co-CEO of Riverside. Riverside has acquired more than 350 companies to date and as of December 31, 2014 Riverside had more than $5 billion of capital under management and employed more than 220 people in offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In 2012 Béla helped found the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and serves as a member of its Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Alice, live on Lake Hopatcong during the summer and also own several small businesses around the lake.
John Yingling retired from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown in 2006. He was Dodge’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for administrative and financial matters in support of the Foundation’s program activities. Prior to his 18 years at Dodge, John worked for 33 years for AT&T and its subsidiaries in the Bell System. He started in operations in Maryland in 1955. Later assignments included organization planning, business information systems planning at Bell Labs, and corporate planning. After helping plan the 1984 divestiture, he retired as Director-External Relations in New Jersey in 1988. John holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale (1955), a Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins (1967), and an M.B.A. from NYU (1977). He married Nancy Shrop in 1957. They have seven children and 14 grandchildren. They have owned a lakefront home in Hopatcong since 1978, where their children and grandchildren enjoy waterskiing and wakeboarding. John and Nancy have traveled widely, including China, India, and Antarctica. John is also a Trustee of the Land Conservancy of New Jersey and of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum.