Jessica K. Murphy, President
Donna Macalle-Holly, Grants and Program Director
Holly Odgers, Managing Director
Roberta Schmidt, Development Director
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 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 currently lives in Maplewood during the school year (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 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 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 Regional High School. She enjoys hiking and yoga and is flirting with the idea of taking up cycling.
Roberta Schmidt comes to LHF after over eighteen 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, both Rutgers University and Montclair State University. 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, New Jersey and spends as much time as possible with her children and three grandchildren in Maryland and Washington, DC.
Board of Trustees
Thomas D. Flinn
Sharon Gruber (Treasurer)
Jessica K. Murphy
Richard P. Romeo