Staff

  • Peter J. O’Connor

    Founder, Executive Director

    Peter O’Connor is a longtime civil rights activist and co-counsel in the historic Mount Laurel litigation, which ruled that every municipality in New Jersey must plan, zone and take measures to provide its “fair share” of the region’s need for affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families. He founded FSHD to fully implement the settlement agreement in the Mount Laurel litigation with housing that would reach the very poor. Peter’s work as a nonprofit developer dates back to the 1970s when he worked with the Carpenters Union of South Jersey on several other projects that are now owned and managed by FSHD. Peter also serves executive director of the Fair Share Housing Center, a public interest law firm that is NJ’s lead organization fighting for the rights of the low-income families to live in high-opportunity neighborhoods with decent jobs and good schools. Click here to read a profile of Peter that was published in the College of the Holy Cross magazine. View Peter’s full bio.

  • Deborah DelGrande

    Director of Property Management

    Deb has been with FSHD since its inception in 1986, although her work with Peter O’Connor dates back thirty-plus years. As a Certified Property Manger, Deb oversees management at FSHD projects and is the on-site manager at Ethel R. Lawrence Homes in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Deb approves construction materials, appliances, hardware, and landscaping plans for all of FSHD’s developments. She also oversaw the design and furnishings for the FSHD Management Building in Mount Laurel Township, and for Northgate II’s social services office and community center. Deb is Peter’s chief lieutenant and top advisor for all FSHD business.

  • Marie Melendez

    Director of Finance

    Marie has been with FSHD since December 2003. As the chief accountant, she interfaces with all of FSHD’s property managers and leasing agents to assist them with financial issues, and she oversees the financial record-keeping and reports at all FSHD projects. Prior to serving as the Finance Director, Marie worked on payables and payroll but she also facilitated purchasing, employee benefits, and maintained the financial records on all predevelopment expenditures. Marie has an Associates Degree from Delaware Tech. Her previous jobs include work as an accountant for State of Delaware, Division of Air and Waste Management.

  • Denise Kawailani Barricklow

    Director of Fundraising, Communications, Policy Research and Advocacy

    Denise Barricklow joined FSHD in May 2008. Denise is in charge of corporate, individual and foundation fundraising. She is also responsible for FSHD’s website, e-marketing, media outreach, policy research, advocacy, PR and all communications materials. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, Denise has worked for large and small nonprofits internationally and in the United States. Previous employers include the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF USA, the Ford Foundation, Princeton University, NJ Future and PlanSmart NJ. Denise began her career as a journalist; her writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Star-Ledger, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Reuters, Condé Nast Traveler, Billboard, Spy, Newsday, and The New York Observer.

  • Cindy Haas

    Education Director, Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center at Ethel R. Lawrence Homes

    Since June 2005, Cindy has facilitated the educational programs at Ethel R. Lawrence Homes with the support of a full-time Jesuit Volunteer and teen mentors. Prior to joining FSHD, Cindy taught Pre-K and summer program for a private learning center and substituted for numerous years in a K-12 school district. Cindy holds a BA with high honors in Sociology and Early Elementary Childhood Education from Rowan University.

  • Erin Jordan

    Accountant

    Erin has been with FSHD since May 2012. Her primary focus is payables and payroll but she also facilitates purchasing, employee benefits, and maintains financial records on all predevelopment expenditures. Erin has an Associate’s Degree from Camden County College. Her previous jobs include work as a purchasing Agent and warehouse distribution assistant.

  • Marilyn Mock

    Director of Social Services, Northgate II

    Marilyn has been with FSHD since July 2012. She oversees the social services department at Northgate II, which is home to more than 650 low-income seniors, families and people with special needs. Marilyn is also in charge of an innovative new wellness program that is being developed at Northgate II in partnership with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Reliance Medical Group and other local nonprofits. Marilyn has 29 years of experience in the social work field including 17 years in aging services. Previous employers include Catholic Social Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Center in the Park, and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. Marilyn currently serves as a certified trainer for the Penn State Abington Personal Care Home Administrators’ certification program and she is also on the board of North City Congress, a senior community services center located in North Philadelphia. She holds a Masters degree in social work from Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey.

  • Paquita Lopez

    Social Worker at Northgate II

    Paquita Lopez has been with FSHD since January 2013. Paquita started at Northgate II as a Community Health Worker under the AmeriCorps program managed by Rutgers University. In that role, Paquita initiated the Enhance Wellness program, an award-winning health behavior program that focuses on supporting Northgate II residents as they identify and work on unhealthy behaviors that they wish to change. In her new role, Paquita will continue to oversee the Enhance Wellness program in addition to proving social service care coordination to residents. Paquita has 28 years of experiences in a variety of professional fields including banking, executive sales, and education and running her own business. Paquita worked for 4 years with Senior Care in Camden County as an activity assistant.

  • Yeidy Marrero

    Social Worker at Northgate II

    Yeidy Marrero, a Camden resident, is no stranger to Northgate II. She worked briefly as a receptionist for Reliance Medical when they first opened a clinic at Northgate II in 2011 and was instrumental in pulling together the office set-up. (Reliance closed their office at NGII in 2013.) Yeidy worked for Reliance Medical for 2 years. She is a certified medical billing and coding specialist.

  • Tom Jennings

    Northgate II Property Manager

    A native of Puerto Rico, Tom Jennings has lived in New Jersey since he was 10. He went to high school at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, a Jesuit school, and says he “never forgot their commitment to social justice.” He continued his education at Rutgers University - Newark and then entered the Army Corps of Engineers where he was a Construction Officer. After his active military service, Jennings began a career in construction administration and facilities management. He was recalled to the Army for the invasion of Panama, where he worked on a team that assisted in the re-establishment of the Department of Public Works in Panama City. A year later he went to Saudi Arabia as part of a Civil Affairs team that cared for refugees in southern Iraq.

    Since Jennings’ return to civilian life, he has worked as a project manager for the construction of Seneca High School in Tabernacle, NJ, and as a Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative for the GSA, administering renovations in federal facilities. Most recently he was the director of facilities for a luxury condominium complex in North Jersey.