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 is also the founder of 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.
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.
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.
Education Director, Margaret Donnell O’Connor Education Center
Michael joined FSHD in August of 2017. As Director of the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center, Mike oversees all programs, lessons, and events at the center. Prior to joining FSHD, Mike spent two years working in education as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). He taught computers, health, and P.E. classes while also substitute teaching middle school and running the afterschool program at an elementary school in Phoenix, AZ. After Phoenix, Mike moved to Boston, MA where he worked as a part of the academic success team at West End House Boys and Girls’ Club. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a minor in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton.
Associate Education Director, Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center
Chantel joined FSHD in August 2017. Chantel is responsible for implementing social programs and initiatives that promote academic achievement, community engagement, and personal enrichment, for the residents at Ethel Lawrence Homes, including a new College Preparatory program. Chantel also provides management support and tutoring assistance at the Homework Club. Prior to joining FSHD, Chantel worked as a Sales Supervisor in the telecommunications industry. Chantel is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, NJ.
Director of Social Services, ERLH & Robinson Estates
George joined the FSHD team in June 2018. As Director of Social Services at Ethel R. Lawrence Homes and Robinson Estates, George oversees all programs, activities and events designed to enhance the quality of life for the residents of our flagship development in Mount Laurel. Prior to joining FSHD, George was the Recreation Director of a nationally recognized award-winning crime-prevention program. He also started a championship AAU basketball team before becoming the Coordinator of the Interstate Realty Management Company/Sonny Hill Community Involvement Basketball League for twelve years. He is a motivational public speaker who has toured the country to advocate for safer communities for residents in the public housing sector. George has conducted research on sustainability in South America (Chile) and Central America (Panama). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Philadelphia University (now Jefferson University) in Organizational Leadership and is a Masters in Organizational Dynamics candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.
Denise Kawailani Barricklow
Director of Fundraising and Communications
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, email 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.
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.
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. Erin also runs her own freelance photography studio and has worked at FSHD as our staff photographer since 2014. (Professional photographer Mark Lozier generously donated the other photos that appear on the FSHD website.)