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.
Denise Kawailani Barricklow
Director of Development Fund
Denise Barricklow is in charge of nonprofit business development for FSHD and our affiliate nonprofit Fair Share Support Services. Denise is responsible for corporate, individual and foundation fundraising as well as program planning, policy research and advocacy. She also manages FSHD’s website, email marketing, media outreach, 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. Denise has been with FSHD since May 2008.
Melonie Handberry-McLendon, MSS, MLSP
Director of Social Services, Northgate II
Prior to joining Northgate II in June 2019, Melonie obtained an MSS in Social Services, specializing in Clinical Social Work, and an MLSP (Law and Social Policy) from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. After graduating from Hood College with a BA in Communication Arts and Political Science and completing her graduate studies, Melonie began her career in child welfare as an advocate at the Defender’s Association of Philadelphia. Her career also includes supervisory tenures at Caton Village, Presbyterian’s Children Village, and Turning Points for Children. She joined Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (Association of Puerto Ricans on the Move) For Everyone to assist in implementing Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services’ Improving Outcomes for Children Policy Initiative to address the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, adults, and families. Melonie is committed to ensuring representation, advocacy, and access for vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized communities and enjoys her service to the residents of Northgate II.
Marilyn Mock, MSW
Policy Director For Wellness Services
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 under FSHD’s affiliate nonprofit Fair Share Support Services in partnership with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Rowan Medicines NJ Institute for Successful Aging and other local nonprofits. 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.
Maria Gonzalez, MSW
Director of Social Services, ERLH and Robinston Estates
Maria joined FSHD in August 2018. Maria has extensive experience as a civil rights investigator, social worker for DCP&P (formerly DYFS), school social worker for the Camden Board of Education and Garfield Park Academy in Willingboro. She has conducted clinical assessments, crisis intervention and counseling for the NJ Children’s System of Care/Perform Care. In addition, Maria has served as director and program administrator for Rutgers Early Learning Research Academy (LEAP) in Camden. Maria feels honored and privileged to join Fair Share and provide supportive services for the families at Ethel R. Lawrence Homes and Robinson Estates.
Education Director, Margaret Donnelly 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.
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.
Associate Education and Social Services 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.
Darlene Datil, BA
Social Service Coordinator, Northgate II
Darlene Datil is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in social work. She is a Camden native and is looking forward to giving back to her community. Darlene previously worked as a medical liaison for Radnet Inc. assisting patients with medical billing, scheduling, registration and medical records. She has a longstanding history of working with the elderly in various capacities. Darlene joined FSHD in May 2019 and is enthusiastic about working within the Social Services Department at Northgate II as a Social Services Coordinator. She is a dedicated and compassionate individual committed to serving our seniors in our community.
Community Health Worker, Northgate II
Nancy joined Fair Share Development in June of 2018. She is a dynamic and outgoing person who has extensive experience establishing positive relationships with those under her care. Her background experience includes serving seniors with their medical and personal needs at Generations Plus Medical Adult Day Center. She is deeply committed to our seniors and the community we serve.
Administrative Assistant and Office Manager, Northgate II
Mayrim joined Northgate II in February 2019 as our part time Community Health Worker for the Project Memory LANE program. Mayrim has nine years of experience providing elderly and geriatric care. She graduated from Metro College in Ponce, Puerto Rico with an associate degree in hospitality and tourism services. She is also a New Jersey state certified pharmacology technician. Mayrim enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and connecting with her community. She is committed to providing services to Northgate II residents.
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.