Team Category: Leadership Team

Kristin Space

Ocean Partnership for Children - Kristin Space

Kristin Space serves as OPC’s Office Administrator and Executive Assistant and has been working at the agency since 2014. Her responsibilities include overseeing the agency’s building, including maintenance, working with the property owner and vendors, and ensuring the facility is safe for all staff, youth and families, programs and visitors. Kristin oversees the administrative team who answer the phones, maintain the vehicles, and support all the agency’s departments, particularly care management. Kristin wears another hat, providing administrative support to the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees. Kristin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Rowan University and appreciates that everyone at OPC shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission. When not at work, Kristin enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.

Andrew MacMath

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Andrew MacMath has served as the Director of Organizational Development at Ocean Partnership for Children since 2013. He is responsible for strategic activities that move the agency forward, compliance, quality assurance and technology. Andrew’s prior experience includes working with two other Care Management Organizations in various roles, which has given him a broad perspective on the work of CMOs throughout the State. Prior to his care management work, Andrew served as a Program Coordinator for the Office of Equity and Diversity at Montclair State University. Andrew is the proud father of twins and enjoys all that the Jersey shore offers, from boating to kayaking to spending quality time at the beach.

Katie Colhoun, LCSW

Ocean Partnership for Children - Katie Colhoun

Katie Colhoun serves as the Director of Community Resources and Advocacy at Ocean Partnership for Children and has been with the agency since 2007. Her responsibilities include developing relationships and Memorandums of Understanding with various professional and natural support providers, assisting staff with finding resources for the youth and families OPC serves, and advocating at all levels for needed resources. Recently, she has added responsibilities in marketing and website management, the latter both for the OPC and OceanResourceNet websites. Katie has her Master’s Degree in Social Work – International Community Development from Monmouth University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has over twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has worked with Adolescent Psychiatric Community Homes both in Ocean County and New Zealand. Away from work, Katie loves spending time at the beach, enjoying nature, animals, live music, and traveling. Katie appreciates that OPC is open, innovative and flexible to find solutions that address the needs of the youth and families served, the community, and the systems within which the agency works.

Maureen DeSantis, LCSW

Ocean Partnership for Children - Maureen DeSantis

Maureen DeSantis is one of three Assistant Directors of Clinical Operations at Ocean Partnership for Children. Her role is critical in supervising and supporting her team of Care Manager Supervisors, who work directly with the Care Managers. Maureen has been with OPC since 2015 and embraces the agency-wide commitment to OPC’s mission and the everyday passion for the work with youth and families. Prior to coming to OPC, Maureen has had a great deal of experience in the field of domestic violence, serving as the Director of Residential Services with Safe+Sound Somerset, as a Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Counselor with 180 Turning Lives Around, and as the Shelter Services Coordinator at Jersey Battered Women’s Service. Maureen has her Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Outside of work, she is a voracious reader, frequents the beach, jets off regularly for her Disney World adventures. She enjoys spending time with her pups, her son and nieces, and on her new passion for birding.

Liz Menges, LPC

Ocean Partnership for Children - Liz Menges

Liz Menges is one of the Assistant Directors of Clinical Operations at Ocean Partnership for Children. She enjoys her role supervising and supporting her team of Care Manager Supervisors, who work directly with the Care Managers. Liz has been instrumental in developing innovative groups to serve the needs of youth and young adults particularly where there are gaps in services. She has been at Ocean Partnership for Children since 2013 and appreciates most the strengths-based approach and providing help to families in the Ocean County community that need it most. Liz has extensive behavioral health and mental health experience, in fact, over twenty-five years of experience, both in private practice and in community counseling practice. She has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Georgian Court University, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and is an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Outside of work, Liz most enjoys spending quality time with her family.

Alyssa Christman, LCSW

Ocean Partnership for Children - Alyssa Christman

Alyssa Christman is one of the Assistant Directors of Clinical Operations at Ocean Partnership for Children. In that role, she supervises and supports her team of Care Manager Supervisors, who work directly with the Care Managers. She has been with the agency since 2007 and has experienced all levels at the agency, from Care Manager to Care Manager Supervisor to now Assistant Director of Clinical Operations. Prior to her employment at OPC, Alyssa has had a variety of experiences in the field, from working in adult case management as part of a forensics team, as a Child Protective Services case worker, working with an OPC system partner Mobile Response, and as an Intensive-In-Community therapist. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Ursinus University and received her Masters degree in Social Work from Monmouth University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa acknowledges that the work of OPC can often be tough but is committed to supporting the staff and feels the flexibility OPC offers makes such a difference for the staff. Outside of work, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family, as well as being outdoors.

Victoria Azzopardi, LCSW

Ocean Partnership for Children - Victoria Azzopardi

Victoria Azzopardi has served as OPC’s Director of Clinical Operations since 2006 and has been with the agency since its beginning in Ocean County. As the Director of Clinical Operations, Victoria is responsible for the oversight and leadership of the Care Management Department. Victoria is a strong advocate for the wraparound model and is driven by the mission and values of OPC. In her 20 years of working with children and their families, Victoria has demonstrated her strong advocacy for vulnerable and at-risk populations, while encouraging participation in a collaborative community to better serve families in Ocean County. Victoria has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. When she is not working, Victoria enjoys spending time, particularly outdoors, with her twins, family and friends. Victoria’s signature laugh is well-known at the agency and brings joy to the staff, youth and families she serves.

Jill Carlin

Ocean Partnership for Children - Jill Carlin

Jill Carlin serves as the Director of Human Resources at Ocean Partnership for Children and has been with the agency since 2021. Her responsibilities are to oversee all aspects of human resources for the staff, from recruitment, onboarding, orientation and training, benefit management, compensation, and the Employee Handbook. Jill also works with the Board of Trustees regarding all of the agency’s human resource policies. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Stockton University and has over twenty years of comprehensive human resource management, both in the for profit and nonprofit sectors. Her HR experience includes employee relations, talent acquisition, conflict resolution, change management, policy and benefit administration. Jill most appreciates the culture at OPC, as well as being able to make a difference in her home community of Ocean County. Outside of work, Jill enjoys spending time with her husband and spending as much time as she can on Long Beach Island.

Keith Savage

Ocean Partnership for Children - Kevin Savage

Keith Savage has served as the Director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer at Ocean Partnership for Children since 2013. He is responsible for all things financial at the agency, from producing regular financial reports for the Board, to budgeting, to payroll administration, to overseeing and renewing the Department of Children and Families contract, to agency financial audits and reporting. Prior to coming to OPC, Keith has had finance and accounting experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. In the nonprofit community, Keith has worked for the YMCA and the Food Bank and in the for-profit sector, Keith led the accounting department of several manufacturing companies. He also has experience in auditing and banking. Keith has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Rutgers University. He brings a great sense of humor to OPC, in addition to his financial acumen and what he appreciates most at OPC is the staff and their passion for the work of the agency.

Mary Jo Buchanan, LCSW, MPA

Ocean Partnership for Children - Mary Jo Buchanan

Mary Jo Buchanan has served as the Executive Director of Ocean Partnership for Children since 2014. She is responsible for working with the Board of Trustees on the agency’s overall direction, as well as running the agency on a day-to-day basis. Prior to her work at OPC, she served as the Assistant County Administrator and Director of Human Services for Morris County.  She has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit and government worlds, but the mission of Ocean Partnership for Children has been the most fulfilling for her.  Mary Jo has her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Asbury University, her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, and a second Master’s degree in Public Administration from West Virginia University.  She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Mary Jo enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, grand dog and grand guinea pigs.