Cathy Wilson was sworn in as a member of the Morris Township Committee in January 2018. A retired educator, she also previously served as the chair of the Morris Township Democratic Committee.
Cathy actively supports environmental causes through her work as co-chair of Green Earth Ministries at her church and as vice president of Sustainable Morristown, a nonprofit organization that supports local efforts to go green, save money, and preserve the environment for future generations.
Cathy is a member of NJ Planning Officials, an organization that provides information about land use and planning issues. Additionally, she singlehandedly brought unedited video of the Morris Township Committee meetings to the community through Cablevision and YouTube, at no cost to taxpayers, despite stiff opposition from our elected officials. She is the founder and president of the nonprofit Friends of Televised Access in Morris Township.
In 2015, Cathy ran for local office and lost by only 37 votes out of nearly 9,000 cast. Her resolve to open our local government to a broader range of perspectives and ideas remains undeterred and is buoyed by the words of George Washington, a personal hero with whom she shares a birthday: “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”
She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Washington University in St. Louis and three master’s degrees: one in special education from the University of Michigan, one in educational leadership from National-Louis University in Illinois, and another, which she earned in 2012, in negotiation and conflict resolution from Columbia University in New York. Her background also includes extensive training as a mediator.
Cathy has lived in Morris Township since 2005. She has two grown children and two young grandchildren.
John Arvanites was sworn in as a member of the Morris Township Committee in January 2018. Previously, John spent 14 years in elected positions, including 10 years on the council and four years as mayor in Roseland, NJ.
John is president of Arvanites & Associates, CPA, PA, an accounting firm he founded in 1997. He manages the office while also focusing on business development, domestic and international tax and financial statement preparation, and working closely with the firm’s larger clients. His niche expertise lies in accounting for the restaurant, professional services, independent contractor, manufacturing, petroleum, and real estate industries.
John also co-founded Integrated Payroll Systems, Inc., in 1998. Integrated Payroll Systems is a leader in integrating payroll solutions for small and midsize businesses nationally. John focuses on business development and marketing, while working closely with the sales team.
He earned a bachelor of science in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has achieved Series 6 certification. He supports a variety of local and charitable organizations, including the Market Street Mission. He is a past board member of the Executives’ Association of New Jersey.
John coached youth soccer, basketball, and softball for 25 years. He has three children, Demetri, Anastasia, and Layna.