George S. Quillan was elected Chair of the Morris Township Democratic Committee (MTDC) in June 2018. A Morris Township resident since 1997, he also serves as one of MTDC’s representatives for the township’s Voting District 9, which includes part of Woodland Avenue, the lower parts of the Moore Estate development, Bennington Road, and surrounding streets.
George is an actuary who worked in the insurance industry for nearly 40 years. There, he served in executive positions, designing and performing risk control for life insurance and investment products. He retired from industry in 2013. Since then he has pursued his passion for teaching and has worked part-time as a teacher and tutor of mathematics and finance. He is an adjunct professor of mathematics at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, where he has taught basic skills courses, pre-calculus, graph theory, and statistics.
George received a B.A. from Yale in 1973 with a major in mathematics, and a master’s degree in mathematical finance from New York University in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and a member of several other professional organizations for actuaries and teachers.
George enjoys traveling, playing squash (not that he’s very good at it!), reading, explaining mathematical concepts to teenagers and adults, and discussing how to make government work for all people.
George dedicates his work for MTDC to the memory of his first wife, Barbra, who lost her life in 2017 after many years of battling the complications of Type 1 diabetes. He urges all residents of New Jersey to register as organ donors.
Melanie S. Hostetter was elected Vice Chair of the Morris Township Democratic Committee (MTDC) in June 2018. In addition, she serves as the Democratic female representative for the township’s voting District 1.
Melanie was first elected to the MTDC’s Executive Committee in 2016 as Secretary. From 2012 to 2018, she served on the MTDC as a representative for voting District 17.
After working more than 30 years, Melanie retired from her full-time, school-based career as a speech-language pathologist in 2015. She has continued to work under contract on a part-time basis for various school systems in New Jersey. Many of Melanie’s positions, in states including Georgia, Delaware, California, Ohio and New Jersey, focused on children ages 2 through 15, with some therapy provided to high school students and adults. She has also worked in clinics, hospitals, and private schools.
Melanie graduated from Ohio University in 1977 with a major in speech and hearing sciences. After working in the field for approximately two years, Melanie returned to college and received a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Georgia in 1981.
Melanie enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, and yoga in her spare time. She and her husband, Bill, have lived in Morris Township, where they raised one son, for more than 25 years.
Joshua S. Saks, the Secretary of the Morris Township Democratic Committee (MTDC), has been the elected Democratic male representative in the township’s voting District 13 since 2014. From February 2016 to June 2018, he served as the Vice Chair of the MTDC. He also was the treasurer for the Democratic candidates running for Morris Township Committee in 2015 and 2017, and served as the chair of the Democratic candidate search committees in 2017 and 2018.
Josh is a computer programmer and systems analyst. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, he worked as a computer programmer. In 1981, he started his own business, Jeron Software Services, Inc., to offer systems analysis and custom computer programming services to small businesses.
Josh serves on the board of Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey. In his precious spare time, he enjoys bicycling, birding, reading, crossword puzzles, and going to the theater and sports events. He is a sports fan and a lifelong Yankees fan.
Josh and his wife, Eileen, have three grown children, and three grandchildren. After the birth in 1981 of twin sons, who were small for their gestational age, Josh and Eileen founded a self-help support group for parents of premature and small-for-gestational-age newborns. They have been residents of Morris Township since 1977.
Mike Sheldrick has been Treasurer of the Morris Township Democratic Committee (MTDC) since 2014. In addition, he serves as a longstanding elected member of the Morris County Democratic Committee and as the Democratic male representative for Morris Township’s voting District 11.
Mike moved to a Wall Street trading desk after a short stint as a stock analyst for a large insurance company in the early 1970s. After four years as a trading assistant, he was a senior trader until he retired in 2015.
Mike graduated from Brown University in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Having grown up in Hopewell, NJ, when it was a very rural community, Mike has enjoyed many outdoor activities, including hiking, hunting, fishing and exploring. Until a shoulder injury, he was a serious whitewater kayaker and downhill skier. He now spends time in the Adirondacks, relaxing and hiking in the wild.
Mike, and his wife Pamela, have lived in Morris Township since 1971. Pam, who was night editor for Morris County’s Daily Record newspaper and had owned a bookstore for 26 years, has been deeply involved in Planned Parenthood, NOW, Right to Choose, and many other causes. She also serves as the Democratic female district representative for Morris Township's voting District 11.