SHORT HILLS, NJ - The Short Hills Association will host a Millburn Township Committee Candidates Forum on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom Webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82525015843. All Millburn Township residents are welcome to attend.
Candidates Maggee Miggins and Sanjeev Vinayak are unable to attend. The Short Hills Association is planning to have a forum with the two candidates at a time their schedules allow.
Candidates Nic Volpicelli and Dr. Sujoy Menon will join the Zoom stage to provide their thoughts on Millburn Township topics such as housing development, downtown Millburn and budget transparency. It will also be an opportunity for voting residents to ask questions to the candidates.
For more information about the Short Hills Association, please visit www.07078.org.
ABOUT THE CANDIDATES
Nic Volpicelli (www.nicandsujoyformillburn.com)
Since moving to Millburn 13 years ago, I have been a recreation league soccer coach, currently serve as the Committee Chairman for Cub Scout Pack 17 at Saint Rose, am a member of the Guy R. Bosworth American Legion Post and am in my final year as the President of the Board at The Racquets Club of Short Hills. My wife, Christa, is also very active in town as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and a two-time Odyssey of the Mind Coach while maintaining her job as a Managing Director in Investment Banking.
I was born at Overlook Hospital, the son of an Italian American from Brooklyn and an immigrant from France, and raised in Chatham, where my parents still live. I attended public schools in Chatham and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduating from The University of Michigan with an Aerospace Engineering degree, I served five years as a Nuclear Engineering Officer in the United States Navy.
After I received my MBA from The University of Michigan, I began a 17-year career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey and later Booz, reaching the Partnership of Booz & Company. During my consulting career, I helped many businesses around the world deal with their most pressing issues and did so with a collaborative, fact-based approach.
My interest in public service began with military service but continued upon my return to New Jersey. In 2010, I was selected as one of sixty Fellows for the year-long Lead New Jersey program which exposed me to the issues facing the state across topics such as health & human services, the economy, corrections, the arts, and education in a dynamic setting with a diverse range of viewpoints represented by my peer fellows. While the Fellows did not always agree on issues, discussions were always respectful and open-minded.
I plan to bring a respectful, open-minded, bi-partisan problem-solver approach to Millburn’s Township
Dr. Sujoy Menon (www.nicandsujoyformillburn.com)
My wife Aditi and I have been part of the Millburn/Short Hills community for about 5 years now. Both of us are products of first-generation immigrant families from India. Her father is an ex-teacher at NYU and my father an ex-IBMer and subsequently, CEO of a technology company, while both our mothers are teachers in fine arts.
I grew up in India and came to the U.S. to attend Rutgers University. My initial ambition to pursue medicine took a slight circuitous route when I got an opportunity to participate in cutting edge drug development projects utilizing my training in Computer Science and Molecular Biology. A Masters degree in Medical Informatics from Columbia University and an MBA from Cornell University led to a more global role in managing international clinical trial operations for a highly successful HIV drug at Bristol Myers and Squibb. During this tenure, my original passion for medicine resurfaced and I went back to Medical School, where I received the highest honor for demonstrating exceptional humanism. Currently, I perform minimally invasive and highly targeted therapies for a variety of cancerous and non-cancerous diseases. I was awarded the distinction of Top-Doctor for 2018 and 2019. My focus over the last six months has been on serving critically ill patients infected with COVID-19. Being a first responder to this global pandemic has given me a renewed perspective towards public service, as we all reevaluate what's important in our lives.
My vision for our town is one which is kid- and family-friendly along with a vibrant downtown, while resisting the lure of urbanization. My wife, also a medical doctor trained in NYC, caters to our first responders in addition to her other patients, right here in Millburn downtown. My children are beneficiaries of our amazing schools, hence sustaining the quality of our school system is crucially important to me. For me, the opportunity to be part of the Township Committee is to give back to a community that I am passionate about, and help create policies towards equity, safety, sustainability and vibrancy for years to come.
Maggee Miggins (www.mshdems.org)
Miggins is a 22-year Millburn resident and runs a real estate team in town. She lives with her husband, Michael, and has two children. Miggins is an active member of the community and is a founding member of the Cultural Engagement Diversity and Arts Committee, former President of the Township Beautification League, a sustaining member of the Junior League of the Oranges/Short Hills and is a member of the Memorial Day Parade Committee.
Sanjeev Vinayak (www.mshdems.org)
Vinayak is a proud Millburn resident, who along with his wife Shirin, two children (who are fortunate to be a part of the fantastic Millburn Township Public School System) and puppy is excited for the opportunity to be engaged at the highest level of our township.
Sanjeev is a passionate resident of Millburn and has been an active voice, representing the opinions of numerous residents on several township actions over the past years. He has also volunteered his time as a part of many athletic groups in the community. Professionally, he has co-founded and currently partners in a private equity fund garnered in the food industry. With this expertise in managing businesses for financial success, and a graduate degree from Pace University, he can provide operational experience and critical financial thinking to the current challenges.
Sanjeev plans to leverage his business experience to better manage the fiscal responsibilities and budgetary challenges faced by the Township in these troubling times. Another focus area he plans to lend his experience to securing potential partnerships and determining strategies towards building the safety and security of our township and its residents. Finally, inclusiveness of our town’s residents' thoughts and voices will be an important component of his platform. His belief lies in the Township deserving competent leadership and complete transparency in strategic decision-making and guidance. He will make himself available to listen, communicate and help maintain the strength and vitality of our community through consensus building and buy in.