Dr. Elizabeth Arthur – Council President
Dr. Elizabeth McIntyre Arthur was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. She subsequently moved to Trumansburg, New York where she graduated from C. O. Dickerson High School. Dr. Arthur is the proud mother of three children: Dale S. Arthur, Jr. and his wife Monica; Darrell S. Arthur and his wife Melissa; and Heather R. Garrison and her husband Donnie. She also adores her 10 grandchildren: Alexis (who is an Air Force reservist), Nathan, Nehemiah, Nicholas, Joshua, Isaac, Caleb, Xavier, Hannah, and Abigail.
Dr. Arthur graduated from Cumberland County College with an associate’s degree in Business Administration. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College, an Executive MBA from Georgian Court University, and a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Walden University.
Dr. Arthur currently teaches Computer Science at Cumberland County College and at Raritan Valley Community College, and previously served as a Computer Tutor at the Vineland Public Library. Prior to that, she spent over 30 years in the scientific glass industry, beginning as a Purchasing Administrator and Buyer for Wheaton Industries, and retiring as a Business System Analyst with Gerresheimer Glass.
Dr. Arthur is a former member of the Vineland Board of Education. She is also active in the community, serving as a member and Chairperson of the Vineland Education Foundation since 2003, as a board member of Visions of Hope, Inc, and for eight years as a former board member of the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. Dr. Arthur is also a member of the Cumberland County College Alumni Association and the New Bethel AME Church, Vineland.
David Acosta – Council Vice President
David Acosta was born and raised in the City of Vineland. After graduating from Vineland High School, David attended Stockton State College (now known as Stockton University) and graduated with a degree in Political Science. David was given the designation of Certified Public Manager by the New Jersey Department of Personnel and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
After college, David was employed by Rural Opportunities Inc., (ROI) as a Nutrition Specialist. By the end of his nine years of employment with ROI, David was appointed State Director and managed a five million dollar non-profit agency that administered employment and training services to migrant farmworkers in Southern New Jersey.
David left ROI and began employment with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission (NJCCC) as an Applications Analyst. David worked for NJCCC for 26 years until he transferred to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement as a Program Supervisor. He retired after 28 years of state service. Shortly after his retirement, David accepted employment with the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Ohio had passed expanded gaming and hired David due to his years of licensing experience. While in Ohio, David was able to develop and put into practice protocols and procedures used by the Commission to comply with the licensing mandates of expanded gaming. This included the creation of the data system currently being used in Ohio. After 18 months, David accepted employment in Massachusetts, as they were in the process of starting gaming activities. David was again able to develop and put into practice protocols and procedures used by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to comply with the licensing mandates.
David has been an active member on varies Puerto Rican community organizations, a member of the Vineland Board of Education, and a basketball and soccer official. David also has been recognized by Stockton College as the founder of Los Latinos Unidos.
Ronald Franceschini, Jr. – Councilman
Ronald Franceschini, Jr. is a life-long Vineland resident. He has been married to his wife Kathy for 17 years, and has a son RJ and daughter Annalisa. Ron graduated from Vineland High School and went on to attend Gloucester County College; Rowan University, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education; and Temple University, where he earned his master’s degree in Exercise Physiology.
Since 1991, Ron has worked for the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona, New Jersey where he currently serves as the Director of Cardiac/Pulmonary Services and Emergency Management. In his position, he has extensive experience in the management and hiring of staff, as well as, budgeting and fiscal responsibility. He has also created and developed several health related programs for students, employees, and communities.
Ron is a former member and President of the Vineland Board of Education. His is also active in many professional and community organizations. He currently serves on the Board of the Southern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross of New Jersey, as President of the Cumberland County Technical Center Foundation Board, and as Chairman of the Cumberland County Health Department Advisory Board. He is a former member of the Tristate Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the American Heart Association Advisory Board, and the Star Career Academy Board for the past 10 years. In addition, Ron serves as a City Council Liaison to the Vineland Department of Health and the Vineland Office of Emergency Management.
Through continuing education programs, Ron has also earned a number of health and safety related certifications including New Jersey Instructor for Health and Physical Education, New Jersey Emergency Medical Technician, Community Emergency Response Team Instructor, American Red Cross Instructor Trainer, and American Heart Association BLS CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor
Paul Spinelli – Councilman
Paul Spinelli is a life-long Vineland resident. He has been married to Josephine Orlando-Spinelli for 26 years, and has one son, Paul, who resides in Kingsville, Maryland with his wife, Heather, and their two children Angelo and Stella.
Paul is a retired educator, having worked in Atlantic City’s Public Schools System for 30 years, as well as, owning his own painting business for 20 years. While working, Paul was involved and a representative in the teachers’ association for over 20 years, eight of which he held the office of Senior Vice President. Prior to retiring, he was chosen to Who’s Who of American Teachers. Paul presently works as a substitute principal in the City of Millville.
Paul is the Secretary/Assigner of the Cumberland-Cape May Basketball Officials Organization which services all the high schools in the South Jersey Region. He recently received the Honor of Boys Basketball Official of the Year for the Coaches Hall of Fame in the state of New Jersey. He is the President Elect of the International Association of Basketball Officials, and will take office in April of 2019. Paul was also a founding member of the Vineland Red and Gray Gridiron Club, serving as Vice President for six years.
Paul has numerous certifications in education through Rowan and Stockton colleges. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s University for his undergraduate degree and received his master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.
Paul was a member of the Board of Education in Vineland for three years. He was also a member of the Vineland Recreation Commission for three years, before resigning after being elected to the Board of Education.
In his spare time, Paul volunteers for things such as cooking for seniors and veterans, and officiating basketball for Special Olympics.
Albert Vargas – Councilman
Albert Vargas was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, relocating to Vineland in 1980. He is a 1981 graduate of Vineland High School, and attended Cumberland County College. During this time, Albert joined the Army National Guard, retiring as a staff sergeant in 2004. He was employed at the Sands Hotel and Casino as a security guard, and the Showboat Hotel and Casino as a fire and safety supervisor. While working at the Showboat, he obtained his blackjack dealers license. Prior to becoming a Vineland police officer in 1990, he was a Vineland special police officer. He is the former Police Athletic League Director.
During the first 18 years of his career as a Vineland Police officer, Albert worked as a patrolman. He was then transferred to the Community Policing Unit as a bike officer. His last assignment was working for the Juvenile Unit where he tought gang prevention to the community and organizations, and G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) to students in the Vineland School District. His duties as Police Athletic League Director include, but where not limited to, organizing sports activities, summer camp, community get together for children and their families, annual fishing derby, and sporting events. He founded the Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers Association, and is bi-lingual certified.
Albert has been married to his wife Glysel for 33 years. They have two daughters, Desiree and Chantal, and two grandchildren, Xavier and Michael.