Creative Team

 
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Susan Haig

Founder & Creative Director

Susan Haig is Founder & Creative Director of CivicStory.org and Conductor of the South Orange (NJ) Symphony Orchestra. Through 25 years as a cultural activist, she held conducting posts with the Windsor (Canada) and South Dakota symphony orchestras, Florida Orchestra (Tampa-St. Petersburg,) Calgary Philharmonic, and the New York City Opera. Born and raised in Summit, NJ, Haig graduated from Princeton University and received MM and DMA degrees in piano and conducting from Stony Brook University. She is a trustee of the National Music Museum, 2017-18 president of the Summit-New Providence Rotary, a founding member of Summit GreenFaith Circle, and a 2017 member of Lead New Jersey. 

 

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Joylin Babu

Web Content Manager

Joylin received her BS degree in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering. She has worked as Operations manager for Nous US and web content manager for jazjaz.net.  A former team manager/recruiter at Tephra Inc., Joylin enjoys work "where creativity and people are involved." 

 

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Sonia Schnee

Video Production

Sonia Schnee was raised in Morris County, New Jersey.  She is an AVID Certified Professional Video Editor with a passion for showcasing the creative and cultural vibrancy of the Garden State.  Sonia graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. and High Honors in Film & Media Studies and was co-founder of the Dartmouth Organization of Filmmakers.  She has worked in various capacities, from pre- through post-production, on independent films, documentaries, music videos, and more. Her other interests include writing, directing, environmental science, and animal welfare. 

 

Alice van Straalen

EDITOR & GRANT WRITER

Alice van Straalen's career in publishing included editorial positions at Quality Paperback Bookclub, The Book-of-the-Month Club, and Vintage Anchor Books. She has worked as a grant writer for Battery Dance Company, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and The Morgan Library & Museum. A resident of Montclair, New Jersey, she is an enthusiastic amateur pianist and a certified Master Gardener of Essex County working in Newark’s Branch Brook Park.