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.
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."
Kieran O’Brien Kern
Community Engagement Editor
Kieran O’Brien Kern graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She brings over a decade of experience of writing, editing, and social media to the team. Nothing invigorates her more than reaching out to an audience and motivating them to act. Kieran is excited to use her creativity and energy to advance public interest journalism.
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.