Creative Team


Susan Haig

Founder & Creative Director

Susan Haig is Founder & Creative Director of 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. 



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  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.


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Ferlanda Fox Nixon

Interim Executive Director

Ferlanda Fox Nixon has more than 25 years' experience in the nonprofit sector. Her past community work includes inaugural executive director of the Hope Chest Scholarship Foundation and the Community Development Corporation of Northern New Jersey, both based in Morristown, and trustee of the Women’s Association of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. She is a public relations specialist in the Office of Communications at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) and previously served as acting director of communications and as adjunct professor in RU-N's School of Public Affairs and Administration. She practiced corporate law for 18 years in New York City and Livingston, NJ. A graduate of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, she received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.


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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.