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 served as a trustee of the National Music Museum (2003-18), President of the Summit-New Providence Rotary (2017-18), and a Lead New Jersey Fellow (2017), and is a founding member of Summit Area GreenFaith Circle.  

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Donna Liu

Media Manager

Donna Liu is a media consultant with an extensive background in TV news production and digital video distribution. She established CNN’s Asia Production Center in Hong Kong, and participated in the coverage of global events ranging from the first Gulf War to the Tiananmen protests in 1989 (for which the CNN team was awarded an Emmy). Donna has taught media classes at Princeton University, where she also founded the UChannel project. Donna was more recently Director of New Media Services at TelVue Corporation, and a member of the National Board of the Alliance for Community Media. 



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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.