Nonprofit Host and 501c 3:
Community Foundation of New Jersey
Founder and Creative Director:
Susan Haig view Bio
Video Editor and Operations Manager:
Sonia Schnee view Bio
Marissa Klapwald view Bio
Suzanne Paxton, Point Studio, Inc. view Bio
Videography and Video Services:
John Werner, Howl at the Moon Creative, LLC, Montclair, NJ view Bio
Board of Directors:
Anthony Barbera CPA — (New Providence)
Carol Bartholomew — Engineer and Financial analyst; retired, Wash. DC
Jim Fleischmann, CFA — Kennebec Capital Management, Manager; TIAA-CREF Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Research (retired); MBA (Finance) Penn State University; (Summit, NJ)
Adele Haley — Pharmaceutical Investment Analyst (retired), Board of Trustees, Philip’s Academy (Summit, NJ)
Mark Larsen — Strategic Leadership/Global Corporate Management; President Asia-Pacific Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (retired); Trustee, EBV Foundation (Princeton, NJ)
Joe Lunin, Esq – Partner, Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch, LLP (retired); former Adjunct Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law (Montclair, NJ)
James Marketos, Esq — Partner, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe; Advisory Board, American Hellenic Institute (Washington, DC)
Michael Wattick — Financial Advisor and 1st VP, Merrill Lynch; former Board Chairman, American Red Cross – Colonial Crossroads (Summit, NJ)
Nila Aranow, Executive Producer (retired), NJN
Cephas Bowles, Executive Director, WBGO FM
Kathy Clingan, past Trustee, Chautauqua Institution (Chatham, NJ)
Donna Liu, TelVue, digital access; founder, AllPrinceton.com
Gregg Lange – Media Consultant, TV/Media business development
Eric Schultz, Producer, State of the Arts; principal, PCK Media
Paul Mack Somers, retired music reviewer, The Star Ledger
Creative Team Bios
Susan Haig, Creative Director
Hailed for ‘imaginative and spirited conducting’, and ‘superb communication with musicians and audiences alike’, Susan Haig is a conductor and cultural leader dedicated to connecting the broadest public to music and the arts. Her work throughout Canada and the U.S. has included orchestral and opera conducting, coaching, producing and broadcasting. She is Creative Director and founder of New Jersey Arts News, a nonprofit arts news source for television newscasts.
Haig has served as Music Director of Canada’s Windsor Symphony and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Florida Orchestra, and Resident Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Formerly a coach and assistant conductor with the Canadian, Santa Fe, and New York City Opera companies, she has conducted numerous opera performances in Canada and the U.S., and hundreds of orchestral educational concerts for students of all ages.
Since 2007, Haig has been involved in producing short-form arts news features and advancing NJAN as a cultural/media initiative hosted by the Community Foundation of New Jersey. She has conducted numerous state-wide and national broadcasts in the US and Canada, served as guest host for the national daily morning show broadcast on CBC Stereo, and worked ‘back-stage duty’ during Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts.
Dr. Haig is a passionate spokesman on cultural citizenship, the civic role of orchestras, and public arts education through the media. She was voted 2006 Music Educator of the Year in Tampa, received keys to the cities of St. Petersburg and Windsor in recognition of her cultural leadership, and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities from the University of Windsor.
Ms. Haig was born and raised in Summit, NJ, graduated from Princeton University—where she was a University Scholar—and received Master’s and Doctoral degrees in piano and conducting from Stony Brook University. She has performed solo and chamber music as a pianist, violist, and vocalist.
Sonia Schnee graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. and High Honors in Film & Media Studies. While at Dartmouth, she was a Co-Founder of the Dartmouth Organization of Filmmakers and recipient of the Maurice H. Rapf Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film & Media Studies. Sonia’s foremost passions are video editing, screenwriting, and directing. After college, she worked in various positions from pre- to post-production, including Script Supervisor and 1st AD. Her passions also include animal welfare and environmental science. While in college, she served as President of the Dartmouth Animal Welfare Group and was a member of the Dartmouth Women in Science Program.
Marissa Klapwald graduated from Seton Hall University with a BA in English, Summa Cum Laude, and received an MA from Drew University in English Literature. After working as a copy editor with Ballantine Books and Book-of-the-Month Club, she received a JD degree from NYU School of Law. Currently residing in New Providence with her husband and 2 teenage sons, Marissa has worked in nonprofit development and as a free-lance editor for the past seven years. Her posts have included Development Manager for the Judith Wharton School in Berkeley Heights, Director of Alumnae Relations for Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, and Alumnnae Director for Marylawn of the Oranges in South Orange.
Suzanne Paxton is an Emmy award-winning producer whose features and content have aired on Discovery/Planet Green, CBS Sports, ABC News, FOX Sports, ESPN, Conde Nast’s Conde Net, The Hallmark Channel, and AT&T’s Blue Room. Her work includes breaking-news producing for Good Morning America and developing and executing long-form features for “HD Net’s World Report.”
Paxton won a 2008 Emmy award as a producer with NBC’s Olympic coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, producing over 40 packages for NBC’s “Highlight Factory” including daily event recaps, athlete/team profiles, and short performance features. She is founder of Point Studio, Inc. where she oversees operations, develops relationships with entities, and produces content for television, new media, live events, and independent clients.
Recently, Paxton directed over 30 “Signature Series” segments and oversaw the delivery of over 140 property videos for Voyage.tv, helping to build and manage the production teams, oversee daily in-house and field operations, story development and execution, and managing budgets.
Paxton served as a commentator for Universal Sports’ 2007, 2006, and 2005 Fencing World Championships, and for NBC’s Olympic broadcast team at the 2004 Olympic Games. A member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team, Paxton was a top nationally and internationally ranked fencer in women’s foil individual and team competition. She won medals for the U.S. in World Championships, World Cups and Pan American Championships, and was honored as an Olympic torchbearer in Amfilochia, Greece, helping to carry the torch towards the Athens Olympic Games.
Ms. Paxton was born and raised in Ridgewood, NJ, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis in Business.
John Werner, an award-winning TV and film writer/director/producer and editor, has produced TV series and special programming for HBO, Sci Fi Channel, Fox, TVLand, Sundance Channel and others. He worked closely with Brian Williams from 2003 – 04, documenting Mr. Williams’s move to anchor of NBC’s Nightly News. Werner has launched cable networks in the states and overseas, and was creative director for TV6 Moscow – the first independent TV station in Russia – in 1993.
A resident of Montclair, NJ, Mr. Werner is currently producing a series of short documentaries for HBO focusing on the WW2 veterans featured in THE PACIFIC miniseries. Werner was selected as the ‘up close and personal’ cameraman for Phil Michelson’s KPMG sponsorship events. Three of his screenplays have been produced and are currently available on Netflix and other video outlets.