Susan MacLaury

Susan MacLaury

Congratulations to Susan MacLaury for her film Inocente which has won the Academy Award in the category for best short documentary! She shares her Academy Award as co-producer with her husband Albie Hecht. This is the second documentary from her production company to be nominated for an Academy Award. Susan is dually degreed in social work and health education and teaches at Kean University. She is a member of the Kean Federation of Teachers, AFT-AFL/CIO and serves as Member-at-Large as part of the local’s elected leadership.

Inocente tells the story of a homeless, undocumented 15 year-old artist who lives in San Diego with her mother and three younger brothers. At the time of filming, they had been homeless for nine years, moving in and out of more than 25 shelters and other temporary residences. Susan served as Executive Producer of the film, which was screened at the United State Congress on February 5th.

The Academy Award® winning husband and wife team are the co-founders and driving force behind the non-profit production company Shine Global and Emmy winners for its first film, War/Dance. Together they executive produced Shine’s second feature documentary, The Harvest/La Cosecha. Albie is the former president of entertainment for Nickelodeon and Spike TV. He is currently president of Worldwide Biggies, a transmedia company he founded. Susan is the Executive Director of Shine Global. Shine Global is dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of children through films that raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change.

Susan stated, “I believe strongly in the power of film to educate, both in and out of the classroom, and to promote genuine social change. We hope the win brings more attention to the millions of kids like Inocente who are homeless, undocumented, and/or affected by cuts in arts education funding” We salute her for the commitment and integrity with which she puts her values into action in her films, in her classroom and in her service to our colleagues as an elected member of the KFT leadership.

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Faye Robinson

Faye Robinson

In March, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW, Southern New Jersey Chapter) will honor Rowan Librarian and Council representative Faye Robinson with the 2013 Candace “Jewels of Excellence” Achievement Award for Education. She will receive the award at the 11th Annual Candace Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on March 28.

The Candace Award is the symbol of the NCBW, an advocacy group that strives to empower black women to meet their professional goals. Historically, Candace is a royal dynasty name for the long line of queens of Ethiopia. The 2013 Candace “Jewels of Excellence” awards honor outstanding achievement in many areas: Arts and Culture, Civic Awareness, Community Service, Corporate Trailblazer, Education, Economic Development, Humanitarian, Religious Leadership, Youth Leadership, Science and Technology, and Health.

Faye grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and attended Kensington High School. She came from a family of eight children. Her mother died in 1963, leaving the care for five younger children to her and her father. Her father was a long-standing member of the Teamsters, Local 169 and was a strong advocate of unionism, something she never forgot. She married in 1968 and became a homemaker raising three children.

In 1986, she began her studies at what was then Glassboro State College and graduated in 1991 with a B.A. in English/Liberal Arts. She worked for a period as an part-time librarian on the reference desk at the Rowan University Campbell Library and began work on a Master of Arts in English at Arcadia University in 1992. Subsequently, she enrolled in the School & Public Librarianship program at Rowan and graduated in 1999.

She was hired as a full-time librarian in 2000 and immediately joined AFT Local 2373. She is now Head of Resource Sharing/Interlibrary Loan (ILL). She is also a writer and has published in The King’s Daughters, an online newsletter and WOW! (Women of the Word), a print and online magazine, and in How to Write for Magazines: Consumers, Trades, and Web (Allyn & Bacon, 2001).

The Council extends its warm congratulations to Faye Robinson for this prestigious award in recognition of her years of achievement in education.


At a meeting attended by 100 Council delegates representing the Council’s eleven locals on Friday night September 14, 2012, Tim Haresign was elected Council President. He will fill the remainder of the late President Nick Yovnello’s term of office. He has a long history of work for AFT at his local and as a member of the Council’s negotiating team.

Tim is an associate professor of biology at Richard Stockton College. His experience at Richard Stockton Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2275, includes service as the local’s grievance officer, as Executive Vice President, and four terms as President. He has also served for eight years on the local’s negotiating team, as president of the Stockton Faculty Assembly, chair of the college-wide personnel committee and as the Biology Program Coordinator (the Stockton equivalent of department chair).

Council Executive Vice President Bill Sullivan, who held the post of interim President until the election, was warmly thanked by Tim and the delegates for his important service to the Council during the period following the tragic death of longtime Council President Nick Yovnello in July.