Executive Director & CEO
Brian Ricklin has been the full-time Executive Director and CEO of CAW since 2010, a role he stepped into after serving on its Board of Directors since 2007. He brings extensive experience in economic and strategic development, board management, and involvement in the arts, philanthropy and community service to bear on his leadership.
Daniel joined CAW as Program Director in early 2017 to build on CAW’s legacy of successful creative youth development. His career has been dedicated to the power of inquiry-based, hands-on education. As a teacher, administrator, and thought leader, Daniel has led programs and developed curricula that engage audiences from early childhood to senior citizens, inviting them to observe carefully, imagine widely, create skillfully, embody empathy and think critically.
Daniel holds a bachelor's degree in Studio Art and Intellectual History from Wesleyan University, a Masters of Fine Art in Studio Art from School of Visual Arts and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. His thoughts on education, creativity and leadership can be found on his blog, danielbergman323.wordpress.com.
In addition to being a painter and sculptor, Daniel is an avid fan of minor league baseball and all things related to Detroit, his hometown.
Deputy Director/Director of Development
Karen Jolicoeur joined CAW as Director of Development in late 2012, and has enjoyed working with Brian and the Board to enhance communications and outreach, to develop infrastructure, financial reporting and metrics, and to diversify and strengthen sources of support.
Lance Paladino joined the staff in the spring of 2014, bringing wide-ranging artistic and educational experiences to bear on the role of Program Manager. Prior to joining CAW, he served as Artist Teacher, member of the Curriculum Planning Committee, and Peer Coach/Mentor at the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
Prior to moving to New York, Lance was an illustrator at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and an Assistant Teaching Artist for the renowned Marwen organization at the Cabrini Youth Center for Learning and Education in Cabrini Public Houses.
Lance holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Illustration as Visual Essay and a BFA in Visual Communication from Kent State University with a concentration in Studio Art. He has exhibited throughout New York City, in The Netherlands, Austria, and Japan.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Scott Lucas joined CAW as Communications and Marketing Manager in late 2014. Scott was hired to help build the CAW brand by creating and maintaining print and web publications, growing CAW’s presence on social media, and developing innovative earned revenue opportunities. Scott will also be working behind the scenes to manage and increase our database of constituents and to organize our extensive and rapidly growing photo and video library.
In his free time, Scott writes fiction and illustrates his own stories. Scott has a standing gig teaching dinosaur sculpture to young children during the Annual Dinosaur Day at the Newark Museum.
Jill joined Creative Art Works in the fall of 2014 to oversee human resources, bookkeeping and general office management. She brings years of not-for-profit organizational management experience to CAW.
Christina first joined CAW in the spring of 2015 as a Development Intern, and was hired a few months later as a part-time Program Assistant. She was promoted to full-time Program Associate after graduating from the New School with a BA in Culture and Media Studies and a minor in Economics in 2016. Christina works with the program management staff and program partners on the planning and implementation of all aspects of our programs.
Stefanie first worked with CAW as a Teaching Artist in early 2017, and joined the staff full-time as Development Associate soon after. In addition to her continuing work with CAW students out in the field, she works in the office alongside our development team on all fundraising activities, including donor relations, grant research and reporting, and special events.
Prior to joining CAW, Stefanie taught at the Whitney Museum of American Art; designed and taught an afterschool Feminist Art Club for public high school students in Baltimore; was the Program Coordinator for City Art Lab, a free program for teens at the City College of New York (CCNY); and spent years volunteering with Free Arts NYC. She earned her MA in Art Education from CCNY in 2016 and holds a BA in Psychology and Art/Art History from the College of William and Mary.
Stefanie is also a practicing artist, illustrator, knitter, and amateur whittler. Her drawings have been shown at Brouwerij Lane in Brooklyn and at the CCNY Art Education Graduate Student Art Show, and she has designed invitations, brochures, posters, and album covers for a variety of friends and clients. She is currently illustrating her first children’s book.
In addition to passionately advocating for arts education wherever she goes, Stefanie enjoys hiking and camping, riding her bicycle around the city, rooting for the Mets, and talking about her cat, Captain Augustus (Gus) McCrae. She used to play drums in a feminist punk band and if she were not an art teacher she would be a cowgirl.