Brian Ricklin
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.

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Prior to serving CAW full time, Brian spent over 25 years in real estate portfolio management, acquisitions & dispositions, asset management and capital markets. He is the founder of Real Estate Acumen, a principal real estate investor and a real estate investment manager and advisory firm. Mr. Ricklin was Senior Director and Global Head of Asset Management at Marathon Asset Management, an alternative investment advisory firm, directing the $4.5B in real estate and real estate operating company investments in the Marathon Real Estate Opportunity Fund portfolio. Brian takes great pride in his corporate philanthropy and, with respect to his assets under management, the grass-root commitments and local community service of his various partners and operating properties. Since his formative childhood years, Brian has maintained three simple principles that brought him to CAW: empowerment through creativity, grass-roots community service and volunteerism, and leadership as a fiduciary. During his teens, Brian developed a love of the arts and integrated all forms of interdisciplinary studies during his undergraduate career. Brian’s leadership of CAW is dedicated to best practices and the quality and expansion of all its social ventures and program-related investments. He has brought CAW recognized, tangible and innovative results in development, board management, strategic planning, and programming impact, including achieving top ratings for fundraising efficiency, revenue growth and program expense growth. Brian’s responsible for CAW’s recent capacity-building, including attracting new talented program and development staff.


Daniel Bergman
Program Director

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.

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Daniel brings thirty years of experience as an arts educator and administrator in schools, non-profits and museums. Prior to joining CAW, he served as Director of Education and Community Engagement at The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, a museum of contemporary art and studio school in Summit, NJ. At VACNJ, he collaborated with teaching artists and senior staff to implement programming for school and community groups, including over 400 8th grade students from Elizabeth Public Schools and over 100 students from the Thomas Jefferson Art Academy. In school settings, Mr. Bergman has served as Head of the Visual and Performing Arts at Dwight School, an International Baccalaureate school in New York City, and as Head of Visual Arts at Trinity School, also in NYC. In both schools, he mentored teaching staff and worked with them to develop sequential, inquiry based, developmentally appropriate curricula. Earlier in his career, he served as a teaching artist at museums, including PS1, MoMA and The Guggenheim, and with community-based organizations, such as Lincoln Center Institute, and Studio in a School. Daniel serves on The Teaching and Learning Committee of the Board at The Center for Arts Education.

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,

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.


Karen Jolicoeur
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. 

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Karen has wide-ranging experience in nonprofit fundraising, business, and the performing arts. Prior to joining CAW, she was the development consultant for the Bronx Arts Ensemble, a multidisciplinary art organization in its 40th season. During her time with BAE, she helped the organization diversify its funding base, increasing support from foundations, corporate and government sources, and overseeing a dramatic increase in individual giving. Karen transitioned to development from a career in business, where she was previously the General Manager and Director of Shareholder Relations for Starlite Media LLC. Starlite, which Ms. Jolicoeur helped to build from the ground up, is an outdoor advertising company specializing in place-based, at-store media in major markets nationwide. Prior positions include those at Citibank’s Corporate Realty Services and at MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings in the corporate finance department. Karen made the move to development work to merge her corporate experience with her passion for the arts and arts education. A classical singer, she has performed in concert, recital and opera around the US and abroad, and at several notable venues in NYC including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. As a frequent performer of new music she has appeared numerous times with the Center for Contemporary Opera. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Opera from the Hartt School. Karen lives with her husband and two children in the Inwood neighborhood of Upper Manhattan, where she is an active member of the community and a member of the Executive Board of the Parent-Teacher Association of PS/MS 278, Inc.


Lance Paladino
Program Manager

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.  

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Lance also developed a strong working knowledge of Upper Manhattan through his 11-year tenure at the Children's Art Carnival as a Teaching Artist and Education Coordinator. Previous experience includes acting as Adjunct Assistant Professor at York College/CUNY, teaching Graphic Design and Drawing, and as Museum Educator through Symphony Space at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Museum of the American Indian.

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.


Scott Lucas
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.

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Scott has nearly three decades of experience in writing and graphic arts. He was previously the Director of Marketing and Research for Phil Fraley Productions, Inc., a studio that fabricated museum exhibits, including mounts for fossils and other natural history specimens. Scott holds a Masters of Professional Writing from The University of Southern California and a Bachelor of History from The George Washington University. He spent four years as a secondary school teacher in South Central Los Angeles and three semesters teaching remedial English at Bronx Community College.

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 Goldstein
Office Manager

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.   

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Originally a social worker, Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Education from Penn State. She worked for several years with children in homeless shelters and in residential treatment, where she saw the positive impact of art programming on the lives of at-risk youth. She subsequently moved from direct care into organizational management. Prior to joining CAW, Jill spent more than six years as Business Manager for the Folksbiene, a not-for-profit Off-Broadway theatre entering its 100th year.

Christina Mozumdar
Program Associate

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. 

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Prior to joining CAW, Christina worked as a Development Intern at New York Public Radio, where she helped organize donor events and interactions. Christina was a member and soloist of the award-winning Saint Dominic Academy Women's Chamber Choir, The Dominoes, and was the recipient of the Saint Dominic Academy's Most Outstanding Musician of her graduating class. She is in the process of applying for graduate school for a master’s degree in nonprofit management and arts administration.


Stefanie Lewin
Development Associate

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.

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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.