Board Officers

Andrew D. Levin
President & Chairman


Director since 1998

Mr. Levin serves as CAW's President and Chairman. Andy has helped lead CAW since 1998 and is the founder and champion of our Summer ArtWorks youth employment program.

Andy is a Senior Vice President in the New York Office of Boston Properties. He joined the company in 1996 and is in charge of leasing the company's Midtown Manhattan office building portfolio, and identifies and executes acquisitions and new business opportunities as well. In addition, Andy is a licensed salesperson in the State of New York. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and sits on the Seminar Committee of that organization. He is also a member of the Young Men's and Women's Real Estate Association. Andy holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a bachelor's degree from Boston University's School of Management.


Brian Ricklin
Executive Director & CEO

Director since 2007

See Brian's full bio on our staff page. 


Richard M. Morris
Treasurer


Director since 2012

As a partner at Herrick, Feinstein, Mr. Morris works closely with the executive management of middle market companies and funds to enhance and implement acquisition, financing, operation and exit strategies and to solve a broad range of commercial and regulatory issues.

Financial institutions, investment funds, and investment management professionals have the benefit of Rick's more than 25 years of transactional experience in such areas as corporate finance, institutional investment, mergers and acquisitions, hedge fund investment, corporate governance, executive employment and benefits.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Rick was a regulatory auditor with the Commodities Exchange in New York and specialized in operations and financial management at Kidder Peabody. He also was the U.S. Audit Manager for the financial division for a diversified Australian company.  He holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.S. in accounting from NYU.


Director since 2016

Eric Withrow
Secretary

Mr. Withrow is a Managing Director at Scotiabank in the US Power & Utilities Investment Banking Group. Prior to joining Scotiabank, he was a Director in the Power, Utilities & Infrastructure Group of RBC Capital Markets, and also held roles with Nomura Securities and Merrill Lynch & Co. in investment banking. Eric holds a BBA from James Madison University, an MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and is a CFA charterholder. He was raised to have an appreciation for education and the arts, which has led him to identify with CAW’s mission.  He lives in Scarsdale, NY with his wife and three children.


Board Members

Mosely Chaszar

Since 1998

Mr. Chaszar has been involved with CAW longer than any other board member.  He has participated since childhood, and is one of CAW's many "success stories." Mosely is currently a premier field engineer with Microsoft.  He was previously the Director of Implementation at Network Doctor. Prior work experience includes computer and systems administration roles at Columbia University School of Nursing, Donald, Lufkin & Jenrette, and Lord & Taylor. Mr. Chaszar has provided invaluable support to CAW through his expertise in computers and systems administration, his strong work ethic and his natural leadership abilities.


Since 2018

Kelly Downing

 

Mr. Downing recently joined the Faculty at The Writing Revolution, which transforms instruction across curriculum through a proven, coherent method that enables all students, and especially those from low-income families, to develop the literacy and critical thinking skills they need to engage productively in society. He trains and supports teachers and school leaders in evidence-based strategies for teaching writing. Kelly served as the TWR Coordinator at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School, where he served as an English teacher for nearly a decade. Last year, he was the co-teacher for 9th grade students who participated in CAW’s Narrative Art program, which aligned with the school’s ELA curriculum.

Kelly previously served as Instructional Staff at the College of New Rochelle, School of New Resources/Rosa Parks Campus in Harlem, and the Coordinator of Student Activities/AP English Instructor for Harlem Children's Zone - Promise Academy High School. In his HCZ role, he implemented programs such as the Boys 2 Mentoring initiative as well as developed curriculum and school culture. During his tenure, he maintained relationships with various businesses, organizations and educational institutions such ING, Starbucks and The Island School, in Cape Eleuthra, The Bahamas.

Kelly is a staunch proponent of the arts. He believes whole-heartedly in arts education, and its ability to transform lives and change the world. His appreciation of the arts was fostered while studying classical voice at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & and Performing Arts.

Kelly has a BA in English and music from New York University, an MFA from the Manhattan School of Music, an MM in jazz voice from the Manhattan School of Music, an MS in teaching & education from Fordham, and an MEd from The College of Saint Rose. He is also currently Persuing a Ph.D. in literacy from St. John's University.

Kelly lives in Harlem and is the father of two sons.


Since 2018

Rebecca Fine

 

Ms Fine is the General Counsel of Athena Art Finance Corp, a leading, independent finance company specializing in asset-based lending secured by high value fine art. For more than 20 years, Rebecca has provided legal and business advice to art collectors, museums, galleries, nonprofits, foundations and financial services clients. Prior to joining Athena, Rebecca was a partner at Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP, a litigation and art law boutique. Rebecca was previously an associate at the law firms of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Hale and Dorr, LLP (now Wilmer Hale). Fluent in French and Italian, she has extensive cross-border transactional and litigation experience.

Rebecca earned both her BA in art history and J.D. from Columbia University. She is the chair of the Art Finance, Funds and Fiduciaries Subcommittee of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She speaks frequently on panels addressing the intersection of art and commerce and is a lecturer at both Christie’s Education and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Raised by a family of artists, Rebecca believes deeply in the transformative power of art and hopes to help young people cultivate a lifelong love and appreciation for art as a catalyst for self expression and social change.


Since 2016

Neil Goldmacher

 

Neil Goldmacher joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in 1995 as a Senior Managing Director and became a Principal in 2000. He currently serves as Chairman & Principal, National Tenant Representation, at NGKF.

Neil is one of the most sought after and highly regarded real estate advisors in the United States. He specializes in national corporate services with an emphasis in tenant representation and strategic planning. A seasoned veteran of corporate services, Neil is vastly experienced with multi-market transactions spanning a global scale. His scope of expertise includes various types of real estate requirements in addition to complex multi-market assignments with large corporate accounts.

Additionally, Neil is a highly experienced tenant representative with an enviable roster of premier clients to match, including The Blackstone Group, Hachette Book Group, Neuberger Berman, Time, Inc., Guardian Insurance, CME Group, and ING US, Inc. Other clients include AIG, Elliott Management, Sagent Advisors, Providence Equity Partners, Apollo Financial, Morgan Stanley, Knight Trading Group, Moore Capital Management, Texas Pacific Group, Mizuho, Wachovia, Peter J. Solomon Company and Omega Advisors.

Neil works with a team of professionals that focus on corporate service work and tenant representation. Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Neil was associated with Williams Real Estate Co. Inc.

Neil is a member of the Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association and the Real Estate Board of New York, where he serves on the Leasing Brokers Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Neil has been a longstanding supporter of Creative Art Works.


Since 2016

Rich Morris


Mr. Morris is a Director in the Global Equity Linked Products group at RBC Capital Markets, the investment banking division of the Royal Bank of Canada.  He focuses on providing derivative-based solutions to institutional clients, including insurance companies, asset managers, pensions, endowments, and foundations.  Prior to joining RBC, Rich held similar positions at Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan, and Nomura. Rich holds a BS in business administration from Boston University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business.

Rich shares his passion for the arts with his wife, who owns a contemporary art gallery, and their young son.  They live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.


Deborah Papson

Since 2018

 

Ms Papson is currently head of Credit Risk Management for the Latin America and U.S. Ultra High Net Worth practices at Credit Suisse, based in NY. Prior to her position at Credit Suisse, she worked at J.P. Morgan for over 24 years within the firm’s Investment Banking and Global Wealth Management divisions in multiple positions. Having started her career in Economics in Caracas, Venezuela, her professional experience spans over 30 years. She holds a degree in Economics as well as an MBA in International Finance.

Deborah is committed to volunteerism. At both J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse, she held multiple roles, including Chair and Sponsor within her respective firm’s People Councils, focused on diversity, inclusiveness and career development. She is a Volunteer Firefighter for Ladder Company 40 of the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department, and a volunteer mentor for LatinU in Westchester. Deborah is passionate about the values that education and mentorship foster in young people, including accountability, responsibility and dedication. She is an admirer of the power of expression through art and literature.

Born in New York and raised and educated in Venezuela, she is fluent in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. Deborah lives in Westchester County, NY and has a son at Emory’s Goizueta School of Business.


Since 2017

Bevin Savage-Yamazaki

 

Ms Savage-Yamazaki is a Firmwide Arts & Culture Practice Area Leader, Senior Associate, at Gensler, with a passion for all aspects of culture and the arts. Over the course of her career, she has worked with artist’s Vito Acconci, Leni Schwendinger, Chris Burden and Dennis Oppenheim on various projects in Europe and the US and on the construction of the contemporary art museum Dia:Beacon, in Beacon NY. Bevin has worked with the New Museum on a series of complex and large-scale installations including Carsten Höller’s Slide as part of his exhibition Experience and Chris Burden’s Ghost Ship and Quasi Legal Skyscrapers as part of his retrospective Extreme Measures.

She has curated and moderated a series of panels at the New Museum, the Mountain Plains Museum Association Conference and at SXSW 2017, which explored themes around interdisciplinary collaboration, art and architecture and the museum visitor experience. Bevin also curated a series of roundtable discussions with influential museum leaders from cities around the world which looked at the relationship between museums and their constituencies with a focus on strategies to build and reinforce audiences.

As part of her ongoing work with New York City's library systems, Bevin helped develop a community engagement process through a series of visioning sessions to help branch libraries better program and connect to their surrounding communities. She is currently working with the Ford Foundation on the renewal of their landmarked building in New York City.

Bevin believes in the power of art to communicate complex issues, translate emotion, and create community while building collective memory. She is truly moved by the passion she sees from and around Creative Art Works, expressly the vital role they play in nurturing their students spirits by helping them to define their personal and community identities. She relishes the opportunity to help deepen the dialog around the role of the arts in our city and the role that CAW can play in the conversation.


Steven Soutendijk

Since 2016

 

Mr. Soutendijk is an Executive Director of C&W Retail Services, which he joined in 2004. He represents many of Manhattan's most prominent property owners, and has been instrumental in arranging transactions involving some of New York's most recognizable retailers. Prior to joining C&W, Steve was an Associate with the CBRE Retail Group. As owner representative, Steve has negotiated noteworthy transactions on behalf of landlords, such as Boston Properties, SL Green, Invesco, The Carlyle Group, Crown Acquisitions, and L&L Holding Company. He was involved in two transactions that were nominated for the Real Estate Board of New York’s Annual “Retail Deal of the Year.” In the tenant representation area, Steve has worked with prominent national retailers such as Charles Schwab, Swatch Group, Fireman Hospitality Group and JP Morgan Chase. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association. In addition, Steve is a member of the executive board of the Young Professionals Committee of City Meals-on-Wheels.


Jamie Watson

Since 2017

Ms. Watson heads her own company, Watson + Associates, which she founded in 1994. The firm provides architectural and design services to corporate and nonprofit organizations. Her clients are primarily in New York City but also in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and Hong Kong. Among these are Duquesne Capital Management, Duquesne Family Office, First Manhattan Company, Zweig- DiMenna Associates, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Robin Hood Foundation.

She has a BA in art history from Finch College and a MS in architecture and design from Drexel University. In 2015, Jamie received the Jessica Cosgrave Award, given to alumnae of Finch College who have distinguished themselves in their careers and contributed to their communities and society.

Ms. Watson’s passion for the arts is shared with her husband, Emmett Watson, whose career was in capital campaign and planned gifts at The Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University. Jamie and Emmett believe strongly in arts education and created a named education fund at MoMA.


Since 2015

Rick Wise

 

Mr. Wise is CEO of Lippincott, a creative consultancy that helps clients achieve meaningful and enduring impact. The firm’s passion is to give leaders the strategic and creative tools they need to transform their brands inside and out — and to succeed on the edge of change.

As CEO, Rick is responsible for developing and achieving Lippincott’s vision, strategy, and financial objectives. He oversees all aspects of Lippincott’s offering, which integrates the disciplines of strategy, design, innovation, and organizational engagement. He advises clients on their toughest branding challenges and has led engagements for some of the world’s biggest brands such as Coca-Cola, Hershey, GE, General Motors, Johnson Controls, Walmart, and others.

With over 25 years’ experience in management consulting, Rick has worked across a range of sectors such as financial services, B2B, global emerging markets, retail consumer brands, and technology. He has particular expertise in brand strategy development, brand portfolio management, experience innovation, and customer-centered growth strategy. Prior to joining Lippincott, Rick was director and head of the North America strategy practice for Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer Management Consulting).

A respected leader in the brand building space, Rick speaks frequently on the topics of brand and marketing strategies and has written for such publications as Ad Age, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and MIT Sloan Management Review. He is the co-author of the book “How To Grow When Markets Don’t.” He holds both a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on Oliver Wyman Group’s management committee.

Under Rick’s leadership, Lippincott initiated an ongoing philanthropic partnership with Creative Art Works. Lippincott has volunteered its services and expertise to help Creative Art Works develop a new brand strategy, name, visual identity, and messaging. In addition to providing ongoing brand counsel, Rick and the broader Lippincott team also volunteer their time with Creative Art Works, supporting their after-school and Saturday art-making programs.

When not connecting the worlds of strategy and creativity, Rick indulges in his life-long passion for the water and coastal living with his wife and three children in Maine.