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.
Program Manager – Teaching & Learning
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.
Program Manager – Operations
Ashli became Program Operations Manager in June of 2017. She first worked for CAW as the 2016 Summer Youth Employment Coordinator, before becoming a CAW Teaching Artist and, later, our Community Events Coordinator.
Ashli’s art is predominantly concerned with the intersection of wildlife conservation, the anthropocene, and human hubris. Her three NYC murals depict endangered species, including a tiger; a rhino; and a black-chinned hummingbird, which was painted for an Audubon Mural Project. She successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to travel to Indonesia to paint three of the last 100 surviving Sumatran Rhinos. This work became the foundation for The Sumatran Rhino Conservation Coloring Book, which she published in English and Bahasa, the official language of Indonesia. She is a sponsored artist of The International Rhino Foundation.
Ashli has volunteered for North Manhattan Arts Alliance; the Bully Project, a pit bull rescue group; and Root Division, a community arts education nonprofit in San Francisco. She believes in creating spaces for young people to express themselves and expand their perspectives. Ashli loves her cats, dog, and rabbit. She is not averse to fossil hunting in creek beds when the weather is good. Her many adventures include crossing the Sunda Strait on a raft during Monsoon season, climbing an active volcano, and being attacked by leeches.
Stefanie joined CAW in early 2017, working first as a Teaching Artist and then as a member of the Development team before moving into her current role as Program Coordinator.
Prior to joining CAW, Stefanie taught at the Whitney Museum of American Art; planned 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 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.
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. He is an avid bike rider and an Instagram addict. 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.