Our employees are the catalysts making a difference in our students’ lives. Whether working at the Publicolor office or on site at schools and community facilities, our staff are the movers, shakers, dreamers and cheerleaders who make things happen, get to know them here!

 

Suzy Berkowitz
Next Steps + Social Media Coordinator

Suzy joined Publicolor in 2016 and has over 10 years of nonprofit youth development experience. She also works occasionally on weekends as an assistant teacher at a nonprofit martial arts school. Prior to joining Publicolor, Suzy worked as an Editorial Assistant at a chain of local newspapers covering Westchester County. Suzy enjoys harnessing the power and potential of social media to engage with people and to catalyze positive change. Suzy earned a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY New Paltz in 2014.

 

Tim Butler
Site Staff

Tim first got involved with Publicolor as a member of Paint Club back in 1998 after they visited his brother’s school. Publicolor also happens to be where he met his wife, who he says “gave me two beautiful kids who will also be in the program when they become of age.”

 

José Figueroa
Next Steps Manager

José Figueroa joined Publicolor in 2014 and has over 12 years of professional experience in youth development. Jose received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Baruch College in 2000, and his Masters in Divinity from Bethel Seminary in 2009. He was previously a Program Coordinator at the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, where he provided high school transition and academic supports to first-time 9th graders from underserved populations as well as college counseling, career counseling and job skills training for high school students. In addition to overseeing our Next Steps, COLOR Club, and tutoring programs during the academic year, he supervises our summer program, teaches our S.A.T. preparation courses, and manages the Publicolor Community Service scholarship.

 

Trish Logan
Assistant to Ruth Shuman

Trish Logan joined Publicolor in February 2016. She has the important role of supporting the founder and president of Publicolor, Ruth Shuman, as her Executive Assistant. Trish is a native of NYC, and is thrilled to be a part of the Publicolor family.

 

Ann Geismar
Development and Communications Writer

Ann channels over 25 years of experience in non-profit communications, arts marketing, advertising and DIY house painting into the creation of grant proposals, letters and email campaigns. Originally from California, she is a proud Brooklynite and library volunteer. B.A. Williams College, M.F.A. Columbia University (Theatre).

 

Irma Nepomuceno
Program and Events Coordinator

Irma is a Publicolor alumnus whose passion for youth development was sparked the moment she joined Publicolor in 2006 as a young apprentice. A long term participant of Publicolor’s continuum of programs and recipient of Publicolor’s Scholarship, Irma graduated with honors from the College of Mount Saint Vincent obtaining her B.A in Business in 2011. After college, she pursued her passion for youth development and came on board as a Site Staff working with at-risk youth in low performing schools throughout New York City. Currently, Irma focuses on leading outreach and building relationships with school administrators and key stakeholders for Publicolor’s Paint Club Program and Community Relations initiatives. She is also responsible for the implementation of the Paint Club Program, leading program staff, and assists with the planning and production of special events and fundraisers. Aside from youth development, Irma shares her passion coaching volleyball for over 10 years working with Greenburgh Parks and Recreation, Legacy Volleyball Club, and Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx.

 

Maria Park
Graphic Designer

Maria joined Publicolor in 2015. She has over 10 years experience working as an art director and designer for various design firms, corporations and non-profit organizations. Her expertise includes developing visual brands, designing marketing and promotional collateral, and creating graphics for special events. She has a strong background in print design, but now enjoys working on interactive projects as well. Maria received her AAS in Photography and BFA in Graphic Design from Fashion Institute of Technology, and earned an MFA in Design from School of Visual Arts. She is a happy mother of two energetic boys and has a special interest in children’s education and health.

 

Dustin Piper
Paint Club Site Leader / Inventory Manager

Dustin Piper has been with Publicolor since 2001 running paint clubs and managing paint and supply inventory for sites and schools. He’s is currently manager of social media. He attended and graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Illustration and Communication Design and continues to make his personal work on his free time.

 

Kayla Porter
Program Coordinator / Site Leader

Paint Club in 1999 and fell in love with the idea of contributing to the positive change of her community. She has been a advocate for helping others and has grown with the program to understand the effects of team work, transformation and self-improvement. 17 years later, she has made it her mission to devote her time so that she can do for students now what Publicolor did for her then.

 

Menzie Schoen
Senior Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

Menzie Schoen has 25+ years of executive and senior level financial and nonprofit management in voluntary health and other nonprofit organizations. She joined Publicolor in 2004. Menzie is responsible for board governance and directs finance, audit, banking, cash management, and budgeting. She helps supervise day-to-day operations and handles human resource functions. She is directly responsible for our multi-year government contract and reporting with the Department of Education. Prior to joining Publicolor, she was Vice President of Finance & Administration for the Magazine Publishers of America. She also previously worked for the International Federation of Accountants, the Foundation for Peoples of the South Pacific, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the Skin Cancer Foundation. She has represented the accounting profession at the United Nations Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting. She was serving as Executive Director for the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants when recruited by the International Federation of Accountants in New York. Menzie has her Master of Science degree in Management with emphasis on Technology Management from Polytechnic University in New York. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of the East (the Philippines). She passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam.

 

Natasha Seng
COLOR Club and Design Team Coordinator

Natasha is from New Orleans and earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology focusing on Child Development. She strongly believes in a strategic approach to design, exploring ways to develop innovative, sustainable solutions to complex design problems and societal challenges by meeting each student where they are, getting to know each one and their passions, and forming a strong partnership with parents and families to help each student flourish. She is currently pursuing a double Masters at Pratt Institute for Industrial Design and Art & Design Education, K-12. Besides education, she loves traveling, Mardi Gras and southern food!

 

Cara Spitzer
Paint Club and Community Relations Manager

Cara joined Publicolor in 2012, and has over 10 years of prior experience in youth development and education. She previously served as the Associate Director of the NYC Leadership Academy, where she served as a liaison with external partners, and contributed to the design and implementation of the leadership curriculum for aspiring principals. Prior to that she was the Volunteer Coordinator and Program Director of Adult and Teen Services at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, managing leadership, internship, and career opportunities for youth, and building relationships with stakeholders in the community. She holds an M.A. in Public Administration from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Communications and Media from SUNY at New Paltz.

 

Margaret M. Sullivan
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Margaret Sullivan has 30 years professional executive experience in development working at Purchase College, State University of New York, the National Academy Foundation, in addition to other institutions of public higher education and non-profit organizations in the visual and performing arts. Her expertise includes: board development, major gift fund raising, capital campaigns, annual giving programs, grants, corporate and foundation relations, government relations, special events, marketing, public relations and strategic planning. Margaret oversees major gift fund raising, corporate and foundation relations, communications and governmental relations at Publicolor. Margaret has her Master of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

 

Robert Vinci
Evaluation Manager

Robert joined Publicolor in 2015, and has over 18 years of experience creating programs, exhibitions and events for NYC youth. He led tours for students of all ages as an Urban Park Ranger working for the NYC Parks & Recreation Department. At the American Museum of Natural History, Robert produced exhibitions about Charles Darwin, Mongolian dinosaurs, meteorites, Vietnam, and genomics. He was an area leader for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s installation of The Gates in Central Park in 2005. Robert also managed the production of exhibitions at the Museum of American Finance and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. He holds an M.S. in Natural Sciences from SUNY Buffalo, and a B.S. in Zoology from North Carolina State University.

 

Deborah Wolfsohn
Corporate + Government Relations Manager

Deborah is an attorney with a background in drafting policies, grants, and contracts, as well as acting as advisor for public-private partnerships and non-profits. Having acted as counsel to various governmental entities and agencies, including special counsel for the Secretary of the New York State Senate, she brings years of experience in navigating legal and government channels, and collaborating with business leaders and the general public. Deborah is a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Law.