Our Team

Suzy Berkowitz

Executive Assistant to Ruth Lande Shuman + 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

Director of Next Steps and Youth Development

José 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.

Ann Geismar

Development + 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).

Karen Hasher

Program Evaluation Manager

Karen has a wealth of experience evaluating programs and analyzing data. Digging into the data, to her, is like being a detective as she strives to uncover the story in the numbers. Prior to joining Publicolor in 2019, Karen worked for Leadership for Educational Equity conducting program analysis and teaching others to do so. Her love for color emerged from a quilting hobby and teaching an afterschool program in Fabric Arts. Whenever she has free time, Karen volunteers with a bird rescue organization and visits a local nursing home with her trained therapy dog, Ozzie.

Irma Nepomuceno

Director of School + Community Relations

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

Senior Designer

Maria joined Publicolor in 2015. She has over 15 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.

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

Director of COLOR Club + Design Education

Natasha manages COLOR Club and directs Summer Design Studio, immersing students in math and literacy through the scaffold of product design. Natasha holds joint Master degrees from Pratt Institute in Industrial Design and Art + Design K-12 Education.  Natasha is driven by a relentless curiosity and she holds an unwavering belief that the impact of design can transform, foster and cultivate a meaningful difference in our world. When she is not obsessing over design problems, you’ll find her at a hidden speakeasy, or planning her next adventure across the globe.

Deborah Wolfsohn

Director of Government Relations

Deborah Wolfsohn has served as an attorney in New York in many capacities, including most recently as Special Counsel to the New York State Senate and in private practice specializing in public-private partnerships. She is a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Law.

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