Who We Are

Dan Schneider, Esq. – Executive Director & Mutual Mentor

Dan Schneider has been practicing entertainment, corporate, new media, intellectual property and real property law for more than 31 years in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY.   A graduate of Vassar College (AB, 1979, Evans Fellow in Law) and Emory Law School (JD, 1982, Emory Scholar), he is admitted to the New York and Georgia bars, as well as to the U.S. District Court (Southern District, NY).

Dan serves as Executive Producer of Big Shoes Media, which creates and distributes transformative media that positively impacts people’s lives.

Dan has served as a member of numerous non-profit boards, including The America The Beautiful Fund, The Giulio Gari Foundation, the Creative Music Foundation, the Woodstock Soccer League, the Woodstock Youth Theatre, and Hudson Valley Technology and Commerce, the Woodstock Library Board, the Woodstock Democratic Committee, the All Rockaway Planning Council, and Manhattan Community Board #4.

He is a member of the NYS Bar Association, the California Copyright Conference, the NY Vassar Club, and the Dramatists Guild.

Dan is the Executive Director of the Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation where he is passionate about helping good people connect and expanding its community of creative entrepreneurs.

Charlotte W. Pfahl, Esq. – President & Mutual Mentor

Charlotte W. Pfahl received a B.A. cum laude from University of Denver in 1973 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1978. She also attended Oxford University, Oxford, U.K., the N.Y.U. School of Law, LLM. in Taxation, and the World Trade Institute.

Ms. Pfahl specializes in private client matters (wills, trusts, family limited partnerships) and real estate law. She represents foreign and domestic clients – including individuals, trusts, partnerships and corporations in a number of jurisdictions – on a broad range of domestic and transnational business transactions, including organization of domestic and off-shore entities and trusts, acquisitions of business interests and property, buy-outs and financing, as well as real estate matters, commercial and residential acquisitions, and leasing. Her real estate-related clients include cooperative corporations, developers, foreign banking institutions, and private investors.

Ms. Pfahl is admitted to practice in the States of New York and Florida and to the Bars of the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Claims, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a member of the Financial Women’s Association and The International Alliance.

Jillian Markowitz, Esq. – Assistant Director & Mutual Mentor

Jillian (Jill) Markowitz is a 2007 graduate of the prestigious Gallatin School of Independent Studies at New York University. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Jill created an interdisciplinary major combining business, marketing and film studies. This unique focus lead her to accept a full scholarship to Hofstra Law School where she was the web editor of the Journal of International Business and Law and a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.  She graduated cum laude in 2010 and received an achievement award for her work in intellectual property.  She currently works as an attorney for the law firm Schneider, Pfahl & Rahme LLP in New York City doing wills and trusts, real estate, corporate law and entertainment law. She works part time for the I Can Still Do That Foundation, creating and organizing networking and mentoring events in New York, Long Island, Boston, Philadelphia and California.

Saundi Wilson – Chief Communications Officer & Mutual Mentor

Saundi’s work in film and television began at age 19, and he has since composed music for A&E, CBS, ABC, and Disney as well as numerous short films. Saundi would go on to score his first feature film, Manito , which garnered honors at several film festivals, most notably Sundance and South by Southwest. It has been licensed to HBO, Showtime and the Independent Film Channel. Shortly after attending NYU’s Steinhardt School, Saundi began creating The Brüknahm Project with Sebastian Bardin, a former classmate from his undergrad days(S.U.N.Y. Purchase). Their first LP (self-titled) was released on Knitting Factory Records to critical acclaim and has been licensed more than fifteen different television shows including MTV’s Jersey Shore. The Brüknahm Project completed two European tours performing on some of Europe’s greatest stages (i.e. North Sea, Jazz a Vienne). After their tremendous success in Europe, the duo packed up and moved to Paris. Brüknahm was commissioned by Universal(France) to produce tracks for Algerian star Khaled, not to mention two remixes for the Japanese sensation AIR on the LP On My Way(EMI/Capitol). Saundi also laid down his eclectic groove as a DJ in various locales in Europe as well as his monthly Brooklyn Zoo parties in Paris. It was also during this period that he developed a love for photography. He eventually moved back to the U.S., (Los Angeles) importing his Brooklyn Zoo franchise to L.A. hot spots Little Temple and The Standard Hotel. Saundi began to develop his solo collection – Los Angeles(now available on iTunes). In 2010, Saundi to moved back to New York. He reunited with his Brüknahm collborator, Mr.Bardin, and they completed their second album- City of Light. He has also begun to turn his passion for photography into a new career. He has had a photo chosen as a Smithsonian Magazine editor’s pick, and his work has already been featured in the Sony World Photography exhibit.