new headshotDan Schneider Esq. – Executive Director & Trustee

Dan Schneider has been practicing entertainment, corporate, new media, intellectual property and real property law for more than 37 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 bar and is a retired member of the Georgia bar. He is admitted to 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 past 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.

 

CWP headshot #2Charlotte Pfahl, Esq. – President & Trustee

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 is a retired attorney who specialized in private client matters (wills, trusts, family limited partnerships) and real estate law. She represented 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. Her real estate clients included cooperative corporations, developers, foreign banking institutions, and private investors.

Ms. Pfahl is retired from 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 former member of the Financial Women’s Association and The International Alliance.

 

Rivka Rivera – Associate Director

Rivka Rivera is an award-winning actor, writer and producer. A Brooklyn native who spent her childhood building forts and writing plays, she became serious about her craft after attending LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (the Fame school) – where she received a Drama Desk Award for Performance there. She went on to earn her BFA in theatre from Carnegie Mellon University. As an actress, Rivka can be seen in films like “Firelight” on ABC/HALLMARK opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sci-Fi Cult Favorite “The Circle” on Netflix.
Rivka has a long history as an arts organizer and producer. In 2012 she co-founded and ran Towne Hall, a non-profit warehouse space in downtown Los Angeles, dedicated to providing a community venue for artists of all professional levels and socioeconomic means to create, connect, and share.
Currently, Rivka serves on the Board of Directors at Irondale Ensemble Theater where she founded and produced the monthly ARTBuffet series and works as a co-facilitator of “To Protect Serve and Understand,” a program which builds communication and empathy between NYPD and Civilians using theater.
Rivka’s primary intention in all of the work she does is to inspire creative inquiry and to shed light on the complex human experience.