Board Members


Paul RabinowitzExecutive Director Paul is the executive director of ARTS By The People. He is involved with the daily activities of the organization, including outreach, fundraising, and project development.

Paul is a former president of a nonprofit sports and mentoring program in Morristown, New Jersey. During his five-year term from 2002-2007, he played a pivotal role in building and shaping the organization. His philosophy that every student can succeed if given the right framework and mentors still guides the organization today. He brings over 20 years of business experience as the founder and president of OMEX, a mid-sized, privately held company. Paul’s area of expertise is in sales and marketing as well as profit and loss management.

Paul’s current involvement in the trends of urban arts includes writing for various online magazines and blogs. Paul also volunteers his business experience to assist emerging artists and arts organizations. He lectures about changes in urban landscapes brought about by vibrant arts communities. He facilitates poetry classes, lectures at senior centers, and writes short stories. Paul is a graduate of Tulane University and is a resident of Morristown, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and three sons.

Board Members

Adam ShapiroPresident

Adam is a co-founder and partner with Lapis Software Associates, a software development and consulting company that has been providing technical services and systems to government agencies since 1994. As a member of the senior management team at Lapis, he is responsible for sales, customer relations, project management and budgeting, training, business process review, and technology guidance. Throughout his career, Adam has provided custom software and technology expertise for twelve U.S. state governments and numerous government and private organizations around the globe.

In 2010, he joined the board of ARTS By The People. Adam has a Master of Science degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University. He has also been involved with numerous community and school programs in his hometown of Sparta, New Jersey, including five years as a coach for the town youth athletic program.

Daniel A. Abut considers himself extremely fortunate, because three of the best firms in the banking business (JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Citi) gave him the opportunity of a long and rewarding career doing something that, over the years, he became quite passionate about: analyzing banks, dissecting their financials, assessing their valuation, interviewing their managements, writing about their tactical and strategic plans, reporting on their successes (and also their failures), and sharing his views with bank investors all over the world.After 25 successful years as a sell-side senior bank analyst, however, in April 2016, Daniel recognized that the passion was no longer there, and left Wall Street in search of new challenges. He now divides his time between teaching, consulting and non-profits, and is honored to have joined ARTS By The People’s Board, where he seeks to pay forward at least part of all the support, love, encouragement and hope that he (and his family) received from the community when his son (Santi) unexpectedly passed away more than eight years ago. Santi was very involved in his school’s arts program, and Daniel strongly believes in the arts as an instrument for inclusion and a force for good in this world.

Daniel earned a BA in Accounting from Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

Lawrence Barnard is currently a physician practicing medicine in the Bronx, New York and on Long Island. After graduating from The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999, he completed an Emergency Medicine internship and residency in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York, where he has been teaching for eight years. During this time, he co-founded a residency training program at North Shore/LIJ’s affiliate, Plainview Hospital, served as the residency director for two years, and currently is the Chief of the Division of NMM/OMM at Plainview Hospital. Sharing his skills and expertise with the underserved has been important since early in his medical career. He has traveled to Haiti many times since the summer of 1995, volunteering as a physician in clinics, orphanages, children’s hospitals, and hospitals for the terminally ill in and around Port au Prince.In 2009 he became a board member of ARTS By The People to use his unique skills and experiences to help guide the organization. Lawrence and his family reside on Long Island, where they enjoy the outdoors and the never-ending journey of learning to sail.

Rodriguez Calero is active in the communities and nonprofit services in “El Barrio” Spanish Harlem and Lower East Side, New York, as well as Jersey City and Union City, New Jersey. RoCa for short, studied graphics at the Instituto de Cultura Escuela de Artes Plasticas in Puerto Rico and continued her studies at the Art Students League of New York, where her main focus was in painting and collage. She was the recipient of the prestigious McDowell Traveling Scholarship, where she continued her career abroad while living in Spain and France. She has received fellowships at the Provincetown Art Association and numerous awards, honors, and fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. RoCa was chosen to represent, both nationally and internationally, the Liquitex Company, developers of acrylic paint and mediums, in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. In 2006, she was featured in New Jersey Networks’ Public Television State of the Arts Series, “SIGN OF THE TIMES”, and in 2008-2009, she received the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in painting. She was invited to participate in an international exchange to create art pieces relating to the ancient gardens in Suzhou, China, and in 2010 she was a finalist in Photographer’s Forum and was featured in their Best of Photography 2010 edition.

Julie Friedman has been painting her entire life. With a BFA from the Mason Gross School of Art, Julie worked primarily in oils until she studied with Christina Debarry and Wolf Kahn and “was drawn to the immediacy of pastels as well as their color and vibrancy.” Her awards and distinctions include Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th National Juried Show Dorothy Barbaris Memorial Award, “New Jersey Impressions” One of 12 artists chosen to represent New Jersey in a yearlong show at Drumthwacket- the New Jersey Governors Mansion, Included in a Pastel Journal article “Working Artist: Workshops” 2013 and Connecticut Pastel Society Founders Award among others. She has exhibited at The National Exhibition: “Renaissance in Pastel” Slater Museum, Norwich, CT, “New Jersey Impressions” Drumthwacket, Official Residence of the Governor of New Jersey, The Butler Institute of American Art Youngstown, OH and “Enduring Brilliance” Pastel Society of America Juried Show Gramercy Park, NYC. Julie is a member of The Pastel Society of America, Connecticut Pastel Society-Signature Member Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club- Board Member and Juried Member American Artists Professional League. She studied with Wolf Kahn and Leon Golub Bachelor of Fine Art- Mason Gross School of Art Thesis under the guidance of Leon Golub. She has been with ARTS by the People since 2011 where she volunteers her time and studio space and mentors highschool and post-high school art students.

David Olimpio is a writer and photographer who grew up in Texas, but currently lives and writes in Northern New Jersey. He believes that we create ourselves through the stories we tell, and that is what he aims to do every day. Usually, you can find him driving his truck around the Garden State with his dogs. His writing appears in various print and online journals and he is the author of THIS IS NOT A CONFESSION (Awst Press, 2016) and the Editor-in-Chief of Atticus Review. You can find more about him at, including links to his writing and photography. He Tweets, Instagrams, and Tumbles as @notsolinear.

Karen Schneider has worked in a variety of industries over the span of her career, including digital media, fashion & apparel, wine and spirits, and most recently found her way back into cosmetics, working for bareMinerals in global packaging & creative services. With a deep-seated passion for the arts, she found her home in ARTS By The People, where she serves as a resource for PR & social media, as well as grant writing and editing of Platform Review. She enjoys writing and contributes to TheMuse, Career Contessa, Elite Daily, and Thought Catalog, and has been featured in Business Insider and Harvard Business Review for her career advice. Karen is obsessed with learning, life, spending time with her son, and career/self-improvement. She tweets and instagrams @karen_lenore.

Sara Seber artistically crafts experiences for tens of thousands of New Yorkers as an event planner, in both private and public settings. Sara started her company, Indelible Times, out of a passion for bringing people together. She produced the nonprofit GrowNYC’s annual public event in Union Square and is at the helm of Big Apple Crunch, a citywide event honoring National Food Day and healthy, sustainable food.Sara took the leap as an entrepreneur after three years of experience as the Events & Catering Director for Ciao for Now, a staple restaurant in the East Village, where she directed a team on weddings, corporate events and private parties. Prior, she worked under renowned chefs like Wolfgang Puck in Los Angeles, learning event management in the entertainment industry. Sara spent two years as a Corporate Training Leader for Paul Mitchell Schools, coaching young people in the beauty industry and developing and initiating community outreach events nationwide.

Sara’s relationship with ARTS By The People began with a shared vision and naturally evolved as she continues to deepen her work within the nonprofit sector. Sara is a professional coach and brings fifteen years of experience in dining, event planning and community outreach to her advisory role at ARTS By The People.

Holly Tienken brings over 20 years working in the field of graphic design and art direction. She received her BFA in Communications Design at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She worked at Bloomberg L.P. in New York and during her time she helped set the design standard for corporate communication materials. After leaving Bloomberg, Holly became the Art Director at Frederick and Froberg Design in Montclair, New Jersey working on entertainment /sports licensing and branding. In 2006 she founded Design Grace which focuses on print design and branding. Clients include Warner Brother Records, ABSOLUT Vodka, Campari, The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, and NJ Beer Company. In 2007 she co-founded Bag the Habit, a line of reusable shopping solutions made from 100% eco-textiles and has partnered with brands such as Martha Stewart, The OWN Network, Tom’s of Maine, New York City Parks Department, Pangea Organics, and Guess. In 2012 Bag the Habit started an interactive, educational program WE CREATE THE FUTURE designed to teach positive new habits to students and inspire their ability to create the future. Holly is also an adjunct instructor in graphic design.

Shane Wagner is a writer, artist, frequent contributor to ARTS By The People’s “The Platform” literary open mic series and the host of “True Story” ABTP’s new live story telling event. He received his BFA in Fine Arts/Painting from the School of Visual Arts. He writes and performs both fiction and creative non-fiction and his short story, “After Ever”, was selected for the ABTP chap book award in 2015. With over 25 years of software sales and marketing experience, Shane is looking forward to finding new ways to reach out to writers and artists at all stages of their development. He lives in Chatham, NJ, where the voices of his wife and three children regularly work their way into his stories.