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The David Z Foundation is a non-profit organization created in memory of David Zablidowsky and dedicated to transforming lives through the magic of music. Our goal is to nurture that creative musical spark that a child has and help turn it into a sustainable reality. We are currently running our original music programming nationwide, including private instruction, rock band, songwriting, production, and music business. In addition, we prepare kids for the music world by pairing them up with professionals in the field and showcasing their creativity through the various events we produce. Our focus is on providing these services to low-income families and high-risk children while subsidizing the financial costs that come with it. We also offer scholarships through partnerships with music schools such as School Of Rock, Brooklyn College, and various other local organizations around the country.

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PAULIE Z

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Founder/CEO

Paulie Z is the singer of the legendary band SWEET, Host/Producer of Ultimate Jam Night at the famous Whisky A Go Go, and lead singer of the tribute band BOHEMIAN QUEEN. He was the Vocalist/Guitarist for the power trio ZO2, and star of the TV Series Z ROCK on the IFC channel. In addition to 25 years of experience on stage, on-screen, and in the studio, Paulie has been simultaneously performing and creating musical programs for children and was named ‘New Yorker of The Week’ by the NY1 Network for his contribution to music education. Paulie is passionate about bringing change to the world through music education and is proud to have founded the David Z Foundation in his brother’s honor and serve as its president.

 
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

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Lisa has been an educator for more than 30 years. Starting as a teacher and retiring as a principal, Lisa was instrumental in writing a "peace curriculum" educating her kids for a culture of peace and multicultural learning. She worked with Paulie Z in bringing music and video learning to her school, writing songs and music that highlighted a variety of topics. From social to political issues, Lisa ensured that her kids learned to think locally and act globally! Lisa is excited to be part of the David Z Foundation.

David Bennett, CPA, CFE, CFF, CITP serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of David Z Foundation. He has more than thirty years of experience in public accounting, corporate finance, renewable energy regulatory reporting, taxation, forensic accounting, divorce mediation, and litigation support. He currently serves as a partner for Weaver and Tidwell, L.L.P., a top 40 accounting, assurance, and advisory firm in New York City.

David's experience in the not-for-profit area spans more than ten years. In 2012, he co-founded Winsol Economic Development Corporation, an organization whose goal was to improve the lives and education of families and children in the Flint, MI area. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Center for Interreligious Understanding, Inc., as well as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for NFL Alumni Association and Being the Blessing Foundation, Inc.

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Ofrit Peres is a producer and talent manager based in Ojai, California. She worked as an early childhood music educator for over ten years and created a successful Brooklyn-based business that ran environmentally-focused programs for children. She wrote two children's albums for her music program with Paulie Z. When an opportunity presented itself, she made a career change to become a partner at Chaotik Media, a boutique talent management and production company with offices in NY and Los Angeles. She is thrilled to be able to support children through music in honor of the incredible David Z.

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Daniel is an Education Specialist serving as Chief Academic Officer of the David Z Foundation. He is a highly innovative and resourceful education professional who quickly identifies and resolves challenging classroom situations, strives to create positive classroom culture, and readily communicates and collaborates with team members across disciplines and agencies. He is passionate about collaborations in both music and education. Daniel has toured with Tajci as a keyboard player and vocalist. He is currently collaborating with Paulie Z on myriad music and education projects, including the David Z Modern Musician Program.

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Joanne is the Vice President of Education/COO at the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way in Central Pennsylvania.  She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years focusing on improving early childhood education for families and the community they live in. Joanne began working with Paulie Z in the summer of 2020 to use her broad experience in grant writing and capacity building to help grow the foundations reach. She was also actively involved in the creation of the Music Mentor program with Paulie Z through a pilot program using songwriting as an innovative initiative to address youth mental health.  Joanne is honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the David Z Foundation.

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Daniel is an Education Specialist in his 4th year teaching special education at Modoc High School in Alturas, CA. He is a highly innovative and resourceful education professional who quickly identifies and resolves challenging classroom situations, strives to create positive classroom culture, and readily communicates and collaborates with team members across disciplines and agencies. He is passionate about collaborations in both music and education. Daniel has toured with Tajci as a keyboard player and vocalist. He is currently collaborating with Paulie Z on myriad music and education projects, including the David Z Modern Musician Program.

Joanne is the Vice President of Education/COO at the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way in Central Pennsylvania.  She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years focusing on improving early childhood education for families and the community they live in. Joanne began working with Paulie Z in the summer of 2020 to use her broad experience in grant writing and capacity building to help grow the foundations reach. She was also actively involved in the creation of the Music Mentor program with Paulie Z through a pilot program using songwriting as an innovative initiative to address youth mental health.  Joanne is honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the David Z Foundation.

Debby experienced every aspect of the music industry early on while growing up in Los Angeles, CA. Her father Jimmy Holiday was a passionate and soulful artist, topping the charts with several of his own singles before going on to co-write such hits as Jackie DeShannon’s Put A Little Love In Your Heart. Debby has written with a wide range of today’s top songwriters and has shared the stage with legendary recording artists like Rod Stewart, Joe Walsh, John Waite and Kiss. 

 

Debby starred in the film Blues For Willadean written by the award winning, Del Shores & co-starring Beth Grant, Dale Dickey & Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer from The Help. Her music placements have included, NBC, E! Entertainment’s, FX Networks, MTV, Amazon, Showtime’s hit The L Word & Queer As Folk another Showtime hit. Debby has hit the Billboard Charts again as the #1 Breakout in the Country with her latest original song with Brett Oosterhaus, “Living For the Music”. 

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Debby experienced every aspect of the music industry early on while growing up in Los Angeles, CA. Her father Jimmy Holiday was a passionate and soulful artist, topping the charts with several of his own singles before going on to co-write such hits as Jackie DeShannon’s Put A Little Love In Your Heart. Debby has written with a wide range of today’s top songwriters and has shared the stage with legendary recording artists like Rod Stewart, Joe Walsh, John Waite and Kiss. 

 

Debby starred in the film Blues For Willadean written by the award winning, Del Shores & co-starring Beth Grant, Dale Dickey & Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer from The Help. Her music placements have included, NBC, E! Entertainment’s, FX Networks, MTV, Amazon, Showtime’s hit The L Word & Queer As Folk another Showtime hit. Debby has hit the Billboard Charts again as the #1 Breakout in the Country with her latest original song with Brett Oosterhaus, “Living For the Music”. 

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Ofrit Peres is a producer and talent manager based in Ojai, California. She worked as an early childhood music educator for over ten years and created a successful Brooklyn-based business that ran environmentally-focused programs for children. She wrote two children's albums for her music program with Paulie Z. When an opportunity presented itself, she made a career change to become a partner at Chaotik Media, a boutique talent management and production company with offices in NY and Los Angeles. She is thrilled to be able to support children through music in honor of the incredible David Z.

Omid Rahmat. COO. Omid is a technology executive with over 30 years experience in building and managing startups across a number of industry verticals from manufacturing subsystems to health and fitness. He has worked in the areas of 3D computer graphics, console gaming, streaming media technologies, SaaS for enterprise, social media marketing and digital advertising technologies. 

Joanne is the Vice President of Education/COO at the  Greater Subquehanna Valley United Way in Central Pennsylvania. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years focusing on improving early childhood education for families and the community they live in. Joanne began working with Paulie Z in the summer of 2020 to use her broad experience in grant writing and capacity building to help grow the foundation reach. She was also actively involved in the creation of the Music Mentor program with Paulie Z through a pilot program using songwriting as an innovative initiative to address youth mental health. Joanne is honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the David Z Foundation.

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