The Variety International Board is responsible and accountable to every person worldwide involved in helping children through Variety for delivery of Variety’s vision.
Ken V. Loughnan AO
FCPA, FAICD, FAIM; Dip Acctg, Cert Acctg, HonDUniv
Ken is a senior international Company Chairman with extensive experience in chairing Boards in the Private, Public and Non-Profit Sectors across 15 countries.
His private sector appointments include publicly listed companies, employing up to 55,000 staff, as well as a wide range of companies covering 17 key individual industry sectors.
He has Chaired major public sector boards continuously since 1983 in a range of jurisdictions including agriculture, emergency services, gaming and defense.
His non-profit governance experience spans two large Australian Universities over a period of 30 years as member of the Governing Board, Chair of Foundation and President of Graduate Union as well as Chair of Faculty Advisory Boards. He is a former Director of the Centre for International Governance Research. He was the Deputy Chair of Variety Victoria before becoming the Variety Australia National Chairman and joining the Variety International Board as Vice President in 2007, a position he held until becoming Variety International President in 2017.
Ken was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) by Queen Elizabeth the Second in 1994 for outstanding service to international business and the development of global telecommunications. He was awarded an honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) by Victoria University, Australia in 2013.
Board Of Directors
Advisory Council Chair
Tony Hatch is one of Britain’s leading composers of popular songs and music for film and television. He is an accomplished pianist, lyricist, arranger, conductor and record producer.
An inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the recipient of several Grammys, Tony’s songs have been recorded by some of the world’s major artists. His hits for Petula Clark include Downtown, I Know A Place, My Love, I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love, Colour My World, Don’t Sleep In The Subway and The Other Man’s Grass Is Always Greener. He also wrote Call Me, Joanna, Forget Him and Sugar And Spice.
Tony has been involved in Variety since 1982 when he joined the charity in Australia. He became its Chief Barker (Chairman) in 1987 and also served as Variety - the Children’s Charity International President in 1997 – 99. He was also Chief Barker (Chairman) of Tent 36, Variety - the Children’s Charity of Great Britain in 2000.
Regional Council Chair, Europe
Canada & Great Britain
Barbara Hislop (Barbie) worked at Canfor Corporation for 29 years including as senior Vice President. She was responsible for all the logging, lumber production in North America, marketing of lumber and panels throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Barbie was also President of a new applied North American software company for 4 years growing it to a profitable business before selling it.
Barbie left the corporate world to become the Executive Director of Variety – the Children’s Charity of British Columbia in pursuit of her passion for children. In this position, she grew the grants given from 300 to over 1200 annually thereby helping so many more children. Because of her experience at Variety in BC she saw the tremendous impact Variety had on the children, the families, and the community.
Retiring and moving to the UK, Barbie joined the Board of Directors for Variety – the Children’s Charity International and was elected to the President’s position May 2015-2017.
As a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Governance College, Directors Education Program and has extensive board experience in Canada.
Barbie has been recognized for her outstanding community service:
- 2010 the YWCA Woman of Distinction.
- 2012 the Vancouver Board of Trade presented her the Award of Distinction,
- 2013 the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for Community Service in British Columbia.
Regional Council Chair, Asia Pacific
Donald James Hess
B.Sc; LLB (Hons); LLM; GAICD
Don is a corporate lawyer with 38 years experience practicing in Australia, the United States and Hong Kong, specializing in mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity & venture capital, corporate governance and commercial contracts. He has extensive experience advising boards of public and private companies, including in the not-for-profit sector.
In addition to almost 16 years as a partner in leading international law firms, Don served as general counsel and company secretary of one of Hong Kong’s leading publicly-listed companies. He has also served as an Australian Government Trade Commissioner in New York, New Delhi, Bonn, Belgrade and Canberra.
Don is currently Chairman of Variety – the Children’s Charity of Hong Kong and serves on the Finance and Audit Committee of Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) in Hong Kong.
Don Hess has been resident in Hong Kong for 23 years. He is a member of the Hong Kong Law Society, the Law Institute of Victoria, the New York State Bar Association, the State Bar of California and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Regional Council Chair, North America
Nancy started her career in entertainment by working at the local AMC movie theatre – selling popcorn, tickets and then managing the team. While attending college she moved with AMC Theatres to Los Angeles to help open the west coast office to work closely with movie studios. After 13 years at AMC, half on the West Coast, and completing her college degree, Nancy joined The Walt Disney Company as a marketing coordinator, rising to Vice President, Exhibitor Relations in 6 years and working there for more than 24 years. In this capacity she developed new strategic marketing campaigns with key stakeholders to drive box-office success – from trailer programming to build-your-own grass roots marketing resulting in 90% participation in many of the programs. Joined 2656 Marketing - a boutique marketing firm - after leaving Disney becoming partner in 18 months. In this new role Nancy works with partners to strategize on growing the business, developing new customer relationships, and meeting the needs of clients. While beginning her career at Disney she was asked to join the board of Variety – the Children’s Charity of So. California to help rebuild the organization. This soon became her passion as she developed and managed the Gold Heart fundraiser including expanding pin sales across the US and licensing the first pin using studio intellectual property (Mickey arm & wand). Thru 3 separate campaigns successfully raised over $4 million for the charity. Became President of Variety So. Cal for 2 years where she set strategy and goals including the establishment of a legacy fund, instituted policies and revised bylaws to meet today’s standards including term limits. Nancy became an Ambassador for Variety International in 2004, board member of Variety International in 2007 where she continues to serve as Chairman of the North American Regional Council.
Nancy also serves as Director for the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneer Foundation. She helped bring Variety and Will Rogers together to deliver critical medical equipment to neo-natal units at hospitals resulting in the program “Brave Beginnings” at Will Rogers.
- Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award - October 2008
- Variety the Children’s Charity Heart of Show Business Award - December 2006
- Heart of Gold Award – Variety the Children’s Charity - ShowEast 2005
- Variety Boys & Girls Club Distinguished Merit Award - 1991
An internationally acclaimed psychotherapist, motivational speaker, author, martial arts sensei and humanitarian, Derek inspires and uplifts people from all walks of life. Inspired by his worldly travels, he formed SQ Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on helping to solve global issues facing humanity today. In 2012, he was honored as International Humanitarian of the Year by Variety - the Children’s Charity International and was welcomed as Vice President of the esteemed charity in May 2013. Derek has earned such other awards as Manchester United FC Fundraising Award 2013, Hearts & Mind Humanitarian Award 2012, and the Irish Autism Action Person Of The Year 2011. Derek has achieved master black belt, was a qualified Olympian 1984, addressed the United Nations 2005, and spoke at the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2015. Author of the Get a Grip pocket book series, More Truth Will Set You Free, Calm Mama Happy Baby, and several children’s books, Derek also hosted his own radio show, “The Way With Derek O’Neill,” which enjoyed the most successful launch in VoiceAmerica’s history, quickly garnering 100,000 listeners. Derek has been featured in The Irish Independent, The Irish Examiner, Exceptional People Magazine, and interviewed on programs including CBS Good Day Sacramento and RTE, Ireland’s National TV Network. Derek currently owns Creacon Wellness Retreat in Wexford, Ireland where guests visit to distress, relax and gain personal insights into their lives.
Raffaele is the President of Les Cinemas Cine Entreprise which is Canada’s fourth largest motion picture exhibitor and Quebec’s third. It is not only a family business, but also has family values for both its employees (teammates) and especially its patrons (valued guests).
Raffaele’s corporate culture has rewarded all his teammates with an instant gratification of entertaining people and had created the need to help more people smile and especially children less fortunate and in difficulty.
Cinema industry related boards include founding President member of CCIQ, founding President of CBG, Founding President of ACGE ,Board member of Corporation des Cinemas Independent du Quebec, Past President and current member of MTAC as well as a member of NATO.
Raffaele’s contributions were recognized with a Jutra for Best Exhibitor in Quebec and Coup Chapeau from Cine-Quebec. He also received a national award from the Canadian Picture Pioneer for his distinguished contributions to the industry.
Stan W. Reynolds
Stan W. began his professional career in insurance in 1996. He started in the underwriting training program at CIGNA Property & Casualty in Philadelphia, PA. Upon completing the one year program, Stan W. then went to work for CIGNA’s business development division as an internal marketing consultant working with McKinsey Consulting New York, NY. After CIGNA Property & Casualty was purchased by ACE Insurance in 1999 Stan W. then joined Reynolds & Reynolds Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa. Stan W. is President of the movie theatre division. His insurance program is endorsed by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) currently doing business with over 40% of the movie theatres in the United States.
Stan W.’s life outside of work includes the following boards and family life.
- Variety - the Children’s Charity of Iowa board member 1999 to 2013. Producer and director of the annual Telethon since 1999. (Helped raise over 60 million dollars)
- Variety - the Children’s Charity of Iowa executive board for 5 years. President 2009-2010, immediate past President 2010 - 2011.
- Stan W. helped start Young Variety in Iowa in 1999 and it is the now the largest Young Variety in the world.
- He has attended all but 3 International Variety Conventions since 1995. (2 due to the birth of his children and 1 due to an overlapping business commitment)
- Variety - the Children’s Charity International: Vice President 2010 to present
- Variety - the Children’s Charity of the United States: President from 2010 to 2013
- Variety - the Children’s Charity of the United States Chairman of the Board 2013 to present.
- Gold Hearts: Was instrumental in changing the suggested donation from $2.00 to $3.00 in 2011 helping Variety - the Children’s Charity of United States tents raise more money.
- Works with NATO (CinemaCon) and Nielson companies (Showeast) to give away specialized bikes to Variety children at Reynolds & Reynolds Inc sponsored events for the last 5 years.
- Broadlawns Hospital Foundation Des Moines IA: Board member 2001-2004
- Youth Emergency Services Shelter Des Moines, IA: Board Member 1999-2002
- Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Des Moines, IA: Raised money and completed in the 2004
- San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon.
- Coach: VSA youth girls Soccer 2008.
- Coach: YMCA youth boys flag football 2014
Stan W. is married to his wife Laura and has two children, Caroline age 9 and John Henry age 7. Stan W. currently lives in West Des Moines, Iowa. He served 3 years in The US ARMY Infantry from 1989-1992 at Fort Benning, Georgia and Baumholder, Germany. He has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah.
Maribeth Roman Schmidt
Maribeth began her career as the first employee of an advertising agency in 1989. She then incorporated, grew, developed and branded the agency over 25 years, holding every position leading up to partner and CEO of one of the largest, fastest growing and most respected firms in the region. She grew the business by more than 200% and tripled agency staff since assuming the position of CEO. When Maribeth left the company they were ranked #4 in the Philadelphia Region by revenue in the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Maribeth has served as the President of the Public Relations Society of America, Philadelphia. She has been the recipient of more than 75 Public Relations Society of America: Philadelphia Achievement Awards, including Best of Show in 2004 and 2009. She was honored Executive Leaders Radio Philanthropy Award in 2013.
In her philanthropic career she is the Executive Director of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship. Championed the PR effort for the Mark Twain House & Museum that led to the most successful fundraising effort in the history of the organization raising nearly $600,000 in 60 days. She also founded the Bucks County Challenger Football and Cheerleading program for children with special needs in 2008. Over the last decade that program has grown to serve hundreds of kids with special needs annually. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley. This is a small sample of the great work Maribeth does with the community.
Maribeth’s vision and leadership coupled with her ability to bring diverse groups of people together make her an invaluable member of any team she chooses to join.
Regional Council Chair, Central Asia Middle East
FCA, FCPA, AAIM, M Bus., Grad Dip (Accy)
Charity Board Positions
- Variety - the Children’s Charity International Vice President
- President Central Asia Middle East Region Council
- Clontarf Foundation Ltd
Past Variety Involvement
- Tent 74 (West Australia) Board Member for 6 years including 5 years as Chief Barker (Chairman)
- Variety Australia Ltd Board Member for 4 years including 4 years as Chairman
- Asia Pacific Regional Council Member for 3 years as President
Company Business Director
- Chairman of 6 companies operating in the Australian market
Skills and Experience
- Founding and Managing Partner, of a world networked Chartered Accounting firm for 35 years
- Areas of expertise include commercial and technical advice, including Australian taxation and international accounting and financial reporting matters
- Management, leadership, business succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate planning, business expansion, strategic planning and international business
Variety International Children’s Fund Chair
Charity Board Positions
- Variety - the Children’s Charity International President 2013-15
- Variety - the Children’s Charity International Board Member 2005-present
- Chief Barker of Variety - the Children’s Charity of Southern California 1993-1995
- Board Member of Variety - the Children’s Charity of Southern California 1991-2004
Neil Wykes OAM
B Com, FCA, AGIA, ACIS
Neil is an experienced Finance Professional who is very actively involved in the Not for Profit sector around the world. His experience includes 28 years as a partner with Ernst & Young serving many of the worlds leading Public and Private Companies. Since retiring from Ernst & Young he has spent seven years in Risk Management in Healthcare. In addition to being a director of Variety – the Children’s Charity International, he is a director The National Trust of Australia (New South Wales) and Macular Disease Foundation Australia.
His active involvement with Variety – the Children’s Charity includes being in contact with the Variety Office in Los Angeles office most working days and working in the VI office in LA twice a year. He also has daily involvement with Variety Australia, the Australian Association.
Current Variety Involvement
- Director Variety - the Children’s Charity International since May 2011
- International Treasurer since October 2012 (Volunteer)
- Member of the Executive Committee
- Chair of Audit and Finance Committee since October 2012
- Company Secretary for Variety - the Children’s Charity of Australia since January 2012 (volunteer)
- Life member of Tent 56 Variety - the Children’s Charity of New South Wales since December 2013
In June 2007 Neil was awarded The Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to various not for profit organizations in Australia.
Wendy C. Shiba
Wendy Shiba serves as pro bono Corporate Secretary for Variety International. Now retired, she was an executive officer of three NYSE listed companies (Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary of KB Home; Senior VP, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of PolyOne Corporation; and VP, Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of Bowater Incorporated). Earlier, she was in private practice with O'Melveny & Myers and law clerk to Justice Stanley Mosk on the Supreme Court of California.
Wendy is a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) House of Delegates and the Board of Directors of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Japanese American National Museum (Vice Chair, 2010-17) and has held board and leadership positions with numerous professional and nonprofit organizations. She received the Asian Pacific Islanders with Disabilities Inaugural Volunteer Award (2017), ABA TIPS Liberty Achievement Award (2016), ABA Spirit of Excellence Award (2014), Corporate Counsel Women of Color Diamond Award (2014), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Trailblazer Award (2009), and YWCA Woman of Achievement Award (2007), and was recognized as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in California (2010). She is a frequent speaker on topics including corporate and board governance, women’s leadership, and diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Wendy earned her B.S. from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law, where she graduated first in her class.
David has been involved with Variety – the Children’s Charity since August 1992 as an event participant, volunteer, Board director and since May 2009 as an employee.
David’s background is in business development, brand management, sales and marketing. David successfully founded and grew his own import, manufacturing and distribution business, including acquiring and merging other companies, before selling it to an ASX listed technology entity where he was retained as Divisional Manager. Prior to founding the company David was employed in National Sales Manager roles for both small and large companies.
David was presented two different industry lifetime achievement awards during this period.
From May 2009 David worked as CEO for Variety – the Children’s Charity of New South Wales till the end of 2013 when he accepted the role of Executive Director for Variety – the Children’s Charity International. David is a member of the Forbes Not For Profit Council and a past member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Marketing Institute.
- Alchemedia Pty Ltd 1995 – current
- See Hear Pty Ltd 1988 – current
In 1997 and 1998 and from 2000 to 2004 David served on the Board of the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (Australia) as Public Relations and Marketing Chair (1997/98) and Treasurer and Public Relations and Marketing Chair (2000/04). From 2007 to April 2009, David served on the Board of Variety - the Children’s Charity of New South Wales as Treasurer and sat on the Regulatory and Compliance and New Revenue Committees.
David holds an Australian Commercial and United States Private pilot license and is married with three children.
Sharon Castillo has been with Variety – the Children’s Charity International for more than 6 years. Sharon serves as the Operations Manager where she oversees the administrative and financial operations of the organization.
Sharon brings more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit industry specializing in business administration, accounting, compliance, grants & facilities management.
Prior to working at Variety – the Children’s Charity International, Sharon worked for top organizations such as The American Red Cross and University of California Los Angeles.
In her time with The American Red Cross, Sharon held a variety of managerial roles and was responsible for the application and coordination of United Way funding for numerous Red Cross chapters.
She has been recognized by the American Red Cross Los Angeles Chapter with the Tiffany Employee Excellence Award and CEO Great Job thanks Award for her extraordinary efforts.
Sharon is expanding her education in Accounting and will be pursuing her Certified Fraud Examiner license and Master’s Degree in Business Management.
Past President Emeritus
A natural born leader and inspiration to the world, TV personality and producer Monty Hall is best known for 23 years of hosting the game show Let’s Make A Deal and for his philanthropic efforts raising over a billion dollars for a variety of charities.
In 1975, he was elected President of Variety- the Children’s Charity International. In 1977, Monty became the Chairman of the Board, and in 1981, he was honored with the lifetime achievement and title of International Chairman.
In 1983, Monty received the prestigious Variety - the Children’s Charity International Humanitarian Award. He has received three honorary doctorates from the University of Manitoba, Haifa University and Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Children hospital wings are named in honor of Monty Hall at Hahnemann Hospital, UCLA Medical Center, Mount Sinai in Toronto and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. He also has streets named for him in Cathedral City (California) and Winnipeg.
In May 1988, the Government of Canada granted Monty the highest award – the prestigious Order of Canada - for his humanitarian works in Canada and other nations of the world. In 2002, Monty was inducted into the Order of Manitoba./p>
Monty Hall was awarded an Emmy for the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and an Outstanding Community Leader Award by the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild
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