The Variety International Board is responsible and accountable to every person worldwide involved in helping children through Variety for delivery of Variety’s vision.
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. Nancy served as Chairman of the North American Regional Council from May 2015 until May 2019 when she stepped down to accept the position of Variety International President.
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
Board Of Directors
At Large Director
Howard Blank has been a member of the gaming, media and entertainment industry for over 30 years.
Howard is proud to give his time and talent at a number of not for profit events each year. To date, Howard has helped raise over $900,000,000 for organizations across Canada and in the USA.
Howard currently serves as Board member and past Chair of Variety, B.C., and serves as Board member of Variety International. Howard also serves as Vice President for BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Board member for BC Foundation for the Arts, Board Member at Odd Squad Production Society, Board Member at Zajac Foundation, Strategic Advisor to the National Museum of Law Enforcement and Organized Crime (MOB MUSEUM) in Nevada, North West 9-11 Memorial Co-Chair and ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Association of BC.
Howard is CEO of Point Blank Entertainment Ltd. www.pointblankshows.com
Howard is proud recipient of the Order of Canada “Sovereign Medal for Volunteers” ,“The Lifetime Gaming Award” and the “Philanthropy Award” from the Canadian Gaming Association; he has been honoured with Variety British Columbia’s “ Heart Award for meritorious service as well as “Angel” and “Barker of The Year” awards. Howard is proud recipient of “The Paul Harris Fellowship” medal from Rotary International. Howard was r honoured with the BC Lupus Society “Inspire” award and in 2015, Howard received the British Columbia Community Achievement Medal from the B.C. Lt. Governor.
President, North America Regional Council
Partner, Executive Search & Strategic Development
Lisa is a dynamic multilingual executive with 30 years of progressively responsible senior leadership experience in a variety of industry sectors including digital marketing, social media, e-business, telecommunications, agriculture, national retail and not-for-profit organizations. Lisa’s leadership roles include that of President/CEO, Director, Vice President and now Partner, in areas of Strategic Marketing and Business Development as well as Operations. In addition to corporate leadership, Lisa has lent her expertise in a volunteer capacity to organizations such as Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (ex-Board Director), Canadian Human Rights Museum (Co-Chair – Drive FORE the Stars), the Variety, The Children’s Charity (Board Chair) Club, The Associates (Recruitment Committee Member), The Manitoba Club (Recruitment Committee Member), a Manitoba Family Enterprise Exchange Member, Family Enterprise Advisor 2018, a member of the International Retained Search Association, and an advisor for the Winnipeg Chapter of TEC (The Executive Committee.)
Lisa has significant expertise in securing, developing and sustaining key partnerships and alliances with stakeholders – having played an integral role in spearheading the creation of the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame.
Lisa’s strong leadership in her executive, strategic marketing and competitive intelligence roles have enabled her to quickly understand the needs of an organization and to recruit, train, develop and coach highly successful, multifunctional, national teams of professionals. Lisa’s keen sensitivity to understanding, organizational structure, and corporate culture, allows her to provide valuable advice and resources to her clients. Her implementation strategies of executive coaching, leadership development, Strategic Marketing and organizational reviews have been well received by clients. Finally, Lisa excels at building strong B2B business relationships where all parties involved benefit.
At Large Director
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Systems & Finance)
Master of Commerce (Finance)
John has been a voluntary Board Director of Australian Charities and Foundations since 2001, with a strong Board corporate governance, fundraising and management background.
- VI Board member since 2019. Sits on the Legal & Governance and Fundraising Committees and VAP Regional Council.
- Chair of Variety Australia (representing seven Tents generating $22M of Revenue pre-COVID). VA Board member since 2017.
- Director of Tent 56 (VNSW) since 2012; Chair (2017- 2020). Established in 1975 and the largest Tent in the Asia Pacific region, VNSW had pre-COVID revenue approaching $8M and 28 FTE staff.
John remains a major personal donor to Variety and is a regular participant in Variety “Bash” fundraising motoring rallies across Australia since 2007, raising close to $1M for children in need.
Founding owner and CEO of the Australian Structured Finance Group with over A$5 Billion in credit facilities established for clients since 1984. Past Chair of the Australian Equipment Finance Association (whose members fund over $100 Billion) and remains their longest serving Council member.
Happily married 33 years with a very tolerant wife and four great kids.
Director, Variety International Children’s Fund
Executive MBA (Henley Business School UK)
Rachelle has over 15 years of Charity Volunteering Experience with Variety the Children’s Charity and numerous other children’s charities at a strategic level, as a fund-raiser and event organizer. Whilst Rachelle resides in Northern Ireland she is a Voluntary Board Director for Tent 41 Ireland in Southern Ireland.
Rachelle in 2021 also returns to the Variety International Board as a Director and Head of the Variety International Children’s Fund. Previously Rachelle served as a Variety International Board Director from 2013-2015 and Variety International Young Variety Ambassador from 2010-2013.
A Troubleshooter and Business Transformation Leader across Sales, Marketing, Operations and Technology with experience in corporate, consumer and investment banking. Rachelle has an extensive global network and has worked across the UK and Asia, and lived and worked in USA working for major finance houses including Citi, GE Capital and Barclays.
Regarded in General Electric as “GE Top Talent” she was selected to join a class of 120 from over 300,000 global employees to participate in GE’s premier global sales and marketing experienced commercial leadership development program.
Chair VI Advisory Council
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.
At Large Director
Variety Experience: Belinda is one of the co-founders for the National Capital Region Tent (11). As such, she helped with all aspects of establishing the new tent including the appropriate paperwork, recruiting Barkers and volunteers, interacting with other tents for suggestions on bike sources and fundraising. She worked with the other founders to establish relationships with doctors and physical therapists in order to connect with the community of children with mobility issues. She chairs the Grants and Giving Committee and is well-known to Variety families as being kind and warm to children and adults alike. Belinda has abundant empathy toward families in need and takes time to make sure they get through the process. She is the first to welcome the children and the last to be ready to leave. According to Belinda, her “favorite function though remains the interaction with our Variety kids. I love meeting them as they are all amazing and they inspire me to work harder to help more kids.”
Professional Experience: Belinda brings extensive knowledge of the theatre industry as well as long-term relationships. Examples of her high-level professional experience in business, government and philanthropy include:
- Serving as the liaison between NATO and its affiliated state and regional movie theatre associations.
- Chairing the NATO Regional Unit Task Force, where leaders of the affiliated associations collaborate with NATO executives to share information and coordinate policy.
- Directing the policies of state and regional movie theatre associations involving state government affairs; manage a strong and visible grassroots network to give movie theatre owners a powerful voice to help develop, advance, and implement local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory objectives that benefit the cinema industry.
- Providing guidance on the establishment of NATO affiliated associations, including strategic planning, membership development campaigns and best practices.
- Organizing and leading an annual affiliated association’s summit, as well as several other annual meetings held at NATO affiliated associations.
- Speaking to the general public and other business enterprises about the movie theatre industry, and provide press relations for the affiliated associations.
- Monitoring, analyzing, and prioritizing state and local legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry, including ADA, tax initiatives, minimum wage, health care and other industry concern
- Consulting with industry leaders to determine the impact of policy issues on business practices, operational costs and efficiencies, and profitability.
- Developing and executing advocacy strategies to achieve policy objectives through educating public officials and their staff.
- Preparing communications for movie theater owners and operators, including legislative and regulatory updates, magazine columns, newsletters, white papers, and grassroots action alerts.
- Serving on the Brave Beginnings Neonatal Committee, a program of the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation
Belinda is very excited to expand her reach beyond Variety DC into the global arena. She is willing to travel to any event, especially where there are children included. She has attended the Variety and Variety International conventions to learn all she possibly can from other Variety volunteers.
At Large Director, VI Treasurer
Janelle Mitchell is an accomplished senior finance leader with a proven track record managing strategy and driving revenue growth for early stage startups as well as mature companies. Her experience spans both B-to-C and B-to-B businesses in media, advertising, retail, CPG, ecommerce and technology. A results-oriented leader with a strong operating and financial background, she has also led company turnarounds, M&A activities, divestitures and growth expansions. Throughout her CFO roles, she has led many rounds of equity and debt financing including angel, venture capital, IPO and debt (senior, subordinated, and asset-based loans). Currently, Ms. Mitchell is the CFO Alchemy 43, a multi-unit consumer healthcare provider. She also serves as financial consultant to several private equity and venture backed companies in the ecommerce, CPG and retail industries.
Ms. Mitchell serves on Variety Children’s Charity Southern California, Tent 25, Board of Directors as its Treasurer and Janelle is an adjunct Professor of Accounting at the University of Redlands. She received her BS in Accounting from University of Delaware and her MBA in Finance from Loyola University, Chicago. She is a CPA.
At Large Director
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.
At Large Director
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.
Acting Chair, European Regional Council Chair
Nick has worked with Variety GB for over 12 years. He was Tent 36 Chief Barker 2017.He has an ongoing role as a Tent 36 Crew member. He is Chair of the European Council. 2015-19 Nick was member of the Audit and Finance Committee, 2015 Chairman of the 6 VGB Regions, 2015-16 Chair of Risk.
In his business life, Nick has 30 years of real estate experience. He was Director at Quintain Estates and Development PLC from 1995-2011 (Deputy CEO from 2006-2011). Nick led a team that secured 22 million sq.ft of planning consents in London 2002-4 and several more million in in the UK regions. . Nick has developed several million sq.ft in the London and regional office, retail, industrial, student and hotel sectors.
His corporate experience at Quintain included its flotation, corporate acquisitions, three public company takeovers, as well as JV’s with several companies, including Lend Lease and Caesar’s Entertainments. He has also acquired and chaired hotel, arena/conference and West End theatre businesses, as well as created a US shopping centre JV. Nick has cross border experience in France and Spain as well as the US. Prior to Quintain, Nick was a Partner at City of London law firm S.J. Berwin & Co from 1990-1995. He is also a Non-Executive Director at the Ministry of Defence-Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Acting Chair, Asia Pacific Regional Council
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.
At Large Director
A 46-year motion picture theatre industry veteran, the last 32 of which being (and continues) with Cinemark Theatres, the 3rd largest exhibitor in both the US and globally. As Executive Vice-President of global theatre operations, assisted in the opening of each of Cinemark’s offices and initial theatres in Latin America, Japan, Taiwan, England and Canada. Currently, Cinemark has well over 525 complexes in 16 countries. In 2007, after spending a decade exclusively with duties outside of the USA, he returned to head up USA Operations, taking the ‘then’ Gold Hearts sales from $80,000/year to the highwater mark of $1.2mm with the Minions pin.
Steve is also a member of multiple committees for the theatre trade association NATO (National Association of Theatre Owners) including the Advisory Board, Diversity and Inclusion, and chairing the Conventions Committee, working closely with NATO President John Fithian and CinemaCon Executive Director Mitch Neuhauser.
He has worked with varying charities in varying capacities over the years – including with the North Texas chapter of the American Diabetes Association, as well as The American Cancer Society’s N. Tx chapter of the CEOs Against Cancer. Steve was named Texan of the Year by Tent 17 (Variety – The Children’s Charity of Texas) in 2016, and during the gala celebration, raised ~$460,000. He has served on Tent 17’s board for 4 years and was elected Chairman of the Board in the fall of 2019.
He holds Political Science and Economics degrees from Colorado State University, has been a cohort advisor for varying MBA teams from Univ of Chicago – Booth, University of Pennsylvania – Wharton, and guest lecturer at Univ of Denver – Daniels. He and his wife Sue have 3 adult children, and 2 (+) grandchildren, “and feeling unimaginably fortunate that all are well – but having an elder sister that is ‘developmentally challenged’ – has a life-long appreciation for families that struggle for the Whole family to ‘fit in’ to society – and a dedication to the Mission of Variety.”
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.
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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