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
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.
He has been a financial member and Board Director of Tent 56 since 2012; Deputy Chair (2016-2017) and is the current Chair (Dec 2017- Dec 2020).
Tent 56 (Variety the Children’s Charity NSW/ ACT) has been established since 1975 and is the largest Variety Tent in the Asia Pacific region with annual revenue of approx. A$11.00M (US$7.80M); annual grants of approx. A$4.00M+ (US$3.00M) and 28 full time staff.
John is a major donor to Variety and has been a regular participant in the Variety Charity "Bash" events (car rallies) across Australia since 2007.
He has been an active Director of Variety Australia Limited “VA” since 2017. VA represents the 7 Australian Tents who collectively generated revenue of A$30.50M (US$22M) and grants of A$11.50M (US$8.20M) in 2018.
John has been Managing Director & controlling shareholder of the Australian Structured Finance Group and associated entities since 1984. ASF is Australia's leading wholly independent large ticket Equipment Finance specialist with over A$5 Billion in facilities established over a 35 year period.
He was elected to the governing Council of the Australian Equipment Lessors Association (AELA) in 2003 by his industry peers; was Deputy Chairman (2006-2007) and Chairman (2007-2008). In 2017 as the longest serving Councillor of an organisation whose members fund over $90 Billion of assets across Australia, he represented AELA's interests in its restructure into the Equipment Finance Division of the Australian Finance Industry Association (AFIA).
John was a Board member (2001 to 2012) of the Abbotsleigh School Foundation.
He has long term hands-on experience in the Not for Profit fundraising and philanthropic arena with a strong Board corporate governance and management background.
He is happily married 30 years with a very tolerant wife and four great kids.
President, Asia Pacific Regional Council
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 Deputy 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.
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
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.
President, European Regional Council
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
Chair, Variety International Children’s Fund
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
At Large Director, VI Treasurer
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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