Who We Are

Our Staff

Our Staff

Variety’s qualified and dedicated staff are the core of our charity, their hard work and ingenuity is what ensures our success.

Angus Murray

Chief Executive Officer

Angus Murray

Chief Executive Officer

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Angus joined Variety in 2007 as the Managing Director of Variety Club Camp and Developmental Center and was promoted to CEO in August of 2014. Angus has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. He has over 20 years of experience working with people with disabilities.

Jean Merkl

Director of Educational Programs

Jean Merkl

Director of Educational Programs

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Jean Merkl joined Variety in 2007 as the Extended School Year Director and since that time has added directing the Vocational Program, Worcester After School Programs and the Saturday Program to her responsibilities.   Jean has a Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and almost 40 years’ experience in the ID field providing services to children and adults with disabilities.

Joan Pryor

Accounting/HR Manager

Joan Pryor

Accounting/HR Manager

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Joan Smallwood Pryor joined Variety in 2014 as the Accounting/HR Manager.  Joan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from LaSalle University. She has over 30 years of experience working in the for-profit and non-profit sectors in accounting, operations management and human resources.

Eric Perry

Development Officer

Eric Perry

Development Officer

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Eric Perry first became associated with Variety in 1979.  At that point, Eric was a seven year old child who used a wheelchair to ambulate.  He spent nine summers as a camper at our fully accessible 80-acre facility, drastically increasing his mobility with help from the dedicated staff.  In 2002, Eric returned to Variety as an employee and has held numerous positions across recent years.  He currently serves the charity as its Business Manager, de facto IT Guy, and resident Variety Historian.

Steve Rock

Director of Facilities

Steve Rock

Director of Facilities

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Steve joined Variety full time in late Oct. of 2015 after volunteering for 3 years. Steve has over 30 years of progressive of Operations Management and Asset Management over half at the Executive Management level. Steve has a strong passion for Gardening. He renovated the sites greenhouse and continues to expand Variety’s garden. His passion has provided the Variety Camp with an award winning effort and supplied the public, some local restaurants and the Philadelphia Zoo with fruits, vegetables, flower plants and browse.

John Paterna

Grants Director

John Paterna

Grants Director

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John Paterna joined Variety as Grants Director in 2012. He is a seasoned grant writer with over thirty years of experience in all aspects of grant development: Prospect research, grant writing, grant management and report writing.  He has worked for educational institutions, a medical center, public television, and nonprofit organizations.

Mary Fuller

Special Events, PR, & Marketing Director

Mary Fuller

Special Events, PR, & Marketing Director

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Mary joined the Variety staff in the fall of 2014.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and minor in government from Shippensburg University.  Mary has been planning special events in her local community for nearly 20 years.

Matt Gregory

Communications Coordinator

Matt Gregory

Communications Coordinator

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Matt joined Variety in the summer of 2016. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and a minor in Interactive Media. He works with Variety Camp’s  social media, public relations, and other communications matters.

Harry Giordano

Director of Development

Harry Giordano

Director of Development

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Harry joined Variety October 2016 as Director of Development. Harry has a Bachelors in Marketing from Drexel University. He has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership.

Angela Hall

Director of Camp Programs

Angela Hall

Director of Camp Programs

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Angela joined Variety Club in 2014 as an assistant working in our Extended School Year Program, Vocational Club, and Saturday Arts Program. Angela graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Services. She is currently attending Arcadia University for her masters in Special Education and Behavior Analysis.

Sherrice Jones

After School Program Director

Sherrice Jones

After School Program Director

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Sherrice Jones  joined Variety in 2017. Sherrice is experienced in providing direct care,  therapeutic support, coordinating services for Individuals diagnosed with  Intellectual Disabilities and  providing resources and supports for families working towards outcomes at home, and in the community.  Sherrice received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 2011 at the University of Phoenix where she mastered leadership skills and program development. In 2015, she received a Master’s Degree of Public Health from LaSalle University where she became dedicated to raising awareness on Public Health and  issues impacting communities, youth and families.

Heather Johnson

Director of Programs

Heather Johnson

Director of Programs

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Kristin Podwojski

Office Manager

Kristin Podwojski

Office Manager

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Kristin joined Variety Club’s Camp Program in the winter of 2017. Kristin graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and Mount Saint Vincent University with a Masters in Child & Youth Studies.  She has 16 years experience working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

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