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 SmallwoodPryor

Accounting/HR Manager

Joan SmallwoodPryor

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.

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.

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.

Heather Johnson

Director of Programs

Heather Johnson

Director of Programs

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Heather became the Director of Programs in January 2017. She has a B.A. in Organizational Management with minors in counseling and philosophy and a Masters of Arts in Behavior Analysis. Heather has been working with individuals with disabilities since she was 12 years old, in many positions including Assistant Camp Director, direct care, Behavior Therapist, job coach, recreation specialist and supports coordinator supervisor.

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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