Who We Are

Our Board

Our Board

Variety’s all volunteer board consists of dedicated individuals who have been selected for their success and knowledge and how those traits align with Variety’s needs. Variety’s Board of Directors is responsible for the overall fiscal success and the long-term strategy of the charity.

Maribeth Roman Schmidt

Vault Communications, Variety Board President

Maribeth Roman Schmidt

Vault Communications, Variety Board President

Jerry Bollenbach

Deloitte Tax, LLP, Business Development, Variety Board Vice President

Jerry Bollenbach

Deloitte Tax, LLP, Business Development, Variety Board Vice President

Jerry leads Business Development for Greater Philadelphia for Deloitte Tax and works with companies in financial, tax, and technology architecture. He has over 15 years experience in strategic planning and has volunteered with Autism Speaks, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Special Olympics. He has a BS in Accountancy from Villanova University and a MBA from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Jerry resides in West Chester, PA with his wife Tina, and three daughters, Ashley, Taylor, and Kaitlyn.

Doug Zeiders

Hamburg, Rubin, Maxwell, Mullin and Lupin

Doug Zeiders

Hamburg, Rubin, Maxwell, Mullin and Lupin

Doug is one of the principals of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell and Lupin, a Montgomery County law firm. He has previously served as the President of Variety and a member of the Camp Board. He is a graduate of Dickinson College and Temple University School of Law. A resident of Lansdale, he is the father of two adult children and an avid golfer and fly fisherman.

Mark Tierney

Firstrust Bank, SVP of Business Banking

Mark Tierney

Firstrust Bank, SVP of Business Banking

Mark has worked with Firstrust Bank for over 20 years and is now Senior Vice President of Business Banking. He earned an MBA from LaSalle University, a BA in Marketing from Holy Family University, and leadership certificates from Dale Carnegie’s Leadership Institute and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Mark volunteers as President of Doylestown Athletic Association Baseball serving over 500 families. Mark was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia and now resides with his family in Doylestown, PA.

Betsy Brightman

Comcast Cable, Vice President, Content Acquisition

Betsy Brightman

Comcast Cable, Vice President, Content Acquisition

Betsy is the Vice President of Content Acquisition and leads an operations team that oversees content acquisition initiatives in the field as well as with the CMC/national backbone in Denver, CO. Prior to joining Comcast, Betsy spent 8 years as the Vice President for Affiliate Relations & Distribution for RLTV. Before RLTV, Brightman was Senior Vice President of Sales Operations for Gemstar TV Guide International. Betsy began her career with the Crosby Vandenburgh Group. While working with CVG, Betsy was a founding board member of the Women In Cable Chapter in Boston. She is also the past President of the Philadelphia Chapter of WICT, serves on the current Board of Directors. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross where she majored in English. She resides in North Wales, PA with her husband Jay and 3 children Andy, Samantha and Emma.

Tangi James-Boone

Run With Horses, LLC, Principal Consultant & Coach, Variety Board Secretary

Tangi James-Boone

Run With Horses, LLC, Principal Consultant & Coach, Variety Board Secretary

Tangi James-Boone, MS, PCC is an entrepreneur, certified professional coach, and a Cabrini University faculty member. She brings two decades of dynamic corporate and consulting experience in marketing, sales management, leadership, career and professional development within Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, pharmaceutical, retail, telecommunications/mass media, educational services and faith-based organization arenas. Tangi received her B.A. and MS from The Pennsylvania State University. Her volunteer experience has been in the areas of public service, economic development, and early childhood education. Tangi resides in Skippack, PA with her husband. They have three daughters.

Don Faul

CBIZ, Managing Director, Variety Board Treasurer

Don Faul

CBIZ, Managing Director, Variety Board Treasurer

Don is a CPA who is a Shareholder with Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., an independent CPA firm, and a Managing Director of Not-for-Profit and Healthcare Services for CBIZ MHM LLC. Don and his wife Joanne reside in Fort Washington, PA.

Marie Gillespie

Community Affairs Specialist, Independence Blue Cross

Marie Gillespie

Community Affairs Specialist, Independence Blue Cross

Marie Gillespie joined Independence in April 2015, as a Community Affairs Specialist. She works to strengthen the corporate volunteer program’s reach in the community. Prior to joining the team, Marie worked in recruitment and was a licensed Realtor. She enjoys navigating and networking the logistics of partnering with local non-profits to improve the health of our communities.

Bob Herbein

Allan Myers, Executive VP, Corporate Services

Bob Herbein

Allan Myers, Executive VP, Corporate Services

Bob has been the Senior Vice President of Corporate Service at Allan Myers for almost 15 years. In addition to being an Executive Committee member he is responsible for leading Human Resources, Safety, Enivronmental, Information Technology, and Risk Management. Bob graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology with a Minor in Occupational Safety and Health.

Phil Burkett

Principal Architect and Executive Leader, Meyer

Phil Burkett

Principal Architect and Executive Leader, Meyer

As a Principal Architect and Executive Leader at Meyer for almost 25 years, Phil has influenced the transformations of many iconic Philadelphia companies.  With a passion for meeting new people and real estate deal making, Phil is well connected in both the Philadelphia marketplace and the national real estate market.  Phil serves as an Executive board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of NAIOP as well as the Director of Prosperity for the American Institute of Architects. He also serves on NAIOP’s National Education Committee, DASD Advisory Education Innovation Board and as an Ambassador for the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He has a BS in Architecture from Temple University. Philresides in Havertown, Pa with his wife Cathy and 2 daughters, Carly (5) and Sydney (3).

Dr. James Smith

President/CEO, Jim Smith, Jr. International

Dr. James Smith

President/CEO, Jim Smith, Jr. International

For over 20 years, hundreds of thousands of people, both national and international audiences of all sizes, have experienced the passion, creativity, storytelling, unshakeable positivity and mind-shifting power of Dr. Jim Smith, Jr. CSP. Dr. Jim is a lightning rod in the professional and personal development spaces, creating performance breakthroughs for organizations, teams and individuals looking to improve in the areas of communication, authenticity, personal power, leadership, presentation and/or facilitation skills.

After 14 years in corporate America, and four years working with several training and development and diversity and inclusion consulting firms, Dr. Jim formed Jim Smith Jr. International to help others remove self-created barriers and ​jump into their BIGNESS​. He says that he “disrupts ordinary”. His mother (Nanci Smith), 12th-grade high school teacher (Mrs. Brodie), a former manager at the Vanguard Group (Kathy Cook) and little league baseball coach (Sam Gallman) fueled his motivational spirit and he continues to fuel others. A personal-power expert and transformational speaker, trainer and coach, Dr. Jim has started a “no excuses personal accountability” revolution. He does this through in-house workshops, public BOOT CAMPs, best-selling books, blogs, coaching, and motivational keynotes. Those who have been JIMPACTed say that he has the rare ability to walk the line between direct and encouraging. His teaching and coaching methods have worked regardless of the industry or the country.

Dr. Jim ​has​ taken his message to over 25 countries and has taught presentation skills for the Rutgers University Executive and International Executive MBA Programs since 2008. In addition, he has worked with and coached speakers, trainers, television and radio personalities in how to make compelling, engaging and “game-changing” presentations. He has achieved the National Speakers Association Certified Speaking Professional designation – a designation that only about 17 percent of NSA members worldwide have earned. His clients include Biogen, Sabic (Saudi Arabia), Accenture, Aflac, Genentech, Jockey, Comcast, KenCrest, The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Tweezerman, The American Club (Singapore), Celgene, Western Union, Aimco, Genworth Financial, Metlife and Lockheed Martin.

Dr. Jim has authored three books with his last, ​The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You,​ earning an NAACP Image Award nomination. His Jim’s Journal blog reaches audiences all over the world.

When he’s not JIMPACTing, Dr. Jim serves on the board of Variety the Children’s Charity and helps to raise awareness and support for people on the Autism Spectrum.

Joseph Padula

Financial Advisor and Managing Director

Joseph Padula

Financial Advisor and Managing Director

Joseph R. Padula has been in the financial services industry for almost 23 years, providing investment advisory and financial planning services to high net worth individuals. Beyond his financial advisory business, Joe also operates a real estate development company with primary emphasis in the southern Jersey coastal community.

 

Joe attended Ursinus College from 1992 to 1994 and left to pursue a specialized business degree from Widener University from 1994 to 1997. While at Widener University, Joe majored in International Business with an emphasis in Finance. He remains fluent in Spanish from spending time in Mexico studying the potential impacts of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

 

Joe is married to Suzanne R. Padula whom he met at Ursinus College. They reside Worcester, PA with son Nathaniel (14), and daughter Lucy (12). When he’s not working, Joe enjoys spending time with family, tennis, running, traveling and golfing. He also maintains a vacation home in Sea Isle City, NJ.

 

Brianna Westbrooks

Policy Adviser, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Brianna Westbrooks

Policy Adviser, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Brianna collaborates with local, state, and federal legislators and regulators to advance her clients’ positions. She has experience researching, analyzing, and drafting policy; coordinating with diverse stakeholders; and developing policy and advocacy campaigns.

Before joining Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, Brianna was the government affairs manager for the Pennsylvania Apartment Association, where she developed and implemented government affairs strategies and special projects. In that role, she collaborated with stakeholders to secure $210 million in state and local funding toward COVID-19 rental assistance.

Brianna also gained valuable experience in the Office of Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke and in the Office of Philadelphia City Councilman-at-Large Ed Neilson, where she served for a combined year as a research and policy development intern.

Michele DiVeterano

Project Manager, Watchdog Real Estate Project Management

Michele DiVeterano

Project Manager, Watchdog Real Estate Project Management

Michele is an accomplished project manager having excelled in a variety of both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Temple University, she began her professional career as a production manager and field producer for the Fox News Channel followed by positions as logistics director at Welcome America, international tourism services manager at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, new business development director at SpecialtyUSA, and development professional at City of Hope.

Michele joined the project development team at McSpain Properties where she served as vice president of operations and owner’s representative until beginning the Master’s in Construction Management program at Thomas Jefferson University.  While completing her master’s, Michele entered the construction project management field at NorthStar Owner’s Representation.  Joining the Watchdog Real Estate Management team in 2018 has afforded Michele the opportunity to expand her knowledge and utilize her master’s education to support a wide range of clients in higher education, healthcare, retail and corporate tenant fit out.

 

Michele is a member of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association, Philadelphia Chapter.  She has been a leader in the animal welfare community having served on the board of directors for the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Team (PACCA), and as a founding board member and president of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Among her various interests and charitable contributions include homeless outreach, the USO, the LGBTQ community, the Champion Autism Network and Variety the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley, in addition to actively serving on the Watchdog community engagement and professional development committees.

 

Michele resides in South Philadelphia with her rescued dog and cats.

Justine Giordano

Vice President of Sales/Marketing & Information Technology at Vincent Giordano Corporation

Justine Giordano

Vice President of Sales/Marketing & Information Technology at Vincent Giordano Corporation

Orville Palmer

Pro Sales Manager, Lowe's Home Improvement Corporation, Inc.

Orville Palmer

Pro Sales Manager, Lowe's Home Improvement Corporation, Inc.