Variety’s qualified and dedicated staff are the core of our charity, their hard work and ingenuity is what ensures our success.
Chief Executive Officer
Dominique Bernardo, MBA, MSW is CEO of Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley having joined the organization after more than 17 years with Congreso de Latinos Unidos, a non- profit with a mission to enable individuals and families in predominantly Latino neighborhoods to achieve self-sufficiency and well-being. Throughout her tenure with the Congreso, she amassed considerable experience in every function of the organization – from program development and delivery, to human resources, quality assurance and finance.
A tireless community leader and advocate, Bernardo currently sits on the boards of Open Dreams and the Superstar Foundation, and is an Ambassador of the Leap of Reason Community. She recently completed a four-year term as a board member of the Montgomery County Development Corporation.
Bernardo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Scranton in 1993 and Masters degrees in Business Administration and Social Work from Boston College in 1999. She and her husband, Jose, are the parents of three children.
“Dominique’s impeccable credentials, experience and philosophies stood head and shoulders above an extremely competitive field of applicants. Her unique ability to marry business acumen with the values of the non-profit sector was particularly appealing to the board search committee, as Variety is on the cusp of significant growth and transformation in our vocational, social and educational programing and associated facilities.” – Board President Jerry Bollenbach
Director of Advancement
Julie Karavan has joined Variety as Director of Advancement. She has been named a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) by CFRE International. Karavan holds an MS from Drexel University. Her work in the nonprofit sector has focused on human service, youth development and vulnerable populations. Working primarily within federated nonprofit organizations and higher education, Karavan has served Covenant House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Habitat for Humanity as well as Stockton University and Rutgers University; where she was recognized with regional, statewide and national awards as a faculty member working within the 4-H youth development program.
Director of Programming
Nicholas Larcinese joined Variety in 2019 as the Director of Programming. Nicholas brings experience managing residential, vocational, and supported employment programs. Nicholas graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Sciences and brings experience in building, ensuring compliance, and overseeing the day to day operations of community and facility based programs through an employment based lens.
Director of Operations
Kristin Podwojski joined Variety in 2017 and quickly became a valued member of the Development team. She applies her particular brand of genius to the Charity’s events, where she keeps hundreds of moving parts working together in perfect harmony.
Tyler is Director of VarietyWorks, a program was created to provide individuals with disabilities access to choices in type, level and experiences related to employment.
VarietyWorks Job Coach
Leon is a Variety Works Job Coach.
Educational and Vocational Programs Manager
Jess has joined us as Educational and Vocational Programs Manager
Transition Planning Coordinator
Veronica has joined the team as Transition Planning Coordinator
Supported Employment Specialist
Mike Magner joined Variety in 2021 as a Development Associate. He is responsible for event planning and general development support. He has numerous years of experience with nonprofits, mainly through his time with AmeriCorps, even earning his Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University in 2020. A graduate of Methacton High School, Mike understands and cherishes the community he grew up in. Mike is a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan.
Development & Marketing Associate
Ben joined Variety in 2021. As Development and Marketing Associate, he is responsible for grant writing and other marketing activities.
Data & Development Coordinator
Lisa joined Variety in 2021 as Data & Development Coordinator.