The Variety staff is inspired each and every day by the families we serve. Please contact any of us should you need help.

To read more about Jan Albus, our Chief Executive Officer, view her biography.


“There aren't many who can say that they go into work each day and are inspired.  That’s just what these Variety kids and their parents are…inspiring!”

Executive Director

Brian Roy


“It’s an honor and a privilege to work each day for the children of Variety.  The joy for me comes in seeing them reach their full potential in mind, body, and spirit.  Their parents are my heroes – always positive and appreciative of everything we do for the mission.”

Chief Executive Officer

Jan Albus


“It makes me happy to know that all our efforts here at Variety helps some sweet munchkin…there’s always something new and exciting going on at Variety!”

Executive Assistant

Patty Haeffner  314-720-7702


“Variety is a blessing for so many reasons to me.   Just knowing what our families deal with every day, you see the appreciation and thankfulness in their faces, the joy and smiles in the children Variety serves.  What more could you want in a job.  I love working for Variety.”

Accounting Manager

Karen Haglin  314-720-7703


“Every time you donate to Variety, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want. I am grateful to cast my vote and my talents for this incredible charity.”

Chief Financial Officer

Christina Altholz  314-720-7715


"Linking the generous heart of our donors to the heart of Variety’s mission is what makes the magic happen.  I believe in our donors, our kids, and the thrilling work that happens here every day."

Chief Development Officer

Brett Schott, CFRE



“Coming to work and knowing that what I am doing is not only helping Variety Kids, but entire families as well, is extremely rewarding. We partner with our Variety families to enable each child we serve to attain his or her full potential, and I believe that makes our community even stronger.”

Chief Program Officer

Susan M. Schuh, PhD, MHA



"Variety nurtures kids’ hopes and dreams, supports the whole family, incorporates the magic of the Arts, and helps kids to just be kids! It’s an honor to connect caring donors with such a meaningful mission!"

Senior Manager of Philanthropy

Mary Murawski



“Changing the lives of children in a positive way should be a lifelong priority for everyone. Variety has been doing that for over 80 years in St. Louis. I'm proud to be associated with such a noble organization."

Corporate & Individual Giving Officer

Wes Edwards


"Fighting everyday for truth, kids and the Variety Way. Our kids are my heroes and I love to tell their stories."

Communications Director

Jean Larson Steck


Variety staff member Janna Greenwood

"I love working for Variety because of the positive impact we make on the lives of the families we serve. It’s a true joy to come in each day and work with such a dedicated group!"

Database Manager & Analyst

Janna Greenwood


Julie Probst

"'All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them' is a favorite quote of mine by Walt Disney. Having the honor and privilege to be a part of this incredible Variety family is my dream come true. The Variety kids and their parents are my inspiration and have held a very special place in my heart for many years. They demonstrate true courage daily and always with a smile. That's why being a member of this dedicated Variety family is so fulfilling. I am so lucky!"

Special Events Director

Julie Probst    314-720-7718



"Being part of creating "possibilities" for children is a dream come true. Observing firsthand the independence, creativity, socialization, increased self-confience and smiles of children warms my heart."

Program Manager

Robin Diehl




"A chance to do fulfilling work I can be proud of doesn’t come around every day. Except at Variety. Where it comes around every…single…day. I’m thrilled to be part of such a great team."

Graphics Manager

Nadia Shaver





“There is simply something magical about coming to work every day and knowing that I am doing something to help these amazing kids.”

Communications Manager

Kara Schmid





Misty Burton

“I am overjoyed to be a part of an organization that does so much for so many little superstars. To see Variety children excel because of the therapy they work so hard at is truly an inspiration. I look forward to coming to work each and every day!”

Health Services Manager

Misty Burton    314-720-7708




"I am honored to be a member of the Variety organization, where every day, individuals work together as a team to make a positive difference in the lives of Variety children and their families."

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

                                       William James

Health Services Associate

Carolyn Smith Wooten 314-720-7720  






“Since my first Variety show, I have wanted to pursue a career in inclusive and accessible theatre. I feel so lucky and so grateful that I get to do what I love every single day, while helping to make magic for our Variety kids and teens.”


Performing Arts Manager

Joy Addler