Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees


Andy is a 46-year veteran of the toy industry, who began his career at the Milton Bradley Company in 1975. During his time at Milton Bradley, Andy held various positions in administration and ultimately ended up in their sales force. When he left Milton Bradley in 1983, he held the position of Southwest Regional Sales Manager with primary responsibility for Walmart Stores.

Since then, Andy has served the industry as a manufacturer's representative in the central and upper Midwest, starting with Dan Buckey Associates, the firm that later morphed into Toy’n Around and is headquartered in Minneapolis. Over the past 36 years, he has participated in the launch of several major toy brands, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), Tech Deck, and Squinkies. Today, his firm continues to represent several iconic brands including TMNT, Pokémon, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Crazy Art, as well as emerging brands like Basic Fun! and Ryan’s World from Bonkers Toys.

Andy has an extensive background in nonprofit board work. He has held the position of chairman of Make-A-Wish Minnesota and at Children’s Cancer Research Fund, the largest contributor to Pediatric medicine at the University of Minnesota (U of M). In addition, he currently serves on the Philanthropic Board of the U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital and is a Director for the Western Golf Association (Evans Scholars Foundation). Andy is also serving his second term as a member of the Board of Directors of The Toy Association.

Andy graduated from University of Hartford with a BA and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with his MBA.

Married 42 years to wife, Marci, his life revolves around his daughters, Melissa and Halley, and his four grandchildren.


Based in Los Angeles, Glenn is accountable for all facets of Moose Toys’ U.S. business and is a member of the Moose Toys Global Senior Leadership Team responsible for guiding commercial strategy, organizational health, and product development direction. Glenn spent the previous 16 years working for The LEGO Group, where he held various general management, sales, and marketing roles in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the UK. Glenn’s most recent role was Vice President & Head of Global Ecommerce for LEGO Retail looking after the group’s owned digital commerce platform,, accountable for direct-to-consumer e-commerce globally. Previous to his time with The LEGO Group, Glenn worked in the U.S. beverage industry for Evian, Dr Pepper/Seven Up, and Anheuser-Busch in a variety of sales and marketing functions.

Glenn has several years of Board experience with industry bodies such as the Australia Toy Association for more than four years, where he chaired the sub-committee for philanthropy. He also sat on internal Boards at The LEGO Group for three countries. Glenn is currently a Board Advisor for the K9 Youth Alliance, a non-profit that seeks to enrich the lives of young people as they help prepare abandoned dogs for permanent homes. He also sits on the Board of Joy Tops, an innovator in the e-sports gaming space. Most recently, he was appointed to the Chairperson’s Advisory Committee to The Toy Association’s Board of Directors. In addition, Glenn has been a guest lecturer with MBA/Executive MBA programs and speaks at conferences worldwide.

Glenn, his wife, and their two daughters reside in Pasadena, California.


Stephanie Bailey is a toy kid at heart. She started her career selling toys and dancing on the Big Piano at FAO Schwarz. Stephanie played an integral role in the Toys“R”Us acquisition of FAO Schwarz and went on to grow her career in Toys“R”Us merchandising across several categories, ultimately as a Divisional Business Manager for Babies”R”Us.

She has helped dozens of toy companies successfully launch their products and brands, making lots of Toys”R”Us kids very happy throughout the years. Stephanie’s industry experience and childhood dreams of getting slimed led her to a new career in licensing as the Senior Director of Toys at ViacomCBS. Stephanie is an active participant in the toy, licensing, and entertainment industries; she dedicates her time to Women In Toys (WIT) as both the New York chapter co-chair and all-around WIT champion. She develops fresh programming that delivers on WIT’s mission, particularly in areas of mentorship and diversity & inclusion.

She is passionate about making kids happy and eager to share her expertise to help others find success in the toy industry. She is committed to driving meaningful industry change through leading by example and growing collaboration across organizations to influence the evolution of equitable workplaces.


As the President & CEO of TRU Kids Brands, Richard Barry is responsible for the management, development, and growth of the global brands Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us, Geoffrey the Giraffe, and over 20 other consumer brands.

Barry previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc., where he led all merchandising initiatives for the company’s U.S. operations, including Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores nationwide and the legendary FAO Schwarz flagship store in New York City, as well as the company’s dedicated e-commerce sites. In this role, he oversaw a team of merchants in identifying and monitoring worldwide product trends and innovations to advance the company’s position as THE toy and juvenile-products authority. In addition, he was responsible for driving strategic initiatives within the company’s marketing and e-commerce groups, including mobile platforms and omnichannel programs.

During his nearly tenure at Toys“R”Us, which spanned across the U.S. and the UK, he accumulated broad experience in all aspects of sales, operations and merchandising, through roles of increasing seniority. Barry joined Toys“R”Us, Inc. in 1985 as a part-time employee in the UK, and in 2004, he was promoted to Merchandising Director for Toys“R”Us, International, where he managed buying decisions for categories including Video Games, Electronics, Learning, and Sports.

The following year, Barry was appointed Vice President, Divisional Merchandising Manager for the Learning, Electronics and Entertainment businesses for the company’s U.S. toy stores. In 2010, he was named Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, Toys“R”Us, U.S., overseeing the Learning, Electronics, and Entertainment product categories. In February 2012, Barry was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, U.S.

In addition to serving on the TTF Board of Trustees, Barry previously served on the Board of the Entertainment Merchants Association and The Toy Association Board of Directors.


Kathleen Campisano, Global Chief Marketing Officer at ChizComm and General Manager of Beacon Media Group, is an award-winning business leader with a 25+ year record of driving multimillion-dollar growth. Her areas of expertise include strategic marketing and media planning, brand building, ideation, product development, P&L management, merchandising, and experiential retailing. She has mastered the art of interpreting consumer insights, and successfully translated those insights into market opportunities.

Kathleen is a longtime contributor to the toy industry, she holds several patents for product innovation, and currently serves on the Chairperson’s Advisory Board for The Toy Association Board of Directors. In 2019, Kathleen was honored to be appointed to the Board of Directors of The Toy Foundation. Prior to her role as CMO, Kathleen was Vice President of Toys & Games at Barnes & Noble from 2009 to 2019. During her 10 years there, she launched a world-class Educational Toys & Games Department while curating an enviable Hobby, Collectible, and Pop Culture Division. She achieved consecutive growth, significant market share gains, and consistently outpaced the industry. Kathleen also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Mega Brands from 2007 to 2009, and SVP of Design, Product Development and Marketing for LeapFrog Enterprises from 2000 to 2007 (pre- and post-IPO), earning her and her team several TOTY Awards, People’s Choice Awards, and a coveted Grand Effie. Kathleen also held key marketing and brand positions at Fisher-Price from 1996 to 2000 and Century Baby Products from 1989 to 1996.

Kathleen was honored by NY Moves Magazine as a Power Woman of 2018 and holds an Executive MBA from the SUNY School of Management and a BS in Marketing from Xavier University.


John Gessert currently serves as President & CEO of American Plastics Toys, Inc. He joined the organization in 1984 in sales and operations and, after holding regional sales manager positions, became national sales manager in 1991. He served as Executive Vice President from 1998 to 2003 before assuming his current role.

John and his wife, Susan, reside in Michigan, with their four children, Ellen, Jack, Emma and Julia. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his MBA from Wayne State University.


Peter Henseler is the Founder and President of Wise Consulting Group Inc., a strategy and management consulting firm. He previously held the position of Vice Chairman of TOMY International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based TOMY Company, Ltd., a leading global designer and marketer of toys and juvenile products, until his retirement from TOMY International in October 2012. Prior, he held the position of President of TOMY International from April 2011 until April 2012 and served on its Board of Directors.

Previously, he was President and a Board of Director of RC2 Corporation, a NASDAQ publicly traded toy and juvenile-products company, from 2002 to 2011, at which time TOMY Company acquired RC2. Pete also served as RC2's Vice President of Marketing and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1996 to 2002. Prior to joining RC2, he held various marketing and sales positions at McDonald's, Hasbro, American Greetings, and Kimberly Clark.

Formerly the Chairperson of The Toy Foundation, Pete currently serves as an advisor of The Toy Foundation Board of Trustees and recently completed three terms of service on The Toy Association Board of Directors. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for First Midwest Bank Inc., one of the premier relationship-based banking firms in the Chicagoland banking market. In prior years, he served on nonprofit boards including the National Board of Playing for Keeps (2006-2008) and as an Advisory Board Member for Xavier University’s Williams College of Business for Entrepreneurial Studies (2008 – 2012). Pete and his wife, Molly, have been involved in local charitable organizations in their hometown of Chicago, including Educare of Dupage County, The Juvenile Diabetes Association, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


For 30 years, Michael Keaton has dedicated his career to optimizing the value of premium-brand FMCG companies. Whether it’s soft drinks or toys, his passion for building powerful brands and committed teams has been the driving force of his professional life. And for the past 20 years, Keaton has been singularly focused on promoting the benefits of play through his leadership roles within the toy industry.

Keaton started his career in toys with The LEGO Group, first in the U.S./Canada market and then in global roles in Australia and Denmark. While Vice President and General Manager for LEGO Australia/New Zealand, he served as a board member of the Australian Toy Association, and as a member of its Executive Committee, working to bring together retailers and manufacturers for the benefit of the industry. While stationed at the LEGO HQ in Denmark, Keaton headed up the creative Shopper Marketing Agency, overseeing packaging development, product launches, consumer engagement, shopper communication, and creating best-in-class in-store experiences. Prior to joining The LEGO Group, Keaton worked for The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Enterprises and engaged in several key sales and marketing roles.

Soon after returning to the U.S. with The LEGO Group after nearly a decade abroad, Keaton joined Schleich in October 2015 as President of the North American Division of the Germany-based toy company. In 2019, he assumed the role of CEO for the Washington-based company Toysmith.

He serves on the Board of Directors for The U.S. Toy Association, Canadian Toy Association and The Toy Foundation, as well as works to advance the health and growth of the toy industry through his participation on The Genius of Play team, joining the effort to help parents and children discover the benefits of creative play.

Keaton and his wife, Kimberley, reside in Gig Harbor, Washington with their two sons and two dogs.


Preston F. “Skip” Kodak is Regional President of the Americas market region of the family-owned and privately-held LEGO Group, one of the world’s largest toy companies, based in Billund, Denmark. From the Enfield, Connecticut office, Kodak leads sales, marketing and operations for the global toy brand in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and Brazil. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of the LEGO Community Fund U.S.

Kodak joined LEGO Group in 2002 as Vice President, U.S. Field Sales. He became Vice President, U.S. Customer Development in 2004. In 2006, Kodak was named Vice President, global Direct-to-Consumer and Outbound Licensing, responsible for all sales, marketing and operations of the company’s owned shopping channels and development of lifestyle categories with partners. In 2008, he became Vice President, global Direct-to-Consumer and Merlin Affairs, leading the collaboration and synergy with the company’s strategic operating partner of LEGOLAND® Parks and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers worldwide. In 2009, he was promoted to Senior Vice President. In 2012, he joined Corporate Management as Senior Vice President for Shopper Marketing and Channel Development. In 2014, Kodak was appointed Senior Vice President, global Supply Chain Planning & Distribution. He was appointed to his current role in 2016 and was a member of the Executive Leadership team from 2017-2020.

Prior to joining LEGO Group, Kodak held various sales and marketing roles at the Heinz Company (2000-2002), at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. (1994-2000), and at Procter & Gamble (1987-1993).

Kodak is passionate and committed to advancing the needs of underserved children and families at risk. His interests include the many activities in which he and his family participate together, recreational sports, and traveling. He is a member of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center board of directors and is Chairperson of The Toy Association Board of Directors.

Kodak has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Dartmouth College.

He and his wife Nicole are blessed with five children.

SUNNY LAURIDSEN, Head of Licensing & Brand Strategy, JUST PLAY

Sunny has been working in the Toy industry for over 15 years, starting her career in Toys in Licensing at The Walt Disney Company. She had the privilege of working on Consumer Electronics and Preschool Licensing. The highlight of her time at Disney was partnering with the Disney Channel to launch Doc McStuffins and the entire Disney Junior suite of brands at retail.

After 7 years with Disney, Sunny took a leap and joined colleagues from Disney in the launch of a start-up toy company. Sunny served as SVP, Sales and Marketing for Cartwheel Kids. The deep dive into launching a toy start-up solidified Sunny’s passion for the business of making toys.

In 2015, Sunny joined the Just Play team. She heads up the LA office and is responsible for Licensing and studio relations as well as leading the development of brand strategies across the Just Play portfolio.

Starting at a young age, Sunny was exposed to volunteer work in the community and abroad through church and community groups. As an adult, she has volunteered in food kitchens, as an AYSO coach and in various capacities at her kids’ schools. She looks forward to serving on the Board of Trustees of the Toy Foundation to pay forward the incredible experiences and opportunities that being in the toy industry has provided her with.


Ashley is a creator, connector and industry thought leader. She currently is the head of Brand Development at Basic Fun! Prior to joining Basic Fun!, Ashley founded and helmed the brand licensing and creative agency, Brandberry. There, she spent close to a decade launching new IP from the ground up and reinvigorating established brands. In her current position as Head of Brand Development at Basic Fun!, she leads the conceptualization of the company’s new sustainable brands portfolio, oversees promotional and digital initiatives, and works collaboratively with internal teams on growth plans that drive innovation for new and existing brands. From 2014-2020 she served as president of the global non-profit Women In Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT). She currently sits on The Toy Association Board of Directors and chairs The Genius of Play.


Sean McGowan is currently Managing Director at Gateway Investor Relations. He joined the Newport Beach-based investor relations firm after a 30-year career as a sell-side analyst on Wall Street. Sean began covering toy stocks for a small New York-based brokerage firm in 1986. In 1989, he became a founding member of Gerard Klauer Mattison, a New York investment bank that in 2003 was acquired by the Bank of Montreal, becoming BMO Capital Markets. During his 17-year tenure at the firm, GKM/BMOCM became a leader in providing investment research and advisory services to a number of industries, notably the toy industry. After stints at Wedbush Securities, Needham & Co., and Oppenheimer and in his 30th year on Wall Street, Sean left the Street to pursue a parallel path providing advisory services for companies in industries he has followed. And for some in the toy industry, he may always simply be known as “the guy who did that rap song at the Hall of Fame dinner.”

He and his wife, Heidi, have five children ages 21-32 scattered around the globe.

LISA MCKNIGHT, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Barbie and Dolls, Mattel, Inc.

As Senior Vice President and Global Head of Barbie and Dolls, Lisa McKnight oversees the entire doll portfolio for Mattel, leading a global team in strategy, product development, and marketing execution.

Lisa has been instrumental in evolving the iconic Barbie brand into the most diverse doll line on the market that is reflective of the world girls see around them. She led the brand’s efforts to define a global social mission with the Barbie Dream Gap Project, an ongoing initiative with a mission to level the playing field for girls globally. Under Lisa’s leadership, Barbie had its highest growth sales in over two decades and was named #1 global toy property in 2020, per NPD.

Lisa is the global lead for the entire portfolio of Mattel’s fashion doll category, including licensed properties like Sanrio and Spirit, as well as fan favorites, like Polly Pocket, with an approach that makes it possible for anyone to find a doll that resonates with them.

Today, Lisa is leading the charge in the return of one of the best-selling fashion dolls brand of all time, Monster High, by refueling the franchise and introducing the brand’s message of inclusivity to a whole new generation of kids.

Lisa is the 2016 recipient of AdWeek’s Brand Genius Award and she serves on the boards of MAKERS Women and the Toy Industry Association Foundation. In 2020, she was a finalist for WFA’s Marketer of the Year title and is a frequent guest speaker at conferences such as the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Fast Company Innovation Festival, WFA Global Marketer Conference, Most Contagious Summit, Brand Innovators and Bentonville Film Festival.


Julian Montoya is currently Senior Vice President at The Noble Collection. Previously, Montoya was Vice President of Global Toys, at Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP). He was responsible for overseeing global sales and implementing business development strategies to build brand strength and to maximize revenue, retail presence and market share for WBCP’s portfolio of properties in the Toy category globally. He directly supervised the domestic sales team and coordinated international efforts through category management teams in all markets.

Prior to joining WBCP in 2000, Montoya worked at Lucas Licensing as Director of International Licensing and Sales, where he was responsible for building a strategic marketing plan and overseeing all aspects of the development and management of the international licensing and merchandising program for the Star Wars brand, including the program for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Before working at Lucasfilm, Montoya was Executive Director of International Marketing at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. His career in the entertainment industry began in 1986 at Warner Home Video.

Montoya attended the University of San Diego and graduated from the University of Phoenix.


Nik began his career in 1995 at Target in Finance. Since then, he has held numerous positions throughout the organization. he currently serves as Senior Vice President of Hardlines, where he is responsible for driving growth and profitability through product assortment, promotions and pricing.

Nik received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Accounting and his MBA from the University of Minnesota.

He met his wife, Michelle, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They have three girls ages 13, 15, and 17. Nik is actively involved in his community and with national philanthropies. He currently serves as a board member on The Center for Brand Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, and The Toy Foundation. Nik enjoys golfing, reading, and running.


Andrew currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Thames & Kosmos, a leading publisher of educational toys & games. Originally retained in 2012 in an advisory capacity to consult and assist with the due diligence and subsequent acquisition of Thames & Kosmos (Providence, RI) by Kosmos GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany), Andrew is responsible for the North American business unit of Kosmos. During his tenure, Thames & Kosmos has achieved six consecutive years of record profitability and top-line sales growth. His leadership skills, entrepreneurial and strategic vision, and frictionless customer service strategy have laid the groundwork to transform Thames & Kosmos into a highly profitable and rapidly growing entity. It’s rare to find a sales-focused entrepreneur who also possesses the essential financial, operational, marketing, merchandising and leadership skills necessary for long-term growth, balance and stability.

Previously, from 2002 to 2012, Andrew worked as a portfolio manager at Schottenfeld Associates, where he managed an investment portfolio of media, retail, technology, and diversified consumer products companies.

From 1994 to 2002, Andrew held various roles at Turn up the Music, the leading party music publisher in North America. While there Andrew progressed up through the organization and was ultimately appointed President. Through unconventional marketing and merchandising strategies, TUTM’s customer base grew from a handful of retail outlets to more than 60,000 stores nationwide with unit sales in excess of 25 million and eight consecutive years of record revenue and profitability.

He is a graduate of Towson State University (Economics) and currently resides in Short Hills, NJ with his wife, Alison, of 20 years and two sons, Spencer and Gavin.


Bringing more than 20 years of global licensing and media experience, Maura joined Licensing International in December 2016 and assumed the role of President in July 2018. Licensing International is the premier association for the global licensing industry, and Maura is responsible for leading the organization in defining and shaping its future focus. This has and will continue to include fostering the growth and expansion of licensing around the world and creating greater awareness of the benefits of licensing to the business community at large.

As the former head of global consumer products at Sesame Workshop, the home of Sesame Street, Maura drove the non-profit organization’s strategic commercial initiatives with a focus on delivering significant unrestricted revenue to support the overarching philanthropic goals for the organization.

Prior to Sesame Workshop, where she enjoyed an exhilarating 17-year tenure, Maura held executive positions with MTV Networks, Scholastic Entertainment, and The Jim Henson Company.

Maura is a standing fellow of the US-Japan Foundation Leadership Program and on the board of One Animation. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Recognized as a top leader in business by Irish-America magazine, Maura was also a recipient of the K.I.D.S. (now Delivering Good) Women of Achievement Award. Maura resides in New York City with her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Fiona.


Michael joined Jazwares in 2019 after selling the company he founded, Wicked Cool Toys. He has spent the last 27 years playing at some of the world’s top toy companies, including MGA, Mattel, Playmates Toys, and JAKKS Pacific. Michael has been fortunate to work with most of the top toy and entertainment brands, including Pokémon, Cabbage Patch Kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Disney Princess, and Hot name a few!

Michael obtained his BA from Washington University and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael serves on The Toy Association Board of Directors and is active in many philanthropic efforts, especially those that relate to children, animals and cancer.


Since 2014, Voin Todorovic has been Chief Financial Officer for Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., a publicly traded company offering an interactive retail-entertainment experience, where he oversees the treasury, corporate finance, information technology, and logistic services.

Prior to his current role, Voin was employed at Wolverine World Wide, Inc., a leading global footwear and apparel company, where he served as the head of finance and operations for its lifestyle group, which included iconic brands such as Sperry Top-Sider®, Hush Puppies®, Keds®, and Stride Rite®. From 2011 to 2013, he was Vice President-Finance and Administration of the Stride Rite Children’s Group business, operating in wholesale, direct-to-consumer and international franchising. From 2010 to 2011, he was Vice President of the Performance + Lifestyle Group. Prior to his tenure at Wolverine World Wide, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Collective Brands, Inc., and Payless ShoeSource.

Voin currently serves as the President of the Build-A-Bear Foundation. He also serves on the Advisory Board - Center for Finance and Accounting Research - Olin Business School, at Washington University.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and MBA from Missouri State University.

DARREN TRAUB, SVP, Business and Legal Affairs, Entertainment & Talent Management, WWE

Darren oversees business affairs and legal for the production of WWE’s Television, Film Studios, Music, and Special Events divisions, as well as all Talent Management and Relations, for roster, legends talent, announcers, refs, and celebrity guest appearances and manages opportunities in interactive gaming, streaming, and digital/social media projects for WWE's talent.

In addition to his professional work, Darren is actively involved in children’s charities and animal shelters. He has served as a mentor/youth advisor in the Athens Juvenile Detention Center, a "big" in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and is a frequent community volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club toy drive and CASA.