Lewis assumed her role on June 11, 2012. She brings a wealth of valuable experience to the position. She has been a volunteer at Villa Finale since September 2010; is the past president of the board of directors of the Monte Vista Historical Association, the largest historic district in Texas; and is a member of the San Antonio Conservation Society. Additionally, Jane serves on the Historic District Design Guidelines Advisory Committee and the Historic Districts Council of the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation.
Prior to joining the National Trust, Lewis served as Vice President of Outsourcing and National Director of Sales for IKON Legal Document Services, where she worked for 15 years. At IKON her responsibilities included profit and loss ownership, business planning, revenue generation, staffing and management. As a consultant, she has developed productive sales and operating structures for diverse organizations, including legal services outsourcing providers. Among her interests, Jane enjoys world travel, collecting rare books and on the culture and history of the Southwest, art and architecture.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Art, Master of Arts in English; Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas. Graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin in Literature, Spanish and Comparative World Religions.
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Orlando is a native of San Antonio. From 1999 to 2007, Orlando bravely served our country in the United States Marine Corps in Iraq. His work background and experience includes residential construction and commercial landscaping. When not tending to Villa Finale’s buildings and grounds, Orlando enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, running and biking, as well as learning about history, photography and cooking. Orlando has been with Villa Finale since April, 2009.
Education: Horticulture, Palo Alto College, San Antonio, Texas
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Originally from Los Angeles, California, Sylvia moved to San Antonio in April, 2008 to work at Villa Finale. In addition to her work at Villa Finale, Sylvia is also active in the National Trust's diversity initiatives and is moderator of the Trust's Latino Preservation Listserv. Prior to Villa Finale, Sylvia was Assistant Collections Manager at the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in City of Industry, California where she created the Curator for a Day program; the program received an award from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). Sylvia has over 20 years of experience in the museum field, a career she began as a volunteer. On her "down-time," Sylvia enjoys reading non-fiction, writing, visiting historic locations, cycling, running and cheering for her hometown Dodgers.
Education: American and Modern European History; Minor, English Literature, California State University, Long Beach
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Meg Nowack, Curator, is responsible for the 12,000 objects that reside in Villa Finale’s main residence. She graduated from the George Washington University with a Masters Degree in Museum Studies and obtained a position at the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, DC, another National Trust Historic Site. She, and her husband, moved to San Antonio in 2006 to assist in the opening of Villa Finale. 2012 marks her fifteenth year with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Education: MA Museum Studies, George Washington University
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Karina began with Villa Finale as a collections intern. As an intern, she was the photographer behind many of the images used for Villa Finale's marketing projects. As Visitor Services & Museum Shop Assistant, Karina fields incoming phone calls for tours, programs and handles group reservations as well as coordinates all aspects of the Museum Shop. Karina is the friendly face folks see when purchasing tour admissions at Villa Finale's Carriage House.
Education: BFA, Photographic Illustration, Rochester Institute of Technology
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As Lead Guide of Villa Finale, Sarah offers full tours of the home when volunteers are unavailable. As Volunteer Supervisor, she is responsible for volunteer recruiting, training, and retention. Sarah received a BA in History and Political Science from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2010, and a MA in History and Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2013. During graduate school, Sarah interned with the National Park Service as a researcher and writer for the UNESCO World Heritage nomination of the San Antonio Missions. She was also selected as a Diversity Scholar by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2012. In her spare time, Sarah volunteers as a mentor to a high school student, a Reading Buddy to second graders, and a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. She also very much enjoys parks, live music, and books.
Education: BA in History and Political Science from the University of the Incarnate Word; MA in History and Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas at San Antonio.Click here to email Sarah Simister