VILLA FINALE: MUSEUM & GARDENS

Meet the Staff!

Would you like a member of our staff to speak at your organization’s next gathering? Contact Farrah Varga, Marketing & Development Coordinator, at (210) 223-9800 or fvarga@villafinale.org

Jane Lewis, Executive Director

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 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 Cortinas, Buildings and Grounds Manager

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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Angela Garcia, Senior Assistant, Administration and Museum Shop

Angela began her career at Villa Finale as a collections intern, organizing and updating information in Villa Finale's records in order to provide more accurate details about pieces in the museum. A San Antonio native, Angela has her undergraduate degree in History and Art History and is currently defending her thesis for her Masters of Science in Architecture and Historic Preservation from UTSA. Along with the Masters of Science in Architecture, Angela is pursuing a Graduate Real Estate & Finance certification, also from UTSA. When not at work or at school, Angela is a full time wife and a mother to her two girls. 


Education: 
History and Art History, University of Texas at San Antonio; Architecture and Historic Preservation, University of Texas at San Antonio; Real Estate & Finance, University of Texas at San Antonio
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Sylvia M. Gonzalez, Manager of Collections & Interpretation

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Sylvia moved to San Antonio in April, 2008 to work at Villa Finale as its Manager of Public Programs. 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. She very much enjoys San Antonio's walkability, running and cycling trails, and friendly people.  

Education: American and Modern European History; Minor, English Literature, California State University, Long Beach
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Farrah Varga, Marketing & Development Coordinator

Farrah joined us in September of 2016 after almost seven years as Museum Director at the Edward Steves Homestead House Museum. After undergraduate work at Vassar College and the University of Texas at San Antonio in Humanities and the MA program in Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, Farrah worked for the McNay Art Museum here in San Antonio and in many varied fields, from education to publishing to retail management. A native of the tiny town of Rocksprings, TX, Farrah enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, Sadie and Tina Fey, and getting in as much travel time as possible.  

Education: 
BFA, Humanities, University of Texas at San Antonio; MA, Art History, University of Texas at Austin
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David Judkins, Lead Guide
David Judkins joined Villa Finale as a volunteer five years ago and now serves as our Lead Guide, interpreting the collections for visitors from around the world. He brings a curious mind and the joy of learning to focus on the large and eclectic collection found within this unique museum house. A retired English professor from the University of Houston, David spends his spare time cycling and maintaining his beloved English sports car, a Morgan +8, which occasionally may be found parked on the side street next to the house.

                              


Lisa Stewart, Visitor Services Associate
Originally from New York, Lisa moved to San Antonio in 2004. She has a background in art and education and brings 25 years of experience as an art educator for children in schools, art centers, and museums in both New York at the Katonah Museum of Art and the Hudson River Museum and San Antonio at the Southwest School of Art and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Her interest in San Antonio’s history and historic preservation brought her most recently to the San Antonio Conservation Society. Lisa loves exploring the beautiful Riverwalk, San Antonio’s museums and botanical gardens, and the nearby Hill Country, especially during wildflower season.