Meet the Staff

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Villa Finale's National Trust Staff

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 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 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, Administrative Assistant
Angela began her career at Villa Finale as a collections intern organizing and updating information in order provide more accurate details about the pieces in the museum to visitors.  A San Antonio native, Angela has her undergraduate in History and Art History and is currently working on her Master’s of Science in Architecture and Historic Preservation from UTSA and graduating May, 2016.  Currently, Angela is the administrative assistant but also helps in the museum shop and wherever else she is needed.  When not at work or at school, Angela is a full time wife and mother to her two girls, Scarlet (6) and Violet (2).

Education: History and Art History, 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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Karina Serna, Visitor Services & Museum Shop Coordinator

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 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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Sarah Simister, Collections Care Assistant & Volunteer Supervisor

Sarah provides tours of the museum and manages the volunteer program. 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. She 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.

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