VILLA FINALE: MUSEUM & GARDENS

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, Historic Site Assistant

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 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 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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Karina Serna, Visitor Services & Museum Shop Coordinator

Karina began with Villa Finale as a collections intern.  As an intern, she photographed some 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 aspects of the Museum Shop.  Karina is one of the faces folks see when purchasing tour admissions at Villa Finale's Carriage House. 

Education: BFA, Photographic Illustration, Rochester Institute of Technology
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Farrah Varga, Marketing, Development & Volunteer 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 broadening her horizons through lots of international travel with her husband, Teil. 

Education: 
BFA, Humanities, University of Texas at San Antonio; MA, Art History, University of Texas at Austin
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