While Vizcaya actually has a village of historic buildings across the street from the house and gardens, it also takes a village of dedicated and experienced professionals to operate this complex estate and accredited museum.
Executive Director Joel Hoffman is responsible for all aspects of Vizcaya’s operations and management. Prior to joining Vizcaya in 2004, Joel oversaw the vibrant educational programming at the Brooklyn Museum and was an associate director with a diverse portfolio at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University in Miami Beach. He holds a doctorate in art history from Yale University. Since 2011, Joel has served on the Board of Directors of the American Alliance of Museums. Within the director’s office, Human Resources and Special Projects Manager Sandra Williams and Executive Assistant Nancy Meiman perform an array of administrative tasks for the entire organization. Vizcaya’s communications department is also within the director’s office with Charlotte Donn as marketing and public affairs director and Alejandra Serna as digital communications manager. There are many different ways to structure a museum, and Vizcaya is split into six divisions, each led by a deputy director with specialized experience.
The Advancement Team supports and enhances Vizcaya’s operations and preservation through relationship-building and fundraising. The division includes Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations Gina Sacchetti, Director of Major Gifts Melanie Broeker, Membership Manager Jessica Casinelli, Special Events Director Cammy Richards, and Advancement Operations Manager Miriam Barcia.
Remko Jansonius supervises Vizcaya’s Collections and Curatorial Affairs Division, which is responsible for management, research, conservation and display of the museum’s historic art collections. He is a seasoned collections management professional with over 20 years of diverse experience in art, history and science museums. The division includes Assistant Curator Liz Shannon, Conservator Lauren Hall, Collection Care Specialist Stefania Marino, Collections Care Technician Eliana Gregg, and Assistant for Collections Management Alexander Garcia.
Wendy Wolf is the Deputy Director Learning and Community Engagement for the Learning Division, which develops educational programs and resources for visitors of all ages. With a 20+-year tenure in museum education, she has served in various leadership roles with the Museum Division of the National Art Education Association and was recognized by the organization in 2010 as the Southeastern Region Museum Education Art Educator of the year. She works with Adult Learning and Engagement Manager Mark Osterman, Visitor Services Manager Katie Kapszynski, Learning Programs Assistant Liza Solomon, Assistant Visitor Services Manager Elgin Grey, School Programs Manager Diana Pena, and Community Programs Manager Rebecca Peterson. Learning program facilitators are Carlos Llanos, Alex Maldonado, Meg Merrill, David Miller, Leidiany Perez, Danielle Rose, Maria Serrano and Kristy Smeriglio. Visitor Services includes Lead Visitor Services Associate Latrice Graham and visitor services associates David Breyer, Manola Campos, Miguel Carpio, Claudia Mendez, April Rosenik and Kenneth Maya.
Deputy Director of Horticulture and Urban Agriculture Ian Simpkins and his team are responsible for the management and restoration of Vizcaya’s extensive gardens and grounds. His tenure in horticulture extends to more than 20 years, including having served as Executive Director at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia. He is a recipient of the Chanticleer Foundation and JC Raulston Fellowships, and is currently Chair of the Historic Landscapes Section of the American Public Gardens Association and serves on the Horticulture Advisory Committee of The Kampong, National Tropical Botanic Garden. The horticulture section includes Horticulture Manager David Hardy, Landscape Manager Rhett Reed, Orchid Specialist Timothy Heslop, Horticulturists Jeffrey Summers and Marco Perez-Alvarez, and Gardner Meredith Hudson.
Deputy Director Luis Correa leads Vizcaya’s Finance and Administrative Division which includes Controller Hector Ramos, Accountant Shadia Avila, and Director of Digital and Technology Jeff Guin. The facility rentals staff assets brides, wedding and event planners, and corporations plan their special events at the historic estate and includes Events Director Adrienne Kaiser and Events Assistant Linda Aragon.
The Capital Projects team oversees capital improvements at Vizcaya. Deputy Director Martha Akins leads the Facilities Division, which takes care of the estate’s century-old buildings with their associated equipment and systems. She and her team of technicians and custodial staff also support virtually every program and preservation initiative at Vizcaya. Her team includes Construction Manager Cassius Moore. The maintenance section includes Building Maintenance Supervisor Victor Rodriguez, Historic Preservation Specialist David Leroi, Maintenance Repairer Eddickson Pichardo, Maintenance Technician Marne Toja, and Custodial Workers Josefa “Dolores” Cardosa, Maria “Esperanza” Martinez, Carlos Rodriguez and Ernesto Rodriguez.
Museum Security Chief Junior Gonzalez and his team of security professionals protect Vizcaya and its visitors around the clock, during daytime admissions and the Museum’s robust calendar of evening events. The security section includes Assistance Chief of Security Marvin Mora and Museum Security Supervisor Albert Delgado as well as Museum Security Officers Alvin Armas, Jason Mehia, Rene Revoredo, Rolando Sosa and Alejandro Soto.
We and our visitors also benefit from the great support of our colleagues at the Vizcaya Café and Shop, which is operated by Joy Wallace Catering Production and Design. Café and Shop General Manager John McPhee is a longtime hospitality industry professional, and he is joined by an array of warm and talented staff including Café and Events Manager Paula Gooden and Assistant Café Manager Judy Self-McCoy.