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 Maria Arone and Executive Assistant Nancy Meiman perform an array of administrative tasks for the entire organization. There are many different ways to structure a museum, and Vizcaya is split into four divisions, each led by a deputy director with specialized experience.
Ann Henderson oversees The Advancement Team, which supports and enhances Vizcaya’s operations and preservation through relationship-building, fundraising, facility rentals and marketing. It includes Events Director Adrienne Kaiser, Grants Manager Gina Sacchetti, Major Gifts Officer Melanie Broeker, Membership Manager Jessica Casinelli, Marketing and Public Affairs Director Charlotte Donn, Special Events Coordinator Cammy Richards, Digital Communications Manager Alejandra Serna, and Advancement Programs Assistant 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. Remko is a seasoned collections management professional with diverse experience in art, history and science museums. The division includes Curator Gina Wouters, Conservator Lauren Hall, Collection Care Specialist Stefania Marino, and Archivist Emily Gibson.
Wendy Wolf is the Deputy Director of the Learning Division, which develops educational programs and resources for visitors of all ages. With a 20-year tenure in museum education, Ms. Wolf 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 Guiding Programs Manager Mark Osterman, Learning Programs Assistant and Group Tour Coordinator Liza Solomon, and Public Programs Manager Rebecca Peterson. Adam Cox supervises Ticket Booth staffers Linette McLeod, Elizabeth Lorenzo, April Rosenik and Caridad Vega.
There are also four “sections” responsible for protecting and enhancing Vizcaya’s physical resources.
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. Ian has a degree in horticulture and he previously served as Executive Director at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia. The horticulture section includes Landscape Supervisor Edgar Chirinos, Curator of Orchids Carol De Biase, and Park Attendants Gerardo Arreola, Gary Jean-Claude, Francisco Martinez and Efren Salgado.
Jose Garcia oversees Vizcaya’s Finance and Administrative Division and also supervises our security. The business office team consists of Finance Division Administrative Assistant Jessica Aguilar, Account Clerk Donna Pryce, Finance and Procurement Administrative Office Tanya Donigan, and Operations Manager Juan Pollo.
The Capital Projects team oversees capital improvements at Vizcaya, including the restoration of the Loggias. Staff consists of Capital Projects Manager Alice Argüelles and Capital Projects Analyst Ruth Castellano. 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. The maintenance section includes Historic Facilities Maintenance Chief Eduardo Mustelier Sanchez, Maintenance Technician Ken Whiting, Custodial Supervisor Victor Rodriguez and Custodial Workers Juan Chazzanes, Reina Chirinos and Carlos Rodriguez.
Museum Security Chief Junior Gonzales 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 Supervisors Mario Lazo and Albert Delgado as well as Museum Security Officers James Atesiano, Eric Diaz, Enzo Garrido, Rene Revoredo, Alejandro Soto, Gerardo Suarez and Karel Torres.
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 Manager John McPhee is a longtime hospitality industry professional, and he is joined by an array of warm and talented staff, including Mari Bueno, Judy Self-McCoy, Lawrence Singer and Heather Swanson.