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. 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, fundraising, facility rentals and marketing. It includes Events Director Adrienne Kaiser, Events Assistant Linda Aragon, 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. He is a seasoned collections management professional with over 20 years of diverse experience in art, history and science museums. The division includes Curator Gina Wouters, Assistant Curator Liz Shannon, Conservator Lauren Hall, Collection Care Specialist Stefania Marino, Collections Care Technician Eliana Gregg, Assistant for Collections Management Alexander Garcia, and the Archivist.
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, 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, Learning Programs Assistant Liza Solomon, Group Tour Coordinator Elgin Grey, Learning Programs Manager Diana Pena, and Community Programs Manager Rebecca Peterson. Visitor Services includes Ticket Booth staffers Linette McLeod, April Rosenik, Latrice Graham, Shekeria Jacobs, Xavier Joseph, Claudia Mendez and Nicholas Vandine.
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 Historic Landscape Specialist David Hardy, Curator of Orchids Carol De Biase, Historic Horticulturist Jeffrey Summers, , Landscape Supervisor Edgar Chirinos, Labor Supervisor Efren Salgado and Horticulture Specialists Gary Jean-Claude, Francisco Martinez and Tod Walton.
Deputy Director Luis Correa leads Vizcaya’s Finance and Administrative Division which includes Account Clerk Donna Pryce and Accountant Juan Pollo.
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. Staff consists of Capital Projects Manager Alice Argüelles, Capital Projects Analyst Ruth Castellanos and Construction Manager Alfredo Garmendia. The maintenance section includes Building Maintenance Supervisor Victor Rodriguez, Historic Renovation Technician David Leroi, Maintenance Repairer Eddickson Pichardo, Maintenance Technicians Marne Toja and Alejandro Lopez, and Custodial Workers Josefa Cardosa, Reina Chirinos, Carlos Rodriguez and Ike Simms.
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, Albert Delgado and Juan Mendez as well as Museum Security Officers Alvin Armas, James Atesiano, Eric Diaz, Enzo Garrido, Anderson Gonzalez, Alejandro Lopez, Rene Revoredo, Alejandro Soto, Gerardo Suarez, Norman Talania 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 Paula Gooden and Judy Self-McCoy.
Each and every Vizcaya staff member plays a critical role in the organization’s success! For more information, visit Contact Us or view our Staff Directory.