Villa Finale Names Jane Lewis as New Director

Lewis brings leadership and passion for preservation to new role

Villa Finale and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are pleased to announce that Jane Lewis has been named Director of Villa Finale in San Antonio, Texas. Villa Finale is a National Trust Historic Site and the former home of preservationist and civic leader Walter Nold Mathis.

Lewis assumed her new role on June 11. She brings a wealth of valuable experience to the position. She has been a volunteer at Villa Finale since September 2010; currently serves as the 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.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Villa Finale into the future," Lewis said. “We have a tremendous opportunity to connect the public with the site’s rich history and broaden its recognition as a treasured part of San Antonio’s past, present and future."

"Jane’s passion for preservation, history with Villa Finale, and extensive executive experience make her the ideal director to build upon the momentum at the site and establish it as a vibrant and active landmark," said Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Vice President of Historic Sites. “She knows San Antonio well and is committed to ensuring that Villa Finale is the front door of the National Trust in Texas.” 

The timing of Lewis taking over as director coincides with one of Villa Finale’s most exciting art exhibits to date, "Tooth and Claw: Animal Imagery from the Villa Finale Collection." The exhibit showcases 35 pieces of fine and decorative art featuring animals from British cane handles and Wedgwood crocus pots to Dutch paintings and French bronzes. For more information, visit www.villafinale.org.

 

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