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Some new faces at DHV

This summer, we’ve had the pleasure to add some new members to the DHV team. Though we always hate to lose co-workers, there’s something pretty exciting about bringing new people on board. Without further ado, here are two very important new members of our small but mighty staff.

Introducing Lisa Simpson, Development Manager

Lisa is all about the money, so of course, she would choose the Bank for her snfa-dhv2.

Lisa is all about the money, so of course, she would choose the Bank for her snfa-dhv2.

As you may recall, our long-time Director of Development, Nancy Farina, died last summer. We wanted to take some time to really think about what skill set could come close to replacing her. Lisa Simpson comes to us from The Sixth Floor Museum, where she was Marketing Coordinator. Several of us on staff here already knew Lisa. Gary knew her especially well, as she was his student in his class on museum administration at Baylor University. In fact, she wrote her thesis on donors of DHV. So perhaps it is destiny!

To get to know her a bit better, we asked her a few questions:

What first got you interested in working in museums?

I always liked visiting museums as a kid with field trips through school. When I was in undergrad at Austin College I had the opportunity to work at a local museum through a grant with the Eli Lilly Foundation. It was a great experience and I was able to see all the work that goes in to a museum that the public doesn’t get to see all the time.

How did you first learn about Dallas Heritage Village? Why did you want to join our staff?

One of my professors in graduate school at Baylor happened to be the President of DHV. Gary Smith was kind enough to offer up the Village as a case study for my thesis. I enjoyed working with staff at the Village and thought it was a great place. I jumped at the chance to work here because it is just a stellar place. I’m a history nerd, so that helped too.

Are there any special projects/programs that you’re especially excited about?

I’m excited about Candlelight! The long history of the event and the fact that I’ve attended in the past (and had a great time) makes me very excited about being involved.

When you’re not working, what are some of your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy cooking and baking. I also have the most awesome dog, Dudley, who takes up a lot of my time.

Dudley has been known to come to work with Lisa, so perhaps he's a new staff member too!

Dudley has been known to come to work with Lisa, so perhaps he’s a new staff member too!

Any other tidbits you’d like to share?

My favorite food is a bacon cheeseburger.

Introducing Mandy Olsen, Reservations Coordinator

Mandy's primary responsibility is working with teachers, so her choice was Renner School for her snfa-dhv2.

Mandy’s primary responsibility is working with teachers, so her choice was Renner School for her snfa-dhv2.

If you’ve ever booked a field trip, RSVP’d for a program, or had a question about an event, you’ve probably talked to our Reservations Coordinator. For 7 years, Pat Vaughan ably served in this role, but this spring, she decided it was time to retire. We always hate to lose valuable staff, but it’s also exciting to bring in new faces and new ideas. Mandy Olsen joined us in August, and she’s quickly learning the ropes around here. She moved to Texas from New York, so please excuse the slight Texas accent. Like Pat, she will also be able to assist you with field trips, programs, and other events. There is also a strong possibility that she’ll be teaching some of our programs. To get to know her a bit better, we asked her a few questions and her response is below:

What first got you interested in working in museums?

I have always loved museums and history. I was always begging my parents to visit different museums wherever we went. I was so good at it that I was able to make a family vacation be to Colonial Williamsburg (my sisters were not happy.) In the back of my mind I knew I wanted to be involved with museums; at first, I thought of being a curator. But it wasn’t until the end of undergrad, that I realized I preferred working more with the visitors than with the objects. So, I went to grad school, fell more in love with museum education, and here I am.

How did you first learn about Dallas Heritage Village? Why did you want to join our staff?

During my last year of grad school, in order to “relax” from thesis writing, I would browse museum association websites looking for jobs. I saw the posting for Reservations Coordinator on the Texas Association of Museum’s website, and after learning about the museum, I realized I wanted to apply. I’ve worked in a contemporary art gallery, a children’s museum, and an art museum, and I realized that I wanted to be surrounded by history again. The programming here at DHV was what really drew me in. So many great events and activities for a range of visitors. I knew here I would love to go to work each day.

Are there any special projects/programs that you’re especially excited about?

I actually can’t wait to experience any of the events, since it’s my first year. But I’m definitely excited for Candlelight. From pictures and descriptions, it seems like the Village will be mesmerizing. Oh, and I obviously can’t wait for the first field trip of the school year to come through!

When you’re not working, what are some of your hobbies and interests?

Some of my hobbies and interests? Eek. I love reading and am always looking for a good historical fiction. I love to be outside, so I’m slowly exploring what Dallas has to offer; whether it’s hiking the different trails, searching for the perfect vintage shop, or combing through the flea markets for amazing antiques.

Join me in welcoming Lisa and Mandy to the team!

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