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Virginia Living Museum Recognizes New Directors

September 12, 2017 – The Virginia Living Museum (VLM) would like to congratulate and recognize new management in 2017.  Andrea Svendsen has been appointed Guest Services Director, Judy Triska assumes the position of Marketing Director and Sarah A. B. Wilson joins management as Development Director.

Andrea Svendsen has been the Guest Services Director of the Virginia LivingMuseum since January 2017. After earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University, Andrea took a position at Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a nuclear engineer advancing to become the Nuclear Business and Strategic Planning Officer.   While raising her son, she taught middle school math and reading classes and served as interim principal at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School in Tullahoma, Tennessee.   Andrea and her son became Virginia Living Museum touch tank volunteers in 2009 and she joined the Volunteer Services Staff in 2010.  She has enjoyed welcoming guests as Guest Services Manager since September of 2012.  She is a two time Sullivan Award recipient and a Development Star.

Judy Triska accepted the position of Marketing Director in January 2017.  She previously held the position of Marketing Manager at the Virginia Living Museum since April 2010 and has been instrumental in establishing new media efforts for the Museum including a robust social media presence.  Prior to the Museum, her career path was in broadcast news.  Judy was Creative Services Director for WAVY-TV/FOX 43 for 14 years and held prior positions at WAVY-TV and WTKR-TV in promotions/marketing.  Besides her love of advertising for a non-profit, Judy’s hobby is singing/acting in community theater and spending time with her husband, three children and two dogs.  She is an Emmy Award Winning producer and multiple Employee of the Month and Sullivan Award recipient.

           Sarah A. B. Wilson has been the Development Director of the Virginia Living Museum since April 2017.  A native of Tappahannock, Virginia, she received a B.A. in Marketing Communications from Mary Baldwin College. After a career in marketing in Richmond, Virginia, Sarah transitioned to the non-profit sector and has 15 years of fundraising experience.  Most recently she was the Strategic Gifts Manager for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. Prior to moving to Hampton Roads, Sarah was the Director of Development at St. Margaret’s School, an independent girl’s school, in Tappahannock, and was responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of the fundraising and alumnae programs for the institution.


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