Silvia Barisione has been named curator of The Wolfsonian–Florida International University. She comes to the museum from the Wolfsoniana in Genoa, Italy, where she was a curator and registrar since 1991. The Wolfsoniana was founded in the late 1980s as a study center and repository to oversee the Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection. The institution is now part of the Nervi parks and museum district and includes more than 18,000 objects and works of art, most of Italian origin, dating from 1880 through 1945. For several years, she taught the Design and Italian Culture course for Florida International University’s Genoa Architecture program, part of FIU’s study abroad program.
Jo Ann Arnowitz has been promoted to executive director of the Jewish Museum of Florida (JMOF), following the retirement of founding executive director, Marcia Jo Zerivitz, who retains that title for the life of the museum. Arnowitz joined JMOF in 1998 as membership and development associate and in 2002, was named associate director. For 13 years, she and Zerivitz haveworked together as a team, collaborating on all aspects of the museum's operations and programs. Arnowitz has more than 30 years of museum experience, including 14 years at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the American Friends of theIsrael Museum, followed by the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, N.Y.
Leann Standish has been named deputy director of external affairs at Miami Art Museum (MAM). She will lead the museum’s development, marketing, public relations, facilities and visitor services departments. She has more than 16 years experience working with arts institutions across the country. Before joining MAM, she was assistant director and director of external affairs at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Before that, she was deputy director for public affairs, director of development and communications, and director of institutional advancement at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Howard Borsa has been named vice president of sales for Vutec Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of projection screens and audio/visual (AV) accessories in Coral Springs. He will be responsible for leading the implementation of projection screen products and accessories for residential and commercial AV markets nationwide and in Canada. He was national sales manager for Mitsubishi and has 30 years of executive experience in Pro A/V and Home Theater.
Ramon Tebar has been named music director of Florida Grand Opera. He will provide an artistic vision, watching over the musical integrity and performance level of the orchestra, chorus and singers. He also will provide artistic planning advice and recommend singers for upcoming seasons. The Spanish conductor was music director for the Palm Beach Symphony, where he debuted as resident conductor in 2009.
Thomas Schramm has been named director of development at Florida Grand Opera (FGO). He will work closely with Robert Heuer, general director and chief executive officer of FGO, in planning the company’s fundraising program as it approaches its 71st anniversary. He served as development officer for Baptist Health South Florida, leading fundraising efforts for Homestead, Doctors, West Kendall and Baptist Children’s Hospitals. He also was director of development and community relations for Sunrise Community, and served as advisor in fundraising efforts throughout Florida and six other states.
Jessica Rodriguez has been named senior vice president of Univision Cable Networks, a division of Univision Communications. She will oversee the company’s expanding cable portfolio, including Galavisión and the TuTv Network. She will be based in Miami. She joined Univision in 2001 and most recently served as vice president, special assistant to the president of Univision Networks. Before that, she was vice president and station manager of Univision’s television station in Puerto Rico.
Robert Hohenstein has been named chief operating officer for the Miami-Dade County Fair. He will be responsible for all aspects of finance, human resources, marketing and entertainment at the fair. He was most recently senior director of marketing and sales at PARC Management in Jacksonville, where he managed a portfolio of 25 theme parks, water parks, family entertainment centers and NASCAR SpeedParks.