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Getting to Know: Daniela Martinez

This blog post was supposed to go up several weeks ago, but the happy chaos of Candlelight means that we are only getting it out now. Enjoy!

The tide keeps rising.  Daniela Martinez has joined the administrative staff of Dallas Heritage Village in the last few weeks.  She is our new Administrative Assistant, helping us keep our books straight and our sanity about us.  

Daniela has a background in data entry and business administration, working most recently for the government at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Let’s learn a little more about Daniela…

What first got you interested in working in nonprofits/museums? 

I actually have not ever worked with a non-profit or a museum before.  This is my first time.

How did you first learn about DHV? Why did you want to join our team?  

Well, Lisa was the one who told me that the position was available, I had worked with her daughter before and that’s how she knew me, but I hadn’t heard about DHV before.  I was born and raised in Dallas and I had never heard about it, and I’m sure there’s a lot of people who still don’t know about it.  I wanted to join because I wanted to learn more about where I live.  It surprised me that this was even here and that there is so much history about Dallas.  And I want to tell people about it, and share it with my son.

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

I would say Candlelight.  Everyone has been talking about it and it sounds amazing, and I’ve seen some really great pictures from past years.  It’s coming soon, the second weekend of December.

When you’re not working, what are some of your hobbies and interests? Anything else we should know about you?

I spent the last three years as a stay-at-home mom with my son, he’s three now.  So I’m always trying to find new things to do and new places to go with him.  We spend a lot of time together.  I’ve been recently learning how to bake, and I’m really enjoying that.  I just started with cookies, and my son loves to help decorate them.  I like to work out when I get time, but I stay pretty busy.