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San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Announce Steering Committee and 46th Class of Leadership San Antonio

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce today announce the 57 individuals who will make up the 46th class of Leadership San Antonio (LSA).

LSA was created in 1975 by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to grow community leaders and is now considered the premier program for existing and emerging leaders in the Bexar County and surrounding areas. The program, one of the first of its kind in Texas, has graduated close to 2000 participants and focuses on helping these leaders develop an understanding of the promise and challenges of our community. In 1992, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber joined to be a co-host to the program, enhancing the involvement and diversity for future classes.

“As 2022 Chairman of the Board for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and as a proud LSA graduate from LSA Class 10, it’s my honor to welcome the next best and largest class of LSA 46 participants,” said Phil Green, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. and Frost Bank. “Year over year, the process of selecting a class becomes more competitive and the focus on creating an immersive and challenging experience for these skilled and talented professionals continues to take the program to the next level. I look forward to seeing what impactful lessons, engagements, and opportunities await these future LSA graduates.”

“In my role as President and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, it has been exciting to see the continued success of our great Leadership San Antonio program, now in its 47th year,” relayed Richard Perez. “These 57 individuals are now becoming a part of a far-reaching family of almost 2000 leaders from across our city who will have a unique opportunity to be exposed to the vital issues affecting San Antonio, engaged in Chamber initiatives, and involved in community advocacy.”

“We are thrilled to have selected the next group of purpose-driven leaders from the San Antonio area and introduce them as our new Leadership San Antonio (LSA) 46 class. These remarkable individuals represent the finest leaders in our community. We know that they will be instrumental in helping provide pivotal change and continued growth to the City of San Antonio.” said Denise Hernandez, Vice President of Development for True Flavors, 2022 Board Chair for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and LSA 40 graduate.

“The Hispanic Chamber is proud to welcome the LSA46 class members to join our beloved Leadership San Antonio program. Throughout its history, we’ve seen many talented leaders emerge from this stellar program. We look forward to supporting this next class of leaders who will continue to contribute to the future success of our city,” said Marina Gonzales, President & CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

LSA class participants are selected from all segments of the community and must have demonstrated leadership and held responsible positions in their chosen profession. LSA seeks people dedicated to serving their community and applicants must show a sincere commitment and desire to increase their level of service by assuming key leadership positions.

This coming year, LSA 46 will be dedicated to having powerful conversations to deeply understand disparities and challenges in the community and to harness collective resources to develop solutions that will have an enduring impact. The focus will be on being proximate to the problems that we face as a city and toward each other, by surfacing the issues and doing a root cause analysis to create a more thriving city with lasting and systemic change.

Co-chairs for LSA 46 are Stacy Larson, retired Senior Vice President at Frost Bank and Anne-Marie Grube, Director of Operations for Avante Wealth.

The members of the LSA Class 46 Steering Committee that reviewed applications, facilitated interviewing candidates, and will serve as mentors throughout the class year are:

  • Noah Almanza, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Laso Health
  • Jeff Arndt, President and CEO, VIA Metropolitan Transit
  • Elyse A. Bernal, President and CEO, Any Baby Can
  • Kim Biffle, Chief Business Officer, Witte Museum
  • James Chandler, Chief Technology Officer, The IMG Studio
  • Dalia Flores Contreras, CEO, City Education Partners
  • Jennifer Cook, Senior Program Officer, San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Mike Cubeta, SVP, Deputy General Counsel, Security Service Federal Credit Union
  • Melba Harris, Community Experience Manager, Whataburger
  • Charles Houston, VP, Commercial Lending, Broadway Bank
  • Steve Lecholop, Attorney, Rosenthal Pauerstein Sandoloski Agather LLP
  • Malcolm McGee, Owner/President, CMIT Solutions
  • Rob Melvin, Founder/CEO, Limitless Creations, Inc.
  • Yvette Robinson, Owner, Robinson General Contractors
  • Kristal Thomson, Shareholder, Langley & Banack, Inc.
  • Tony Trevino, Area Director of Security, Hyatt Corporation

The members of LSA Class 46 are:

  • Sheela Allam, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
  • Francisco Arredondo, Pozitivf Fertility/Medikalpreneur
  • Josh Baugh, KGBTexas
  • Rachel Brehm, dwg.
  • Christopher Carmona, Schriver, Carmona & Company PLLC
  • Orlando Castaneda, JPMorgan Chase
  • Melanie Cawthon, disABILITYsa
  • Eduardo Di Loreto Cano, Parra & Co., LLC
  • Lauren Esquivel, KLRN
  • Shawn Farrell, UTSA
  • David Fonseca, VelocityTX
  • Tiffany Galvan, TMG Media LLC
  • Leslie Ann Garza-Wright, OCI Solar Power
  • Dan Geddes, Frost Bank
  • Beto Gomez, Irys
  • Tiffany Grant, UP Partnership
  • Summer Greathouse, Bracewell LLP
  • Kenny Green, Broadway Bank
  • Rebecca Hirsch, USAA
  • Brian Hoffman, 502 ABW, Joint Base San Antonio
  • Kammy Horne, VIA
  • Kevin Jackson, Millennium Steel
  • Mark Johnston, Generations FCU
  • Gigi Kamali, Notley
  • Loretta Kerner, CPS Energy
  • Holly Keyt, UT Health Science Center
  • Jessica Knudsen, Clarity Child Guidance
  • John Koenig, Nustar
  • Hillary Lilly, SAISD
  • Marianna Lujan, Davila Construction
  • Carlos Maestas, Key Ideas
  • Billy Mahone, South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless
  • Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio
  • Nicole McAlister, Choice Hotels International
  • Brad McDonald, Valero Energy Corporation
  • Chris Monroe, Spurs Sports and Entertainment
  • Sonia Moreno-Rogers, University Health
  • Beth Morgan, Heron Therapeutics
  • Christopher Noe, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc
  • Jane Paccione, San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Constantine Polites, IDEA Public Schools
  • Marco Ramirez, H-E-B
  • Dan Rossiter, Southwest Research Institute
  • Amir Samandi, Students of Service (SOS)
  • Lee Sinclair, EY
  • Allen Smith, KIPP Texas Public Schools
  • Darnell Smith, Texas A&M San Antonio
  • Errol Sykes, Projectized Solutions
  • Vanessa Van Cleave, Global Food Products
  • David Vanderhider, Dykema Gossett
  • Cecilia Velasquez, San Antonio Water Systems
  • Laura Waldrum, Kiolbassa Smoked Meats
  • Beth Watkins, State of Texas, 4th Court of Appeals
  • Caprica Wells, NEISD Adult and Community Education
  • Charles Woodin, Geekdom
  • Chad Yount, Sundt Construction
  • Melissa Zarb-Cousin, Parallel, A Brand Agency

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