The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the 67 individuals who will make up the 47th class of Leadership San Antonio (LSA).

LSA was created in 1975 by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to help identify and develop community leaders and is now considered the premier program for existing and emerging leaders in the Alamo Region. The program, one of the first of its kind in Texas, has graduated more than 2000 participants and focuses on delivering these leaders an opportunity to develop an understanding of the promise and challenges of our community. The program goes beyond personal and professional development and, as its goal, educates and informs these leaders in the vital areas affecting San Antonio, as well as encouraging Chamber Business involvement and Community advocacy. In 1992, The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber joined to be a co-host to the program, enhancing the involvement and diversity for future classes.

“It has been a remarkable experience over the past 15 years to see the continued success of our Leadership San Antonio program, now in its 48th year,” relayed Richard Perez, President and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. “These 67 highly accomplished individuals are now in for the experience of their professional lives and are on the road to becoming part of the fabric of an influential family of more than 2000 leaders from across our city. I want to say a special Thank You to this year’s Co-Chairs Jeff Arndt and Stephanie Suarez, the members of the LSA 47 Steering Committee, and the Chamber Liaisons who were an integral part of the selection process and whose work has just begun to ensure the class members have a monumental LSA experience.”

Leadership San Antonio received 120 applications and through the important work of the Steering Committee, facilitated more than 90 interviews and had the difficult task of identifying the future LSA class members from a very worthy and competitive applicant pool. 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 and engaging in Chamber work on Councils and Committees.

“The Hispanic Chamber is proud to welcome the LSA 47 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 and CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

In its 48-year history, LSA’s primary goal remains the same – to help mold sensitive, responsible, and committed leaders and ensure a prosperous future for San Antonio. “We expect to further equip and inspire the members of LSA 47 to embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges as San Antonio moves forward,” sais Jeff Arndt, CEO of VIA Metropolitan Transit and LSA 47 Co-Chair. “We all will polish our leadership skills, grow our professional networks, increase our knowledge of all San Antonio offers, and personally commit to supporting a variety of community causes and services.”

Stephanie Suarez, Co-Owner and Vice President of Integrity Roofing and Siding and LSA 47 Co-Chair, explained, “It is an exciting time to begin this journey with the new LSA 47 class. These individuals are an impressive, diverse, and talented representation of our professional community. We will host engaging activities and discussions for us all to embark on an introspective journey about our own development – personally and professionally. The overall goal of this experience is for the class to develop a greater vision of themselves and how they will go forward to make greater contributions for the advancement of our city.”

The members of the LSA Class 47 Steering Committee are:

  • Edward Benavides, Center for Health Care Services
  • Hugh Farr, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas
  • KJ Feder, CPS Energy
  • Kevin Jackson, Millennium Steel of Texas, LP
  • Brad Kaufman, CBRE, Inc.
  • Leanne King, SeeKing HR
  • Megan Legacy, SA Hope Center
  • Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio
  • Glenn Revell, Central Catholic High School
  • Allison Reyes, Blo Blow Dry Bar San Antonio/ Reyes Automotive Group
  • Andi Rodriguez, Centro San Antonio
  • Derrich Rodriguez, Plains Capital Bank
  • Anamaria Suescun-Fast, talkStrategy
  • Errol Sykes, Projectized Solutions LLC
  • Rick Trefzer, San Antonio River Authority
  • Elena Wells, San Antonio Sports

The members of LSA Class 47 are:

  • Meredith Alvarez, Bell Papel | Bell Flor
  • Nathan Anderson, CyberFortress
  • Barbara Ankamah Burford, Wells Fargo
  • Shannon Badger, Badger CPA
  • Danko Barisic, NuStar Energy
  • Derek Boese, San Antonio River Authority
  • Devin Brown, Natural Resource Consulting
  • Tremell Brown, VIA Metropolitan Transit
  • Christopher Camargo, Southwest Research Institute
  • Jessica Campbell, Victory Capital
  • Pamela Canales, Pape-Dawson Engineers
  • Justine Carroll, HOLT CAT
  • Daphene Carson, Alamo Colleges
  • Kayla Carter, For Her
  • Emmanuel Casasola, BioBridge Global
  • Mindy Corr, Spurs Sports & Entertainment
  • Amanda Crouch, Jackson Walker LLP
  • Carlos de Lachica, Frost Bank
  • Jasmin Dean, Celebrate Dyslexia
  • Denise Drake, Dykema Gossett PLLC
  • Kazim Fahim, Chamoy Creative
  • Terrin Fuhrmann, Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen
  • Robert Garcia, Robert Garcia CPA PLLC
  • Stephanie Garcia, Port San Antonio
  • Renee Garvens, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
  • Monica Garza, H-E-B
  • Alonzo Guzman, Ernst & Young LLP
  • DeAnna Hardwick, CPS Energy
  • Robert Hawkins, George Gervin Youth Center
  • Phillip Hernandez, Geekdom
  • Bridget Hinze Weber, KGBTexas Communications
  • Laura Hotten, talkStrategy
  • Nicole Jackson, Rosenblatt Law Firm
  • Kathryn Keeton, UTSA
  • Carrie Kimbell, First Tee – Greater San Antonio
  • Elaine Leahy, Contemporary at Blue Star
  • Bryan Logan, Joint Base San Antonio and 502d Air Base Wing
  • Jason Longoria, Central Catholic High School
  • Jennifer Mansour, Broadway National Bank
  • Daniel Martinez, American Red Cross
  • Jason Massiatte, Ward North American Van Lines
  • Kasi McCormick, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
  • Carlos Mendoza, San Antonio Water System (SAWS)
  • Eliana Mijangos-Brown, GEM Strategy
  • Mindy Miller Hill, Trinity University
  • Benjamin Montanez, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Tom Moreno, Bank of San Antonio
  • Leigh Munsil, San Antonio Report
  • Luke Perkins, Knight Aerospace
  • Lawson Picasso, WSP
  • Jay Podjenski, South Texas Blood & Tissue
  • Tunette Powell, Saint Mary’s Hall
  • Jennifer Ramos, Halff Associates
  • Mike Ramsey, City of San Antonio
  • Kelli Rhodes, Restore Education
  • Luis Rodriguez, Modern Managed IT
  • Thad Rutherford, Southstar
  • Ada Saenz, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio
  • Miguel Segura, Alamo Area Council of Governments
  • Daniela Serna, Alamo Trust, Inc.
  • Victoria Shoemaker, City of San Antonio
  • Kirstin Silberschlag, Valero Energy
  • Roland Tamez, Spectrum Reach
  • Katie Vela, South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH)
  • Adam Velez, The Center for Healthcare Services
  • Jeremy Wyndham, Jacobs
  • Blair Zarb, USAA

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