4th Quarter 2011


North Chamber Leadership Lab Newsletter
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Leadership Lab Chair
President's Corner
Alumni News
Alumni Board Members

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Reflections from the current Lab class.. 

Throughout Leadership Lab, I have continued to learn more about myself both personally and professionally.


Strengths Finder proved to be a learning opportunity. Understanding my strengths, I enlightened myself with new tools and will maximize them throughout my professional career.


Additionally, I have established lifelong friends and relationships that will be continuously valued. Anthony Roberts Photo


Anthony Roberts

Senior Project Manager, Structure Tone

Leadership Lab Class of 2011 




Lab Holiday Party

December 2, 2011 

 Rachelle & Shirley Alan, Denise & Joe

 Mark & Jen Malcolm & Karen 


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From the 2011 Lab Chair...


The final sessions of our Leadership Lab (LLab) journey took us to "Marketing Savvy for Leaders," hosted by Rio Cibolo Ranch and "Leadership In Action," hosted by Security Service Federal Credit Union. Thank you to the Leadership Lab Alumni Board for sponsoring lunch. Our travel together concluded with graduation at Oak Hills Country Club.


Congratulations to the Leadership Lab Class of 2011! It has been a privilege to guide you. Thank you for being "my" class and all you taught me.


As we prepare to close out this year, I encourage you to take time for personal reflection. Consider all areas of your life. Capture your accomplishments. Create your future.╣


Closing out 2011:

  • What one word best sums up your 2011 experience?
  • Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2011?
  • What else do you need to do or say to complete 2011? 

Creating the New Year:

  • What advice would you like to give yourself in 2012?
  • Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving in 2012?
  • What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2012?


In the words of George Harrison, "Yesterday, today was tomorrow. And tomorrow, today will be yesterday. So ring out the old. Ring in the new."


We each travel different roads to our next destination. Continue your journey with Jamie Suriano Photoconfidence!



 Jamie Suriano Signature

Jamie Suriano


╣Reflection exercise adapted from http://www.davidco.com/newsletters/archive/1209b.html



Greetings from the 2011 Leadership Lab Alumni Board


Alumni Association -


It has been a GREAT year for the LLab Alumni Association and I am very thankful for the opportunity of leading a group of such self-motivated leaders on this year's Alumni Board. Together we have planned many diverse alumni events and we thank you for participating.


2011 Alumni Association Events:

March 10 -Social Event: Membership Drive & Networking

April 26 - Social Event: Wine Tasting

May 26 - Education Event: Leadership as a Second Language

June 18 - Community Event: World Refugee Festival

July 13 - Social Event: Leadership Lab Class Throwdown

October 8 - Community Event: Lucky Duck Race

October 21 - Education Event: Alumni Leadership Challenge - LLab Ropes 2.0

November 9 - Social Event: Membership Drive & Networking

December 2 - Social Event: Holiday Party


We also tried several new ways of communicating by using tools like Eventbrite for event registration and Constant Contact for our quarterly newsletters and gathering Alumni news. I hope it's been beneficial in helping you stay connected with your fellow alumni.


In summary, this year has proven to be another foundational year in learning from past experiences and having the courage to try new things for the alumni association. The best is yet to come so I Monicaencourage you to get involved and continue participating.


Thank you,

Monica Gutierrez

2011 Leadership Lab Alumni Board President   

 LLab Ropes 2.0

 Group Bengie & Lisa

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Kathrin Miller (2000) is now the Administrator of Cibolo Creek Rehabilitation and Nursing center in Boerne. Her contact information is (830) 816-5095.


Spencer Brown (2004) announces that his employer, Accountable Aging Care Management, has expanded its ability to serve clients and families with the addition of a registered nurse to their team. Accountable Aging is an eldercare coaching and consulting firm that helps clients solve and manage complex aging issues while giving them peace of mind and promoting the client's quality of life.


Baby Nate Takao

Cari Takao (2006) and her husband, Ryan, welcomed their baby boy, Nate Setsuo, on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 12:11 p.m. He is 7 lbs. - 13 oz. and 21" long.


Jorge Olivares (2006) is now with O'Connell Robertson, a full-service architectural and engineering firm. His new contact information is: (210) 224-6032; jolivares@oconnellrobertso.com.


Joanna Baltierra (2006) has been promoted to a Senior Manager with Padgett Stratemann & Co. and has relocated to Austin, Texas.


John DuPree (2008) is now an Audit Manager at Alonzo, Bacarisse, Irvine & Palmer, P.C. in Houston, Texas. His new contact information is: (713) 954-2002; jdupree@abipcpa.com.


Larry Lapaglia (2008) is now the Delivery Center Operations Lead for Accenture's San Antonio BPO Delivery Center.


Kathie Lee (2008) has been promoted to Risk Ops Manager at Chase.


Sean Farrell (2010), formally with Haynes and Boone, LLP, is now with Herrera & Boyle in Austin. His new contact information is: (512) 474-1492; sfarrell@herreraboylelaw.com.


Elizabeth A. Stamper (2010), earned a Principal Certification in conjunction with Texas Education Agency and Schreiner University.

Brad Meley (2010) earned a Master of Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.


Another Successful

Lucky Duck Race!Lucky Duck Graphic

On Saturday, October 8, 2011 the Paseo del Rio hosted the second annual Lucky Duck Race and Festival at the Museum Reach of the Pearl Brewery. Proceeds from the event benefited the Paseo and the Haven for Hope Homeless Shelter.


Haven for Hope is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to turning around the lives of homeless men, women and children in the San Antonio area by providing a wide array of critical social services on a centralized campus. The Paseo is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the San Antonio River Walk. Like last year, the North Chamber Leadership Lab Alumni Association was once again a key participant in this year's Duck Race. The Duck Race netted just over $44,000, which was split evenly between the Paseo and Haven for Hope.


The North Chamber Leadership Lab Alumni Association team was a $1,000 sponsor and sold 565 rubber ducks for the duck race, putting the North Chamber Leadership Lab Alumni Association team among the top five teams for duck sales yet again. 


Thanks to everyone who helped the North Chamber Leadership Lab Alumni Association team raise so much money for such a great cause! 

The 2011 Alumni Board

The 2011 Leadership Lab Alumni Board is listed below. Please feel free to contact any of us if you have any comments or suggestions on how to make the Alumni Association even better.


Monica Gutierrez, Lab 2008 - President Alumni Association, H-E-B

Jamie Suriano, Lab 2007 - LLab Chair, H-E-B

Larry Lapaglia, Lab 2008 - LLab Chair-elect, Accenture


LLab 2010 Board Members

Elizabeth Stamper - Success For All Foundation

Jami Champagne - Westin La Cantera Resort

Kristy Walston - Family Service Association

Malcolm McGee - CMIT Solutions  


LLab 2009 Board Members

Alan Harmon - Marmon Mok

Joseph Baumgartner - SWBC

Mason Hester - Leadership Lab Alumnus

Melissa Unsell - elumicor


At-Large Board Members

Aaron Coleman, Lab 2007 - Leadership Lab Alumnus

Cari Takao, Lab 2006 - Fisher, Herbst & Kemble, P.C.

Jennifer Van Cleave, Lab 2006 - Padgett, Stratemann & Co., LLP

Judy Allan, Lab 2002 - Leadership Lab Alumnus

Karen Guz, Lab 2004 - San Antonio Water System

Rachelle Gonzalez, Lab 2006 - Leadership Lab Alumnus


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