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The 2012 Alumni Board

The 2012 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.


Judy Allen (2002)
Leadership Lab Alumnus


Lee Byrd (2011)
Secretary, Alumni Assoc.
CPS Energy
Monica Campos (2011)
Leadership Lab Alumnus


Jami Champagne (2010)
Westin Riverwalk


Darryl Cook (2010)
Preferred Landscape and Lighting


Karen Guz (2004)
VP, Alumni Assoc.


Jared Holbrook (2009)
CPS Energy
Larry Lapaglia (2008)
2012 LLab Chair
Elizabeth Martinez (2011)
Pape-Dawson Engineers


Malcolm McGee (2010)
2013 LLab Chair
CMIT Solutions


Elizabeth Stamper (2010)
Melissa Unsell (2009)
President, Alumni Assoc.


Jennifer Van Cleave (2006)
Padgett Stratemann
Kristy Walston (2010)
Family Service Association


Marty Williams (2011)
Westin La Cantera Resort



First Quarter 2012
Leadership Lab Alumni Newsletter
2012 Kick-Off Event

Thank you to all who joined us at the Kick-Off event in March. It was a fantastic event! Many thanks to the Westin Riverwalk for hosting us and to CPS Energy for providing the parking.


Our group enjoyed a beautiful evening on the San Antonio Riverwalk, with drinks and tapas provided by Zocca at the Westin, and an interesting and informative walking tour of downtown San Antonio. We ended the evening as tourists on a river boat ride. 




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Don't Miss Any Events This Year! 

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May 4, 2012 - Ropes 2.0 Course
12:00-5:00 p.m. at the Ye Kendall Inn in Boerne.  $40 for dues-paid members; $60 for non-dues paid alumni. Click here to register.

June 16, 2012 - Community Event - Interior Make-Over at Headstart Center, with BBQ to follow.


July 11, 2012 - Lab Throwdown


August 22, 2012 - Education Event


October 13, 2012 - Community Event - Outdoor Make-Over at Headstart Center


November 14, 2012 - Membership Drive


December 1, 2012 - Holiday Party
The Westin Riverwalk

A Message from the Alumni Board President...

Leadership is a journey, not a destination. I look forward to continuing my leadership journey by serving as president of the Alumni Association.  I am here to serve you and help you nourish the experiences you gained from Lab. 

The Board is working diligently to offer you extended experiences, community engagement and networking opportunities.  We are humbled to provide fulfilling experiences for you this year.  Join us on this journey and reach out to any one of us with your ideas, comments or suggestions.  We want to hear from you and meet you!

I challenge you to attend  ALL of our events this year.  Our focus is qualityMelissa Unsell over quantity, so your investment will be worth it.  

Together, we can build on the Leadership Lab program and nourish our culture of talented professionals in San Antonio.

In Service,
Melissa Unsell

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Michael Jersin (2000) is now a partner at REATA Real Estate Services, L.P. His new e-mail is:


Yvonne Fernandez (2006) is the chair of the 2012 Enterprising Women's Conference. The conference will be held on September 13, 2012 at the Omni Hotel in the Colonnade. Come out and join the fun and great speakers!


Rebecca Mansfield (2007) is the new director of client relations for Catamount Constructors. Her new e-mail is:


Jason O'Brien (2009) and his wife, Jenny, welcomed their first daughter, Rose, on July 20, 2011.


Melissa Unsell (2009), marketing director for elumicor, along with her business partner Ceci Barretto, has opened a wine shop in the medical center area. The shop, called Vinously Speaking - An Eclectic Wine Shop, is located on the corner of Wurzbach and Babcock Roads. 


Chuck Weisbrich (2008) has been promoted to Vice President for New Horizons Computer Learning Centers over Colorado, New Mexico and Louisiana. Chuck says, "I am a better leader thanks to what I learned in Leadership Lab and I can see the results in my professional growth."


Elizabeth Stamper (2010) has accepted the position of Literacy Program Manager at HEB. Elizabeth will develop and lead the Read 3 Initiative.


Christina Davis (2011), with RVK Architects, has earned an EDAC (Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification). Evidence-based design is the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes.


Ropes 2.0

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From the Lab Class Chair...
Leadership Lab 2012 Retreat, Establishing a Personal Foundation, was conducted on March 1 and 2. Based on the feedback received so far, we have again hit the sweet spot of what is important and of value to this year's Lab Rats. Leadership is influence - over people and circumstances.

Defining and developing our leadership skills is a journey; an ongoing evolutionary process. You may have realized at some point in the past that your leadership journey had begun but your journey of self-awareness, understanding and practical application of your leadership skills, should never end.

During Retreat, we began:

  • Defining leadership and communication styles
  • Identifying and defining non-negotiable values
  • Experiencing the value and intensity of trust
  • Developing a new and exciting network of friends and acquaintances
  • To deeply think about elements of our beliefs and perceptions of what leadership truly is

I encourage you to take a moment and think back to your retreat. What did you take away from your retreat experience? What did you gain? What were your "ah ha" moments? Are you still putting these into practice? How have you used these experiences in your time since Lab? Have you incorporated these ideas into your day-to-day activities?


What about the people that you met through class? Have you stayed connected? Are you using the contacts that you made in your business? Is there anyone that you would like to re-connect with? I encourage you to reach out to them. I would also encourage you to reconnect with the Alumni Association and take advantage of the networking opportunities with the now more than 600+ Lab alumni.


The next Lab session is focused on "The Language of Leaders." Language - written, verbal and non-verbal - is a key element of leadership. The next stop on our journey to enhancing our ability to influence people and circumstances will focus on that skill. 
 Larry Lapaglia

Remember, Leadership Lab is committed to helping you make a difference tomorrow by becoming a better leader today.


Larry Lapaglia
2012 Leadership Lab Chair

The 2012 Leadership Lab Class

Congratulations to the new members of the class of 2012! The 82 class participants completed their retreat in March at the Flying L Ranch in Bandera and are looking forward to Session 2.

Retreat Photos (March 1 & 2, 2012)


2012 Lab Class

Retreat Line Dancing  Lab Retreat
The 2012 Lab Class Members
Matt Anchondo, DaVita
Hunter Bass, Fisher, Herbst & Kemble, P.C.
Darian Beachy, Walton Signage
Marilyn Belcher, Family Service Association of San Antonio
Trevor Brooks, Firstmark Credit Union
Alan Burroughs, Preferred Landscape and Lighting
Anthony Calabrese, Project Control
Mac Carroll, Padgett, Stratemann & Co., LLP
Luz Maria Castillo, University Health System
Diana Chipatecua, Alpha Building Corporation
Will Curtis, SWBC
Kevin Davenport, Beyer Mechanical & Beyer Plumbing Co.
Troy Davis, Geomedia, Inc.
Dominic De La Garza, Structure Tone Southwest
Jacob de Leon, CPS Energy
Matthew Delgado, BBVA Compass
Jeff Eppinette, Northeast Baptist Hospital
Steve Flores, Dahill
Nelda Garcia, Beyer Mechanical & Beyer Plumbing Co.
Monica Garza, Security Service Federal Credit Union
Jim Gradeless, Accenture
Jesse Guerra, San Antonio Water System
Brad Guillaudeu, Alterman
Adam Harris, Frost
Wes Hayes, Wells Fargo
TJ Haygood, Confidential Search Solutions
Anita Hereford, Capital Group Companies/American Funds
Marce Hernandez, Hill Country Bakery
Alisa Hernandez, Walton Signage
Jenn Holzworth, Walton Signage
Tareq Ismail, CNG Engineering, PLLC
Lina Jaramillo, Structure Tone Southwest
Vanessa Johnson, JPMorgan Chase
Sibonae Jones, Frost
Janet Jones, Morningside Ministries
Keith Jordan, CPS Energy
Dejan Jurisic, The Spahn Law Firm, PLLC
Bridgett Kersh, Security Service Federal Credit Union
Todd Kimbrough, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Rob Klekar, Joeris General Contractors, LTD
Lisa Kopecky, eEmployers Solutions, Inc.
Kim Le, Security Service Federal Credit Union
Gerry Lesch, SWBC
Angie Lewis, Amegy Bank of Texas
Tony Luetkenhaus, Rehler, Vaughn & Koone
Rick Maldonado, Wells Fargo
Phil Mani, Mani Sloan & Little, PLLC
Kimberly Martin, Epilepsy Foundation of Central & South Texas
Stephanie May, Accenture
Jennifer Meachum, North Central Baptist Hospital
Jan Meuth, You Name It Specialties, Inc.
Kathy Meza, SWBC
Carra Milikien, Love to Swim and Tumble School
Michal Moore, North Central Baptist Hospital
John Muller, Strasburger, Price, Oppenheimer, Blend
Crystal Noto, SA Quality Fence, Ltd
Eli Nurse, Security Service Federal Credit Union
Bill O'Bryant, SWBC
Anthony O'Leary, Joeris General Contractors, LTD
Priscilla Palmer, Security Service Federal Credit Union
Tammy Poe, Texas Wilson Office Furniture & Services, Inc.
Kevin Pollo, CPS Energy
Angela Portwood, Broadway Bank
Joe Ramirez, Dahill
Tom Randolph, Zeitgeist Expressions, Inc.
Drew Roberts, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Angela Rodriguez, CPS Energy
Laura Sanchez, Frost
Tammy Six-Gonzales, Padgett, Stratemann & Co., LLP
John Sommer, SWBC
Matthew Swantner, Jackson Walker, LLP
Jenn Swisher, SeeKing HR
Mark Thompson, Humana
Martha Trevino, Northeast Lakeview College
Anita Uribe-Martin, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
Soledad Valenciano, Cox Smith Matthews, Inc.
Leticia Vazquez, Dahill
Pamela Velasquez, SWBC
Trish Wallace, COSA/Planning & Community Development
Thomas Watson, Cleary Zimmermann Engineers
Pam Williams, SWBC
John Wood, Broadway Bank