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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.


Peter Benshetler (2011)
Gallagher Benefit Services
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
Don Stanton (2009)
CPS Energy


Melissa Unsell (2009)
President, Alumni Assoc.


Jennifer Van Cleave (2006)
Padgett Stratemann


Kristy Walston (2010)
Family Service Association
Don Watson (2010)
Structure Tone Southwest


Marty Williams (2011)
Westin La Cantera Resort



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Board Opportunity with ARTS San
ARTS San Antonio, an organization committed to promoting and enhancing the cultural and educational environment in San Antonio, is looking for new board members.

If you have a passion for the performing arts, want to meet other art patrons and help bring art of all kinds to the schools, then this board is for you.

Contact John Toohey, Executive Director of ARTS SA, at 226-2891 or for more information.
Second Quarter 2012
Leadership Lab Alumni Newsletter
LLab Throwdown 2012

Despite of the rain clouds and sprinkles, Lab Alumni enjoyed a terrific Throwdown event this month at Tycoon Flats. The Class of 2011 narrowly beat out the Class of 2009 for the most attendance and the title of "Best Class Ever!" Also, we welcomed members of the 2012 Class and enjoyed getting to know them. Thanks to everyone who came to the event. We hope to see you all at the educational event in August!






To see more photos:!/leadershiplabalumni


See what people have said about the event or add your own comments... 

Congrats to the raffle prize winners!

- Spurs tickets & parking pass

(donated by Guido Construction)

Darrell Steinbeck

- Dinner at Zocca

(donated by the Westin Riverwalk)

Liz Martinez

- Golf for 4

(donated by the Hyatt Hill Country)

Steven Flores

Don't Miss Any of our Remaining Events! 

Calendar IconMark your calendars for the rest of the year's events. Don't miss them!

August 22, 2012 - Education Event

Find your passion with SA2020!


October 13, 2012 - Community Event - Outdoor Make-Over at Head Start Center  - We will be planting and painting at the Pilgrim Head Start Center.


November 14, 2012 - Membership Drive


December 1, 2012 - Holiday Party
The Westin Riverwalk - Catch up with your fellow alumni and enjoy gourmet food, drinks and a live band on the beautiful SA Riverwalk! 


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Save the Date for our next Educational Event
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 

Join us for this interactive and educational session hosted by SA2020 on the future development of San Antonio. Be introduced to the 11 key vision areas that will transform San Antonio into a world-class city by 2020. Come to learn about your passion area and how your focused and sustained action can help San Antonio achieve its goals.

This will be an interactive event, similar to a Leadership Lab session, so come ready to think!

Take This Quiz to Find Out Your Passion! 

Jil Utterback (2000) is retiring from her position as the Executive Director of Morningside Ministries at The Meadows. Jil plans to look after her parents, who live with her, and run the family's busy bed & breakfast in Bandera. Her new e-mail address is:

Eddie Wilcut (2006) has started with a new company, AQUARENSICS ( The company offers a wide variety of services aimed at both energy and water conservation. Eddie's new e-mail is:

Megan Tomsu
Megan Tomsu


Melodye Tomsu (2008), Tommy & Emily, welcomed Megan Kamila Tomsu on April 16, 2012. Megan was born at 6 lbs, 7 ozs and was 19 inches long.


Jason O'Brien (2009), Director of Technology Strategies for SWBC, has been accepted to the Master of Science in Technology Commercialization program at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. Jason expects to graduate in 2013.

Abigail Clarke


Jana Clarke (2010) welcomed a daughter, Abigail Elaine Clarke, on March 19, 2012. Abigail weighed in at 8 lbs, 4 ozs and was 19 inches long.  


Ron Flores (2010) is now with PRIDE Primary Home Care and is running their Personal Assistance Services program. He can be reached at 210-860-5086.

Shelly Talamantez (2010) is the new Advertising Director for Local Community News, a monthly neighborhood publication on San Antonio's Northside and Southtown. Shelly's new e-mail is:

Don Watson (2010) has left Alterman and is the new Project Manager/MEP Coordinator at Structure Tone Southwest.  His new e-mail is


Christy Rhone (2011) is the new regional Director of Business Development for O'Connell Robertson, a full-service architecture and engineering design firm. Her new e-mail is:


Jeremy Sloan (2011) has left Prichard Hawkins and has started his own law firm, Sloan, PLLC. Jeremy can be reached at

Priscilla Soto (2011) is the new Director of Accounting for the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. Her new e-mail is
Congrats to Phil Weynand,
the winner of our Facebook page contest!
Phil won free Lab alumni dues for the next two years! The contest is over, but you can still stay up-to-date with Lab information by liking our page.
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Lab Alumni Supporting the Mayor's SA2020 Vision


When the Social and Community Events Committee set out to make plans for the upcoming year, we decided to align our events with the mission of SA2020:  to catalyze the entire San Antonio community into passionate, focused and sustained action to achieve the shared goals that will transform San Antonio into a world-class city by the year 2020 in 11 key vision areas.  Those key vision areas include:

  • Arts & culture
  • Community safety
  • Downtown development
  • Economic competitiveness
  • Education
  • Family well-being
  • Government accountability & civic engagement
  • Health & fitness
  • Natural resources & environmental sustainability
  • Neighborhoods & growth management
  • Transportation.

At our Kickoff event in March, at the Westin Riverwalk (one of our natural resources!), we were able to utilize transportation (a riverboat tour) to expose Labbers to downtown development and arts & culture and enjoyed an architectural walking tour improving our health & fitness. Sales from raffle tickets funded our community event in June, which supports education. One event, six key vision areas!


At the Serengeti event in May we had so much fun enjoying our natural resources in the Hill Country, improving our family well-being, while once again selling raffle tickets funding our June community event. Three key vision areas this time. 



Lab Rats and their families rolled up their sleeves in support of education in June to help beautify a Family Service Association Head Start Center.  Head Start is a program that was started by President Johnson that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.  We are planning to continue our commitment to education by returning to the same center in the fall for another project. 



You can find your passion by logging onto SA2020's website to see how you can further support this vision!  

Lab Safari to the Serengeti (Resort)


In May, the Lab Alumni enjoyed a fun afternoon at the Serengeti Resort in Bergheim, feeding the exotic animals and tasting new wines. The giraffes were friendly, the
ostriches a little scary and the wine was unique. Another great alumni event! 

Melissa  Zebra

Click here to see more pics from the Serengeti Resort.

Business Leader's Circles -
A Special Invitation for Lab Alumni!

Join the North Chamber for a BLC Social and find out how you can get involved. BLC's offer discussions with peers that form a Board of Advisors, help solve business challenges, share expertise and new ideas and provide accountability.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
5:00-6:30 p.m.
1250 NE Loop 410 (Lobby)
San Antonio, TX  78209

Meet a panel of facilitators and enjoy free food & beverages. For more information, please call 384-7727 or e-mail

  Remember, Lab Alumni can get a discounted rate for North Chamber events, including the upcoming Enterprising Women's Conference, The Mayor's Vision Luncheon and The State of the County Address.
Contact Marilyn at the Chamber to register at (210) 344-4848 or


 Extend Your Knowledge by Attending One or More of These Webinars  
Always Be Learning! Stay up-to-date on a number of leadership, development and engagement topics through these free webinars. Click here to access the webinars.

Leadership in Action! - Make Over Day at
Pilgrim Head Start Center


In June, Lab alumni gave a day of their time and talents to volunteer with Family Service Association. Alumni spent the day painting, cleaning and overall beautifying a local Head Start Center. The day ended with a BBQ lunch provided by the pitmasters at Preferred Landscaping. Thank you all for your efforts!


Click here to see more pics from the Community Day.

 Member To RememberCara Tackett ...
Do you remember Cara Tackett?

Cara Tackett, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, a 2004 graduate of the Leadership Lab, is currently a Vice President at Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc., responsible for overseeing the firm's environmental services and managing the civil site design for schools and universities, recreational facilities and residential and commercial land development projects. Her technical skills have contributed to the success of projects like the 1,002 room JW Marriot Resort and Spa and PGA Tournament Players Club golf courses, Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, Mission City Soccer Complex, Mission Concepcion Sports Park, Hardberger Park, Witte Museum South Texas Heritage Center and Golden Cheeked Warbler Habitat Assessment and On-Call Environmental Services contracts for the City of San Antonio.


Cara is an active member of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Real Estate Council of San Antonio, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Council of Educational Facility Planners International and Bexar County Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers.

Nominate a Classmate!SABJ 40 Under 40 Logo


Who from your class really stands out in their business and in our community? We all know someone!
Nominate that someone for the San Antonio Business Journal's annual 40 Under 40 Award.

Please let the Alumni Board know of your nominations so that we can recognize them!