San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 Class Members of the Latina Leadership Institute


The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) is proud to announce the 36 aspiring community women leaders who will take part in the fourth cohort of the Latina Leadership Institute (LLI), a non-partisan program founded by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2015 to encourage more women to pursue elected-office positions as well as federal, state, and local appointment positions and corporate boards/commissions.

“We are excited to welcome the newest cohort of 36 brilliant candidates who through their application process have shown that they already are great leaders in the San Antonio community and will continue to do great things rooted in policy and civic engagement. We need more women in public and corporate appointed boards, commissions and elected positions, especially women of color,” said Diane S. Sánchez, President and CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is committed to continuing to help bridge the existing gap of women representation and hope to continue to inspire LLI graduates to pursue higher public and private positions.”

Throughout the three classes, approximately half of the alumni currently serve on at least one board, with more than one-third stating that since they graduated the program they started to serve on at least one new board, commission or committee, while approximately 44 percent have stated that LLI has made them more interested in civic engagement overall. Additionally, five women have run for office since the inception of the program, including current Bexar County Probate Judge Court 2 Veronica Vasquez and two who are currently running in the impending City Council elections in May.

“As a co-chair with Anamaria Suescun-Fast, I am proud to be a part of this life-changing leadership program that will help prepare and propel women into higher civic engagement roles on boards, commissions and public office on local, regional and national levels,” said the Latina Leadership Institute Co-Chair Michelle Martinez, Owner of MM Martinez Communications.

“Alongside our highly motivated and passionate steering committee, we look forward to this year’s cohort, which is comprised of an amazing group of diverse women for all ages, all industries and all professional levels,” added Latina Leadership Institute Co-Chair Anamaria Suescun-Fast, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The DeBerry Group.

The Hispanic Chamber congratulates the following individuals who were selected to participate in this year’s program.

  • Marisa Balderas Flores, Begum Pelaez Prada, PLLC
  • Sara Briseño Gerrish, RE/MAX Unlimited
  • Elena Castoreno, Aime Home Health
  • Aliana Castro, H-E-B
  • Andrea Delagarza Rodriguez, City of San Antonio, Pre-K 4 SA
  • Ana Laura Falcon, San Antonio Independent School District
  • Nancy Gonzales, Spurs Sports & Entertainment
  • Stephanie Guerra, Puro Pinche
  • Imelda Guzman, Methodist Healthcare System
  • Claudia Hernandez De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendariz, LLP
  • Jenina Hernandez-Nerio, H-E-B
  • Sonia Jasso, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Laura Lopez, Rivard Report
  • Michelle Mata, Jefferson Bank
  • Erica Martinez, Endeavors
  • Rebecca Martinez, Peripheral Vascular Associates (PVA)
  • Stephanie Melchor, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc.
  • Melanie Mendez-Gonzales, QueMeansWhat.com
  • Maricela Mitchell, Mitchell Realty / Self
  • Sonia Moreno-Rogers, University Health System
  • Lisa Navarro-Gonzales, Integrated Human Capital
  • Ada Ortega, Community First Health Plans, An Affiliate of University Health System
  • Olivia Ortiz, Snake Hawk Press
  • Sonia Quirino Canales, H-E-B
  • Shellie Reyes, Rosenblatt Law Firm
  • Rosenda Rios, Rios+Burns Media Group / USAA
  • Lynda C. Rodriguez, CPS Energy
  • Nelly Rojas-Moreno, LiftFund
  • Jessica Ruiz, State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Flor Salas, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
  • Yviand Serbones-Hernandez, San Antonio River Authority
  • Tracy Talavera, City of San Antonio
  • Melanie Tawil, SwipeTrack Solutions
  • Veronica Tellez, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys
  • Michelle Villagomez, USAA
  • Angelica Zuniga, San Antonio Water System

For more information about the Latina Leadership Institute, please call 210-225-0462 or visit https://sahcc.wpengine.com/programs/the-latina-leadership-institute.

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