ABLDP Class of 2014 Final Presentations

On Friday, December 12, 2014, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce graduated 56 emerging leaders in the Alexander E. Briseño Leadership Development Program (ABLDP) 2014 Class at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc. Plant.

Throughout the seven-month program, the class selects a topic in the San Antonio community that needs improvement and develops a plan to create a program, website, idea, or otherwise to help solve a problem. Our eight Action Teams worked on these eight projects below.

At graduation, they presented to four expert panelists who provided positive feedback to help launch these ideas into reality through strategic partnerships. Our panelists were: Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express News; Former Mayor Ed Garza, Chairman of the Board, SAISD; Jennifer Martinez, San Antonio Staff Campus Operations Director, Nationwide; and Erika Prosper, Director of Consumer Insights, H-E-B.

Our class co-valedictorians were: Nola Roberson with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc. and Cariño Cortez with Mi Tierra Cafe, Inc.

The 2014 Steering Committee includes: Maria Elena Torralva-Alonso, 2014 Chair; William Long, R. J. Rivera & Associates, Vice Chair; Winslow Swart, 2014 Facilitator; Cecilia Elizondo-Herrera, Immediate Past ABLDP Chair; Jenee Gonzales, St. Mary’s University; Jacob Cavazos, Frost Bank; Andrew Casillas, Akin Gump; Edgar Ruiz, Lone Star National Bank; Elizabeth Provencio, Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal P.C.; Celina Alvarez, SAWS; Michelle Martinez, Aguillon & Associates; Brigitte Garza, Attorney at Law; and Beth Costello, San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council.

 These are the eight class presentations from the ABLDP Class of 2014.

Click the Blue Links to open the presentations.


Action Team


Act Now, SA! Civic Superheroes Speaker Series


The goal of the Civic Engagement team is to promote awareness to groups of individuals who otherwise may not have the resources or knowledge to participate in the different levels of civic engagement. A first of its kind pilot project, focusing for our first iteration on seven 3rd grade elementary classrooms, whose ultimate goal is bringing awareness of civic engagement to our youth.

Click here to download the presentation: ABLDP_CIVIC_POWERS_PRESENTATION

Let’s Grow San Antonio


The ABLDP Environmental Group is proposing to conduct quarterly, hands-on gardening workshops at local home improvement stores that teach fellow San Antonians unique and green projects.

Click here to download the presentation: ABLDP Presentation V4

SA Leaders on the Rise


A leadership development workshop and internship program for top-level high school seniors.

-Click here to download the presentation: ABLDP Final Presentation 12-12-14_Nyquist_Alaniz



The vision of Explor-Arte is to provide a means for the arts to reach underprivileged children who otherwise would have no access to formal art education.

Click here to download the presentation: Explore-Artè New – NO ANIMATIONS

Come Play SA


ComePlay SA is a social media movement that will embody the desire for local San Antonians’ utilization of downtown San Antonio.

Click here to download the presentation: Comeplay Presentation

Food Fit Families


Fit Food Families has formulated a sustainable program that ties existing organizations such as Haven for Hope and the San Antonio Food Bank with a functional curriculum and a talented pool of volunteer chefs to educate and enable children and their families to eat healthier, more organic meals.

Click here to download the presentation: Food Fit Families_Update-120814

Corazón a Corazón

Bring immigrant families together in unidad y solideridad to exchange survival tactics, resources, and how to stay safe. We serve the undocumented youth by empowering them with emotional, personal, and growth development.

Click here to download the presentation: CorazÓn a CorazÓn


Statistics show that parent engagement has a direct connection between student morale, grades, and overall success. Alamo UNIDOS will help create awareness about parent engagement.

Click here to download the presentation: Alamo Unidos – Nov. 2014_WIP



San Antonio Credit Union

Nora Irias

Eloisa Riojas


Accion Texas Inc.

Michael Leos


CPS Energy

Angela Baptiste

Paul Escamilla

Daniel Bryan Fisher
Ricardo Luna

Jonathan Tijerina


Toyota Motor Manufacturing TX

Inga Brathwaite

Mark Juarez

Jose Manuel Lopez

Ricardo Lopez

Nola Nichelle Roberson
Maurice Salazar
Andrew Sanchez


San Antonio College

Jacob-Aidan Martinez


Spurs Sports & Entertainment

Ashley DelValle

Jeri Ramos


Brooks Development Authority
Samantha Carneiro


St. Mary’s University
Clare Acosta-Matos

San Antonio Water System
Susan Garcia


City Year of San Antonio
Bethany Matocha


Greater SA Hispanic Dental Assoc
Hilda Yanez


 Lone Star Capital Bank
Annette Canales


City of San Antonio Pre-K 4SA

Adriana Becerra


Norton Rose Fulbright

Arnoldo Cantu

Benjamin Montañez


Naturesweet LTD

Gabriela Carmona


KIPP San Antonio

Jaciel Castro

Lisa Nyquist


Virtex Enterprises, LP

Maria Elena Chapa-Gunderson


Mi Tierra Café, Inc.

Jasmin Cariño Cortez


Zachry Holdings

Mark Dodge


AEM – Empresarios Mexicanos

Jorge Gamez


Frost Bank

Rebeca Gamiz


Rackspace Hosting

Alfred Garcia

Edward Gonzales

Michelle Rodriguez Krupa

Kristie Patience Rodriguez

Michael Torres


LULAC/Latino Education Center

Elizabeth Gongora


Department of Defense

Leticia Gonzales

Golden Steves Cohen & Gordon

Victoria Gonzalez


CHRISTUS Santa Rosa                         

Andrea Guajardo


City of San Antonio Fire Dept.

Steven Jones


Poznecki-Camarillo, Inc.

Jacqueline Lopez



Jon-James Tristan Maldonado


VIA Metropolitan Transit

Richard Martinez


Northeast ISD

Maria Mendoza-Reyna


KGB Texas Communications

Laura Morales-Welch


Cesar Chavez Foundation

Tanairi Ochoa Rodriguez


Our Lady of the Lake University

Deborah Guzman Perez


Texas A&M University-SA

Janeli Alejandra Saucedo-Castrejana


Momentum Physical Therapy

Steven Alaniz


Foster CM Group Inc.

LaShawn Stewart-Baylor


Westside Development  Corporation

Atenogenes Villarreal