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  • Board of Directors 2018
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    Emily Persyn

    Renee Garvens, President

    Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio

    President@salgbtchamber.org

    Renee is currently the Chief Development Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, where they empower youth today to build a better tomorrow.  She is committed to inclusion, diversity, and equity in the community.

     

     

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    Diego Martinez, Vice-President

    Inclusive Surrogacy

    Vp@salgbtchamber.org

     
    Diego is the Managing Director of Inclusive Surrogacy where he is in charge of Marketing and Public Relations. He studied Marketing and Communications at Columbia College Chicago.  He is a great advocate for the community and enjoys meeting and connecting people at a personal and professional level.

     

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    Melissa Ochoa, Treasurer

    New York Life Insurance Company

    Treasurer@salgbtchamber.org

    Melissa is an agent with New York Life Insurance Company and is dedicated to helping her clients secure their financial future. 

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    Javier Gonzalez, Secretary

    The San Antonio River Walk Association

    Info@salgbtchamber.org

    Javier is currently a Volunteer and Membership Manager at the San Antonio River Walk Association.

     

    David Cruz, Board Member

    Carter TX Realty

    Events@salgbtchamber.org

    David is a successful Realtor and Office Manager at Carter TX Realty as well as a Leadership Committee Member with NAGLREP San Antonio (National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals.  

     

     

     

    Emily Persyn

    Joseph Holland, Board Member

    Live Oak Singers

    Membership@salgbtchamber.org

    Joseph is a talented singer and performer.  Live Oak Singers is an LGBT and friends chorus which creates diverse musical experiences, celebrating, inspiring, supporting, affirming, and reflecting the diversity of the San Antonio community through outreach and performance.

     
     

    Monika Prochazkova, Board Member

    Inclusive Surrogacy

    Education@salgbtchamber.org

    Originally from the Czech Republic, Monika is the Director of Client Development at Inclusive Surrogacy.  She received her master´s degree in International Business from the Metropolitan University in Prague. In her spare time, she follows her passion and volunteers for non-profit organizations.

     

     

    Alma Lara
    Joe Quiroz, Board Member

    Mortgage Financial Services

     

     

    Jamie Zapata, Board Member, pronouns: she/her/hers
     
    REALTOR at Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper, REALTORS
     
    Jamie is a San Antonio native who was forced to drop out at age 14 because she was not allowed to transition by her school district at the time.  Her life experience of growing up trans and overcoming discrimination in the workplace gives her first hand knowledge of the need for LGBTQ+ inclusion and respect in all aspects of society.   She is a proud trans woman and currently works as a successful Realtor who specializes in serving the real estate needs of the LGBTQ+ community and other diverse groups.  Jamie was recently recognized as Rookie and Community Hero of the year at her local sales office.  She is the President of NAGLREP San Antonio (National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals) where the mission is to advocate for equal housing rights and to increase home ownership for the LGBTQ+ community.  Jamie also serves on the Board of Directors for the Transgender Education Network of Texas and The Pride Center San Antonio where she is also a Community Advisory Board Member for a local LGBTQ+ resiliency study.  Her passion is promoting growth and development of professional business opportunities for all LGBTQ+ identified individuals in San Antonio.  
     
     
     
     
     
    Chris Adame, Board Member
     
    Realtor at Keller Williams Legacy, Tom White Group
     
     

    Chris was raised in a small town in northeast Texas and after graduation, it became clear that he needed a change of scenery.  In 2000, he made the bold move to San Antonio, where he met his wife of 12 years. They married and welcomed their first child in 2004.  Focused on family life, fatherhood and being the best provider that he could be, he joined corporate America and added two other children to his family.  After years of toiling the workforce and living what everyone imagined was the American dream, Chris realized that his life and marriage were not fulfilling him and approached his wife with news that on one could have imagined.  He was leaving the marriage and going to live as his true authentic self. After a hurtful divorce and a career change from his management position of 14 years to one of America’s top fortune 500 companies, Chris went on to pursue a career in real estate.  It was a difficult time, but he persevered and followed the desires of his heart. Recently, Chris joined the Tom White Group of Keller Williams Legacy and has created a great relationship with his business partners at the Legacy office.

     

    Chris enjoys a flourishing relationship with his partner of over four years and enjoys the accomplishments they have achieved over the years.  The last decade has brought many challenges to Chris and his family but he continues to grow, both personally and professionally. Chris enjoys attending social and professional events, assisting his partner with his interior design business.  He is a proud supporter of the LGBT+ equality and believes in giving back to the community through a variety of local and charitable organizations.  He is blessed to enjoy a strong and loving relationship with his ex-wife and three fabulous children, Julius 16, Marcus 14, and Leyla 9.