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  • Board of Directors 2019






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    New York Life Insurance


    Melissa is grateful to be the 2020 Board of Directors President of the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce and privileged to serve the LGBTQ community. She has been with the Chamber for 2 ½ years in different roles. Melissa recently accepted a seat as Board Member for the ACTS-HIV Ministry. She serves her church community of St. Luke’s Catholic Church where she is involved in ACTS and WOW Ministries. She has been on the Walk Committee for the San Antonio Chapter of the ALS Association (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for 6 years. Melissa has a BAAS Degree from Texas A&M University – San Antonio and an Associate’s Degree in Accounting Technology from San Antonio College. 

    Melissa strives to help businesses become the best they can for the community and their employees. Melissa is in the financial industry as a Licensed Agent of New York Life Insurance Company. She comes with 25 plus years experience in upper management within the retail industry.

    Melissa is excited to work with and get to know each of the members to make the LGBTQ + community and Allies stronger and connected. She looks forward to making 2020 the best year for the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce in connecting with its Local and Corporate Business Members.




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    Vice President



    HAVEN Realty


    David Cruz is originally from Del Rio, TX. He has been in San Antonio since the age of 18 and attended Northwest Vista and University of the Incarnate Word. Since his younger years, David was always surrounded by family in construction, especially his (late) father and Master Plumber, Hector Cruz. David always had Real Estate on the back of his mind and with a little encouragement from his family, David transitioned from a career in government and corporate travel (spanning almost 13 years) into Real Estate. He is now a full-time REALTOR®, and a recruiter for HAVEN Realty. 

    David is very involved in the San Antonio Real Estate Realm. He is a NAHREP (National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals) Marketing Board Director, on the NAGLREP (National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals) Executive Board, the Vice- President for the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and a member of SABOR’s (San Antonio Board of Realtors) 2020 TRLP (Texas Realtors Leadership Program) Class. David is also the reigning 2020 San Antonio River Walk King. 

    David’s hobbies include running 5K’s/Marathons, spending time with his family, friends, and traveling all over the world. If David isn’t with a client and/or traveling, you can find him volunteering his time with and fundraising for various Non-Profit Organizations, which include CASA, SAAF, SAPD Blue Angels and SA River Walk Association - just to name a few. 

    One of David’s lifetime mottos has been to reinvent himself from time to time without losing foundation. This leads him to share that he can remember his father’s words, “Take care of your character because it is what people will remember you by and your reputation is what people think of you.” He believes this to be a true analogy of what his father represented. How people view a business is the key to success. 

    If you need guidance in selling, buying, renting and/or investing anywhere in Texas, send David an email or give him a call, he’d be happy to help.




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    Perez & Associates Tax Group, LLC


    Jezzika Lee Perez has been in the Tax and Accounting arena for over 20 years.  After holding positions within the Federal Government in Washington, DC and working for one of the Big 4 Accounting firms, Jezzika realized her passion was in helping small businesses.  Formed in 2013, Perez & Associates Tax Group, LLC, is a tax practice dedicated to working with small businesses and the non-profit community of Bexar County.  Her leadership position on the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce and past experience as an Adjunct Accounting Professor reflects her commitment and passion to giving back to her community.  In her spare time, Jezzika enjoys Yoga, Softball, updating her Yelp profile and finding opportunities to commit random acts of kindness.  A native of South Texas, Jezzika earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s Accounting degrees from Texas A&M University – Kingsville.




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    Inclusive Surrogacy


    After witnessing how surrogacy makes dreams come true, Monika decided to help others on their surrogacy journey. As Director of Client Development at Inclusive Surrogacy, Monika is committed to ensuring each party is comfortable at each step of their journey and receives the highest level of services possible. Originally from the Czech Republic, she studied languages and business in Prague, CZ, Bournemouth, UK, and Chicago, IL. She received her master´s degree in International Business from the Metropolitan University in Prague. She worked for several governmental agencies which strengthened her commitment to ethics and professionalism. Her background in diplomacy and international relations has brought her experience in mediation and advocacy which she applies to build relationships between parties and overcome cultural and language differences. In her spare time, she follows her passion and volunteers for non-profit organizations.







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    Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper Realtors


    Jamie is currently a successful Realtor with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, Realtors where she specializes in serving the needs of the LGBTQ+ community and other diverse groups. She is the founding President of the NAGLREP San Antonio Chapter (National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals). The mission is to advocate for fair and equal housing rights for LGBTQ+ people and to increase home ownership in the community. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Transgender Education Network of Texas, an organization dedicated to furthering gender diverse equality through education and networking. She also has a leadership role with the Pride Center San Antonio where she works to connect the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities to resources, services, and events. Her passion is bringing attention to the need for ALL LGBTQ+ individuals to be treated with dignity, equality, and respect in all aspects of society, including access to professional business opportunities.




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    Antonio is a veteran with over 22 years of military service and currently serves as the Military Liaison and Advisor for the San Antonio Board of the Chamber of Commerce.  His main goal is to reach out to the LGBTQ+ military communities across all three local installations {Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Fort Sam, JBSA Lackland, & JBSA Randolph}. He has always been behind the scenes while serving in the military for 14 out of the 17 years of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) Law and its’ appeal. Now being able to fully engage our young LGBTQ+ military community by providing them with the education, dignity, inclusion, and sense of belonging that wasn’t allowed to him is one of his main passions.  He is attending graduate school to complete his educational requirements to obtain his Master’s in Business Administration.  Lastly, but not least, he and his husband are parents to seven children and two grandchildren as proud products of those who also stand tall after the Supreme Courts overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which did not allow same-sex marriages to be recognized for federal benefits to include beneficiaries and dependents.  He is genuinely here to assist and aid our LGBTQ+ youth to the future and beyond.




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    Seed and Lead


    Phil is an experienced, energetic, and enthusiastic global leader with expertise in leadership development, business transformation, and culture change. Phil’s corporate career spanned more than 35 years working for 7 companies in 2 industries on 5 continents. While in his numerous leadership roles, Phil learned many of the most effective leadership skills and successful business growth best practices.

    Phil is the International Bestselling author of two books; 7 ESSENTIAL TRAITS OF LEADERS: Developing Your Unique Leadership Style. and 7 ESSENTIAL TRAITS OF COACHES: Developing Your Unique Leadership Coaching Style. Phil currently serves on the board of the San Antonio Human Resources Management Association as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. He is the current Chair of the Community Advisory Board for PBS KLRN and is a Lead Organizer for TEDxSanAntonio. He volunteers shares his time and skills with numerous nonprofit organizations throughout San Antonio.




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    Enlisted Division, Army Personnel Proponent Directorate (APPD)


    Mr. Richmond C. Bean is an experienced HR Specialists assigned to JBSA at the US Army Medical Center of Excellence. As an experienced military human resource specialist, Mr. Bean manages AMEDD Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) and Additional Skill Identifiers, assuming responsibility for revisions of Career Management Field (CMF) 68.

    A native of St Louis, Missouri, Mr. Bean enlisted in the Army and attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (OSUT) as a 16S Stinger Missile Crewman at Ft Bliss Texas, then, at the end of the Cold War, he was reclassified as an HR Specialist, where he trained on human resources at Ft Jackson, South Carolina.     

     Mr. Bean’s active duty tours include, support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, but he also participated in Defense of Saudi Arabia, Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, and deployed to the island of Haiti for a Joint Task Force Mission, Operation Uphold Democracy for humanitarian aid, in 1994. During his military career, Mr Bean served in a myriad of assignments, most notably, his assignment to the 82nd Airborne Division and 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, his assignment with the 25th Infantry Division (L), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and closing out his career, at the Army Medical Department Center and School, 32d Medical Brigade S1 NCOIC. In 2004, He was selected to the rank of Master Sergeant, but declined it, in lieu of retirement. After his retirement in, Mr. Bean was hired to federal service, as a Human Resources Specialist  (Military) to serve as the Deputy Adjutant and Senior Human Resource Officer at the Medical Center Brigade Hqs, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC. In 2009, Mr. Bean was promoted and selected to be the Chief of Enlisted Strength Management Branch, Military Human Resources Division, US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM G1) Headquarters. Serving in these specialized duties provided the command with a tremendous amount of technical knowledge focusing on the evaluation of internal processes, team functions, personnel services, and subordinate command strength management assessments world-wide, training and teaching all Health Readiness Human Resource Managers, for all Regional Health Command G1offices and Regional Health Command Hqs. Currently, Mr. Bean assumes his current duties at the AMEDD Army Personnel Proponent Directorate, Enlisted Division, at Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston Texas.

    Mr. Bean’s military and civilian education includes three levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System, Senior Human Resources Development Course, US Army Capability Development Course, and most recently Army Management Staff College Intermediate Course. Mr. Bean attended UNC Fayetteville State University, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and PHR certification from University of Phoenix.   

    Mr. Bean’s civilian awards include: Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Superior Civilian Service Award (2nd Award); recipient of the AGCRA Horatio Gates Bronze Medal for his continuous support and leadership as the Vice President of Marketing and Social Networking for the Texas Alamo Chapter, Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association, recent recipient of the AMEDD’s prestigious O2M3 award Order of Military Medical Merit. He has been recognized for his contributions to the Gold Star Spouse Organization and Army’s Survivors Outreach Services Support Program.  





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    As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce.  In my professional career, I have served in sales, service, training, marketing and leadership roles. Therefore, I am excited to bring my wealth of knowledge to the organization and help continue executing its mission.  I have always believed that it is important to give back to the community in which you live in and take from.  San Antonio was my home for over 10 years and the inner circle of the LGBTQ+ community is certainly near and dear to me.  I look forward to serving you all this year!




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    I am the Head Pastor of "A Journey With God 3" and honored to be the mother of a wonderful little boy who completes the canvas of my life. 

    I have a strong background of twenty plus years in retail management. Gratefully, my background has endowed me with a wealth of knowledge in human interactionsI’ve learned and understand that customer service is the key component to any business. am passionate about helping others and am drawn to coaching and developing my peers, teams, and community. 

    I look forward to bringing this passion to the LGBTQ+ community through the LGBT Chamber of Commerce as a Board Member. I will work closely with my peers to build a strong organization and provide support to each individual to acknowledge their strengths and abilities. I am excited to serve the LGBTQ+ and Ally community and look forward to working with each of you. 





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    Justin is an experienced project manager with expertise in marketing, public relations, event planning, and fundraising. 

    Since moving to San Antonio in 2018, he is now partnership manager and strategist for the strategic communications and marketing department at Trinity University, Justin is responsible for managing cross-campus relationships and liaise with partners to solve issues, communicate needs and create synergy. Prior to his work at Trinity, Justin spent six years at Texas A&M – Kingsville working in alumni affairs, annual giving, and marketing, focusing on student and alumni participation. He holds an MBA from Texas A&M University – Kingsville, and a bachelor’s degree in communication students from the University of Texas at Austin. 

    In his spare time, Justin is a cycling instructor, personal trainer, and fitness professional. He is ready to “lift” San Antonio to new heights.