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Leadership Corpus Christi



Leadership Class XLIII


I, along with the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Foundation are pleased and honored to announce the 30 participants that comprise Leadership Corpus Christi Class 43. We encourage you to join us at the Welcome Reception on Thursday, August 7th, beginning at 5:30 pm at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel. This event will be an ideal opportunity for photos and interviews of the new class members, to meet the Steering Committee, and to mingle with Alumni from prior classes.

The Leadership Corpus Christi Program was established in 1972. This program is the third oldest leadership program in Texas, with approximately 2,100 graduates. It helps educate existing and emerging leaders on various facets of our community’s dynamic, and it provides them with the tools and resources to take that knowledge and deploy it in their everyday roles.

A diverse group of individuals spanning from Federal and State legislators, Business, Civic, and NonProfit officials comprise our Leadership Corpus Christi family. Many of the people making a positive impact in Corpus Christi today were prepared for their roles as servant leaders through participation in their individual Leadership Corpus Christi classes.

This program operates under the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is tremendously supported by various businesses and organizations throughout the community.

Jessica Savage Alford, City of Corpus Christi Development Services
Sean Babcock, CC Independent School District
Gus Barrera, IBC Bank
Ed Cantu, Ed Cantu Insurance Agency
Prasant Chhotu, U.S. Army
Kelli Coates, Valero Refining
Ginny Cross, CC Chamber of Commerce
Steve Deases, ACE Stevens Consulting
Chris Duff, RE/MAX Associates
Stephanie Garcia, House of Rock
Cissy Garcia, Driscoll Children’s Hospital
Nick Gignac, Gignac & Associates
Michelle Hinojosa, TPCO America Corporation
Lisa Hinojosa, ZJZ Hospitality
Carla Johnson, CC Army Depot
Jim Kunau, Hurricane Alley Waterpark
Amanda Leal, KiiiTV
Greg McAlister, KRIS Communications
Lorena Parada Valdes,The Language Bridge
Rick Pedraza, HDR
Larry Peterson, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend
Annie Ramirez, CC Metro Ministries
Matt Richard, MavTech
Venessa Santos Garza, Third Coast Dance
Terry Sweeney, CC Downtown Management District
Shane Torno, Freese and Nichols
Rosa Villareal, CC Regional Transportation Authority
Bill Williams, Kleberg Bank
Marjorie Yandell, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System
Cassie Zinke, Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at ( or phone (361-290-1535) should you have any questions.

Yours in servant leadership,

Jonas Chupe
General Chair, Class XLIII
Graduate of LCC XXXIX

For any further questions about Leadership Corpus Christi, please contact us at 361.881.1800 ext. 261 or at