Leadership & Professional Development Council

FOCUS: The Leadership & Professional Development Council offers specialized and advanced leadership and professional development to encourage and support our community’s leaders. This Council promotes leadership cultivation designed to assist business people in building professional connections and acquiring cutting-edge thinking and best practices.

Council Chair

Melodye Tomsu
Melodye Tomsu

Melodye Tomsu is the Business Development Manager for SpawGlass, a contractor for one-of-a-kind projects demanding attending to detail. For over 20 years, Melodye has developed strategic relationships with professionals in the A/E/C community in and around Texas. She understands how to build trust and collaboration with her clients and peers which makes her a valuable team member to the SpawGlass team.

In addition to developing and maintaining client relationships for SpawGlass, Melodye has led efforts for the organization of SpawGlass San Antonio Division’s Charity Golf Tournament raising over $90,000.00 for local non-profit organizations such as Respite Care of San Antonio, Clarity Child Guidance Center and Sunshine Cottage. She also spearheaded SpawGlass’ 2015 and 2016 toy drives benefitting the children at University Health System and citizens in Commissioner Chico Rodriguez district for the holidays.

Melodye chaired the 2015 North Chamber Leadership Lab Class which graduated 86 students. A graduate of the 2008 Lab Class, Melodye served on the 2009-2010 Leadership Alumni Board as a Director and Sponsorship Chair and served as President in 2014. Melodye also participated in the steering committee for the class of 2014.

In addition of North Chamber, she is Past President of SMPS where she was named “Board Member of the Year” in 2010 and “Marketer of the Year” in 2012. The San Antonio Business Journal recognized Melodye in 2012 as one of their “40 Under 40 Rising Stars”. She has chaired and volunteered on numerous committees and boards for TSPE, AIA, AGC, AWWA, RESCA, CEFPI, COAA, ULI and RESCA.

Melodye is married Tommy Tomsu and is the proud mother Emily (age 4) and Megan (age 3). In November of 2015, Melodye and her family relocated to the outskirts of New Braunfels where they are enjoying the smaller community. She enjoys reading, exercising, being with friends and family and traveling.

in a powerful learning environment with informational speakers and robust networking opportunities at the ATHENA Leadership Awards & Conference, a leadership and professional development conference featuring the recognition of community leaders and a business/organization through the presentation of the prestigious ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, ATHENA Leadership Award and ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award. The North SA Chamber is a proud ATHENA International Founding Lifetime Member.

ATHENA Leadership Awards & Conference Chair

Sandi Wolff
Sandi Wolff
San Antonio Water System

About the Company: San Antonio Water System is responsible for providing Sustainable, Affordable, Water Services to San Antonio and the surrounding communities. SAWS is the largest municipal water system in the US, with over 934 square miles of service area and 11,000 miles of water supply and wastewater pipes. Sandi is responsible for intergovernmental affairs and outreach for suburban cities, federal legislative water policy, and economic development.

About the Program: The ATHENA Leadership Awards & Conference is a half-day event which culminates with a luncheon featuring the presentation of all three ATHENA Leadership Awards. The North SA Chamber is the only chamber in Texas approved to award all three of the national awards. The event is geared towards women, but is not a women’s event. This year we plan to have two engaging, fabulous speakers at the conference who will focus on timely topics which support women, along with a superstar keynote speaker during the luncheon. If you know someone – male or female – who works hard to support and promote women, then please consider nominating them for these unique awards.

Personally Speaker: Sandi has been a member of the North SA Chamber for 3 years. Her favorite event to attend is the golf tournament, because it gives her a great perspective of colleagues outside the office, and she gets to play golf! “I support and participate with the North Chamber because I understand the value and positive benefits of advocacy. When any member speaks in a collaborative voice with the North Chamber, our business and community goals can evolve from awareness into strategic projects, which can produce real results for San Antonio,” says Sandi.

CULTIVATE leadership skills in the Leadership Lab series, an award-winning and innovative approach to leadership development targeted to San Antonio’s up-and-coming business leaders from the corporate, non-profit and small business environments. This nine-month training program is based on the most current thinking, research and best practices in leadership development focusing on five core elements including: professional performance, leadership, management, community service and self-awareness.

Leadership Lab Chair

Lisa Kopecky
Lisa Kopecky
HR Business Solutions

About the Company: HR Business Solutions is a human resources and PEO consulting group. It specializes in human resources consulting for businesses, helping businesses explore the PEO and outsourcing market and also serves as an advisor to PEOs for startups, client service strategy and market expansion. Lisa is the owner and sole business advisor.

About the Program: Leadership Lab is an award-winning, nine-month leadership development program designed to bring the most current leadership development principles, research and best-practices to its participants. It focuses on 5 core elements of professional performance, leadership, management, community service and self-awareness. Participants are immersed in the program which includes self-assessments for understanding their leadership style and skills, developing a Career Strategy Plan aligned with developmental goals and receive one-on-one career coaching. This transformational leadership program is specifically designed to provide North SA Chamber members a learning environment outside of their organization to develop their future leaders and connect them with the community to develop beneficial business relationships.

Personally Speaker: Lisa has been involved with the North SA Chamber since 2011. She has served as the Chair of the Enterprising Women’s Conference, is a 2010 graduate of the Leadership Lab program, an active Leadership Lab Alumni Board member since 2013, has served as the 2016 Leadership Lab Co-Chair and now serves as Chair for the 2017 Leadership Lab program. “The North SA Chamber serves an important role in our business community. It connects us to people, resources and opportunities we may not have access to otherwise. The strong personal and professional relationships that we develop as a result of the Chamber are invaluable and contribute directly to our success as a business and community,” says Lisa.


Leadership Lab Alumni Association Chair

John Wood
John Wood
Broadway Bank

About the Company: Headquartered in San Antonio, Broadway Bank was founded in 1941. It has evolved from a small neighborhood  bank into one of the largest independently owned banks in Texas. Today, Broadway Bank continues to function as a family-owned and operated financial institution. Broadway Bank offers a full-range of sophisticated financial services, including personal banking, private banking, military banking, business banking and wealth management. With more than $3 billion in total assets, the highly rated Bank operates 39 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at broadwaybank.com for more information. John A. Wood, Broadway Bank Senior Vice President, has served as Continual Process Improvement Officer since 2007 and has taken the bank’s continual improvement efforts from basic LEAN concepts to the first stages of formal Business Process Management/Excellence. His program includes Six Sigma process capability monitoring, internal service level agreements (SLAs), project management methodologies, and core process Key Performance Indicator (KPI) development. John has written continual improvement articles for the Broadway Bank Family Business Resource Center and the Bank’s Moneywise customer newsletter.

About the Program: The Leadership Lab Alumni Association is an unincorporated affiliate of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and serves the alumni of the North SA Chamber Leadership Lab program by supporting and fostering the relationships developed by participation in Lab; providing alumni ongoing opportunities for leadership development and the establishment of new business and personal relationships; providing support and resources to Lab participants and to Association members; enhancing the image and visibility of Lab and alumni in the community; and marketing association members to other business members of the Chamber.

Personally Speaking: After attending the North SA Chamber Leadership Lab in 2012, John was drawn to the camaraderie, professional development, and networking opportunities made possible by continued involvement with the alumni. Being nominated and elected to serve on the alumni board for 2013 and 2014 was a great privilege and offered him the opportunity to further contribute to one of San Antonio’s finest business leadership organizations as a member of the board’s leadership development-education, and social networking committees. “I am grateful to have served as the alumni board’s vice-president in 2015, and will be taking the reigns as board president in 2016 where I hope to further support education and collaboration among the members and elevate the awareness and visibility of the North SA Chamber,” says John.