Ms. Lucia Leo-Díaz is a candidate for MCISD Board of Trustees Place 7. Lucia is the Mother of four adult children including Benicio (Gabriela), Edgar (Alejandra), Leonel Jr. and Victoria Analee Diaz. She is the daughter of the late Alexander John Leo of La Joya, Texas and Victoria Martinez of Mission. Her siblings Janie, Sandra, Patricia, Alex Jr., and Henry Leo, along with her siblings and children, are all Mission graduates.
Ms. Leo-Diaz received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Social Work from UT-RGV and Our Lade of the Lake University in San Antonio. She is a licensed clinical social worker, board certified diplomate in clinical social work, board approved clinical supervisor and former president of the National Association of Social Workers Texas Branch. She’s employed with The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System since 2009 at the McAllen outpatient clinic.
Ms. Leo-Diaz is a seasoned professional social worker and mental health practitioner who is interested in increasing mental health awareness and services to students, staff and parents. She strongly believes in a team approach to ensure that all students have access to counseling, as needed, to address teen suicide, bullying, mass shootings, LGBTQ issues, psychosocial conditions impacting their life, etc.
Lucia has over 25 years of experience in the medical and mental health field. Her work began at the Mission Housing Authority, Tropical Texas Center for MHMR, Mission Regional Medical Center, South Texas Behavioral Health Center, and for the last 9 years with the US Department of Veterans Affairs-Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System. Ms. Leo-Díaz has also worked as a contract clinical social worker as well as an Adjunct Professor at UTRGV.
Ms. Leo-Diaz was elected as National Association of Social Workers Texas Chapter President (2014–2017) and previously served as the elected Region 11 Board Member for NASW Texas. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work and as since 2015, as a 1st Lt. of the Texas State Guard Medical Battalion Delta Co. She is a graduate of Leadership Mission Class No. 19, member of Mission Lions Club, Hispanic Women Network of Texas-RGV and recognized as part of STC’s 100 Women, 100 Words-Influential Women of the RGV.