Members & bios

Hector J. Garcia – District 6, President

Hector “Tito” Garcia was elected to the Laredo ISD Board of Trustees in November, 2010. He served as Board President from December 2012 to November 2014.

A graduate of J.W. Nixon High School, Mr. Garcia is currently employed as the general manager at La Posada Hotel.  For more than 25 years, he worked for both LISD and UISD.

Mr. Garcia served as a Laredo City Council member from 2002-2010.  While on the City Council, he worked on issues and concerns important to the neighborhoods in his district.  He understands the importance of education and the need to provide students with the opportunity to attend higher education.

An active member of the community, Garcia has volunteered his time to events such as the Border Olympics, Jalapeno Festival, Borderfest, Jamboozie and the Washington’s Birthday Celebration.  Garcia also founded the Sister Cities Youth Advisory Committee. He is currently president of the Laredo Main Street Association.

"I am committed to providing the neighborhoods of LISD with every available resource to secure each student with every opportunity to receive a quality education," stated Garcia.

As the District 6 representative, Mr. Garcia represents D.D. Hachar Elementary School, Milton Elementary School, Ryan Elementary School, and Lamar Middle School.

Hector J. Noyola, District 3, Vice President

Hector J. Noyola was elected to the LISD Board of Trustees for District 3 in November, 2014. He was named Vice President in November 12, 2015.

A graduate of Martin High School, Noyola received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Texas A&I Kingsville in 1965.  Mr. Noyola is currently the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Laredo.

An active member of the community, Noyola has given his time and talents to the Texas Workforce, Angel of Hope, Inc., Airport Advisory Board, LULAC, and the Optimist Club.

His three children, Veronica Yvette, Clarissa Laura, and Hector Jr., are all LISD educators.

Mr. Noyola is the school board trustee for District 3, which includes Bruni Elementary School, J.C. Martin Elementary School, and Sanchez/Ochoa Elementary School. 


Ricardo Garza - District 4, Secretary

Ricardo “Rick” Garza was elected to the Laredo ISD Board of Trustees for District 4 in November, 2012. He was named Board Secretary on November 12, 2014.

A product of LISD and a 1981 graduate of Nixon High School, Garza received a bachelor’s in Science Degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1986.  Mr. Garza currently is owner/operator of Twins Mechanical, Inc.

An active civic leader, Garza has volunteered in various leadership positions with the Laredo Under Seven Flags Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), City of Laredo Airport Committee, Laredo Beautification Committee, City of Laredo Transportation Committee, and the Laredo Center for the Arts.  He also served as founding member of the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association/Streets of Laredo Jamboozie Celebration and Laredo Proud Campaign. 

Mr. Garza and his wife, Adelina Flores Garza, have two children, Hannah Victoria and Sarah Sophia.

“I’m honored to be serving the children of our community,” Garza said.  “It is my obligation as a member of the LISD Board of Trustees to make sure that all of our students have access to a quality education.”

Mr. Garza represents District 4 which includes Alma Pierce Elementary, K. Tarver Elementary, and Nixon High Schools.


Claudia V. Balli - District 2, Trustee

Claudia Valdez Balli was elected to the Laredo ISD Board of Trustees District 2 in November 2018.

Facing the obstacles of being an immigrant, Ms. Balli graduated as one of the top students from Alexander High School in 1998. Ms. Balli graduated from the Honors Program at Laredo Community College, where she earned an Associate of Arts and an Early Childhood Development Certificate. She was the Valedictorian at Texas A&M International University, earning a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Ms. Balli also earned her Master’s Degree in International Business, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Ms. Balli graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law in May 2013, where she earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence. At TAMIU and St. Mary's University Law School, Ms. Balli received numerous awards and recognitions for her academic achievements and community involvement.

Licensed to practice law in Texas in 2013, she practices State and Federal Criminal Defense at both the trial and appellate courts. Ms. Balli is also licensed in the United States Southern District of Texas and the Fifth Circuit for the Court of Appeals. Ms. Balli practices law with her husband and partner, Roberto Balli, in their firm, Balli & Balli Law Firm. Ms. Balli has won notable cases in both federal and state court, and continues to pursue justice through criminal defense at both the trial and appellate courts of the judicial system. The Balli Law Firm has been recognized as a Laredo Morning Times Reader's Choice for Best Lawyers for five consecutive years. Ms. Balli was inducted to the UISD League of Legends in March 2018. In October 2018, Ms. Balli, along with her husband, received the Oscar J. Peña Freedom Award for best criminal defense lawyers in Laredo, Texas.

Ms. Balli enjoys working on projects and activities to benefit the community, and spending time with friends and family, which include her parents Willehado and Maria Antonia Valdez, her husband Roberto, and their two daughters.

Ms. Balli represents Daiches, Dovalina, and Macdonell Elementary Schools.

Dr. Cecilia May Moreno - District 5, Trustee

Dr. Cecilia Moreno was elected to the Laredo ISD Board of Trustees in November, 2010, and served as Vice President of the Board from December 2012 to November 2014. She was named President of the Board on November 12, 2015.

Dr. Moreno is recently retired as Purchasing Agent for Webb County. A former educator, Dr. Moreno worked at LISD for 39 years, and served as Superintendent of Schools for Carrizo Springs Consolidated Independent School District for five years, giving her a total of 44 years of public school experience.  She was a Laredo City Council member for 10 years and served as the mayor pro-tem for the city.

In 1997, former Texas Governor George Bush appointed Dr. Moreno to the Teachers Retirement System of Texas Board of Trustees.   In May, 2007, The Texas State Senate confirmed the appointment of Dr. Moreno, to the Texas Woman’s University (TWU) Board of Regents.  She will serve on the TWU governing board until Feb. 1, 2013.

Dr. Moreno was named a TWU Distinguished Alumna in 2003 and has been inducted into the Laredo Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame and the LULAC Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame.  She is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, LULAC Council No. 12, Webb County Heritage Foundation, and the Laredo Center for the Arts. Dr. Moreno’s accomplishments were included in the Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Exhibit entitled, “Our Journeys/Our Stories.” In this exhibit, TAMIU Portraits of Alumni Achievements showcased the university’s outstanding alumni who achieved their dreams and serve as role models and mentors to the next generations of students.

A graduate of Martin High School, Dr. Moreno earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from TWU, an MBA in accounting from Laredo State University and her doctorate of education from Texas A&M University at Kingsville.

She is married to Samuel Moreno, a former Memorial Middle School principal. They have five children and 10 grandchildren. 

She represents Gallego Elementary, Heights Elementary, and Memorial Middle Schools.

"It is a privilege to serve the needs of our local youth as a member of the Board of Trustees for District 5.  As a career educator, counselor, mother and grandmother, I understand the importance of receiving a quality education.  My inspiration are the children who  fill our classrooms and the desire they have to participate in school activities.  My greatest desire is to see all our students graduate from high school and continue with the higher education necessary for their career choice.  May they hold great memories of their LISD school years and may the school involvement they experience help them become model contributing community members," stated Moreno.


 Jose A. Valdez - District 1,Trustee

Jose A. Valdez has been a member of the Laredo ISD School Board of Trustees since 1997. A former Laredo City Council Member, Mr. Valdez is an active member of the community. He was named Vice President of the Board on November 12, 2014.

He is also the former South Texas Coordinator of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP. Mr. Valdez’s work experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Webb County Community Action Agency, Deputy Director of the Texas Migrant Council, and Executive Director of the Minnesota Migrant Council. 

He is married to the former Romana Castillo. They have two sons, and two daughters, and 12 grandchildren. Mr. Valdez earned his Bachelors degree in 2012.

“Parental involvement is critical to student success,” believes Mr. Valdez. “We invite our parents to become active participants in their child’s education.”

As the school board representative for District 1, Mr. Valdez represents Farias Elementary School, Santa Maria Elementary School, Leyendecker Elementary School, Christen Middle School, and Martin High School. 


Monica Garcia


Monica Garcia - District 7, Trustee

Monica Garcia was elected to the LISD Board of Trustees on November 5, 2018. 

Mrs. Garcia is a proud product of LISD schools.

 She is currently a student at Laredo College where she is studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Administration with a Concentration in Management.

She is the Community Outreach Coordinator/Public Information Officer at El Metro Transit where she has worked for more than three years.

Mrs. Garcia is certified in Computer Office Technology and has earned multiple certifications from the National Transit Institute in Transit Management Operations, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, and Title VI in Public Transit. She is a Certified Travel Trainer with Easter Seals to assist public transit riders with disabilities. She is also a member of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Garcia and her husband, Marco A. Garcia, have three children, Marky, Valeria, and Esteban. 

She represents Cigarroa High School, Cigarroa Middle School, Santo Nino Elementary, Ligarde Elementary, Kawas Elementary, and Zachry Elementary Schools.

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