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Members & bios



Hector J. Noyola, District 3, President

Hector J. Noyola was elected to the LISD Board of Trustees for District 3 in November, 2014. He was named Vice President of the Board in November 12, 2015, and was appointed President of the Board on November 12, 2019.

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. 


Hector J. Garcia – District 6, Vice 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.

Monica Garcia

Monica Garcia - District 7, Secretary

Monica Garcia was elected to the LISD Board of Trustees on November 5, 2018.  She was named Board Secretary on November 12, 2019.

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.


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. 


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.


Ricardo Garza - District 4, 

Ricardo “Rick” Garza was elected to the Laredo ISD Board of Trustees for District 4 in November, 2012. He served as Board Secretary from November 13, 2014, through November, 2019.

A product of LISD and a 1981 graduate of Nixon High School, Mr. 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, Mr. 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,” Mr. 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.



Dr. Minita Ramirez 
- District 5, Trustee

Dr. Minita  Ramirez is a graduate of J. W. Nixon High School, Class of 1979, holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from TAMIU, a Master of Science in School Administration from TAMU-Kingsville and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Capella University.  In 2016, she earned a Graduate Fellowship with the University of Michigan’s’ National Center for Institutional Diversity and graduated from the Governor’s Executive Development program, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, 2017.

Dr. Minita Ramirez is currently the Vice President for Student Success at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU).  She joined TAMIU in 2001 and has held various administrative and faculty positions. Her commitment continues to be Recruitment, Retention and Graduation of underserved students and communities of South Texas and Northern Mexico. She initiated intensive and intrusive programming which has for 18 years, supported the continuous growth in student population of approximately 130%.  In addition, she is committed to facilitate the seamless student transition from high school to the University, and to support student enrollment and on-campus engagement, so that all students can successfully participate in learning that enhances their lives, the lives of their families and communities.  This 2018-19 year, under her guidance TAMIU announced their largest freshman class welcoming 1244 Dustdevils. 

 In addition, she has helped manage the family business, Carmin’s Flower Shop and El Plateado Ranch.  Dr. Ramirez is most proud of her son Ruben, a graduate of the Laredo ISD, Hector J. Garcia Early College High School, and now a May 2018 graduate of the A.R. Sanchez School of Business at her alma mater, TAMIU.

Dr. Ramirez is no stranger to LISD. Prior to joining TAMIU, she taught history and government at both middle and high school levels at LISD.  She also directed the United Independent School District Technology Innovative Challenge grant, which led the pathway of infusing technology into the classroom setting and instruction.  She has focused her research on “Hispanic Migration to Higher Education,” examining the deterrents and hesitations high school students have as they transition to higher education. Using her education experience, Dr. Ramirez was also employed by Silver Burdett Ginn and Prentice Hall, K-12 educational publishing divisions of Simon and Schuster publishing. During her ten-years there, she was part of the educational consultant team, contributing author for the Reading, U.S. History and Music textbooks, academic trainer, and textbook sales representative.

“I am deeply honored by this opportunity to serve LISD,” Dr. Ramirez said. “As a product of LISD campuses, I know that the District nurtures remarkable young minds every day and I am excited to be part of that dynamic exchange. Like all campuses across our great state, LISD faces certain challenges, but I am confident that our LISD community and our community at large will work together to rise to and surmount all challenges.”

Dr. Ramirez represents Gallego Elementary, Heights Elementary, Memorial Middle Schools.




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