Jim de Garavilla, President
Jim de Garavilla has served as a trustee on the Silsbee ISD Board since 2006, including
various leadership roles from committee chairs to board president. He is an alum of Leadership
TASB (2008) and Leadership Southeast Texas (2009).
Since the fall of 2009, de Garavilla has represented Region 5 on the TASB Board of Directors and has served on each of the Board’s standing committees. He chaired the Legislative
Committee during both the 83rd and 85th Texas legislative sessions. Prior to joining the TASB
Board, he was active in the Grassroots Advocacy Process and served on the TASB Legislative
Advisory Council as a regional representative.
Professionally, de Garavilla is a principal investigator at DowDuPont and holds several
patents in his field of ethylene copolymers. During a 35-year career with DuPont, he has held a
variety of technical, managerial, business, and marketing roles. De Garavilla is a native of Massachusetts, a product of public schools, and a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston.
Lee Lentz-Edwards, President-Elect
Lee Lentz-Edwards is serving her 13th year on the Kermit ISD Board. A 2013 Leadership
TASB graduate, she is currently in her fourth term as her local board president, having served
previously as secretary for several years.
Lentz-Edwards is a graduate of Sul Ross State University with a bachelor of business administration, master of education, and master of business administration. She has a long tenure
in the field of education and currently serves as a special education coordinator at the Region
18 Education Service Center.
In her community, she has served as a leader in both Girl Scouts and 4-H, a Sunday school
teacher at her church, and a member of the Kermit Rotary Club, where she held officer positions as
secretary and president. She has been honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Permian Basin Girl
Scout Association, an Outstanding Adult 4-H Leader District VI, and Kermit Woman of the Year.
Student Voices Loud and Clear at WGLS
TASB’s 21st annual Winter Governance and Legal
Seminar (WGLS) not only moved to a new location—
Galveston—in 2018, but more importantly, expanded the
presence of Student Voices as a major focus of the conference. A student-led General Session, featuring students
from across the country, included a panel discussion of
school climate and culture, what it means to have a true
and meaningful student voice in your school, and how
education truly frees students from negative situations.
More than 500 school board members and over 100
students attended sessions together, many of which
were presented by students. The Student Voices ses-
sions focused on a variety of topics, including design-
ing social media networks, assessing the signs of
potential suicides, and developing active citizens.
One trustee commented that she had been attending TASB training for over 18 years and that this year’s
sessions were the best she’d ever experienced. At next
year’s conference, Student Voices will be louder and
stronger with expanded opportunities for more student
involvement. Plan on joining us in Galveston February
TASB in Tune 2018