A member of the Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) Board of Trustees has been elected to serve on a state board of directors. Patricia Y. O’Caña-Olivarez has been selected to serve as a member of the Texas Association of School Boards, Board of Directors. She is filling a vacancy left by the recent departure of another member representing the Region One Education Service Center area.

“I am very grateful to the TASB Delegate Assembly for approving my nomination and the endorsements from others throughout Region One,” said Patricia O’Caña-Olivarez, newly elected TASB board member. “I would like to thank Dr. Sylvia Atkinson for her service in this position and I vow to continue her great work, standing up for the children of our area, and the state through this opportunity.”

The selection process started in June with nominations. If at least 25% of the region endorses a candidate, that individual is included on the official ballot at the TASB Delegate Assembly, held in association with the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA)/TASB fall conference. The Board of Directors consists of 44 elected members.

O’Caña-Olivarez currently serves as the president of the Mission CISD Board of Trustees. She has also held the positions of vice president, secretary, and member of the board. She has spent over nine years as an advocate for children and public education. As a native of Mission, she attended Mission CISD schools and continued her education at St. Mary’s School of Law. She is currently an attorney and counselor of law/civil and family mediator. O’Caña-Olivarez is also an alternate judge for the Alton Municipal Court. Her other activities include: founding member of the Education Foundation of Mission CISD, Mission Sunset Lions Club, former board member of the Silver Ribbon Community Partners, and has aided Adult Protective Services.

TASB says they depend upon the same people who are devoted to running their local school boards to continue to come together and spend more of their time to ensure they have an association that delivers practical results. They are active throughout every turn of TASB, comprising the association’s board of directors, an annual delegate assembly, and a powerful grassroots process. TASB characterizes members of their board as individuals who realize that the association can only serve their numerous ongoing needs if they, in turn, support it. The delegate assembly serves at TASB’s general policymaking body; and the 44-member board translates these decision into items that can be acted upon by TASB’s staff and the members themselves.