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Lower Rio Grande Valley Branch


The Lower Rio Grande Valley Branch of NASW/Texas covers the following counties: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy.

Schools of Social Work in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Branch include: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and South Texas College.



Steering Committee


Mayra L. Avila, LCSW (pictured above, right) Branch Chair (2015-2017)
Zelena Escobar, LMSW (pictured above, left) Nomination and Leadership Identification Committee Representative (2015-2018)


Avila, Mayra, LRGV Branch Chair

Catchings, Cynthia
Escobar, Zelena, LRGV Branch NLIC Representative
Esquivel, Laura, LRGV Branch Public Relations Representative  
Gandaria, Astrid, LRGV Branch Secretary
Garcia, Anita, LRGV Branch Public Relations Representative 
Garza-Garcia, Cecilia  
Leo-Diaz, Lucia 

Luckett, Robert  
Mata, Alicia  

Nelson, Bobi
Pacheco, Roxanne, LRGV Branch Treasurer
Rock, Alma
Saldivar, Melissa


Around the State

(December 21, 2015) NASW/LRGV Branch Chair Mayra L. Avila and NASW/LRGV Branch Treasurer Roxanne Pacheco recently presented a very well-received workshop at the 39th Annual NASW/Texas State Conference in Galveston. Following is Roxanne's account of the experience:

"I would like to take this moment to thank every individual who took part in making the 39th Annual NASW Conference a great success. I take pride in the commitment and responsibility I have to bring forth positive change and this year through the Self Care and Introduction to Laughter Yoga presentation that I co-facilitated along my mentor and colleague Mayra Avila, LCSW, CLYT, I believe that we accomplished more than what we were expecting. Prior to the Presentation which took place on November 12th @ 4:30 p.m. I was hearing that individuals were excited to know what Laughter Yoga was all about. Butterflies began to form within me as I shared with Mayra how simultaneously nervous and excited I was to bring some laughter to our fellow colleagues.  Excitement began to increase when slowly a room of about 350 chairs began to get filled and then it was time to begin with a concept that is evidence based and which we are living testimonies of the power that Laughter Yoga has in raising self esteem and confidence. As a Social Worker who is currently preparing to finalize my final part of my journey towards Clinical Licensure, I can relate to many others who do not take the time to place themselves and their self care plan as a priority. As I mentioned to those who were in attendance, Self Care is not about being Selfish, it is about being personally, professionally, and ethically prepared to give the best we can to our clients and communities and still remain whole and healthy.  Thank you for this opportunity and for empowering us to bring to our colleagues the healing touch of Laughter Yoga as a method of Self Care."


For more information, check out this wonderful article, "Social Workers are Laughing"

Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha, Roxanne Pacheco, LMSW, CLYL,Hope Family Health Center, Counseling Services Coordinator


Watch your email or contact Mayra L. Avila for more information.



Upcoming Events


For information about branch events, please email Mayra L. Avila.



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