Leon Leal (President, 2016-2017)
Leon Leal was elected to the Board in May 2008 and re-elected in May 2011 and May 2014. He was selected to serve as Board Secretary in 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, as Board Vice President for 2013-2014, President for 2015-2016 and is currently the Board President for 2016-2017. He has been a resident of the Grapevine-Colleyville area for 23 years, and has been an active school and community volunteer.
In his service to GCISD, Leal has served on the Board of Directors for the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation and supported the Foundation through an endowment. As a GCISD Trustee, he is involved in the advancement of the district's LEAD 2021 strategic plan. He joined other Trustees in the search and hiring of Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan and has traveled to Austin to meeting with legislators for education funding reform. Prior to joining the Board of Trustees, he served as co-chairman of the 2005 Bond Planning Committee. In 2014, he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the State board of Teachers Certification. Leal volunteers with the GHS Go Center in helping students research colleges and with Project Graduation. He also is an active supporter of GCISD athletics, including GHS baseball and wrestling.
In his service to the community, Leal has served on the Board of Trustees for Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine for the past nine years. He also served on the Baylor Regional Hospital Finance and Growth Committee and the Baylor Regional Hospital Quality Committee. During his service, he was selected to lobby for healthcare reform in both Austin and in Washington, D.C.
He has been a member of the Grapevine Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Grapevine Mills Mall Tax Increment Finance Board, Tax Increment Financing District Reinvestment Zone Number Two (Gaylord Texan TIF Board), Grapevine Youth Baseball Board, and the Board for Grapevine Youth Wrestling, of which he also is founder. Additionally, he volunteer with "Keep Grapevine Beautiful" and organized mission trips for youth baseball players overseas. He has coached youth baseball, youth football and youth and high school wrestling, and volunteered with area high school wrestlers in Colleyville, Grapevine and Southlake. He also has helped solicit athletic and academic scholarships for graduating seniors.
Leal holds a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Oklahoma. He is a local business owner of Abba Staffing & Consulting, Inc., and Abba Professional Group, and serves as a consultant for individual business owners.
He and his wife, Tracy, have been married 26 years and are both graduates of the University of Oklahoma. They have lived in Grapevine for 23 years and have three sons: Jacob, a college student; Joshua, a college student; and Joseph, a student at GHS. The Leals are members of Gateway Church and actively volunteer in GCISD schools and in the community.