Like many of you, I am a life long Region Resident!
My grandmother moved from Mexico to East Chicago in 1923. She met, married, and raised a family with my grandpa Roque. My father, Anthony D. Leyva was a school teacher for over thirty-five years in East Chicago and West Side.
Born in East Chicago in 1959, I graduated from Holy Trinity Croatian Elementary and Highland High School. Both schools were great places to learn and grow.
My son, Staff Sergeant Mark Leyva, Jr. has served in the U.S. Army for over 18 years.
Today, I am a self-employed carpenter. I have also worked as a steelworker and a union carpenter with IL local 434.