Lacea Zavala

LEO Lecturer Intermittent, Early Childhood
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College of Education, Health, and Human Services

Biography and Education

Lacea Zavala, MSW, LMSW is a Supervisor for the Kids-TALK Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) in Detroit.  Since 2001, she has worked in a multitude of positions across the child welfare spectrum, from Family Preservation to Therapeutic Foster Care Licensing to Family Reunification.   In her current position as Kids-TALK CAC Supervisor, Lacea oversees prevention programming for the CAC while building connections with Wayne County schools, faith-based organizations, and community groups to host events and raise awareness of child-maltreatment.

Lacea is passionate about preserving families, preventing child abuse and neglect, and joining with the community to support children and families to thrive.  Lacea is a Board Member of Child’s Hope, Secretary of the Mayor’s Task Force for the Well-Being of Children and Families, a team member of the Great Start Collaborative-Wayne and Hope Starts Here Early Childhood Partnership, and Past-President of the New Beginnings Exchange Club of Downriver.


M.S.W. in Community Organizing, University of Michigan

B.A. in Women's Studies and History, University of Michigan