Mrs. Lanzas was born and raised in McAllen, Texas. In high school she played the clarient in band and was very involved in her church's youth group. Mrs. Lanzas went away for college to San Antonio and it was the hardest and best move of her life. In college she grew up and evolved into the person she is now. She became a science major, was involved with religous/ social justice groups on campus, sang in the church choir, met her husband, joined the folkloric dance group, and represented her college at the National Catholic Student Coalition.