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Vanessa Petrea


Trustee at Large
Current Trustee Term Runs May 2020 to May 2023 

Vanessa V. Petrea (pronounced Pee-tree) was elected to the Hays CISD Board of Trustees in 2017. Mrs. Petrea has served as PTA president for two Hays CISD elementary schools and previously served on the executive board of the Hays CISD Education Foundation. She and her husband, Micah, have two children.

Mrs. Petrea is passionate about education and investing in the next generation of leaders. She feels strongly about social and emotional learning initiatives and has been a steadfast advocate for mental health resources for our students.

Originally from Houston, the Petrea family moved to Hays County in 2005 because of the family-friendly environment and great schools. Since then, the Petrea family has been actively engaged in the community and takes pride in serving others.

Micah Petrea is an active volunteer in the community and currently serves as the president of the Hays CISD Education Foundation. He has served as a worship pastor for several churches in Texas.

A 2020 Hays High School graduate, their son has high functioning autism and has thrived in college thanks to the amazing teachers, programs and administrators at Hays CISD. Austin is passionate about science and plans to pursue a career in chemistry.

Their daughter attends Johnson High School and is involved in band and debate. In 5th grade, she was awarded the Principal Leadership Award at Elm Grove Elementary and was a founding member of the Principal Advisory Team. She also was selected by her teachers at Dahlstrom Middle School to serve on the district’s Diversity Council.

After her son began kindergarten in 2006, Mrs. Petrea quickly became very active in Hays CISD schools. She has served as PTA president at both Blanco Vista Elementary (2009/10) and Elm Grove Elementary (2016/17). She has also served as PTA treasurer and vice president of membership at Tobias Elementary and was the PTA communications chair at Carpenter Hill Elementary. Additionally, she enjoys being involved in the Hays CISD Education Foundation’s fundraising efforts. 

Mrs. Petrea has worked in the legal industry for more than 20 years. She currently works for a global law firm as the Head of Proposals & Experience leading a team of eight marketing professionals. Mrs. Petrea earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from The University of Texas and has an associate’s degree from Lone Star College in legal assisting.

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