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Trustee at Large
Current Trustee Term Runs May 2017 to May 2020
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 attending Hays CISD schools. Mrs. Petrea earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from The University of Texas and her associate’s degree from Lone Star College in legal assisting.
Mrs. Petrea is passionate about education and investing in the next generation of leaders. She feels strongly about social and emotional learning initiatives.
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 volunteers as a vocalist at The Connection Church where they began attending in 2005. He has also served as a worship pastor at several churches in Texas. Mr. Petrea serves on the board of the Hays CISD Education Foundation, and he volunteers his time to help numerous non-profit organizations.
Their son, Austin Petrea, is a senior at Hays High School. He has high functioning autism and has thrived thanks to the amazing teachers, programs and administrators at Hays CISD. Austin is passionate about science and plans to pursue a career in chemistry. He volunteers at The Connection Church helping both the kids and parking teams.
Their daughter, Addison Petrea, is in 7th grade at Dahlstrom Middle School. She is a natural leader, enjoys playing the flute in the Mustang band, and performing in plays. In 5th grade, she was awarded the Principal Leadership Award at Elm Grove Elementary and was a founding member of the Principal Advisory Team. Addison also likes to give back to her community. She volunteers on campuses helping teachers and at church each week in the children’s area.
After her son began kindergarten in 2006, Mrs. Petrea quickly became very active in Hays CISD schools. She served as PTA president at 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 a senior business development manager for the intellectual property practice group. Previously, she was the business development manager for the public finance practice of a Texas-based law firm.