The mission of the Hays CISD Education Foundation is to generate and distribute resources to the Hays Consolidated Independent School District to enrich, maintain and expand programs needed to meet the District’s stated mission and promote excellence in education.
All Hays CISD learners will be:
academically prepared for college, career, and life
effective communicators and collaborators
globally competent and competitive
prepared for life and citizenship
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Micah Petrea currently serves as Board President for the Hays CISD Education Foundation and has volunteered for the Foundation for six years. He is the Chief Growth Officer for The Allen Firm, a business law firm located in Stephenville, Texas. Originally from Houston, Micah has called Hays County home for more than 15 years. Micah and his wife, Vanessa, moved to Kyle in 2005, and they moved to Buda in 2014. Vanessa has served as a Trustee on the Hays CISD School Board since 2017 and both of their children have spent most of their school years at Hays CISD campuses. Micah’s son graduated from Hays High School in 2020, and his daughter will graduate from Johnson High School in 2025. Micah graduated from Full Sail in Orlando, Florida where he earned an associate’s degree in Sound Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Business. He has also founded and owns a number of small businesses that support other small businesses with their marketing, design, and apparel needs. Micah also donates his time to Johnson High School, including volunteering as the announcer for various athletic programs.
Jennifer Storm currently serves as the Executive Director of the Buda Economic Development Corporation. She is passionate about public education and believes it is an infrastructure investment in our future. She and her family have called Buda home for 11 years. Jennifer has served on the Hays Education Foundation for 6 years and is currently serving as the VP of Governance.
Suzanne McManus has been a dedicated member and volunteer in the Hays CISD community for over 24 years. Professionally, she serves as an administrative and purchasing support specialist at Dynamic Systems, Inc., a leading local mechanical contractor. She and her family have deep roots in the district. Her husband, Will, is a proud 1987 graduate of Hays High School. Their three children—Rachel ('12), Grace ('15), and Zachary ('18)—attended several district schools and graduated from Hays High School. Over the years, she has been passionately involved in numerous district activities and initiatives. Her contributions span various elementary PTAs, Dahlstrom PTA, Hays High School PTSA, Band Boosters, Athletic Boosters, and several other committees and groups. Her love for this district stems from its unparalleled commitment to families, students, staff, and the broader community. Suzanne has served on the Hays Education Foundation since 2022 and is currently serving as the Board Secretary.
Tiffany has been a longtime supporter of the Hays Education Foundation and she proudly joined the Board of Directors in 2021. Tiffany has served as the Foundation’s Vice President of Marketing and is currently serving as Vice President of Finance. Tiffany Koch is a cum laude graduate of Texas State University. Tiffany began her professional career teaching high school geometry and computer science and coaching cheerleading at Bastrop High School. Following her teaching career, Tiffany transitioned into the corporate realm joining one of the leading marketing data and analytics companies in the world, Kantar, where she has worked as a senior computer programmer, programming liaison, and consultant for 19 years. In 2017 Tiffany’s daughter, Bailey, entered Negley Elementary as a Kindergartner and Tiffany began her years of active service to the Hays CISD community. Public education is a passion of Tiffany’s and as a parent she sought out opportunities to support Hays CISD teachers. Tiffany was an active Negley PTA board member, serving on the executive board for 5 years, including 2 years as President. Tiffany is a proud Breast Cancer Survivor, mother to Bailey, who now attends Barton Middle School, and a loving wife to her husband and high school sweetheart, Rick Koch.
Allison Bush has passionately served her community through volunteer work and her career for more than 25 years. Professionally, she spent 20 years in the classroom as a teacher, counselor, and administrator. In these roles, she educated students, managed staff, collaborated with boards, fundraised, developed marketing plans, and creatively found ways to win while working under pressure. Allison moved to the Hays CISD community four years ago, and quickly became involved in several community organizations. She is a member of the Johnson High School Athletic Boosters, PTO, and Hays CISD Education Foundation. Although her son Dane graduated last year, she remains very much involved and is an educational advocate for HCISD. As a volunteer, Allison's time has been focused on community education programs that empower young people to promote self-confidence and awareness. Allison serves on the Hays CISD and the Kaufman ISD Education Foundation Board and volunteers as a TEA surrogate parent to help special needs foster kids with academic challenges. She has also served as the President of the Texas Association of Partners in Education, a Bastrop County CPS Board member, PTA Region President, and a St. David's Ethics Committee member. Allison points to serving as an Executive Director for a public-school education foundation as one of the most profound employment opportunities. She was hired to restructure a non-functioning board with just a 70k budget. During her tenure, she reinvigorated the organization through community outreach, soliciting new grants, cultivating donors, adding new board members, and hiring staff. Most importantly, during her employment, the foundation funded over $4 million to educators and students. She has leveraged that success in her current role as an Election Coordinator for Gallagher Construction Services. Still leaning on her passion for education, Allison works tirelessly to assist school districts across the state of Texas to prepare for their bond elections through careful planning and organization, while working closely with school leaders in all aspects of their marketing, communication, and data analytics strategies. As a volunteer and leader in her community, Allison believes that giving back to others helps her develop new skills, discover new passions, and gain new insights about herself and her community. Over the past 25 years, Allison has raised more than $30 million dollars for the non-profits she has worked with, and she hopes to continue to support her community for many years to come. Even with her dedication and accomplishments, if you ask Allison what she is most proud of, she will say, without a doubt, being a mother to her son.
Mark Jones has lived in Hays County for over 55 years. He attended Buda Elementary, Hays Middle School and graduated from Hays High School in 1981. His three children also graduated from Hays High School. His wife Kerri recently retired from Hays CISD after being a second and third grade teacher for 22 years. Mark has served on the Hays Education Foundation since 1999. Mark has been a volunteer with Hays CISD since he was in high school. He has been the volunteer time keeper for middle and high school football and basketball games since 1988 as well as the starter for middle and high school track meets. In addition, Mark served on the Hays CISD school board as Vice President for 2 terms, has served on CLT's, DLTs and several other District organizations and committees. Mark is a former County Commissioner for Hays County, representing Hays County on several Boards and Commissions.
Pam Vela has served on the HEF Board for 3 years as a representative of Baylor Scott and White. She is currently the Respiratory Therapy Manager for the BSW Lakeway and Buda hospitals. Pam’s goal, in serving on the HEF Board, is to serve the Hays CISD community by raising additional funding to contribute to the advancement of education and opportunities for the students and employees of Hays CISD.
Brad Alexander moved to Kyle, Tx at the age of 5 in 1984 and after graduating from Jack C Hays High School in 1996, he went off to college at Sam Houston State University. After graduating from Sam Houston he spent the next 15 years as a high school teacher and coach in Huntsville, Hillsboro, Gonzales and Del Valle. During his time as a teacher/coach Brad obtained his M.Ed and Principals Certification from Lamar University. In 2013 Brad decided to make a career change and left the world of education and he and his wife started their own real estate business called The Alexander Home Team - Keller WIlliams. Once becoming small business owners they decided to get involved with their community, starting with the Hays School District. Brad has served on campus leadership teams, rezoning committees, the FBOC and I has been on the Hays Education Foundation Board for roughly 10 years. Brad and his wife Stephanie have two daughters. Brooklyn is a sophomore at Hays High School and Madyson is in 7th grade at the UT Charter School at Olympia Hills.
Karen Zuniga has been the principal at Lehman High School since 2019. Karen is a long-time Hays CISD resident, a Hays High School graduate, and a career Hays CISD educator. Karen began her education career as a teacher at Hemphill Elementary School in Hays CISD in 2002. Karen also taught at Tobias Elementary and Chapa Middle School before becoming an Instructional Strategist. In 2013, she was named the Assistant Principal at Chapa Middle School, which was granted the prestigious designation of a Texas School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. In 2017, Karen served as the Hays CISD Summer School Principal before being named Principal of Science Hall Elementary School. She was tapped for the top leadership role at Science Hall to turn the school around from one that was not meeting state standards, which she did in a single year. Zuniga is the first member of her family to earn a college degree. She earned her Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Special Education from Texas State University. She also holds two masters degrees – one in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas State University and another in Educational Leadership and Administration from Lamar University. Among her many awards and achievements, Zuniga has been named the Chapa Middle School Teacher of the Year and an H-E-B Excellence in Education Award semifinalist in the teacher leadership category.
Dr. Eric Wright, a career educator with over three decades of experience, became the superintendent of schools for Hays CISD on January 1, 2018. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously the previous month to hire him as the district's leader. He is currently on a five-year contract with the district that was adopted by the Board during it's June 2022 business meeting. Dr. Wright's full biography can be found at https://www.hayscisd.net/superintendent
Board Rep 2023
Byron Severance was elected to the Hays CISD school board in May 2022, the same month his son, Bryson, graduated from Johnson High School. His daughter, Kylie, will graduate in May 2024 and she hopes to follow in Byron and Bryson's footsteps and attend Texas A&M university. Whoop! Since Trustee Severance was 16 years old, he has worked in the retail sector and has a strong passion for delivering outstanding customer service. Byron and his wife, Cathy, have been business owners since 2010, beginning with The Jumpy Place and currently own Amish Oak in Texas, which has been an exciting learning curve for them. He and his wife, Cathy, have been on several Hays district committees through the years and are passionate about volunteering in all aspects of the district. Prior to being elected to the Hays CISD school board, Byron served as the Chair of the Facilities Bond Oversight Committee.
MEET OUR TEAM
Ida Musgrove has more than 20 years of experience in intergovernmental relations and legislative affairs at the federal, state, and municipal levels. In her previous role, Musgrove served as the City of Austin’s deputy intergovernmental relations officer for six years. For 14 years, she served as general counsel and legislative director to state Senator Leticia Van de Putte (San Antonio), where she staffed the senator on the Senate Education Committee. Her first career was as a band director in the Austin Independent School District where she taught at Reagan High School and Fulmore Middle School. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She has lived in Buda for 19 years with her husband, Mahlin, where they have raised their two children, Antonio and Isabella.
Carmen Sifuentes has extensive administrative experience and has been involved in Hays CISD for more than a decade serving on district committees and campus PTA’s. She currently serves on the board of the Johnson High School Band Boosters as vice president of fundraising, and is a member of the district’s Facilities & Bond Oversight Committee (FBOC). Sifuentes has lived in Buda for 16 years with her husband, Hugo, where they have raised their two children, Hugo and Nico.