“In Texas, we place immense value in our youth. We protect them, guide them, and are always working toward a better tomorrow to secure our young people’s bright and precious futures,” Governor Greg Abbott stated in his proclamation declaring January School Board Recognition month.
“School boards play a vital role in our effort to develop education in the Lone Star State as they work with parents, education professionals, and community members to create successful learning environments,” Abbott continued.
The board of trustees for Whitehouse Independent School District includes Dr. Todd Raabe, Place 1; Dr. Howard Patterson, Place 2; Dr. Joe Conflitti, Place 3; Greg Hood, Place 4; Wade Weathers, Place 5; Kevin Cashion, Place 6 and Holly Conaway, Place 7.
Greg Hood was first elected to the board of trustees in 2012 and has served as president since 2016. He is married to Christi and they have three children who have attended or are attending WISD schools. Hood is employed by Schering-Plough/Merck Pharmaceuticals.
Wade Weathers, who serves as vice president, was elected in 2009. He and his wife, Diane, have three daughters who have attended or are attending WISD schools. He is president of Weathers Exploration, Inc., based in Tyler.
Holly Conaway, a 1992 graduate of Whitehouse High School, serves as secretary. She was first appointed in December of 2015. She and husband Brian have four daughters who attended or are attending WISD. Conaway is managing partner of East Texas Rent Homes.
Dr. Howard Patterson, along with Kevin Cashion, are currently the longest serving members, having both been elected in 2004.
Patterson is a Leadership Texas Association of Schools (TASB) graduate and a TASB Master Trustee. He is Vice President for Student Affairs at UT-Tyler. He and wife Cathi have three children, all of whom have graduated from WISD.
Cashion is a CPA and Partner with Gollob Morgan Peddy PC, a public accounting firm in Tyler. He also serves on the boards for The Children’s Village, Habitat for Humanity of Smith County and the Advisory Council for the UT-Tyler School of Business and Technology. Cashion and wife Angelee have two sons who are graduates of WISD.
Dr. Todd Raabe was first appointed to the WISD Board of Trustees in December 2016 to complete the term held by retiring member Vince Primo. He was elected to the post in 2017. Raabe is a spine surgeon with Azaela Orthopedics. He and wife Vicki have four children who have either graduated from or are attending WISD schools.
Dr. Joe Conflitti is the newest additions to the school board, having been elected in 2017. He is an orthopedic surgeon at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. He and wife Tammy have three children, all of whom have attended or are attending WISD schools.
“Working with the Board of Trustees is a privilege,” affirmed WISD Superintendent Dr. Christopher Moran. “Each board member regularly demonstrates genuine care and love for the students of the district through participation in meetings and valuable input to help guide progress in WISD. The sacrifice of time and energy, along with an investment in setting ambitious goals for our students and the schools, is truly appreciated. Whitehouse ISD is a special place and we have much to be thankful for, thanks to our incredible school board.”