Gerry Fleuriet of Harlingen CISD joined the Fund Board in September 2004 and is a former TASB Director. She is a 13-year member of her local board and Leadership TASB graduate, and has served as board president, vice-president, and secretary. A longtime volunteer in Harlingen schools, Gerry helped create and continues to serve the Harlingen Area Education Foundation, a business and community initiative assisting local students. She helped originate Harlingen High School (HHS) Graduation Celebration and College and Career Resource Rooms, award winning programs for local high school students. In addition, Texas PTA twice awarded her Honorary Lifetime Membership for her service, including PTA presidencies on each elementary and secondary campus attended by her children.
A former elementary teacher, Gerry served seven years as a community relations banking officer and she is a founder and vice-president of the international EMS Harlingen Community Emergency Care Foundation. She is the first RioFest Honorary Lifetime Director, and recipient of the Texas Festivals’ Association Founders’ Award. In other work, she helped form Harlingen Main Street and Leadership Harlingen, and served on a number of community boards and committees, including Harlingen’s Capital Improvement Advisory Board. Presently she serves on the University of Texas Brownsville Development Board as vice-president, and co-chairs its Distinguished Lecture Series.
Gerry has been an elder of First Presbyterian Church, member of the Valley Baptist Health Systems’ Foundation Board, and the Harlingen Rotary Club. A graduate of Leadership America and Leadership Texas, she was recognized in 1992 by the Zonta Club as the “Woman of the Year” and received the North Harlingen Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self” Award. In 1998-99, the Zonta 2 Club awarded her its “Woman of Excellence for Community Service” Award. She also is the 2002 recipient of the Heritage Award from the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce for her leadership and service to the community. A Harlingen native and HHS graduate, she is a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, which awarded her membership in honorary education associations Kappa Delta Epsilon and Kappa Pi.