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Ross Mansker

Ross Mansker was born in Augsburg,Germany. At the age of two his family moved to Victoria, where he attended VISD schools (Mitchell Elementary, Patti Welder Junior High, and Victoria High School). He graduated from Victoria High School in 1979. Mr. Mansker then graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and the University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. After college graduation, Mr. Mansker worked as a physical therapist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a year before returning to Victoria. He was employed at Crossroads Home Health and Victoria Regional Medical Center until deciding to go into private practice. Mr. Mansker is currently an owner-partner in Gulf Coast Rehabilitation-Excel Sports Therapy and Calhoun Home Health. 

Mr. Mansker has been married to Jacki Gisler Mansker (Victoria Stroman High school graduate) for the past 28 years. Mrs. Mansker is also a physical therapist and works for Calhoun Home Health as Director of Rehabilitation. Mr. and Mrs. Mansker have three children, Alex (2010 graduate of Memorial High School and 2014 graduate of the University of Texas) who is currently attending law school at the South Texas School of Law – Houston (Class of 2017), Eric (2012 graduate of Victoria East High School) who is currently attending Concordia University – Austin (Class of 2016), and Rachel (2014 graduate of Victoria East High School) who is attending Texas A & M University (Class of 2017). Mr. Mansker has deep roots in Victoria and considers Victoria his hometown with several family members also living here.

Mr. Mansker has served as a volunteer in multiple organizations in Victoria; He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, he has served on the Victoria Youth Soccer Organization board, as a youth soccer coach, and a select soccer coach, was a boy scout leader and served as Cubmaster for Pack 118 and assistant scout master for Troop 363. He is an active member in his church and currently serves as Council president and elder for Christ the King Lutheran Church.  Mr. Mansker currently serves on the Physical Therapy Assistant advisory committee for Victoria College and has served on the PTA advisory committee for Wharton County Junior College in the past, and is a clinical instructor for the PTA program at Victoria College at times. He also serves as a volunteer at Friday night football games for the Victoria East and West athletic trainers and VISD.  Mr. Mansker serves VISD on different committees in his role as Trustee and serves on the Victoria County Appraisal District Board of Directors.  

In 2009 Mr. Mansker was elected to the VISD Board of Trustees with the goal of improving educational opportunities and quality of public education in Victoria and to give back to a school district that gave him a chance at a higher education and a better life. He feels that public education is the cornerstone of our community and the best way to improve the quality of life for each citizen.  Public education allows individuals to get a hand up and a chance at improving their outcomes in life. It is essential that we provide our children the opportunity to improve their quality of life and their job opportunities. Most children, including himself, would not have been able to achieve their life goals without the dedicated teachers, staff, and administrators that provide education to our children.