To bring a lighter side to the heart & soul behind thinkLaw’s work, thinkLaw’s #FunFactsFriday series will be showcasing our team members and what they do when they are not working tirelessly to help educators teach critical thinking to all students. This week’s profile is of thinkLaw’s Chief Relationship Officer, Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca!


The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the nation’s 7th largest school district, and the task of leading all students to achieve was made much tougher with the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey. Luckily, Holly Maria has been able to lend her tremendous leadership abilities to the task in her role as Board Trustee for District VI! And sometimes when you want to make a difference, it helps to know “big” people!

Holly Maria recently had a chance to meet Former NBA player Yao Ming when he stepped up and donated $100,000 to support HISD’s Hilliard Elementary School in recovery efforts post-Harvey! But typically, her days are a bit less glamorous, but the gritty work of approving and analyzing budgets, guiding the district’s vision, representing her constituents, and fighting for what’s best for kids are worth every second!


In addition to being the lead on all of thinkLaw’s strategic district and grant efforts and her extensive community work as an HISD Board Trustee, Holly Maria is a proud mother of a loving toddler, Nico and even more loving and supportive husband, Nelson. Her family not only supports her, keeps her grounded, and provides with ample opportunities to grab Boba Tea and Taco Bell (hopefully not in that particular order), but family gives Holly Maria true “skin in the game” when it comes to fighting for equitable education for all students.


Yes, she’s a committed public servant, a rock star teammate, and an incredible mom and wife, but don’t get it twisted! She will MESS YOU UP on the bowling lanes! Holly Maria is a very serious bowler, and participates in a weekly league on Sunday night and, when time permits, travels the state of Texas in tournaments. She bowled competitively as a child and then chose basketball over bowling when she got to high school. Good thing she had a solid foundation because she came “out of retirement” to tear it up!

To learn how your school or organization can adopt thinkLaw’s standards-aligned program that helps educators teach critical thinking to all students, please click here to schedule a time to speak with someone on the thinkLaw team, call us now at (702) 318-7512 or join us on our next webinar; Thinking Like a Lawyer: Powerful Strategies to Teach Critical Thinking to All Students

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