Jerry DeFatta was elected to the Petal School District Board of Trustees in 2015 and took office on January 12, 2016. A 1996 graduate of Petal High School, Jerry earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000, and a master’s degree in public relations at the university in 2010. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, a position he has held since 2010.
Jerry and his wife, Bethanie, have three children, twin daughters Eva Marie and Ella Katherine who attend Petal Primary School and one son, Trey. He is also a member of the Petal School District Shared Decision Making Council, the Petal Excel by 5 Coalition and the United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s Board of Directors.