Trustee Biographies

Jeff Hamilton-President
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Position #1 Term Expires 2024

Hamilton 19 20

Jeff has served as a New Diana ISD Trustee since 2012. He is a Principal/Project Manager at Johnson & Pace Incorporated in Longview, where he has worked as a Civil Engineer since 1996. He is a graduate of Longview High School, earned a degree in Engineering at LeTourneau University, and is married to his childhood sweetheart, Angela. They have four children and chose to enroll their oldest as a first-grade transfer student in 2006 because of the education opportunities provided at New Diana ISD. They moved to Diana in 2010. Their oldest, Brennon, is now studying Civil Engineering at LeTourneau University. Lanie is a 2020 ND graduate and is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Development Education at LeTourneau University. Emma is a sophomore at NDHS and is active in the Band and multiple sports including Cross Country, Track, and Soccer. Their youngest, Paige, is in the fifth grade at Robert F Hunt Elementary.

TJ Shafer-Board Member
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Position #2 Term Expires 2022

Shafer 2021

Partner at Monument Resources LLC and owner of Shafer Land & Timber LLC.   TJ has been a resident of Diana for 12 years and has served on the New Diana Board of Trustees for the last 3 years. TJ and his wife Sara have been married for 18 years and have three daughters. Abbie, a sophomore at New Diana High School, Sydnie, a 7th grader at New Diana Middle School and Annabella, a second grader at Robert F. Hunt Elementary School.

Jodie Stark-Board Member
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Position #3 Term Expires 2024

Stark 20 21

I have had the honor of serving on the New Diana ISD Board of Trustees since November of 2016.  Native to East Texas area, I grew up in and around the Harleton area.  I graduated from Harleton High School in 1998.   I received my degree from Kilgore College and later completed my banking education at the South West Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.  My wife Charity and I have been married since 2004 and we have 2 children, Audrey and Harrison.  Both of our children are students at NDISD.  We are proud to serve the community.  I hold the position of Senior Vice President for First National Bank Hughes Springs and my primary office is in Diana.  I have been banking since 1996.

Karen Holt-Secretary
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Position #4 Term Expires 2022

Holt 20 21
Karen Holt is a 1994 Henderson High School Graduate and attended University of New Orleans. She is the Executive Director of a non-profit organization serving the communities in East Texas. She has served on several Non-profit boards as well as Several East Texas City Advisory Boards. Karen Holt moved to the New Diana School District in 2002 to ensure that her three children would attend one of the best public schools in East Texas. The oldest, Haleigh, is a 2018 New Diana graduate and currently attends UT Tyler pursuing her BSN. Her oldest son, Addison, is a New Diana High School 2020 graduate, and currently attends TSTC in the Lineman Program.  The youngest, Claire, attends Robert F. Hunt Elementary.  Karen chose to serve on the New Diana School Board because she wants the best possible education for all children in the school district no matter their learning style, academic level or income. Karen also is an advocate for the teaching staff and feels that the teachers are the backbone of our school district. She feels strongly that a “mom’s voice” should have substantial input in our children’s education. She has served as PTO President on all New Diana campuses over the years, served on the New Diana Strategic Planning Committee, and volunteered countless hours to the school district. Although a transplant to New Diana, her heart belongs to the Diana Community and the New Diana School District 100%.

Dwayne Leach-Board Member
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Position #5 Term Expires 2022

Leach 20 21

Dwayne Leach a 2009 Letourneau University graduate. 
Territory Manager with Aramark Uniform Services. Married 19 years to Tonya Leach a dental hygienist and 2008 graduate from Northeast Texas Community College dental hygiene program. Baylee Leach 16 year old Junior at New Diana High School. Zoey Leach 11 year old 7th grader at New Diana Middle School. 
We have lived here in Diana for just over 6.5 years. We moved here specifically for the schools and because my wife's father had attended school here his entire school career. We love this community and are pretty involved. I serve in the districts safety committee as well as the SHAC committee. I am also a volunteer fireman and first responder.

Becky Smith-Board Member
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Position # 6 Term Expires 2024

Smith 20 21

Becky Smith is a graduate of New Diana  High School, class of 1983. Has been teaching for 31 years.  Married to Samuel of 31 years and have two grown children Kate and Rachel.  Also a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelors of Science, and a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce with a Masters of Science. 


Donald Willeford-Vice President
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Position #7 Term Expires 2024

Willeford 20 21 

Mr. Donald Willeford is a 1978 High School Graduate of New Diana ISD. He has served on the New Diana ISD Board since November 6, 2012.   He has been in Law Enforcement for 37yrs and works as a SRO at Gladewater ISD.  Mr. Willeford has been married to Kim for 39yrs.  Kim graduated in 1982 from New Diana ISD.  They have two children Kira and Drew, who have both graduated from New Diana ISD.  

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