Loren "Pepper" Hitchcock,

Board Chair

Pepper Hitchcock is a Director of Trinity Basin Preparatory. He previously served on the TBP Board from 2005-2015 and is excited to be able to return to this Board. Mr. Hitchcock’s background is in medical device sales with more than 40 years’ experience. He has been awarded numerous awards for sales excellence and customer retention. A graduate of TCU (BBA 1975), he works in development of future business leaders through the MJ Neeley School of Business at TCU. He is married with one daughter.


Randal C. Shaffer, President and CEO

Randy currently serves on the boards of Trinity Basin Preparatory (since 2007), the Region 11 Benefits Co-op (since 2018), and Manara Academy (since 2019). Prior board service includes Arlington Classics Academy (1999-2003) and Trinity Basin Preparatory (board counsel 2002-2007). Mr. Shaffer is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas, a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington (B.A., with high honors) and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (J.D., with distinction), where he was Associate Editor of the Kentucky Law Journal. He also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Governance from the University of Texas at Dallas (2017). Mr. Shaffer’s prior legal practice includes service at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, and Sayles & Lidji, PC, and ten years with his own firm. Randy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Basin Preparatory in April 2007.


Ken Petree, Member

Ken Petree was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of Trinity Basin Preparatory in March 2003. Mr. Petree is currently a Vice President and Business Development Officer at Texas First Bank. He also is Chairman of the loan committee for the Fort Worth Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Petree has served as Vice President and Small Business Development Officer for Sterling Bank located in Arlington, Texas. He is Past President of the Fort Worth Economic Development Corporation, a Small Business Administration Certified Development Corporation lender. Mr. Petree is also the Past President of the North Texas Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NTAGGL), a non-profit organization that provides training and education to SBA lenders in the North Texas Region with banks and non-bank lenders to small businesses as members. Mr. Petree attended The American University, Columbus College and the American Institute of Banking.


Julia Gomez, Member

Julia Gomez was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of Trinity Basin Preparatory in April 2004. Mrs. Gomez is currently the Parent Liaison for Trinity Basin Preparatory and she previously served as TBP’s Child Nutrition Coordinator. Mrs. Gomez is the parent of a former TBP student and she also has eight years’ experience in small business lending.


Dana Bickford, Member

Dana Bickford was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of Trinity Basin Preparatory in April, 2016. Since 2010 Dana has led a variety of project, program management and financial operations consulting roles for financial institutions, their regulators and corporations throughout North America. In 2014 he joined the Board of Directors of Financial Executives International’s largest chapter, in Dallas, Texas. In that organization he will begin serving as a committee Chairman for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Additionally, Dana is a co-founder of the Dallas Chapter’s Veterans in Transition Networking Program, which helps returning veterans rapidly expand their networks to find civilian employment. In previous roles Dana served as a banker for over 20 years with JPMorgan Chase Bank and its predecessors in Dallas and Houston, as VP Finance for a Fortune 200 distributor, and as CEO and CFO of a developmental stage optics technology company. Dana is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York with a degree in engineering and he holds a Master of Business Administration Degree with a finance concentration from the University of Oklahoma.


Mike Winemiller, Member

Following 32-years with Sammons Enterprises and its subsidiaries, Mike retired from the company in 2015. During his career, Mike served as an Executive Member of the Board of Directors of Sammons Enterprises and CEO and President of Briggs International, one of the largest international equipment sales and rental companies.

Mike is a long-term supporter of children and children’s causes dedicated to improving the lives of young people through education. Mr. Winemiller’s engagement with charitable programs has included board memberships with the Sammons Dallas Foundation and North Texas Make-A-Wish Foundation. Currently Mike serves as a board member for Trinity Basin Preparatory and Communities in Schools-Dallas Region, a charity focused on helping at risk students.

Mike graduated from the University of Arkansas with an engineering degree and he earned an MBA from the University of Texas at DALLAS. Mike and his wife Donna, live in Dallas and spend time traveling and exploring the outdoors. He is an avid hiker, mountain and road biker, chef and outdoorsman.

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Frederick Brown, Member

Frederick Brown is currently the Deputy Executive Director for Learning Forward, an international association focused on increasing teacher and leader effectiveness and student results through standards-based professional learning. At Learning Forward, Brown oversees the organization’s annual conference and facilitates its strategic planning process. He also directs Learning Forward’s Academy, an extended learning experience that models the organization's vision for professional learning and teamwork in schools. Prior to his appointment at Learning Forward, Brown was a Senior Program Officer at The Wallace Foundation. Before joining Wallace, Brown was Director of the Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago (LAUNCH), an organization whose mission was to identify, train, and support principals for the Chicago Public Schools. He has also served as an elementary school teacher and principal as well as a middle school assistant principal. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and secondary mathematics from the University of Toledo and a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from Bowling Green State University.