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

Randal C. Shaffer is President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Basin Preparatory. Mr. Shaffer is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas, where he was admitted to the bar in 1991. He was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and President in April 2007. Prior to that time, Mr. Shaffer had been counsel for the school for approximately five years. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington (B.A., with high honors, 1987) and the University of Kentucky (J.D., with distinction, 1991), where he was Associate Editor of the Kentucky Law Journal. Mr. Shaffer’s legal practice includes service at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, and Sayles & Lidji, PC, and ten years with his own firm. While partner at his own firm, Mr. Shaffer also managed the firm. Mr. Shaffer was a member of the Board of Directors for Arlington Classics Academy, a third generation charter school, from 1999 to 2003, and held the office of President for two of those years.


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.