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Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor awarded to a former student of Pine Tree ISD. The award, sponsored by The Pine Tree Education Foundation recognizes former students who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought honor and distinction to Pine Tree ISD. 
The Pine Tree Education Foundation is proud to honor our 2022 Distinguished Alumni, during Homecoming on Friday, September 16, 2022 at Pirate Stadium. 
2022 Distinguished Alumni
Preston Abbott
  • The Pine Tree Education Foundation honors Preston Abbott, Class of 1980, as a 2022 Distinguished Alumni.
    Preston graduated in the top 5% of the Pine Tree Class of 1980. In 1985, he graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. His senior year he served as Corps Commander, the highest-ranking position in the 2000 member corps. Preston also served as an Artillery Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed in California, Japan and Korea. Preston has recently retired from his position as a Production Manager with EP Energy LLC.
    Preston participates annually in the Abbott Family Leadership Conference founded and sponsored by his family in 1995 through the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University. He has served as Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 232 in Midland, Troop 320 in Katy and Troop 473 in Dallas and has guided over 12 Scouts toward attaining the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
    Preston has served in various leadership capacities at his church including small group leader, young adult’s class teacher, pastoral search committee, selection committee for church leaders and as a deacon. Preston and his wife serve as mentors in the young married adult’s class and he assists the church's counseling center in delivering certified pre-marriage counseling programs. Since 2015, Preston has managed his mother-in-law's 300 acre tree farm in Louisiana for her benefit. Preston and his wife Susan live in Houston. They have three children; Grant Castleberry , Andrew Abbott and Mary Beth Abbott, two daughter-in laws GraceAnna Castleberry and Dr. Jordan Abbott  and four grandchildren.  Preston and Susan Abbott were the 2019-2020 Parents of the Year for Texas A&M University. They were nominated for this award by their kids.
Lori Ball
  • The Pine Tree Education Foundation honors Lori Holyfield Ball, Class of 1985, as a 2022 Distinguished Alumni. Lori graduated with honors in 1988 with her BBA from the University of North Texas and is currently a Manager for Neiman-Marcus Group. Since her 1985 graduation, Lori has used her educational and organizational skills to serve on the Parks and Recreation Board, served as the Alley Fest beverage chair, help build KidsView Playground, teach Sunday school, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, build beds for Beds of Hope and raise funds for March of Dimes and Alzheimer’s Association. She is a bone marrow donor and has served the “Because I Care” organization as president and board member. She is a graduate of Leadership Longview where she served as the project manager for her class. Six years ago, Lori and her husband, Steven, founded the Dallas and Aiden Ball’s Memorial Birthday Party in memory of their twin sons that passed away in 2011. This event collects donations of school supplies and bedding for Beds of Hope to be given to local children in need. Lori has received several achievements and honors including C.P.M. Certified Purchasing Manager-Institute for Supply Management, Stars Over Longview Award Recipient and the Neiman Marcus Bravo Award. Lori and her husband Steven currently live in Longview and own Allied Trophy Company.

  • Dan L. Ward
    • Dan L. Ward graduated from Pine Tree ISD in 1970. After graduating, Dan spent years traveling the U.S. and Europe performing with the U.S. Navy Rock Band, Fly in the Soup; Dan is a Vietnam veteran.  After his military service, he attended The University of North Texas where he was one of a few dozen graduates of a pilot Master’s Degree program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and he became an expert in Workforce Economics.  He built his career via increasingly senior roles working in strategy and workforce planning, starting as a management scientist at AT&T.  Dan built workforce simulation models and created staffing cost-benefit analytics for Western Electric, Bell Labs, and several telephone companies. He left AT&T to become the first Manager of HR Planning at GTE.  His next career move led him to become the first Director of Human Capital Planning for Texaco.  As the VP of Organizational Resource Planning, Dan instituted workforce analysis and planning practices at EDS and engineered their approach to performance management and career development.  Following this position, he served as the Chief Human Resource Officer at SRA International. Dan moved into public service.  As the MITRE Corporation’s Chief Workforce Economist, he advises Federal agencies on people strategy.  He also redesigned performance management and career services for MITRE. Dan has served on many boards as a member, director and president.  Dan lives in Virginia with his wife Donna. They have two daughters Elizabeth and Amy. 
    • Jenelle Piepmeier graduated from Pine Tree ISD in 1989. She earned her B.S. in Engineering, Mechanical Concentration, and Summa Cum Laude in 1993 from LeTourneau University. In 1995, she earned a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology followed by her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1999. Currently, an Engineering Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Jenelle is the first woman to hold the Chair for the USNA’s Department of Weapons, Robotics and Control Engineering. Jenelle, her husband Jeff and three children live in Maryland.
  • Raghu Barier
    • Dr. Varier is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Randall Children’s Northwest Gastroenterology in Portland, OR. 

      Dr. Varier graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorder; Biology. He earned his D.O. from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX and his M.S. at the University of Utah. Dr. Varier was a resident at the University of Missouri Kansas City/Children’s Mercy Hospital and pursed his fellowship at the University of Utah/Primary Children’s Medical Center. 

      Dr. Varier is a member of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, American Gastroenterology Association, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and American Academy of Pediatrics. He currently serves on the Legacy Health Partners; Quality and Membership Committee and NASPHGAN: Technology Committee. 

      Dr. Varier Is married to Pine Tree Alumni Laura Newman Varier, Class of 2000. The couple live in Portland, OR with their three children.  

    Jessica Guire
    • Dr. Guire is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications/Business and a Master of Arts in Mass Communication/Secondary Education. She earned her Doctor of Education from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Guire has 19 years of experience in education spanning from professor, high school teacher, dual credit instructor, course developer, and consultant. 

      In 1995, Dr. Guire earned a soccer scholarship to Stephen F. Austin State University. She played for the first ever women’s soccer team as SFA. 

      Dr. Guire has volunteered for multiple organizations including Founder and President of Team Teagan-Autism Awareness Non-Profit Organization, Fundraiser Charmian for PT Precision Drill Team Booster Club, East Texas Christian Annual Fundraiser Dinner, Cupid Project, Tornado Relief Group, Autism Speaks and the American Cancer Society. 

      In April 2019, Pine Tree Primary School received a $14,000 donation from Dr. Jessica Guire, Founder of Team Teagan nonprofit organization. The donation was used for the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) sensory room, playground equipment, classroom supplies, and two smart boards. 

      Dr. Guire lives in Longview with her husband and three children.
  • Tim Winn Class of 1995
    • Tim Winn is the Director of Southland Holdings, LLC.  Tim began his construction career in 1991 working with a survey crew in Longview, TX.  Tim graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Finance and Economics and was a three year letterman of the Red Raider football team. He joined Oscar Renda Contracting Inc. for 8 years before pursing ownership of Southland, a tunnel company with his business partner. The company acquired multiple other companies under the name of Southland Holding, LCC.  Tim has worked on projects from New York to Hawaii. His devotion to ensuring successful project completions and going beyond client expectations helped him to expand his business into 22 additional states. 

      Tim has received numerous professional awards including two recent New Civil Engineer Tunneling Awards for Outstanding Contribution to a Project and Tunneling Project of the Year in 2017. Tim has volunteered for The Gatehouse Christ’s Haven Foster Home, Grace Like Rain Windridge Cumberland Presbyterian Children Home, Scottish Rite Texas Children’s Hospital and Highland Park United Methodist church. Tim married his high school sweetheart and Pine Tree ISD graduate, Nikki. Tim and his wife have three daughters, Katelinn, Allisen and Loren and currently live in the Dallas area. 

      Pine Tree Athletic Director, Coach Jody Berryhill writes, “Tim Winn is the absolute picture of how I would envision a Distinguished Alumni.  Tim’s high school career can be described as a dedicated academic student, committed student athlete and an involved school leader by the example he led. The distinguished path he has left where he stands now is one we can hope for our future students to follow.” 

    Clint Hailey
    • Clint Hailey is the Senior Vice President, Chief Managed Care & ACO Officer for Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a large corporation which owns numerous hospitals and clinics.  In high school, Clint played football for the Pirates during a memorial year, the fall of 1982, when the Pirates beat the Lobos for the first time. “Clint was an outstanding athlete and realized his athletic talent was his ticket to a college education” recalls Jan Riley.

      During his senior year, he was offered a football scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Arlington. After UTA closed their football program, Clint was again offered a football scholarship to play for Texas Christian University. Clint earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Christian University, a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University and a Juris Doctor Degree from Texas A&M School of Law where he was on the Dean’s List during spring 1999, fall 1999 and fall 2000. 

      Clint is a member of the American Bar Association & Health Law Section, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Fellow (FACHE), Federation of American Hospitals Board of Governors and a Duke Health Sector Advisory Council. Clint has received several professional recognition's for his achievements including NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship Recipient and NCAA Region Six Academic All-American. He has volunteered at St. Andrew Catholic Church and the University Little League. Clint and his wife Amy have three children Kennedy, Madison and son Jackson. They currently live in the Fort Worth area. 

  • Dr. Donald Crino
    • Dr. Donald Crino, Class of 1982
      Dr. Donald Crino was an anesthesiologist for Centrua Health in Colorado. Dr. Crino served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps where he graduated from Flight Surgeon School with honors. Dr. Crino served as President of the anesthesiologist group while at South Denver Anesthesia.  Dr. Crino taught at his alma mater University of Colorado Medical School and served as Chief of Medical Staff at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado. Dr. Crino has given generously to Food Bank of the Rockies to provide food and shelter for the homeless. He has donated time, skills and services to Face the Challenge and the medical missions to Vietnam. He is a dedicated father and husband and enjoys his immediate and extended family’s unending support and love. 

      On December 7, 2015, Don was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and since then has been unable to work as an anesthesiologist. He has undergone radical treatment for this currently-incurable disease. And even though the treatment was grueling, both physically and mentally, Don has persevered. Today, he continues to give back to the community by teaching full time at the CU Medical School. He teaches the innovative Problem-Based Learning class, a fairly recent concept that teaches medical students to think and reason like a physician while integrating what they are learning in the classroom with clinical case studies. Don sits on the CU Medical Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and the PBL course is one that the board fosters. Don praises God for this new avenue of service in his life. 

    Dr. Gina Mapes Jetter
    • Dr. Gina Mapes Jetter, Class of 1998
      Dr. Gina Mapes Jetter is the Medical Director of the Epilepsy and Neurodiagnostic Laboratory at East Texas Medical Center, Medical Director of the Epilepsy Program at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center Northeast. Dr. Jetter is triple boarded in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Epilepsy. Dr. Jetter specializes in patients with epilepsy and seizures. She is the only Epileptologist in the Tyler/Longview area.

      Dr. Jetter serves on the Board of Directors of the GM2 Foundation.  This Foundation was established along with her sister, Gretta Snowden, and brother, Adam Mapes as a non-profit organization in memory of their mother, Greta Mapes, to provide college scholarships. Dr. Jetter and her husband, Jonathan, have two sons, Jake and Luke. 

  • Anthony Rider
    • Anthony Rider, Class of 1962
      Anthony Rider is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Chief of the Behavioral Science Unit, FBI Academy with Top Secret Security Clearance with over 27 years’ experience. He contracted as a Special Investigator for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the U. S Department of State and served as a consultant for the Office of Investigations, and for the Office of the Inspector General for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Anthony served as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force specializing in Intelligence Operations. Anthony earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Police Science and a Master of Law Enforcement from Sam Houston State University. Anthony currently resided in retirement in California with his wife Ruth. They have three adult daughters and spend time with the family, including their grandchildren. 
    Robin Hardwicke
    • Robin Hardwicke, Class of 1986
      Robin L. Hardwicke, PhD. RN, FNP-C, AACRN is a Professor of General Internal Medicine and Obstetrics/Gynecology-Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Robin earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Tyler and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.  Robin received her Doctorate in Philosophy of Science from Texas Woman’s University with her Dissertation “HIV Testing within Emergency Departments: A Descriptive Study Assessing Barriers and Potential Solutions” Robin manages the HIV-infected pregnant women represented in UT outpatient and inpatient settings. Her research effort at UT focus on the area of HIV/AIDS. Robin serves on many professional boards, focusing on education, at the local and national levels and serves as a mentor for residents and their research.  Robin has numerous local, national and international publications and abstracts along with multiple awards. 
    Jeff Glover
    • Jeff Glover, Class of 1987
      Jeff Glover has established a successful Chick-Fil-A franchise in Northwest Austin. Jeff developed a service model for both the indoor and outdoor customer experience that has been adopted by the Chick-Fil-A chain and laid the ground work for the Chick-Fil-A One App. Jeff began his career under Longview’s Chick-Fil-A franchise owner, Chuck King.  When it became apparent the Chick-Fil-A restaurant needed to expand, resulting in being closed for five months, Jeff made the decision to continue to pay his entire staff and give them a $1 per hour raise for staying with him.  Jeff has lead two Work to Life trips to Uganda, established a medical clinic and built homes for HIV/AIDS children at the Cherish Uganda site.  He co-led a construction facilitated planning trip to a Mexican orphanage and is a Children Ministry Worship Leader at Lake Hills Church in Austin, TX. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. Jeff has been married to his wife Steffany for 22 years and they have two daughters. 
  • The Pine Tree Education Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni. Nomination forms are due by Friday, May 13, 2022.  Distinguished Alumni will be honored at Pine Tree Homecoming. This form may be submitted electronically with scanned copies of supporting materials to [email protected] or this form and accompanying materials may be mailed to: 

    Pine Tree Education Foundation P. O. Box 5878, Longview, TX 75608