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Trustee Biographies

Jeff Hamilton-President
Position #1 Term Expires 2020


TJ Shafer-Board Member
Position #2 Term Expires 2022

Jodie Stark-Board Member
Position #3 Term Expires 2020


Karen Holt-Secretary

Position #4 Term Expires 2022

Karen HoltKaren Holt is a 1994 Henderson High School Graduate and attended University of New Orleans. She is employed with Community Healthcore as a Housing Navigator operating several Supportive Housing grants as well as working with community stakeholders to ensure that we provide the very best affordable, accessible housing for the Aging and Persons with Disabilities population. She has served on serval Non-profit boards as well as Several East Texas City Advisory Boards. Karen Holt moved to the New Diana School District in 2002 to insure 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 only son, Addison, a New Diana High School student, is part of the New Diana Varsity Baseball Team and cannot wait for spring each year to play for the Eagles! The youngest, Claire, attends Robert F. Hunt Elementary. She can be seen at just about every sporting event in her ND Attire! 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 a strong advocate for the teaching staff and feels that the teachers are the backbone of our school district. She also 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
Position #5 Term Expires 2022

Dwayne Leach

Dwayne Leach a 2009 Letourneau University graduate. 
Director of operations with Avada hearing Care centers for 14 years. 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 7 th 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
Position # 6 Term Expires 2020


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
Position #7 Term Expires 2020