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. 
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Two Pine Tree ISD Graduates have been selected as the 2017 recipients of the highest honor awarded to a former student of Pine Tree ISD, the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni will be honored during Pine Tree’s Homecoming on Friday, October 6th, 2017. The Pine Tree Education Foundation is proud to honor:   
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. 
Distinguished Alumni Nomination Forms

    The purpose of the new RISING STAR AWARD is to recognize a Pine Tree former student who has reached extraordinary goals and accomplishments in a short amount of time.  

    Any former student from Pine Tree ISD may be considered for this award.  

    To nominate an Alumnus for this award, please fill out the nomination form and submit to the Pine Tree Education Foundation.  

    Rising Star Award Nomination Form (.docx)

    The purpose of the new GOLDEN ANCHOR FACULTY AWARD is to recognize a Pine Tree FACULTY MEMBER who has had a significant influence or made a difference in the lives of any student at Pine Tree.  

    ANY faculty member who has been or is currently employed with Pine Tree ISD may be considered for this award.  

    To nominate a faculty member for this award, please fill out the nomination form and submit to the Pine Tree Education Foundation.  

    Golden Anchor Award Nomination Form 

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