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2016-2017 Board of Trustees


The Board of Trustees is made up of men and women from across the profession whose participation is based solely upon a belief in – and commitment to – the Foundation’s mission to fund projects and programs that support all of funeral service in building meaningful relationships in the community.

Each member may serve up to two three-year terms. In accordance with Foundation bylaws, at least 60% of the Board of Trustees must be licensed funeral directors and maintain membership with the National Funeral Directors Association.

2017 Board of Trustees

Bob Arrington*
Arrington Funeral Group
Jackson, TN

Stephanie Kann
Worsham College of
 Mortuary Science
Wheeling, IL

Bill Wappner, CFSP*
Immediate Past Chair
Wappner Funeral Directors
and Crematory
Mansfield, OH 

Steven D. Gackenbach
Matthews International
Pittsburgh, PA


Robert Biggins*
 Funeral Home
Rockland, MA

Joan Billman*
Flemming & Billman
 Funeral Directors
Ashtabula, OH

Jim Breaux
Live Oak Bank
Wilmington, NC

J. Mark Busch*
Busch Funeral &
 Crematory Services
Cleveland, OH

Allan Cole*
MacKinnon & Bowes
Toronto, ON


Jay Dodds*
The Signature Group
Houston, TX

Anthony Guerra*
Guerra & Gutierrez Mortuaries
Los Angeles, CA

R. Byrant Hightower*
NFDA Liaison
Hightower Family Funeral Homes
Carrollton, GA

Victor March, Sr.*
March Funeral Home
Baltimore, MD

David McComb*
D.O. McComb & Sons
Fort Wayne, IN

Kim Medici Shelquist
Homesteaders Life Company
West Des Moines, IA

Brad Speaks*
Speaks Family Legacy Chapels
Independence, MO

Eric Tanzberger
Service Corporation International
Houston, TX

David Mullen
Global Atlantic
 Financial Group
Batesville, IN

Chris Trainor
Batesville, IN

* Notes NFDA Member

Christine Pepper
NFDA Liaison

Brookfield, WI



























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