Board Leadership 2018-05-09T13:48:52+00:00

Board Leadership

Committed. Engaged. Moving Us Forward.

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 support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and the communities it serves.

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.

“Our funeral service community is strong and vibrant, and the passion of every single donor contributes to the work we do to support all of funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and the communities it serves.”

Bob Arrington
2017-2018 Foundation Chair
Arrington Funeral Directors & Crematory

2017-2018 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Bob Arrington*
Chair
Arrington Funeral Group
Jackson, TN

Jim Breaux
Live Oak Bank
Wilmington, NC

Joan Billman*
Flemming & Billman Funeral Directors
Ashtabula, OH

Mark Busch*
Busch Funeral & Crematory Services
Cleveland, OH

Allan Cole*
MacKinnon & Bowes
Toronto, ON

Jay Dodds*
The Signature Group
Houston, TX

Steven D. Gackenbach
Secretary/Treasurer

Matthews International Corporation
Pittsburgh, PA

Anthony Guerra*
Guerra & Gutierrez Mortuaries
Los Angeles, CA

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

Stephanie Kann
Chair-elect
Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Wheeling, IL

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

David Mullen
Global Atlantic Financial Group
Batesville, IN

Brad Speaks*
Speaks Family Legacy Chapels
Independence, MO

Eric Tanzberger
Service Corporation International
Houston, TX

Chris Trainor
Batesville
Batesville, IN

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

Christine Pepper
NFDA Liaison

NFDA
Brookfield, WI

*Notes NFDA Member