Board Leadership 2018-02-08T08:49:46+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


Bob Arrington*
Arrington Funeral Group
Jackson, TN

Robert Biggins*
Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home
Rockland, MA

Allan Cole*
MacKinnon & Bowes
Toronto, ON

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

Eric Tanzberger
Service Corporation International
Houston, TX

Stephanie Kann
Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Wheeling, IL

Joan Billman*
Flemming & Billman Funeral Directors
Ashtabula, OH

Jay Dodds*
The Signature Group
Houston, TX

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

David Mullen
Global Atlantic Financial Group
Batesville, IN

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

Jim Breaux
Live Oak Bank
Wilmington, NC

Anthony Guerra*
Guerra & Gutierrez Mortuaries
Los Angeles, CA

Kim Medici Shelquist
Homesteaders Life Company
West Des Moines, IA

Chris Trainor
Batesville, IN

Steven D. Gackenbach

Matthews International Corporation
Pittsburgh, PA

Mark Busch*
Busch Funeral & Crematory Services
Cleveland, OH

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

Brad Speaks*
Speaks Family Legacy Chapels
Independence, MO

Christine Pepper
NFDA Liaison

Brookfield, WI

*Notes NFDA Member