Board Leadership 2019-11-15T16:52:17+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.

“The Foundation is proud to support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with families and communities. Our work is made possible by our donors who share our vision of improved end-of-life experiences for families, and who value the important role funeral service plays in healthy, healing memorialization.”

Anthony Guerra
2019-20 Foundation Chair
Guerra & Gutierrez Mortuaries, Los Angeles

2019-20 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Bob Arrington*
Immediate Past Chair
Arrington Funeral
Directors & Crematory
Jackson, TN

Joan Billman*
Flemming & Billman
Funeral Directors
Ashtabula, OH

Mark Busch*
Busch Funeral
& Crematory Services
Cleveland, OH

Allan Cole*
Chair-Elect
MacKinnon & Bowes
Toronto, ON

David Falconer
Regions Bank
Houston, TX

Steven D. Gackenbach
Matthews International Corporation
Pittsburgh, PA

Anthony Guerra*
Chair
Guerra & Gutierrez
Mortuaries
Los Angeles, CA

Mark Krause*
Krause Funeral Homes &
Cremation Service
Milwaukee, WI

Kelly Milberger
Global Atlantic
Financial Group
Batesville, IN

Steve Phelps
National Guardian
Life Insurance Company
Madison, WI

Christopher Robinson*
NFDA Liaison
Robinson Funeral Home
Easley, SC

Kim Medici Shelquist
Homesteaders Life Company
West Des Moines, IA

Kurt Soffe*
Jenkins-Soffe Funeral
Chapels & Cremation Center
South Jordan, UT

Brad Speaks*
Speaks Family
Legacy Chapels
Independence, MO

Eric Tanzberger
Treasurer
Service Corporation International
Houston, TX

Chris Trainor
Batesville
Batesville, IN

Bill Wappner, CFSP*
Wappner Funeral
Directors and Crematory
Mansfield, OH 

Christine Pepper
NFDA Liaison

NFDA
Brookfield, WI

*Notes NFDA Member