Funeral Service Foundation Welcomes Three New Trustees and Elects 2018-19 Executive Committee

Brookfield, Wis. – The Funeral Service Foundation’s Board of Trustees voted in three new trustees and elected its 2018-19 executive committee at its annual fall meeting, held last week during the NFDA International Convention & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Representatives from across the funeral service spectrum serve on the Foundation’s board; in accordance with its bylaws, the board consists of 60 percent NFDA-member funeral directors. Trustees volunteer their time and talents to advance the Foundation’s mission to support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and the communities it serves.

2018-19 Funeral Service Foundation Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees wore bow ties in memory of sitting trustee and friend Bob Biggins, who died earlier this year. Front row (l-r): Mark Krause, Steven Gackenbach, Immediate Past Chair Bill Wappner, Foundation Executive Director Danelle O’Neill, 2018-19 Chair Bob Arrington, 2018-19 Chair-elect Stephanie Kann, NFDA CEO Christine Pepper and Allan Cole. Back row (l-r): Jay Dodds, Dave McComb, Anthony Guerra, Jim Breaux, Joan Billman, Kim Medici Shelquist, NFDA Liaison R. Bryant Hightower, Brad Speaks, Kurt Soffe and J. Mark Busch. Not pictured: Secretary/Treasurer Eric Tanzberger, Kelly Milberger and Chris Trainor.

“Our three new trustees embrace the Foundation’s philanthropic spirit and bring experience and expertise to the table,” said Bob Arrington, who was re-elected as the Foundation’s 2018-19 chair. “Their energy, passion and dedication make them solid additions to the Board and underscore our vision of an improved end-of-life experience for families and their loved ones.”

2018-19 Executive Committee (l-r): Immediate Past Chair Bill Wappner, Foundation Executive Director Danelle O’Neill, 2018-19 Chair Bob Arrington, and 2018-19 Chair-elect Stephanie Kann. Missing: Secretary/Treasurer Eric Tanzberger.

The new trustees are Mark Krause, president, Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Milwaukee, Wis.; Kelly Milberger, senior vice president, national sales, Global Atlantic Financial Group, Batesville, Ind.; and Kurt Soffe, owner, Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Chapels & Cremation Center, South Jordan, Utah.

Kurt Soffe (left) and Mark Krause (right) are two of the Foundation’s newly elected trustees. Missing: Kelly Milberger.

In addition to re-electing Arrington, of Arrington Funeral Directors in Jackson, Tenn., as 2018-19 chair, the Board of Trustees also re-elected Stephanie Kann, administrator, Worsham Community College, Wheeling, Ill., as chair-elect; and elected Eric Tanzberger, senior vice president and CFO, Service Corporation International, Houston, Texas, as secretary/treasurer. Bill Wappner, president, Wappner Funeral Directors and Crematory, Mansfield, Ohio, will serve as immediate past president.

Victor March is the Foundation’s newest trustee emeritus. Victor served as a trustee from 2012-2018.

Victor March, president and CEO of March Funeral Homes, Baltimore, Md., transitioned off the board after six years of dedicated service to the Foundation.

 


About the Funeral Service Foundation – FuneralServiceFoundation.org
Since 1945, the Funeral Service Foundation has served as the profession’s philanthropic voice. As the charitable arm of the National Funeral Directors Association since 1997, the Foundation receives operational support from NFDA and donors across the profession to help advance its mission to support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and the communities it serves.

 

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