West Des Moines, Iowa — The Homesteaders Board of Directors announced today that Stephen Shaffer has been elected Chairman of the Board. He succeeds Stephen Lang, who will continue serving as a member of the Board.

“I am honored to serve as Homesteaders Chairman,” Shaffer affirmed. “The Board provides invaluable guidance to our leadership team, and we are fortunate to have such a talented and expert group of Directors.”

Shaffer joined Homesteaders as Chief Operating Officer in 2014 and succeeded Lang as President and CEO upon his retirement last year. “I am grateful to Steve for his leadership and direction, both as Chairman of the Board and as the company’s CEO,” Shaffer explained. “Having him continue to serve as a member of the Board provides a measure of continuity that is important as our company continues to grow.”

In addition to Shaffer and Lang, the 11-member Board includes: Peter A. Brown, John W. Chandler, Jr., Graham J. Cook, Dr. William Newland, John M. Paule, Donald B. Peschke, Mary K. (Katie) Roth, Maria Ferrante-Schepis and David E. Watson. Detailed biographies for each Director are available at homesteaderslife.com/board-of-directors.

Homesteaders Life Company, a mutual company owned by its policy holders, is a national leader providing products and services to promote and support the funding of advance funeral planning and end-of-life expenses. Visit homesteaderslife.com to learn more.