2021-22 Committees

OGR has six standing committees, plus a temporary task force in addition to our association and foundation boards of directors. Each serves a vital role in determining OGR's direction, and the entire organization is grateful to the volunteers serving on each. Below is a brief description of what each group does, a list of the volunteers currently serving, and how you can get involved.


Board of Directors | Executive Committee | Finance | Membership | Nominating | Professional Development | Young Professionals Council | Study Group Task Force | Foundation Board of Directors

OGR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OGR's Board of Directors provides strategic direction for the entire association. Directors serve two-year terms, with a maximum of three consecutive terms (six years total) before having to take time away from the board. If you are interested in serving on the Board, contact Executive Director Wendy King.

Evan J. Strong

Evan J. Strong
President
Evan J. Strong Funeral Services
5502 2 St. SW
Calgary, Alberta T2H 0G9
(403) 265-1199

Paul Hummel

Paul A. Hummel, III
President-elect
Hummel Funeral Homes, Inc.
500 E. Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44304
(330) 253-6126

Christopher B. Miller

Christopher B. Miller
Secretary / Treasurer
Thomas Miller Mortuary & Crematory
1118 E. 6th St.
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 737-3244

Mary F. Steele

Mary F. Steele
Past President
Arnett & Steele Funeral Home
106 S. Cherry St.
Pineville, KY 40977
(606) 337-2045

Kim Hunter

Kim R. Hunter
Director
Humphrey Funeral Home
1403 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 487-4523

Raffy S. Jose

Raffy S. Jose
Director
Arlington Memorial Chapels, Inc.
Quezon City, Manila, Philippines

Peter Urban, Jr.

Peter Urban, Jr.
Director
Anton B. Urban Funeral Home
1111 S. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 646-8556

Jamie L. Wieting

Jamie L. Wieting
Director
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
(920) 849-4941

Arianna Rule

Arianna Rule
YP Council Board Liaison
Brunswick Memorial Funeral Home
454 Cranbury Rd.
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
(732) 254-9393


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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee is empowered to act on the Board's behalf between Board meetings as necessary, except for matters specifically delegated to the full Board under OGR's bylaws. The committee can also make policy decisions for OGR plus establish rules and procedures for the Board and association.

Per OGR's bylaws, the committee is made up of the current President, President-elect, Secretary/Treasurer and Immediate Past President, who are elected by the Board of Directors from among its membership.

Evan J. Strong

Evan J. Strong
President
Evan J. Strong Funeral Services
5502 2 St. SW
Calgary, Alberta T2H 0G9
(403) 265-1199

Paul Hummel

Paul A. Hummel, III
President-elect
Hummel Funeral Homes, Inc.
500 E. Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44304
(330) 253-6126

Christopher B. Miller

Christopher B. Miller
Secretary / Treasurer
Thomas Miller Mortuary & Crematory
1118 E. 6th St.
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 737-3244

Mary F. Steele

Mary F. Steele
Past President
Arnett & Steele Funeral Home
106 S. Cherry St.
Pineville, KY 40977
(606) 337-2045

Wendy King

Wendy King
Staff Liaison
OGR Executive Director & CEO
3502 Woodview Trace, Ste. 300
Indianapolis, IN 46268
(800) 637-8030, ext. 140


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FINANCE COMMITTEE
The Finance Committee is charged with oversight of OGR's investments, finances and annual audit. The committee reviews financial statements on a periodic basis to ensure the association's financial viability, reviews OGR's dues structure each year, reviews the staff's proposed budget before it is presented to the board, reviews and approves the selection of external auditors, and reviews and approves results of the annual financial audit.

The committee typically consists of the current President, President-elect, Secretary/Treasurer (who serves as Chair) plus two members in good standing. All members agree to serve a one-year term, from annual conference to annual conference. If you are interested in serving on the committee, contact Executive Director Wendy King.

Christopher B. Miller

Christopher B. Miller
Secretary-Treasurer / Chair
Thomas Miller Mortuary & Crematory
1118 E. 6th St.
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 737-3244

Evan J. Strong

Evan J. Strong
President / Member
Evan J. Strong Funeral Services
5502 2 St. SW
Calgary, Alberta T2H 0G9
(403) 265-1199

Paul Hummel

Paul A. Hummel, III
President-elect / Member
Hummel Funeral Homes, Inc.
500 E. Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44304
(330) 253-6126

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Roger Beyers
Member
Beyers Funeral Home & Crematory
1123 W. Main St.
Leesburg, FL 34748
(352) 787-4343

Bud Wieting

Bud Wieting
Member
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
(920) 849-4941

Wendy King

Wendy King
Staff Liaison
OGR Executive Director & CEO
3502 Woodview Trace, Ste. 300
Indianapolis, IN 46268
(800) 637-8030, ext. 140


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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
The Membership Committee's primary purpose is to support and advise the membership department of OGR's professional staff on their recruitment strategy. They also develop and monitor a consistent membership retention program, maintain a consistent membership recruitment program, create and monitor positive membership reception at all meetings, monitor members' concerns and suggestions, and provide input for surveying the membership on a regular basis.

The committee is made up of 5-10 members in good standing. The chair is recommended by the staff liaison and approved by the President. All members commit to serving a one-year term from annual conference to annual conference. If you are interested in serving on the committee, contact Member Resources Director Nancy Weil.

Chris Janowiak

Chris Janowiak
Chair
Janowiak Funeral Home
320 N Washington St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 482-6000

Heather Brown

Heather Brown
Member
Gardinier-Warren Funeral Home
1315 Chestnut St.
Franklin, PA 16323
(814) 437-3048

Eric Cahill

Eric Cahill
Member
Veterans Funeral Care
830 N. Belcher Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 524-9202

Charles Castiglia
Member
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home
4199 Lake Shore Rd.
Hamburg, NY 14075
(716) 627-2919

George Darte

George Darte
Member
George Darte Funeral Chapel
585 Carlton Street
St. Catharines, Ontario L2M 4Y1
(905) 937-4444

Jamie Karpa

Jamie Karpa
Member
R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home
245 S Armistead Ave
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 723-3191

Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews
Member
Matthews Funeral Home
PO Box 488
Melville, Saskatchewan S0A 2P0
(306) 728-4221

Terry Plummer

Terry Plummer
Member
Plummer Funeral Services
404 E. Union Ave.
Litchfield, IL 62056
(217) 324-3939

Joe E. Pray

Joe E. Pray
Member
Pray Funeral Services
401 W. Seminary St.
Charlotte, MI 48813
(517) 543-2950

Peter Urban, Jr.

Peter Urban, Jr.
Board Liaison
Anton B. Urban Funeral Home
1111 S. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 646-8556

Nancy Weil

Nancy Weil
Staff Liaison
OGR Member Resources Director
3502 Woodview Trace, Ste. 300
Indianapolis, IN 46268
(800) 637-8030, ext. 304


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NOMINATING COMMITTEE
The Nominating Committee's primary purpose is to put forth a slate of candidates for the Board of Directors each year.

The committee is made up of the Immediate Past President (who serves as chair) plus two members in good standing chosen by the newly inaugurated President immediately after taking office.

Mary F. Steele

Mary F. Steele
Chair
Arnett & Steele Funeral Home
106 S. Cherry St.
Pineville, KY 40977
(606) 337-2045

Tom Hemmerle

Thomas L. Hemmerle
Member
Barnett-Strother Funeral Home
2285 N. Main St.
Madisonville, KY 42431
(270) 821-7135

Leili McMurrough

Leili McMurrough
Member
McMurrough Funeral Home
101 Park Place
Libertyville, IL 60048
(847) 362-2626

Wendy King

Wendy King
Staff Liaison
OGR Executive Director & CEO
3502 Woodview Trace, Ste. 300
Indianapolis, IN 46268
(800) 637-8030, ext. 140


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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Members of the Professional Development Committee serve as key contributors to identifying and securing relevant speakers and content throughout the year from annual conference to webinars and more.

The committee is made up of 5-10 members in good standing. The chair is recommended by the staff liaison and approved by the President. All members commit to serving a one-year term from annual conference to annual conference, and should expect to contribute an average of 2-3 hours per quarter. If you are interested in serving on the committee, contact Education & Events Director Emilie Perkins.

Jamie Wieting

Jamie Wieting
Chair
Wieting Family Funeral Home, Inc.
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
(920) 849-4941

Gregory McClary

Gregory McClary
Member
Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home
4670 S. Inkster Rd.
Westland, MI 48186
(313) 295-2500

Leili McMurrough

Leili McMurrough
Member
McMurrough Funeral Home
101 Park Place
Libertyville, IL 60048
(847) 362-2626

Emilie Perkins

Emilie Perkins, CAE, CMP, CMM, PMP, CED
Staff Liaison
OGR Education & Events Director
3502 Woodview Trace, Ste. 300
Indianapolis, IN 46268
(800) 637-8030, ext. 161

Alyssa Castille

Alyssa Castille
Staff Member
OGR Membership & Meetings Coordinator
3502 Woodview Trace, Ste. 300
Indianapolis, IN 46268
(800) 637-8030, ext. 131


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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COUNCIL
OGR's YP Council oversees activities offering professional development to the association's young professionals. The Council also formally represents the perspective of young professionals to the Board in the form of the Council chair receiving an automatic appointment to the Board of Directors as a voting member for two years.

There is no limit to the number of members who serve on the YP Council, so long as they are members in good standing and under the age of 40 -OR- are members in good standing and not serving in an ownership role at their funeral home. OGR's Board of Directors provides strategic direction for the entire association. If you are interested in serving on the council, contact Executive Director Wendy King.

Arianna Rule

Arianna Rule
Chair
Brunswick Memorial Funeral Home
454 Cranbury Rd.
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
(732) 254-9393

Roger Beyers, Jr.

Roger Beyers, Jr.
Member
Beyers Funeral Home & Crematory
1123 Main St
Leesburg, FL 34748
(352) 787-4343

Robbie Citty, III

Robbie Citty, III
Member
Citty Funeral Home
308 Lindsey St.
Reidsville, NC 27320
(336) 349-3361

Chase Lewis

Chase Lewis
Member
Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.
6405 Hwy. 90
Milton, FL 32570
(850) 623-2243

Peter Urban, Jr.

Peter Urban, Jr.
Member
Anton B. Urban Funeral Home
1111 S. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 646-8556

Wendy King

Wendy King
Staff Liaison
OGR Executive Director & CEO
3502 Woodview Trace, Ste. 300
Indianapolis, IN 46268
(800) 637-8030, ext. 140


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STUDY GROUP TASKFORCE
The Study Group Taskforce is a temporary group charged with rethinking, growing and promoting OGR's study group program. If you are interested in serving on the taskforce, contact Executive Director Wendy King.

George Darte

George Darte
Member
George Darte Funeral Chapel
585 Carlton Street
St. Catharines, Ontario L2M 4Y1
(905) 937-4444

Paul Hummel

Paul A. Hummel, III
Member
Hummel Funeral Homes, Inc.
500 E. Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44304
(330) 253-6126

Kim Hunter

Kim R. Hunter
Member
Humphrey Funeral Home
1403 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 487-4523

Raffy S. Jose

Raffy S. Jose
Member
Arlington Memorial Chapels, Inc.
Quezon City, Manila, Philippines

Wendy King

Wendy King
Staff Liaison
OGR Executive Director & CEO
3502 Woodview Trace, Ste. 300
Indianapolis, IN 46268
(800) 637-8030, ext. 140


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FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The board of directors for OGR's charitable foundation approves all distributions from the foundation's funds, and promotes all fundraising efforts.

The board consists of 3 - 15 members in good standing of OGR, including the president-elect who receives an automatic appointment to the foundation's board as a voting member. OGR's president and executive director both serve as non-voting ex officio members. All terms are one year long. There is no term limit. If you are interested in serving on the foundation's board, contact Executive Director Wendy King.

Kim Hunter

Kim R. Hunter
Chairman
Humphrey Funeral Home
1403 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 487-4523

Evan J. Strong
Vice Chair
Evan J. Strong Funeral Services
5502 2 St. SW
Calgary, Alberta T2H 0G9
(403) 265-1199

Roger Beyers
Secretary / Treasurer
Beyers Funeral Home & Crematory
1123 W. Main St.
Leesburg, FL 34748
(352) 787-4343

Mike Butler
Director
Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home
1225 N. Elm Ave.
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 462-2147

Charles Castiglia
Director
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home
4199 Lake Shore Rd.
Hamburg, NY 14075
(716) 627-2919

Laura A. Kendrick-Godwin
Director
Pollock-Randall Funeral Home
912 Lapeer Ave.
Port Huron, MI 48060

(810) 982-0179

Thomas L. Hemmerle
Director
Barnett-Strother Funeral Home
2285 N. Main St.
Madisonville, KY 42431
(270) 821-7135

Paul A. Hummel, III
Director
Hummel Funeral Homes, Inc.
500 E. Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44304
(330) 253-6126

Adam Martin
Director
Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Services
1194 E. Mt Morris Rd.
Mt. Morris, MI 48458
(810) 686-2210

Peter "Skip" Urban
Director
Anton B. Urban Funeral Home
1111 S Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 646-8556

Jamie L. Wieting
Director
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
(920) 849-4941

Wendy King
OGR CEO & Executive Director
Order of the Golden Rule
3502 Woodview Trace, Ste. 300
Indianapolis, IN 46268
(800) 637-8030, ext. 140


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