Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 4717.02, Board members are appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Board consists of seven (7) members. Five (5) members are required to be licensed practicing funeral directors, four (4) of which shall also be licensed embalmers (DUAL). Each of the funeral director members are required to have at least ten (10) consecutive years of experience in this state immediately preceding the date of the person's appointment. In addition, one (1) of the funeral director members must hold a crematory operator permit and be knowledgeable and experienced in operating a crematory. Two (2) members sitting on the Board must represent the public; at least one (1) of these members shall be at least sixty years of age.


William "Bill" Wappner of Mansfield, Ohio, is a funeral director/embalmer/crematory operator currently serving as the President of the board. Mr. Wappner along with his brother, Thomas Wappner, is the co-owner of Wappner Funeral Directors & Crematory with locations in Mansfield, Ontario, and Ashland. Aside from speaking internationally on industry issues, Mr. Wappner previously served as Past President of National Funeral Directors Association, Past President of Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Past Policy Board Member and Chairman of the Regulatory Committee of the National Funeral Directors Association. He also serves as a member of the Preferred Funeral Directors Internationl and as a Board member of the Ohio Crematory Operators Association and Mansfield Memorial Homes. Locally, Mr. Wappner sits on the Board of Directors of the North and Central Ohio Volunteers of American, Inc. and served as a Past Master of the Mansfield Lodge #35F. & A.M.




Thomas Taneff of New Albany, Ohio, is a public member serving as Vice-President of the Board. Mr. Taneff is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. Mr. Taneff, a practicing attorney and owner of Thomas Taneff Co., LPA, focuses on estates, probate, wills, trusts, guardianship, adoption, surrogacy, juvenile/custody. His practice which has been involved in almost 4,000 adoptions and/or surrogacy matters received the United States Congressional Angels in Adoption Award in 2005 and Columbus C.E.O Magazine's Best of Business award. He was also recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV Preeminent. Mr. Taneff lecturers regularly on topics relating to adoption and probate, serves as a Board member on the International Visitors Council and as Chairman for the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology. 



Edward C. Nurre of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a funeral director/embalmer currently serving as the Secretary-Treasurer. Mr. Nurre graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1969. He currently serves as the secretary of E.C. Nurre Funeral Homes, Inc. with locations in Amelia, Bethal, and New Richmond, Ohio. Mr. Nurre previously served as a Trustee for Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and Past President for Ohio Funeral Directors Association. Mr. Nurre has a history of giving back to the community by serving as Past President for New Richmond, Ohio Kiwanis Club, Former Chairmen of the Eastern Division United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and Past President of the Rotary Club of Batavia, Ohio. 


George Horne, II of Cleveland, Ohio, is a funeral director member of the Board. Mr. Horne, a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College and Baptist Bible Institute, currently serves as the Vice-President of Wanton Horne Chapel of Peace Funeral Home. He is also a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, a Certified Celebrant, insurance agent, and a licensed Crematory Operator. Mr. Horne, a Past Vice President for Buckeye State Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., remains engaged in the funeral service profession as a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Cleveland Embalmers Association, Cuyahoga Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Embalmers Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and William T. Boyd 79 Lodge Prince Hall Masonry.




Jill R. Pugh of Columbus, Ohio, is a funeral director/embalmer member of the Board. Mrs. Pugh graduated from Cincinnati College of  Mortuary Science in 1995. Mrs. Pugh is a practicing funeral director and embalmer at Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services. 


Jon W. Rettig, Sr. of Columbiana, OH, is a funeral director/embalmer/crematory operator currently serving as a member of the board. Mr. Rettig is a graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and earned his certification to enucleate donor eyes in 1979 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Mr. Rettig is the President of Family Care Services which owns and operates the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home in Leetonia, Ohio, Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana, Ohio, Van Dyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home in East Palestine, Ohio, and Family Care Cremation Services, Columbiana, Ohio. He previously served as Past President for Ohio Funeral Directors Association. Mr. Rettig is involved in his community as a member on the Columbiana County Planning Commission and as Past President of the Columbiana Rotary Club where he worked with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program to host nine foreign exchange students. He is also a charter member and Past Chairman of the Charitable Foundation of Salem Regional Medical Center and a board member of Salem Regional Medical Center serving on the finance committee, information and technology committee, and quality improvement committee.




Adriana Sfalcin of Columbus, Ohio, is a public member of the Board. Ms. Sfalcin has served on numerous boards while an Executive of The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Mid-America Jewelers Association, and Ohio Jewelers Education Foundation.