Board Members

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.

Edward C. Nurre, President

Edward C. Nurre of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a Funeral Director/Embalmer currently serving as President of the Board. 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. 

CURRENT TERM: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022

Thomas Taneff, Esq., Vice President

Thomas Taneff of New Albany, Ohio, is a public member serving as Vice-President of the Board. He has been practicing law for over 20 years working in probate, estate planning, estate administration, and adoption services throughout his entire legal career. Mr. Taneff is the principal of Thomas Taneff Co. LPA and former Franklin County Probate Court Magistrate. Mr. Taneff earned a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University in 1984 and his Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School in 1987. He also completed a post-graduate program at the Harvard Law School in 1997. Mr. Taneff was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1988. Mr. Taneff practices in the areas of estates, probate, estate planning, guardianships, adoption, and surrogacy throughout the State of Ohio, including interstate and international adoptions. Mr. Taneff is a recipient of the 2005 Congressional “Angels in Adoption” award for his commitment and dedication to improving the lives of children through his adoption work. Mr. Taneff has been a member of the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology since 2006, serving as the “Public Member” of the Board.

CURRENT TERM: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024

George Horne, II, Secretary/Treasurer

George Horne, II of Cleveland, Ohio, is a Funeral Director and current Secretary/Treasurer of the Board. Mr. Horne, a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College and Baptist Bible Institute, currently serves as the President of House 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.

CURRENT TERM: August 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024

William C. Wappner, CFSP, CCO

William "Bill" Wappner of Mansfield, Ohio is Past President of the Board. He is a Funeral Director/Embalmer/Crematory Operator in business with his brother, Thomas Wappner, and 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 International 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. 

Mr. Wappner was elected to the First Vice President position in the International Federation of Thanatologists Associations (FIAT-IFTA) - World Organization of  Funeral Operatives at the 16th World Convention in Yokohama, Japan on June 23, 2021. Mr. Wappner represents the United States of America through the National Funeral Directors Association as the national member.

CURRENT TERM: July 26, 2021 to June 30, 2026

Jon W. Rettig, Sr.

Jon W. Rettig, Sr. of Columbiana, OH, is a Funeral Director/Embalmer/Crematory Operator currently serving as a member of the Board. He was appointed to the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors in April 2016 by former Governor Kasich and served as President of the Board from July 2016 until July 2019. He was reappointed by Governor Mike DeWine in July 2020. 

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 the Ohio Funeral Directors Association. 

In February of 2020 he was elected District 4 Director of The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards representing Ontario, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Jon was elected as an Executive Officer serving as Secretary/Treasurer to The Conference in March of 2021.

He is also currently serving as Chairman of the State of Ohio Crematory Review Board.

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. 

CURRENT TERM: July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025

Adriana Sfalcin

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.

CURRENT TERM: October 26, 2020 to June 30, 2025

Amanda E. Crates

Amanda E. Crates of Findlay, Ohio is a Funeral Director/Embalmer member of the Board appointed by Governor Mike DeWine. Ms. Crates holds a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science from Urbana University and an MBA from University of Findlay. She currently manages Colden-Crates Funeral Home in Findlay and is a managing member of Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home in Kenton. 

She has served on the Ohio Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors as an At-Large Director, has been a member of multiple committees and is a Past President of District #7. 

She received the Three Arches Leadership Award and is involved in Rotary Club and Soroptimist Club. Ms. Crates is also a Certified Personal Trainer and co-owner of Baylifft Gym & Box.

CURRENT TERM: July 27, 2020 to June 30, 2023