Board of Trustees

The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and the Foundation for Mortuary Education Board of Trustees is comprised of no more than fifteen members, as well as (non-voting) affiliate representatives to oversee financial, legal, and administrative requirements. The Board of Trustees holds scheduled meetings every May and  November, and intermittently as the need arises. Members of the foundation are invited and encouraged to participate during the May Annual Members Meeting. Please contact CCMS at (513) 761-2020 or for meeting information and  agenda requests.

Executive Officers

Frank Rosenacker, Board Chair

“My admiration of CCMS, its students, faculty, staff, and board is the driving force behind my commitment to ensure continuity in the standard of educational excellence required of future service professionals.”

Rosenacker & Associates

Attorney At Law, Funeral Consultant, Licensed Professional – OH

Alumnus 1973

Michael Ryan, Board Vice-Chair

“My professional career began with a CCMS education. It is a privilege to give back ten times over to the continued success of this school and all those who seek to become tomorrow’s professionals.”

Shorten & Ryan Funeral Home, Vorhis & Ryan Funeral Home

Licensed Professional – OH

Alumnus 1978

Bill Smith, Board Treasurer

“It is my mission to assist in maintaining the highest quality of mortuary education in the industry.”

Maeder Quint-Tiberi Funeral Home

Ohio Embalmers Association Advisory Board, OFDA Scholastic Assistance Committee, Licensed Professional – Ohio

Alumnus 2006

Jan Borgman, Board Secretary

“I believe deeply in the mission and vision of CCMS.”

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Department of Pastoral Care

Fellow in Thanatology, LISW-S


Duane Hedrick

“Having the privilege to expand beyond practitioner to service supplier has afforded the opportunity to meet countless CCMS graduates, which has inspired my mission to contribute to the future of the foundation and college.”

Dodge Company

Licensed Professional – Ohio

Alumnus 1993

Chris Homer

Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home

Licensed Professional – Ohio

Tim King

“As a funeral professional, it is of great importance that I invest in the future of my Alma mater.”

Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home

Licensed Professional – Ohio

Alumnus 1997

Arlene Lawrence

“I am committed to the future successes of CCMS and the foundation.”

Buckeye State Funeral Directors Association President, Licensed Professional – Ohio and Michigan

Alumna 1998

Mark Merz

“As an active member of my community, I appreciate and embrace the tradition of service excellence and compassion required of funeral service professionals.”

Neville Funeral Homes

Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), Ohio Funeral Directors Association Past President, Funeral Directors Association of Northwest Ohio Past President, Northwest Regional Director Board of Trustees, Licensed Professional – Ohio

Alumnus 1988

 Bill Peoples

Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home

Kenn Peterson

Homesteaders Life Insurance Company

Kathleen Shaffer

“I am driven to contribute to maintaining the standard of excellence for which CCMS is known.”

Ducro Funeral Services

Certified Funeral Service Practitioner  (CFSP), Certified Funeral Celebrant, Certified Pre-planning Consultant, Licensed Professional – Ohio

Alumna 2008

Dr. Jerome Webster

Terra State Community College

Nicole Wiedeman

“The funeral industry needs professional, well-educated funeral directors and crematory operators. I am dedicated to driving CCMS to continue this legacy.”

Death Care Mystery Phone Shopper (Dead Ringers)

Ohio Life Insurance Agent, Certified Supplier Executive, CSE, ICCFA

Ball State University 1989

Non-voting Board Affiliates

Jack Lechner, Ex-Officio

Brian Dershaw, Legal Advisor

Beth Williams, Liaison