The Homesteaders Board of Directors, who are elected by policy owners, consists of professionals with diverse business perspectives. The Board's role is to provide the strategic direction to ensure long-term security for our policy owners, funeral home customers and employees. According to company bylaws, our Board consists of between seven and fifteen members who serve five year terms. There are currently eight members on the Board.
(Left to right: Dave Watson, Katie Roth, John Paule, Peter Brown, William Newland, Steve Lang, Don Peschke and Graham Cook )
Stephen R. Lang. Steve is Chairman of the Board and President-Chief Operating Officer of Homesteaders. He joined Homesteaders in 2008; was elected to the Board in 2013 and elected Chairman in 2015. Current term February 2013-February 2018.
Dr. William H. Newland. Dr. Newland is a retired Des Moines physician and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1993. Current term February 2013-February 2018.
Graham J. Cook. Graham retired from Homesteaders in 2014 after 48 years of service. Formerly President-CEO, he was elected to the Board of Directors in 1994 and was Chairman from 1999 until February 2015. Current term February 2014-February 2019.
Peter A. Brown. Peter is the owner of Peter A. Brown Commercial Real Estate Services and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2003. Current term February 2013-February 2018.
Mary K. (Katie) Roth. Katie is the President of PorticoHR and is professionally certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Katie was elected to the Board of Directors in 2003. Current term February 2013-February 2018.
Don Peschke. Don founded August Home Publishing in 1978. Today, in addition to magazine publishing, August Home has created divisions for special interest publications. Don was elected to the Board in 2006. Current term February 2015-February 2020.
John Paule. John is a retired executive with an extensive background in insurance operations, technology and marketing. John was elected to the Board of Directors in 2009. Current term November 2012-February 2017.
Dave (Wally) Watson. A founding partner of LWBJ Financial, Dave is in charge of its real estate practice specializing in the taxation of partnerships, limited liability companies and real estate transactions. Dave was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010. Current term February 2015-February 2020.