Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors provides strategic direction to ensure long-term security for our stakeholders.

Members of the Homesteaders Board of Directors are elected by policy owners and help ensure the long-term security of policy owners, funeral home customers and employees. The Board of Directors, which consists of executives from a variety of relevant professions, focuses on strategy, enterprise risk management, governance and management oversight.

Our Board Members

Stephen M. Shaffer, Chairman

Current term: February 2018-February 2021

Shaffer joined Homesteaders in 2014 and was appointed President and CEO of the company in 2018. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018 and was named Chairman of the Board in 2019.

Stephen R. Lang

Current term: February 2018-February 2023

Lang retired as President-CEO of Homesteaders in 2018 after having been with the company since 2008. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013 and was Chairman of the Board from 2015 to 2019.

Peter A. Brown

Current term: February 2018-February 2023

Brown is the owner of Peter A. Brown Commercial Real Estate Services. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2003.

Mary K. (Katie) Roth

Current term: February 2018-February 2023

Roth is the President of Aureon Staffing. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2003.

John M. Paule

Current term: February 2017-February 2022

Paule retired as Executive Vice President of FBL Financial Group in 2009. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2009.

David E. Watson

Current term: February 2020-February 2025

Watson is a CPA/founding partner of LWBJ Financial. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010.

John W. Chandler, Jr.

Current term: February 2018-February 2021

Chandler is a keynote speaker and consultant after retiring as SVP-Chief Marketing Officer for MassMutual Financial Group. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018.

Maria Ferrante-Schepis

Current term: February 2018-February 2021

Ferrante-Schepis is President of Maddock Douglas, Inc. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018.