Focused on Long-term Security.

Members of the Homesteaders Board of Directors are elected by policy owners and provide strategic direction to 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.


Members of the Homesteaders Board of Directors – Back Row (L to R): John W. Chandler, Jr.; Homesteaders Chairman Stephen R. Lang; Peter A. Brown; Graham J. Cook; John M. Paule; Dr. William Newland Middle Row (L to R): David E. Watson; Donald B. Peschke; Maria Ferrante-Schepis; Mary K. (Katie) Roth Front: Homesteaders President and CEO Stephen M. Shaffer



Homesteaders Life Company Board of Directors


Get to Know Our Board Members

Stephen R. Lang, Chairman

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 has served as Chairman of the Board since 2015.

Current term: February 2018-February 2023

Dr. William H. Newland

Dr. Newland retired as a physician with the Iowa Clinic PC in 2013. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1993.

Current term: February 2018-February 2023

Graham J. Cook

Cook retired as President-CEO of Homesteaders in 2014 after having been with the company for nearly 50 years. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1994 and was Chairman of the Board from 1999 until February 2015.

Current term: February 2014-February 2019

Peter A. Brown

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

Current term: February 2018-February 2023

Mary K. (Katie) Roth

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

Current term: February 2018-February 2023

Donald B. Peschke

Peschke retired as President of August Home Publishing in 2015. He currently serves as a consultant in the publishing field. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2006.

Current term: February 2015-February 2020

John M. Paule

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

Current term: February 2017-February 2022

David E. Watson

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

Current term: February 2015-February 2020

John W. Chandler, Jr.

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.

Current term: February 2018-February 2021

Maria Ferrante-Schepis

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

Current term: February 2018-February 2021

Stephen M. Shaffer

Shaffer was appointed President and CEO of Homesteaders in 2018. Prior to joining the company in 2014, he co-founded and served as President and CEO of Foundation Partners Group, LLC, and was a co-founder and CFO of Keystone Group Holdings, Inc. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018.

Current term: February 2018-February 2021

Trusted. Reliable. Secure.

Thousands of funeral professionals select Homesteaders as their trusted, reliable and secure choice for dependable pre-need funding. Our annual report tells the story of our commitment to long-term security and the success of our funeral home customers.

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