Senior Account Executive
I graduated from Greensburg High School in Indiana and attended Ball State University for a short time before moving to Honolulu, Hawaii. (It was rough, let me tell you!) In 1984, I moved to Southern California where I was employed by Pacific View Memorial Park & Mortuary in Newport Beach. Over the span of 10 years, I went from being the bookkeeper to mortuary secretary and preneed cemetery and funeral counselor. Eventually I moved to San Clemente’s Ray Family Mortuary to work as a funeral director.
I joined Homesteaders in 1994 as the company’s Southern California representative, and in 2000 I moved to my home state territory where I serve funeral home owners in Southern Indiana and Kentucky. My husband Rick and I live in Greensburg, Indiana. Our son, Ryan, married his high school sweetheart, Becca, during the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Ryan works for a local insurance agency and Becca is a probation officer for Decatur County. My stepdaughter, Stephanie, is a lawyer and married to Dr. Dan Kress, our family dentist. They have our three grandchildren, ages 8, 5 and 4. With all our kids living in the same town, we enjoy spending time with them.
We are avid Hawaii travelers and enjoy exploring Hawaiian history. We are always anxious when we can venture out in our RV for weekend trips to explore the state parks. I have walked several mini marathons, am an excited spectator of Rick’s drag racing and we are all HUGE COLTS fans. (Is there any other?) I am a member of United Methodist Church and the Greensburg Optimist Club. For years now I have had the honor to be a bus captain for Indy Honor Flight to transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. This led me to supporting the Tomb Guards and becoming an associate member of the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I have been most active in promoting The Unknowns, a documentary about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Sentinels who stand guard at our Nation's most sacred shrine 24/7. I work to organize and coordinate special events and fundraisers for families in need, church and for my funeral home customers.
In Washington, D.C. with Indy Honor Flight Veterans
Filmmaker (The Unknowns), U.S. Army Veteran and Tomb Guard Sentinel Ethan Morse
Sunny, Harrison, Maya, Stephanie, Dan, Myself, Rick, Becca & Ryan
I have a strong desire to work with other funeral directors to help them achieve their desired level of success in the industry. Homesteaders supplements my personal experience with education, resources and support so I can be of service to the funeral home customers in my territory.
I listen to my customers’ needs. For those who don’t know the rich history of Homesteaders and the products we offer, I spend the time to educate them on our company’s products and support. We examine the firm’s strengths; establishing annual goals to develop business plans that are designed to engage communities in what the funeral home offers to support a family’s needs.