Board of Directors
ROBERT BLOSSER, President
Robert Blosser has been the General Manager of Midwest Cremation Service of Wisconsin (MCS) for 24 years specializing pet and equine cremations. MCS was founded in 1980 by Robert's dad, Bob Blosser. Robert's grandmother, Patricia Blosser, founded the IAOPCC in Chicago in 1971 working in the betterment of the pet aftercare industry till her recent death. In 1991, Robert's parents opened MCS of Wisconsin in Poynette, WI where Robert grew up and is now raising his own family. In 1995, MCS opened a second location, MCS of Minnesota in Anoka, MN. Growing up, Robert always thought he would like to be a Veterinarian, but when he saw how rewarding it was to help people who just lost their best friend, he began working in the family business. Robert now runs the business along with his wife Katie and brothers, Jeremiah and Joshua. In addition, Robert is an accomplished Pro Angler having recently won the 2013 Lucas Oil Angler of the Year title. When not working Robert enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, Addysen, and two dogs, Remmie and Dakota. And, when he's not with his family you can always find him on a lake somewhere fishing.
DEBRA BJORLING, Treasurer, Past President
Debra Bjorling established Hamilton Pet Meadow Pet Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory in 1998 on the grounds of an old abandoned pet cemetery where there is a WWI and a WWII dog buried. In fact, a monument dedicated to police and other services animals overlooks the cemetery and has appeared on the cover of American Cemetery Magazine memorializing its distinct emblem of “For Those Who Serve". Debra grew up in central New Jersey attending college in San Diego, California. Debra spent a number of years working as a Practice Manager for area medical doctors prior to joining the pet aftercare profession. Debra has been a member of the IAOPCC and served on its Board of Directors for many years. She is also an active member of her community serving on the Board of the Pet Cremation Council as well as a member of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association. She is on the Board of Directors of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement and is a frequent speaker at veterinary conferences and veterinary technician meetings. Debra was instrumental in developing the IAOPCC's Pet Bereavement Specialist Program. Debra and her husband, Eric, have two sons, Jon-Eric and Alexander, and share their home with five cats and a dog.
ROBERT ERDMAN, Secretary
Robert Erdman is part of the family owned and operated business of Precious Pet Cemetery and Pet Memorial Gardens located in Spencer, Oklahoma. This family owned business has been in the funeral business for 47 years and began Precious Pets in 1985. They operate two cemeteries with crematoriums at both locations. In 2008, they began equine cremation. Robert is a Certified Crematory Operator as well as a Registered Pet Funeral Director.
KEITH D. SHUGART, Director Regions I and II, Co-Chairman of Ethics and Standards Committee
Keith Shugart is part of the Shugart Family business of Deceased Pet Care Funeral Homes and Crematories located in Atlanta, Georgia. The Shugart Family has been in the pet aftercare industry for more than 44 years. Deceased Pet Care currently operates four office locations and two pet cemeteries specializing in pet and equine cremations. They recently opened their newest pet funeral home featuring three counseling rooms, two chapels, and the largest showroom in the nation featuring more than 450 memorial products. Keith is certified through the Pet Crematory Operator Program as well as the Pet Funeral Director Program. Deceased Pet Care has been voted Best Pet Cemetery in Atlanta Magazine, Nominated for Georgia Business of the Year Award and is the recipient of the Chamblee Business of the Year Award. Keith is an Industry Council Member of Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. Keith, and his wife, Letitia have three grown sons and are avid Georgia Bulldog fans and season ticket holders to the Atlanta Falcons.
STEVE WOODS, Director Region III, Co-Chairman of Ethics and Standards Committee
Steve Woods is the owner and operator of A Beloved Friend's Pet Crematory of Northern Nevada in Reno, Nevada. Steve has been a member of the IAOPCC since 2008 and is a Certified Pet Crematory Operator and Registered Pet Funeral Director. Steve, who was the Deputy/Chief Deputy Coroner for over 31 years in Colorado and Nevada, operates A Beloved Friend's along with his wife Elaine who has been a Registered Nurse for 43 years.
ANGIE HANSEN, Director Region IV, Past President
Angie Hansen has been in the pet aftercare industry for more than 30 years after spending 10 years as a Veterinary Surgical Technician in Idaho. She currently operates three office locations with two pet cemeteries specializing in both pet and equine cremations. She is a Certified Pet Crematory Operator and a Registered Pet Funeral Director with the IAOPCC. Voted Best Pet Crematory in Idaho in 2009 and nominated for Idaho Small Business of the Year Award 2010. Angie is on the PCC (Pet Cremation Council) Board, is a Member of CANA (Cremation Association of North America), and Member of the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) as well as a Lifetime Member of the AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association). She is also the editor for the News and Views publication for the IAOPCC. Angie spends her free time at the barn with her Quarter Horse, "Moma's Little Twist" or "Dusty". She enjoys team roping and cutting whenever possible and never passes up a chance to spend time with friends and family.
MARTIN HOPP, International Director
Martin and his wife Bev started Pets in Peace in 1999 after they had both worked in the human funeral industry for about 8 years prior. Martin worked for Service Corporation International (SCI) and when he left the human funeral industry, Martin was area manager for 13 funeral homes around Brisbane, Australia. Martin and Bev have always been pet lovers and, with their knowledge of the human funeral industry, creating a funeral home for pets. Pets in Peace started in September 1999 with Martin being the only staff member and today they have 3 crematorium offices and employ 34 staff. Pets in Peace is very much a family business with 10 staffers being immediate family in some form. Pets in Peace joined the IAOPCC in 2004 to continue the standard of service they provide their families and to show that they are the bench mark for the pet cremation business in Australia.
Donna Shugart-Bethune, Executive Director Donna Shugart-Bethune is part of the Shugart Family business of Deceased Pet Care Funeral Homes and Crematories located in Atlanta, Georgia. As one of the finest pet funeral homes in the nation, Deceased Pet Care has served pet parents for more than 46 years. Donna, who grew up in the family business, pursued her BBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Over the past few years, she has concentrated her efforts as the company’s Public Relations & Marketing Director. In addition to the family business, Donna has served as the Executive Director for the IAOPCC for more than 8 years. She is a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Industry Council, and is certified as a Pet Bereavement Specialist, Registered Pet Funeral Director, Pet Celebrant, and Pet Crematory Operator. Deceased Pet Care has been voted Best Pet Cemetery in Atlanta Magazine, Nominated for Georgia Business of the Year Award, and is the recipient of the Chamblee Business of the Year Award. Donna and her husband, Todd, have three grown daughters and one beloved maltese named “Prada”. When not working, she enjoys traveling the world and spending time with family.