Board of Directors
ANGIE HANSEN, President Angie Hansen has been in the pet aftercare industry for more than 28 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.
ROBERT BLOSSER, Vice President Robert Blosser has been the General Manager of Midwest Cremation Service of Wisconsin (MCS) for 15 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.
DONNA BETHUNE, Executive Director Donna Bethune is part of the Shugart Family business of Deceased Pet Care Funeral Homes and Crematories located in Atlanta, Georgia. Donna grew up working in the family business serving pet owners within the metro-Atlanta area for more than 44 years. Over the past few years, she has concentrated her efforts as the company’s Public Relations Director. Prior to the family business, Donna pursued a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta and spent 10 years working for a large data communications firm in Public Relations. Over the years, Donna has maintained a pro-active presence as a representative of the aftercare industry, most recently as a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Industry Council. She is also active in her church and her community. Donna and her husband, Todd, have three grown daughters, and a beloved maltese named “Prada”.
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.
KEITH D. SHUGART, Director Region I, 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.
ROBERT ERDMAN, Director Region II 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.
SOPHIE DELPIERRE, International Director Sophie is the first foreign Board Member of the association. She is French and lives in the North of France. After an Engineer Degree she first worked for the cosmetic Brand Lancôme as production manager then project manager. After a professional break to look after her 3 small kids Arthur, Gaspard and Célestine, she joined Incineris in 2009. The company, founded in 1995 by two veterinarians, provides pet and equine cremation services in 13 locations across France. More recently, Incineris established its two newest facilities in Germany. The company has also successfully launched an health insurance for pets several years ago.
As an IAOPCC Accredited company, Incineris has been an active member of the IAOPCC since 2010 attending every Conference since joining the association. Sophie is instrumental in dealing with the company’s maintenance and quality management and is very involved in the accreditation process of each of its facilities.
SCOTT HUNTER, Advisory Council, Past President Scott Hunter is the owner and president of Gateway Pet Memorial Services Inc, located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Scott has 14 years of experience in the pet aftercare industry, in particular with the pet cremation sector. Scott manages the three pet funeral homes and cremation facilities he owns as well as owns and operates two pet cemeteries. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science/ Business degree from the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and has obtained his realtors licence from Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. Before opening his own business, Scott spent 5 years working in both the marketing and finance fields of corporate Ford Motor Company’s Agricultural Division. Scott has also been involved in several other small business start ups, most of which he still owns. Throughout his career, Scott has been asked to speak at Universities, Colleges and other educational institutes throughout Ontario to audiences including Entrepreneurs, business students, pet after care professionals, Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technician students. Scott makes time to be involved with community and professional organizations. He has been on the Ontario Provincial Softball Associations Board of Directors, and has sat on the board of the Guelph Minor Hockey Association. He served three years as President of the IAOPCC and is on the Board of the Cremation Association of North America (CANA). Scott has traveled to over 35 countries around the world and has lived in Africa, Europe, USA, and Canada. Scott and his wife Kelly now reside in Guelph and have three grown children.