Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is dedicated to ensuring our mission is fulfilled while constantly keeping up with changes in our profession through innovation and strategic initiatives. Each Board member brings from their career and/or life experiences expertise to help us succeed. The Board of Directors meets eleven times each year with an annual retreat in October.


Mark Gash
Financial Advisor
Summit-Pointe Financial Group

Vice Chair:

Chris Holland
Managing Funeral Director
Penwell-Gabel Cremation, Funeral, & Receptions


Jill Grube


Jessica Dupriest
Johnson County Young Matrons Representative
Former ELI Board Chairperson

Board Members:

Patrick Amos
RubinBrown LLP
Assurance Manager

Dianne Daugherty
Educator and Consultant - Japanese and Asian Studies

Tom Dupriest
Counseling Resources, Inc.

Linda Gallagher
Strategic Initiatives Administrator
Kansas Department for Children & Families

Mary Gash
Registered Service Assistant
Harlan Parker State Farm

Sydney Kopen
Business Analyst
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Nathalie Marshall
Senior Human Resources
Rose Brooks

Andrea Plowman
Real Estate Agent
Keller Williams Real Estate

Bryan Rapp
Agency Owner
American Family Insurance

Non-Voting Members:

Roger Templin, JD
Attorney, Payne and Jones, Chartered

Anthony Davis
The Rob Elleman Team, ReeceNichols Realtors
Kansas City Chiefs Ambassador

Chris Osborn, RN, MBA, LACHA
CEO of Evergreen Living Innovations

Gene Howe
CFO of Evergreen Living Innovations

Belinda Vierthaler, LMSW, LACHA
Director of GERTI

Lisa Orscheln
Director of Human Resources of Evergreen Living Innovations

Heather Pilkinton, LACHA, LMSW
Administrator of Evergreen Community