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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Texas Funeral Service Commission

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Texas Funeral Service Commission for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board oversees the licensing of funeral directors and embalmers, and ensures their compliance with state statutes and regulations regarding funeral services, cemeteries and crematories.

Jean "Jeanne" Olinger of Wichita Falls is a retired nursing facility administrator at Childress Health Care Center. She is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and Childress Rotary Club, and a past member of the National and Texas associations of Social Workers, National Council on Family Relations, and Texas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. She is also past president of San Antonio Daughters of VFW Post #9174 and past pastoral care volunteer for the U.S. Air Force Wilford Hall Medical Center. Olinger received a bachelor's degree from the University of the State of New York, a master's degree in social work from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a doctorate of management and organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix. She is reappointed to the commission.

Jonathan Scepanski of McAllen is chief operating officer of Apex Primary Care Inc. He is a member of the Texas Association of Home Care and Hospice and Texas Healthcare Advocacy Association, and a volunteer for the McAllen/Hidalgo County Salvation Army. Scepanski attended Northwood University in Michigan.

Gary Shaffer of San Angelo is owner and funeral director of Shaffer Funeral Home. He is a past member of the Bronte City Council and former Coke County justice of the peace. He is a member and past president of the Texas and West Texas Funeral Directors associations, and a past member of the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas. He is also a member of the Bronte Masonic Lodge, Waco Scottish Rite and Concho Shrine Club. Shaffer is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science.

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.


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