STERLING, VA. — Scott R. Sells, president of the Intenational Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, announced that Irwin W. Shipper, has been appointed chairman emeritus of the group’s Government and Legal Affairs Committee.
“For nearly a quarter century Irwin has adroitly helmed this important committee,” Sells stated, “and I can’t imagine the committee going forward without him. Irwin’s leadership has inspired trust and confidence by all because he has no private agenda of his own and works for the interests of all ICCFA members.”
Sells also announced appointment of co-chairs of the Government and Legal Affairs Committee: Keenan Knopke and Poul Lemasters. Knopke is president and CEO of Curlew Hills Memory Gardens and Funeral Home in Palm Harbor, Florida, and has been active in state and federal legislation for decades.
“I am honored to have been selected to follow ICCFA legend Irwin Shipper as co-chair of the Government and Legal Affairs Committee,” Knopke said.
Co-chair Poul Lemasters is principal of Lemasters Consulting in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is an attorney and a licensed funeral director who provides legal and operational support for all deathcare professionals and providers.