|Coleen Ellis is an operating partner and chief marketing officer of Graycourt Capital, which owns All Paws Go to Heaven, the largest pet death-care service provider in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. She founded Pet Angel Memorial Center in 2004, which was the nation’s first stand-alone pet funeral home and is also the founder of Two Hearts Pet Loss Center in Greenwood, Indiana, and the co-chairperson of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance, which is a subdivision of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. She’s the author of “Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief.”
|Dan Isard is founder and president of The Foresight Companies in Phoenix, and is a regular contributor to American Funeral Director and American Cemetery & Cremation magazines. He’s the author of four books: “The Dealmaker’s Guide To Buying and Selling Funeral Homes and Cemeteries;” “How To Stay Independent and Profitable;” “What Every Funeral Director and Cemeterian Should Know About Cremation;” and “The Complete Preneed Perspective.”
|Lara M. Price is the general counsel of the Cremation Association of North America and the Texas Funeral Directors Association, and she’s also a shareholder in the products liability and professional liability sections of Sheehy, Ware & Pappas in Houston. She has extensive experience in a number of substantive areas of trial practice, including products liability, professional liability, commercial litigation, health care law, premises liability, and personal injury and wrongful death.
|Nectar Ramirez earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University before earning an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She formerly worked for Corporate Executive Board as a consultant identifying and teaching best practices to Fortune 500 companies. She joined Batesville 11 years ago, serving as its director of market research, sales director for the Metro Region (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) and for the last six years as sales director of Cremation Options, which is Batesville’s cremation business.
|Lacy Robinson is the director of professional development for Aurora Casket Co., and she prides herself on being a problem solver with a creative mind. She is a certified funeral service practitioner, a certified funeral celebrant, an active member of the Kentucky Funeral Directors Association and serves on the advisory board to the Association of Women Funeral Professionals. She’s also on the board of trustees for the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.|