Meet the Board

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Bill Gupton, President

I am the Senior Minister at the Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church in Anderson Township, where I have served for the past 15 years. My wife, Jennifer Sanders, and I are the proud parents of Patrick, who is majoring in Ecological Engineering at Ohio State. Being good stewards of the earth and its resources is a value we hold dear in our family. To that end, creating a natural burial sanctuary in the Cincinnati area has been a dream of mine for some time. Now, with the help and hard work of an outstanding Board, other volunteers and financial supporters, we are moving closer to making Heritage Acres a reality. I am excited to bring my passion for green burial to fruition at last–to serve our community, and our environment.

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Donna Buckley, Vice-President

I have worked in pediatric clinical research for 38 years at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. It has been a rewarding career and it is now time to retire. I plan to start my next phase of life by devoting time and energy to my passions of family and the environment. It is very important to me to leave my children and grandchildren with a healthy planet, a thriving natural environment, and a good example of stewardship. What could be better than knowing that my molecules and energy are being returned to the earth – hopefully into a tree or wildflower? And with Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary, there will be the added bonus of establishing a nature preserve!

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Richard Asimus

I am an elder working actively as a teacher, coach, organizational consultant and political activist. My passion is to work in teams for the well-being of all people and for the earth. Living naturally is the best way for me to live – and also to be buried. Giving the natural body back to the earth in a nature preserve is sacred to me. In burial to feel the earth “embrace” the natural body is a coming home to mother earth and our ancestors. I am honored to serve as a team member on the Board to establish Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary as an important green burial choice for southwest Ohio.

Cole Imperi

My passion and mission is to enrich life through the study of death and dying. I am a Dual-Certified Thanatologist and serve on the Board of two cemeteries — Heritage Acres, as well as historic Linden Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Covington, Kentucky. I was associate producer of the film MORTAL, a feature-length documentary about the human condition. My work as adjunct faculty at several mortuary schools around the country, co-owner of Dead Ringers (a mystery phone shopping company for the deathcare profession), member of the Advisory Board of the Art of Dying Institute, podcasting and doing public speaking, and as a hospice volunteer and bereavement support group leader offer me other ways to make an impact on the way people think about death.

Laura Knight

I am a solution finder for complex challenges, who has spent my career driven to find innovations, efficiencies and collaboration through innovative and artful project management and startup. I bring experience getting big things accomplished to Heritage Acres. I enjoy taking a process or project and engaging stakeholders from multiple perspectives, helping them feel inspired and engaged to find magic. I believe that this magic, in all aspects of life, is what fuels people’s passion to collaborate and become part of something bigger than themselves. Heritage Acres, to me, is all these things and more. I am fueled by my passion to help lay a solid foundation for the bright future of green burial and nature preservation here in the Tri-State.

David Spinney

I have worked for 40 years in local government management, and throughout my career I have strived to guide decisions that work with the natural environment, not in spite of the environment. I seek to live my personal life the same way. It is a privilege to participate in helping to establish a natural burial alternative in the Cincinnati area, and I am grateful to be able to serve our community by serving on the Heritage Acres Board.

Erin Theodor

I have been a licensed funeral director since 2006, and a certified celebrant since 2012, but in the last few years have become more interested in the “greener” side of funerals and burials. I believe it is my responsibility to offer families many options, which is why I am so glad that there will now be a local green burial option to give to families. I am honored to be on the Board of Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary during such an important time as we bring our natural burial sanctuary into fruition.