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!

Robert James, Secretary

As a longtime practitioner of earth-centered spirituality, I am interested in and have been working to further more holistic and natural lifestyles. The creation of a green burial space will permit us to return to the more traditional burial practices “as nature intended.” It is my pleasure and my honor to work toward that end! ​
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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.