TFSC Commissioners

The TFSC is comprised of seven Commissioners appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Two members must be licensed as both an embalmer and a funeral director for at least five years preceding appointment, one member must be a registered cemetery owner or operator, and four members must represent the public. The public members may not be regulated under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 651, and must consistently show an interest in supporting consumer protection. The Governor designates the presiding officer to serve for a period of three years.

Members serve six year terms. Current Commission members, with the expiration dates of their terms, are as follows:

Gregory Compean, Presiding Officer (2/1/2021)

Commissioner Compean is a licensed Texas Funeral Director and President/Owner of Compean Funeral Home, Inc.  He holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and is a graduate of the Commonwealth College of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas.  He has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in The State of Texas since 1987.  After serving in numerous positions related to the Funeral Industry such as Funeral Home and Cemetery Management and Director of Marketing in Pre-Need Sales, he fulfilled his dream and opened Compean Funeral Home, Inc. in 1997.

He was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015 to The Texas Funeral Service Commission.  He is a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, the Houston Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association, former Director of The Harris County Houston Sports Authority (2011 – 2015), former Board Member of The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2007-2010), member of the East End Chamber of Commerce and of the Camara de Empresarios Latinos de Houston, and member of the Knights of Columbus Council #2801.

He is a Congressional Recognition recipient For Heroic Efforts of the Aftermath of Hurricane Ike, National Hispanic Professional Organization Businessman of the Year – 2009 presented by the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, recipient of a Proclamation of “Greg Compean Day” (September 9) presented by former City of Houston Mayor Bill White, Hispanic Excellence Award Winner of Voz Educacion Voto Victoria, recipient of such honors as the 2010 BBB Gold Star Recipient Member of the Better Business Bureau, The Business of the Year – 2009, and the 2009 Hispanic Excellence Award Winner.

Understanding the importance of being a good steward of his community, he focuses also on the betterment and the support of education, church activities, law enforcement and first responders, veterans, senior citizens, children’s little leagues and various other charitable and community organizations.  It is the love and passion for his industry that drives him to devote his efforts to serving as a mentor and a positive role model for his own children, Chelsi Lynn Compean and Gregory Sean Compean, as well as other children of the community.

Governor Greg Abbott named Commissioner Compean Presiding Officer on August 15, 2018, for a three year term.  

Larry Allen, Assistant Presiding Officer (2/1/2021)

Commissioner Allen has attended Amber University, the Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute, and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Academy.  He began his career in law enforcement at the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department in 1974.  Mr. Allen was hired by the Mesquite Police Department in 1979 and was promoted through the ranks, retiring as a Lieutenant.  He served in the Patrol Bureau, Criminal Investigations, Internal Affairs Division, Property Room, and the Technical Services Bureau.  While Mr. Allen was a sergeant and a lieutenant in the Mesquite Police Department, he led the Family Support Team, which assisted officers and their families during personal tragedies and times of need.  Commissioner Allen has been involved in the National Emergency Number Association and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials. 

His volunteer work has included the Mesquite Ministerial Alliance, Mesquite Planning and Zoning Commission as Chairman, Mesquite Capital Improvement Advisory Committee as Chairman, Mesquite Quality of Life Tax Corporation as a board member and Secretary, Career Technical Education Committee with Mesquite Independent School District, City of Mesquite Retirees Association.  He also served as a Deacon and Vice Chairman of Deacons at First Baptist Church in Mesquite.  Governor Greg Abbott appointed Mr. Allen to the Texas Funeral Service Commission in 2015.

Kevin Combest  (2/1/2025)

Commissioner Combest of Lubbock is President of Combest Family Funeral Homes & Crematory. He is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and crematory operator. He is a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, Panhandle Funeral Directors Association, and the Cremation Association of North America. Combest received his certification by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and received an Associate’s of Applied Science from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and a Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech University in Exercise Sport Science. 

Melaine Grammar (2/1/2025)

Commissioner Grammar of Whitewright is a former care coordinator and staff nurse at Baylor University Medical Center. She currently serves on the National Defense Committee of the Daughters of the American Revolution Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter and is a Board Member of the Grayson College Foundation Board. Additionally, she is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International: Honor Society of Nursing. Grammar received an associate degree in nursing from Grayson College and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Texas Woman’s University. 

Dianne Hefley (2/1/2023)

Commissioner Hefley of Amarillo is a residential real estate agent with Coldwell Banker First Equity Realtors and was a teacher for 33 years. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors, Amarillo Association of Realtors, and the Amarillo Retired Teacher Association. She is a former member of the National Education Association and the Texas Teachers Association. Hefley received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and earth sciences from Texas A&M at Commerce.

Jonathan Scepanski (2/1/2019)

Commissioner Scepanski is currently the Chief Operating Officer with Apex Primary Care, where he has been employed since 2005. He handles the day to day operating activities, including management. He is involved in developing and establishing operating policies to support overall company policies and objectives. He is an advocate for the healthcare industry and takes part in the policy and rule making process with the Texas Health and Human Services and the State of Texas. Jonathan is a board member of the Texas Association of Home Care and Hospice and sits on committees for Government Affairs and Community Care. He is an active member of local community advisory work groups with the Managed Care Organizations (Superior, CIGNA HealthSpring) in South Texas. He sits on multiple workgroups to advise the Health and Human Services (HHS) in making policy recommendations to ensure that recipients receive the services for which they’re eligible. Jonathan has attended Northwood University, with a concentration in Marketing and Management.

Kristin Tips (2/1/2023)

Commissioner Tips  of San Antonio is the president, COO, and funeral director of Mission Park Funeral Chapels, Cemeteries and Crematories. She is a member of the International Cemetery, Cremation, Funeral Service Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association. Additionally, she is a member of the Texas Funeral Director Association and the Texas Cemeteries Association. Tips received a Bachelor of Arts in management from the University of the Incarnate Word and a degree in mortuary science from San Antonio College. 

 

Look to the Commission Policies page to see policies enacted by Commissioners.