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:
Jean Olinger, Presiding Officer (2/1/2019)
Commissioner Olinger has a master’s degree in social work, a doctorate in management and organizational leadership, and a wide range of experience in nursing facility management. She and her husband recently relocated from Wichita Falls to Blanco. Governor Abbott appointed Commissioner Olinger to serve as presiding officer on June 17, 2015 for a term to expire June 17, 2018.
Larry Allen (2/1/2021)
Commissioner Allen served as Deputy of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department before serving as Lieutenant of the Mesquite Police Department. He is the current Chairman of the Mesquite Planning and Zoning Commission and the Mesquite Capital Improvement Advisory Commission, and serves as a member of the Mesquite Ministerial Alliance, Mesquite Independent School District Career Technical Education and City of Mesquite Retirees Association. He remains active in the First Baptist Church of Rockwall.
Greg Compean (2/1/2021)
Commissioner Compean is a licensed Texas Funeral Director and President/Owner of Compean Funeral Home, Inc. He is a member of the Houston Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association, Texas Funeral Directors Association, National Hispanic Professional Organization, East End Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Camara de Empresarios Latinos de Houston, Knights of Columbus Council 2801, and is a Director on the Harris County Houston Sports Authority.
Joyce Odom (2/1/2017)
Commissioner Odom is a Retired Delta Airlines In-Flight Supervisor with over 33 years of service. She grew up in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains in East Tennessee. Mrs. Odom and her husband live in San Antonio where she is an active Alamo City Republican woman and serves as a Deacon's wife at Castle Hills Church.
Jonathan Scepanski, Assistant Presiding Officer (2/1/2019)
Commissioner Scepanski is the Chief Operating Officer at Apex Primary Care in Edinburg. He is responsible for his company’s day-to-day operating activities, including management. Mr. Scepanski attended high school and college in Michigan, but now enjoys living in the warmer climate of South Texas. Commissioner Scepanski was voted Assistant Presiding Officer at the September 13, 2016 Commission meeting. He will serve in that role for one year.
Gary Shaffer (2/1/2019)
Commissioner Shaffer is the owner and manager of Shaffer Funeral Home in Bronte, Robert Lee, Grape Creek, San Angelo, Crane and McCamey. He also runs Pioneer Memorial Park & Crematory and Belvedere Memorial Park. Mr. Shaffer is a past president of the Texas Funeral Directors Association (TFDA) and has been honored by the TFDA as Funeral Director of the Year.
W. Scott Smith (2/1/2017)
Commissioner Smith is the funeral director for New Hope Funeral Home and president of Heritage Crematory. He is a past board member of the Cremation Association of North America and past president of the Texas, North Texas and Dallas County Funeral Directors associations. He is a member of the Garland Masonic Lodge, Dallas Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and past president of the Garland Rotary Club.