Annette March-Grier, RN CFSP
Annette R. March-Grier, RN, CFSP, is a native of Baltimore and vice president of a family business, March Funeral Homes, located in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia. She is an RN, a mortician and the visionary of Roberta’s House Inc., a non-profit Family Grief Support Center founded in 2007 by the March family. Annette is the president and has led the way for grief education and support for grieving children and families in Baltimore for more than 37 years. She was selected by CNN, the world leader in news, as one of the Top Ten CNN heroes, 2014 for changing the world.
David Hernández, Jr.
David Hernández, Jr is a first generation funeral director, founder and operator of Jersey Memorial Group with funeral homes and cemeteries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with 13 locations serving 2000 families each year. Many of his firms are consistent with NFDA Pursuit of excellence award recipients and as well as having the honor of Best of the Best in 2017. He is currently a Funeral Service Foundation Board Trustee.
Duane E. Hills is President of Joseph Gawler’s Son Funeral Home in Washington, DC. Originally from rural Pennsylvania he moved to New York State before attending Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, New York. In 2008, Duane transferred to SCI to manage a group of funeral homes and a cemetery in Lufkin, TX.
In 2012, he transferred to Washington, DC where he became the Assistant Manager at Joseph Gawler's Sons. Today, he holds the position of President.
Over the years he has held memberships with Rotary International, local fire departments, historical societies, churches, various Lincoln Groups as well as numerous volunteer opportunities to serve his community. He has also served on the DC Board of Funeral Directors and is licensed in DC, Virginia and New York State.
In 2022 Duane self-published a book on the history of Joseph Gawler's Sons entitled, "One Block West of the White House." His book has made it into the Presidential Library at the White House, the Law Library at the United States Supreme Court and the Scottish Rite Temple Library in Washington, DC.