Staff Bios


OGR Assistant ED Jessica Smith
Assistant Executive Director

Jessica (Smith) Riddlesperger, CMP, 512-334-5504 ext. 110
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Jessica is the Assistant Executive Director. She develops, oversees, and evaluates OGR’s learning programs, assists the Executive Director with management and implementation of OGR’s strategic plan, and manages the association’s social media and blog.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics.  Before moving into the nonprofit world, she taught college classes for 5 years. She recently earned the Certified Meeting Planner designation and is a member of TSAE.

What do you like most about what you do at OGR? I like finding opportunities to help our members be the best they can be. I love hearing stories about how our funeral homes have helped families in their time of need, and it’s my hope that we can offer programs and services to our members that will help them continue to be the best at what they do.

What do you think is just “golden”? Drinking pour-over coffee in a local coffee shop

What do you do outside of work?  I go two-stepping (it is Texas after all, y’all) and hiking. I’m newly married, so my husband and I spend our free time renovating our house and selling hot sauce. He has a hot sauce and salsa company! I'm also involved with a book club and my church. 

The organization as a whole tries to “follow the Golden Rule”. What other mantra do you try to live by? My mother always says “lower your expectations and heighten your appreciation.” This has served me well already in life; so much disappointment and frustration come down to misplaced expectations. When you begin to appreciate what you have been given, it changes everything.

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Member Resources Director
Nancy Weil512-334-5504 ext. 304
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Nancy is the Member Resources Director. She develops and manages OGR’s many member benefits and programs.

Nancy Weil has been working, writing and speaking in funeral service for over thirteen years. She is a nationally known speaker and founder of The Laugh Academy. Nancy has received Certifications as a Laughter Leader, Grief Management Specialist, Grief Support Professional, Soul Injury Ambassador and Funeral Celebrant.

What do you like most about what you do at OGR? As the newest member of the OGR team, I am excited about supporting funeral directors with the work they do. Coming from a background of running grief support programs, I know how important the role of the funeral director is when a family has experienced the death of someone they love.

What do you think is just “golden”? The glorious Florida sunsets still take my breath away.

What do you do outside of work? Living in Florida, I love walking on the beach with my husband. We also share our home with a spoiled pug and an equally spoiled cat, so hanging out with them is a good way to slow down from the busy life I lead. As a professional speaker, I travel the country through my own company, The Laugh Academy, teaching people how to stress less and laugh more.

The organization as a whole tries to “follow the Golden Rule”. What other mantra do you try to live by? I was raised with one simple maxim, “How you do anything, is how you do everything.” Living at the highest level of ethical behavior was required in my family and that is why I relate so strongly to the standards set by OGR firms.

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OGR Communications Scott McClure

 
Communications Director
Scott F. McClure512-334-5504 ext. 109
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Scott is the Communications Director. His days at OGR are filled with producing marketing materials, e-mails, event materials, web content, and OGR’s noteworthy Independent magazine.

He has worked in association management for over 23 years.  Before coming to OGR, he was with the Texas Association of Builders in Austin.  Before moving to Austin, he was in Washington D.C. with the Boat Owners Association of the United States.

What do you like most about what you do at OGR? I enjoy visiting with members at our Annual Conference & Solution Center and developing and producing marketing materials as well as The Independent. I find it rewarding to work with a membership that truly believes in and conducts business by OGR’s Standards of Ethical Conduct.

What do you think is just “golden”? I think it’s golden when you randomly grab the exact amount of utensils you need when setting the table. That is “Golden”.

What do you do outside of work?
All of my time revolves around my family. I’m married and have a 15 year old boy and 14 year old girl.

The organization as a whole tries to “follow the Golden Rule”. What other mantra do you try to live by? My father always said to be truthful. If you don’t lie, then you don’t have to remember anything.

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