Our Leadership

Stopher Bartol
Stopher Bartol Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Bartol focuses on strategic partnerships and opportunities while supporting the company in every way to achieve its ambitious goals.

Bartol founded Legacy.com, introducing the category of online obituaries and growing the partnership from a small number of newspaper partnerships to the current network of over 1,500 newspapers, 2,500 funeral homes and 140 broadcast stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.K. and Europe.

A native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, he earned a Bachelor's degree from Beloit College and a MBA from the University of Chicago. 

Helene Donahue
Helene Donahue Chief Financial Officer

Donahue oversees financial planning/reporting and accounting  for Legacy.

Before joining the Company in October 2007, Donahue operated her own consulting company, Burling Consulting LLC. She previously served as Vice President, Operations Quality, for GE Capital’s Retailer Financial Services Division, and as Director of Finance for American Express.

A native of New York, Donahue earned her Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University.  She also holds an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. 

Kim Evenson
Kim Evenson General Manager, North America Channel Partners

Evenson oversees sales for Legacy with a strong focus on client success and the delivery of best-in-class relationship management and customer service.

Before joining Legacy.com, Evenson served most recently as CMO of Retrofit and before that as SVP of Marketing for eDiets.com. She spent most of her early marketing career at Kraft Foods, growing from Assistant Brand Manager to Director of Health & Wellness. Her experience also includes roles at Peapod, Starbucks, H.E. Butt Grocery and consulting for fitness retail, new product development and online marketing.

A native of Park Ridge, Illinois, she earned Bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

 

Paul Roche
Paul Roche General Manager, International

Roche oversees the management of Legacy's business outside North America and serves as Managing Director of iAnnounce.

Roche has more than 25 years of experience working in the IT industry, mostly in the U.K. and Ireland. Before joining Legacy.com, he spent 5 years with the global telecommunications company British Telecom. His roles in Dublin, London and Belfast included General Manager for BT Global Services eBusiness and Director of Software and Systems Integration.

A native of Greystones, Co. Wicklow in Ireland, Roche now resides in Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

Craig Ziegler
Craig Ziegler Senior Vice President, Business Development

Ziegler oversees revenue generation for Legacy including programmatic advertising monetization.

Ziegler joined the Company in 2012 and has held positions as VP of Advertising Strategy and Partnerships and SVP of Product. Before joining Legacy.com, he was a member of the executive leadership team at Accuen, Omnicom Media Group’s programmatic agency, and then with Tribune Interactive, leading both direct and indirect revenue channels across Tribune’s national portfolio of digital properties.

A native of Moline, Illinois, Ziegler earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Finance and Economics from Loyola University Chicago.

Greg Belken
Greg Belken Vice President, Software Engineering

Belken oversees Software Engineering and Testing for Legacy.

Belken joined Legacy as a web developer in 2007, was promoted to Director of Software Engineering in 2015 and to VP of Software Engineering in 2017. Before joining Legacy.com, Belken served most recently as Programmer Analyst at Athletics2000.com and before that as Web Manager at Lumex-ITW Linx.

A native of Downers Grove, IL, Belken earned a Bachelor’s degree from DeVry University.

Katie Falzone
Katie Falzone Vice President, Operations

Falzone oversees operations and customer/client support for Legacy.com.

Falzone joined Legacy.com in 2002 as a Content Screener. She built Legacy's proprietary guest book screening process from the ground up to consistently deliver the highest quality service. Falzone was promoted to Director of Operations in 2007 and to Vice President of Operations in 2016. Before joining Legacy.com, she taught history at University of Kansas.

A native of Ohio, Falzone earned a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, East Bay and an MA in History from University of Kansas.

John Heald
John Heald Sr. Vice President, Channel Development

Heald oversees funeral home and newspaper partnership development. He was one of the original members of the team that started Tributes.com in 2008, which was acquired by Legacy.com in May 2015.

Heald is a fourth generation funeral director and has been licensed in Massachusetts for 19 years. He built a start-up funeral home in 2009 along with his twin brother Jim located in Shrewsbury, MA.

A Massachusetts native, Heald earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bryant University and an Associate’s degree in Funeral Service from Mount Ida College.

Katherine Laggos
Katherine Laggos Vice President, Human Resources

Laggos oversees the Human Resources function for Legacy.com, including benefits, payroll, talent acquisition, compliance, and employee relations.

Laggos joined the Company in 2008 and has built the Company’s HR department, introducing new HR systems, health and wellness initiatives, and training and development programs. Before joining Legacy.com, she was a leader on the launch team of Kohl’s Department Stores’ Chicago flagship store, and then with Freedman Seating Company, where she led talent acquisition and training.

A native of Palos Hills, Illinois, Laggos earned her Bachelor’s degrees from DePaul University and her MS in Human Resources from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Pete Matarangas
Pete Matarangas Vice President, Advertising & Commerce

Matarangas oversees revenue generation for commerce activities focusing on new business initiatives and strategic partnerships that grow revenue.

Matarangas joined the Company in 2008 and has held positions as Director of Integrated Commerce, Senior Manager of Revenue and Senior Technical Quality Engineer. Before that, he held technical positions at AT&T and Riverside Publishing, a leading publisher of clinical and educational standardized tests in the United States.

A native of DeKalb, Illinois, Matarangas earned a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University.

Ron Speechley
Ron Speechley Vice President, Sales

Speechley oversees newspaper affiliate relationships for Legacy.com with a focus on non-Legacy partners.

Joining Legacy.com in November 2017, Speechley brings 20+ years of media experience to the table as he most recently held the position of VP Sales at Kantar Media/SRDS and built relationships with newspapers across the US.

A native of Westchester, IL, Speechley earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University.

Kim Vander Velde
Kim Vander Velde Sr. Vice President, Newspaper Affiliate Partnerships

Vander Velde oversees all newspaper affiliate relationships for Legacy.com in North America.

Vander Velde joined Legacy.com in 2002 as Director of Newspaper Affiliates. She was promoted to Director of Sales in 2007 and to Vice President of Sales in January 2008.

She previously worked as Director of Business Development for YesMail, and as Affiliate Relations Manager for Classified Ventures.

A native of Cleveland, Vander Velde earned a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Ohio and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Jessica Voelkner
Jessica Voelkner Vice President, Product Management

Voelkner oversees product strategy and execution for Legacy.com, collaborating with customers, partners, designers and engineers to delight our users.

Voelkner joined Legacy.com in 2012 as Senior Product Manager. She was promoted to lead the Product team as Director in 2014 and VP in 2016. Before joining Legacy.com, she was responsible for product vision and user experience for the premier floral and gifting company FTD.com as Product Manager. 

A native of California, Voelkner earned a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, East Bay and an MBA from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.