Nancy Ylvisaker, President

Ms. Ylvisaker has been the President of non-profit Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum since 2009. She is also the head of Bellefontaine’s community development company, Union West Florissant Housing Solutions, which works in the Mark Twain neighborhood of North St. Louis.

Previously, Ms. Ylvisaker worked in finance in New York City. For ten years she worked as an investment banker for JP Morgan, and then served as the President of its Community Development Corporation, which made investments in affordable housing, small business ventures, and neighborhood programs throughout the US. Subsequently, she developed and led Merrill Lynch’s Community Development Company.

Since moving to St. Louis Ms. Ylvisaker has served on boards of The Nature Conservancy, City Academy School, COCA, the Mercantile Library and the Danforth Leadership Council. She is married to St. Louis native Wes McAfee Jones, and has two children, Casey, 16 and Nicholas, 14. Nancy completed her BA in Philosophy at Brown and has an MBA from Yale University.


Cara Crocker, Director of Annual Giving

Cara joined Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum staff August 2014 as the Operations Manager for Development and Customer Relations. While in that role, Ms. Crocker designed and managing data collection processes to help the cemetery analyze its fundraising and customer service impact.   In 2016 she was asked to be the Director of Annual Giving.  “Helping the community discover this incredible historic sanctuary and connecting them to the resources it has to offer is the most rewarding work I’ve ever experienced.”

Ms. Crocker has over 20 years of nonprofit experience in accounting, customer service, and fundraising. She received a BA in Visual Art from Webster University and is a Master’s Candidate in the Arts Management and Leadership program at Webster University.

Outside of her work at Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum she is a craft artist and church musician.

Kevin Hunter,  Superintendent

Kevin has been Superintendent since 2006, after starting his career at Bellefontaine in 1988. Kevin has worked in commercial landscape management since graduating from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1976, with a degree in Forest Management.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys gardening and outdoor activities, especially canoeing and kayaking. Indoors, he enjoys good foreign films and bad science fiction movies.

Gracie Griffin, Vice President Customer Relations

Mrs. Griffin began in Customer Relations with Bellefontaine Cemetery in September 2012. Previously, Gracie taught social studies in the Parkway School District and later became a yearbook representative for Walsworth Publishing.

As a former educator, Mrs. Griffin’s passion lies in helping people. Through educating on important topics like pre-planning and green burial, providing guidance through genealogy research, and serving families in their time of need, Gracie fulfills this passion at Bellefontaine.

Gracie earned her BA in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her family, trivia events, and disc golf.

Richard Lay, Vice President of Customer Relations

Rick has been the Vice-President of Customer Relations since February of 2008. He is a licensed funeral director and an ordained minister. He is passionate about Bellefontaine Cemetery’s history and the stories of its families. He continues to help people plan for their final resting place and memorial.

He is an active member and Past-President of the Cemetery Management Association (CMA) and currently the Vice-President of the Associated Cemeteries of Missouri (ACM).

In his leisure, he enjoys going out for dinner and music with his wife, Tracy.