Our Team


Zach Chapple, President/CEO

Zach has been serving families in the funeral home industry for eight years and is the second generation in his family following his father, Mike Chapple, with over 30 years of service. As President/CEO and Founding Officer of Knight Riders Inc., Zach saw the need for a professional transport and removal service that could represent a funeral home in a way they could be proud of. So, he put together a team that could do just that! Zach attends Hillsdale United Methodist Church in Advance, NC and has worked in the mission field as far away as a recent trip to South Africa where he witnessed to hundreds of youth. Zach enjoys spending free time hunting and vacationing with his wife, Wendi, and their daughter, Charlotte.

Wendi Chapple, Office Manager

Wendi is also a founding member of Knight Riders LLC. She is responsible for all the office and client account services including invoicing, payroll, insurance compliance as well as working with the NC Funeral Board and NC Medical Examiners Offices. Wendi also serves as a Registered Nurse and brings that caring personality to her work in the mortuary transport service. She often assists in removals and enjoys the opportunity to engage with clients and families. Zach and Wendi were married in 2015 and attend Hillsdale United Methodist Church together. Wendi loves being a mother to Charlotte, her and Zach’s daughter, and spending time with family and friends.

Mike Chapple, Senior Advisor

Mike has been serving families with professionalism in the funeral industry for 30 years. With his caring, compassionate nature he has served hundreds of families with dedication and concern. Mike is presently location manager of a large, established funeral home in the Triad. Mike and his wife, Carrie, are active members of Hillsdale United Methodist Church. Mike is also an active member of Rotary Club of Clemmons. He also enjoys spending free time entertaining his grandchildren, golfing, and vacationing at the coast with his family.

Charles Childress, COO

Charles is a former law enforcement officer and also a business owner for over 12 years. He began his work in the funeral and transport service in 2010 as a Founding Member of Knight Riders, Inc. and has gone on to become the Chief Operation Officer. He brings a wealth of business management and administration knowledge to Knight Riders which has been crucial in the growth and success of the company. Charles attends Hillsdale United Methodist Church and spends his spare time fishing, hunting and enjoying the outdoors with his wife, Katie and their daughter, Henley.

Melanie Caudill, Staff Manager & Transport Director

Melanie has spent several years in professional business offices as a leader and knows the importance of detail-oriented work in a fast paced environment. She joined the Knight Riders team in 2016 as a Removal Specialist and fell in love with the industry. Melanie now leads our staff in the day-to-day operations as well as maintaining a constant line of communication with our clients to ensure the Knight Riders level of service is being met. Melanie attends New Friendship Baptist Church and enjoys spending her free time antiquing with her husband, Corey. They share a blended family of four children.