I am placing my name into consideration for an At-Large Representative position on the NFDA Executive Board because I feel my funeral service experience and experience serving on various boards and associations would be an asset to the NFDA and its members.
I am very proud of my role in forming, building and commanding the Michigan Mortuary Response Team (MI-MORT). It is Michigan’s official state level mass fatality team comprised of forensic specialists who have been fully trained and equipped to respond to any mass fatality incident in the State. Our successful program has been modeled by other state teams and was credited as contributing to NFDA’s Mass Fatality Template for States Work Group in 2015.
Following high school graduation and prior to returning to the family funeral home where I grew up, I felt a calling to serve my country and enlisted in the United States Air Force, where I served for eight years as a Security Policeman both stateside and overseas in Okinawa Japan and the Republic of South Korea. Veteran issues are very important to me and I have worked hard with veteran groups and the MFDA to enact mutually beneficial laws affecting veterans funeral-related issues. I will bring this unique perspective to the NFDA Board to benefit veterans nationally.
I feel ongoing education in funeral service is vital to providing excellent service to not only the families we serve but also to the funeral service committees and boards I sit on. Although Michigan does not require continuing education I have obtained and maintained my CSFP and CCO accreditations at the national level as well as my CMFP at the state level, and I continually attend workshops, seminars, conferences and webinars on funeral related topics to stay apprised of changing trends and issues.
I have vast experience serving and working on many executive boards, including service group, non-profits, education and have served in all positions of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association from District officer to State President. I am very proud of my tenure with the MFDA board, especially establishing a leadership model during my presidency, which among other things included increased membership interaction that directly resulted in both reduced member apathy as well as increased membership for the first time in decades.
I thank you for your consideration of my qualifications and ask for your vote.