Vernie Fountain, CFSP
Embalmer and Postmortem Reconstructive Specialist
Vernie Fountain, CFSP, Embalmer, Postmortem Reconstructive Specialist is a licensed embalmer and began his career in funeral service in 1956. In 1990, he founded Fountain National Academy (FNA) to provide quality, specialized training for licensed embalmers. Fountain’s embalming and reconstructive techniques help embalmers deal with severely traumatized and difficult cases and have proven effective in converting many non-viewable cases to a more acceptable viewable condition. His ability to teach his valuable expertise in seminar settings has made his presentations popular among funeral service professionals around the globe.
T. Scott Gilligan
Attorney, Gilligan Law Offices and NFDA General Counsel
T. Scott Gilligan is an attorney at Gilligan Law Offices and the National Funeral Directors Association’s General Counsel. In addition to serving as General Counsel, Gilligan has also represented NFDA interests before the Federal Trade Commission since the inception of the Funeral Rule in 1984. He graduated in 1976 from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC; he obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1979. Gilligan’s family has been in funeral service for over 120 years in Cincinnati. He is the author of the latest update of Mortuary Law, a textbook widely used in mortuary colleges.
Amanda Marie Eilis King
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Amanda Marie Eilis King is a Missouri licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, having completed her embalming apprenticeship under Vernie R. Fountain, as well as training in postmortem reconstructive surgery. In addition to her AAS in mortuary science from ACC in Colorado, Amanda holds a B.S. from Skidmore College for studio art and biology, and a Post-Baccalaureate degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a concentration in printmaking. She is a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors & Embalmers Association, the Association for Gravestone Studies, the International End of Life Doula Association, NFDA, and the APFSP. Amanda approaches her work in this field from an artistic standpoint, and implements her skills as thus, frequently undertaking illustration and photography work for publications within the field.
Jason Mishler, CFSP, MBIE
Owner and Operator, Mishler Embalming and Transit Service
Jason Mishler, CFSP, MBIE is the owner and operator of Mishler Embalming and Transit Service since 2011. Previously, he worked at both larger and smaller call volume funeral homes. Jason graduated from Vincennes University with a degree in Mortuary Science and has been a licensed funeral director since 1994. He also attended Fountain National Academy, which provided him with guidance for post mortem reconstructive surgery. Jason is a member of National Funeral Directors Association, Indiana Funeral Directors Association, British Institute of Embalmers and is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). In his free time, Jason enjoys camping with his wife Melissa and two children Jaxson and Ava.