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Dominick Astorino, CFSP, MBIE, is on faculty at the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science in Detroit, MI where he oversees the lecture and laboratory of all the Restorative Art courses. He played an active role in making Wayne State University the only mortuary school in the country to currently offer a fully hands-on cranial reconstruction lab, which he teaches, and is a recipient of the University's "Excellence in Teaching for Part Time Faculty Award". His work in the field of Restorative Art has been highlighted by invitations to speak as well as publication in professional journals across the United States, Canada and Europe. Astorino holds degrees in cellular biology and mortuary science and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2003. Since 2004 he’s worked at Wujek-Calcaterra and Sons, Inc., a 4th generation family owned firm handling 1500 funerals a year in the suburbs of metropolitan Detroit.
Jzyk Ennis, Ph.D. is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Alabama and Georgia, a full-time funeral service education instructor at Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham, Alabama, and a part-time funeral director at Deerfoot Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville, Alabama. Dr. Ennis graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Auburn University in 1990, with an associate degree in Funeral Service Education from Jefferson State Community College in 1993, earned his master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2007, and earned his Ph.D. in Adult Education from Auburn University in 2015. Dr. Ennis is a nationally recognized speaker and author, and is a subject matter expert in legal cases related to embalming and funeral service. Dr. Ennis published the textbook, Embalming Standards of Care, in 2016. He is currently serving as Vice President of the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) and as a member of the NFDA National Spokesperson Team.
T. Scott Gilligan is an attorney at Gilligan Law Offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and general counsel for NFDA. In addition to serving as general counsel, Gilligan has represented NFDA interests before the Federal Trade Commission since the inception of the FTC Funeral Rule in 1984.
Gilligan graduated in 1976 from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., and obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1979. His family has been in funeral service for more than 120 years in Cincinnati. He is the author of the latest update of Mortuary Law, a textbook widely used in mortuary colleges.
Wallace P. (Wally) Hooker, CFSP, MBIE, is the owner/funeral director/embalmer of Family & Friends Funeral Home of Wingate, IN. He and his wife established, designed and built their funeral home in 2004. Wally attended Purdue University and is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Wheeling, IL. He is 2016 Past President of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association. Wally does a significant amount of trade embalming out of his funeral home. He is routinely called on by other funeral directors for technical consultation, to assist with their problem cases and restorative work, and for their family members. Wally has developed a passion and reputation for quality no-nonsense embalming and facial reconstruction. As an ‘in demand’ lecturer, Wally enjoys sharing his professional knowledge and experience with others at many International, national, state, and regional conventions and meetings as well as several mortuary colleges.