Deron K. Youse was installed as the 136th President of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association at their 2017 convention in Pocono Manor, PA. Organized in 1881, PFDA is one of the largest state funeral director associations in the nation.
Deron K. Youse is a life-long resident of Kutztown, PA, graduated from Kutztown Area High School in 1984. He is a graduate of Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA, where he received an Associate Degree in Funeral Service Education. Prior to entering funeral service, Deron served as a former paramedic and police officer, he has had a lifetime of service to others. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown, PA, a member, currently serving as Treasurer and former Secretary of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #839, Kutztown, PA. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Topton Community Ambulance, Topton, PA; is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, where he formerly served on the Board of Directors as District 6 Governor, Berks County Funeral Directors Association, where he currently serves as Treasurer, and Eastern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. He resides in Kutztown with his wife Wendy. Deron is the Supervisor of the Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., facility in Kutztown, PA, and has been a part of the Ludwick Funeral Home staff since 1989.
Stephanie Doriguzzi was installed as the 2017-2018 President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association.
Stephanie Doriguzzi, a 2006 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where she received the William J. Musmanno award for excellence in embalming and the Mu Sigma Alpha Award in outstanding academic efficiency. She is also a 2007 graduate of Point Park University where she received her bachelors’ degree in Funeral Management. She became a licensed funeral director in 2008, and is currently the supervisor at the Turtle Creek funeral home. She has been a Certified Celebrant since 2006 and has been a PA Licensed Insurance professional since 2010. In 2011 Stephanie was elected to sit on the Allegheny County Board of Trustees, and served as their President in 2014. In 2011 Stephanie was selected to serve on the Pursuit of Excellence Committee for the National Funeral Directors Association which was a three-year term. Also, Stephanie was one of two funeral directors in Pennsylvania selected to attend the NFDA Meet the Mentors program at Harvard University in August of 2011. In June of 2012, Stephanie, was sworn in as the District II Governor, serving Allegheny County, on the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Board of Governors. In 2012 Stephanie married her husband, Dustin Despot, and they have since had a daughter, Caleesi.
David V. Peake, Jr., was installed as the 2017-2018 Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association.
David V. Peake, Jr. is a 1998 graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS). He also attended Springfield Township High School and Kutztown University prior to going to PIMS. After mortuary school, he served his apprenticeship with the Givinsh Family Funeral Homes. After which he went to work at Robert L. Mannal Funeral Home, in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, where he continues to work. In 2012 Mannal acquired Craft Funeral Home of Erdenheim, and David is the current Supervisor for that Funeral Home. He has served the Philadelphia Local Funeral Directors Association as a Board Member (2010-2013), Vice President (2013- 2015), and President (2015-2017). Over the last three years David represented the Philadelphia’s Funeral Directors Association as their District Governor for District 8. He lives with his wife Abbey and their two children Greyson, and Olivia in Flourtown. David is very active in many local association in the five county Philadelphia region.