Dominick J. Astorino, CFSP, MBIE
Faculty, Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science
Dominick J. 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". Dominick also serves as an adjunct instructor in the funeral service program at Fayetteville Tech in North Carolina where he teaches courses in embalming theory and pathology and sits on the restorative art curriculum review committee for the American Board of Funeral Service Education. 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.
Wallace P. (Wally) Hooker, CFSP, MBIE
Owner, Funeral Director & Embalmer, Family & Friends Funeral Home
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.
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.