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NFDA Announces March 2013 Meet the Mentors Attendees

BROOKFIELD, Wisc. - The National Funeral Directors Association has announced the names of the 50 funeral professionals who will have an opportunity to learn from three leading funeral directors and network with like-minded peers during the Association’s third Meet the Mentors Program on March 18 and 19 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

Meet the Mentors is being held in cooperation with the Funeral Service Foundation.

NFDA-member licensed funeral directors and embalmers under the age of 40 had an opportunity to enter a drawing for a chance to participate in this exclusive program. The names of the 50 participants were announced through video drawings posted on the NFDA website and social media sites. The attendees are:

  • Michelle Anthony, College Place, Wash.
  • Brian Bartlett, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • David Bell, Owensboro, Ky.
  • Jonathan Bender, Clifton, N.J.
  • Shawn Brown, Gainesville, Fla.
  • Brandon Burkhead, Blairsville, Ga.
  • Joshua Cioci, Alliance, Ohio
  • Brett Eidson, Lebanon, Mo.
  • Benjamin Eldridge, Primghar, Iowa
  • Daniel Enea, CPC, Ocoee, Fla.
  • Thomas Fletcher III, Westminster, Md.
  • Anne Geib, New Philadelphia, Ohio
  • Mario Gethers, CFSP, Moncks Corner, S.C.
  • Brantley Gurley, Goldsboro, N.C.
  • Brian Hahn, Parkersburg, W.Va.
  • Jana Haldenwang, CFSP, Oneida, N.Y.
  • Tommy Harris, CFSP, Chesnee, S.C.
  • Cheri Jefferson, Covington, Ga.
  • Sabrina Joynes, CFSP, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Amanda Keith, Louisville, Ky.
  • Christopher Keyes, Cassopolis, Mich.
  • Meghan King, Danville, Va.
  • Leah Kucera, Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Mitchell Kyker, Harriman, Tenn.
  • Kyle LeMieur, Little Falls, Minn.
  • Christopher McCord, CFSP, New Market, Ala.
  • John McHugh, Chevy Chase, Md.
  • Mark Mier, Manchester, Iowa
  • Amy Miller, Greenwood, Ind.
  • Curtis Mills, Clinton, Mo.
  • Kenneth Morgan, Corbin, Ky.
  • David Neal, Danville, Va.
  • Victoria Ordoyne Thomas, Houma, La.
  • Lauren Polanski, Hamburg, N.Y.
  • Jamie Ricci, Ottawa, Ill.
  • Daniel Jon Rush, Philip, S.D.
  • Melanie Scheid, CPC, Lancaster, Penn.
  • Aaron Scott, Jeffersonville, Ind.
  • William Skidd, Associate CPC, Norwalk, Conn.
  • Robert Smith III, Chicago, Ill.
  • Evans St. Forts, North Miami Beach, Fla.
  • Veronica Thomas, Brunswick, Ohio
  • Martha Thompson, Hammond, La.
  • Nicholas Tomasello, Runnemede, N.J.
  • Bodi Topham, Tooele, Utah
  • Edward Torres, Swanquarter, N.C.
  • Ryan Tucker, Denver, Iowa
  • Marty White, Strasburg, Va.
  • Jessica Williams, Houma, La.
  • Eric Wilsey, Saugerties, N.Y.

The attendees will have an opportunity to meet and learn from three of the country’s leading funeral directors: Lisa Baue, a third-generation funeral director and president/CEO of Baue Funeral Homes, which operates four funeral homes in St. Charles, Mo.; Michael Schoedinger, the president of Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Service in Columbus, Ohio, a funeral home with 15 locations that has been owned by his family for six generations; and Richard Tetrick, the president and CEO of Heritage Family Funeral Services, which includes 21 funeral homes in four states, six cemeteries in two states and several other funeral-related businesses.

There is no cost to participate in the program itself; the attendees only pay for their transportation to and from the program. The cost of the registration fee, access to the mentors, one night of lodging, a reception and dinner the night before the program, and continental breakfast and lunch the day of the program – a $599 value – has been generously covered through a grant from the Funeral Service Foundation.

Posted Jan. 18


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