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Gail A. Thomas-DeWitt Elected President of The Conference

HENDERSON, NEV. – Gail A. Thomas-DeWitt, CFSP, was elected president of The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards at the 109th annual meeting. The event was held Feb. 27 - 28, 2013, at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson.

Thomas-DeWitt was elected to serve on the board of directors from District 3 in 2010. She was elected secretary/treasurer in 2011 and vice president in 2012. She served on the examination committee from 2008 to 2010. As District 3 Director, she represents the funeral service regulatory boards of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In 1995 she was elected the first African-American woman mayor of the city of Chattahoochee. In 1996, Thomas-DeWitt purchased Bruton's Funeral Home in Orlando, Fla., which is now Gail & Wynn's Mortuary, Inc.

Thomas-DeWitt’s love for the funeral profession led her to become a member of the National Disaster Operational Response Team (DMORT) in 1996. She served as Chief of Morgue Operations for DMORT. Thomas-DeWitt has been a member of the Florida State Board of Funeral Services since 2005, and currently serves as vice-chairman.

The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards is headquartered in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Founded in 1904, the membership of The Conference is composed of funeral service licensing boards and regulatory agencies throughout the United States and Canada. For more information on The Conference, visit


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