ORLANDO, Fla. – Laura Zabel received the President’s Distinguished Service Award during the 110th Annual
Meeting of The International Conference of Funeral Service Boards held Feb. 26-27 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando.
Bart Burton, president of The Conference, presented Zabel with the award on the second day of the meeting during the annual awards luncheon. The award symbolizes the recipient’s ongoing commitment and service to The Conference as well as to the funeral service profession.
Zabel has served on The Conference’s Examination Committee for the last 10 years after being appointed in 2003. She has served as the chair of the sciences committee for the last three years, pushing them toward excellence in examination development. She has more than 30 years of professional experience as a funeral director/embalmer and has attended conference meetings for more than 15 years.
She was a champion of regulation in a state that deregulated funeral service and has always been vocal on the importance that regulation plays in public protection. She is licensed in four states: Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Iowa. Zabel is also a certified mortuary science practitioner with the Colorado Funeral Service Board and has served as chair of the Colorado Funeral Service Board six times.
She received her A.A. from Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa in 1976. Zabel received a diploma from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1977 and her B.A. in business administration from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb., in 1983.