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Blair Nelsen Elected to The Conference Board of Directors

The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards 113th Annual Meeting

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Blair Nelsen was elected District 2 director of The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards at the 113th Annual Meeting held March 1-2 at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Hilton Head.

As District 2 director, Nelsen represents funeral service regulators from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. He is serving his third term on the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers and is a past president of the board.

Nelsen is a fourth-generation funeral director currently serving as director, governmental affairs, Eastern Region of SCI management. Prior to joining SCI, Nelsen grew his family business from one to six locations, serving families throughout Virginia. He is a past president of Preferred Funeral Directors International and was recently elected to his third term as a director of the International Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Association.

Nelsen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies from the University of Virginia, a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an Associate of Funeral Science from John Tyler Community College. He is a former KC-135 Air Force pilot and instructor pilot.

He and his wife, Darcie, have two daughters, Mary Stuart and Elizabeth, as well as a black Labrador Retriever, Georgia.

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 and regulatory agencies throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit

Posted April 19, 2017


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