DEERFIELD, Ill. — Seven members were honored as Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Leadership Academy graduated a new class. The seven members were recognized during a special ceremony held in Raleigh, N.C., earlier in the year, the association announced in a press release.
Those who successfully completed the two-year program included; Eric A. Bliley, Joseph W. Bliley Company, Inc., Richmond, Va; Todd Deibert, Baue Funeral Homes, Crematory and Cemetery, St Charles, Mo.; Barry Donewar Sr., Mothe Funeral Homes, Inc., New Orleans, La.; Ashley Fryer Beinhauer, Family Funeral Homes, McMurray, Pa.; Michael Mientkiewicz, Howe-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Taylor, Mich.; Olivia Starks, Starks Family Funeral Homes, St. Joseph, Mich.; and Abby Sweeney, Horan and McConaty Funeral Service/Cremation, Aurora, Colo.
Selected’s Leadership Academy, now in its seventh year of existence, offers a unique and rewarding opportunity for members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes interested in developing or enhancing leadership skills. The Academy works to engage and grow participants via a structured curriculum including interactive conference calls, personal coaching calls and face-to-face experiences facilitated over a two-year period.
“I believe that the key is to start with leading yourself and continuing that education throughout our lives, but then accepting the responsibility and commitment to developing that in others as well,” said Sweeney, of why she decided to participate in the academy.
For more information on Selected’s programs, becoming a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes or to locate a member, visit Selected’s website or call 800-323-4219.