|Connie Smith – Senior Vice President, Professional Development Division
Directs the development and implementation of educational programming for NFDA as well as the information and research department.
|Colleen Murphy Klein, M.A. – Vice President, Professional Development
Develops educational programming for NFDA. Responsible for managing education efforts.
|David Larsen - Convention, Events and Meetings Director
Oversees development of high quality, innovative meetings for funeral service professionals on local, national and international levels. Provides technical and logistical support in the office and on-site at meetings. Negotiates and implements contractual agreements with vendors and suppliers to include hotels, convention and visitors bureaus and other travel industry companies.
Faye Bonini – Professional Development Coordinator
|Deana Gillespie - Research Manager
Devise appropriate methods and procedures for obtaining relevant quantitative and qualitative data about association operations and the funeral service industry; compile, analyze, organize, and report on data to create an accurate research database that will assist association leaders and management with fiscal, program, and policy decision-making in accordance with NFDA’s strategic plan.
|Kathie Walczak – Information & Education Specialist
Responsible for managing the research and information department and maintaining the Howard C. Raether Library. Assists members and consumers with requests for funeral service information.
Shari Foucault – Meetings & Education Assistant
Provides support to the meetings and professional development areas in coordinating all NFDA conferences and on site events.
|Katharine Bissen - Administrative Assistant
Provides administrative support to the Professional Development Department. Responsible for supporting educational efforts.
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|NFDA Event Calendar
NFDA International Convention & Expo
Asia Funeral and Cemetery Expo & Conference
NFDA Advocacy Summit
NFDA Professional Women's Conference
NFDA Leadership Conference
NFDA Technical Skills Seminar
NFDA Meet the Mentors
CANA & NFDA Cremation Symposium
All Funeral Service Events
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