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2015 NFDA Advocacy Summit Schedule

This year’s conference features new and exciting opportunities for you to achieve more!

Take a look at the initial schedule below. Check back often – more details will be announced soon!

Tuesday, March 3rd

Policy Board schedule coming soon!



4:30 – 6 p.m.                

Welcome Briefing

    - Welcome remarks

    - Tips from Congressional staff

    - Mock lobbying demonstrations



Wednesday, March 4th

8 – 9 a.m.                    

Keynote Speaker from Veterans Affairs (to be announced)


9 – 10 a.m.                   

VA Panel (CEU applied for)

Deborah Skillman, Director, Casualty, Mortuary Affairs and Military Funeral Honors

Jack Lechner, Jr CSFP Superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery (DoD)

Kimberly Wright, National Cemetery Administration Office of Field Programs


10 a.m. – 5 p.m.           

Hill visits (Onsite Welcome Room hours 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

5 – 7 p.m.                    

Capitol Hill Reception

Thursday, March 5th

8 – 9 a.m.                    

Mass Fatality Keynote Speaker (CEU applied for)

Jeffrey K. Beatty- former U.S. Delta Force


9 – 10 a.m.                   

Mass Fatality Panel (CEU applied for)

David R. Patterson, CFSP- Global Mortuary Affairs, LLC

Alysia Wheeler English, Executive Director, Georgia FDA

W. Scott Smith, Heritage Crematory

Nic Douglas, Funeral Director/ Embalmer, Douglas Trade Service & Crematory

10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.      

Exclusive Outing at Arlington Cemetery

   - Special operational overview with Superintendent Jack Lechner, Jr., CFSP

   - NFDA wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

   - Changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

   - Visit to Kennedy grave

   - Full honors military funeral


Approx. 2 – 2:30 p.m.   

Bus stop at Reagan National Airport**






















































*This conference provides licensed funeral directors/embalmers up to 3 CEU hours and is approved by APFSP and most state licensing boards. CE hours vary by state. Schedule subject to change.

**Bring your luggage when you board the bus for the Arlington Cemetery Outing if you would like to be dropped off at the airport Thursday afternoon. Those not taking advantage of this stop will be responsible for their own transportation to the airport.

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