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2015 NFDA Elections - Candidates for Secretary

Declared Candidates

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SA-webScott B. Anthony, CFSP, CCO
Anthony Funeral & Cremation Chapels
1031 Ridge Rd.
Webster, NY 14580
Phone: 585-872-6380
Fax: 585-872-3924

State and National Experience

  • NFDA Involvement:
    • NFDA Advocacy Committee 2013
    • Policy Board 2011-2013
    • Chairman, Funeral Service Foundation (FSF) 2009-2010
    • FSF Executive Committee 2008-2011
    • Pursuit of Excellence Committee 2005
    • Member Board of Trustees Funeral Service Foundation 2003-2011
    • At-Large Representative 2013-2015

I have been a member of NFDA for over 30 years through my funeral home. I became an officer of the New York State Funeral Directors Association in 2004 after serving on its board for six years. New York sends it officers to the three main NFDA meetings every year. My board experience in New York allowed me to grow in my understanding of association practice and procedures. I was asked to be the Policy Board representative after I completed my term as President on the New York Board.

I also had the privilege of serving on the Funeral Service Foundation Board of Trustees for 8 years. That board experience offered me the opportunity to work closely with NFDA members of the Executive Board who served as liaison to the Foundation board. The Foundation serves as the 401 C-3 charitable subsidiary of NFDA. The Executive Board of NFDA is charged with oversight of the Foundation. The Foundation Trustees make all the decisions for the foundation which include awarding grants and scholarships and voting in members of the Board of Trustees. The Foundation is well positioned through its endowment to have a direct impact on the future of funeral service by funding projects and programs and building meaningful relationships in the community.

My year as an At-Large Executive Board member has allowed me to understand the workings of NFDA which has a very large budget and many members to be focused on serving. NFDA is the leading and largest funeral service association with influence in funeral service in the US and in many different countries around the world. I have been pleased to work closely with my fellow board members and CEO Christine Pepper this past year deciding on issues important to funeral service and our members.

Professional Background

I joined our family funeral business in 1982 after spending 6 years in the sales profession after college. I graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, SC in 1974 with a degree in Business Administration. I graduated from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY in 1982.

The funeral profession has been a good fit for me. My sales experience taught me how to work with potential customers by offering them a product that would solve their problem. The sales experience with funeral customers has many similarities. My interest in serving families who have experienced a death aligns with my empathetic and sincere style. My strongest attribute is that I am a good listener.

Anthony Funeral Chapel, Inc. was started by my father in 1952. It was the fulfillment of his dream to have a funeral business. He and his brother operated the business together for 30 years. In 1982, I joined the business along with my cousin who had joined the firm several years earlier. The business was well established and in 1984 we purchased the business from my father and uncle. In the thirty years we have been operating the firm we have acquired two separate funeral businesses and more than doubled the number of families we serve which is between 400-500 families per year.

After several years operating the business, I started volunteering with our local funeral service association in Rochester. Then in the mid 90's I became involved with our state association. My activities with the state included the board and eventually becoming President in 2007. My most memorable accomplishment was tasking board members to serve on a Governance Committee to determine if a different model of board makeup would better serve the association. Our board had grown to over 50 board members with a large percentage of past presidents who were offered a board seat after their terms ended. It took another administration to complete the task but the end result trimmed the board leadership to 27 board members. It is my opinion and that of the other volunteer leaders that our board functions more efficiently with the changes.

Our funeral home continues to grow and serve the Rochester suburban area with a new generation poised to operate the business in the future.

Candidate's Statement

I sincerely care what happens to my profession. I value the many opportunities there are to learn through programs and networking with fellow NFDA members. My interest in serving as Secretary to NFDA is a continuation of my service to my profession in ways that will have a lasting impact. My journey in funeral service has allowed me to serve many families during one of the most difficult times in their lives. The service that I have strived to provide is above all compassionate and sensitive to the needs of each family. Through these families and services I have observed different rituals—some which contain meaningful and beautiful symbolism. The funeral or memorial can offer so much help to the bereaved. It is the most important time that a family can have to mourn the death and celebrate the life of their loved one. I am committed to help keep these traditions alive through education and the sharing of my expertise in helping families. NFDA brings all aspects of the profession together through its mission of being the worldwide source of expertise and professional resources for all facets of funeral service. I feel that with my compassion for the funeral ceremony and my experience with the association and foundation gives me a proven record for service to the funeral profession. Therefore, I am seeking the office of Secretary of NFDA.

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Chuck-Bowman-2015webCharles T. "Chuck" Bowman, CMSP, CFSP, CCO
Horan & McConaty Funeral Service/Cremation
5303 East County Line Rd.
Centennial, CO 80122
Phone: 303-221-0030
Fax: 303-468-9680

State and National Experience

In the early 1980's while working part-time in a small, family-owned funeral home, I was introduced to the Colorado Funeral Directors Association. I became interested in the issues facing the association after the Colorado legislature "sunsetted" the mortuary licensure laws in 1982.

The Colorado Funeral Directors Association has worked diligently to maintain high standards of practice and ethics in a state with limited regulation. The CFDA created the Colorado Funeral Service Board, a voluntary certification program for funeral service professionals based on requirements that are comparable to licensure in other states. CFDA was also instrumental in helping to establish the accredited Mortuary Science Program at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton (CO).

After a career in law enforcement, I began full-time employment in the funeral industry in 1990. I was approved as a Certified Funeral Director (CFD) by the Colorado Funeral Service Board in 1995 and was elected to serve as a director for the association's certification program soon thereafter.

Although Colorado does not require mortuary college as a practical requirement, I went back to school and earned an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College in 1998. After passing the National Board exam, I was certified as a Mortuary Science Practitioner by the Colorado Funeral Service Board in 1999. I am also a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), awarded by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association in 2000 and served consecutive terms as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President. I have also served on several committees and task forces for the CFDA.

Since 2004, I have served as CFDA's Legislative Chair and have learned a great deal about state laws and the legislative process. I have testified in support of funeral service on numerous occasions and continue to serve as a liaison with state regulatory authorities as a resource for funeral service in Colorado.

Working in a state without licensing, the practice of funeral service is dependent upon the committed professionals within the industry to maintain high standards of fairness and ethics. I have led the charge towards reinstating a funeral service license system in Colorado and helped to introduce several (unsuccessful) licensure bills, including one that passed through the state legislature but was vetoed by the Governor in 2006.

Our efforts were finally rewarded in 2009 when House Bill 1202 was signed into law. Since 2010, funeral establishments and crematories must register annually with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), consumers may file complaints with DORA, and disciplinary measures can be taken. CFDA has also helped to craft and pass other important funeral service legislation, such as instituting laws to define standards of practice and control disposition rights; create an electronic death registration system; clarify disposition rights for last remains of members of the armed forces; and allow for the disposition of abandoned cremated remains. Our current legislative efforts will strengthen the laws regarding preneed funeral plans.

I was elected as Colorado Representative to the NFDA Policy Board in 2007, and elected as At Large Representative to the NFDA Executive Board in 2013. I have served on the NFDA Disaster Committee and the Metals Recycling Committee.

I continue to study policy issues from the NFDA Policy Board and incorporate them into standards of operation for the state of Colorado.

Professional Experience

My funeral service career began as a teenager when my family lived one block away from a small, family-owned funeral home in Castle Rock, Colorado. I worked at the funeral home part-time for 20 years learning about all aspects of the funeral business.

After earning a degree in law enforcement administration, I worked as a deputy sheriff, patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant, detective and captain until my retirement from law enforcement in 1989.

I began my second career in funeral service in 1990, working full-time as a funeral director at Chapel Hill Mortuary and Cemetery in Littleton, Colorado. I enrolled in the Mortuary Science Program at Arapahoe Community College in 1996 and I am proud to be a member of the program's first graduating class, earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in 1998.

In March 1997, I began working for my current employer, Horan & McConaty, where I started as a funeral director, assistant manager, then building manager, and now Vice President. My duties include handling high-profile funeral services for community leaders, public safety officers, and local armed forces members killed in the line of duty. I am blessed to work for a firm that recognizes the importance of advocacy for the funeral service profession and that generously supports my participation in local and national activities.

I am a Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner, awarded by the Colorado Funeral Service Board in 1999. I am also a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) awarded by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, and a Certified Crematory Operator (CCO) by the National Funeral Directors Association.

I credit my professional involvement to my friend and mentor, Bob Gibson, owner of the Castle Rock funeral home where I began my career. An active member of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association for many years, Bob educated me about the state of the funeral business in Colorado without licensing (eliminated by the state legislature in 1982). I have actively participated in CFDA for many years and have served in numerous leadership roles for the association:

  • Colorado Funeral Service Board (certification board) — 1995 to 2000
  • Disaster Committee Chair — 1999
  • Secretary/Treasurer — 2000
  • Vice President — 2001
  • President Elect — 2002
  • President — 2003
  • Immediate Past President — 2004
  • Legislative Chair — 2004 to present
  • Director at Large — 2005 to 2007

I represent CFDA as a liaison to the Department of Regulatory Agencies and have engaged in several key legislative initiatives during my term as chair of CFDA's Legislative Committee. I am often called upon to testify before the state's legislature regarding funeral service issues and serve as CFDA's media spokesperson.

I served as Colorado's representative to the NFDA Policy Board from 2007 to 2013, and was elected to the NFDA Executive Board as At-Large Representative in 2013. I have also served on NFDA's Disaster Committee and Metals Recycling task force.

I was a member of the Region VIII Disaster Mortuary Operations Recovery Team (DMORT) for 20 years. Starting as funeral director in 1984, 1 worked through the ranks of training officer and recently retired as deputy commander. I was deployed to New York (NY) after the 911 tragedy; to New Orleans (LA) after Hurricane Katrina; and to Joplin (MO) for tornado recovery.

I have served for the past 14 years on the Arapahoe Community College, Mortuary School Advisory Board and currently serve as chairperson. I was appointed in 2006 to serve on the Colorado Mortuary Practices Committee to develop standards of practice in the event of a mass fatality situation and a pandemic flu outbreak. Since 2007 I have served on a task force with Denver (CO) metro area coroners to develop and maintain standard operating procedures for handling mass fatalities.

I have actively served with Littleton (CO) Rotary Club since 1995, the Rotary Board in 2010-2011 and on the Rotary's foundation board in 2005-2006.

For 16 years, I also served as a host site/director for the 9Health Fair, a community non-profit organization that provides free and low-cost health awareness and educational screenings at more than 150 health fair locations across the state.

Candidate's Statement

As an At-Large Representative on NFDA's Executive Board since 2013 and a member of NFDA's Policy Board for 6 years, serving the NFDA has been a very rewarding experience and working with the true professionals of this assembly is simply inspiring.

I want to continue my commitment to leadership, education, advocacy and preparedness as Secretary of the National Funeral Directors Association.

NFDA plays an important role by mentoring funeral directors at all levels to become future leaders of the profession. By creating opportunities to educate and train funeral home employees, NFDA will help its members to provide meaningful end-of-life services and demonstrate a model of excellence and integrity for future leaders in funeral service.

My experience in advocacy for the state of Colorado can be a valuable asset as I continue to serve NFDA. As Legislative Chair for the Colorado Funeral Directors Association since 2004, I am proud to have helped create legislation that promotes standards of practice and fairness, improves oversight of preneed contract sellers, and protects consumers from the worry of unlawful situations. I am frequently called upon by the Department of Regulatory Agencies to answer questions about the practice of funeral service and often testify before the state's legislature to advocate for funeral directors. I've also taken an active role in the development of Colorado's Electronic Death Registration system that will be launched statewide in 2015.

My years of experience in disaster response as a police officer, as retired Deputy Commander of DMORT Region VIII, and as chairman of CFDA's Disaster Team — can be of great assistance to the NFDA as we continue to advocate for mass fatality preparedness.

I am honored to be a part of this caring business and hope to be able to continue to serve and support the members of the National Funeral Directors Association. I humbly ask for your vote as a candidate for NFDA Secretary.

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