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2014 NFDA Elections - Candidates for Secretary

Declared Candidates

Kenneth A. Cahall, CFSP, CCO

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KenSecretaryKenneth A. Cahall, CFSP, CCO
Cahall Funeral Homes
204 West State Street
Georgetown, OH 45121
Phone: 937-378-6384
Fax: 937-378-1364

National Experience (NFDA)

  • At-Large Representative, NFDA Executive Board
  • Member, NFDA Spokesperson Team
  • Member, NFDA Audit Committee
  • Member, NFDA Budget Committee
  • Member, National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
  • Past Chairman, NFDA Governance Committee (2011 & 2012)
  • Member NFDA Governance Committee
  • Past Member, NFDA Policy Board (2009-2012)
  • Past Member, NFDA Member Resources Advisory Group
  • Member, NFDA National-State Relations Work Group
  • Member, Alkaline Hydrolysis Work Group
  • NFDA PAC fundraiser and contributor
  • Member, Heritage Club
  • Regular participant of NFDA Advocacy Summits, National Conventions and Leadership Conferences
  • NFDA Convention and Expo Volunteer
  • Workshop Presenter at NFDA National Convention

State Experience (Ohio Funeral Directors Association)

  • Member, Ohio Funeral Directors Association (OFDA)
  • Past President OFDA District #11
  • OFDA Secretary (2002-2003)
  • OFDA Treasurer (2003-2004)
  • OFDA President-Elect (2004-2005)
  • OFDA President (2005-2006)
  • OFDA Ex-Officio (2007-2008)
  • OFDA PAC contributor
  • Provided Testimony at Senate Committee Legislative Hearing
  • Chairman, OFDA Master Trust Committee (2002-2012)
  • Past Trustee, OFDA Benefit Trust Committee
  • Chairman and Member, OFDA Nominating Committee (2006-present)
  • Chairman, OFDA Convention Committee (2004)
  • Past Member, Allied Memorial Council
  • Past Chairman and Member, Finance and Audit Committee
  • Past Chairman and Member, Member Services Committee
  • Past member, Membership Committee

Professional Background

  • Associate of Science in Business from University of Cincinnati (1973)
  • Graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (1974)
  • National Board Certification (1974)
  • Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in state of Ohio (1975)
  • Second generation licensed funeral director and embalmer in family owned business
  • President and owner of Cahall Funeral Homes, Inc.
  • Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (Lifetime Member)
  • NFDA Certified Crematory Operator
  • Member Confidence Cemetery Board of Trustees (1975-1990)
  • Master Funeral Director and Embalmer
  • Member Better Business Bureau, Cincinnati Chapter
  • Member Brown County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
    • Member, Knights of Columbus, Ripley Council #2374
    • Member, Knights of Columbus, All Saints Assembly
    • Past member, St. Michael's Parish Council
    • Member, St. Michael School Finance Committee
    • Past member, St. Michael School Board
    • Member Georgetown EVSD Board of Education (1984-2000)
  • President Southwest Ohio Regional Board of Education (1998-2000)

Candidate's Statement

Funeral service has been very exciting, rewarding and a great learning experience for me throughout my career, which has included serving on decision making levels of funeral director organizations as a state officer, past NFDA Policy Board member and currently on the NFDA executive board as an at-large representative. This experience has provided me with the tools and the continuing passion to represent NFDA, funeral service and you by seeking the office of NFDA secretary. I wish to take this step and to humbly serve with the same respect that we all provide to the families we serve and that the profession demands. I believe in the professionalism, mission statement, code of ethics and values of NFDA and also believe they can only be enhanced and strengthened by forward thinking leadership. National and state relationships are now more essential than ever to create solidarity and unity within these organizations to represent funeral service. Many challenges and events have changed the face of funeral service across our great nation and around the world. Proactive leadership is needed to inform, educate and advocate strategically and decisively for the benefit of our membership and the consumers. Conversely, we, as leaders must not only be progressive, but we must not lose sight of our long history in providing funeral services in a traditional manner.

I am a second generation, full time working funeral director who shares your vision and has found the value of being a member of the National funeral Directors Association. I would humbly and respectfully appreciate your support as I seek the position of NFDA secretary.

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