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2014 NFDA Elections - Candidates for At-large Representative

Declared Candidates

Alec S. Anderson

John O. "Jack" Mitchell IV

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Alec_AndersonAlec S. Anderson
Anderson & Sons Mortuary
49 East 100 North
American Fork, UT 84003
Phone: 801-756-3564
Fax: 801-763-0799

National Experience (NFDA)

  • NFDA Policy Board Representative for Utah
  • Member of the NFDA Professional Development Committee
  • Member of the NFDA Governance Committee
  • Served on the NFDA and Federated Insurance Safety & Risk Management Committee
  • 5 time recipient of the Pursuit of Excellence Award
  • NFDA PAC fundraiser and contributor
  • Comfort Zone Camp contributor

State Experience (Utah Funeral Directors Association)

  • Utah Funeral Directors Association Policy Board Representative to NFDA
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary Treasurer
  • District Representative 4 years
  • UFDA Media Spokesperson
  • UFDA Medical Examiner Committee Chairman
  • UFDA Organ Donation Committee Chairman
  • UFDA Disaster Committee Chairman
  • UFDA Audit Committee Chairman
  • UFDA Annual Convention Chairman
  • UFDA Midwinter Convention Chairman
  • UFDA District 2 Meetings Chairman
  • UFDA Legislative Committee
  • Utah Funeral Directors Association representative and spokesperson to the State of Utah Pandemic and Disaster Response Report and action plan committee.
  • Utah County Health Department Disaster and Pandemic preparedness committee

Professional Background

I am a fifth generation Funeral Director, and I would have to say my career in funeral service started very early in my life. I began pulling weeds, graduated to vacuuming and cleaning, moved on to washing cars and finally advanced to a flower car driver. I attended Utah Valley University and later San Francisco college of Mortuary Science. I have been working in the family firm since I can remember, however; as a licensed funeral director since graduation. I am a co-owner in our firm and have been the manager since 1999. I have served on the Utah State Funeral Directors Board for the last 8 years and on the NFDA Policy Board for the past 5 years.

  • Community Experience
    • Past Chairman of the American Fork Veterans Day Program
    • Past Chairman of the American Fork Memorial Day Program
    • Member of the American Fork Chamber of Commerce
    • Member of the American Fork City Cemetery Committee
    • Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
      • Serving as a Youth Sunday School Teacher for 19 years.
      • Serving as the Secretary in the American Fork North Stake Sunday School Presidency
      • Served as the Secretary of the American Fork 28th Ward Elders Quorum
      • Served as a church missionary for two years in Denmark

Candidate's Statement

The reason I became involved in UFDA and NFDA was to have a voice in how our business is governed. After having spent years on the Utah Funeral Directors Disaster, Medical Examiner and Donor Committees, I know how important it is for us to be a part of the conversation with local and national government. The Advocacy Summit has provided a way to take a unified message to legislators on a national level. Also, NFDA has created a dialogue with the FTC, OSHA, EPA and others so that the Policy Board members are able to be involved in the conversation and take the results home to their respective states for local input.

I served on the NFDA Professional Development Committee where, with other funeral directors, we have chosen who and what would be presented at the national conventions. I have had the opportunity to sit on the Federated Insurance Work Group and see how NFDA involves itself by using other businesses to benefit the members of the association. My firm and our state association have benefitted from the NFDA provided resources such as the legal forms and specialized counsel that are available.

My goal in running for NFDA at-large representative is to bridge ideas from the Policy Board to the Executive Board, and if the ideas are found useful, follow through with them to implementation. I believe that my experience on the Utah Board for 8 years and the Policy Board for 5 years gives me the experience to serve you in this position. Once again, thank you for your consideration.

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mitchellJohn O. "Jack" Mitchell IV
Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc.
6500 York Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21212
Phone: 410-377-8300
Fax: 410-377-8933

National Experience (NFDA)

  • Maryland Policy Board Representative to NFDA: 2009-present
  • Advocacy Committee: 2010-2011
  • Media Spokesperson Team: 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014
  • Professional Development Committee: 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009
    • Chair: 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013

State Experience (Maryland State Funeral Directors Association)

  • President: 2005-2006
  • President-elect: 2004-2005
  • Treasurer: 2003-2004
  • Secretary: 2001-2002, 2002-2003
  • Board of Directors: 1998-2001
  • Committees:
    • Advisory: 2006-2007 (chair), 2007-present
    • Budget and Finance: 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004 (chair), 2004-2005
    • Bull and Shrimp Feast: 1999-2005 (chair)
    • Cemetery/Crematory Liaison: 2010-2013 (chair)
    • Convention Planning: 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005 (chair), 2005-2006, 2006-2007
    • Fishing Outing: 2003-2004, 2004-2005 (co-chair)
    • Legislative: 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2008-2009
    • Legislative Events: 2003-2004, 2004-2005
    • Long Range Planning: 2004-2005 (co-chair)
    • Meetings: 2004-2005 (chair)
    • Nominating: 2003-2004, 2004-2005 (chair)
    • Non-Dues Revenue: 2003-2004 (co-chair)
    • PAC: 2003-2004
    • Social: 2013-2014
    • Spring Golf Outing: 2007-2008 (chair)
    • Young Members: 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010 (chair)

Professional Background

  • Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc., Baltimore, MD
    • Co-owner
    • Apprentice Mortician 1993-1995
    • Licensed mortician 1995-present
  • Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Inc.
    • Co-owner: 2007-present
  • John O. Mitchell IV, Funeral Services of Dulaney Valley, PA.
    • Owner: 2007-present

Candidate's Statement

At a very young age, I became acquainted with the members of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association and their families. I came to understand them to be a wonderful group of people, caring and considerate and supportive of one another. So from the onset of my professional career as a funeral director, I wanted to be an active part of that organization. As I went up the chairs of the Association's Executive Board, I was attending NFDA's convention annually, and I met many of the same kind of people from all over the country that I had already known in Maryland. Through my experience at my family's funeral home, which I have now been a part of for twenty years, I have concluded that ours is as noble a profession as any known to mankind, and that the people who make it their life's work are not just my colleagues, but my comrades, and my family. I have made it my goal to serve my profession and those who share it with me as it has provided me with not just a livelihood, but the fulfillment of knowing that my life's work is to help others. In hopes of doing the greatest good that I can for my profession and my fellow funeral professionals, it is my aspiration to serve as an At-large Representative to the National Funeral Directors Association.

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