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2014 NFDA Elections - Candidates for At-large Representative

Declared Candidates

Alec S. Anderson, CFSP

Stephen R. Kemp, CFSP

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Alec_AndersonAlec S. Anderson, CFSP
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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SKempStephen R. Kemp, CFSP
Haley Funeral Directors
24525 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, Michigan 48075
Phone: 248-356-4800
Fax: 248-356-0918

NFDA Experience

  • Member of Professional Development Committee
  • Member of Environmental workgroup
  • Past member Advocacy Committee
  • Policy Board Member 2013-Present
  • Presenter in NFDA conventions on embalming and risk management

State Experience (Michigan Funeral Directors Association)

  • Past President 2004-2005
  • Past member of multiple MFDA committees
  • Board Chair of Executive Director search committee
  • OSHA trainer for Michigan and Wisconsin multiple years

Professional Background

  • Former instructor and clinical preceptor at Wayne State University
  • Certified Funeral Service Practitioner
  • Gift of Life Tissue Board member
  • Former Research Associate at Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Board member of Friends of U of M Transplant Team
  • NFDMA member and presenter

Candidate's Statement

I would be honored to represent you as a member of the Executive Board of NFDA. My mission statement during my term as MFDA president was "Unified by our calling" and the same still applies. NFDA needs to expand its board and membership to reflect the diversity of America (i.e. women, minorities, young people and international). An association is just that it should be a repository for ideas and excitement and share the diversity of views and opinions that reflect the clientele we serve. If we do not send the message that we are diverse, then the association will suffer. Exchanging ideas and leverage the association to its full capacity. We need excitement folks; your association is run by a predominately women workforce and it does not miss a beat. We need to represent all funeral directors and members not just some.

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