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Communications Division


Gail Marquardt - Vice President, Communications

Provide leadership in the development, oversight, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive communications plan aligned with the association's strategic plan. Assure effective integration of communication strategies in the association's programs, services, and advocacy initiatives.

Phone: 262-814-1573


Jessica Koth - Public Relations Manager

Responsible for the development and overall management of NFDA's external communications and community relations strategy. Creates and maintains programs to further the knowledge, understanding and acceptance of the funeral service profession, NFDA and its members. Responsible for NFDA's public affairs communications efforts.

Phone: 262-814-1536


Melissa Marney - Marketing Manager

Responsible for creating and implementing strategies to further knowledge, understanding, and positive recognition for NFDA products, services, members and the funeral service profession.

Phone: 262-814-1524


Scott High – Graphic Designer

Manages all stages of a wide variety of print and electronic communications materials and maintains positive working relationships with outside vendors.

Phone: 262-814-1542


Sandy Wagner – Communications Coordinator

Coordinates communications programs and assists in the development and implementation of media and community relations activities that promote the Association and funeral Service.

Phone: 262-814-1529


Edward J Defort - Publisher

Oversees and provides vision to NFDA's Publications Department. Responsible for directing the editorial content and production of all NFDA publications and writing high profile columns/articles targeted to funeral directors and consumer markets.

Phone: 609-815-8145


Dawn M. Behr - Managing Editor

Provides for the development, research, writing and editing of the editorial material for The Director magazine.

Phone: 262-814-1526


Gordon Nason - Art Director

Designs and produces the graphics for The Director magazine, as well as house ads, collaterals and other related Association materials as assigned.

Phone: 262-814-1570