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2015 NFDA Advocacy Summit Schedule

This year’s conference features new and exciting opportunities for you to achieve more!

Take a look at the initial schedule below. Check back often – more details will be announced soon!

CE Approved States

Registration desk hours:

Monday, March 2: 3:30-6:30pm
Tuesday, March 3: 7:30am-6pm
Wednesday, March 4: 7 - 10:30am
Thursday, March 5: 7:30-10am

D.C. Metro Map

Capitol Hill Map

Tuesday, March 3rd

4:30 – 6 p.m.


 Grand Ballroom

Welcome Briefing

    - Welcome remarks

    - Tips from Congressional staff

    - Mock lobbying demonstrations



Wednesday, March 4th

8 – 9 a.m.                    

 Grand Ballroom

VA Keynote Speaker

Mr. Glenn Powers, Deputy Under Secretary for Field Programs


9 – 10 a.m.                   

 Grand Ballroom

How We Help Veterans - A Panel Discussion

Deborah Skillman,

DoD Program Manager for Casualty, Mortuary Affairs, and Military Funeral Honors

Jack Lechner, Jr CSFP Superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery

Kimberly Wright,

Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, Office of Field Programs

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.           

 Capitol Hill/ Capitol Hill Club

Hill visits (Onsite Welcome Room hours 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

5 – 7 p.m.                    

Rayburn House Office Building

Capitol Hill Reception

Thursday, March 5th

8 – 9 a.m.                    

 State Room

Mass Fatality in a High Threat Environment

(CEU applied for)

Jeffrey K. Beatty- former U.S. Delta Force


9 – 10 a.m.                   

 State Room

Mass Fatality and Ebola Preparations for the Death Care Profession – A Panel Discussion

(CEU applied for)

David R. Patterson, CFSP- Global Mortuary Affairs, LLC

Alysia Wheeler English, Executive Director, Georgia FDA

W. Scott Smith, Heritage Crematory

Nic Douglas, Funeral Director/ Embalmer, Douglas Trade Service & Crematory

10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.      


Exclusive Outing at Arlington Cemetery

   - Special operational overview with Superintendent Jack Lechner, Jr., CFSP

   - NFDA wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

   - Changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

   - Visit to Kennedy grave

   - Full honors military funeral


Approx. 2 – 2:30 p.m.   


Bus stop at Reagan National Airport**
































































CE Approved States

*This conference provides licensed funeral directors/embalmers up to 3 CEU hours and is approved by APFSP and most state licensing boards. CE hours vary by state. Schedule subject to change.

**Bring your luggage when you board the bus for the Arlington Cemetery Outing if you would like to be dropped off at the airport Thursday afternoon. Those not taking advantage of this stop will be responsible for their own transportation to the airport.

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