Sarah Czajkowski, BS, FD, CTBS is a 2008 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and 2009 Funeral Services graduate of Point Park University. She served the community of Wexford, PA as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for six years before joining the Center Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) as a Recovery Coordinator in 2016. In 2016, Sarah obtained her Tissue Bank Specialist certification through the American Association of Tissue Banks. Sarah spent the last three years as the CORE Medical Examiner Liaison for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office where she worked to strengthen the relationship between the two agencies. In January 2020, Sarah transitioned into a new role, as the Technical Ocular Specialist/Community Liaison for the CORE Eye Bank. Sarah divides her time between evaluating and processing corneal tissue for local, national, and international transplants and expanding relationships with corneal surgeons, ocular physicians and the eye banking community.
graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2015. She started as a Funeral Director Intern at a two-location funeral home in Indiana, PA. She went on to work as a Funeral Director and Embalmer before moving back to Pittsburgh in 2018 and starting her career at the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) as a Recovery Coordinator. She later transitioned to a Donor Referral Coordinator position where she screened for potential organ, tissue, and eye donation. In her current position as the Medical Examiner Liaison for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, she works to build and maintain relationships between the two offices in addition to screening for donation potential and performing ocular recoveries. She also serves as a Funeral Director Liaison to funeral homes in the Allegheny County area.
T. Scott Gilligan is an attorney at Gilligan Law Offices and the National Funeral Directors Association’s General Counsel. In addition to serving as General Counsel, Gilligan has also represented NFDA interests before the Federal Trade Commission since the inception of the Funeral Rule in 1984. He graduated in 1976 from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC; he obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1979. Gilligan’s family has been in funeral service for over 120 years in Cincinnati. He is the author of the latest update of Mortuary Law, a textbook widely used in mortuary colleges.
Amanda Marie Eilis King, CFSP, is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, having completed her embalming apprenticeship under Vernie R. Fountain, as well as training in post mortem reconstructive surgery. In addition to her AAS in mortuary science from ACC in Colorado, Amanda holds a B.S. from Skidmore College for studio art and biology, and a Post-Baccalaureate degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors & Embalmers Association, Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, the Association for Gravestone Studies, the International End of Life Doula Association, the NFDA, and the APFSP. Amanda approaches her work in this field from an artistic standpoint, and implements her skills as thus, often undertaking illustration and photography work for publications within the field. She recently relocated to Connecticut and is a licensed Embalmer at Carmon Community Funeral Homes.
Jason Mishler, CFSP, MBIE
is the owner and operator of Mishler Embalming and Transit Service since 2011. Previously, he worked at both larger and smaller call volume funeral homes. Jason graduated from Vincennes University with a degree in Mortuary Science and has been a licensed funeral director since 1994. He also attended Fountain National Academy, which provided him with guidance for post mortem reconstructive surgery. Jason is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Indiana Funeral Directors Association, British Institute of Embalmers and is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). In his free time, Jason enjoys camping with his wife Melissa and two children Jaxson and Ava.