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NFDA Policy Board Elects Childs, Cozine and Patton to Executive Board

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The NFDA Policy Board elected (left to right) Patrick Patton, CFSP; W. Ashley Cozine, CFSP, CPC; and Charles Childs Jr, CFSP, CPC, to serve as at-large representatives on the Executive Board.

For Immediate Release: July 13, 2011

Brookfield, Wis. – The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Policy Board met on July 9 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and elected Charles Childs Jr., CFSP, CPC; W. Ashley Cozine, CFSP, CPC; and Patrick Patton, CFSP, to serve as at-large representatives on the association's Executive Board.

Cozine and Patton will begin two-year terms of service immediately following the 2011 NFDA International Convention & Expo, October 23-26 in Chicago, Ill. Childs was elected to a one-year term of service that begins immediately following the 2011 NFDA Convention.

2011-2013 At-large Representative W. Ashley Cozine, CFSP, CPC

Cozine, a third-generation funeral director with Broadway Mortuary in Wichita, Kan., is currently serving as his state's representative to the NFDA Policy Board. He serves NFDA as a member of the Heritage Club, Spokesperson Team, National-State Relations Work Group, Federated Insurance Safety & Risk Management Advisory Group and Professional Development Committee; he was the leader of the Role of Policy Board Task Force. He is an NFDA Political Action Committee (PAC) contributor and a regular participant in the NFDA Advocacy Summit, Leadership Conference and Convention. Broadway Mortuary is a six-time recipient of the NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award.

Cozine has extensive experience as a volunteer leader with the Kansas Funeral Directors Association (KFDA). He has served in every role on the KFDA Board of Directors, including a term as president. He has been a member of the KFDA Convention, Legislative, Nominating and Young Professionals Committees. He is a KFDA PAC contributor and was honored as the Kansas Funeral Director of the Year in 2009.

2011-2013 At-large Representative Patrick Patton, CFSP

Patton is the president and co-owner of Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services in Sauk Centre, Minn., and has served as Minnesota's representative to the NFDA Policy Board since 2008. Patton is an active NFDA PAC fundraiser and contributor and convention volunteer. He is a regular participant in the NFDA Convention and Leadership Conference.

He has been an active member of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) for 26 years. He has served on the association's Board of Directors since 2001, including a term as president in 2006-07. He has been a member of MFDA's Legislative Committee since 1989. He is a past member of the Finance Committee; he served as that committee's chair from 1992-2003.

Cozine and Patton will replace current NFDA At-large Representatives Jzyk Ennis, CFSP of Trussville, Ala., and Mark Mortimore of Mortimore Funeral Home in Thermopolis, Wy.

2011-12 At-large Representative Charles Childs Jr., CFSP, CPC

Current at-large representative Robert C. Moore IV, CFSP, has declared his candidacy for NFDA secretary during the first year of his two-year term of service on the Executive Board. When this situation occurs, the at-large representative's term of service automatically expires at the conclusion of the national convention in that year. The Policy Board fills the resulting one-year vacancy through a special election.

In the special election to fill Moore's position, Childs, of A.A. Rayner & Sons in Chicago, Ill., was elected to serve a one-year term of service. Childs, a third-generation funeral director, is Illinois' representative to the NFDA Policy Board. He also serves NFDA as a member of the Advocacy Committee and Resource Advisory Group.

Childs has been an active member of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) for many years. He has served on the association's Board of Directors in a number of capacities, including terms as president, president-elect, past president and vice president. He has been a member of IFDA's Legislative, Constitution and By-laws, Member Services, Product and Services, Audit, Ethical Practice, Convention, and Election Committees. Childs is also a past chairman of Illinois' Funeral Directors and Embalmers Licensing and Disciplinary Board.

NFDA Elections

The NFDA House of Delegates will elect the 2011-12 secretary, treasurer and president-elect when it meets during the 2011 NFDA International Convention & Expo in Chicago. Candidate profiles can be found on the NFDA website, www.nfda.org/2011election.

NFDA is the world's leading funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent more than 9,900 funeral homes in the United States and 43 countries around the world. From its headquarters in Brookfield, Wis., and its Advocacy Division office in Washington, D.C., NFDA is the worldwide source of expertise and professional resources for all facets of funeral service. Through education, information and advocacy, NFDA is dedicated to supporting members in their mission to provide families with meaningful end-of-life services at the highest levels of excellence and integrity. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.

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Contact: Jessica Koth, 262-814-1536, jkoth@nfda.org

Editors Note: To obtain a high-res photo of Patrick Patton, CFSP; W. Ashley Cozine, CFSP, CPC; and Charles Childs Jr, CFSP, CPC, suitable for publication, please contact Jessica Koth at jkoth@nfda.org or 262-814-1536.

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