Recognizes New CFSPs and Installs New Officers

“The highest professional designation you can achieve in funeral service” is what the CFSP – Certified Funeral Service Practitioner - means for many funeral directors.  At the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice Annual Recognition Breakfast, several funeral directors were recognized for reaching their goal this past year and now proudly display CFSP next to their names.  These funeral directors believe in life-long learning and distinguishing themselves in their communities by continuing to learn, grow, and achieve.
Installation of the newest member of the Academy Board of Trustees, as voted by the membership, and installation of the new officers of the Board of Trustees was conducted by Ms. Diana Kurz, CFSP and Past-President of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Inc. Ms. Cheryl V. Anderson, CFSP, installed as the newest Board member, is a funeral service licensee and general manager of Kelsey Funeral Home of Albemarle, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Francis Marion College and a Masters degree in Health Service Administration from Strayer University.  Cheryl is also a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and was recognized as the 2011 Piedmont District FDMA Professional of the Year.  Cheryl is very active in her community and other funeral service organizations.  She is a board member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association as well as being a member of Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity.  Cheryl ‘s desire to serve is evident as she shared, “The Academy has afforded me the opportunity to show those I serve, the community, and my peers that funeral service is not just a job to me, it is my career. It also demonstrates how committed I am to learning the latest technology and wanting to stay ahead in the profession which signifies my desire to provide those I serve the very best care that I possibly can.“

Newly elected Academy officers were also installed at the Annual meeting.  John T. McQueen, CFSP, was chosen by the Board to serve as President for a two year term.  John was elected to the Board in 2010 and is a Lifetime member of the Academy. He is the owner, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is also owner and President of Sunnyside Cemetery, Inc.  John’s educational background is extensive with degrees from Saint Leo University, St. Petersburg College, Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service and undergraduate studies at the University of Tampa. 

Robin Heppell, CFSP, was elected to serve a two year term as Vice-President of the Academy. Rob, of Victoria, British Columbia, was the first international trustee elected to our board in 2010.  He is a consultant and educator with FuneralFuturist.com which is a division of Heppell Media Corporation in Victoria, British Columbia.  Equipped with a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management degree, together with a focus on online marketing and technology, Rob brings a unique perspective to our board and represents the many new Canadian members who have joined the Academy in the last few years.

John W. Evans, CFSP, of Norwalk, Ohio, was elected to serve a two year term as Academy Secretary/Treasurer. John, first elected to the Board in 2012, is a Lifetime member of the Academy and is the owner of the Evans Funeral Home in Norwalk, Ohio.  He is a Past President of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and is very active in his community. John holds degrees from the University of Redlands and Cypress College, both in California.

The other members of the Academy Board of Trustees are Donald B. O’Guinn, CFSP, of Clio, Michigan; Robert E. Parks, CFSP, of Charleston, South Carolina; Lacy Robinson, CFSP, of Aurora, Indiana; and Valerie J. Wages, CFSP, of Snellville, Georgia; along with Immediate Past President, William P. “Bill” Joyner, CFSP, of Raleigh, North Carolina.  In his closing remarks for the Annual meeting, Mr. Joyner challenged all Academy members to encourage other funeral professionals to join the Academy and work toward the CFSP designation.