New York State Funeral Directors Association

ALBANY, NY (August 2016) -- The New York State Funeral Directors Association, Inc. (NYSFDA) is pleased to announce the latest graduates of the Leadership Academy.
The Leadership Academy graduates are listed below in alphabetical order:

•    Kendra M. Harris Constant of Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe, NY
•    Martin J. "Marty" Hughes of Betz, Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Homes in Amsterdam, NY
•    Tyler E. Kent of Walter J. Kent Funeral Home in Elmira, NY
•    Nicole M. LaRue of LaRue & Pritcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Ogdensburg, NY
•    Julia Goodman O'Brien of Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop, NY

After a competitive application process, select NYSFDA member funeral directors were to attend a series of development workshops; participate in monthly web-based trainings; and research an emerging issue facing the funeral profession and prepare a recommendation report to be presented at the NYSFDA Annual Convention held in Rochester, August 14 - 17, 2016.

The Leadership Academy was designed to identify NYS licensed funeral directors of excellence who have the potential to become leaders in local, state, and national funeral director associations. The Academy addresses pressing issues facing funeral directors and business professionals alike.

2016 NYSFDA Leadership Academy graduate essays (PDF)