New York State Funeral Directors Association

Strong, professional associations utilize the input, expertise and talents of their members in a number of ways. Service as a member of a key standing committee or ad hoc task force is an important way that members develop the future of the association through creation of policy, member and public services or the governance of the organization. NYSFDA President-Elect Wesley A. Powell, CFSP, will soon be appointing committee and special task force members.

If you are interested in serving on a committee or task force, please DOWNLOAD the 2017 Call For Committees Form and return it to NYSFDA no later than Friady, June 30, 2017.

Please direct any questions to Cheri Tessier.

Committee Descriptions

Budget and Finance
The Budget and Finance Committee is charged with the responsibility for oversight of the financial operations of both NYSFDA and its wholly-owned subsidiary, FDSS. This oversight includes building a working knowledge of the budgets of both organizations and how those budgets meet organizational goals and objectives. The Committee shall fully review budgets as proposed by staff members and make any changes necessary in order to meet objectives stated in the Strategic Business Plan. They will then recommend a budget for adoption by the NYSFDA Board of Directors.

The Committee shall meet periodically throughout the fiscal year in order to review the current financial situation and recommend such actions regarding finances to the NYSFDA/FDSS Boards, as they deem necessary.

The Committee shall also create investment policies for NYSFDA and FDSS that ensure both safety and soundness and appropriate yield on such investments.


Constitution and By-Laws
All committee members must familiarize themselves with the NYSFDA By-Laws and the overall governance of the Association. It is necessary from time to time for the Committee to recommend to the membership appropriate By-Laws amendments in order that they accurately reflect the governance and overall operations of the Association.


Continuing Education and Convention Education Committee
This Committee will concentrate on two major issues: 1) the development of a list of approved providers and continuing education courses in conjunction with the Bureau of Funeral Directing; and 2) formulate ideas for and identify speakers/topics for NYSFDA’s Annual Convention, as well as other Convention issues that may arise.


Government Affairs
The primary purpose and role of the Government Affairs Committee is to formulate and establish the Association’s legislative/regulatory agenda, as well as provide for the general oversight of and support of the Association’s grassroots political network and Political Action Committee (PAC).

The Committee is also charged with reviewing and analyzing any and all legislative/regulatory proposals from any external or internal source and making policy recommendations to the Board of Directors on any and all issues and/or proposals that now affect or potentially affect the scope and practice of funeral directing in New York State.

These tasks reflect the Government Affairs Committee’s broad and underlying policymaking function.