New York State Funeral Directors Association

NYSFDA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of licensed funeral directors from small and large firms around the state. NYSFDA Officers are outstanding practitioners of funeral directing who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the mission and goals of the Association.

 

NYSFDA 2015 - 2016 Officers

Photo of NYSFDA President Walter J. Kent

Walter J. Kent
President 

Walter J. Kent, owner of Walter J. Kent Funeral Home in Elmira, was installed NYSFDA President at the organization’s annual meeting held on August 15, 2016 in Rochester, NY.

A New York State licensed funeral director since 1981 and a certified funeral celebrant, Kent will serve for the 2016-2017 term.

The 1980 graduate of Simmons School of Mortuary Science is active in his profession, serving previously as a regional governor and as a regional director of NYSFDA; and currently is the Vice-Chair of Directors Choice Credit Union.

Kent is also a member and past president and treasurer of the Finger Lakes Funeral Directors Association (FLFDA), and a member of the National Funeral Directors Association.

Before founding his own funeral home in 2003, Kent worked for more than twenty years in funeral service.

In his community, Kent is a Board member of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, a Trustee and Finance Committee member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Elmira, a former Board member with Meals on Wheels of Chemung County, and founded TLC Limo in 2011.

Kent resides in Elmira with his wife of 31 years, Diane. His son, Tyler, also a NYS licensed funeral director who works with him, was elected in 2015 to serve as Treasurer for the FLFDA. Tyler and his wife, Ellen, also call Elmira home.


Photo of NYSFDA President-Elect Wesley A. "Andy" Powell, CFSP

Wesley A. “Andy” Powell, CFSP
President-Elect

Wesley A. Powell (Andy) was installed President-Elect at the organization’s annual meeting held on August 15, 2016 in Rochester, NY.

Andy is a lifelong resident of Amityville, a graduate of the Amityville Schools and SUNY Farmingdale where he studied Mortuary Science, earning his Associate Degree. In the 1980’s he entered the family business, becoming a fifth generation funeral director at the Powell Funeral Home, Inc. working with his grandfather, C. Wesley Powell and his father, Wesley C. Powell; eventually becoming manager and Vice President of the firm.

In the community at large, Andy has been a referee in the Amityville Soccer League, a Little League Coach, Past President of the Amityville Lions Club, current member of the Amityville Kiwanis Club, Trustee of the Amityville Historical Society, the Bay Village Civic Association, Past Master of the Amityville Masonic Lodge #977, Trustee and Past President of the Amityville Cemetery Association and a former member of the Amityville Downtown Revitalization Committee.

He is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amityville where he had the privilege of serving as President of the Church Council for several years. He was honored by the Amityville Rotary Club with the Frank B. Powell Leadership Award for Community Service and is also the proud recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, presented by the Hollywood Gospel Baptist Cathedral.

Andy’s involvement with his peers includes membership in the Nassau Suffolk Funeral Directors Association where he is a Past President and current Board Member and Chair of the Continuing Education Committee. He is also active in the NYSFDA, sitting on the Family Assistance Commission, Constitution and By Laws Committee, the Electronic Death Certificate Registration Committee, and Chairman of the NYSFDA Task Force on Reforming Funeral Service Education. He served previously as NYSFDA’s Region 9 Representative.


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Jeffrey A. Jennings, CFSP
Secretary-Treasurer

Jeffrey A. Jennings, CFSP, owner of Jennings Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home Inc. in Penfield and Harloff Funeral Home in East Rochester was installed Secretary/Treasurer at the organization’s annual meeting held on August 15, 2016 in Rochester, NY.

Jeff is a native of Rome, NY. The youngest of eight children, Jeff is a 1984 graduate of Rome Catholic High School and 1986 graduate of SUNY Canton, with a degree in Mortuary Science.

After earning his funeral directors license in 1987, Jeff began serving families in the Rochester area in 1988.

Jeff is married to Robin (Boyce) Jennings, an elementary school administrator with the Webster School District. They have three daughters, Emily, Katelyn and Colleen.

The Jennings family belongs to Assumption of Our Lady Church in Fairport, NY.

Jeff is a Past President of the Rochester-Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association, a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, where he currently serves as Region 2 Director for Western New York.

He is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, through which he has earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP).

Jeff is also a member of The Genesee Conservation League and past secretary Fairport Volunteer Fire Department.

 


Photo of NYSFDA Immediate Past President Douglas R. Brueggemann

Douglas R. Brueggemann
Immediate Past President

Douglas R. Brueggemann, owner of Brueggemann Funeral Home of East Northport, Inc., was installed Immediate Past President of the NYSFDA at the organization’s annual meeting held on August 15, 2016 in Rochester, NY.

A New York State licensed funeral director for 40-years, Brueggemann will serve during the 2016-2017 term.

Doug was one of the founding members of the Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association (NSFDA) in the mid-1980s, and served as the association’s president from 1994-1996.

Doug is the co-chair of the NSFDA Emergency Response Team. On the state level, Doug has been a board member of NYSFDA since 1997, serving on several committees, including chair of both the Disaster Committee and Family Assistance Commission.

A graduate of Northport High School, he studied Mortuary Science at the State University at Farmingdale before joining the family business of Brueggemann Funeral Home in East Northport in 1973.


Photo of NYSFDA Continuing Past President Robert C. Enos

Robert C. Enos
Continuing Past President

Robert C. Enos, owner of Hoy Funeral Home, Inc., in West Seneca, was installed Continuing Past President of NYSFDA at the organization’s annual meeting held on August 15, 2016 in Rochester, NY.

A New York State licensed funeral director since 1974, Enos will serve for the 2016-2017 term. Robert is past NYSFDA president and secretary/treasurer, past president of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association, past vice chair of the New York State Funeral Directors Support Services, Inc.

He is past vice chair of Directors Choice Credit Union, past president of the West Seneca Rotary Club, past recipient of Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship award, a member of the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce and a Board member of the New York State Tribute Foundation, Inc.

Robert is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association.

Robert graduated from Lockport Senior High School, State University of New York at Canton, and Niagara University.


 

NYSFDA Staff

Mike Lanotte Executive DirectorMichael A. Lanotte
Executive Director

As NYSFDA’s Executive Director, Mike oversees several distinct entities including: President, Funeral Director Support Services, Inc., which administers PrePlan, the Association's master trust; President, Directors Choice Credit Union; and President of the New York State Tribute Foundation, a charitable organization pursuing goals of charity, knowledge and education for both consumers and funeral directors. Mike previously served as Senior Vice President of Association Services at the New York Credit Union Association where he was responsible for compliance, community development, education and training, governance, governmental affairs, member services, the New York Credit Union Foundation, and legal and regulatory affairs. He has also served many roles at NYCUA including associate counsel in 1993 and general counsel in 1997. Mike is the past chairman of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) State Issues Subcommittee and has served on CUNA's Supervisory Issues Working Group. Mike has also served on the American Association of Credit Union League's (AACUL) State Issues Committee and Regulatory Advocacy Committee, as well as on ACCUL's Model Credit Union Act Task Force, where he served as chairman. Prior to joining the Association, Mike received his Juris Doctorate degree from Albany Law School of Union University after graduating cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, NY.


McCullough Randy WebRandy L. McCullough, CAE
Deputy Executive Director

Randy has been NYSFDA’s Deputy Executive Director since 2003, having previously served as the Association’s Director of Government Affairs. From 1988 - 1998, he was Senior Staff Member/Legislative and Committee Director for former New York State Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko (Amsterdam), who now represents the region as a Member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives (NY-21). McCullough graduated from Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY) with a B.A. in Political Science, earning Departmental Distinction honors. He also undertook graduate studies in International Affairs at The George Washington University (Washington, DC). Randy serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Council. The Council, based in Washington, DC, is the leading international association for public affairs professionals. He has also been a member of the board of directors for several organizations, including the American Red Cross (Northeastern New York Chapter), the Albany-based Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE) and the Hartwick College Alumni Association, where he served on its Executive Committee, and headed the Albany-area Alumni Chapter for several years.


Ivan Antonyuk | Director of Information Technology

Linda Babella | Receptionist

Beth Burlingame | PrePlan Administrator

Vesta Caunitz | PrePlan Administrator

Laurie Cook | Communications Assistant

Amy Coonan | PrePlan Administrator

Kelly Deitz, CAE | Director of Foundation and Core Programs

Jo Ann Gavin | PrePlan Administrator

Kim Greene | PrePlan Administrator

Robyn Michele Haberman | PrePlan Senior Administrator

Rana Huber | Director of Communications

Linda Isabel | Directors Choice Credit Union Member Specialist / Financial Associate

Mark Keeler | Directors Choice Credit Union Member Services Specialist

Mark Magram | Senior Software Developer

Kim McGuiness | Director of Finance & Administration

Dannielle Melendez | Public Policy Coordinator

Michelle C. Mora | Member Services Specialist

Edward Munger, Jr. | Communications & Social Media Specialist

Marianne Reid Schrom, CAE | Director of External & Member Relations

Melissa Sargalis | Assistant Director of Preneed Trust Services

Adam Schrom, CAE | Director of Preneed Trust Services

Cherie Tessier | Executive Assistant

Kim Young | Director of Credit Union Services