New York State Funeral Directors Association

The NYSFDA Board of Directors recognizes that an organization is only as strong as its leaders. To ensure the continued success of the state association, and to develop the funeral service leaders of tomorrow, the Board approved the creation of the NYSFDA Leadership Academy in 2013. 

Goals of the NYSFDA Leadership Academy:

  • To identify, inspire and mentor emerging leaders in funeral service
  • To provide leadership development training programs tailored specifically to funeral directors
  • To recognize the value of diversity in the future success of funeral director associations
  • To develop a lifelong professional network of funeral service leaders
  • To facilitate the promotion of new funeral directors into leadership positions at the state and local level

The one-year program involves:

  • A competitive application process
  • A two-day leadership development workshop
  • Monthly web-based training programs
  • A group capstone project
  • A graduation ceremony at the NYSFDA Annual Convention

Meet the 2016 NYSFDA Leadership Academy graduates

  • 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, N
  • 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 and Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Carthage
  • Julia Goodman O'Brien of Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop, NY

Click Here for the 2017-2018 NYSFDA Leadership Academy Application. Applications Due by September 1, 2017.

2016 NYSFDA Leadership Academy graduate essays.

Past NYSFDA Leadership Academy graduates.

For more information about future NYSFDA Leadership Academy programs, contact Marianne Reid Schrom at 800-291-2629.