ALBANY, NY (August 17, 2016) -- Wesley A. Powell (Andy), vice president of Powell Funeral Home, Inc. in Amityville was installed President-Elect of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, Inc. (NYSFDA) at the organization's annual convention which concluded August 17, 2016 in Rochester, NY.
He will serve for the 2016-2017 term.
Andy is a lifelong resident of Amityville, a graduate of the Amityville Schools and SUNY Farmingdale where he studied Mortuary Science. 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.
Founded in 1889, NYSFDA's mission is to promote the highest standards of funeral service to the public and to enhance the environment in which its members operate. More than 900 member firms and 3300 licensed funeral directors who operate across the state belong to the New York State Funeral Directors Association. In addition to maintaining a website at www.nysfda.org, NYSFDA also publishes brochures and information which educate and inform consumers about end-of-life issues.