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 New York State.

NYSFDA Officers are outstanding practitioners of funeral directing who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the mission and goals of the Association.


 NYSFDA 2019/20 Officers

 

NYSFDA Secretary//Treasurer, Richard J. Sullivan

Richard J. Sullivan
President

Richard J. Sullivan, owner of Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home in Cornwall-On-Hudson, was installed President at the organization's annual meeting held on August 19, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

A New York State licensed funeral director since 1982, Rich has been a member of NYSFDA for 30+ years and has previously served as president-elect, secretary/treasurer and Region 7 director for the Hudson Valley.

Rich is a past chairman of the NYS Tribute Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, established in 2003 out of a desire to unite the knowledge and resources of funeral service professionals throughout New York State.

Rich is a graduate of James I. O'Neill High School in Highland Falls, NY and Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY.

He is also a member of the Association of the United States Army.

Rich was also the secretary/treasurer of the Orange, Rockland and Sullivan Funeral Directors Association from 1989 - 2004.

Rich is married to JoAnne P. Sullivan, director of the Cemetery of the Highlands, Inc., and past president of the NYS Association of Cemeteries.

They are parishioners of St. Patrick's Church in Highland Mills, NY.


 

William Villanova

William J. Villanova
President-Elect

William J. “Bill” Villanova, general manager of Frank E. Campbell - The Funeral Chapel in New York, NY, was installed President-Elect at the organization’s annual meeting held on August 19, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Bill made a commitment to the funeral profession as a young man working at a local funeral home in his hometown of Port Chester. Since then, he has provided dignified and compassionate funeral services to families throughout the New York metropolitan area for the last three decades.

Active in his profession, Bill has previously served as secretary/treasurer and a Region 7 director for NYSFDA, and currently serves on the Association's Government Affairs; Task Force on Reforming Funeral Service Education; and Budget and Finance Committees. He was a previous member of the NYSFDA Continuing Education and Convention Education Task Force and past chair of the NYSFDA Nomination Committee. He has also served as past president of the Orange, Rockland and Sullivan Funeral Directors Association and is a past member of the Westchester Funeral Directors Association and Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association.

In the community at large, Bill is chairman of the Port Chester Zoning Board of Appeals and a former Rye Town Deputy Supervisor; past president, Order of the Sons of Italy; a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus; a member of the King Street School PTA; a board member, Port Chester Youth Baseball; a board member, New Rochelle Lightning Hockey; event coordinator, NYC Veterans Day Parade; past president, Suffern Chamber of Commerce; past president/captain, Port Chester Fire Department.

Bill resides in Port Chester with his wife, Sandra and their children Gianna, William, Jr. and Nicholas.


 

John J Kelly

John J. Kelly
Treasurer

John J. Kelly, owner and manager of Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home in Schroon Lake, NY, was installed Treasurer at the organization’s annual meeting held on August 19, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

John and his wife, Susan L. Kelly, purchased the funeral home from his father Edward L. Kelly in 1965.

A graduate with honors from Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in 1962, John has been an active funeral director serving Schroon Lake and the surrounding communities since he returned home in 1964.

Dedicated to his profession, John served on the NYSFDA Board of Directors, chaired the Association's Ethics Committee and is a past chairman of the NYS Tribute Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, established in 2003 out of a desire to unite the knowledge and resources of funeral service professionals throughout New York State.

He has also been very active politically in the Town of Schroon, Essex County, New York Sate and nationally, serving as the president of both the NYS Associations of Towns and Counties. He served on the National Association of Counties Board of Directors. He has been a member of many civic organizations throughout his life.

He has been married to his wife Susan since 1965, they have a son Edward J. Kelly and a daughter Louise V. Nestler and their grandchildren Hunter and Lauren Kelly and Liam and Maura Nestler.

 


HoganRobert J. Hogan
Secretary

Robert J. Hogan, manager of Quinn - Fogarty Funeral Home in Flushing, NY, was installed Secretary at the organization’s annual meeting held on August 19, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Robert is a third-generation funeral director, providing compassionate and caring service to grieving families.

He is a past president and current board member of the Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association and has served on the board of both the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the New York State Tribute Foundation.

In addition to being dedicated to the funeral profession, Bob maintains an active role in many local church and fraternal organizations.

 


 

Jeffrey A. Jennings, CFSPJeffrey A. Jennings, CFSP
Immediate Past President

Jeffrey A. Jennings, CFSP, owner of Jennings Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home Inc. in Penfield and Harloff Funeral Home in East Rochester was installed Immediate Past President at the organization’s annual meeting held on August 19, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, 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. They have three daughters: Emily, Katelyn and Colleen.

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

Jeff is a Past President of the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association, and a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, where he previously served as President, President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer and as Region 2 Director for Western New York.

He is 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.


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 Trustees of Hartwick College, his alma mater, and is a member of 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 other organizations, including the Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE), for which he also served as Board Chair, the American Red Cross (Northeastern New York Chapter) and the Hartwick College Alumni Association, rising to serve on its Executive Committee. He also was President of Hartwick’s Albany-area Alumni Chapter for several years.


Ivan Antonyuk | Director of Information Technology
Christopher Caradori | Directors Choice Credit Union Member Services Specialist
Karen Card | PrePlan Administrator
Vesta Caunitz
| PrePlan Administrator
Amy Coonan | PrePlan Administrator
Kelly Deitz, CAE | Director of Foundation and Core Programs
Lisa Fox | PrePlan Administrator
Kim Greene | PrePlan Administrator
Scott Henderson | Government Affairs Assistant
Linda Isabel | Directors Choice Credit Union Member Specialist / Financial Associate
Michelle Lynch | Graphic Design Specialist
Mark Magram
| Senior Software Developer
Allison Matheson | PrePlan Administrator
Kim McGuiness | Director of Finance & Administration
Dannielle Melendez | Engagement & Outreach Specialist
Michelle C. Mora | Member Services Specialist
Edward Munger, Jr. | Communications & Social Media Specialist
Cynthia Owens | Receptionist
Marianne Reid Schrom, CAE | Director of Engagement & Outreach
Melissa Sargalis | Assistant Director of Preneed Trust Services
Adam Schrom, CAE | Director of Preneed Trust Services
Cherie Tessier | Executive Assistant
Erin Townsend | PrePlan Administrator