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The success of IFDA is largely dependent on members who volunteer their time and talents. IFDA committees are open to all interested members who wish to further the funeral service profession. Volunteering to serve on a committee provides members an opportunity to grow as individuals, sharpen business and communications skills, and network with colleagues. Everyone benefits!

IFDA distributes committee applications every spring after the IFDA Convention.


Maintains jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the Annual Meeting and makes available programs and information suitable for schools, seminars, and district meetings.

Chairperson Charlie Yoder / Kalona / Yoder-Powell Funeral Home
William Armstrong / Mount Ayr / Armstrong Funeral Home
Dirk DeJong / Keokuk / DeJong-Greaves Funeral Home
Dana Goodell / Sioux City / Christy Smith Funeral Home & Crematory
Keith Lampe / Lake City / Lampe Funeral Home
Vaughn Livingston / Shenandoah / Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home
Chantelle Lundberg / Newton / Wallace Family Funeral Home
Elizabeth Markham / New Hampton / Conway-Markham Funeral Home
Michell Morrow / Cedar Rapids / Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services
Jeffrey Nichols / Muscatine / Nichols Life Tribute Funeral & Memorial Services
Dave Noftsger / Ankeny / Memorial Services of Iowa, Inc.
Eric O’Leary / Norwalk / O’Leary Funeral Home
Mark Parrish / Urbandale / Caldwell-Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory
Marty Rieken / Oakland / Rieken Vieth Funeral Home
Jon Schmidt / Elkhorn, NE / Reichmuth Funeral Homes and Crematory
Ryan Tucker / Denver / Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home
Jessica Ubben / Humboldt / Ubben-Lentz Funeral Home



Represents the Association in all matters pertaining to legislation affecting funeral directors in Iowa. 

Chairperson Sean Smith / Rock Valley / Porter Funeral Home
William Armstrong / Mount Ayr / Armstrong Funeral Home
Rebecca Camp / Grundy Center / Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home
Benjamin Eldridge / Paullina / Eldridge Family Funeral Homes
Craig Kramer / Dyersville / Kramer Funeral Home
John Parrish / Urbandale / Caldwell-Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory
Michael Phillips / Vinton / Phillips Funeral Home
Justin Rasmusson / Nevada / Rasmusson-Bacon Funeral Home & Crematory
Bradley Smith / Storm Lake / Sliefert Funeral Home
Arnold Weirup / Fairfield / Behner Funeral Home & Crematory



Investigates applicants for membership as to their standing in the profession and qualification for membership and certifies applicants to the Board of Governors.

Chairperson Marty Beenblossom / Washington / Jones Funeral Home
William Armstrong / Mount Ayr / Armstrong Funeral Home
Randy Escobedo / Marion / University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Rick Filmer / Cedar Rapids / Teahen Funeral Home
Paul Fouts / Woodbine / Fouts Funeral Home, Inc.
Tami Rohde / Kingsley / Rohde Funeral Home
Michael Sytsma / Oskaloosa / Bates Funeral Chapel
Christa Vander Weerdt / Newton / Wallace Family Funeral Home


2019-2020 IFDA Committee Participation Application

Please complete this form by June 14, 2019 to be considered for 2019-2020 Committees. 


Subject to the specific approval of the Board of Governors, this committee shall have jurisdiction and authority over all matters pertaining to the Annual Meeting of the Association and shall make available such programs and information suitable for schools, seminars, district meetings, and the Annual Convention. Additionally, the Committee will monitor and make recommendation on emerging trends and issues affecting education for funeral service in the interest of recruitment/retention of member of our profession.

Suggested goals: Assist in planning events for the Association’s annual Convention format; Convention speakers; Convention exhibits; ongoing OSHA training; suggest District Meeting con-ed. Work with DMACC officials regarding Iowa’s Mortuary Science Program.


The Legislative Committee shall have charge of all matters pertaining to legislation affecting funeral
directors of this state. 

Suggested goals: Monitor legislation impacting funeral service/small businesses; serve as liaison to Iowa Board of Mortuary Science; and develop ways to educate legislators on funeral service issues.


The Membership Committee shall investigate all applicants for membership as to their standing in the profession and their qualification for membership in this Association and shall, if satisfied as to the eligibility of the applicant, certify said applicant to the Board of Governors with a favorable recommendation of admission.

Suggested goals: Develop a format for member services information dissemination; leadership training opportunities for members and member follow-up programs; evaluate IFDA publications’ effectiveness, timeliness and knowledge being presented to members.

Ad Hoc

IFDA seeks the names of individuals who would be willing to serve on Ad Hoc Committees. These will be appointed by the Board and would address issues as they arise on an as-needed basis. These Committees will end once the issue has been addressed and/or resolved. If you are interested in potentially being asked to participate on an Ad Hoc Committee, please indicate by checking the box below.