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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.

Ben Eldridge / Paullina, Chairperson
Dana Goodell / Sioux City
Keith Lampe / Lake City
Vaughn Livingston / Shenandoah
Chantelle Lundberg / Newton
Liz Markham / New Hampton
Johnny Moller / Des Moines
Dave Noftsger / Ankeny
Eric O’Leary / Norwalk
Mark Parrish / Urbandale
Marty Rieken / Oakland
Jon Schmidt / Elkhorn, NE
Mitchell Schroeder / St. Ansgar
Jessica Ubben / Humboldt
Ryan Tucker / Waverly, President



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

Sean Smith / Rock Valley, Chairperson
Rebecca Camp / Grundy Center
Ben Eldridge / Paullina
Craig Kramer / Dyersville
John Parrish / Urbandale
Mike Phillips / Vinton
Justin Rasmusson / Nevada
Staci Shearer / Shenandoah
Arnold Weirup / Fairfield
Ryan Tucker / Waverly, President



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

Marty Beenblossom / Washington, Chairperson
Randy Escobedo / Marion
Rick Filmer / Cedar Rapids
Paul Fouts / Woodbine
Tami Rohde / Kingsley
Mike Sytsma / Oskaloosa
Christa Vander Weerdt / Newton
Ryan Tucker / Waverly, President


Past Presidents Advisory Committee

As outlined in the IFDA Bylaws, the Past Presidents Advisory Council serves as a resource and in any capacity as requested by the President. The Committee is responsible for reviewing the Association’s Bylaws as necessary. The Committee consists of five (5) Immediate Past Presidents who are members in good standing and is chaired by the Immediate Past President of IFDA. The last member is replaced each year with the incoming Past President. A full term is five (5) years. With the exception of the Immediate Past President, no member of the Past Presidents Advisory Council can serve on the IFDA Board of Governors until their time on the Past Presidents Advisory Council is complete.

Charlie Yoder / Mount Pleasant, Chairperson
Bill Armstrong / Mount Ayr
Pat Leonard / Dubuque
Marty Rieken / Oakland
Jayme Lentz / Algona


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.