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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.

Bill Armstrong, Chairperson – Armstrong Funeral Home, Mount Ayr
Dirk DeJong – DeJong-Greaves Funeral Home, Keokuk
Kim Doehrmann – Powell Funeral Home, Williamsburg
Vaughn Livingston – Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah
Chantelle Lundberg – Wallace Family Funeral Home, Newton
Elizabeth Markham – Conway-Markham Funeral Home, New Hampton
Patrick Leonard -  Leonard Funeral Home, Dubuque
Jeffrey S. Nichols – Nichols Life Tribute Funeral & Memorial Services, Muscatine
Dave Noftsger – Memorial Services of Iowa, Ankeny
Eric O’Leary – O’Leary Funeral Home, Norwalk
Mark Parrish – Caldwell-Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory, Urbandale
Marty Rieken – Rieken Vieth Funeral Home, Oakland
Rochelle Swanner – Lunning Chapel, Burlington
Jessica Ubben – Ubben-Lentz Funeral Home, Humboldt
Charlie Yoder – Yoder-Powell Funeral Home, Kalona


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

Sean Smith – Porter Funeral Home, Rock Valley
Rebecca Camp – Abels & French Hand Funeral Home – Grundy Center
Benjamin Eldridge – Eldridge Funeral Home, Primghar
Craig Kramer – Kramer Funeral Home, Dyersville
John Parrish, Caldwell-Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory, Urbandale
Michael Phillips – Phillips Funeral Home, Vinton
Justin Rasmusson – Rasmusson-Bacon Funeral Home & Crematory, Nevada
Brad Smith – Sliefert Funeral Home, Storm Lake
Arnold K. Weirup – Behner Funeral Home, Fairfield



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 – Jones-Eden Funeral Home, Washington
Randy Escobedo – University of Iowa, Iowa City
Paul Fouts – Fouts Funeral Home, Woodbine
Tamara A. Rohde – Rohde Funeral Home, Kingsley
Michael L. Sytsma – Bates Funeral Chapel, Oskaloosa
Christa Vander Weerdt – Wallace Family Funeral Home, Newton


2016-2017 IFDA Committee Participation Application 

Please complete this form by May 1, 2018 to be considered for 2018-2019 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 above. 


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