NFDA Policy Board Elects Ennis, Mortimore to Executive Board

August 6, 2009
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The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Policy Board met on July 25 in Branson, Mo., and elected Jzyk S. Ennis, MPA, CFSP, of Ridout?s Trussville Chapel in Birmingham, Ala., and Mark Mortimore of Mortimore Funeral Home in Thermopolis, Wy., to serve as at-large representatives to the Executive Board. They will begin their two-year terms of service immediately following the NFDA International Convention & Expo, October 25-28 in Boston, Mass.

Ennis has more than 20 years of experience in funeral service as both a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and a mortuary science educator. He has a broad range of service and leadership experience on the national, state and local levels. Ennis currently serves as Alabama?s representative on the NFDA Policy Board, has served on NFDA?s Professional Development Committee since 2007, and is a regular participant in NFDA Advocacy, Leadership and Convention activities. Ennis is the past president of the Alabama Funeral Directors Association (AFDA) and served in every elected position on the AFDA board, as well as a director of District IV and on various committees.

Ennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/marketing from Auburn University, an associate degree in funeral service education from Jefferson State Community College, and a master?s degree in public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and a member of the Alabama SMORT team.

Mortimore is a third-generation funeral director with 23 years of experience in funeral service and is actively involved in his profession on the national, state and local levels. He currently serves as Wyoming?s representative to the NFDA Policy Board, and was a past member of the NFDA Advocacy Committee and past NFDA Political Action Committee representative for Wyoming. Mortimore is a past member of the Wyoming Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors, and served as the organization?s secretary/treasurer. He has served as the deputy coroner of Hot Springs County since 1996.

Mortimore earned an associate degree in business from the University of Wyoming ? Central Wyoming College and a mortuary science degree from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.

Ennis and Mortimore will replace current NFDA At-large Representatives R. Bryant Hightower, CFSP, of Martin & Hightower Funeral Home in Carrolton, Ga., and Robert ?Bob? Rosson Jr., CFSP, CPC, of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford, Ms., who will complete their terms in October. Rosson is a declared candidate for the position of secretary on NFDA?s Executive Board.

NFDA is the world?s leading funeral service association, serving 19,000 individual members who represent more than 10,200 funeral homes in the United States and internationally. From its headquarters in Brookfield, Wis., and its Advocacy Division office in Washington, D.C., NFDA informs, educates and advocates to help members enhance the quality of service they provide to families. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.

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