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Educational Trust Names Two New Trustees

August 17, 2012

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Educational Trust Names Two New Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Educational Trust is proud to welcome Mrs. Alicia Carr and Mr. Steve Pierce as newly appointed Trustees of this charitable organization serving the needs of all who work within and in support of independent funeral service.

The official terms for Carr and Pierce will begin with the 2012 Selected Educational Trust Fundraising Gala taking place in Boston, MA on September 21 at the Westin Copley Place hotel, and will continue through 2015. These Trustee appointments are taking the place of Charles M. Billow, The Billow Funeral Homes and Crematory, Akron, OH, and John R. Rodenburg,Federated Funeral Directors of America, Springfield, IL, whose terms are now ending on the Board after years of dedicated service.

Alicia Carr is the President, and owner of Kelco Supply Company in Minneapolis, MN. Growing up in the family business, Alicia was fostered by her mother in every aspect from warehouse to front office. In the 22 years that Alicia has been with Kelco, what was instilled from the beginning remains today; their legacy for service is second to none.

Steve Pierce, a first generation funeral director of 25 years, joined Muehlebach Funeral Home in 2001 to begin the succession and independent ownership of the firm. In 2003 he purchased the business which was established in 1954.

The Selected Educational Trust Board of Trustees works to continually raise awareness of the Educational Trust and provide meaningful support to all practitioners of independent funeral service. The Trust Board also includes; Richard T. Bissler, Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory in Kent, OH; Ann Ciccarelli, Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home in Saugus, MA; Jennifer Eroh, Bauer Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc. in Kittanning, PA; Porter Loring III, Porter Loring Mortuary in San Antonio, TX; and Robert J. Paterkiewicz, Administrative Trustee, Selected Independent Funeral Homes in Deerfield, IL.

A limited number of seats are still available for the 2012 Fundraising Gala. Purchase information is available here.

For additional information on the Selected Educational Trust, please contact Rob Paterkiewicz, Administrative Trustee, at 1-888-70-TRUST, or via email at [email protected].