July 2024

Page B17 july 2024 EDUCATIONAL NEWS Foundation president Gino Merendino, offers scholarships for these students to attend ICCFA University. This opportunity allows them to learn from experienced colleagues and leaders, providing invaluable insights and connections to enhance their education and future careers in mortuary science. Congratulations to the following students: Holly Benavides, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland, WA; Kelsey Gordon, Cape Cod Community College, Barnstable, MA; Jamie Heath, North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA; Alexia Parapar, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL; Jerri Reed-Taylor, Malcolm X City College of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Allen Siverls, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Pittsburgh, PA; and Alisa Von Thaden, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Senatobia, MS. Merendino expressed excitement about the scholarship program and how it helps those called to this profession. He said, “We’re focused on supporting the education of career professionals, giving them what they need to succeed. The scholarships we’re giving out this year show how committed the ICCFA Educational Foundation is to developing future leaders in our field. We’re thankful to our donors for their generosity and look forward to seeing how these scholarships make a positive difference for the recipients and the communities they serve.” The ICCFA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity, established to make education accessible to future leaders in the deathcare profession and thereby raise the standards of professionalism within the industry. To learn more about the work of the Foundation and upcoming educational opportunities, visit iccfa.com/educationalfoundation. Founded in 1887, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association is the only international trade association representing all segments of the cemetery, cremation, funeral and memorialization profession. Its membership is composed of more than 9,100 rooftop locations and 18,000 professionals in the cemetery, funeral home and crematory industries, as well as supplier and related businesses worldwide. ICCFA Educational Foundation Awards 101 Scholarships to the 2024 ICCFA University Continued from Page B15 Wilson Appointed as First Female President at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service Erin M. Wilson DALLAS,TX— In a historic move, Dallas Institute of Funeral Service has appointed Erin M. Wilson as its first female president in its 115-year history. This appointment not only marks a significant milestone for the college but also serves as a poignant reflection of the evolving landscape within the funeral service profession and academia. Wilson’s journey to the presidency is a testament to her multifaceted background, which seamlessly integrates both funeral service and academia. A graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service herself, Wilson brings a wealth of experience and deep-rooted passion for both fields to her new role. As a licensed funeral director and embalmer, Wilson’s expertise in the funeral service profession is undeniable. However, her journey has been far from conventional. Prior to entering the funeral service profession, Wilson pursued a career in education. It was after her time in mortuary college that she discovered a way to merge her two passions, ultimately leading her back to the realm of academia. Wilson holds a MS in human relations and business, a master’s certification in executive leadership and is a certified funeral service professional. Her commitment to excellence and innovation has been evident throughout her career. She began teaching for Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2019, while maintaining an active role within the profession. Her dedication and expertise saw her rise through the ranks, culminating in her appointment as the academic dean in 2021 and additionally as the program director at the end of 2022. Under Wilson’s leadership, Dallas Institute of Funeral Service has experienced significant growth and improvement. With a focus on enhancing program quality and student success, Wilson and her team have achieved notable advancements in student retention, graduation rates and National Board Exam scores. Looking to... Purchase a Business? Find a Position? Recruit Help? Selling a... Funeral Industry Business? Hearse? Limousine? Interested in... Equipment? Vehicle Parts? Funeral Antiques? To place your ad in the Funeral Home & Cemetery News, complete the form below. Rates shown are for ads containing 50 words or less. For larger ads write, call or email to receive quote. Deadline is the 5th of the previous month of publication. 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Donors and volunteer leaders profession-wide support the Foundation in its mission of lifting up grieving communities by investing in people and programs that strengthen funeral service. For more information, visit www.FuneralServiceFoundation.org. Continued from Page B16