Jeremy Layton (Chair) David White Brandon Burningham
Midwinter Meeting Committee
Laurie Abraham (Chair)
Laura Procunier (Chair)
Policy Board Representative
Travis Greenwood (Chair)
Best Practices/CEU/Recognition Committee
David Hess (Chair)
Brian Bartlett (Chair)
IT/Public Relations Committee
Matthew Yardley (Chair) Stephanie White
Information on Serving on the UFDA Board
Are you --
interested in expanding your opportunities within the profession?
interested in advancing your career and serving others?
interested in developing leadership skills and new friendships?
If you answered yes --
You would make a good candidate to serve on the Utah Funeral Directors Association (UFDA) Board.
Who makes up the UFDA Board?
The UFDA Board of Directors is a volunteer board of 11 funeral directors from throughout the state and members from adjoining states. The Executive Board is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Immediate Past President.
The state is divided into four districts, and each district has a representative on the UFDA Board who serves as a District Director. Each District Director must work or live in the district they represent. Members of our association from Idaho or Wyoming are part of District III.
There is also an At-Large Director who serves on the board that can live or work in any district.
Finally, there is a member of our board that is a liaison with the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and is designated as an NFDA Policy Board Representative.
Who can be on the UFDA Board?
Any member of our association at any career level is invited to run for office to serve and participate on the UFDA board. Anyone that’s interested should reach out to the current Immediate Past President or the UFDA office at 801-263-3286 or firstname.lastname@example.org to express their interest. Active seeking for candidates starts in January and runs through April (prior to convention).
When are elections held?
Elections are held every Spring during our Annual Convention according to the following schedule:
Each District Director is elected for a 2-year term as follows:
Every even calendar year: District II and District IV are up for election
Every odd calendar year: District I, District III, and At-Large are up for election.
Other district positions may open up at other times if there is a vacancy to that seat with someone moving into the Secretary/Treasurer position.
Who votes on members of the board?
All members are invited to vote for members of the UFDA Board. For those who cannot attend convention, they are invited to vote by absentee ballot (which is emailed).
Who can be elected to the Executive Board?
A new Secretary/Treasurer is elected each year from anyone currently serving on the UFDA board. Once they get elected to this office, they move up the ladder to subsequent positions until they end their service. The order of the movement is: Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President-Elect, President, and the term of service ends after serving as the Immediate Past President. Each office is held for a one-year term.
If I get elected as a District Director or At-Large Director, how long is my commitment?
Each District Director or At-Large Director serves for a 2-year term. At this point they can choose to run again, run as Secretary/Treasurer or end their service on the board.
What are the responsibilities of a District Director or At-Large Director?
Attend and participate in monthly UFDA Board meetings (usually held the first Tuesday of every month at 1:00) at the UFDA headquarters office in Sandy, Utah. This meeting usually lasts about 2-3 hours. Many employers allow their employees this paid time off to serve on the UFDA board. Travel costs are reimbursed to the board member. Virtual attendance is an option as needed, but in-person attendance is encouraged.
Assist with committees or assignments as given by the President.
District Directors are in charge of planning a District Meeting every year with the support of other board members and/or a volunteer committee.
Support the board with anything else that’s needed.
The expected monthly time commitment for involvement on the board varies by month and assignments, but it should generally only average 1-2 hours each month in addition to attending the monthly board meeting. Some months only require the board member to attend the monthly board meeting.