President’s Message

Kathleen McLaughlin
2016-17 CFDA President

There are so many people to thank for making this years “Pier to Peer” Convention in Redondo Beach so memorable.  In no particular order:

Our Convention Committee Chair, Tiffany Gallarzo and her team really raised the bar this year.  They put together a great slate of informative speakers covering a wide range of topics.  Truly something for everybody.  The speakers kept us engaged and I know we all took away a lot of great information.

Tiffany will once again be the Chair for next year’s convention and she and Darren Diebold, her co-chair, are already analyzing this year’s event and laying the groundwork for next year in Monterey!

Our vendors and sponsors are absolutely the best!  They bring to us new products, new trends, new information and new insight into our ever evolving profession.  They are so giving of their time and we are so appreciative.

Thank you to Los Angeles County Funeral Directors Association and Orange County Funeral Directors Association for the Hospitality Suite they hosted on Monday evening.  The educational opportunities of convention, go hand in hand with the ability to connect with each other in a more relaxed setting.

Tuesdays banquet was made more special with the quick wit of Mark Kuhen as the Master of Ceremonies.  Jill Glasband and Merrill Mefford, my longtime friends and mentors were outstanding as the installing officers.  Greg Wilson Blessed the evening with his heartfelt invocation.

Karaoke with Trey was a huge success!!  So much fun to see everyone getting their groove on!  What a wonderful world!!

A Special thank you to immediate Past President Dennis Steiner.  I really learned a lot from him this past year.  He raised the bar and I look forward to keeping up the momentum he started.

Last but not least, our CFDA staff who help keep us on track.  We are appreciative for all you do.

Your newly elected CFDA Board is looking forward to a productive year.  We are looking to build a stronger educational program to help you better serve your families and your company.  Our Legislative Committee will continue to monitor and keep you apprised of what is going on in the Capital.

I encourage you to become involved in not only CFDA, but your local funeral associations too.  Attendance at convention and workshops not only benefit you by the content of the program, but by the networking and meeting of your peers.

Our Board is only as strong as its members.   Luckily we have VERY strong members!!

Thank you!! And Cheers to an exciting year!