Colorado Funeral Directors Association

2 Colorado Professionals selected for NFDA Meet the Mentors Program

Monday, January 30, 2017 12:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is proud to announce the names of the 50 funeral professionals who will attend the association’s expanded Meet the Mentors program. Meet the Mentors will take place March 12-14 at Emory Conference Center Hotel, which is located on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Meet the Mentors has been wholly funded by the Funeral Service Foundation since the program’s 2011 inception. 

This year, in addition to accepting entries from funeral professionals who are under the age of 40, NFDA, for the first time, invited funeral directors who have been licensed for less than five years (no age requirement for new licensees) to participate in the drawing for a chance to attend Meet the Mentors.

The names of the 50 participants were announced last week through a series of video drawings, which were shared on the NFDA website and social media sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc).

The 2 funeral professionals representing Colorado at the 2017 Meet the Mentors program are:

  • Heather Kreider, Horan & McConaty Funeral Service, Centennial, Colo.  
  • Jessica Moratto, Callahan Edfast Mortuary, Grand Junction, Colo.  

“Congratulations to the 50 funeral directors who were selected to participate in Meet the Mentors,” said NFDA President Ashley Cozine, CFSP, CPC, CCO. “I’m looking forward to meeting you in Atlanta and I’m confident this event will offer the energy, inspiration and encouragement you need to build a fulfilling career in funeral service.”

About Meet the Mentors

During Meet the Mentors, attendees will meet, learn from, and talk with three innovative and successful funeral professionals: James “Jimmy” E. Altmeyer Jr., president of Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory in Virginia Beach, Va.; and James “Jimmy” M. Olson, owner of Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Sheboygan, Wis. Altmeyer and Olson will be joined by a third mentor whose name will be announced in the weeks to come.

There is no cost to participate in the Meet the Mentors program itself. The Funeral Service Foundation’s grant provides exclusive, career-transforming access to three mentors, and covers attendees’ registration fees, two nights’ lodging and select meals. The 50 individuals selected to attend only pay for their transportation to the program.

More than 600 young professionals and emerging leaders have benefited from the Meet the Mentors program, which underscores the Foundation’s mission to support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and communities it serves. The program is part of the Foundation ‘45 Awards, which are designed to transform the careers of funeral service professionals through scholarships, awards, resources and mission-focused outreach. 

“The Foundation is privileged to help you unlock your potential and take your careers to the next level,” said Funeral Service Foundation Chair Bill Wappner. “I’m honored to represent the Foundation at this year’s program. Your good work drives our good work, and I’m eager to hear your stories and discuss how the Foundation can help you continue build meaningful relationships with the families and communities you serve.”  

Complete details about the NFDA Meet the Mentors program, including the videos announcing the 2017 Meet the Mentors participants, can be found on the association website,

Colorado Funeral Directors Association,  P O Box 631664, Highlands Ranch, CO 80163-1664 U.S.A. 

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