Robin Heppell, CFSP, has been elected to serve as on the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. The Academy membership elects new Board of Trustees members for a term of six years.
Rob is the first international trustee elected to our board. He is a consultant and educator with FuneralFuturist.com which is a division of Heppell Media Corporation in Victoria, British Columbia. Equipped with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management, together with a focus on online marketing and technology, Rob will bring a unique perspective to our board and represent the many new Canadian members who have joined the Academy in the last few years.
Heppell stated, I am honored to serve on the Board as I believe the Academy is the one place that funeral directors can declare and prove their ongoing commitment as funeral professionals. I feel that can leverage both my online platform and my International status to raise awareness and acceptance of the CFSP designation.
Before funeral service can be called a profession, its individual members must make a personal, ongoing commitment to be a professional and I see the CFSP designation as a mandatory first step. Then the more committed funeral professionals we have, the closer we will be to be seen and recognized as a profession.
Incorporated in 1976, the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice is one of the oldest organizations providing a program for professional certification in the United States. With almost 2,000 members worldwide, 1425 of whom have achieved the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, the Academy offers a voluntary certification program for funeral service practitioners to accomplish educational, professional, and community oriented goals in an organized fashion, recognizing funeral directors who raise and improve the standards of funeral service.
For more information about the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner designation, please contact Kimberly A. Gehlert, Executive Director, at (614) 899-6200.