2013 Annual Membership Meeting
October 19, 2013, 5:00 pm Doubletree Hotel, Raleigh, NC
The Annual Meeting of the National Home Funeral Alliance provides an opportunity to do the business of the NHFA with our members and inform them of the work we have been doing over the past year. It is a requirement of our by-laws. Most importantly, however, it gives members the chance to share their thoughts and questions with the each other and the board. Members who can’t be in attendance are invited to share their input and questions via email.
Below: A video montage of the 2013 NHFA Conference
Board of Directors 2013-2014
Elizabeth Knox, President
Beth Knox, a founding member of the NHFA, is also co-founder and executive director of Crossings: Caring for Our Own, a national home funeral and green burial resource center. She came to home funeral work through personal loss and has since been an advocate for the love and wonder and healing power of a home funeral, teaching workshops internationally for the last 15 years, establishing self-sufficient home funeral support circles in communities across the U.S.
Lee Webster, Vice President
Lee comes to the NHFA Board from 30 years of working with and for secondary and higher education-, hospice-, healthcare-, and conservation-based nonprofits in various capacitiesundefinedas a board member and as a freelance public relations and development writer, editor and graphic designer. Former manager of Turning Leaf Home Funerals, she is the current director of New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy (NHFREA).
Kristine Bentz, Secretary
Kristine is a sister, daughter, partner, animal lover and friend who leans into life with her whole heart. Living in the Sonoran Desert, she serves individuals, families and communities as a life-cycle celebrant and home funeral guide. As a board member, she brings service leadership, active listening and non-profit management skills to bear toward ongoing education and social transformation.
Treasurer Lynn Barnett
Lynn is an experienced certified public accountant (CPA) with years of volunteer experience as a treasurer for various local organizations in the Rochester, NY, area. She is dedicated to promoting home funeral education in upstate New York. Now that her children are grown, she is branching out by taking on the role of Treasurer for the NHFA to further her involvement in home funeral work while offering her much-needed financial management skills.
Peg has been deeply involved with many of the serious cultural issues of our times: domestic violence, women’s empowerment and AIDS. She has worked as a hospice volunteer for over 20 years and, for a short but intense and tumultuous year, as a lobbyist for gay and lesbian civil rights in MA. She brings this commitment to social justice to the home funeral movement as an educator and trainer, and as the founder of Peaceful Passage at Home.
Cassandra is a homesteader with a BA in Sociology and Gerontology, a Masters in Architecture, and a Certificate in Grief and Bereavement from The University of Western Ontario’s Thanatology department. She is also certified as a hypnotherapist, animal assisted therapist and home funeral guide. She sits on the boards of the National Home Funeral Alliance, Grief Nova Scotia, and Victoria County Hospice Society, as well as founding a burgeoning Canadian organization for Death Midwifery, where she can be counted on for ensuring vision, honesty, clarity, and critical discourse.
Zalene brings a multidimensional approach to the mission of the NHFA. She has life experience in an intentional community and has worked in non-profits spanning direct care to executive director. Helping others learn their options for post death care and human/consumer rights are a passion for her along with making a positive difference in this life. As president & co-founder of Gentle Passages, Inc. Zalene has worked with individuals of all ages with and without special needs for over 30 years.
Sarah is a past president of the nonprofit Community Partnership for Comfort Care, has served on the board of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Northern Arizona, and shared her enthusiasm and listening skills with other boards in the fields of natural foods, performing arts and charter education. She holds a BA in Aging and End-of-Life and MA in Spiritual Care at End-of-Life.
Susan believes that the ramifications resulting from a shift in the current funeral paradigm in this country can be that of drastically improved societal health. A certified hospice and palliative nurse, working in hospice for the last 7 years and as an RN for the last fourteen, she has focused on educating the medical community from the inside. She hopes to see the day when Nurse Death Midwifery is as much a nursing discipline as Nurse (Birth) Midwifery, making the nursing profession truly holistic.