Business Development Director, ClearPoint Federal Bank & Trust
Jodi Clock, Business Development Director, ClearPoint Federal Bank & Trust. Jodi has worked in end-of-life planning professions since 1988. Her experience includes working for family and corporately owned funeral homes, advance planning companies, and casket manufacturers. Most recently, Jodi was president, owner and founder of Clock Timeless Pets, a pet loss center in Western Michigan. She was also a partner of Clock Funeral Home, a Selected Independent funeral home serving over 420 families each year. Focused on development and learning, Jodi has a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University.
Program Director, Worsham College
is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and a licensed attorney. Leili received her B.A. from Lehigh University, her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and her Associate degree from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service. Leili is the Program Director at Worsham College and works at McMurrough Funeral Chapel in Libertyville, Illinois. She is also a member of the American Board of Funeral Service Education Committee on Accreditation.
Meg Myers Morgan
Associate Professor & Author
Dr. Meg Myers Morgan
is an expert in career development and advancement. Her latest bestselling book, Everything is Negotiable, offers tactics to help women negotiate for more in work and life. Meg is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma and leads the graduate programs in Public Administration and Non-profit Management on the OU-Tulsa campus. Meg holds a PhD focusing on the relationship between the public and non-profit sector, and certification in Executive and Leadership Coaching from Columbia University. Meg's TEDx Talk, "Negotiating for Your Life,” has been viewed thousands of times. Her collection of essays, Harebrained, won the gold medal for humor from the Independent Publishers Book Awards.
Michael D. Sharkey
Attorney and Funeral Director
is an attorney and licensed funeral director. He is an equity Partner at the Minneapolis litigation firm of Cousineau Van Bergen and is Chair of the firm’s Mortuary Law Practice Group. In addition to advising and counseling funeral homes, crematories, and cemeteries he also actively litigates cases for large and small businesses in state and federal court. Michael serves as an expert witness in mortuary cases and is General Counsel to both the WFDA and MFDA. He writes and lectures on all aspects of mortuary law, industry best practices, and funeral service ethics. His writings on the law and practice of disinterment and exhumation have been quoted in numerous Court Orders. Prior to law school Michael worked as both a small- town funeral director and at a very large funeral home cluster in a major metro area, thus experiencing all aspects of funeral service work.
The Dodge Company
is a sales rep for The Dodge Company, covering Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas. She attended Kansas City Community College, graduating in 2001 with a degree in Mortuary Science. Tawnia became licensed as a funeral service practitioner in 2002. Prior to being employed as an embalmer and technical adviser for the Iowa Donor Network for three years, she spent seven years with Bertrand Funeral Homes of Knoxville and Pleasantville as an embalmer and funeral director. On a personal note, Tawnia grew up on a farm that she describes as a cow/calf operation in a small northwestern Iowa town. She enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, gardening, helping on the family farm and her horse Diablo.
Jason Troyer, Ph.D.
Dr. Jason Troyer
is a grief expert, author, former psychology professor, and therapist. He helps funeral homes and cemeteries connect with their communities through his Facebook content and grief support materials. Dr. Troyer has been an expert speaker at several NFDA Conventions as well as state funeral service events. He provides community presentations, professional workshops, and trainings and is on staff at Smith Funeral & Cremation Service and Grandview Cemetery in Maryville, TN.
Inspired Journeys Founder
is a Minnesota-licensed mortician and founder of Inspired Journeys LLC, the Midwest’s first woman-owned and family-centered natural deathcare provider, offering end-of-life doula services, home funeral education and facilitation, and natural disposition coordination. She taught for over ten years in the Program of Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota, teaching courses in funeral psychology, arrangements, business, and marketing, as well as serving as the program’s Writing Enriched Curriculum liaison. In 2014, she earned an M.A. from the Family Social Science Department at UMN, studying how parents' advanced funeral planning influences their adult children's advanced funeral planning. A lifelong learner, she has also earned numerous certifications from national funeral service professional organizations, including Celebrant, Cremation Arranger, Preplanning Consultant, and Crematory Operator.