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  • Monday, July 10, 2017 7:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pre-registration for the 2017 Combined Convention will be open through Friday, July 14  -- accepted online or by mail, email or fax.

    CFDA will enter the names of pre-registered Convention attendees for special prize drawings to be held during the Combined Convention.

    Registrations accepted after July 14 will be considered as Onsite Registration and are subject to availability for Convention materials, meals and seating. 

    Why wait? Register ASAP!

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2017 Combined Convention

    July 20-23, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown

    Hosted by the Colorado Funeral Directors Association

    In partnership with the Wyoming Funeral Directors Association

    CFDA and WyFDA have put together a great line-up of programs and you can earn more than 17 contact hours of CE credit throughout the Convention.

    The 2017 Combined Convention is packed with education and information that you can use in your business every day.

    Attend the Full Convention, optional Pre-Con Workshops, one day of sessions, or just come to visit our exhibit hall...there's a registration option that fits your schedule.

    Convention registration is now open! 

    Either register online or use our fillable Word document available at

    The discounted $179 group rate at the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown will only be honored until the block is full or until June 30 – whichever comes first. Don’t wait…book your hotel room ASAP!

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 11:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the passage of Senate Bill 17-249, DORA's Division of Insurance will be studying compliance of preneed regulations and will issue a report to the Colorado legislators on September 1. 

    CFDA has arranged a meeting with Division representatives on June 13 to discuss concerns related to licensing for preneed sellers. 

    If you would like to attend this meeting, please RSVP by email to the CFDA office no later than Friday, June 9. Participation will be limited.

  • Monday, April 10, 2017 6:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click here to complete our online survey.

    Blueprint 2020 is an initiative to recognize the value of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association by promoting grassroots engagement and empowering funeral professionals across the state to embrace change and meet the challenges of the future.

    The goal is to modify the association's organizational structure, adopt a unified mission, and construct a new model for CFDA by the year 2020. Blueprint 2020 is a 3-year strategic plan to achieve this goal.

    Please take a few minutes to consider and respond to our online survey. Your feedback will help determine the direction for CFDA leaders to take.

    Click here to complete our online survey.

  • Monday, April 10, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Senate Bill 17-249 is working its way through the Colorado General Assembly, having passed second reading in the Senate last Friday.

    The bill results from the 2016 Sunset Review of Division of Insurance regulations. CFDA was successful in challenging the six recommendations that would alter laws pertaining to preneed funeral contracts.

    SB 249 will extend the preneed regulations until 2022 and allow CFDA to work with the Division of Insurance to thoughtfully address compliance issues. 

  • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CFDA Office has been experiencing some technical issues that have caused unforeseeable delays in responding to calls and emails.

    Staff has been working diligently to resolve network connection issues and computer software problems. Our systems should be up and running again by the end of the week.

    We apologize for slow response times and appreciate your patience while we focus on resolving these IT challenges.

    Thank you.
    Steffani G. Blackstock, CMP - Executive Director

  • Friday, February 10, 2017 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Colorado funeral director, Chuck Bowman, CMSP, CFSP, CCO, will be retiring from Horan & McConaty after 20 years of service to the family-owned funeral business.

    Funeral service is a second career for Bowman, who began working at a small, family-owned funeral home in Castle Rock as a teenager. He retired from a 20-year career in law enforcement and returned to funeral service in 1990. 

    He started working at Horan & McConaty in March 1997 as a funeral director, assistant manager, building manager, and now Vice President. His recent duties include handling high-profile funeral services for community leaders, public safety officers, and local armed forces members killed in the line of duty.  In 1996, he enrolled in the Mortuary Science Program at Arapahoe Community College and became a member of the program’s first graduating class in 1998.

    Chuck has tendered nearly 22 years of service to the Colorado Funeral Directors Association. He served as President in 2003 and since then has chaired the association's Legislative Committee, acting as a spokesperson for the profession and giving testimony at the State Legislature. He earned the rank of Deputy Commander through his years of participation on the Region VIII D-MORT team and deployments to New York (911), New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina), and Joplin, Missouri. 

    He was Colorado's Policy Board Representative to the National Funeral Directors Association for 6 years before being elected to the NFDA Executive Board in 2013. He was subsequently elected Secretary and is now serving as Treasurer to the NFDA. 

    On February 9, Chuck and his wife, Connie, were honored by Horan & McConaty owners, John Horan and Daren Forbes, and more than 50 colleagues, family and friends at a celebration held at the Heartlight Center. Friends and co-workers paid tribute to the well-respected Centennial location manager and acknowledged his commitment to training and mentorship of many funeral professionals during his distinguished career.

    The next chapter for Chuck and Connie (who retired in 2013) includes a move from Aurora, Colorado, back to Connie's home town of Liberal, Kansas.


    In February this year, the Bowman's  daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Michael Hornung, assumed ownership of Brenneman Funeral Home in Liberal, Kansas. Mike Hornung has been a part of the funeral industry in Colorado since 2009, where he was a part of the management team that oversaw St. Simeon Cemetery and funerals with the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. He graduated with honors from Arapahoe Community College Mortuary Science program in 2015 and moved to the Liberal community in January 2016. 

    Chuck Bowman will soon be joining the staff at the newly-named Hornung Family Funeral Home in Liberal. Bowman will resume practicing in Colorado funeral service, working with fellow CFDA Board Member, Ervin Maltbie, CFD, at Maltbie Funeral Services in Springfield, Colorado. 

    He will also continue his service with the Colorado Funeral Directors Association by conducting training programs and representing as Legislative & Advocacy Chair. He will fulfill his role as NFDA Treasurer this year and hopes to succeed as Vice President, then President of NFDA.

    Thank you, congratulations and best wishes to Chuck and Connie Bowman on their new adventures. 


    Beginning in March, you will be able to reach Chuck in care of Hornung Family Funeral Home.

    Chuck Bowman, CMSP, CFSP, CCO
    Hornung Family Funeral Home
    1212 West 2nd Street, Liberal, KS 67901

  • Friday, February 10, 2017 5:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Colorado Funeral Directors Association will host the 2017 Combined Convention in late July in downtown Denver, Colorado, with the Wyoming Funeral Directors Association. We're in the final stages of confirming the hotel - stay tuned for an announcement!

    More than 125 funeral professionals are expected to attend the 3-day Convention. 

    CFDA will accept proposals online until March 15, 2017 for presentations to be considered for the Combined Convention. 

    Please complete and send all required information so that our Convention Planning Committee can review and make selections that best fit the desired theme and objectives. 

    You will be notified by email no later than April 10 regarding your proposal status. 

    Click here for more information and link to the online form:

  • Thursday, February 02, 2017 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recommendations from the 2016 Sunset Review of Colorado Division of Insurance functions were addressed at the State legislature's Senate Business, Labor & Technology committee hearing on January 30.

    Representing the funeral industry, Matt Whaley, from SCI Colorado Funeral Services, and John Horan, CMSP, from Horan & McConaty Funeral Services, explained their concerns that proposed regulations would unfairly penalize licensed Preneed Contract Sellers. 

    During the last 10 years, consumers have reportedly suffered losses of more than $2,000,000 from preneed contracts sold by unlicensed businesses.

    In her testimony before the Senate committee, CFDA's Executive Director, Steffani Blackstock, stated that there are 72 licensed Preneed Contract Sellers in Colorado representing approximately 125 funeral establishments. In comparison, there are more than 200 funeral establishments registered with DORA and many are believed to "sell or offer to sell" preneed contracts without a Preneed Contract Seller license. 

    "Better oversight is needed from the Division of Insurance to enforce existing statutes and the license requirement for all businesses that provide funeral goods and services according to the definition of 'preneed contract'."

    The Sunset recommendations are expected to be on the agenda at next week's hearing of the Senate Business, Labor & Technology committee.

  • 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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