Members: Funeral and Cemetery Board

Interested in serving on the Funeral and Cemetery Board?

If you’re interested in applying for a board position, visit the Governor’s website at http://www.governor.wa.gov/boards or email funerals@dol.wa.gov.

How much of a time commitment is serving on the board?

Board members may serve up to two 4-year terms. They meet about 4 times a year, including meetings at colleges with funeral director and/or embalmer degree programs. Members may also choose to attend outreach events or conferences.

Are board members paid?

Travel expenses are reimbursable and members are eligible to receive up to $50/day when conducting board business.

Member Role Term expires
Ronald R. Messenger Chair Term expires: July 1, 2015
Jim Letson Vice chair Term expires: July 1, 2015
Jeffrey Wilson Member Term expires: July 1, 2016
Pete Cameron Member Term expires: July 1, 2018
Todd Shifflett Member Term expires: July 1, 2018
Charles Chaplin Public member Term expires: July 1, 2018
Cameron Smock Public member Term expires: July 1, 2016

Who’s on the board?

There are 7 members, whom are all Washington residents:

  • 3 licensed funeral directors and embalmers who have been continuously engaged as funeral directors and embalmers for the last 5 years.
  • 3 members who have actively administered a cemetery authority or been a member of the board of directors of a cemetery authority for the last 5 years.
  • 1 member of the general public who hasn’t worked in or received financial benefit from the funeral and cemetery industry.

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