Patti Muldoon became president in 2018 as a new board member. This year she also officially became a death doula after helping family and friends through the dying process. Patti joined FCAEM in 2006. “My interest in the end of life journey began with my father’s death 25 years ago. As my family vigiled during his last days, we took turns painting stories of his life on a cardboard coffin my siblings finagled from a funeral director. My eldest brother told the stories shown on the coffin as our dad’s eulogy. Six months later when that brother suddenly died, we again had an Irish wake at home. Old and new traditions merged to fit my family’s needs. I think everyone should be able to shape their own funerals as they want and can afford.”
Paula ChasanMembership Secretary
Paula Chasan has been a member of FCAEM since the 1960’s when the group was known as The Memorial Society, Inc. She became active about 8 years ago, becoming Treasurer, when FCAEM needed people to fill in for officers and board members who were no longer available to serve. In 2018, Paula is now Membership Secretary. She also responds to calls that come in on our 24/7 FCAEM phone line.
Claire McNeill Treasurer
Claire McNeill became treasurer in 2018. She has been a member of FCAEM since 2013. Before moving to Massachusetts in 2012, she had been president of the Funeral Consumers Information Society in Westchester, New York for over 10 years. That FCA affiliate had to close due to the inability to find enough active people to take responsibility. Claire is happy to see that FCAEM is still a going venture. She has enjoyed working with other members of the expanded Board since last summer, clarifying our roles and modernizing our website and outreach materials.
Ruth Faas Board Member
Ruth Faas was thrilled to learn about FCA in 2006, both because of the way it offers important information and and because she thinks every industry needs a watchdog. She knows her relatives who are funeral directors work with integrity, for example, but when her father died in 1984 the cemetery acted stunningly unethically. She started Mourning Dove Studio in 2007 because of the huge environmental impact of conventional funerals and because using art and personally-meaningful creative expression was an important way she grappled with grief after her mother died. She sells green burial containers that can be decorated and helps people plan ahead for their after-death care choices. She was nominated for a Leadership Award by the Green Burial Council.
Kat Kimball Board Member
Kat Kimball joined FCAEM after attending several Death Cafes. She is a death positive person who encourages everyone to talk about their experiences and curiosities around death and dying. In December 2018 her grandmother suddenly became ill and was put on hospice care. Kat and her family went out to be with her grandmother in her final days. She found being able to participate in the care of her loved one during and after the dying process to be an incredibly transformative experience.
Bill ThompsonMember of the Board
Bill Thompson joined FCAEM in 2006, drawn to the consumer advocacy of the organization for education, particularly for those needing services at a most vulnerable time. He joined the board in 2018. Since that time he has been working to grow the electronic reach of FCAEM, primarily through redesign of the organization’s website. He also assists with the member database and provides technical assistance for meetings of the Board and membership. In addition, he is working with others towards a state-wide website to provide a single first-stop site for eastern and western Massachusetts.
Eva MoseleyMember of the Board
Eva Moseley joined FCAEM (at that time called “The Memorial Society”) more than 40 years ago, but became active in it only around 2010–11. Through 2017 she fetched and opened the mail and welcomed new members. Now she attends board meetings and shares what she hopes is wisdom. Before retiring in 1999, she was curator of manuscripts at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. During her three decades there, she learned how to help acquire and organize the archival evidence for some forgotten aspects of that history. She used the knowledge of archives gained there to find a home for FCAEM’s historical records.
Frank C. SingletonMember of the Board
Frank Singleton retired after working 50 years in local public health and environmental health positions. He remains active in a voluntary capacity on several boards and commissions that work on health and environmental issues, such as the Weymouth Conservation Commission. Frank became interested in FCAEM after his experience as a local public health representative on a steering committee working with the state to revise the antiquated paper-based burial permit and death certificate system, to the present digital on-line system. Doing this work, he found he wanted to learn more about how the death industry operates and how it is overseen by government. Using his background and skills to support the work of FCAEM, Frank is glad to be helping achieve our mission.
Jasmine TanguayMember of the Board
Jasmine Tanguay helps people align their funeral plans with their values and teaches workshops on sustainable legacy planning. She is a hospice volunteer, funeral celebrant, green burial advocate, legacy writing coach, and has been a volunteer with FCAEM since 2015. She is a human ecologist and sustainability consultant with almost 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She believes that families deserve the opportunity to care directly for their dead and that natural death care options have both environmental and emotional benefits. She serves FCAEM’s mission through outreach and education engagements in communities across Eastern MA.