Patti Muldoon became president in 2018 after having been a member for a dozen years. She also trained as a death doula after helping family and friends through the dying process. “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 Member of the Board
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.
Fred HapgoodMember of the Board
FRED HAPGOOD spent most of his career Fred as a science writer, writing books and articles for National Geographic, the Atlantic, Smithsonian, and other publications. He is currently a counsellor with SHINE, an organization of volunteers dedicated to helping seniors and disabled people negotiate the complexities of health care insurance. Now at an age when the FCAEM mission feels particularly relevant, he intends to spread news of rapidly changing end-of-life practices, customs and options. Since being elected to the board in 2021, Fred has jumped in by taking on the role of clerk and is helping accomplish the funeral home price and services survey.
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.
John ParkeMember of the Board
John Parke’s interest in helping others with the end-of-life journey began with assisting his father to proactively organize his estate planning, which included working closely with him to craft his obituary before his death. John now teaches a class called “How to Write Your Own Obituary: The Story Only You Should Tell,” on Cape Cod and elsewhere. John first learned about FCA when his in-laws became lifetime members (an example of how departed loved ones continue to positively influence lives!). After more than 20 years running his international consulting practice to help organizations with strategic planning, he joined FCAEM’s board in late 2021. He hopes to contribute to its strategic direction, support its consumer advocacy, and advance its mission through outreach and education. John is intrigued with traditions and rituals throughout human history that demystify death and dying and bring grace, compassion, acceptance, and honor to the process for all.
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.