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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING
OKLAHOMA FUNERAL BOARD
3700 N. Classen, Suite 175
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118
August 11, 2016
J. Cooper John Crittenden AAG
Tim Heefner Chris Ferguson
Cindy Longanacre Martha Kulmacz AAG
Todd Martin Amy Sparks
MEETING PLACE: Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 412C
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
President Longanacre called the meeting to order at 10:00AM. Board Members Cooper, Heefner, Longanacre, Martin, Roberts and Vice, were present. Member Highberger was absent. A quorum was present.
Motion by Martin second by Roberts to approve the minutes from the July 14, 2016 regular meeting. Board Members Heefner, Longanacre, Martin & Roberts voted yes, Board Members Cooper and Vice abstained. The motion passed.
Motion by Roberts second by Cooper to dismiss complaint 15-41 regarding un-licensed practice. The motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Cooper second by Vice to dismiss complaint 16-28 regarding a jewelry dispute. The motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Vice second by Roberts to table complaint 16-29 regarding pre-need vs. at-need dispute. The motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Cooper second by Roberts to find probable cause on complaint 17-05 regarding material misrepresentation on probation reports and to set a hearing before the Board as soon as practical. The motion passed unanimously.
Regarding matters for consideration of possible parties’ joint request to set the matter for merits evidentiary hearing and enter a Scheduling Order regarding Complaint 16-24 Board v. AdamsCrest Funeral Service, Tulsa; Reynolds & Sons Funeral Service, Collinsville, & Nick Reynolds a suspended Funeral Director & Embalmer, Tulsa.
Respondent Nick Reynolds and Connie Reynolds were present in person. Their attorney Jim Goodwin was not present having previously agreed to the entry of the agreed scheduled Order. The State was represented by Martha Kulmacz, AAG. Southwest Court Reporting recorded the hearing. John Crittenden AAG was the Board’s legal advisor. Members, Heefner, Longanacre, Martin, Roberts and Vice heard this case. Member Cooper was to be recused and he left the meeting room.
After testimony by Nick Reynolds and Connie Reynolds regarding which subpoenaed items remained to be produced on August 16, 2016 and discussion of the proposed scheduling order that had been previously agreed to by Jim Goodwin a motion by Roberts second by Martin to approve the Scheduling Order submitted by the parties and set the evidentiary hearing on the merits for Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in room 511A of the State Capitol. The motion passed unanimously.
Motion by Roberts second by Cooper to approve the following: Apprenticeship original Preethi Chaparala, Atoka, Brown’s FS, Atoka; Apprenticeship (1st extension) Karin Nichols, Grove, Nichols Funeral & Cremation Service, Grove (enrolled at UCO); Alec Dyer, OKC, Buchanan FS, OKC (enrolled at UCO); Apprenticeship (2nd extension) Maura Edwards, Edmond, Vondel Smith FH, (grad of UCO); Funeral Director and/or Embalmer (original) Anthony E. Payne, Oktaha; Laci Perez OKC; Caitlin Smith, OKC; Establishments; Trout Funeral Home of Perry, Perry, New Establishment; DMI Management, LLC Owner, Brian Friend proposed FDIC; and Haigler-Pierce Funeral Home, Canton request to change name from Haigler-Pierce Funeral Home to Pierce Funeral Home. The motion passed unanimously.
After withdrawal by Harold Winton of the conflicting letter he submitted to the Funeral Board regarding funeral director Murrell, a motion by Heefner second by Martin to approve the following: Adamscrest Funeral Service, Tulsa request to change FDIC from Nick Reynolds to Harold Winton and Reynolds & Sons Funeral Service, Collinsville request to change FDIC from Nick Reynolds to Harold Winton (Also requesting to be multiple FDIC , Adamscrest and Reynolds & Son) The motion passed unanimously.
AAG Kulmacz provided the legal update regarding Oklahoma Supreme Court Case No. 115162 and Tulsa County District Court, Case Number CV-2016-00043 Reynolds v. Oklahoma Funeral Board. No Action was taken by the Board. Member Cooper recused and was absent from the room duringthe legal update
No new business was discussed.
Chris Ferguson reported that gross receipts for July 2016 to be $34,505.66 with $1,297.80 going to the general fund. The expenses for the same timeframe totaled $ 24,123.97and net income after expenses totaled $9,083.89
Motion by Martin second by Roberts to adjourn the meeting at 10:30am. The motion passed unanimously.
Cindy Longanacre, President