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OKLAHOMA FUNERAL BOARD
4545 N. Lincoln Blvd, Suite 175
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
NOTES OF REGULAR MEETING
MEETING PLACE: Oklahoma Department of Veteran’s Affairs Meeting Room
2311 North Central
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
DATE & TIME: 10AM January 12, 2012
ORDER OF BUSINESS: The Board may discuss, vote to approve, vote to disapprove, vote to table, change the sequence of any agenda item, or decide not to discuss any item on the agenda.
1. Roll Call - Board members Parks, Pickard and Temple were present: Board members Dugger and Walding were absent.
2. Introduction and Oath of office for new Board member, Cindy Longanacre. Cindy Longanacre was sworn in as a public member of the Funeral Board for a five year term.
3. Approval of minutes of the December 8, 2011 Board meeting - Approved
4. Matters requiring Administrative Hearing. The hearing was continued to the February 9, 2012 meeting.
A. Discussion and possible action on Administrative hearing concerning Complaint 12-16, Board v. John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel, a licensed Funeral Service Establishment, and John M. Ireland, the Funeral Director In Charge for alleged Violations of 59 O.S. §§ 396.12(A), (B);396.12c(17); OAC 235:10-7- 2(17);10-15-3 (1),(2),(4).
B. Vote on possible executive session pursuant to 25 O.S. Supp 1998, Subsection 307 (B) (8) to engage in deliberations or rendering a final or intermediate decision in an individual proceeding pursuant to Article II of the Administrative Procedures Act regarding John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel, a licensed Funeral Service Establishment, and John M. Ireland, the Funeral Director In Charge.
C. Possible action to be taken as a result of the executive session regarding John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel, a licensed Funeral Service Establishment, and John M. Ireland, the Funeral Director In Charge.
5. Vote to affirm or disaffirm the issuance of the following licenses, registrations, certificates, dissolution or other action
A. Apprenticeship (original) - All Approved
1. Jeremy Owen, Tonkawa, Anderson Funeral Home, Tonkawa
2. Jason Rouk, Pryor, Stephens Memorial Chapel, Inc., Pryor
3. Steven Endsley, Midwest City, Oklahoma Mortuary and Limousine Service, Oklahoma City.
B. Funeral Director/Embalmer (reciprocal) - Approved
1. Christie Winn, Muskogee (Texas)
C. Establishments - All approved except item 6. Item 6 was tabled
1. Blackwell Funeral Home, Blackwell, Edward Blackwell, FDIC requesting to close establishment.
2. Tonkawa Funeral Home, Tonkawa, Edward Blackwell, FDIC requesting to close establishment.
3. Trout Funeral Home, Blackwell, new establishment, owner DMI Management, LLC, Annie Owen requesting to serve as funeral director in charge of multiple establishments (Tonkawa) (need inspection)
4. Moore Funeral and Cremation, Moore, Carriage Team of Kansas, LLC, owner, Riley Castor requesting to serve as funeral director in charge. (need occupancy, inspection)
5. Brown’s Funeral Service, Inc. – Tupelo, Jeremy Burris, funeral director in charge requesting to close establishment.
6. Hall Funeral Home, Elgin, Hall Family Services, Inc., owner, Alan Hall requesting to serve as funeral director in charge. (need occupancy, inspection)
7. Benjamin Funeral Service, Nowata, requesting change of funeral director in charge from David Luginbuel to Joseph W. Faulkner.
8. Brown’s Funeral Service, Inc., Atoka, requesting change of funeral director in charge from Eddie Brown to Ryan Olmstead.
9. Stanley Funeral Service, Inc., Tulsa requesting change of funeral director in charge from Jon Hoopert to Stanford Swyden.
10. Guardian Funeral Homes West Chapel, OKC requesting change of FDIC from Jeremy Sparks to Lisa Meehan.
11. Hyde Park Mortuary, Boley, new establishment Addie Richardson, Owner, Joe Anna Sicard requesting to serve as funeral director in charge.
7. OFDA Report – Jay Baines reported that District meetings will be starting soon, a legislative luncheon is planned for Feb. 20, and that the annual convention is planned for Apr. 16-18 in Norman.
8. Legal Update – Assistant Attorney General Bill O’Brien provided updates about the appeal of the Funeral Board order against Ron Schumacher, as well as notification of the ongoing felony cases against Mr. Schumacher in Creek and Okfuskee counties.
9. New Business – Robert Walters, Edmond working for Baggerley Funeral Home, Edmond apprentice application was approved. Leeya Hicks reciprocal funeral director and embalmer from Missouri was approved. The board discussed issues with hospice employees soliciting patients to certain funeral homes and what can be done. President Parks proposed appointing board members Cindy Longanacre and Mike Phenix to a committee to address the issue. The proposal was approved.
10. Deputy Director’s Report – Chris Ferguson reported that the Medical Examiner’s office recently adopted new policies that include emailing in the out of state permits and cremation permits, the office is also requiring a out-of-state permit through the ME office and the Health Department for disentombments that are leaving the State of Oklahoma. Mr. Ferguson also reported that he and Chief Pfeifer are meeting with key legislators in hopes of gaining more appropriations for staff more pathologists and district investigators. The legislative deadline is approaching and he is monitoring bills that involve the funeral industry and the Medical Examiner Office.
11. Executive Director’s Report – Mark Riley reported on renewals, noting that 4% of the pool of licensees had not renewed. He also spoke about the upcoming convention of the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards taking place in Little Rock, AR on Feb. 29 and March 1. As well, he noted that the Board website now included a complaint form.
12. Adjournment – 11:43am