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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OKLAHOMA STATE BOARD OF EMBALMERS AND FUNERAL DIRECTORS
4545 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 175
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
April 17, 2003
 

MEMBERS PRESENT STAFF ALSO PRESENT
Charles Brown, Ph.D. Terry McEnany, Exec. Director
Terry Clark Chris Ferguson, Bus. Mgr.
Joe Harris Lloyd Brown, Field Rep.
Stephen Huston Debra Schwartz, AAG
Scott Smith  
Keith Stumpff  


President Scott Smith called the meeting to order at 10AM. Board members Brown, Clark, Harris, Huston, Smith, and Stumpff were present. Board member Craddock was absent.

Assistant Attorney General Debra Schwartz was welcomed as General Counsel to the Board. Ed House of Bartlesville was recognized as the new President of O.F.D.A.

Motion by Clark second by Huston to approve minutes of the March 13, 2003 meeting passed unanimously.

Motion by Stumpff second by Brown to approved the following original Apprenticeship Registrations: James Ross Johnson, Lawton-Ritter-Gray, Lawton; Cortney Breedlove, Hart, Tahlequah; Laura Leann Black, Strode, Stillwater; Marcia Ann Magnuson, Freeman-Harris, Tulsa; Brian D. Friend, Brown-Dugger, Perry; Charles Bezhan Vahdatipour, Green Country, Tahlequah;
Linda Sue Gresham, Paylor, Midwest City; Jocelyn King, Howard-Harris, OKC; Micheal Peery, Chapel Hill, OKC; Hollie Elizabeth Elmore, Craddock, Ardmore; end. The motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Stumpff second by Brown to approved the following Apprenticeship (1st extension): Tami L. Foster, Baggerley, OKC; Debbie L. Phillips, Stout-Phillips, Wewoka; Dylan M. Roberts, Matthews, Edmond; Kimberly Geen, Ladasau-Evans, Enid; Amy E. Cullen, Guardian North, OKC; end. The motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Stumpff second by Brown to not approve the request of Apprenticeship (1st extension) of David Parnell, Reynolds, Tulsa for lack of documentation of mortuary school transcript. The motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Stumpff second by Huston to approved the Funeral Director/Embalmer (Reciprocal) of Richard Kelley passed unanimously.

The Board took no action on Michael Steele application for reciprocal licenses.

Motion by Clark second by Stumpff to approve the following funeral establishment licenses: Fort Gibson Bradley Funeral Services, Ft. Gibson, (new
establishment), subject to inspection, request by Carter Bradley to service as FDIC of Ft. Gibson & Muskogee; Chaney Harkins, McAlester & Jones Harkins, Wilburton change of ownership from G-H-L to Harkins F.S., Inc.; Affordable Cremation, Elk City change FDIC from Glenda Holland to Malissa Thorn; end. The motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Stumpff second by Brown to dismiss complaint 03-36 alleged unlicensed practice noting the complaintant no dates, times, places, or witnesses. The motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Harris second by Huston to dismiss complaint 03-40 collection dispute, noting this was outside the jurisdiction of the Board. The motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Huston second by Harris to dismiss complaints 03-41, 03-42, 03-43, and 03-44; competitor issues. The motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Smith second by Stumpff to dismiss complaint 03-45 flowers. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Charles Brown was recognized for recently receiving the Presidents Award of the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB). Dr. Brown serves as the ICFSEB delegate on the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) Committee on Accreditation. He reported that as of January 1, 2004 all students of ABFSE accredited mortuary schools must take the National Board Examination (NBE) as a condition of graduation. Students not passing the NBE could receive licensure by meeting all of the requirements as well as passing the Oklahoma State Board's Arts and Sciences examinations.

Executive Director Terry McEnany reported on the passage of HB1270 and HJR1015. The updated Funeral Services Licensing Act which became effective on April 10, 2003 will be available on the Board's web site www.okfuneral.com. Plans call for a postcard mail out to all licensees and apprentices of the legislative changes will be available only on the web site. Where the Rules and Statute are in conflict the statute will control. Apprentices must be supervised at all times when performing the duties in 235:10-11-1(a) & (b). Preliminary work on the Rules update will commence immediately with President Smith naming a committee composed of a funeral service educator, practitioners, and association representatives to examine other states continuing education requirements and identify the best practices to the Board. The Board also congratulated President Smith on being named Funeral Director of the Year at the recent O.F.D.A. convention. The Board directed McEnany to prepare a resolution to Edith Steel, Executive Director and Paulina Coleman of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board for their assistance in handling the Board's financial matters.

Assistant Attorney General, Chief of the General Counsel Section, Gay Tudor discussed the advantages of Consent or Agreed Orders in those cases where the facts are not disputed. Noting the Board not have to accept Consent Orders. She also pointed out the respondents have a right to a hearing and in some cases the Board should proceed to hearing.

Their being no further business the meeting adjourned at 11:55 AM.

Respectfully submitted,


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Scott Smith
President

Oklahoma Funeral Board
4545 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 175 - Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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