Board of Directors
Board of Directors FCA-GKC
G Frank Cockrell, CPA- Board President
Residence...Overland Park, KS
Education…University of Missouri, Columbia, bachelor’s degree
How and why you got involved in FCA…”I am interested in consumer issues and had followed and supported the FCA for many years. I was impressed with the dedication and helpfulness of FCA volunteers in educating the public on the subject.
Pam Thomas, Ph.D., Board Vice President
Employment Status-Retired…Associate Professor of Anatomy at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Education…State University of New York at Potsdam, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology; University of Missouri-Columbia, Ph.D in anatomy
How and why you got involved in FCA…“When I joined the faculty of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and became director of the Gift Body Program, I met Thad Rodgers, owner of Kansas City Funeral Directors. He suggested that I attend an FCA meeting. I joined the FCA board 1997.”
Steve Nicely, Board Secretary
Residence…Prairie Village, KS
Employment status…..Retired- Kansas City Star
Education……Marquette University, bachelor of science (journalism)
How and why you got involved in FCA…“FCA-GKC president Bev McGill, a former neighbor, recruited me. One of my best jobs during high school and college was as a maintenance man,door man, chauffeur and odd- jobs guy for George F. Porter & Sons Funeral Home in KCK.”
David Johnson, Board Treasurer
Employment status…..Retired accountant. having spent most of my career working for not for profit organizations, Such as social service agencies.
How and why you got involved in FCA…I am married and have two children one of whom has passed away, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. I am an advocate for social justice And a contemplative.
Lyle Van Vleet, Board Member
Employment status…Retired from Commercial Lithographing Co.
Education…Cal Poly State University, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, 1964; Rockhurst University, master’s in business administration, 1989.
How and why you got involved in FCA...”I first became involved in 2009, when Steve Nicely asked me to help organize data and create an Excel spreadsheet for that year’s Funeral Home Price Survey. Later, I worked on the 2011 Cemetery Price Survey and most recently on the 2012 Funeral home Price Survey. When I was invited to be a board member, I accepted because I believe the FCA provides a very valuable service.”
Lynn Anderson, Board Member
Residence... Kansas City, Mo.
Employment... Retired as director of Information, Outreach, and Accessibility with Johnson County Human Services and editor of the county’s Best Times newspaper. Previously was writer and editor with the University of Kansas and the Kansas City Star.
Education... Master’s in journalism from the University of Kansas
How and why... I learned of the Funeral Consumers Alliance while working on stories about the organization and its work. Throughout my life, the funerals of loved ones left me with a sense of discontent about traditions and options — so the possibilities that the FCA brought to light have influenced my own decisions and made me want to educate others. I began working with the group as a volunteer and joined the board in 2015.
Ginney Farney, Board Member
Residence...Prairie Village, Mo.
Employment... Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse part-time; founder, the Passing Wisdom; dedicated to supporting those who choose alternative death practices.
Education... Registered Nurse; Associate Degree in Applied Science- Massage Therapy; Certified Spiritual Healer
How and why: It is my life’s calling to ease the fear and misconception around death and dying. Education and a willingness to have the conversation are critical pieces. As a hospice nurse, I was aware of the FCA-GKC and their price surveys. I attended a FCA presentation to acquire nursing CEU’s and knew immediately that I needed to be involved with the FCA.
Nancy Peterson, Board Member
Residence... Kansas City, MO
Employment...Nancy is currently a Marketing Specialist and Community Liaison for Ability KC (formally the Rehab institute of Kansas City), assisting patients as they transition from acute care to an intensive outpatient complex neuro-trauma rehab program. Her job also involves providing education and marketing to the medical community and involvement in fundraising events.During her 30 years in the helping of professions, she has gained experience in a variety of areas including nursing homes, hospice care, a suicide hotline, senior home care and case coordination.
Education... Nancy grew up just outside Tulsa, OK and has an undergraduate degree in Speech Language Pathology from Oklahoma State University. She received a Master’s of Social Work from Jane Addams School of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she worked in urban hospitals for Mayor Daley’s Center for Youth.
How and why... She has served on the Board of the Greater Kansas City Funeral Consumers Alliance and is currently on the National Board of the FCA, working on national issues relating to consumer protection in the funeral industry. She is serving her second term.