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Funeral Consumers Alliance
of Greater Kansas City

(mailing address only)
PO Box 7021
Kansas City, MO 64113
email: fca.gkc@gmail.com

Board of Directors

G Frank Cockrell, CPA- Board President

Residence...Overland Park, KS
Employment status…Retired
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

Pam ThomasResidence…Independence, MO
Employment Status-Retired…
Associate Professor of Anatomy at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
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 P1000332
Employment status…..
Retired- Kansas City Star
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

Lyle Van Vleet, Board Member

Residence...Shawnee, KS
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                                                         Lynn head shot

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.
Ginny Farney, Board Member