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We welcome your comments and questions. Click here to send a message to our Headquarters office, or use the links in the sections below to contact a specific person by email. You also may contact us at:

Selected Independent Funeral Homes
500 Lake Cook Road, Suite 205, Deerfield, Illinois 60015
Toll-Free: 1-800-323-4219
Local: 847-236-9401
Fax: 847-236-9968
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Donna Anderson
Administrative Assistant
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1-847-236-9948
• Family Follow-up Survey Program
• Management Comparative Program
• Selected Resources Program
• Annual Report
• Preferred Partner Program Support
• Headquarters Office General Support

Donna is a long-time member of the Selected and NSM staff. She works closely with Denise Zoephel to provide assistance and support for Selected’s member programs. Donna also utilizes her top-notch administrative skills by providing general office, vendor and leadership support.

 

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Mark Cuddy
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Membership Development
Director
1-712-292-3171 (cell)
Member Recommendations
• Membership Invitations
• New Member Support
• Dues Questions
• Changes in Membership Status
• "Building Tomorrow's Selected, Today"

Mark utilizes his extensive relationship, sales and marketing experience to further enhance the bonds between Selected and its membership as well as cultivate new members from among the best independent funeral firms not yet affiliated with us. He meets with current and prospective members from around the country and directs all aspects of Selected’s membership program.

 

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Lauren Ehle
Director of Communications
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1-224-619-3615
• Design of Printed & Web-Based Materials
• In-House Printing
• Website
• Signature Program
• Social Media
• Photography

Lauren works to keep members informed about association and membership news through print and electronic media. She has a background as a graphic designer and prepress technician. She oversees the website, social media channels, in-house printer equipment and relationships with vendor printers, photography and promotional videos at and for meetings and the Signature Program.

 

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Stefanie Favia
Meetings and Membership Assistant
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1-847-236-9413
• Group Roundtable Coordination with Board and Hosts
• Continuing Education
• Membership Database
• Facilitate New Member Balloting Process
• Headquarter Office General Support

Stefanie brings her more than seven years of customer service and administrative experience to Selected and often is the first person members talk to when calling the Headquarters office. She utilizes her excellent time management skills to provide a variety of support to both the meetings and membership areas by working closely with Mark Cuddy and Amy Hunt in addition to her general office responsibilities. Stefanie has a strong eye for details and enjoys helping members directly and behind the scenes.

 

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Marc Frankowski
Communications Coordinator
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1-224-619-3617
• Broadcast Emails
• Video Editing
• Signature Program
• Assists in many Communications Projects

In addition to assisting with the distribution of industry, association and membership news through multiple channels, Marc is bringing his film background and knowledge to the development of Selected’s Why We Gather YouTube channel. He also works closely with members who use the services of the Signature Program.

 

Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt
Director of Meetings and Education
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1-847-236-9915
• Educational Planning
• Meeting Planning
• Speaker Contracts
• Hotel Contracts
• Selected Leadership Academy

Amy is responsible for all of Selected's meetings and educational programming, including the Annual Meeting, NextGen Seminar, Spring Management Summit, Roundtable Meetings and Selected Connections programs—nearly 30 events sponsored each year by the association. Amy works closely with the Board of Directors, Programming Work Group, Leadership Council and NextGen Advisory Group to create meeting experiences that emphasize take-home value and foster increased interaction among members. Amy invites suggestions and feedback from all members in order to continually evolve and improve Selected's meeting offerings.

 

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Robert Paterkiewicz
Executive Director
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1-224-619-3614
• Spokesperson for Selected
• Headquarter Administration
• Preferred Partner Program
• Annual Operating Budget
• Allied Relations and Representation
• Strategic Planning

Rob is a seasoned association executive with over 20 years experience from management and leadership positions within various trade and professional associations. His professional background and extensive hands-on experience with the difficulties and challenges faced by members ensures that he is ready and able to assist you in whatever need you may have. As the Executive Director of Selected, Rob serves as the chief administrator and is ultimately responsible for all functions of the association. He supervises all staff and headquarters activities and is responsible for the formulation, implementation and evaluation of all programs and services offered through Selected.

 

Sarah Pojanowski Sarah Pojanowski
General Counsel
1-847-236-9908
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Sarah began working on matters for Selected Independent Funeral Homes while working with Michael Cohen on a wide variety of litigation, government investigation and counseling matters. She continued with a particular focus on antitrust and trade regulation issues, including issues facing trade associations. She has significant experience in the law pertaining to nonprofit trade associations.

 

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Bookkeeper
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1-847-236-9429
• Association Bookkeeping
• Payables and Receivables
• Payroll
• Credit Card Processing
Hossein oversees all aspects of Selected’s financial activities from payroll to dues billing, deposits, payments and financial reporting for both the association and the Selected Educational Trust.

 

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Denise Zoephel
Assistant Executive Director
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1-224-619-3616
• Family Follow-Up Survey
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• Management Comparative Program
• Selected Study Groups
• Selected Transfer Services Program
• Selected Resources Program
• Headquarters Operations

Denise oversees all aspects of Seleted’s member programs and services. She works closely with members to help educate them on program benefits and to ensure they get the most out of their participation. Denise encourages member feedback and program enhancement suggestions. She has extensive knowledge of strategic planning, sales and marketing through previous positions held at both non-profit and for-profit organizations.

 

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Educational Trust Director
1-888-70-TRUST
Email
• Administration of the Trust
• Fundraising, Scholarships and Assistance
• Annual Fundraising Event

Buz cultivates and obtains donations, gifts and support for the association’s separate charitable organization, the Selected Educational Trust. He also directs all administrative aspects of the Trust, including scholarships and assistance efforts as well as the Trust’s annual fundraising event.