We are volunteers. We are interested in educating the public about low-cost options for death care and ways to select meaningful and dignified services. We advocate for consumer rights. We are not affiliated with the funeral industry.
The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Massachusetts, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is governed by a Board of Trustees elected from the membership.
Our Board of Trustees, as of October 20, 2013:
President Sandy Ward, Holyoke
Treasurer Dennis Pillsbury*, Gill
Secretary Kathleen Winkworth, Leverett
Ceil Lewonchuk*, Springfield
Susie Maddern, Greenfield
Joan Pillsbury, Gill
J.M. Sorrell, Northampton
Jill Strader, Easthampton
Elizabeth Chapman*, Holyoke
*February 2014 update: We have lost three of the nine board members. Elizabeth resigned because of declining health. Ceil resigned because of difficulties in attending meetings. Elizabeth died January 31. Dennis Pillsbury died February 2. We are saddened by these losses.
Carol N. Coan, Past President of FCAWM, answers telephone inquiries, heads the Green Burial Committee, teaches "Funeral Planning for the Living" workshops at Greenfield Community College several times a year, speaks to groups, and edits publications.
Eileen Pratt, a former Trustee, continues to assist with mailings and publicity, as well as helping during annual meetings.
Neal Jameson, a recent Trustee, is the webmaster for the Green Burial Committee.
The list could go on, but this gives an idea of who we are. We of course welcome new members and volunteers.