Who We Are 

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.  

Other Volunteers

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.