Funeral Directors and Embalmers Licensing and Disciplinary Board

Funeral directors and embalmers were brought into the scope of the Agency's regulatory arm in

1919. Funeral directors and embalmers were originally licensed separately. In 1991, the licenses

were combined. Those individuals licensed separately prior to 1991 may still renew those

licenses. New licenses issued, however, must be as a funeral director and embalmer. The

practice of funeral directing and embalming means the practice of preparing for the burial,

cremation or disposal, and directing and supervising the burial or disposal of deceased human

remains, or performing any act or service in connection with the preparing of dead human

bodies. The Board is made up of seven members appointed by the Secretary, consisting of six

licensed funeral directors and embalmers, and one public member.

Susan Alvarez Chicago

Charles R. Hanley Pekin

* Mark A. Rizzo Elmhurst

Timothy D. Ruestman Kappa

Katherine J. Salyards Mundelein

Karen Scott Chicago

* Chairperson

Last Updated: July 15, 2014

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