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


Susan Alvarez Chicago

Charles R. Hanley Pekin

Daisy Lynn Mertzel, Public Member Chicago

* Mark A. Rizzo Elmhurst

Timothy D. Ruestman Kappa

Katherine J. Salyards Mundelein

Karen Scott Chicago

* Chairperson

Last Updated: April 1, 2014

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