Virtual Roundtable: Partnering with Procurement Agencies to Better Assist Families

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   iCalendar Central Standard Time

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1 CE Hour


Better Serve the Needs of Families that Choose Donation

Through pre-set questions and answers, you will learn how the donation processes is started, discover the difference between a family choosing donation and someone being donor designated, and explore best practices for reconstruction, and the range of services your funeral home can offer donor family members. Hear from funeral services professionals as well as organ procurement organization professionals on best practices for serving your shared communities.

 Key Takeaways:

  • Basic knowledge of the donation process
  • Effective ways to work with local recovery agencies
  • Support for families that choose donation
  • Techniques for embalming and restorative work on donor cases




Chris Donhost is the funeral home and coroner liaison with Sierra Donor Services in California and Nevada. He is a is a second-generation licensed funeral director with over 23 years of professional experience. Donhost last worked in the funeral profession as a multi-location manager of three funeral homes, a cemetery and crematory in the Bay Area. He is Vice Chair of Donate Life America’s Funeral Service Committee.

Vernie Fountain, CFSP, is founder of the world renown Fountain National Academy and provides quality specialized training for licensed embalmers. Fountain’s embalming and reconstructive techniques help embalmers deal with severely traumatized and difficult cases. His gift for teaching in seminar settings has made his presentations popular among funeral service professionals around the globe.

Savannah Hall is a licensed funeral director and skin recipient. She started working in the funeral service profession in 2007 and discovered her love of taking care of others. She graduated from mortuary college in 2010.

Tina Tursi Holmes, CFSP is the Chair of the Donate Life Funeral Services Committee and works with Donate Life SC to develop strategies on improving the relationship between donation and funeral service.  She is a 35-year licensed Funeral Practitioner in NJ, NC and SC and an adjunct instructor for the Funeral Service Education Program at Piedmont Technical College (SC). 

Melinda Van Waus is a licensed funeral director in Minnesota and an active member of the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota Funeral Director Associations; the Arrowhead Funeral Directors Association; and is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist. Melinda has also worked as a Tissue Surgical Recovery Technician, recovering tissue from donors who have so generously given the gift of life. She is a goal leader on the Funeral Service Committee under Donate Life America.


Approved for 1 CE hour by APFSP and by most state and province licensing boards.

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