FNA's Biennial International Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery Conference
A word about the Conference from your sponsor
2014 will be Fountain National Academy's 24th year of providing quality Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery Seminars for Professional Embalmers. You can see more about our regular May and September series of seminars on this web site.
Vernie R. Fountain, Founder, Embalmer, Reconstructive Specialist, CFSP
Through the years I have often dreamed of having a Conference that would be totally dedicated to Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery Techniques. To celebrate our 20th year I chose 2010 for the debut of FNA's 1st International Embalming & Reconstructive Surgery Conference for Professional Embalmers.
Along with the presentations I conducted I Hand-Picked 11 additional top notch speakers. I knew each of them personally and have observed their presentations and know that they are some of the most skilled and dedicated instructors in the profession. All of them are Licensed Professional Embalmers. My desire is to bring together at one place at one time the most technical information of any conference in the world. See the press release below about our 2012 conference.
My goals are:
Mark Your Calendar, Don’t Miss Out in 2016
Activities will begin on (tentative date) August 4, 2016 at 5:30PM
Registration is limited to the first 150 registrants. For more information e-mail Vernie R. Fountain: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: FNA: (417)-833-5130
International Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery Conference for Professional Embalmers
Presented and Hosted by:
Fountain National Academy Of Professional Embalming Skills
Vernie R. Fountain, Founder
(tentative date) August 4 - 7, 2016
Thursday evening through Noon on Sunday
Numerous Embalming & Reconstructive subjects will be presented by multiple speakers
Conference Theme: “Dedicated to the Value of Open Casket Viewing”
Vernie R. Fountain will conduct a live fund raising auction to benefit the scholarship program during Friday evening activities.
Venue for 2016:
2431 North Glenstone
Springfield, Missouri 65803 USA
Hotel Phone: 417-831-3131
FNA Group Rate
2014 Conference Group - Embalmers from 7 countries attended
2014 International Conference Speakers
(Left to Right) Jack Adams, Jacquelyn S. Taylor Ph.D., Vernie R. Fountain, Don Kellerhall, Alain Koninckx,
Steven Labrash, Shane Ritchie, Glyn Tallon, Todd Van Beck, Karl Wenzel
The FNAcademy Awards for 2014
Honorees L-R: Donald Kellerhall, Megan Mathewson, James Allemond,
Jack Adams, Todd Van Beck, & Vernie R. Fountain, Award Presenter
Conference Distinguished Guests of Honor
Todd Van Beck
Distinguished Professional Service Medallion Awards
Donald R. Kellerhall
Megan E. Mathewson
Todd Van Beck
Other highlights of the 2014 Conference
Classroom had comfortable theater type seating
The Cosmetic Class was an elective class. It was instructed by two-time
Emmy award winner Hollywood Special Affects and Makeup Artist
Attendees took a tour of the FNA Training Facility
Vernie R. Fountain conducts a live auction to raise funds for the Embalmers
Scholarship Program - Many THANKS must go to the donors of items and bidders
who raised over $7,000.00 for the scholarship program.
2012 Conference Speakers
Jack Adams Steven Labrash Glyn Tallon Vernie R. Fountain
Fred Vande Vusse Dr. Jacquelyn Taylor Bryan Allison Melissa J. Williams
Robert G. Mayer Karl Wenzel Pierre M. Fugere Craig Caldwell
Highlights of the 2010 Conference
10 Countries & 25 States represented in this picture
What a great group of dedicated professional embalmers.
The Distinguished Guests of Honor receiving their
Distinguished Professional Service awards.
Robert J. Inman(Center)
Robert G. Mayer, Jr. (Right)
Shadow box in the chair is in memory of the late Donald W. Sawyer
Vernie R. Fountain (Left)
In Memory of Donald W. Sawyer
This Shadow box will remain of permanent display
at the FNA Training Facility
This is the FNA Distinguished Professional Service Medallion
These medallions were awarded August 5, 2010 to:
Darrell M. Wilkins
Glyn M. Tallon
Robert J. Inman
Robert J. Mayer, Jr.
Donald W. Sawyer (Posthumously)
This is the Distinguished Guest of Honor Award Cup
These were given to the Guests of Honor in
Attendance. Robert J. Inman & Robert G. Mayer, Jr.
Filled classroom Fun by all
Along with a lot of fun there was a lot Fun by all
of deep concentrated learning
The very funny ventriloquist Greg Claassen (right)
Jim Brown on the left. A hilarious event
Numerous technical Presentations
Robert G. Mayer with his Medallion doing Autographs
A fun time Taking a lot of notes
2012 FNA International Embalming & Reconstructive Surgery
Conference for Professional Embalmers.
August 2-5, 2012, Springfield, Missouri USA
PRESS RELEASE 2012 Conference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: August 15, 2012
CONTACT: Vernie R. Fountain
Subject; FNA’S Biennial International Embalming & Reconstructive Surgery Conference for Professional Embalmers
Springfield, Missouri, USA: Fountain National Academy (FNA) wrapped up its second International Embalming & Reconstructive Surgery Conference August 2-5th, 2012. The conference attracted over 70 embalmers from four countries and 25 states. The conference theme was “Dedicated to the value of open casket viewing”. Founder Vernie R. Fountain carefully selected twelve top-notch speakers from the U.S and abroad, plus two exhibitor speakers, to deliver highly specialized, technical presentations to attendees. The conference focused on teaching the embalmer how to restore trauma cases from the most minor and most extreme examples to allow open casket viewing. In addition to Vernie Fountain conference presenters included Jack Adams, Steven Labrash, Glyn Tallon, Fred Vande Vusse, Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, Bryan Allison, Melissa J. Williams, Robert G. Mayer, Karl Wenzel, Pierre M. Fugere and Craig Caldwell. Exhibitor speakers were Jim Brown of Mid States Professional Service, Craig & Irwin Maltz of Shiva Shade. Exhibitors included Fraley Funeral Supply/Hydrol Chemical Company, The Dodge Company, The American Society of Embalmers, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Mid States Professional Services and Shiva Shade.
A highlight of this year’s conference was a very fun and lively, live auction to benefit the new FNA Scholarship program. Its purpose is to assist licensed or qualified embalmers with funds to be used toward continuing education in the area of postmortem reconstruction. Funds can be used to attend state and national conventions and other seminars where course content is geared toward restoring the deceased to a viewable state. Over 100 donated items were auctioned raising almost $9,000.
The Guests of honor at the opening session were John R. Brayboy, President of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, Executive Director of New England Institute at Mount Ida College and Melissa Johnson Williams, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the American Society of Embalmers. These guests, along with FNA Ambassador to Canada Karl D. Wenzel, all received the FNA Distinguished Professional Service Award, FNA’s most distinguished honor.
Don Otto, Executive Director of the Missouri Funeral Directors & Embalmers Association (MFDEA) and John Pautz, President of MFDEA were present and welcomed the group on behalf of MFDEA. At the end of the opening session Mr. Fountain was surprised when he was awarded a proclamation from the Mayor of Springfield, Missouri recognizing the achievements of Fountain National Academy and the International Conference. Other conference highlights included an opening night reception, a group lunch, a Friday night cocktail hour with dinner and entertainment and the Saturday night auction.
The next FNA International Conference is scheduled for 2014.
Interested parties are welcome to follow the fun, join the conversation and check out our photos on Vernie Fountain’s Facebook page or @verniefountain on Twitter. For information you can e-mail Vernie R. Fountain at email@example.com or call 417-833-5130 or visit www.fnacademy.com