FNA's 4th Biennial International Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery Conference


 A word about the Conference from your sponsor

 2016 will be Fountain National Academy's 26th 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.

My goals are:

Mark Your Calendar, Don’t Miss Out in 2016

  Activities will begin on August 4, 2016 at 5:30PM - Sunday August 7 at Noon.

Registration is limited to the first 150 registrants.  For more information e-mail Vernie R. Fountain: vrfountain@earthlink.net

or call: FNA: (417)-833-5130


4th Biennial

International Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery Conference for Professional Embalmers

Presented and Hosted by: 

Fountain National Academy Of Professional Embalming Skills

Vernie R. Fountain, Founder

Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Springfield, Missouri, USA


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”


List of Speakers:

Jack Adams, Todd VanBeck, Josh Allen, Karl Wenzel, Megan Mathewson, Glyn Tallon, Wallace Hooker, David Hicks,

Curtis Rostad, Monica Torres, Jacquelyn S. Taylor, Vernie R. Fountain (more speakers may be added)

The 2016 Distinguished Guests of Honor are:

  Robby Bates     John D. Reed, Sr.

FNA Distinquished Professional Service Award (This award is automatically presented the the Guests of Honor)

It is the highest and most esteemed medal of honor that FNA can bestow on any embalmer.

Additional deserving candidates are secretly chosen before each conference. The embalmer candidates do not know that they have been chosen and will be surprised when its presented during the FNACADEMY Awards.

 Vernie R. Fountain will conduct a live fund raising auction to benefit the Scholarship for Licenced Embalmers program during Friday evening activities. If you wish to donate an Item or Items please contact FNA.  Donation are appreciated.


Venue for 2016: 

Doubletree Hotel

2431 North Glenstone

Springfield, Missouri 65803 USA

Hotel Phone: 417-831-3131

FNA Group Rate $108.00/night + Taxes

Use this link to make reservations:



Two-time Emmy Award Winner

Hollywood Special Effects and Makeup Artist

Mr. Dean Jones will present a makeup class

Title: Reanimation - Bringing the deceased back to a more lifelike appearance


Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Available only to registered attendees of the FNA International Conference

More information available on-site at the FNA conference registration table

Or E-mail: vrfountain@earthlink.net

Additional Registration fees if you elect to attend this class: (Embalmer fee $125.00 per person) (Mortuary Science Student fee $50.00)



2014 Conference Group - Embalmers from 7 countries attended

2014 International Conference Speakers

Jack Adams 2009005 Vernie R Shane A. Ritchie Glyn Pict Cropped.jpg


(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

Jack Adams

Todd Van Beck


Distinguished Professional Service Medallion Awards

Jack Adams

James Allemond

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

Dean Jones.



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.









DATE:   August 26, 2014

CONTACT:       Vernie R. Fountain

PHONE:            417-833-5130


Subject: Fountain National Academy’s 2014 International

Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery Conference


Springfield, Missouri USA: Fountain National Academy’s 2014 International Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery Conference for Professional Embalmers honored five embalming professionals for their efforts and dedication to the profession. John P. “Jack” Adams and Todd W. Van Beck were special guests of honor and recipients of FNA’s Distinguished Professional Service Award, the highest honor presented by Fountain National Academy, which recognizes many years of service to the profession of embalming both inside and outside of the prep room. Embalmers James Allemond, Donald Ray Kellerhall, and Megan E. Mathewson also received Distinguished Professional Service Award Medallions to recognize their unwavering dedication to this honorable profession.


The FNA Distinguished Professional Service Awards were developed in August of 2010 to honor individuals for their efforts toward preserving and furthering the profession of embalming with the goal of open-casket viewing. These individuals have unselfishly shared their knowledge and technical skills with embalmers around the world. As a result of their unique skill and effort, they have given grieving families the opportunity have the most personalized portion of a funeral—the chance to view a loved one prior to final disposition. Few men and women in this admirable profession will reach out and touch so many lives.


The biennial conference, themed “Dedicated to the Value of Open Casket Viewing,” focused on teaching the embalmer how to restore trauma cases from the most minor to the most extreme.  Founder Vernie Fountain handpicks top speakers from the U.S. and abroad to deliver highly specialized, technical presentations. 2014 Conference presenters included Jack Adams, Steven LaBrash, Don Kellerhall, Shane Ritchie, Jacquelyn Taylor, Todd VanBeck, and Vernie Fountain from the United States, along with Glyn Tallon of Ireland, Karl Wenzel of Canada, and Alain Koninckx of Belgium.


The conference was years in the making, and was born out of an enthusiasm among embalmers for specialized education and networking opportunities. After reviewing overwhelmingly positive conference evaluations from the first conference in 2010, Fountain decided to make it a biennial event. The conference continues to focus on the psychological values associated with viewing and visitation for family and friends. The meeting has attracted hundreds of embalming professionals from across the United States and the globe. In 2014, embalmers from six countries and 21 states took part in the event that provided specific techniques to deal with embalming issues, case studies on reconstructing the difficult case, and personal stories of success from embalmers who were able to keep the casket open  for viewing the deceased. The conference provides CEUs for embalmers as well as the opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field.


Other conference highlights included an opening night reception, a deli-style group lunch and a Friday night buffet dinner with a live auction benefitting the FNA Scholarship Fund. Plans for the 2016 conference, tentatively scheduled for August 4th-7th in Springfield, Missouri, are already underway. Interested parties are welcome to follow the fun, the conversation and the photos on Vernie Fountain’s Facebook page and @verniefountain on Twitter. Please mark your calendars and join us for this inspiring and educational experience in 2016!





Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills (FNA) was established by Vernie R. Fountain in 1990. He created FNA to provide quality professional training for embalmers to advance their skill level regarding general embalming techniques with a main focus on post mortem reconstructive surgery techniques to repair disfiguring traumatic injuries on deceased individuals.  Since 1990 FNA has trained embalmers from a number of countries around the world and across the United States of America. 


2012 Conference Guests of Honor

John R. Brayboy

Jacquelyn S. Taylor, PhD

Melissa J. Williams


2012 Conference Distinguished Professional Service Award Recipients

John R. Brayboy

Jacquelyn S. Taylor, PhD

Melissa J. Williams

Karl Wenzel


2010 Conference Guests of Honor

Robert J. Inman

Robert G. Mayer, Jr.

Donald W. Sawyer



2010 Conference Distinguished Professional Service Award Recipients

Robert J. Inman

Robert G. Mayer, Jr.

Donald W. Sawyer

Glyn M. Tallon

Darrell M. Wilkins




Press Release

Springfield, Missouri

June 28, 2014


Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills (FNA) announces Scholarship Program for Licensed or Qualified Embalmers


In August 2012 Vernie R. Fountain, Founder of Fountain National Academy, announced at the 2nd Biennial International Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery Conference that FNA was developing a scholarship program specifically for licensed and qualified embalmers. To raise initial funds for the program, Fountain -- a licensed auctioneer -- conducted a live auction of donated items.

Fountain has appointed a panel of embalmers that will evaluate applications and oversee the program. Among other criteria, applicants will submit an essay that explores and defines the values associated with embalming, reconstructive surgery viewing the body, and visitations and/or wakes before final disposition. It should address the value of these services to the funeral home, embalmer, family and friends of the deceased. It should include ideas regarding how funeral service can better promote these values and educate the public, as well as funeral home owners, regarding the value of these services. Each applicant will be given the latitude to be creative and expand on their ideas and concerns for the future.


Past FNA Scholarship recipients include:

2013: Ann M. Erdmann & Constance Ann Engelking

2014: Monica Torres

Next auction to be held at the 3rd Biennial Conference July 31 - August 3, 2014


Applicants are not restricted to FNA programs or seminars. Interested parties may apply for a variety of CEU programs such as, but not limited to, the following:



Programs approved by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP)

National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) CEU programs & Conventions

Other National Funeral Service Associations CEU programs & Conventions

State Funeral Service Associations Conventions & CEU programs

Ohio Embalmers Association

Epsilon NU Delta, California Chapter

American Society of Embalmers (ASE)

Dodge Institute Seminars

FNA Seminars and International Conferences

Others as approved by FNA


FNA requires that scholarship funds will only be used for educational programs that focus on embalming, reconstructive surgery with the goal of achieving viewing the decedent and the values of viewing and visitations/wakes before final disposition


For more information contact: Vernie R. Fountain at: vrfountain@earthlink.net

Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills

2211 West Norton Road

Springfield, Missouri 65803

Phone: 417-833-5130




2012 Conference:


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