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Towson Business Leader, Jack Mitchell, Named President of National Funeral Directors Association

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For Immediate release: 2/11/2023

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Towson Business Leader Named President of National Funeral Directors Association

Jack Mitchell, President of Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home,

to lead 20,000-member organization

Baltimore, MD –-2023 is a milestone year for Jack Mitchell who is President of the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, as well as Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens: It is his 30th anniversary in funeral service; he is coordinating plans for the creation of a new funeral home on the cemetery site to commence building by next year; and now Jack Mitchell begins his next chapter in the industry as president of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). Established in 1882, this is only the second time in the organization’s history that a funeral director from Maryland has been elected NFDA president.

The National Funeral Directors Association is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving more than 20,000 individual members who represent nearly 11,000 funeral homes in the United States and 49 countries around the world. The association provides funeral professionals with comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities, advocacy, and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and has an office in Washington, D.C.

“I will never be able to describe how much it means to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading our great Association and to represent our great profession,” said Mitchell. “It is truly the most humbling and gratifying experience of a lifetime."

For Jack Mitchell, serving the funeral and memorial needs of the community has been a family calling that dates back six generations. The Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc. in Rogers Forge started in 1965. Then in 2007, Jack and his father purchased Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, the 70-acre cemetery located in Timonium founded by John W. Armiger Sr. in 1958. When the Mitchells purchased the cemetery, they pledged to continue the legacy of offering premium, high-quality facilities that provide sensitive and caring support for families in the greater Baltimore area.

Jack was sworn in as President of NFDA at their annual convention in Baltimore this past October. “Having served on the Association’s board for five years, I know first-hand of the work of NFDA. Our aim is to support funeral professionals with critical information, innovative tools, and resources to serve the needs of families and their communities,” said Jack Mitchell. “I will work hard to support NFDA’s goals in addressing the needs of our membership, as well as our many educational, mentoring, scholarship and philanthropic programs through our charitable arm, the Funeral Service Foundation.”

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