About the Board

The State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors was established as the State Board of Undertakers of Maryland in 1902 (Chapter 160, Acts of 1902). Renamed the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers in 1937, then the Board of Morticians in 1981. The Board received its present name in 2007 (Chapter 186 Acts of 2007).

The purpose of the State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors is to carry out the duties mandated under Title 7 of the Health Occupations Article. The primary purpose is the protection of the public's health and welfare through proper credentialing, examination, licensure, and discipline of morticians, funeral directors, surviving spouses, apprentices and funeral establishments in Maryland. The Board also inspects and licenses funeral establishments upon proof of compliance with all applicable Federal, State and local laws. The Board issues 7 categories of licenses: Mortician, Funeral Directors, Surviving Spouse, Apprentices, Funeral Establishments, Funeral Service Corporate Licenses and Courtesy Card licenses.

The Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors interacts cooperatively with other agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Protection, DHMH Office of the Secretary, Office of Cemetery Oversight of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, DHMH Office of the Medical Examiner, and the State Anatomy Board where the Mortician's law and practical examinations are given.

The Board became Self Funded in October of 1993. The revenue collected from licensing fees covers the operating costs of the Board.

 Practitioner Members: 

James K. Govoni, President
Mark E. Bailey, 1st Vice President
Robert H. Bradshaw Jr, Secretary
Victor C. March, Sr
Donald Lynn Newman
Michele Kutta

Consumer Members

Camille A. Bryan, Ed.D. 2nd Vice President
Kathy Blue, Esq.
Lynn A. Shuppel
Dr. Ahmed Elzaree
Wayne A. Cooper, Esq.

Board Staff:

Executive Director: Ruth Ann Arty
Interim Board Counsel:
Deborah Donohue, Esq., AAG
Licensing Chief: Darlene Cline
Board Investigator: VACANT
Compliance Officer: VACANT
Board Inspector/Investigator: Tom Anderson
Office Secretary III: Lisa Woods
 

Board Contact Information:

Public Information Requests: Ruth Ann Arty, Executive Director

Board Address: 4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland  21215-2299
Office Phone Number:
410-764-4792
Fax Number: 410-358-6571
E-Mail Address: ruthann.arty@maryland.gov
Web site: http://www.dhmh.maryland.gov/bom

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR AN APPOINTMENT ON THE BOARD OF MORTICIANS AND FUNERAL DIRECTORS, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE’S OFFICE OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS AT 410-767-4049. THE APPOINTMENT OFFICE WILL KNOW WHEN THEY WILL BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ANY VACANCY.


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