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 appropriate 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 seven (7) classification of licenses: Mortician, Funeral Director, Surviving Spouse, Apprentice, Funeral Establishment, Funeral Service Corporate License, and Courtesy Card.

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

The Board became self-funded in October of 1993. The revenue collected from licensing fees ensures the operating costs of the Board.

 Practitioner Members: 

D. Lynn Newman, President
Michele P. Kutta, Secretary
Mark E. Bailey
Robert H. Bradshaw , Jr.
Kirk A. Helfenbein
Victor C. March, Sr.

Consumer Members

Wayne A. Cooper, Esq., 1st Vice President
Camille A. Bryan, Ed.D., 2nd Vice President
Ahmed A. Elzaree, M.D.
Lynn A. Shuppel
Robert H. Lang

Board Staff:

Executive Director: Gail V. Tucker
Board Counsel:
Carla Boyd, Esq., Asst. Attorney General
Licensing Chief: Eula Gautreaux
Inspector / Investigator: Tom Anderson
Office Secretary: Lisa Woods
 

Board Contact Information:

Public Information Requests: Gail V. Tucker, 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: gailv.tucker@maryland.gov
Web site: http://www.health.maryland.gov/bom

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR AN APPOINTMENT ON THE BOARD OF MORTICIANS AND FUNERAL DIRECTORS, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, OFFICE OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS, AT 410-767-4049. THE APPOINTMENT OFFICE WILL ANNOUNCE WHEN THEY WILL BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR UPCOMING VACANCIES.


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