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Kate Sargent, Board President

Kathryn (Kate) Sargent, Kansas City, KS, is a retired school social worker.  She has a BA of Education and BS of Psychology with a Certificate in Death and Dying. She was an Addiction Recovery group facilitator for five years. Her graduate studies include coursework at St. Paul School of Theology.

“Retirement is freedom to commit to a worthy cause. An FCA board president’s invitation allowed me to see our remarkable volunteers and their passion to help their neighbors with end-of-life decisions. I wanted to be part of that.

 Board Vice President

 

Jacque Amweg

Jacque Amweg, Board Secretary

Jacque Amweg, Independence, MO, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care where she serves as the Passages Counseling Program Coordinator.  She has her BSW and MSW degrees.

“I attended a workshop by Sally King and learned about FCA. I wanted to be part of this organization and the mission of providing needed resources for the community.”

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David Johnson, Board Treasurer

David J. Johnson, North Kansas City, Mo., is retired.  He has his BS in Accounting from ­­Kansas State U.

“I was invited to become a volunteer by another FCA board member in 2016.  I am a retired accountant and felt I could utilize my skills in working with numbers to facilitate the FCA funeral home price survey.”

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Diane Etzel-Wise, Board Member 

Diane Etzel-Wise, Lenexa, KS, works as the Clinical Education Trainer at Wyandot Behavioral Health Network. She has a MA in Health Services Administration and 50+ hours toward PhD in Social Work.

“Steve Nicely and Lyle Van Vleet introduced us to FCA about 4 years ago. As a social worker and educator, I was drawn to the mission of supporting informed decisions about funerals from the beginning.”

Jon Shafer

Jon Shafer, Board Member

Jon Shafer, of Kansas City, Mo., joined the board recently after moving here from Wisconsin where he was on the board of Sacred Ceremonies, a nonprofit that informed about home funerals and green burials. He has been a community organizer, director of a county council on aging and a chaplain.

 “I got interested in end-of-life issues through my Quaker faith and by reading, 'Dealing Creatively with Death: A Manual of Death Education and Simple Burial,' by Ernest Morgan.

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Nancy Peterson, Board Member 

Nancy Petersen, Kansas City, MO, is the Community Liaison at Ability KC. She

Has her MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

“I heard (past FCA President) Bev McGill speak and was immediately sold on the concept and the need. Since then I have been involved with the FCA-GKA affiliate and am in my second term on the FCA National Board.” 

Angie Martinez

Angie Martinez, Board Member 

Angie Martinez, Independence, Mo. After working as a mental health technician, she is back in school to become a grief and trauma counselor.  She has AA and Bachelors of Psychology degrees. She is a former FCA board member who now has rejoined the board.

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Steve Nicely, Board Member 

Steve Nicely, Mission, Ks. is retired.  He has a BS in Journalism .

 “FCA President Bev McGill, saw an opportunity to recruit a newsletter editor when she learned of my retirement. One of my best jobs in high school and college was as a greeter, maintenance man and chauffeur at George F. Porter & Sons Funeral Home in K.C.K.  Fifteen years of volunteering with FCA have added meaning and purpose to my life.”