BROOKFIELD, WIS. – The National Funeral Directors Association Policy Board met July 14 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho,and elected Pasquale S. Folino of Thomas L. Neilan & Sons in new London, Connecticut, and Douglas "Dutch" R. Nie II of Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to serve as at-large representatives on the association's board of directors.
They will begin two-year terms of service immediately following the 2017 NFDA International Convention & Expo, Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 in Boston.
Folino became a funeral director and embalmer in 1988 after completing professional schooling at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In 1991, he joined Thomas L. Neilan & Sons, serving the families of southeastern Connecticut. In 2002, he became an owner and partner and serves as vice president of the firm. Recognized as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, Pasquale has completed the NFDA Certified Crematory Operator program. He served two terms as president of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association and is now that state’s representative to the NFDA Policy Board.
As a community leader, Folino has selflessly volunteered at many organizations, working tirelessly to raise funds for a variety of causes, with scholarship funding being near to his heart. He enjoys cycling and, in September 2017, will ride from Boston to New York to raise funds for families of police officers killed in the line of duty.
In his candidate statement, Folino said, “I offer NFDA and its members all that I have to give. The willingness to listen to my fellow Board members, to deliberate with them and together find common ground for the betterment of funeral service and the families that we serve ... I bring a strong readiness to embrace the changes that are in front of all of us in funeral service.”
Nie is a second-generation funeral director who grew up above his family’s funeral home. He has worked in nearly every position in the funeral home, from car washer and lawn mower to manager and, eventually, owner of a multi-location company.
Nie has vast experience serving and working on many executive boards, including service groups, non-profits and educational organizations. He has also served in all positions of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, from district officer to state president.
In his candidate video, Nie said, “I have worked every position from apprentice to owner. I have a tremendous appreciation for how our mission as funeral directors not only affects us but our families. I will bring this understanding to my board position to benefit the membership.”
More information about Folino and Nie can be found on the NFDA website, www.nfda.org/vote.
Posted July 17, 2017