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Appointments made to State Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Stephen J. Linder and Rodney Wakeman to the State Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science.

The board was created to license and regulate the practice of mortuary science and funeral establishments in Michigan.

"I am confident these two individuals will bring insight and innovative ideas to the board," Snyder said.

Linder, of Okemos, is managing partner of the Sterling Corporation, a national public relations, issues management and fundraising company based in Lansing. He previously owned Linder & Associates, a political fundraising firm. Linder has served as senior staff on several statewide campaigns as well as worked in executive positions for the Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Auto Dealers Association. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication arts and sciences from Michigan State University. Linder represents the general public and replaces Donald Duford.

Wakeman, of Saginaw, is co-owner and vice president of Wakeman Funeral Homes Inc., and has been a licensed funeral director for 23 years. He is also a technical consultant for the Meredith Corporation and WNEM TV5, where he helped launch One Service, an on-air and online obituary notification service. Wakeman was elected to the Michigan Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors in 2005. He earned a bachelor's degree in mortuary science from Wayne State University. Wakeman represents professionals and replaces Thomas Lynch.

The appointees will serve four-year terms expiring June 30, 2015 and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.