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Snyder makes appointments to Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science

Friday, July 6, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Patrick Miller, of Troy, and Mark Ransford, of Caro, to the Michigan Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science. 

Created in 1980, the nine-member board regulates the practice of mortuary science and oversees the state's nearly 750 funeral homes and more than 2,100 mortuary science licensees.

"Patrick and Mark are experienced professionals and I am confident they will effectively serve the people of Michigan on this board," said Snyder. 

Miller is senior vice president and chief operating officer of Hospice of Michigan, where he oversees various departments and 17 offices in 56 counties. Prior to joining Hospice of Michigan, Miller was executive director of Avalon Hospice in Flint and worked as an assistant nursing administrative manager at Henry Ford Hospital. He holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Wayne State University and earned a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in business administration and health services administration, both from the University of Michigan. Miller will represent the general public and replaces Ida DeHaas.

Ransford is funeral director at Ransford Collon Funeral and Cremation Services Inc. in Caro, Tuscola County's largest funeral home. He is former president of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association District #7, a member of the Association's continuing education taskforce and chairman of the Association's professional education committee. Ransford founded the Caro Downtown Taskforce and serves on the board of director for the Caro Chamber of Commerce. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in mortuary science from Wayne State University. Ransford will represent professionals and replaces David Akins.

Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire June 30, 2016, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.