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Advisory Council Business - Cemetery Oversight


The council is composed of 12 members appointed by the secretary of Labor and includes five consumer representatives:

Erich March, For-Profit Representative-Cemeterian
John (Ron) Pearcey, Nonprofit Representative-Cemeterian
Walter Tegeler, Monument Company Reprensentative
David Zinner, Consumer Member
Bruce Hultquist, Religious Representative
J. Michael Bennett, For-Profit Representative-Cemeterian
Yvonne Fisher, Consumer Member
Craig Huff, For-Profit Representative-Cemeterian
Frank Porter, Chair, Consumer Member
Rebecca Edmiston, Crematory Representative
Vacant, Consumer Member
Vacant, Consumer Member

Deborah A. Rappazzo, Executive Director

Public Meetings
The Advisory Council on Cemetery Operations is required to meet at least four times per year to advise the secretary of Labor and the executive director on issues related to the regulation and administration of the office. Interim meetings will be scheduled as needed. The meetings are held at 1100 N. Eutaw Street, 5th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201 at 10:00 a.m., unless otherwise posted. All meetings are open to the public.

Sept. 22, 2022 meeting will be virtual. The meeting sign on information is as follows:
Join with Google Meet
Phone Numbers
To call in: Dial ‪+1 415-737-9563‬ PIN: ‪991 991 730#‬

  • January 27, 2022 Virtual
  • February 24, 2022 Virtual
  • March 24, 2022 Cancelled
  • May 19, 2022 Cancelled
  • September 22, 2022 virtual
  • October 27, 2022
  • December 8, 2022

Winter Weather Policy for Board Meetings
Due to the pandemic, Board meetings are being held virtually until further notice. Meetings will continue as scheduled even if State Government is closed or has liberal leave due to inclement weather.
(Updated February 17, 2021)