Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maryland and Environs

Board of Trustees

President and Acting SecretaryBarbara Blaylock is a primary care physician whose involvement in FCAME grew out of an active interest in optimizing end-of-life care as well as patient- and family-centered health care.

Vice President, Director of Communications & Government AffairsBrian Ditzler is a retired communications and public affairs executive who was director of communications for several different divisions in IBM for a number of years.

Treasurer – Pat Cascio had a career in IBM large systems sales and education. Now retired, she serves on the boards of four small local non-profit organizations, variously as treasurer, secretary, and newsletter editor. She is drawn to FCAME because of its mission, dedication, and good will.

Financial and Membership AssistantDimitrios Rizos keeps the books and maintains the membership list.  Dimitrios is a graduate student at Georgetown University pursuing a Master of Arts in Applied Economics.  His involvement with FCAME grew out of his family having paid an exorbitant amount for a funeral and burial

Board member at largeJennifer Round Browne is owner of Bethesda Face and Body and is a licensed massage therapist and esthetician (skin care expert). Her interest in death care education and advocacy grew after she had to plan her funeral for a college sociology class, and had an unhappy personal experience with a cemetery monument company.

Telephone Respondent – Blanche Ventura is a hospice nurse with Montgomery Hospice who answers phone inquiries as our telephone respondent.

Community Liaison – Audrey Sellers is an independent living specialist who considered a career in mortuary science but decided to apply her passion for helping those in need to other venues.