Although a master’s degree isn’t required to be a funeral director, Jacqui Kreh wanted the added depth of understanding that an M.A. in Thanatology would provide. A 2010 graduate of the Hood College program, Jacqui believes that as a result of her education she is a “better communicator and listener, and more compassionate” in her role assisting two to three families a day as an at-need director with Stauffer Funeral Home, which operates six funeral homes in Maryland.
“At Hood, I had the distinct privilege of being in the last graduate class of Dr. Dana Cable, a pioneer in bringing death education to this area, in particular to higher education,” Jacqui said. In his honor, she has sponsored the Dana G. Cable Outstanding Thanatology Award, which is presented in May to a student nominated by the Thanatology program director and faculty.
Jacqui maintains strong ties with the Graduate School. As an adjunct faculty member, she teaches a one-credit seminar, “The Role of the Funeral Service in Today’s Society.” When her professional and family responsibilities allow, she envisions teaching more classes. In the meantime, she helps out at orientations and open houses for new students.