The Hood College Graduate School recently welcomed the first Advisory Board for the Thanatology program. The group’s mission is to provide advice, guidance and recommendations regarding program and goal development, marketing and program implementation to ensure the program’s future success.
The new Board includes experts in the fields of thanatology, hospice care, gerontology and funeral administration:
- RaeAnn Butler, Administrator, Edenton Retirement Community
- Laurel A. Cucchi, Executive Director, Hospice of Frederick County
- Gary Fink, Vice President of Spiritual Care and Volunteer Services, Montgomery Hospice
- Kathleen D. Hall, Program Specialist, FBI Victim’s Assistance Program
- Jarred Harrington, Vice President of Operations, Alden-Harrington Funeral Home and Thanatology student
- Jacqui Kreh, Maryland Licensed Funeral Director/Mortician and Certified Funeral Celebrant, Stauffer Funeral Homes
- Suzanne Morris, Chaplain, Homewood Retirement Center of Frederick
- Rebecca S. Morse, adjunct professor at George Mason University, University of Maryland at Shady Grove, Marian University and Hood College
- Donna Mowry, Pastoral Counseling Program Candidate at Loyola University
- Carolyn True, Director, Frederick County Department of Aging
The Board also includes program alumni and students and, as ex officio members, Thanatology program faculty representatives, the Dean of the Graduate School and the Provost.
At its inaugural August 6, 2015, meeting, Advisory Board members were asked to submit responses by September 1 to three questions: (1) Given the larger program developments at Hood College and elsewhere, who should be Hood’s audience for the Thanatology degree today?; ( 2) Do the program’s learning outcomes address the needs of today’s audience?; and ( 3) How can Hood better market its Thanatology program? The program director, Dr. Elizabeth MacDougall, will in turn present the feedback to the Dean of the Graduate School for consideration.