In 2011, the ADEC membership voted to establish an autonomous Credentialing Council to oversee, administer and maintain the credentialing process for ADEC. The Council comprises at least seven voting members, representing the various constituencies served by the credentialing program: four credentialed members (with at least one of those holding the FT), a nonmember representing the general public, an individual representing the community of potential employers, and a council chairperson (who must hold either the CT or FT). Credentialing Council members must complete a conflict of interest disclosure annually to ensure the integrity of the Credentialing Program is not compromised.
Greg Adams, LCSW, FT (2014-2017)
Treasurer and Employer Representative
Richard Bissler, BS (2016-201)
Secretary and FT Representative
Nancy Moreau Battaglia, MBA, D.TATI, FT, RP (2015-2018)
Maggie Coolican, RN, MS, FT (2015-2018)
Jolene Formaini, RN, MA, CT (2014-2017)
Brianne Overton, MEd, MA, CT, LPC (2016-2019)
Dee Sledge (2015-2018)
Exam Management Chair (ex officio, non-voting)
Kathleen Gilbert, PhD, FT (2016-2019)
The mission of the Credentialing Program is to verify and affirm expertise in the field of thanatology. As ADEC promotes excellence and recognizes diversity in the field, the Credentialing Program encourages a strong foundation for practice and recognizes professional achievement. Through this work, the Credentialing Program supports the advancement of thanatology and assists the public in identifying individuals who are qualified in the field of death, dying, and bereavement.
The Credentialiing Programs aims to protect the public by creating a standard for thanatology practice, while helping professionals develop and demonstrate their mastery of knowledge of issues related to death, dying, and bereavement.