Funeral Service Education
Ogeechee Technical College

Funeral service program flyer cover


Meet the Faculty

Michele Rupar, MS, COI

Funeral Services Director/Instructor

Office: Rm 533
Health Science Bldg.

Michele Rupar is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Georgia and a licensed funeral director in the state of Ohio. She is a certified grief counselor and hold a Master’s Degree in Psychology. She is a graduate of John Carroll University and holds a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Cultural Diversity. Her focus and studies have been in death & dying and critical illness in children. In 1999, she was the Third Place winner of The North Central Sociological Association Undergraduate Student Paper Competition for a controversial paper on “Same-Sex Domestic violence: Social and Political Issues.” She represented the North East Ohio Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America as their Team-In-Training Honorary Patient Ambassador from 1993-1997, where she served as their key note speaker delivering motivational speeches at events hosted in Chicago, Illinois, Albuquerque, New Mexico, San Diego, California and Anchorage, Alaska. She has lectured at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she taught medical professionals about “Parenting a Child with Critical Illness” and “Death & Dying from a Parent’s Perspective.” She served on the Board of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Family Faculty (Cleveland, OH) from 1993 – 1998, where she advised and advocated for families with critically ill children. She is a Certified Online Instructor (COI) and holds a Master’s Degree in the Science of Psychology. She is a certified Grief Counselor with the American Academy of Grief Counseling. Grandmother of 8 and a member of the Statesboro First Methodist Church.

Jack Norvell, CFSP

Funeral Service Education Instructor

Office: Rm 534
Health Science Bldg.

Jack Norvell, CFSP, is a former business owner, well respected for his knowledge in the field of general business, human resource management, adult education, and funeral service. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer over 45 years. In addition to owning and later managing large and small funeral homes, he is an experienced manager and consultant having worked for, and with fortune 500 and 100 companies.  He is a graduate of the Indiana College of Mortuary science, and earned a Bachelor's degree in communication and a Master's in business administration. Additionally, he attended graduate school studying work place counseling. 

Jack has spoken on various topics of business all relating to the funeral profession and business including topics on human capital management, team dynamics, merchandising, customer service, and public relations. 

Mr. Norvell is originally from the Mid-west. Raised in the funeral profession, as his father and mother were owners working in the profession for over 65 years. He is a veteran of the United States Army serving from 1966 through 1969 including a 13-month deployment overseas. 


Between Jack and wife Denise, they have four adult children, and four grandchildren. Jack is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masons, Scottish Rite, Shrine of North America, National Funeral Directors Association, Georgia Funeral Directors Association, Funeral Ethics Association, and Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. He also earned the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). He currently holds active licenses in Georgia and Indiana.

Jennifer Snider, CFSP, CPC

Funeral Service Education Instructor

Office: Rm 540
Health Science Bldg.

Jennifer Snider Harvey was born in Wheeling, West Virginia and raised in Wintersville, Ohio. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from of Ohio University in European History. She later graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with a Degree in Funeral Directing and Embalming. She received her Master of Science in Human Behavioral Studies from Capella University. She is a South Carolina and Georgia Dual Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Crematory Operator, Certified Funeral Service Professional (CFSP), NFDA Certified Preneed Consultant (CPC) and NFDA Certified Funeral Arranger. Jennifer began her career at a large funeral home in Lexington, SC before becoming the South Eastern Regional Sales Manager for a Preneed Insurance Company. Jennifer held an Adjunct position at Ogeechee Technical College prior to accepting a Faculty position in 2015 to teach Embalming, Restorative Art, Microbiology, and Practicum.  In 2016, Jennifer married James Island native Tom Snider Harvey. The two have made a home on the island with their children, Ethan and Carolina, and their three dogs Fiona, Baxter and Beau. 


The Funeral Service Education degree program at Ogeechee Technical College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097. Phone 816.233.3747. Web:


To become licensed in Georgia, a student must successfully complete the course of study at an accredited Funeral Service Education program, pass the national and/or state examinations, and complete a required apprenticeship.

Aims & Objectives

The Funeral Service Education program at Ogeechee Technical College has as its central aim the recognition of funeral service personnel as members of a human services profession; members of the community in which they serve; participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession; professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice, as well as professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains. The Funeral Service Education program also has the following objectives: to enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession; to educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession; to educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large; to emphasize high standards of ethical conduct; to provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction; and to encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.


Programs of Study

Funeral Service Education AAS Degree*

*Denotes Title IV eligible program (PELL).

Program Purpose Statement

The Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education is designed to prepare students for a career in funeral service. All aspects of funeral service will be taught within the scope of this program. Academic and technical skills will be taught in the areas of general business, industry regulations and laws, embalming and restorative art skills, funeral service applications, funeral home management, grief counseling, etc. The goal is to prepare the student for successful completion of all necessary board examinations and to prepare the student for the rigors of daily work within the funeral service industry. The goals of the Funeral Service Education program are to promote and improve the standards of funeral service education and professionalism, to expose funeral service students to all aspects of the profession, and to foster a desire to serve the public interest in an ethical, dignified manner. All Funeral Service Education students must take the National Board Examination to graduate from the program.


Program Courses

Semester I (Only offered Fall and Spring Semesters)
FSRV 1010 - History of Funeral Service
FSRV 1020 - Funeral Service Law and Ethics
FSRV 2000 - Anatomy for Funeral Service
FSRV 2010 - Pathology for Funeral Service

Semester II
FSRV 1030 - Funeral Service Management and Directing
FSRV 2080 - Microbiology for Funeral Service
FSRV 1070 - Small Business Administration for Funeral Service
FSRV 2020 - Chemistry for Funeral Service

Semester III
FSRV 2030 - Embalming Techniques
FSRV 2060 - Restorative Art
FSRV 2090- Grief Counseling & Sociology

Semester IV
FSRV 2100 - Funeral Service Seminar

Program Statistics

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at To request a printed copy of this program’s rates, visit Ogeechee Technical College, Health Science Building South, Office 533 or e-mail or call 912-871-1960.

NBE PASS RATES – ARTS 13 Takers 9 Passers = 69%
NBE PASS RATES – SCIENCE 15 Takers 8 Passers = 53%
NBE PASS RATE – ARTS 13 Takers 12 Passers = 92%
NBE PASS RATE – SCIENCE 13 Takers 8 Passers = 62%
NBE PASS RATE – ARTS 16 Takers 12 Passers = 75%
NBE PASS RATE – SCIENCE 10 Takers 8 Passers = 80%