Board of Trustees

Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland

Barbara Blaylock – President, Website Manager – is a retired 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.

Chris Palmer – Vice President  is an author, speaker, filmmaker, professor, and grandfather. He is writing a book on death and dying and serves as a hospice volunteer. He passionately supports FCAME’s mission to help people choose an affordable and meaningful funeral.

Rachel Bayard – Treasurer and Secretary  – joined FCAME because she believes strongly in its mission and efforts. She has worked her entire professional career on the legal side of the real estate industry, specializing in mortgage servicing. She is active in sports and community activities.

Vikki Zourzoukis – Membership Director, Social Media & Community Involvement Director is a local realtor, an active community member, and a zealous advocate of FCAME’s mission and purpose. Having undergone the difficult task of making final arrangements for a loved one, Vikki joined FCAME understanding the challenges consumers face and the need to implement changes that protect consumers as they commemorate a loved one’s life.

Dimitrios Rizos – Board Member-at-Large – is a recruiting lead and a systems analyst for RiverNorth.  Dimitri provides data architect solutions and technology stack modernization guidance to commercial clients in the DMV area. His involvement with FCAME resulted from the experience his family had with the unexpected cost of a funeral and a burial.

John Rizos – Board Member-at-Large is an attorney at a general practice law firm in Maryland; the legal issues he has handled include consumer protection and consumer advocacy. He previously worked as a Legislative Director in the Maryland Senate.

Trevor Albuquerque – Board Member-at-Large  has spent over 30 years in the Merchant Marine before immigrating to the United States.  He started a new career with Montgomery County Government in Health and Human Services.  He retired in 2021 and devotes his free time to DIY projects, volunteers with The National Alliance on Mental Illness, and now with FCAME.

Debra Joseph – Board Member-at-Large – trained as an environmental scientist. She found her way to FCAME via a personal loss when she learned how complicated and expensive even simple funerals can be. She believes that such an emotionally wrenching time in a person’s life should not be laden with hidden fees and sales pitches, and now helps people research and plan their own funerals. 

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maryland and Environs

P.O. Box 34177

Bethesda, MD 20827

FCAME is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.