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The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association is the only international trade association representing all segments of the cemetery, funeral service, cremation and memorialization profession.

Founded in 1887 as the Association of American Cemetery Superintendents, the organization was created by a group of 18 cemeterians whose goal was to improve the appearance and operations of their properties. Throughout its first century of operation, the association grew in size and mission and underwent several name changes, but it remained a national cemetery-only organization. In 1996, the association became the International Cemetery and Funeral Association, expanding its membership to include funeral homes and other related businesses and extending its reach beyond U.S. borders. In 2007, “Cremation” was added to the name to more accurately reflect the operations and goals of its membership.

Today, the ICCFA is composed of more than 9,100 cemeteries, funeral homes, crematories, memorial designers and related businesses worldwide. It serves and supports these members through a host of benefits designed to increase their management proficiency and improve their businesses--from regular updates on government and legal issues, to educational meetings, to a variety of services and products tailored to meet their needs.

The ICCFA promotes consumer choices, pre-arrangement and open competition and has created more than two dozen model guidelines advocating state legislation on a variety of consumer-related issues. The association also assists consumers more directly through information resources, as well as through a complaint mediation service.

  • Learn more about the association's history by clicking here to visit a page devoted to our 125th anniversary.

  • See a list of Past Presidents by clicking here.

Mission Statement

Providing exceptional education, networking and legislative guidance and support to progressive cemetery, funeral and cremation professionals worldwide.

 

Bylaws & Obligations of Membership

You may download our Bylaws & Obligations of Membership by clicking here.

 

 


ICCFA Staff

All staff may be contacted by phone at 800.645.7700 and the extensions listed below (except where noted)

Executive Director
NADIRA E. BADDELIYANAGE
Ext. 1225

General Counsel
ROBERT M. FELLS
Ext. 1212

Membership Recruitment Specialist
JULIE A. B. BLY,  M.P.S.
Ext. 1232

Communications Assistant
JASON R. BROWN
Ext. 1224

Membership Invoicing and IT Coordinator
SHEILA J. CEPHAS
Ext. 1217

Office Administrator & Associations Liaison
BRENDA CLOUGH
Ext. 1214

Accounting Manager
SHARNICA DE SILVA
Ext. 1216

Communications and Member Services Manager
KATHERINE (KD) DEVINS
Ext. 1218

Meetings Coordinator
KAREN R. GRAY
Ext. 1219

Education & Programs Manager
KIRSTEN KASE
Ext. 1221

Cremation Programs Coordinator
POUL LEMASTERS, ESQ.

Managing Editor
SUSAN J. LOVING
Ext. 1222

Product Development Coordinator
DANIEL OSORIO
Ext. 1215

Supplier Relations Manager
RICK PLATTER
Ext. 1213

Meeting Planner
KELLY SPANN
Ext. 1220

 


Officers

2017-2018
ICCFA President
Scott R. Sells, CCFE

President
SCOTT R. SELLS, CCFE
Service Corporation International
San Jose, California

Vice President, Internal Affairs
Andres Aguilar
Los Parques
Guatemala City, Guatemala
 
Vice President, External Affairs
JAY DODDS, CFSP
Signature Group
Houston, Texas

 
Treasurer
GARY FREYTAGE, CCFE
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
Cincinnati, Ohio

 
Secretary
ROBBIE L. PAPE
Service Corporation International
Houston, Texas


Board of Directors

ANDRES AGUILAR (19)
Los Parques
Guatemala City

RICHARD O. BALDWIN JR., CCE (18)
Baldwin Brothers Memorial Care Services, Inc.
Winter Park, Florida

 
STEPHEN BASSETT (20)
Legacy Funeral Group
San Antonio, Texas

CARLOS ROBERTO BELLOSO (19)
Parques y Jardines de Cuscatlan
San Salvador

GARY BUSS (19)
Arlington Cemetery Company
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

THOMAS DALY, CCE (20)
CHS Consulting Group
Westwood, Massachusetts

 
DARIN DRABING (19)
Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries
Glendale, California

 
MATHEW FORASTIERE (20)
Signature Memorial Group
Overland Park, Kansas

 
ANTHONY GUERRA (19)
Guerra & Gutierrez Mortuary
Los Angeles, California

ED HORN, CCE (19)
St. Michael's Cemetery
East Elmhurst, New York

CHRISTINE HUNSAKER (18)
Hunsaker Partners LLC
Decatur, Georgia

CHRISTOPHER J. KELLER (18)
French Funerals-Cremations & Sunset Memorial Park
Albuquerque, New Mexico

KEENAN KNOPKE, CCFE (20)
Curlew Hill Memory Gardens, Inc.
Palm Harbor, Florida

 
I. FREDERICK LAPPIN, CCE (18)
Knollwood Cemetery Corporation and Sharon Memorial Park
Sharon, Massachusetts

NOBLE LEE LONGINO III (18)
Service Corporation International
Clearwater, Florida

DYANNE MILLER MATZKEVICH (18)
Pine Forest Memorial Gardens
Wake Forest, North Carolina

 
GREGORY B. McCLARY, CFSP (19)
Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home
Westland, Michigan

JOHN McQUEEN, CFSP (20)
Anderson McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Centers
St. Petersburg, Florida

 
GEORGE H. MILLEY III, CCE (18)
Forest Hills Cemetery
Boston, Massachusetts

RICK MILLER, CCFE (20)
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Inglewood, California

 
GWEN MOONEY (20)
Cave Hill Cemetery
Louisville, Kentucky

 
BLAIR NELSEN, CFuE CCrE CFSP (20)
Nelsen Funeral Home
Richmond, Virginia

 
JOHN W. RENFRO (19)
NorthStar Memorial Group
Houston, Texas

MITCH ROSE (18)
The Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx, New York

STEVE SCHACHT, CCFE (20)
Service Corporation International
Seal Beach, California

 
AMY S. SHIMP (19)
Dulaney Valley Memorial Group
Timonium, Maryland

Ex-Officio Pet Loss Professionals Alliance representative to serve a three-year term on the Board:

COLEEN ELLIS, CPLP (18)
The Pet Loss Center
Euless, Texas

IMSA appointment to serve a one-year term on the Board:

JORDAN YEARSLEY
Ensure-A-Seal, Inc.
Brooklyn, New York

Past Presidents elected to serve a one-year term on the Board: 

RAY FREW, CCFE
Green Hills Memorial Park
Rancho Palos Verdes, California

 
RICH SELLS
 
BILL WRIGHT
Greenwood Funeral Homes & Cremation
Fort Worth, Texas


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ICCFA Service Bureau, Inc. Board of Directors

C. JOHN LINGE, CCFE, Chairman
ROBERT M. FELLS, President
BILL ADDISON, CCFE, CCrE, Vice Chair (member selected)
DAVID SHIPPER, Secretary
CARESSA HUGHES, Treasurer (ICCFA appointed)
ROBERT GORDON, SR., CCFE, CCrE, CSE, Member-Elect (ICCFA appointed)


Cemetery Consumer Service Council (CCSC)

ICCFA Representatives:
STEPHEN G. BURRILL, CCE, CCrE
THOMAS P. DALY, CCE, CCCE


Committees

Executive Committee
ICCFA President
MICHAEL R. USELTON, CCFE
Gibraltar Remembrance Services
Palmetto, Florida

ICCFA Immediate Past President
DARIN B. DRABING
Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries
Glendale, California

ICCFA President-Elect
SCOTT R. SELLS, CCFE
Service Corporation International
San Jose, California

ICCFA Treasurer
RICHARD O. BALDWIN, JR., CCE
Service Corporation International
Winter Park, Florida

Educational Steering Committee
CHRISTINE TOSON HENTGES, Vice President

ICCFA University: JEFF KIDWILER, CCE, CSE, Chancellor
Fall Management Conference: GWEN MOONEY, CCFE and WANDA SIZEMORE
Wide World of Sales Conference: ANDRES LOPEZ and STAN ENGH
Annual Convention & Exposition: NECTAR RAMIREZ and MITCH ROSE, CCFE

External Affairs Steering Committee
JAY DODDS, CFSP, Vice President

State Association & Regulation Subcommittee: PAUL ELVIG, Chairman

Internal Affairs Steering Committee
GARY FREYTAG, CCFE, Vice President

Membership & Marketing Steering Committee
PAUL GOLDSTEIN, Vice President

Next Generation Committee: JOHN GOUCH

Member Benefits Review Committee: MARLA J. NOEL, Chair

Personalization Subcommittee: STEPHEN BITTNER, CCE, CCCE

Finance Committee
RICHARD BALDWIN, CCE, Chairman

Strategic Planning Committee
SCOTT SELLS, CCFE, Chairman

Government & Legal Affairs Committee
IRWIN W. SHIPPER, CCE, Chairman

Government & Legal Fundraising Subcommittee: IRWIN W. SHIPPER, CCE, Chairman

Tax Subcommittee: IRWIN W. SHIPPER, CCE, Chairman

Nominating & Elections Committee
DARIN DRABING, Chairman

Credentials & Elections Subcommittee: ARLIE T DAVENPORT, JR., and DARIN DRABING, Co-Chairs

Hall of Fame Subcommittee: DARIN DRABING, Chairman

Political Action Committee
PAUL M. ELVIG, Chairman

Disbursement Subcommittee: IRWIN W. SHIPPER, CCE, Chairman

Sales & Marketing Committee
JOHN BOLTON, CCE, Chair