About ICCFA

Join Our Mailing List
Email:

 

ICCFA & PLPA logos (note: you must be an ICCFA and/or PLPA member to access these logos)
 

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 and General Counsel
ROBERT M. FELLS
Ext. 1212

Director of Operations
NADIRA E. BADDELIYANAGE
Ext. 1225

Membership Coordinator
JULIE A. B. BLY
Ext. 1232

Membership Manager
SHEILA J. CEPHAS
Ext. 1217

Office Administrator & Associations Liaison
BRENDA CLOUGH
Ext. 1214

Administrative/Accounting Assistant
SHARNICA DE SILVA
Ext. 1216

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

Meetings Coordinator
KAREN R. GRAY
Ext. 1219

Executive Assistant
LINDA GREGORY

Ext. 1211

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

2016-2017 President Michael R. Uselton

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

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

Vice President, Education
CHRISTINE TOSON HENTGES, CCE
The Tribute Companies, Inc.
Hartland, Wisconsin

Vice President, Membership & Marketing
PAUL GOLDSTEIN
Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary
Los Angeles, California

Vice President, Internal Affairs
GARY M. FREYTAG, CCFE
Signature Group
Houston, Texas

Vice President, External Affairs
JAY DODDS, CFSP
Signature Group
Houston, Texas

Treasurer
RICHARD O. BALDWIN, JR., CCE
Celebris Memorial Services
Quebec, Canada

Secretary
ROBBIE L. PAPE
Service Corporation International
Houston, Texas

 


Board of Directors

ANDRES AGUILAR (19)
Los Parques
Guatemala City

STACY ADAMS (17)
Serenity Meadows Memorial Park Funeral Home & Crematory
Riverview, Florida

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

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

MINDY BOTBOL (17)
Shalom Memorial Park & Shalom Memorial Funeral Home
Arlington Heights, Illinois

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

SHAWNA DE LA CRUZ (17)
Forest Lawn Memorial Parks
Glendale, California

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

JENNIFER FREW, CCE (17)
Green Hills Memorial Park
Rancho Palos Verdes, California

PAUL GOLDSTEIN (17)
Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary
Los Angeles, California

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

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

CARESSA HUGHES (17)
Service Corporation International
Houston, Texas

CHRISTINE HUNSAKER (18)
Hunsaker Partners LLC
Decatur, Georgia

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

TIM LANCASTER, CCFE (18)
Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home
Klamath Falls, Oregon

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

NANCY R. LOHMAN, CCFE (17)
StoneMor Partners, LP
Ormond Beach, Florida

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

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

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

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

ROBBIE PAPE (17)
Service Corporation International
Houston, Texas

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

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

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

JAMES R. STARKS, CFuE,  CCrE (17)
J Starks Consulting
Lutz, Florida

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

COLEEN ELLIS, CPLP (18)
Two Hearts Pet Loss Center
Greenwood, IN

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

FREDERICK W. MILLER, CCE
Memorial Business Systems
Brentwood, TN

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

DAVID SHIPPER
Futura Group
Ewing, New Jersey

IRWIN W. SHIPPER, CCE
Rose Hills Memorial Park
Putnam Valley, New York

KENNETH E. VARNER, CCFE
Cypress Lawn
Colma, California


Here is what ICCFA members have to say about the association:

 


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

ARLIE T. DAVENPORT, JR.
Greenwood-Mount Olivet
Forth Worth, Texas
(president’s appointment)

RICHARD T. SELLS, CCE
Johnson Consulting Group
San Diego, California
(past presidents' appointment)

ICCFA Treasurer
GARY M. FREYTAG, CCFE
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
Cincinnati, Ohio
(ex-officio)

Educational Steering Committee
PAUL GOLDSTEIN, Vice President

ICCFA University: JEFF KIDWILER, CCE, CSE, Chancellor
Fall Management Conference: STACY ADAMS and JOHN GOUCH, JR., Chairs
Wide World of Sales Conference: BRAD PALMER and NICK TIMPE
Annual Convention & Exposition: JAY DODDS, CFSP, and NOBLE LEE LONGINO III

External Affairs Steering Committee
CHRISTINE TOSON HENTGES, CCE, Vice President

State Association & Regulation Subcommittee: PAUL ELVIG, Chairman

Internal Affairs Steering Committee
SCOTT R. SELLS, CCFE, Vice President

Membership & Marketing Steering Committee
JAY DODDS, CFSP, Vice President

Next Generation Committee: JOHN GOUCH

Member Benefits Review Committee: MARLA J. NOEL, Chair

Personalization Subcommittee: STEPHEN BITTNER, CCE, CCCE

Finance Committee
GARY M. FREYTAG, CCFE, Chairman

Strategic Planning Committee
MICHAEL USELTON, 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
I. FREDERICK LAPPIN, CCE, Chairman

Certification Subcommittee: ROBERT A. GORDON, SR., CCFE, CCrE, CSE, Chairman

Credentials & Elections Subcommittee: ARLIE T DAVENPORT, JR., and I. FREDERICK LAPPIN, CCE, Co-Chairs

Hall of Fame Subcommittee: I. FREDERICK LAPPIN, CCE, Chairman

Political Action Committee
PAUL M. ELVIG, Chairman

Disbursement Subcommittee: IRWIN W. SHIPPER, CCE, Chairman

Sales & Marketing Committee
NICOLE WIEDEMAN, CSE, Chair