ICCFA Names Robert Fells Executive Director; Nadira Baddeliyanage to Serve As Director of Operations

Date Published: 
March 21, 2011



STERLING, VA (March 18, 2011)—Robert M. Fells, Esq., has been named executive director and general counsel of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. Fells was formerly the ICCFA’s external chief operating officer and general counsel.

Fells’ appointment was approved at the ICCFA Board of Directors meeting on March 9, during the association’s 2011 Convention & Exposition in Las Vegas. In addition, Nadira Baddeliyanage was promoted to ICCFA director of operations. Baddeliyanage formerly served as ICCFA’s manager of administration and meetings.

“We are looking forward to the association’s continued success under this new leadership,” said ICCFA President Ken Varner, who served as chairman of the executive search committee. “Both of these individuals have worked tirelessly for many years on behalf of the ICCFA membership, and we know that they, along with the rest of the staff, will continue to keep this association at the forefront of our profession moving forward.” 

Fells has worked on behalf of the cemetery and funeral service profession since 1975 and joined the ICCFA staff in 1983. He is contributing editor of the ICCFA Wireless, a bi-weekly electronic newsletter that alerts members to legal, regulatory and industry news affecting their businesses, and his news column, “The Washington Report,” appears in each issue of ICCFA Magazine.

In addition, Fells serves as president and general counsel of the ICCFA Service Bureau, a for-profit subsidiary of the association which administers the Credit Exchange Plan, and he serves as executive director of the ICCFA Educational Foundation, a tax-exempt charitable organization. In 2011, Fells was inducted into the ICCFA Hall of Fame for his contributions to the cemetery, cremation and funeral service profession.

Baddeliyanage has worked for the ICCFA since 1996 and has served in a variety of capacities within the association, acquiring experience in meetings management, accounting, advertising and exhibit sales and database maintenance.

Founded in 1887, the ICCFA is the only international trade association representing all segments of the cemetery, cremation, funeral and memorialization profession. Its membership is composed of more than 7,500 cemeteries, funeral homes, crematories, memorial designers and related businesses worldwide.