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Our Staff

Drew Johnson : Operations Manager

Drew Johnson

Operations Manager

djohnson@internationalcremation.com

Drew originates from a small community located in rural Southeastern Minnesota. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2010. Following graduation, he served families in many capacities in the Greater Chicago land area. Drew had continued his meaningful path assisting families for 7 years before joining International Cremation in 2019. He holds a Funeral Director and Embalmers License in both Florida and Minnesota. During his spare time, he enjoys frequenting local golf courses, attending sporting events, spending time with his family, and taking in the beautiful surroundings of the Bay area.

Rachel Mayo : Managing Director

Rachel Mayo

Managing Director

rmayo@internationalcremation.com

Rachel Mayo entered the funeral profession in 2008 as a preneed funeral and cemetery counselor. She began taking classes to become a funeral director and embalmer almost immediately, knowing that she had found her calling. While attending St. Petersburg College, Rachel worked full time in the profession in various roles, learning practical skills alongside her book studies. After graduating in June of 2012, she spent the early years of her career focused on specializing in embalming and restoration techniques. She returned to performing the combined roles of funeral director and embalmer in early 2016. Rachel accepted the position as the Managing Funeral Director of International Cremation Services in 2022. She feels that making what is quite possibly the worst day in someone’s life just a little bit easier to bear is her life’s purpose. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi

Alissa Mitchell : Office Manager

Alissa Mitchell

Office Manager

amitchell@internationalcremation.com

Alissa E. Mitchell was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. After graduating high school in 2012 with honors, she discovered she felt particularly drawn to a vocation dealing with grief and death care, and realized her passion was in funeral services. Alissa has been a full time funeral home employee since May of 2018. She is currently a student at both St. Petersburg College and Saint Leo University, earning her A.S. degree in Funeral Services and her B.A degree in Business Management. It is her dream to continue her ministry to the community by earning her Funeral Director's license and becoming the manager (and maybe even owner) of a funeral home someday. In her spare time, Alissa is an avid advocate of IBD and Fibromyalgia Research and Awareness. Her hobbies include singing karaoke, practicing yoga, visiting the beach, cosplaying at Bay Area Ren Faire and local conventions, and attending church with her little sister.

Patricia Rodriguez : Advanced Planning Director

Patricia Rodriguez

Advanced Planning Director

prodriguez@internationalcremation.com

Patricia is a licensed Pre-Need Counselor at International Cremation Services since 2019. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, moving to Hudson Florida with her husband in 2002. In 2016 she decided to change her career path and become a licensed Pre-Arrangement Counselor in funeral services and has never looked back.

In Patricia's spare time, she enjoys cooking, boating, cruising and shelling. Be sure to share your favorite recipe when you meet with her. She loves to collect client favorites.

Anne Swartz : Pre-Need Counselor

Anne Swartz

Pre-Need Counselor

aswartz@internationalcremation.com

Anne grew up in the quaint suburb of Cleveland, Ohio called Chagrin Falls and has a BFA from Ohio University. She moved to Sarasota where she met her husband of 25 years and are raising their son.

Anne enjoyed 20 years working in Home Care and Assisted Living where she guided families through that transition. Seeing the need for people to be better-prepared for end-of-life, she made the choice to redirect her efforts to that industry. Anne received her Pre-need license in 2015 and has been happy with her decision ever since.

Anne is very active in her community. She is a founding member of Partners for Positive Aging, past vice president of Mission Senior International, and a charter founding member of Women on the Move. Currently, Anne is a member of BNI and Senior Resources of the Suncoast, and is an advisor for Auxilias Leo Club, sponsored by Sarasota Lions Club.

Sherif “Nick” Levent : Pre-Need Counselor

Sherif “Nick” Levent

Pre-Need Counselor

slevent@internationalcremation.com

Sherif “Nick” Levent hails from Freehold, NJ. He also lived in Dayton, OH for some time. Sherif attended Brookdale Community College and Rutgers university in NJ. He has traveled in Europe, Caribbean, Canada, Mexico and many states in the US. Nick has two daughters and one son who are spread out between Long Island, NY, Charlotte, NC and New Port Richey, FL. In his free time, Nick enjoys photography and collecting wine.
Nick sees the importance of prearranging as the gift it is to those we leave behind. His passion for helping others is what has led him to this profession.

Ashley Tilki : Pre-Need Counselor

Ashley Tilki

Pre-Need Counselor

My name is Ashley Tilki. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I moved to Virginia in 2012 and worked in childcare for the military where I met my husband who was stationed there in the Navy. When my husband retired from the Navy in 2015, we moved to Florida and started our lives in the sunshine state. I became a stay at home mom to our two little girls and that is when I started my education in the Funeral Profession. I have always had an interest in the Funeral Profession and helping people so starting a career in Advance Planning will be very rewarding.  My ultimate goal is to continue my education and become a Licensed Funeral Director.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring, trying new experiences, reading, and attending the local Death Cafe.

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