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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.

Lou McDermott : Pre-Need Counselor

Lou McDermott

Pre-Need Counselor

lmcdermott@internationalcremation.com

Soon after earning my degree at St. Petersburg College, I moved to Seattle Washington where I began my career in the Funeral industry. Working for the largest Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory in Washington State, I was trained with industry leaders to learn all aspects of pre-planning and end of life decisions.

I moved back to my hometown of St. Petersburg to care for my aging mother and have lived in the tri-county area ever since. With me, I brought the skills I learned to help others deal with their Cremation and Burial pre-arrangement plans.

While some things have changed over the years, my guiding principle and motto remains in tack: be honest, caring, considerate and show respect to all. It has served me well in life and especially in this business.

My wife and I live in Trinity, FL with our daughter who will be out of school soon and off into the real world. We also have two sons who have graduated college and are indeed in the real world. . . home during holidays and when money is in short supply.

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.

Mary Beth Weir : Pre-Need Counselor

Mary Beth Weir

Pre-Need Counselor

mweir@internationalcremation.com
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, I moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2006 and just absolutely love it here!
After a 25 year career in Marketing and working with local businesses, I made a career change and now am a Licensed Pre-Need Counselor serving families to help document their wishes and set up their Pre-Arrangements.
I have experienced much loss in my family.  I have lost 2 Sisters to Cancer, both at very young ages, at 56 and 57 years young.  My Mother became my eldest Sister's caregiver at age 79 and I experienced first hand all of the emotions, fear, shock and confusion that she experienced even though we knew it was terminal.
My goal is to be able to help families Pre-Plan so that at the time of passing their family can focus on grieving and celebrating one's life.
In my spare time I love spending time with my 4 rescued fur babies, going to the beach and cooking.
I look forward to serving our community for many years to come.
Mark Manko : Pre-Need Counselor

Mark Manko

Pre-Need Counselor

mmanko@internationalcremation.com

I am originally from Pennsylvania just outside of Philadelphia. After meeting my wife Josephine, I eventually moved to Wisconsin and married. I started working in the vending industry in Wisconsin at a small vending company. I was named manager and quickly grew the business to a multimillion-dollar company. After the sale of the company my wife and I relocated to Florida. I started working in the funeral business as an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church doing services. I now enjoy helping folks to pre-plan so to avoid the un-necessary stress and emotion on the family after a loved one passes. Call me, I promise you I will help determine your wants and needs to help set up a customized plan for you. Once you make these arrangements, your family will not have to worry about what will happen after your passing and your needs will be met!

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