Board of Directors 2017-2018

Charles A. Castiglia - About
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home
4199 Lake Shore Rd.
Hamburg, NY  14075
(716) 627-2919
Fax: (716) 627-6346

Adam Miles Martin - About
Miles T. Martin Funeral Home
1194 E. Mt. Morris Rd.
Mt. Morris, MI  48458
(810) 686-2210
Fax: (810) 686-0317

Thomas L. Hemmerle - About
Barnett-Strother Funeral Home
2285 N. Main St.
Madisonville, Ky.  42431
(270) 821-7135
Fax: (270) 821-1001

Immediate Past Presidentalt
Peter "Skip" Urban - About
Anton B. Urban Funeral Home Inc.
1111 S. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, Pa. 19002
(215) 646-8556
Fax: (215) 646-5671



Richard O'Hara - About
McAvoy O'Hara Company-Evergreen Mortuary
4545 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA  92505
(415) 668-0077
Fax: (415) 751-7268


John Vincent Scalia - About
John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals
28 Eltingville Blvd.
Staten Island, NY  10312
(718) 356-6363
Fax: (718) 356-0454


Evan J. Strong - About
Evan J. Strong Funeral Services
5502 2 St., SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2H 0G9
(403) 265-1199
Fax: (403) 265-1190


Mary F. Steele - About
Arnett & Steele Funeral Home
106 S. Cherry St.
Pineville, KY  40977
(606) 337-2045
Fax: (606) 337-2046


Peter “Skip” Urban is president of the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home in Ambler, PA. He became a licensed funeral director in 1981. Skip is a member of the Ambler Rotary club and the Board of Trustees of Ambler Savings Bank. In 1975, he joined the Wissahickon Fire Company in Ambler and continues to serve as Fire Chief and firefighting officer. Skip is a member of the International Fire Chief’s Association and serves on the Standardization Committee of the Montgomery County Fire Chiefs Association.


Charles Castiglia is president of Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg, NY. He earned an AOS in Funeral Service from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, a BS in Business Management from Houghton College, and a MS in Strategic Leadership from Robert's Wesleyan College. Charles holds numerous certifications including Certified Funeral Service Professional, Certified Pre-planning Consultant, and Funeral Celebrant Certification.

Adam Miles Martin is the president of Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Services in Mt. Morris, MI. He attended the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Mott Community College in Flint, and Wayne State University in Detroit where he studied Mortuary Science. Adam is involved in his community outside the firm as well. He is president of the Greater Mt. Morris Chamber of Commerce, vice-president of Friends of the Mt. Morris Library, and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Morris.

Evan J. Strong is the founder and owner of Evan J. Strong Funeral Services in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Evan is a graduate of McMaster University and Humber College where he received his funeral service education. He is a member of Rotary International and the Knights of Columbus. Evan and his firm are active within the Calgary community in many charities and non-profit organizations.

John Vincent Scalia is thefounder of John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals in Staten Island, NY. He is a licensed funeral director in the states of NY, NJ, and PA and is a graduate of the American Academy of Funeral Services, the Dodge Institute of Mortuary Science, and the New York School of Insurance. John also founded New York Burial and Burial Center, Colonial-Pioneer Telephone Answering Service, National Anatomical Service, Bermuda Cremation Service, Family Florist, Historic Old Bermuda Inn, Family Limousine Service, Tradition and Trust Funeral Pre-Arrangement Program (co-founder), and American Anatomical Transport. John remains actively involved in many community service activities and is the recipient of numerous community service awards.


Richard O’Hara is the chief operating officer and co-owner of McAvoy O’Hara Company in San Francisco, CA. Founded in 1850, McAvoy O’Hara Company is the bay area’s oldest funeral company.  Richard is a graduate of California College of Mortuary Science, Los Angeles and the University of San Francisco. He has been a licensed funeral director for over forty years. Richard is the past president of the Northern California Regional SIDS State Advisory Council.


Thomas L. Hemmerle is the owner of Barnett-Strother Funeral Home in Madisonville, KY. He earned a degree in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College and has been a licensed funeral director since 1996 and a licensed embalmer since 2006. Hemmerle is a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and The Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization.


Mary F. Steele, CFSP, CPC, CCO is co-owner of Arnett & Steele Funeral Home in Pineville, KY. She has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1991 and is both a graduate of nursing school and of Mid-America College of Funeral Service. Mary served as the first woman president of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky. Mrs. Steele brings a lot of experience to the Board having received numerous honors and awards including the NFDA Initiative Award (2007) and the OGR Community Service Award (2008). She also serves on the Advisory Board for Mid America College of Funeral Service, formerly served on the Southeast Community and Technical College Funeral School’s Advisory Board, and is a Certified Preplanning Consultant and Certified Crematory Operator.