Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

In Memory of Nick Bliley



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M. Carey Bliley President & CEO

Carey Bliley has been helping out in his family’s business since he was a child, though he didn’t formally join the staff until 1999. Growing up at Bliley’s helped shape his personal belief that this work is not just his profession, but his vocation. He has served as President of Bliley’s since 2006 and CEO since 2013. Carey graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a B.S. in Business Management in 1999 and from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service with a Degree in Funeral Service Education in 2001 (where he was the Valedictorian of his class). Professionally, Carey serves as a Trustee for the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Educational Trust and on the Board of Directors for Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Mount Calvary Cemetery, and Richmond Little League. He served previously on the Boards for Full Circle Grief Center (2009-2015), the Executive Committee of the Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (2012-2015) and Independent Funeral Homes of Virginia (2013-2017). In 2014, Carey was named by the National Funeral Directors Association as a Mentor for their “Meet the Mentors” program in Atlanta, GA. He has been married for 16 years to Jennifer A. Bliley and they have 3 kids, Josh (13), Jamie (10) and Sara Grey (7). Carey’s passions and interests are golf, coaching Little League baseball, playing the piano/organ, and working to change how Funeral Directors and families approach Funeral/Death Rituals.

"I try to develop a personal relationship with each family, establishing a lasting trust. I believe that being able to serve families this way is part of being a Bliley – to want to be there for others."

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Norbert M. Bliley Secretary & Treasurer

Norbert Bliley has been a part of Bliley's for more than 40 years. He started working part-time after finishing high school, went on to attend Southwood College, and completed his mortician degree from John Tyler Community College. He supports the family commitment to service, whether it's to individual families or the community as a whole. He's passed this commitment on to son, Carey, the company's president. When Norbert isn't spending free time with his family, he pursues his second passion - golf.

"Part of working with a family is letting them know that you truly care about them and what they are going through, and treating them like family. It's about sharing what defines us - compassion and respect."

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Alison Johnson Chief Financial Officer

Alison Johnson has recently joined the Bliley team bringing a wealth of experience from her many years serving as a senior financial manager in manufacturing and real estate development. Alison is responsible for all financial activities of the company, as well as assisting with Human Resources. Alison is a licensed CPA in the state of Virginia, with an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University. Alison, and her husband enjoy spending time together with their daughter, which they do whenever possible near the water, whether it’s the lake or the beach.

"I look forward to serving our families in the Bliley tradition of providing the best possible service and care. Our team works hard to provide quality service to everyone we serve, both internally and externally."

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Robert E. Brown Chief Operating Officer

Bob is honored to have been with Bliley’s for over 35 years. During this time, he has served families of the Richmond community as an Apprentice, Funeral Director, Location Manager and currently as the Chief Operating Officer. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and Virginia Commonwealth University. While not at work, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons while traveling, fishing, boating or relaxing at the beach.

“Bliley’s has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to express my passion for helping others during a most difficult time. Each new day at Bliley’s is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.”

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Kourtney Poznanczyk Pre-Need Advisor

After several years of serving Richmond families in their time of need, Kourtney joined the Bliley family in 2020 to assist individuals with their advanced funeral planning. Her experience as a funeral director and funeral home manager provides inspiring insight as to what loved ones may experience during a time of loss and the significance of leaving a detailed plan for their family to follow. Kourtney takes pride in creating meaningful farewells with clients, knowing that the arrangements they’ve made together will provide their family a few moments peace in the most difficult time life has to offer.

When not at the funeral home you can find Kourtney working feverishly in her planner, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, trying a new recipe, hosting family get togethers and making memories that make her life story a page turner with her husband, Ryan and three daughters, Quinn, Rory and Sloane.

“I am thankful every day that I chose to spend my days as a funeral professional... I have a unique opportunity to be kind to other human beings and with that, there truly isn’t anything else I would want to do with my time.”

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Daniel Woodfin Manager – Central Chapel

Daniel joined the Bliley’s team in early 2018. He was born and raised in Chesterfield County. After his service to our country in the U.S. Army, Daniel worked as a manager for a large insurance company for over 10 years. After the passing of his father in 2010, he went back to school to earn his degree in Mortuary Science, graduating Cum Laude in 2014 from John Tyler. Daniel and his wife Lindsie are the proud parents of 4 boys. They enjoy baseball, biking, fishing and camping with their family.

"Working for a family owned company affords me the opportunity to provide each family with the empathy, care, support and respect that each of us deserves as human beings. It is an honor to walk with families throughout this journey and build lifelong relationships with them as well."

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Colin Cluff Manager – Chippenham Chapel

Colin joined the Bliley team in 1991. When Colin was growing up in Orange Va., the father of a good friend was the local funeral director, so Colin learned very early the value and reward of assisting families during difficult times. He is a member and past president of the Central Chesterfield Ruritan Club, Colin serves his community as well as his clients. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. Which a majority of the time involves the water, whether the pool, river, lake or beach.

"My goal is to serve every client with the knowledge that I have made a lifelong connection, not just to an individual, but to a family."

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Arthur Thornton Manager – Staples Mill Chapel

After serving his country in the U.S. Army, Arthur Thornton went on to pursue a career in pharmacy but never let go of his dream to become a Funeral Director to provide comfort and care to families in need. A native of New Kent County, Arthur joined the Bliley family in February of 2006 as an apprentice before earning his degree in Funeral Services from John Tyler Community College and becoming a licensed Funeral Director. As the Director of the Internment of Angels program and Noah’s Children’s Liaison, Arthur has proven his love and compassion for families who have suffered the loss of a child through his work with the Interment of Angels program.

"It has been an honor and a blessing over the years to provide a helping and healing hand to a fellow human being during their most difficult time and guide them through a journey that requires compassion, respect and understanding"

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Jennifer Watkins Care Center Supervisor

It is a blessing to me to help make it possible for our families to see their loved one, one last time.

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Eric Bliley Manager

Eric is part of the fourth generation of the Bliley family leadership. His father was the late Joseph W. Bliley, III, former President of Bliley’s. Eric graduated from Trinity Episcopal High School in 2002 and received his BA degree in Business Management from Lynchburg College in 2006. From there he attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service for his Associate's Degree in Funeral Service. He became a licensed Funeral Director in February in of 2009. Eric is married and has two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf at every level. Eric brings passion and vision for the future, to continue the Bliley family tradition and reputation to the Richmond community.

"I encourage all families to bring their unique traditions to Bliley's. I strive for families to have full confidence and satisfaction with their choices while in my care. It is my goal to help families take that first step into the unknown when losing someone they love, and guide them through this journey."

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Stacy Beasley Funeral Director

"I count it a privilege and a pleasure to serve families, enjoying time spent getting to know them and their loved ones. I value the importance of honoring the lives of those we love and acknowledging the impact they have made on our own lives. To allow someone to share your memories and moments is such a gift and to carry out the wishes of those we have loved and lost is among the first steps toward health and well-being. I believe every person deserves dignity and respect and appreciate the opportunity, as part of the Bliley team, to provide guidance and support to our community."

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Sarah Smith Funeral Director

Sarah joined Bliley’s in January of 2014, after receiving her Associates Degree in Funeral Services from John Tyler Community College in December 2013. After completing her Apprenticeship, she became a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in September 2015. Born and raised in Richmond and a lifetime member of Derbyshire Baptist Church. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and family, completing jigsaw puzzles, reading, traveling and watching football, basketball and baseball.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve the families of Richmond during their most difficult times. I want to help them celebrate the life of their loved ones through this journey, build lasting relationships with them, support and care, as well along the journey.

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Sara Staehle Funeral Director

Sara found her calling for funeral services when she was working with hospice patients in the nursing field. Ultimately, she felt compelled to change her major in Nursing to Funeral Services and graduated from John Tyler Community College in 2015. She was born and raised in Louisville, Ky., but her extended family is native to the Richmond area. She and her two daughters live in Midlothian and are members of Central Baptist Church. In her free time, Sara serves on the parent volunteer committee at her daughters’ preschool and enjoys crafting of every kind.

“My occupation allows me the opportunity to express and apply my deep level of compassion for others, supporting them in their time of need. I enjoy helping each family tell their story using their treasured traditions, as well as adding unique and personalized details. Being part of the Bliley’s team allows me to provide truly individualized service to the families we serve.”

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Olivia Bauer Funeral Celebrant

Olivia is Bliley’s full-time funeral celebrant, helping families plan and celebrate a funeral or memorial service for their loved one that is profoundly personal and meaningful. Olivia is an ordained interfaith minister and board certified chaplain, with over ten years’ experience in hospice care and grief counseling. She works with families of all backgrounds and affiliations, including those who are spiritual but not religious, and those wanting an entirely secular service.

 

Olivia will schedule a special meeting with your family where she will listen to your stories and invite family members to share memories, anecdotes and special moments from your loved one’s life. Olivia will guarantee that the needs of your family and the desires of the deceased are honored through clear and ongoing communication with you. She brings a treasure of resources and experience as together you plan a meaningful experience. With Olivia, each funeral ceremony honors the life of the deceased. The time she spends with your family and the celebration of your loved one’s life offers the opportunity to begin the healing process so necessary for you and your family’s lives.


“None of us can avoid death, or loss, or grief. But we can choose how we respond to it; we can do things – like share stories, celebrate meaningful rituals, be with each other in the pain – that help us cope, and eventually heal. I’ve had countless people show up for me during the painful times in my life; it’s an honor to be able to offer that to others.”

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William Perkins Care Center Funeral Director

After searching for a career change from pastoral care, I found Funeral Service to be an open door. The Bliley Family Funeral Home let me enter that door years ago, giving me the opportunity to exercise the gifts and talents for those who are faced with human crisis. My career dream is being fulfilled every day I enter the sacred place called Bliley’s.

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Amber Schook Funeral Director

Amber Schook has been with the Bliley’s team since 2017.  She earned her licensure at the end of 2019.  Immediately after graduating high school, she went directly into her studies to pursue a life long dream of being a funeral director.  Growing up in the Chester area, Amber now calls Richmond her home.  In Amber’s free time, she loves to travel and listen to a wide array of music and see live concerts. She also is an artist, most notably in painting both with oils and acrylics, knitting and wood burning.

 

"It's an honor to be in a position to serve and comfort others.  I have truly found my calling in helping families through their most difficult times."

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Megan Chambers Funeral Director

Megan joined Bliley’s team in early 2019. After graduating high school in the Fredericksburg area, she became a licensed cosmetologist and worked as a hairstylist for 12 years. She found herself drawn to Richmond for its eclectic style and unique atmosphere and has called the city home for many years.

 

After suffering her own significant losses Megan was inspired to become a funeral director to provide the comfort, understanding, and empathy that was shown to her while going through a difficult time. In August of 2021 she received her Associates in Mortuary Science from John Tyler Community College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

 

In her free time you will find Megan spending time with those she loves, watching movies, attending concerts (particularly local bands), or strolling through the Fan, Maymont, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Hollywood Cemetery, Belle Isle or any of the area’s scenic parks.

 

“I’m incredibly grateful to have the privilege and honor to serve the families in this community. I know that the journey your family is going through is not an easy one, but I will do everything in my power to make it as smooth as I can for you.”

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Rob Hagan Post Service Care

What happens after the funeral? When everyone has gone home and now begins dealing with things as well as your own grief, who is there? We do not leave you alone in your journey after the graveside or memorial service. This is what attracted me to the Post Service Care Coordinator position at Bliley’s. Getting families their death certificates, a VA grave marker, VA Burial Benefits, grief support, a lawyer, estate sales expert, or any question that arises I am here to assist the family or find the help they need. Bliley’s continues to walk this journey with you.

"What appeals to me most about this work is the privilege of accompanying individuals through a crucial stage of their lives in whatever way I can. Grieving can be a difficult but life-giving process. I hope to facilitate that with them."

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James Barnett Pre-Need Manager

James Barnett joined the Bliley family in 1997 after earning his college degree in mortuary science. His primary focus is pre-need wherein he helps families plan and finance services that will best meet their future needs, will comfort the bereaved, and will demonstrate love, honor and respect for the deceased. James takes time to develop a personal relationship with each family he helps and works diligently to assist them in designing funeral services that meet their individual needs. James’ wife, Carey, also works for Bliley’s. James and Carey have two children: Jamie who is an ardent gamer, and Chandler who is an accomplished competitive swimmer. James is an avid fisherman. He loves spending time with his family camping, swimming, and relaxing at the river or at the beach.

“My desire it to assist individuals and families to create an advanced funeral plan in a stress-free environment that promotes open discussion, the opportunity to receive answers to all nature of questions, and includes strategies to reduce or eliminate the financial burden that might otherwise impact their families at the time of need. This advanced planning reduces a significant burden for bereaved families and allows them to focus on the memories of their loved one’s life rather than the details of death.”

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Nicole McCutcheon Funeral Director

After receiving her bachelors in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and working in hospice as a bereavement counselor, Nicole moved on to pursue a career as a funeral director. After graduating from John Tyler Community College with her Associates in Mortuary Science, Nicole joined the Bliley’s team in 2019 as an apprentice and became a Bliley’s Funeral Director in 2020. Nicole is an artist who specializes in animal portraits and watercolor paintings.

 

“I’m honored to be a part of such a wonderful and loving team who does everything in their power to help and support the families that we serve on a daily basis"

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Michael Williams Funeral Director

Michael Williams was born in Richmond. He has attended the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University and is a graduate of the Funeral Service Program at John Tyler Community College.  He joined Bliley's in 1970.  Michael served his Internship and received his Funeral Service Licence while in the employ of Bliley's.

 

"During my 51 years , Full and Part-time with Bliley's I have had the opportunity to serve the many families in Richmond and the surrounding area at their time of need. I look forward to each day knowing that I can make a difference in their lives."

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Jenny Bliley Interment of Angels Program Coordinator

I am very honored to be a part of this wonderful program and my hope is that we are truly providing grieving parents the opportunity to begin the healing process after such an unexpected loss.

“Sometimes love is for a moment, sometimes love is for a lifetime, sometimes a moment is a lifetime.” Author unknown

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Jennifer Moss Director of Community Outreach

Since 2016, Jennifer Moss has served as the Outreach and Education Director for Bliley’s Funeral Home in Richmond Virginia. Since the inception of the program for Bliley’s she has researched Selected Outreach Programs across the U.S., researched available resources, networking opportunities in RVA and tailored the program to the RVA needs to be successful. In a short time, Ms. Moss has provided presentations to over 50 groups and have utilized the space at the funeral home to host over 100 events to get the community into our building and make them a community partner in the death industry. Currently, Ms. Moss is a co-founder of the annual conference “The Art of Dying”, presenting the continuum of care from ACP through Palliative Care, Dying, Death and Grief.

Utilizing marketing, networking, community service and programs developed to provide comfort to bereaved, the program has been wildly received in the Richmond Bereavement Network, Senior Resource Network and to the families that we serve.

Prior to employment at Bliley’s Ms. Moss served as a Community Outreach liaison for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Victim Compensation Program where she provided education on victim’s rights in the criminal justice field for over 15 years. Ms. Moss holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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Tom Tatum Funeral Director

Tom, a Richmond native, has been with Bliley’s since 1985. Tom’s easy going demeanor forges a strong connection to the needs of the families we serve. His years of experience have allowed him to facilitate many personalized ceremonies and meet individual needs. Tom lives in Chester with his wife, Lori, they have a daughter and have recently welcomed a grandson. When Tom is not working, you can find him bowling or on a beach.

“I enjoy supporting families in their greatest time of need and delivering them the excellent level of service that Bliley’s is known for.”

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Lisa Anderson Administrative Assistant

Lisa was in born in Richmond and raised in Ashland, VA. She is now raising her two sons in Richmond. She has worked at Bliley’s for 26 years. During her time at Bliley’s, she has worked with many dedicated, caring, and talented people.

“It’s my honor to serve the families that come through our doors, knowing in my heart I helped someone at a time when true care is needed.”

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Max Heinzel Funeral Director

After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. in 2003, a long history in customer service led Max to pursue a career as a funeral service professional. He joined the Bliley team in 2017 as a member of the transfer team upon graduating with honors from John Tyler Community College. His dedication to families and his eye for detail led him through his apprenticeship and to his position as a funeral director at the beginning of 2019, where he continues to serve the Richmond community.

“I believe that being open to everyone’s unique stories and ideas about what makes a funeral special is at the heart of what we do here at Bliley’s. I’m honored to be in a position to help a family celebrate their loved one’s life in a way that is personal and dignified.”

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Kim Kremer Executive Assistant

“Every day I try to show people that they are loved and cared for by just being helpful in any way possible.”

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Tom Barrett Care Center Funeral Director

Tom was welcomed by the Bliley family in 1992 after serving five years as a funeral director in the U.S. Navy. Prior to Tom's service to our country he began his career in Monroe, NY upon completion of his BA in Biology, St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vt.(1978) and A.A.S. in Mortuary Science, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY(1980). Bliley’s supports Tom in maintaining his NY funeral director license to enable one of their own to oversee their services in New York. Tom's passion for funeral directing comes from his family of educators, coaches and business professionals and their love and support for that service that is only well done.

"To be of service to everyone at such a turning point in their personal, family and cultural lives is a heartfelt and soulful privilege and honor."

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Chuck Christopher Pre-Need Advisor

“Most people don’t Plan to Fail, they just Fail to Plan.”

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Allen Melton Funeral Director

Allen joined Bliley’s in 1994 and has and has spent time as Funeral Director at all three locations, most recently at the Staples Mill Chapel. Allen is a lifelong resident of Hanover County, graduate of Lee Davis High School and John Tyler Community college. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, taking care of his home and traveling to historic places around Virginia.

“In the years I’ve been with Bliley’s I’ve grown so much personally and professionally. I’ve learned life is so precious and fragile. It is my goal to make each family I meet with comfortable and at ease with our Bliley family. I get great satisfaction in knowing I’ve helped in some way to create a unique celebration of life and to help the family start healing”

M. Carey Bliley

President & CEO
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Carey Bliley has been helping out in his family’s business since he was a child, though he didn’t formally join the staff until 1999. Growing up at Bliley’s helped shape his personal belief that this work is not just his profession, but his vocation. He has served as President of Bliley’s since 2006 and CEO since 2013. Carey graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a B.S. in Business Management in 1999 and from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service with a Degree in Funeral Service Education in 2001 (where he was the Valedictorian of his class). Professionally, Carey serves as a Trustee for the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Educational Trust and on the Board of Directors for Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Mount Calvary Cemetery, and Richmond Little League. He served previously on the Boards for Full Circle Grief Center (2009-2015), the Executive Committee of the Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (2012-2015) and Independent Funeral Homes of Virginia (2013-2017). In 2014, Carey was named by the National Funeral Directors Association as a Mentor for their “Meet the Mentors” program in Atlanta, GA. He has been married for 16 years to Jennifer A. Bliley and they have 3 kids, Josh (13), Jamie (10) and Sara Grey (7). Carey’s passions and interests are golf, coaching Little League baseball, playing the piano/organ, and working to change how Funeral Directors and families approach Funeral/Death Rituals.

"I try to develop a personal relationship with each family, establishing a lasting trust. I believe that being able to serve families this way is part of being a Bliley – to want to be there for others."

Norbert M. Bliley

Secretary & Treasurer
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Norbert Bliley has been a part of Bliley's for more than 40 years. He started working part-time after finishing high school, went on to attend Southwood College, and completed his mortician degree from John Tyler Community College. He supports the family commitment to service, whether it's to individual families or the community as a whole. He's passed this commitment on to son, Carey, the company's president. When Norbert isn't spending free time with his family, he pursues his second passion - golf.

"Part of working with a family is letting them know that you truly care about them and what they are going through, and treating them like family. It's about sharing what defines us - compassion and respect."

Alison Johnson

Chief Financial Officer
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Alison Johnson has recently joined the Bliley team bringing a wealth of experience from her many years serving as a senior financial manager in manufacturing and real estate development. Alison is responsible for all financial activities of the company, as well as assisting with Human Resources. Alison is a licensed CPA in the state of Virginia, with an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University. Alison, and her husband enjoy spending time together with their daughter, which they do whenever possible near the water, whether it’s the lake or the beach.

"I look forward to serving our families in the Bliley tradition of providing the best possible service and care. Our team works hard to provide quality service to everyone we serve, both internally and externally."

Robert E. Brown

Chief Operating Officer
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Bob is honored to have been with Bliley’s for over 35 years. During this time, he has served families of the Richmond community as an Apprentice, Funeral Director, Location Manager and currently as the Chief Operating Officer. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and Virginia Commonwealth University. While not at work, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons while traveling, fishing, boating or relaxing at the beach.

“Bliley’s has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to express my passion for helping others during a most difficult time. Each new day at Bliley’s is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Kourtney Poznanczyk

Pre-Need Advisor
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After several years of serving Richmond families in their time of need, Kourtney joined the Bliley family in 2020 to assist individuals with their advanced funeral planning. Her experience as a funeral director and funeral home manager provides inspiring insight as to what loved ones may experience during a time of loss and the significance of leaving a detailed plan for their family to follow. Kourtney takes pride in creating meaningful farewells with clients, knowing that the arrangements they’ve made together will provide their family a few moments peace in the most difficult time life has to offer.

When not at the funeral home you can find Kourtney working feverishly in her planner, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, trying a new recipe, hosting family get togethers and making memories that make her life story a page turner with her husband, Ryan and three daughters, Quinn, Rory and Sloane.

“I am thankful every day that I chose to spend my days as a funeral professional... I have a unique opportunity to be kind to other human beings and with that, there truly isn’t anything else I would want to do with my time.”

Daniel Woodfin

Manager – Central Chapel
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Daniel joined the Bliley’s team in early 2018. He was born and raised in Chesterfield County. After his service to our country in the U.S. Army, Daniel worked as a manager for a large insurance company for over 10 years. After the passing of his father in 2010, he went back to school to earn his degree in Mortuary Science, graduating Cum Laude in 2014 from John Tyler. Daniel and his wife Lindsie are the proud parents of 4 boys. They enjoy baseball, biking, fishing and camping with their family.

"Working for a family owned company affords me the opportunity to provide each family with the empathy, care, support and respect that each of us deserves as human beings. It is an honor to walk with families throughout this journey and build lifelong relationships with them as well."

Colin Cluff

Manager – Chippenham Chapel
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Colin joined the Bliley team in 1991. When Colin was growing up in Orange Va., the father of a good friend was the local funeral director, so Colin learned very early the value and reward of assisting families during difficult times. He is a member and past president of the Central Chesterfield Ruritan Club, Colin serves his community as well as his clients. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. Which a majority of the time involves the water, whether the pool, river, lake or beach.

"My goal is to serve every client with the knowledge that I have made a lifelong connection, not just to an individual, but to a family."

Arthur Thornton

Manager – Staples Mill Chapel
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After serving his country in the U.S. Army, Arthur Thornton went on to pursue a career in pharmacy but never let go of his dream to become a Funeral Director to provide comfort and care to families in need. A native of New Kent County, Arthur joined the Bliley family in February of 2006 as an apprentice before earning his degree in Funeral Services from John Tyler Community College and becoming a licensed Funeral Director. As the Director of the Internment of Angels program and Noah’s Children’s Liaison, Arthur has proven his love and compassion for families who have suffered the loss of a child through his work with the Interment of Angels program.

"It has been an honor and a blessing over the years to provide a helping and healing hand to a fellow human being during their most difficult time and guide them through a journey that requires compassion, respect and understanding"

Jennifer Watkins

Care Center Supervisor
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It is a blessing to me to help make it possible for our families to see their loved one, one last time.

Eric Bliley

Manager
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Eric is part of the fourth generation of the Bliley family leadership. His father was the late Joseph W. Bliley, III, former President of Bliley’s. Eric graduated from Trinity Episcopal High School in 2002 and received his BA degree in Business Management from Lynchburg College in 2006. From there he attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service for his Associate's Degree in Funeral Service. He became a licensed Funeral Director in February in of 2009. Eric is married and has two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf at every level. Eric brings passion and vision for the future, to continue the Bliley family tradition and reputation to the Richmond community.

"I encourage all families to bring their unique traditions to Bliley's. I strive for families to have full confidence and satisfaction with their choices while in my care. It is my goal to help families take that first step into the unknown when losing someone they love, and guide them through this journey."

Stacy Beasley

Funeral Director
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"I count it a privilege and a pleasure to serve families, enjoying time spent getting to know them and their loved ones. I value the importance of honoring the lives of those we love and acknowledging the impact they have made on our own lives. To allow someone to share your memories and moments is such a gift and to carry out the wishes of those we have loved and lost is among the first steps toward health and well-being. I believe every person deserves dignity and respect and appreciate the opportunity, as part of the Bliley team, to provide guidance and support to our community."

Sarah Smith

Funeral Director
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Sarah joined Bliley’s in January of 2014, after receiving her Associates Degree in Funeral Services from John Tyler Community College in December 2013. After completing her Apprenticeship, she became a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in September 2015. Born and raised in Richmond and a lifetime member of Derbyshire Baptist Church. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and family, completing jigsaw puzzles, reading, traveling and watching football, basketball and baseball.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve the families of Richmond during their most difficult times. I want to help them celebrate the life of their loved ones through this journey, build lasting relationships with them, support and care, as well along the journey.

Sara Staehle

Funeral Director
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Sara found her calling for funeral services when she was working with hospice patients in the nursing field. Ultimately, she felt compelled to change her major in Nursing to Funeral Services and graduated from John Tyler Community College in 2015. She was born and raised in Louisville, Ky., but her extended family is native to the Richmond area. She and her two daughters live in Midlothian and are members of Central Baptist Church. In her free time, Sara serves on the parent volunteer committee at her daughters’ preschool and enjoys crafting of every kind.

“My occupation allows me the opportunity to express and apply my deep level of compassion for others, supporting them in their time of need. I enjoy helping each family tell their story using their treasured traditions, as well as adding unique and personalized details. Being part of the Bliley’s team allows me to provide truly individualized service to the families we serve.”

Olivia Bauer

Funeral Celebrant
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Olivia is Bliley’s full-time funeral celebrant, helping families plan and celebrate a funeral or memorial service for their loved one that is profoundly personal and meaningful. Olivia is an ordained interfaith minister and board certified chaplain, with over ten years’ experience in hospice care and grief counseling. She works with families of all backgrounds and affiliations, including those who are spiritual but not religious, and those wanting an entirely secular service.

 

Olivia will schedule a special meeting with your family where she will listen to your stories and invite family members to share memories, anecdotes and special moments from your loved one’s life. Olivia will guarantee that the needs of your family and the desires of the deceased are honored through clear and ongoing communication with you. She brings a treasure of resources and experience as together you plan a meaningful experience. With Olivia, each funeral ceremony honors the life of the deceased. The time she spends with your family and the celebration of your loved one’s life offers the opportunity to begin the healing process so necessary for you and your family’s lives.


“None of us can avoid death, or loss, or grief. But we can choose how we respond to it; we can do things – like share stories, celebrate meaningful rituals, be with each other in the pain – that help us cope, and eventually heal. I’ve had countless people show up for me during the painful times in my life; it’s an honor to be able to offer that to others.”

William Perkins

Care Center Funeral Director
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After searching for a career change from pastoral care, I found Funeral Service to be an open door. The Bliley Family Funeral Home let me enter that door years ago, giving me the opportunity to exercise the gifts and talents for those who are faced with human crisis. My career dream is being fulfilled every day I enter the sacred place called Bliley’s.

Amber Schook

Funeral Director
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Amber Schook has been with the Bliley’s team since 2017.  She earned her licensure at the end of 2019.  Immediately after graduating high school, she went directly into her studies to pursue a life long dream of being a funeral director.  Growing up in the Chester area, Amber now calls Richmond her home.  In Amber’s free time, she loves to travel and listen to a wide array of music and see live concerts. She also is an artist, most notably in painting both with oils and acrylics, knitting and wood burning.

 

"It's an honor to be in a position to serve and comfort others.  I have truly found my calling in helping families through their most difficult times."

Megan Chambers

Funeral Director
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Megan joined Bliley’s team in early 2019. After graduating high school in the Fredericksburg area, she became a licensed cosmetologist and worked as a hairstylist for 12 years. She found herself drawn to Richmond for its eclectic style and unique atmosphere and has called the city home for many years.

 

After suffering her own significant losses Megan was inspired to become a funeral director to provide the comfort, understanding, and empathy that was shown to her while going through a difficult time. In August of 2021 she received her Associates in Mortuary Science from John Tyler Community College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

 

In her free time you will find Megan spending time with those she loves, watching movies, attending concerts (particularly local bands), or strolling through the Fan, Maymont, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Hollywood Cemetery, Belle Isle or any of the area’s scenic parks.

 

“I’m incredibly grateful to have the privilege and honor to serve the families in this community. I know that the journey your family is going through is not an easy one, but I will do everything in my power to make it as smooth as I can for you.”

Rob Hagan

Post Service Care
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What happens after the funeral? When everyone has gone home and now begins dealing with things as well as your own grief, who is there? We do not leave you alone in your journey after the graveside or memorial service. This is what attracted me to the Post Service Care Coordinator position at Bliley’s. Getting families their death certificates, a VA grave marker, VA Burial Benefits, grief support, a lawyer, estate sales expert, or any question that arises I am here to assist the family or find the help they need. Bliley’s continues to walk this journey with you.

"What appeals to me most about this work is the privilege of accompanying individuals through a crucial stage of their lives in whatever way I can. Grieving can be a difficult but life-giving process. I hope to facilitate that with them."

James Barnett

Pre-Need Manager
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James Barnett joined the Bliley family in 1997 after earning his college degree in mortuary science. His primary focus is pre-need wherein he helps families plan and finance services that will best meet their future needs, will comfort the bereaved, and will demonstrate love, honor and respect for the deceased. James takes time to develop a personal relationship with each family he helps and works diligently to assist them in designing funeral services that meet their individual needs. James’ wife, Carey, also works for Bliley’s. James and Carey have two children: Jamie who is an ardent gamer, and Chandler who is an accomplished competitive swimmer. James is an avid fisherman. He loves spending time with his family camping, swimming, and relaxing at the river or at the beach.

“My desire it to assist individuals and families to create an advanced funeral plan in a stress-free environment that promotes open discussion, the opportunity to receive answers to all nature of questions, and includes strategies to reduce or eliminate the financial burden that might otherwise impact their families at the time of need. This advanced planning reduces a significant burden for bereaved families and allows them to focus on the memories of their loved one’s life rather than the details of death.”

Nicole McCutcheon

Funeral Director
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After receiving her bachelors in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and working in hospice as a bereavement counselor, Nicole moved on to pursue a career as a funeral director. After graduating from John Tyler Community College with her Associates in Mortuary Science, Nicole joined the Bliley’s team in 2019 as an apprentice and became a Bliley’s Funeral Director in 2020. Nicole is an artist who specializes in animal portraits and watercolor paintings.

 

“I’m honored to be a part of such a wonderful and loving team who does everything in their power to help and support the families that we serve on a daily basis"

Michael Williams

Funeral Director
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Michael Williams was born in Richmond. He has attended the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University and is a graduate of the Funeral Service Program at John Tyler Community College.  He joined Bliley's in 1970.  Michael served his Internship and received his Funeral Service Licence while in the employ of Bliley's.

 

"During my 51 years , Full and Part-time with Bliley's I have had the opportunity to serve the many families in Richmond and the surrounding area at their time of need. I look forward to each day knowing that I can make a difference in their lives."

Jenny Bliley

Interment of Angels Program Coordinator
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I am very honored to be a part of this wonderful program and my hope is that we are truly providing grieving parents the opportunity to begin the healing process after such an unexpected loss.

“Sometimes love is for a moment, sometimes love is for a lifetime, sometimes a moment is a lifetime.” Author unknown

Jennifer Moss

Director of Community Outreach
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Since 2016, Jennifer Moss has served as the Outreach and Education Director for Bliley’s Funeral Home in Richmond Virginia. Since the inception of the program for Bliley’s she has researched Selected Outreach Programs across the U.S., researched available resources, networking opportunities in RVA and tailored the program to the RVA needs to be successful. In a short time, Ms. Moss has provided presentations to over 50 groups and have utilized the space at the funeral home to host over 100 events to get the community into our building and make them a community partner in the death industry. Currently, Ms. Moss is a co-founder of the annual conference “The Art of Dying”, presenting the continuum of care from ACP through Palliative Care, Dying, Death and Grief.

Utilizing marketing, networking, community service and programs developed to provide comfort to bereaved, the program has been wildly received in the Richmond Bereavement Network, Senior Resource Network and to the families that we serve.

Prior to employment at Bliley’s Ms. Moss served as a Community Outreach liaison for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Victim Compensation Program where she provided education on victim’s rights in the criminal justice field for over 15 years. Ms. Moss holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Tom Tatum

Funeral Director
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Tom, a Richmond native, has been with Bliley’s since 1985. Tom’s easy going demeanor forges a strong connection to the needs of the families we serve. His years of experience have allowed him to facilitate many personalized ceremonies and meet individual needs. Tom lives in Chester with his wife, Lori, they have a daughter and have recently welcomed a grandson. When Tom is not working, you can find him bowling or on a beach.

“I enjoy supporting families in their greatest time of need and delivering them the excellent level of service that Bliley’s is known for.”

Lisa Anderson

Administrative Assistant
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Lisa was in born in Richmond and raised in Ashland, VA. She is now raising her two sons in Richmond. She has worked at Bliley’s for 26 years. During her time at Bliley’s, she has worked with many dedicated, caring, and talented people.

“It’s my honor to serve the families that come through our doors, knowing in my heart I helped someone at a time when true care is needed.”

Max Heinzel

Funeral Director
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After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. in 2003, a long history in customer service led Max to pursue a career as a funeral service professional. He joined the Bliley team in 2017 as a member of the transfer team upon graduating with honors from John Tyler Community College. His dedication to families and his eye for detail led him through his apprenticeship and to his position as a funeral director at the beginning of 2019, where he continues to serve the Richmond community.

“I believe that being open to everyone’s unique stories and ideas about what makes a funeral special is at the heart of what we do here at Bliley’s. I’m honored to be in a position to help a family celebrate their loved one’s life in a way that is personal and dignified.”

Kim Kremer

Executive Assistant
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“Every day I try to show people that they are loved and cared for by just being helpful in any way possible.”

Tom Barrett

Care Center Funeral Director
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Tom was welcomed by the Bliley family in 1992 after serving five years as a funeral director in the U.S. Navy. Prior to Tom's service to our country he began his career in Monroe, NY upon completion of his BA in Biology, St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vt.(1978) and A.A.S. in Mortuary Science, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY(1980). Bliley’s supports Tom in maintaining his NY funeral director license to enable one of their own to oversee their services in New York. Tom's passion for funeral directing comes from his family of educators, coaches and business professionals and their love and support for that service that is only well done.

"To be of service to everyone at such a turning point in their personal, family and cultural lives is a heartfelt and soulful privilege and honor."

Chuck Christopher

Pre-Need Advisor
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“Most people don’t Plan to Fail, they just Fail to Plan.”

Allen Melton

Funeral Director
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Allen joined Bliley’s in 1994 and has and has spent time as Funeral Director at all three locations, most recently at the Staples Mill Chapel. Allen is a lifelong resident of Hanover County, graduate of Lee Davis High School and John Tyler Community college. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, taking care of his home and traveling to historic places around Virginia.

“In the years I’ve been with Bliley’s I’ve grown so much personally and professionally. I’ve learned life is so precious and fragile. It is my goal to make each family I meet with comfortable and at ease with our Bliley family. I get great satisfaction in knowing I’ve helped in some way to create a unique celebration of life and to help the family start healing”