Leaf Team

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Leaf Cremation of Ohio

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Ric Casey Funeral Director | Leaf Arrangement Team ric@leafcremation.com

Eric (Ric) grew up in Mechanicsburg, OH, where he graduated high school in 2015. He received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Thiel College and an Associates in Specialized Technology, Funeral Directing and Embalming from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Ric joined Leaf Cremation in July of 2020. You can find him enjoying his free time by exploring the city parks, markets, and restaurants. He also enjoys relaxing to Disney movies with a glass of red wine.

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Leigh Badyna Funeral Director | Leaf Arrangement Team Leigh@leafcremation.com

Leigh grew up in Holland, Ohio. She received a Bachelor's of Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2018. Leigh joined Leaf Cremation in September 2021. She spends her free time going for walks, baking, and playing video games.

 

Crematory Operator Certified

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Sydney Hanula Funeral Director | Leaf Arrangement Team sydney@leafcremation.com

Sydney grew up in Delaware, Ohio, where she graduated high school in 2015. She then received a Bachelor's of Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2018. Sydney joined Leaf Cremation in December 2020. You can usually find her out shopping, hanging out at local restaurants, and spending time with her friends, family, and pets.

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Thalia Soto Community Relations Advisor | Crematory Operator thalia@leafcremation.com

Thalia grew up in central Ohio and she graduated high school in 2018. Thalia joined Leaf Cremation in December 2020. When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, and her snake, Reginald.

 

Certified Crematory Operator

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Pierce Dempsey Vice President of Operations & Marketing pierce@leafcremation.com

Pierce graduated with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Family Business May of 2019 from Auburn University.  He is the son of Clift Dempsey, owner of Leaf Cremation.  Pierce has a passion for serving families, and is trained as a certified crematory operator, cremation arranger, and cremation administrator. In his time off, Pierce enjoys playing golf and spending time at the beach where he and his wife Ashley got married in September of 2019.  Pierce and Ashley celebrated the birth of their son this year!

 

Certified Crematory Operator

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Clifton Dempsey Director of Facilities

Clifton graduated with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Biblical Theology from Toccoa Falls College in 2021 where he also played baseball.  Clifton is the son of Clift Dempsey, owner of Leaf Cremation.  He is proud to be a part of family business as Director of Facilities.  He believes that honoring and serving families begins with creating and maintaining beautiful facilities that allow our families a space to reunite with their loved ones.  When he is not at work Clifton enjoys fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with his son, Charlie.

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Nick Startup Vice President of Human Resources

Nick is a graduate of the University of Georgia and started working in the Cemetery Industry with Clift Dempsey in 2010.  He is a Past President and current Treasurer of the Georgia Cemetery Association and also serves as a Director for the Southern Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association.  He has been involved with Leaf Cremation since its inception and is proud to be a part of such a wonderful team that serves families with kindness and compassion. Nick is a husband and a father of three.  He and his family attend and serve at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville, GA.

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Clift C. Dempsey, CCFE Owner & Founder

Clift C. Dempsey, CCFE is a third generation funeral professional having started his career at the young age of twenty years old selling cemetery arrangements for his family’s three cemeteries in Rome, Georgia. Mr. Dempsey quickly became involved in the professions state, regional and national associations learning more and more about the industry.

While working full time for his family’s business Mr. Dempsey graduated from Shorter College in 1993 receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. Mr. Dempsey went on and held numerous Board of Director positions with the Georgia Cemetery Association, Southern Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. The first two associations Mr Dempsey is a Past President. Mr. Dempsey received his CCFE designation which means he is recognized by the ICCFA to be a Certified Cemetery and Funeral Executive for the contributions to his industry and to his community as well as the Quarter Century Award for his involvement in the funeral industry. Mr. Dempsey just graduated from the ICCFA University, an industry educational program in 2019.

In 2008 Mr Dempsey was appointed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to become the first Chairman of the State Board of Cemeterians. This board regulates over 216 perpetual care cemeteries for the State of Georgia and oversees all regulatory and legislative matters. In 2013, Dempsey opened Georgia Cremation Centers which was renamed Leaf Cremation to serve families all over the State of Georgia with a low cost alternative to funeral expenses and to provide the best possible service to families choosing cremation. Dempsey is opening a new Leaf Cremation Center in Columbus, Ohio and plans to continue the growth throughout the United States.

Mr. Dempsey is active in his local church being an ordained deacon and missions team leader. For over 11 years Mr. Dempsey has lead a mission team yearly to Sesheke, Zambia, Africa to help a church in this impoverished area of Africa. Mr. Dempsey earned his Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and has been active in the scouting program his adult life. He is a graduate of the Adult Leadership Program of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Dempsey enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

Mr. Dempsey is married to Melanie and they have four children, Clifton, Pierce, Wyn and Mac, two grandsons, Charlie and Anderson, and family pets, Sadie and Callie.

 

Certified Crematory Operator

Ric Casey

Funeral Director | Leaf Arrangement Team
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Eric (Ric) grew up in Mechanicsburg, OH, where he graduated high school in 2015. He received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Thiel College and an Associates in Specialized Technology, Funeral Directing and Embalming from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Ric joined Leaf Cremation in July of 2020. You can find him enjoying his free time by exploring the city parks, markets, and restaurants. He also enjoys relaxing to Disney movies with a glass of red wine.

Leigh Badyna

Funeral Director | Leaf Arrangement Team
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Leigh grew up in Holland, Ohio. She received a Bachelor's of Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2018. Leigh joined Leaf Cremation in September 2021. She spends her free time going for walks, baking, and playing video games.

 

Crematory Operator Certified

Sydney Hanula

Funeral Director | Leaf Arrangement Team
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Sydney grew up in Delaware, Ohio, where she graduated high school in 2015. She then received a Bachelor's of Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2018. Sydney joined Leaf Cremation in December 2020. You can usually find her out shopping, hanging out at local restaurants, and spending time with her friends, family, and pets.

Thalia Soto

Community Relations Advisor | Crematory Operator
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Thalia grew up in central Ohio and she graduated high school in 2018. Thalia joined Leaf Cremation in December 2020. When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, and her snake, Reginald.

 

Certified Crematory Operator

Pierce Dempsey

Vice President of Operations & Marketing
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Pierce graduated with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Family Business May of 2019 from Auburn University.  He is the son of Clift Dempsey, owner of Leaf Cremation.  Pierce has a passion for serving families, and is trained as a certified crematory operator, cremation arranger, and cremation administrator. In his time off, Pierce enjoys playing golf and spending time at the beach where he and his wife Ashley got married in September of 2019.  Pierce and Ashley celebrated the birth of their son this year!

 

Certified Crematory Operator

Clifton Dempsey

Director of Facilities
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Clifton graduated with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Biblical Theology from Toccoa Falls College in 2021 where he also played baseball.  Clifton is the son of Clift Dempsey, owner of Leaf Cremation.  He is proud to be a part of family business as Director of Facilities.  He believes that honoring and serving families begins with creating and maintaining beautiful facilities that allow our families a space to reunite with their loved ones.  When he is not at work Clifton enjoys fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with his son, Charlie.

Nick Startup

Vice President of Human Resources
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Nick is a graduate of the University of Georgia and started working in the Cemetery Industry with Clift Dempsey in 2010.  He is a Past President and current Treasurer of the Georgia Cemetery Association and also serves as a Director for the Southern Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association.  He has been involved with Leaf Cremation since its inception and is proud to be a part of such a wonderful team that serves families with kindness and compassion. Nick is a husband and a father of three.  He and his family attend and serve at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville, GA.

Clift C. Dempsey, CCFE

Owner & Founder
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Clift C. Dempsey, CCFE is a third generation funeral professional having started his career at the young age of twenty years old selling cemetery arrangements for his family’s three cemeteries in Rome, Georgia. Mr. Dempsey quickly became involved in the professions state, regional and national associations learning more and more about the industry.

While working full time for his family’s business Mr. Dempsey graduated from Shorter College in 1993 receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. Mr. Dempsey went on and held numerous Board of Director positions with the Georgia Cemetery Association, Southern Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. The first two associations Mr Dempsey is a Past President. Mr. Dempsey received his CCFE designation which means he is recognized by the ICCFA to be a Certified Cemetery and Funeral Executive for the contributions to his industry and to his community as well as the Quarter Century Award for his involvement in the funeral industry. Mr. Dempsey just graduated from the ICCFA University, an industry educational program in 2019.

In 2008 Mr Dempsey was appointed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to become the first Chairman of the State Board of Cemeterians. This board regulates over 216 perpetual care cemeteries for the State of Georgia and oversees all regulatory and legislative matters. In 2013, Dempsey opened Georgia Cremation Centers which was renamed Leaf Cremation to serve families all over the State of Georgia with a low cost alternative to funeral expenses and to provide the best possible service to families choosing cremation. Dempsey is opening a new Leaf Cremation Center in Columbus, Ohio and plans to continue the growth throughout the United States.

Mr. Dempsey is active in his local church being an ordained deacon and missions team leader. For over 11 years Mr. Dempsey has lead a mission team yearly to Sesheke, Zambia, Africa to help a church in this impoverished area of Africa. Mr. Dempsey earned his Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and has been active in the scouting program his adult life. He is a graduate of the Adult Leadership Program of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Dempsey enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

Mr. Dempsey is married to Melanie and they have four children, Clifton, Pierce, Wyn and Mac, two grandsons, Charlie and Anderson, and family pets, Sadie and Callie.

 

Certified Crematory Operator