CANA Announces New Board Leadership

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) recently announced the transition of volunteer leadership on its governing board. During its 96th Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in early August, CANA’s membership elected two new directors to the CANA Board. Several other board members advanced into new officer positions. Vinnie Faccinto, Vice President for Growth and Development for Smart Cremation in Cookeville, Tennessee, is one of the newly-elected board members. The other is Scott Hunter, Owner and President of Gateway Pet Memorial Services, Inc., in Guelph, Ontario.

Robert M. Boetticher, Jr., was installed as CANA’s Board President. Sheri Stahl, Vice President and Business Manager of Island Funeral Home in Hilton Head, South Carolina, is CANA’s President-Elect. The association’s First Vice President and Treasurer is Tim Borden of Louisville, Kentucky. Tim is Founder and President of Borden Mortuary Group. CANA’s Second Vice President is Michael Sheedy, Market Director for Service Corporation International (Canada) out of Ottawa, Ontario. Mitch Rose, CEO and President of The Woodlawn Cemetery, is now the Third Vice President.

Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America is an International organization of over 1,300 members, composed of cremationists, funeral directors, funeral home operators and owners, cemeterians, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization. For more information, visit