Our Team | Tristar Cremation | Old Hickory TN funeral home and cremation
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Our Team

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Our employees are like family 

In this difficult time, let our family help yours. Learn more about who we are and what we do in the bios below. Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. 

Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

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Erica DeRemer

Erica DeRemer

General Manager of Nashville Funeral & Cremation, Nashville Cremation Center and Tristar Cremation and Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Erica DeRemer began her professional career in her home state of Ohio as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. Erica graduated from the University of Findlay with an Associate of Arts degree in English Equestrian Studies in 2002. During her time at the University of Findlay, she worked part-time at her uncle’s funeral home in her hometown of Tiffin, Ohio where she fell in love with funeral service. She then attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, Ohio where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Mortuary Science in 2004. She completed her apprenticeship at Love Funeral Home in Ottawa, Ohio in 2005 and obtained her Ohio Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses.

 

Erica has worked in many different roles in funeral service, including the traditional funeral director role, preneed, pet funeral services, as well as public relations and marketing for the Cremation Society of Toledo in addition to building and managing that business before making the move to Georgia.  Shortly after moving to Georgia in September of 2009, Erica unexpectedly lost her Mother and then gave birth to her daughter, Madelynn the following summer.  After having Maddie, Erica stepped into more of a freelance consulting role in the funeral industry, to focus on raising her daughter, Maddie.

 

With a love of end-of-life care, public relations, and marketing, she couldn’t pass up a position as the Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator for Serenity Hospice in Peachtree City, Ga.  In late summer of 2018, she was offered a position managing Tennessee Cremation Care in Clarksville, TN.  Her goal of living in Nashville became reality when she joined the Park Lawn family as a Preneed Counselor in August of 2020. She transitioned into her current role as General Manager of multiple Park Lawn owned cremation businesses in the Nashville area in February of 2021.

 

Erica has also been an active member of the Veterans Funeral Care and Cremation Consulting networks, was a guest speaker for the Bowling Green State University Women in Science Day Program, the University of Findlay’s Death and Dying class as well as for the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s monthly meeting at the Atlanta VA Medical Center for the We Honor Veterans program. She was also featured on National Geographic’s Taboo series in an episode on death care practices.

 

Erica currently resides in Mt. Juliet, TN with her daughter Madelynn and husband, Dave DeRemer (retired Air Force, Senior Master Sergeant after 23 years of service). She has ridden horses all her life and enjoys teaching her daughter how to ride. She is currently giving riding lessons part-time at Castalian Equestrian Center, where she boards her horse, Eddie. In the summer, Erica, Dave and Maddie can be found on their boat, cooling off on Percy Priest Lake.  Erica also enjoys hiking, kayaking, running, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes.  She is passionate about end-of-life care and enjoys helping to inspire people about the beauty of life in all its different seasons.


Amy Poole

Amy Poole

Tristar Cremation Location Manager & Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Amy was born and raised in Palestine, a small East Texas town. That small town is where she learned the true capacity of what serving her community meant and started her journey of becoming a professional in the funeral service industry. 

Amy served in the United States Air Force from 2004 through 2009, where she was stationed in Germany, Nicaragua, and Korea as a Civil Engineer, specializing in water systems. During her time in the service, she graduated from the Community College of the Air Force in 2009 with an Associate in Environmental Systems Technology. 

After serving her country in the Air Force, Amy enrolled in the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, where she graduated in 2011 with an Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service. She served her apprenticeships after graduation and became a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Crematory Operator/Arranger in 2013. She continued to serve the communities of Dallas/Fort Worth throughout her career. 

Amy joined the Park Lawn family in 2019 and transferred to TriStar Cremation located in Old Hickory, Tennessee in December of 2021. She prides herself on her instinct toward empathy and attention to detail when helping families in their time of need. We are truly grateful to have Amy as a part of our team and are proud of her service to our country.


Beth Crawford

Beth Crawford

Nashville Cremation Center Location Manager & Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Beth Crawford has been a Nashville resident for the last 30 years. The city has grown a lot since she began calling Nashville home, and so has she. Beth received a Bachelor’s degree from Lipcomb University and an Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science from John A. Gupton Mortuary School. Her education has been the result of an insatiable curiosity. 

 

Her earnings help support her pottery habit and to spoil her two rescued kittens, Eleanor and Evelyn. In her free time, she volunteers at the Catio Cat Café. On some occasions, she has even been found testing out new recipes on unsuspecting family and friends…they really prefer her birthday cakes!

 

He dad always said, “If you ask Beth for the time, she will build you a clock.” Beth always goes the extra mile, always pitches in where needed, stays late, and works hard. She is an invaluable member of our work family and we are grateful to have her on our team.


Scott Keene

Scott Keene

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Early in Scott Keene’s career, he worked as an Anesthesia Technician for six years at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Through this experience he realized his passion for taking care of people in their time of need.  Scott was the recipient of the 2018 and 2019 Graystone Greats Award for outstanding customer service. 

 

Scott went on to attend mortuary school at John A. Gupton College in Nashville where he obtained an Associate’s of Mortuary Science. In addition, he holds an Associate’s of Business from Chattanooga State Community College.

 

Scott has worked in the funeral industry since 2011 and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, a certified Crematory Operator, and a licensed Insurance Producer. His experience includes funeral home and cemetery management, funeral directing and embalming as well as crematory operation. Scott is a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

 

Scott has been happily married to Jolie Shacklett Keen for seventeen years. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his two children and their rescue dogs. We are fortunate to have Scott’s years of experience and compassion on our team.


Taeya Havens

Taeya Havens

Nashville Funeral & Cremation Location Manager & Licensed Funeral Director

Taeya Havens was born in Artesia, New Mexico. She moved to Texas in 2012 to attend school and to work. She began her career in the Funeral Industry in 2016 when she started school at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. In 2017, she graduated with an Associates in Applied Science in Funeral Service. She continued her education and graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2020, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. 

Taeya served families in the Fort Worth area for several years. In 2021, she began her career with the Park Lawn Family in Waco, Texas. After less than a year, she was presented with an opportunity to move to Tennessee and become the Location Manager at another Park Lawn firm, Nashville Funeral & Cremation.

Taeya is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. The compassion and care she gives to the families for whom she cares is second to none. We are blessed to have her as part of our team.


Jennifer Holladay

Jennifer Holladay

Licensed Funeral. Director & Embalmer

In March of 2014, Jennifer made the moved from Mississippi to Nashville.  After a previous ten-year career as a hairstylist, she felt called to follow a career path into funeral service.  

Jennifer knows that even during the darkest times of loss, there is always hope for happiness and healing and she pulled to help others through that process.  Following a brief period of consideration, she applied to John A. Gupton college and graduated in May 2020. She performed her apprenticeship requirements at an independent firm in Nashville, and subsequently, obtained her Funeral Director and Embalmer licenses in October of 2021.  Looking to improve her knowledge and skill in the field of funeral service, she joined the Nashville Funeral and Cremation family in August 2022.  

A homebody at heart, Jennifer enjoys reading, painting, taking long walks, and spending time with friends during her spare time.  She has a deep love for animals and has a very special, furry daughter named Cleo.  We are fortunate to have Jennifer on our team to help provide the highest quality of service possible to our families.


Sophia Rodriguez

Sophia Rodriguez

Apprentice Funeral Director & Apprentice Embalmer

Sophia Rodriguez is our current Apprentice Funeral Director and Apprentice Embalmer. She grew up not far from Nashville, in the city of Clarksville, TN where she currently lives with her husband and their three dogs. One of her fur babies, Frosty, is currently waiting for her at the end of the Rainbow Bridge. 

 

Sophia graduated John A. Gupton Mortuary College as Valedictorian of the class of 2020. Sophia is new to the funeral service industry, but we have been thoroughly impressed by the way she has immersed herself in this career field. We are excited to have the opportunity to mentor and coach her as she continues her journey toward becoming a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.

 

Sophia enjoys long naps, riding motorcycles and playing World of Warcraft. She is a big fan of horror movies, and she is well educated in special effects makeup application. It should be noted that Sophia is intensely petrified of crickets.

 

We are proud to have Sophia as a member of our team and are excited to see where her new career will lead.


Tracy Givens

Tracy Givens

Office Manager for Nashville Funeral & Cremation, Nashville Cremation Center and Tristar Cremation

Tracy is a native Southern Californian, and is new to the funeral industry, but comes as an experienced office manager. Tracy graduated with a BA from California University San Bernardino in Communications.

In her previous position, Tracy worked  as an office manager for an Adult Day Care Facility that specialized in Alzheimer’s and Dementia for Alzheimer’s of Orange County.

Tracy currently  lives in the Hermitage area with her husband Derek . They have two adult children Reagan and Kennedy and loves their fur babies ( Cat named Memphis and Golden Retriever Dog named Boudreaux).  

Early in her career, Tracy started as a TV and Film actress, but left the industry due to an unexpected illness in the family; and later perused a career as an Administrative Professional. 

We are fortunate to have Tracy as a part of our work family.


Amy Potter

Amy Potter

Family Service Counselor

Amy Potter comes to us from the casual dining industry where she managed complex services and buying categories. However, like so many, she felt she needed a change of scenery in her career. She has always had a passion for helping others and always wanted to make an impact in other people’s lives. 

 

Through the management of a family member’s final affairs, she was drawn to the funeral service industry and decided to make the leap. She has joined our team as our Family Service and Aftercare Counselor. She enjoys helping families to put their final arrangements in place and helping to educate families on all the benefits of preplanning. 

 

She is a native Nashvillian and mother to three children: Elijah, Hannah, and Evan. We are excited to have her as a member of our team.


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