Meet the 2017 Mentors! Get ready to receive expert advice, ideas and knowledge from these leaders in funeral service!
President, Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory
James E. “Jimmy” Altmeyer Jr. is president of Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory in Virginia. He graduated from Villanova University in 1988 with a bachelor of arts degree. In 1989, Altmeyer graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with an associate degree in mortuary science. He and wife Jocelyn have two sons and a daughter.
Co-owner, Luce, Luze & Reck Funeral Homes
Tiffany A. Hofer, CFSP, earned an associate of art degree from Mt. Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota, and served part of her apprenticeship at Kostel Funeral Home. She then attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in mortuary science. In 2004, Hofer served the remainder of her apprenticeship at Luce Funeral Home, and in 2006, with her sister, Mandy Luikens, purchased Luce, Luze & Reck Funeral Homes of Gettysburg, Faulkton, Eagle Butte, Miller and Highmore, South Dakota. She also currently serves as the Hand, Faulk and Potter counties’ deputy coroner and as Hyde County coroner. She is a member of NFDA, the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association and Selected Independent Funeral Homes.
Owner, Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service
James "Jimmy" M. Olson is one of the industry's foremost experts in the area of green and natural burial and services. He is a first-generation funeral director who owns and operates Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Olson is an educator on green burials, chair of the NFDA Green Burial Workgroup, chair of the NFDA Pursuit of Excellence program and serves as an NFDA spokesperson. He has traveled around the world educating funeral homes and directors – and consumers – about natural burials, cremation, innovative marketing and funeral home and crematory management.