Our Staff

Executive Team & Management

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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."
M. Carey Bliley
President & CEO
Carey Bliley has been helping out at Bliley's 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. Carey graduated from St. Christopher's School in 1995, and then secured his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. From there he attended the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service for his Associate's Degree in Funeral Service, graduating as the Valedictorian of his class. He has pursued two other interests almost as long as he has been helping out at Bliley's: he has been golfing since age 5 and playing the piano since age 8. He and his wife welcomed the next generation of the Bliley family in 2006, with the birth of their son.

"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."
Robert E. Brown
Chief Operating Officer
Bob Brown found his calling while still in high school, by working at a funeral home in West Point, VA. He earned his associate degree at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been with Bliley's for more than 25 years, and now manages the daily operations of Blileys. While not at work, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and two teenage sons while travelling or attending his sons' soccer and baseball games and track meets. He also is a member and Past President of The Brandermill Rotary Club.

"Every person and every family is different, and deserves individual attention. We listen carefully and help define every need, then work to meet those needs."
Alison Johnson
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."
James Barnett
Pre-Need Manager
James Barnett joined the Bliley family in 1998 after earning his degree in mortuary science from John Tyler Community College. He is dedicated to the Bliley ideals of serving bereaved families with compassion, honor and respect. James takes time to develop a personal relationship with each family he helps and works diligently to design services that meet their individual needs. James is an avid fisherman and enjoys spending time at the river with his wife and children.

"My desire is to provide every family the proper forum to grieve and to say good-bye in a way that honors their loved one and allows them to take away a good positive memory picture."
Colin Cluff
Manager – Chippenham
Colin joined the Bliley team in 1991. When Colin was growing up, 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. Colin completed his degree in Mortuary Science from John Tyler Community College. A member of the Central Chesterfield Ruritan Club, Colin serves his community as well as his clients.

"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
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. At Bliley's, 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. Arthur's wife, Tashell, also a provider of comfort and care, works as a nurse at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center. They have two beautiful children, Juanita & Jaden and are members of First Union Baptist Church in Mechanicsville.

"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"
Eric Bliley
Eric is part of the fourth generation of the Bliley family leadership. His father was the late Joseph W. Bliley, III, former President of Blileys. 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 one son. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf at every level. When time permits, he can be spotted on local golf courses with his cousin Carey Bliley. 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."

Daniel Woodfin

Manager – Central
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."

Chuck Christopher

Pre-Need Counselor

Community Outreach

Jenny Moss
Director of Community Outreach

Grief Support

Rob Hagan

Post Service Care Coordinator
After thirty years in the ministry, Rob Hagan joined Bliley's with a desire to use the counseling, teaching and public relations skills he learned as a priest to help families through difficult times in their lives. As the Post Care Service Coordinator, Rob assists families after the funeral when the sense of loss can feel overwhelming. Knowing first hand the powerful and healing benefits of relationships, Rob provides invaluable support to grieving individuals through this period in their lives. Raised in Richmond, Rob enjoys sharing his love of music with others as a singer in the Richmond Men's Chorus and the Sacred Heart Cathedral Choir.

"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."

Funeral Directors

Allen Melton
Funeral Director
Michael Williams

Funeral Director
Mike Pate

Funeral Director
Randy Duncan
Funeral Director

Sarah Smith

Funeral Director

Steve Beasley

Funeral Director
Tom Tatum
Funeral Director
William Perkins

Funeral Director
Sara Staehle Wise

Funeral Director
Kimberley St. Clair
Kimberley St. Clair

Funeral Director
Max Heinzel
Max Heinzel

Funeral Director
Stacy Beasley
Stacy Beasley

Funeral Director

Funeral Director Assistant

Jim Rivera Correa
Translator/Funeral Director Assistant
Traductor/Asistente Director Funerario

Certified Funeral Celebrant

John DeGiorgio
Certified Funeral Celebrant

Care Center Directors

Donna Harris

Care Center Director
Jennifer Watkins

Care Center Director
Tom Barrett

Care Center Director

Administrative Assistants

Lisa Anderson

Administrative Assistant
Lydia Driggers

Administrative Assistant

Carey Barnett

Administrative Assistant

Kim Kremer

Executive Assistant