Adam J. Sanden, CPA, MBA, President
Adam J. Sanden is President of Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center and has worked in the family business since 2007. He is responsible for Controllership duties, Treasury duties, Economic Strategy and Forecasting of the business, and manages HR responsibilities for his staff of 23 employees.
Prior to joining the family business, Sanden spent 3 years in private and public accounting, most recently as an Assurance Associate at Grant Thornton, LLP in downtown Cleveland.
Adam grew up in Mentor, Ohio where he attended Lake Catholic High School. Sanden earned his BSBA in Accountancy and MBA from John Carroll University. He also attended Lakeland Community College.
Adam is actively involved in community events, and previously sat on the boards of Painesville Rotary, Leadership Lake County and The Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce. Currently, he sits on the board of Lake Health, is a member of the Citizens Financial Advisory Committee for the Mentor Public Schools, and is the Treasurer of Citizens for Lake Metroparks. He was profiled as “One2Watch” by Inside Business Magazine for his work in the community, and also received a "Top 4 Under 40" award from the Lake County Chambers of Commerce. He is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Recently, Adam has gained national attention by speaking to state Funeral Associations about best practices in the funeral industry. He has presented to associations from Florida, Illinois, and Idaho (just to name a few) where he shared his knowledge and expertise about the "business" side of the funeral industry.
Adam enjoys golfing, hunting, watching football, and spending time with family and friends. Adam resides in Mentor, Ohio with his wife Reneé, and children Leo and Cora.
Adam can be contacted at [email protected]
Nancy Brunner Sanden, Funeral Director / Partner
Nancy Brunner Sanden is a Partner at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center and has been with the company since 1975. Her days are filled with coaching and training staff, assisting and directing funerals, directing the prearrangement department, overseeing the operation at Ohio’s one-of-a-kind funeral and cremation retail store and gift shop, overseeing the reception center, conducting in-services, and directing tours of their Mentor campus. She also serves as presenter of public speaking engagements.
Nancy holds an Associate’s Degree in Business from Lakeland Community College and is a Licensed Funeral Director. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Mentor Shore Jr. High, the Friend of Education Award from Mentor Teachers Association and was inducted into the Mentor High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Lakeland Community College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2015. Nancy is a graduate of the Leadership Lake County Class of 2012 and was appointed Grand Jury Foreman in the winter of 2013.
She remains an active participant in the community and and sits on the boards of The Lakeland Foundation, The Lake Health Foundation, and The Lake County Council on Aging. She remains actively involved in Mentor Rotary, Mentor High Alumni, Lakeland Community College Alumni, Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce, Painesville Area Chamber of Commerce and St. Bede Church.
Nancy spends her personal time at her home on the shores of Lake Erie, where she enjoys water sports and quiet time on the beach. She also enjoys spending time with her two sons, Adam & Jason, both partners in the firm, and their families. She takes pride in her family owned business and the community that has supported them since 1949.
Nancy can be contacted at [email protected]
Charles (Chuck) M. Brunner, Funeral Director and Embalmer / Partner
Charles M. “Chuck” Brunner is a Funeral Director, Embalmer and Partner at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center. He has worked for the business for since 1985 meeting with families and making the arrangements for their loved ones.
Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he was awarded by the Ohio Embalmers Association a Lester W. Wakeham Award for demonstrated excellence in the combined theory and practice of embalming. He also holds an Associate of Arts degree from Lakeland Community College and is a 1983 graduate of Mentor High School.
Chuck and his wife, Roberta Milko-Brunner, have been married for over 25 years, have two children, Morgan and Nathan, and are lifelong residents of Mentor. He has been actively involved with St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Sigma NU Fraternity and has served on the board of directors for the Mentor School Foundation and the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce Board.
He enjoys cross-training and bicycling and has participated three times in the Pan-Ohio Bike Ride, a 328 mile bike ride from Cleveland to Cincinnati to support the American Cancer Society. He has also completed RAIN (Ride across Indiana), a one day 162 mile bike ride across Indiana and ODRAM (One day ride across Michigan) a 151 mile bike ride across Michigan. Chuck is an avid snow skier, and has enjoyed skiing all over the Western United States.
Chuck can be contacted at [email protected]
Jason R. Sanden, Funeral Director and Embalmer / Partner
Jason R. Sanden is a Funeral Director, Embalmer and Partner at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center and has been with the family business since 2003. He manages the sale and installation of the firm’s custom cemetery memorials, gravestones, grave markers, monuments and headstones. Jason also supervises the maintenance staff, grounds and upkeep of the company’s nearly two acre campus located in the heart of Mentor, Ohio.
Jason earned his Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science after attending Youngstown State. He is a 2000 graduate of Lake Catholic High School.
Jason enjoys spending time with friends and family and is a resident of Mentor.
Jason can be contacted at [email protected]
Brian P. Deitrick, Funeral Director and Embalmer / Partner
Brian P. Deitrick is a Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Partner at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Since joining the business in 1991, he helps in the planning and management of funeral services and cremation operations and finds it most fulfilling to be able to assist a family in honoring a loved one that has passed away.
Brian is a 1993 graduate of Mentor High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and received an Associates of Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He obtained his license as a Cremation Operator from Cremation Association of North America (CANA).
Brian has served the community with his role as a past board member and executive board member for the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce. He is currently on the committee for the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Brian enjoys sports and lives in Mentor with his wife and three daughters.
Brian can be contacted at [email protected]
Martha Brunner Deitrick, Service Representative
Martha Brunner Deitrick is a Service Representative at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Her experience with the company dates back to 1968, and today she oversees the scheduling and coordination for over 500 funerals and events that take place at the firm each year, which includes staffing, vehicle use, transfers of loved ones, body care and retail store assistance among other services. Martha also provides support during funerals, visitations and receptions.
A lifelong resident of Mentor, Martha graduated in 1968 from Mentor High School and attended Lakeland Community College. She has been involved in community activities and clubs at St. Mary of the Assumption School, Memorial Junior High School and Mentor High School.
Martha loves spending time with her five children, Brian (Jill), Mary, Anne, Joe (Lindsay) and Lucy and seven grandchildren, Kara, Emma, Cameron, Addison, Tyler, Brady and Alayna. She enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants.
Martha can be contacted at [email protected]
Jeffrey T. Hathy Jr., Funeral Director and Embalmer
Jeffrey T. “Jeff” Hathy Jr. is a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center. He is the main Embalmer for the company and is responsible for decedent care, including transferring loved ones to our funeral home. Jeff also provides a helping hand in all tasks around the Brunner Campus.
After completing his apprenticeship, he received his dual license and began work at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center in 2012. Jeff graduated from Riverside High School in 2006 and then earned an Associates of Arts degree from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. He holds an Associate of Science and Bachelors in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
At a young age Jeff was involved in small tasks around a funeral home, which sparked his interest in becoming a Funeral Director and Embalmer. Jeff volunteers and is involved in several organizations including Knights of Columbus, Our Lady’s Rosary Makers International and the Embalmers Association of Cleveland.
Jeff lives in Mentor with his wife Laura and two cats, Buddy and Jack and enjoys reading and music. He is a member of Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Cleveland.
Jeff can be contacted at [email protected]
Nick Eskew, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Nick Eskew is Funeral Director and Embalmer at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home and Cremation Center and has been in the business since 2011. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he also was Vice President of his class.
Nick planned on being a firefighter, but a project in high school changed that when he had to interview someone in a biology field. After interviewing a funeral director & embalmer, he decided to pursue a career in the funeral industry and never looked back.
Nick and his wife Kris reside in Novelty, where they enjoy working on their new home, spending time together, and spending time with their families.
Nick can be contacted at [email protected]
Jordan Stills, Funeral Director & Embalmer
Jordan Stills is a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center. She received her Associates of Science degree from Kent State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, earning her Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree. Jordan first became interested in becoming a Funeral Director at a career day in the 8th grade. She took the opportunity to work in the funeral industry since high school, learning and gaining experience to help better serve her families. Jordan resides in Conneaut with her dog, Romeo, and enjoys the outdoors and exploring new places.
Jordan can be contacted at [email protected]