Wendy Kraft (WKraft@kraftsussman.com)
Wendy Kraft came to funeral service through a personal tragedy. She found that helping others who have had a loved one die was a personal calling for her. Wendy attended mortuary school in New England, prior to moving to Las Vegas. She worked for a corporate funeral home when she moved to Las Vegas, but quickly understood that the commission/bonus compensation of the corporate firms did not match her philosophy of supporting the bereaved. She had a goal of creating a funeral home where the primary goal is to serve the families of the deceased with support and compassion. Wendy is very involved in the community, serving on a number of boards and committees of various nonprofit organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, LAMBDA, Hadassah, Brandeis University Woman and a number of local synagogues. Wendy was also very instrumental in helping to start the Chevra Kadisha, a Jewish Burial Society, in Southern Nevada. Wendy is also a certified Funeral Celebrant. She is available to help you plan a meaningful service for your loved one.
Laura Sussman (LSussman@kraftsussman.com)
Laura Sussman was a nonprofit executive for nearly 25 years, prior to opening Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services. Through discussions with people who had unpleasant experiences with local funeral homes, as well as her involvement with the Chevra Kadisha, she understood the need for an alternative to the high pressure, corporate chain funeral homes in Southern Nevada. Laura is a licensed funeral director and preneed insurance agent. She is involved in a number of community organizations including TIP (Trauma Intervention Program of Southern Nevada), Jewish Family Service Agency, the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada, and a number of local synagogues. Laura currently serves on the 2019 Board of Directors as Board Chair for Jewish Family Service Agency.
Aaron Forgey (AaronF@kraftsussman.com)
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Aaron began his career serving families in funeral service in 2003, through the loss of a parent. Recognizing the need for personal care after the loss of a loved one, Aaron joined a local funeral home. As a graduate of the University of Nevada- Las Vegas, Aaron grew through many positions within that funeral home, eventually becoming manager of the funeral home. Advancing his desire to bring personal care to funeral service, Aaron joined Kraft-Sussman in June 2017 as Manager and Funeral Director, with the goal of maintaining quality care for families. Aaron prides himself on the high level of care that he, and all the staff at Kraft Sussman provide. As a licensed funeral director, Aaron manages the day-to-day operations of the funeral home in bringing honest, quality service to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Aaron is also a certified Funeral Celebrant. Aaron and his wife, Courtney, enjoy spending quality time with their three children, Caterina, Lorenzo and Alessandra; two dogs, Jack and Joe; and Cat, Jasper.
William Alexis Luque (Alexis@kraftsussman.com)
Alexis started his professional career in funeral services in 2007 in Kern County, California where he was born and raised. He moved to Las Vegas in 2010, where he continued his career. His background extends into almost all aspects of the funeral industry. He is a Licensed Funeral Arranger in Nevada, as well as a Certified Funeral Celebrant, Licensed Funeral Insurance Agent, and Licensed Crematory Operator. He found his true passion for funeral services while realizing that he enjoyed helping people through a difficult time by providing comfort and support. Alexis joined Kraft Sussman in 2019 bringing that passion with him. He enjoys being able to facilitate funeral arrangements for the families he serves by providing an excellent level of empathy and compassion. He alleviates the troubles of families by taking on the challenges which come with funeral planning. Alexis is an avid Chargers fan who truly enjoys football season. When he is not at the office, Alexis enjoys spending time with his wife, Alyssa, and his children Kylie and Alexander.
LaKeshia N. Osei Asibey (LaKeshia@kraftsussman.com)
LaKeshia was born in Oceanside, California and raised between Las Vegas, Nevada and Arlington, Texas. LaKeshia received her formal educational matriculation in Las Vegas, Nevada and Arlington, Texas Public School Systems. Her ambition for higher education led her to College of Southern Nevada (CSN), Las Vegas, Nevada, where her course studies included Psychology and American Sign Language. It was in Texas that LaKeshia first embarked in the funeral industry, when she was introduced into the field by assisting with autopsies and volunteering for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office. It was then, LaKeshia decided to answer her calling and join the “Funeral Business” and enrolled in the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services. With much hard work and dedication, Lakeshia graduated in the fall of 2019, receiving her degree in Mortuary Science. After assisting with autopsies she met Le’Ron Spencer, son of the late Gregory Spencer who recommended her work at Gregory W. Spencer’s Funeral Directors, LaKeshia spent a year at GWS Funeral Director before transferring to their sister firm, Cravens Funeral Home, in Sherman, Texas where she worked as a Provisional Funeral Director and Embalmer. It is the strong belief in the following words Mr. Cravens instilled, that ground her life and career: “Serve others before serving ourselves” and “Providing Quality Service with Personal Care”. LaKeshia joined Kraft Sussman in June 2017, as a Licensed Funeral Arranger, bringing her passion for serving others with her. LaKeshia loves spending time with her four amazing daughters Sunceree, Serenity, Janelle and Jeanette. She also enjoys painting and drawing on canvas when she has down time.
Gary Brewer (Gary@kraftsussman.com)
Gary is a licensed master's level social worker who has come to Kraft-Sussman with a passion for helping families and serving others. As Kraft-Sussman’s aftercare & advance planning advisor, he is also a licensed insurance producer, funeral arranger, and notary public. A resident of Las Vegas since early 2015, Gary enjoys life with his husband Kristopher and serving his community; particularly in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, plus (LGBTQIA+) community. Gary is a member of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Board of Governors, as well as the Las Vegas HRC Steering Committee, and uses his voice and written word to challenge the status quo, call to action, and inspire change. Gary is also involved with several other non-profits in the LGBTQIA community, and finds personal satisfaction in dedicating his life to promoting the general welfare of the world around him.
Obie joined the staff of Kraft-Sussman in 2012 as a puppy. He is the area's only licensed grief therapy dog. A hypoallergenic yorkie-poodle mix, Obie is equally comfortable with children and adults. He can usually be found lounging in the reception area, greeting visitors when they enter the office. Obie spends his leisure time visiting patients in nursing homes and hospices and hiking at Red Rock and Mt. Charleston.