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 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 is the Immediate Past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Jewish Family Service Agency. In 2022, Laura was appointed by Governor Sisolak to serve as one of two funeral directors on the State Of Nevada Funeral and Cemetery Services Board.
LaKeshia N. Osei Asibey
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.
Jasmine A. Perez
Born and raised in Southern California, Jasmine has always had a passion for working in the funeral industry. Later relocating to Gresham,
Oregon, she had a goal to attend Mt. Hood Community College and enroll in the Funeral Service Program. Jasmine’s first job experience in the funeral industry was at All Faiths Funeral &
Cremation Services in Austin, Texas in 2016. After gaining some work experience and confirming that the funeral industry was indeed her desired career path, she moved back to Gresham and graduated top of her class from MHCC in 2018 with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science. Jasmine received her Funeral Director and Embalmer’s license in 2019 in Portland, Oregon. She worked at Gresham Memorial Chapel for three years, serving members of her community including personal friends and family. Jasmine joined Kraft Sussman in January 2021 as a Licensed Funeral Director, bringing her small town compassion to the bustling city that is Las Vegas. Outside of work Jasmine enjoys spending time with her partner, Justin, her dog Taco Bella and her cat Luci. Her other interests include tending to her plants and traveling with Justin.
Kaylin was born and raised in Las Vegas. Kaylin had lost her sister when she was 15 years old and decided at that time, that this was going to be her career. She wanted to able to help families with loss the way her family was taken care of. She started in the funeral industry 11 years ago with another local firm doing the cosmetics for funerals. Kaylin is a licensed Crematory Technician, licensed Funeral Arranger, and also has done years of preparation and restoration for funeral services. She enjoys spending time with her son Landon and her family.
Samantha was born and raised here in Las Vegas, NV. Samantha’s interest in the funeral industry was born out of the compassionate experiences she and her family had with the loss of loved ones. Samantha graduated from the Medical Academy at Rancho High school, then earned her Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Utah University. After graduating college, Samantha began discerning the career path she was most passionate for. Samantha reached out to the Manager of Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives in Medford, OR, where she was quickly hired as a Funeral Director and Embalming Apprentice. Samantha and her family moved from Oregon to Colorado and then back home to Las Vegas, and Samantha has continued her career in the funeral services industry in each location. Samantha joined Kraft Sussman in October 2021 as a licensed Funeral Arranger. Outside of work, Samantha enjoys spoiling her daughter Maddie, dogs Orion and Beowulf, cats Moo and Oliver and bearded dragon Jane.