“Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One”
“Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One”

Who We Are

The funeral industry today can be confusing for most, especially at a time of loss.  Lasting Tributes is there for your family to offer a solution to the traditional complicated buying process that most people are faced with at a time of loss.  Through the years we have taken the time to listen to what your needs and wants are, and have created a buying process that is simple, affordable and offers the finest of service available in the industry today. 

  • Our Valued Staff

    • Ryan Helfenbein
      Ryan Helfenbein, Owner/Certified Pre-Planning Counselor

      Ryan Helfenbein is a licensed funeral director, certified pre-planning counselor and partner in his family’s businesses Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., FHN Insurance Co., Inc. and Lasting Tributes by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Cremation and Funeral Care, P.A. As supervising mortician of Lasting Tributes, Ryan is dedicated to simplifying the funeral buying process while offering top quality service with affordable pricing for the Anne Arundel county residents. He believes that consumers should not have to pay high costs in order to receive the very best in funeral service today.

      Ryan is a familiar speaker, presenting to numerous local organizations, senior communities and state associations on a variety of topics within the death care industry. In 2008 he began writing for Outlook By the Bay Magazine, which developed into a bimonthly column called “Ask the Undertaker”, touching on common questions of the death care industry.

      Ryan graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. From there he completed his Mortuary Science degree from Catonsville Community College and later became certified as a Preplanning Counselor.

      Ryan has been married since 2002 to his wife Sarah, a long time resident of Grasonville, MD. They have three children, Luke Thomas, Chase Ryan and Emma Lynn; and a black lab named Mollie.

    • Emily Murphy
      Emily Murphy, Funeral Director

      Emily Murphy is a Midwest native. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2011, where she studied Sociology and Gerontology. She was a member of the Women’s Ice Hockey team from 2007-2011. Following her undergraduate education she attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where she completed her Associates of Applied Science degree.

    • Mary Cahill-Kindrat
      Mary Cahill-Kindrat, Tribute Specialist & Bereavement Coordinator

      Mary Cahill-Kindrat is a Tribute Specialist and Bereavement Coordinator at Lasting Tributes. She has contributed in various roles since joining Lasting Tributes in 2010. Her main role as Tribute Specialist and Bereavement Coordinator was developed for our families that have the desire for a highly personalized service time of remembrance to be shared with family and friends.

      Mary believes that every life has meaning and every family deserves the right to celebrate their
      loved one’s life. She believes that whether a family is secular, spiritual, religious, and interfaith or simply chooses to provide a time to share the story of one’s life – it is important to honor a life lived.

      Mary has worked with many families at Lasting Tributes and will spend the necessary time to work with each individual family to learn about their loved one’s life. She will facilitate a meaningful, memorable, fitting time of Shared Memories for all to be involved in.

      Mary has her degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Maryland with areas of concentration in Psychology, Gerontology and Mental Health.

      Mary resides in Glen Burnie with her husband of 36 years – Peter. They have three children and four beautiful grandchildren.

    • Amanda Williams
      Amanda Williams, Office Manager/Cemetery Superintendent

      Amanda joined the Lasting Tributes team in 2012. She was born and raised in Stevensville, Maryland, but really enjoys all that Annapolis has to offer. Throughout her life her love of dance paved the way for her to be part of a championship winning competitive team in 2004 and to teach ballet for several years after. In 2009 she graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors of Science in exercise science. In 2012 she married her high school sweetheart, Kelly and together they welcomed their first son, Aiden and in 2014 they welcomed their second son, Kaleb.

    • Vince Roussey
      Vince Roussey, CANA Certified Crematory Operator & Funeral Assistant

      With several years' experience in funeral service, Vince joined the team at Lasting Tributes in August 2013. He is a Certified Crematory Operator by the Cremation Association of North America, and is a licensed Cemeterian by the state of Maryland. Vince attended Towson University and is currently studying Mortuary Science at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. Vince enjoys kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, traveling, and Orioles baseball.

    • Tom Phillips
      Tom Phillips, Planning Counselor

      Tom Phillips was born and raised in the Delmarva area and now resides on Kent Island with his wife, Maryjoe and daughter, Caroline Phillips. Tom’s son Tristan Phillips, graduated from Kent Island High School in 2014 and in the United States Coast Guard.

      Tom joined the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newman organization in 2013 as he wanted to expand his portfolio. He has been in the Medicare Advantage and Supplement business since 2008 and has helped many seniors with their benefits . He also offers an array of life and final expense insurances along with annuities. He prides himself on building trust and relationships with his clients.

      Tom has been in martial arts for over 20 years. His passion for martial arts is evident in his children who are also heavily involved as well. Tom also loves to compete in tournaments in various states during the course of the year. He is also an officer of the Blue Lodge #128 in Denton, MD.

      Tom loves spending time at his home on the water with his family and many extended family members. He also enjoys the family pets Daphne (boxer), Dusty (cocker spaniel), Cleo (the cat).

    • Rev. Benjamin Rainey
      Rev. Benjamin Rainey, Tribute Specialist

      Rev. Benjamin Rainey is pastor of Christ Fellowship Church near Laurel, MD and an associate with Lasting Tributes. He is an ordained minister, and has been involved in local church ministry for more than 12 years in Anne Arundel County.
      Benjamin believes that a highly personalized service shows dignity to the deceased, and promotes healing for surviving friends and family. He serves families from a variety of denominational backgrounds. Benjamin’s warm and relational style puts people at ease, and provides excellent spiritual care through some of life’s most difficult circumstances.

    • Dr. Craig N. Coates
      Dr. Craig N. Coates, Senior Pastor, Fresh Start Church

      Dr. Craig N. Coates is a native Annapolitan with over 20 years of pastoring experience. He serves as the Senior Pastor at Fresh Start Church, a non-denominational fellowship in Anne Arundel County. In addition, he serves on numerous boards to include the Anne Arundel County HIV Commission and the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition. Bishop Coates holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina College of Theology. In addition, he is a licensed pastoral counselor and specializes in emotional health, managing anxiety, and grief coaching. His compassion for grieving families is evident in his unique and often humorous messages regarding life, death, and eternity.

    • Leslie Leadbeater
      Leslie Leadbeater, Funeral Concierge

      Leslie Leadbeater and her family moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1983. She has been helping families in the financial industry for over 14 years in both the Eastern Shore area and Annapolis.

      Leslie joined the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam team in August 2011. She serves as our Funeral Concierge and Planning Counselor. Leslie will walk you through the post service checklist found in your Funeral Organizer© and assist you in settling the affairs of your loved one. She is there to provide assistance with whatever concerns you may have, no matter how large or small. Leslie can also offer protection from financial hardships that often occur with the loss of a loved one through funeral trusts, life insurance, long-term care insurance, annuities and much more.

      When she’s not helping our families, she spends her time with family and friends. Leslie volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, The Waterfowl Festival in Easton and is a member of Easton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

    • Kerry Legg
      Kerry Legg, Funeral Concierge

      (Pictured is Kerry Legg with her daughter Hayden)
      Kerry Legg was raised in Queenstown, MD by her parents Tom and Penny Quimby. She is a 1999 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School where she played soccer, ran track and wrote for the high school newspaper. After High School she attended Towson University where she received her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. In 2005 she married Josh Legg of Chester, MD and in 2007 the welcomed their daughter Hayden into the world.

      Kerry joined the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam team in November of 2007. She was looking for an opportunity to be in Centreville, MD and be able to help people on a daily basis. In her position as Funeral Concierge she is a constant resource for our families assisting them with questions about their estate, grief support, banking, insurance and social security.

      When she’s not assisting FHN families Kerry enjoys spending time Josh, Hayden and their miniature dachshund Rebel at their home in Henderson, MD. She also takes pleasure in assisting our local Hospice and Queen Anne’s County High Athletic Boosters with their fundraising events.

      If you have any questions for Kerry please call her at 410-758-3987 or send her an email, kerry.legg@fhnfuneralhome.com and she will be able to assist you.