Relevance Conference

Relevance Conference General Info


Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Double Tree by Hilton, 601 Walnut St, Evansville, IN 47708

Thursday, February 22, 2024
Morris Inn, 1399 N Notre Dame Ave, South Bend, IN 46617


February 19 | DoubleTree by Hilton $129 | Cutoff 2/17/24 | CLICK HERE to reserve your room or call 812-423-5002
Check-In time is 3:00pm | Check-out time is 12:00pm

February 21 | Morris Inn $149 | Cutoff 2/9/24 | CLICK HERE to reserve your room or call 800-280-7256
Check-In time is 4:00pm | Check-out time is 11:00am | CLICK HERE for parking map

CLICK HERE for Registration Brochure


Relevance Agenda

*times and order of events subject to change

7:30am    –   8:10am        Registration, continental breakfast, mingle with sponsors

8:10am    –   10:00am      Navigating the Storm Ahead        

10:00am  –   10:20am      Break

10:20am  –   12:10pm      No Time to Cry – Tales of the Grieving Mortician

12:10pm  –   1:00pm      Lunch 

1:00pm  –   2:50pm        Redefining a Good Funeral

2:50pm   –   3:10pm        Break

3:10pm    –   4:00pm       INSafe Presentation

4:10pm    –   5:00pm        Law Seminar

Times reflect location time zones

Relevance Registration

Early Bird Registration by February 9th $175 | After February 9th $225



HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS (see general info tab)

February 19 | Double Tree Evansville $129 | Cutoff 2/17/24

February 21 | Morris Inn $149 | Cutoff 2/9/24

Relevance Speakers

Ruthann Disotell

Ruthann Disotell

Founder/CEO, MemoriaLeaf

No Time to Cry – Tales of the Grieving Mortician

Ruthann Disotell is a 1975 graduate of Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in New Jersey and has worn ‘all the hats’ in this field. She has served on the Board of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, has been tapped for the inaugural Board of Pierce Mortuary Schools Alumni Association, and is regarded for her long career in funeral service as an owner, designer, and developer of new ways to serve the grieving and the industry that cares for them. She is a Life Celebrant, the director of since 2006 and is the only Certified Celebrant to offer the Service of Remembrance at NFDA. Ruthann is also the creator of the remembrance pin, MemoriaLeaf, which is now international in useage. She can be contacted at or 908-475-1711

James Fletcher

James Fletcher

Regional Sales Director/Business Performance Analyst, Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions

Navigating the Storm Ahead

James Fletcher is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and a Business Performance Analyst and Regional Sales Director for Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions. James has worked with hundreds of funeral homes across the country over the last ten years to increase their revenue per call. He is a licensed Indiana Funeral Director and now resides in Florida with his wife and three daughters.

Brad Freeman

Brad Freeman

INSafe Evansville

INSafe Presentation

Brad has worked for the Department of Labor for 17 years. His career began as an Environmental, Safety and Health Coordinator at CNS, a steel processing company in Terre Haute. In 2008, Brad came to the DOL as an industrial hygiene compliance officer, and a few years later, transferred to the INSafe division. Brad has a Bachelor Of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Indiana University School of Health, and earned his Master's in Human Resource Development at Indiana State University. Brad resides in Bloomington, IN, and conducts most consultations in Southern and Central Indiana.

Gary Hulbert, CSP

Gary Hulbert, CSP

INSafe South Bend

INSafe Presentation

Gary began his career as a Safety and Environmental Manager in the private sector before joining the Indiana Department of Labor as a compliance safety and health officer for IOSHA. After nearly two decades, Gary joined INSafe in September 2013 as a health consultant. He is a graduate of Illnois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety. He is a Certified Safety Professional. He conducts most consultations out of north-central Indiana.

Andy Clayton, CFSP

Andy Clayton, CFSP

Executive Director, Indiana Funeral Directors Association

Indiana Law Seminar

Andy Clayton, CFSP, is a second-generation licensed Indiana funeral director and current Executive Director of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.  A graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service and Indiana University, he has been actively involved in funeral service since 1991.

Andy is a Past President of IFDA, 2013-14; a past member of the Indiana State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service; past Indiana Policy Board Representative to the National Funeral Directors Association; and a lifetime Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, CFSP, through the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice since 2002.