Ashton Silva

Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Ashton began her love of the Forensic realm while taking extracurricular Forensic Science and Biotechnology classes in high school. After graduating with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies at the Northern Virginia Community College in 2008, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from George Mason University, accepting invitation in the Lambda Alpha National Anthropological Honor Society for academic excellence. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Ashton received a secondary Associate’s degree in Specialized Technology in Funeral Arts and Sciences, and is the recipient of the William J. Musmanno Memorial Award for achievement in the clinical setting. An only child, Ashton enjoys travelling throughout North and South America, fishing, 4-wheeling, playing the piano and zip-lining across mountainous terrain. When she is not watching one of her 500+ collection of Horror movies, she is building Legos and playing video games with her son.



Sam C.

I was born in Nebraska and raised in Germany and Virginia because I was raised in a military family. I, myself, am a two tour Army combat veteran, and I served for 11 years.

I joined the Northern Virginia Burial and Cremation Society in June of 2016, and received my crematory operator license in the spring of 2017.

I am married with three children, and I enjoy my time with them when I am not working.



Angela Stough

Angela grew up predominantly on the west coast until her family relocated to northern Pennsylvania in 2004. There she graduated high school, obtained an associate degree in specialized business, and began her career as a hairdresser. In 2015 her family moved to northern Virginia, where she met her husband and continued her love for hair. During the pandemic of 2020, her passion for hair began to fade and her interest in giving to her community began to grow.

She began working for Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home in 2021, where she developed a passion for helping people through one of the most difficult times in their lives. There she began her funeral director internship and transferred to their sister company, NVBCS in Alexandria, VA. She is currently enrolled as a student at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and will be finishing her classes in May of 2023.

She wants nothing more than to make an already difficult time as pain-free as possible for the families she serves. Compassion and empathy are extremely important to her, especially working in an industry that should require it.


Emma Watson

Emma was born and raised in Southeastern Tennessee, graduated from her home town’s high school, and also met her husband there. She then began searching for the right career path, while working full time and exploring job opportunities through job shadowing. She began working at a funeral home in Tennessee, and when her and her husband moved to Southern Maryland for his military career, her love and passion for supporting grieving families followed. She started working at NVBCS in December of 2022, and looks forward to enrolling at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science this coming fall. She strives to create a peaceful environment for families, helping them in as many ways possible, and offering the support and compassion needed during the difficult and confusing time of grief.