History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Our HistoryRestland Funeral Home & Memorial Chapel
Restland Funeral Home was built in 1957, and a 30,000-square-foot, full-service facility, capable of assisting families both locally and throughout the world. The funeral home includes 22 staterooms and a 250-seat chapel.
Restland was founded in 1925. In 1935, George Young was named general manager. Six years later, he acquired full ownership of the cemetery. He developed Restland as a beautifully landscaped park with the utilization of in-ground memorial markers. Restland Memorial Park has had over 125,000 interments/entombments and has over 300,000 property owners.
Restland Cemetery contains in excess of 375 acres, with additional acreage available for future expansion. The park features include Wildwood Chapel, the Abbey Mausoleum and Chapel, and the Chapel Gardens Mausoleum. Special sections have been developed for veterans, babies and various religions. The magnificent Whispering Waters includes a mausoleum and garden located on the southwest corner of the cemetery. At Restland Cemetery, we offer many types of unique and personalized options to commemorate the lives of loved ones and to help ensure that legacies will endure for generations to come. Whether your preference is in-ground interment, mausoleum entombment or a memorial choice specific to cremation, we have selections ranging in price and style to accommodate your needs.
Our Valued Staff
Mike Day, General Manager of Cemetery Operations
Mike began his career in the funeral industry in 1989 as a part time funeral assistant in his hometown. He attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and graduated and became licensed in 1992. Mike and his wife have 3 children. He attends the First United Methodist Church and enjoys fishing, hunting, golf, camping and spending time with his family and friends.
John Bokas, General Manager
John has been helping families make funeral and cemetery arrangements since 1991. A graduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, John has served communities in Akron and Cleveland, Ohio before coming to join the team at Restland of Dallas. John resides with his wife and children in Plano.
Thomas DeLozier, Sales Manager
Jennifer Tate, Office Manager
Jenn has been in the funeral industry since 2011. She takes pride in helping our family service counselors and directors give our families the utmost guidance and comfort in their time of need. In her spare time Jenn enjoys reading and the outdoors, but her favorite times are spent with her husband and “fur babies”.
Randy Keith Stroud, Care Center Manager
Randy Stroud joined the Restland team in 1981. He grew up in Levelland, TX where he attended South Plains College. He moved to Dallas in 1979 where he enrolled at the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. After beginning his career in funeral service, he co-authored, “FROM ALPHA TO OMEGA IN THE PREPARATION AREA”. Several years later he authored another instructional booklet on restorative art. Randy lives in Allen, TX, enjoys cooking and spending quality time camping in the Piney Woods of East TX.
Cory Morris, Cemetery Manager
Cory attended Texas Tech University, and began his career in Funeral and Cemetery Service in 1996. He and his wife, Talana, have two boys, Preston and Garret. Cory enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and watching his boys play college baseball.
Mike Wilfong, Director of Business Development & Community Outreach Coordinator
Mike started working for his local funeral home at the age of 16, washing cars, mowing the lawn, and helping the funeral director with services after school and on weekends. He later lived and worked at a funeral home in the Dallas area as a way to pay his way through college, eventually earning his Master's in Business from the University of Texas at Arlington and becoming a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Mike has become a student of cultures and faiths and their roles in funeral customs and traditions, helping the Restland team improve service quality. He has two children, Hannah and Chase, and enjoys spending time reading, walking the trails around the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and the Texas Rangers.
Brian Taylor, Regional Director of Administration
Brian Taylor began his career in the funeral and cemetery industry in 1998. He received his Business Degree from the University of Louisiana and is also a military veteran. Brian is married to Amy and they are blessed with 3 children. He and his family are active members of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Plano, TX. Brian enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, the outdoors and Cajun cooking.
Kirk Taylor, Director of Career Development
Kirk began his career in Restland as a Family Service Counselor in 1994 and has had an extraordinary career helping families through his dedication and passion to serving their needs in cemetery and pre-selection of their funeral choices. Kirk has served as an Area Sales Manager, a Family Service Manager, and VP of sales. He spent a portion of his early career with Restland, returning in 2012 in his current role. Kirk attended the Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma, and lives in Allen where he and his family are active members of Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church. Kirk’s passion is to help other’s Dream, Achieve, Celebrate and Repeat. He sings with the Gospel group HATZ and loves gardening, western art, photography and Health and Wellness coaching. He is blessed with 2 grown children, 4 grandchildren and a loving pair of Parents. For career connection, please link with Kirk at LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirk-taylor-84375337
Chuck Heatherly, Assistant Office Manager
Chuck Heatherly, born in Kansas, raised in northeast Oklahoma before moving to the Dallas metroplex in 1981. I have worked in various aspects in the petroleum industry and financial institutions, with the past ten years in the funeral industry. Throughout my career, my main focus has always been to strive for excellence in customer service. When not in the office, I enjoy short trips, working in the yard and occasional leisure trips to various camping facilities.
Lynette Cordova, Sales Assistant
Amie Dean Douglas, Assistant Chapel Location Manager
Amie grew up in the funeral business in Lancaster, TX. She is a third generation funeral director with 16 years of licensed experience in the industry. She has been at Restland for 10 years. Amie graduated from Lubbock Christian University with a degree in English and obtained her funeral director’s license after attending Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. She enjoys photography & scrapbooking, music & singing, watching baseball &, football and is an avid golf fan.
Jessica Jochim, Assistant Office Manager
Jessica joined the Restland administration team in 2015. She is a graduate of Amberton University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Relation and Business. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family.
Jon Sorbel, Assistant Chapel Location Manager
Jon has been a licensed funeral director for 27 years and has been at Restland for 4 years. Jon received his bachelor’s degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota. He has 2 children and enjoys golf, running and spending time with family and friends.
Deric C Walker, Assistant Chapel Location Manager
Deric attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he received his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service in 1993 and Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management in 1995. He relocated from Illinois and has been at Restland since March 2015. He and his wife Alethea have four children and one grandson. He is a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. and enjoys basketball, football, bowling and spending time with family and friends.
Brad Thome, Cemetery Superintendent
Brad began his career in cemetery operations in 2006, and is a native of Iowa. He has been with Restland since 2007. Brad enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and is an avid sports fan!
Anne Harduk, Family Service Supervisor
Anne and her husband, Steve, are recent transplants to the Nashville area. They have five grown children and two grandchildren. Anne began her career in the funeral and cemetery industry in 2009 and has helped thousands of families to protect their loved ones by planning ahead for life's worst day. She is excited to join the team at Spring Hill and continues serving the families of Nashville and the surrounding communities.
I chose this profession because I love to help people plan ahead to remove as much stress from their families as possible and to care for them as they walk through the planning and grieving process
James Peavey, Licensed Funeral Arranger
James served, previously, as a licensed Assembly of God pastor having studied Pastoral Ministry through the Global University of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, MO. He began work in the funeral industry in 2005. He graduated from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston and became a licensed director in 2009. James has been with Restland for three years and brings with him a small-town charm and values. He considers it a privilege and his passion to serve families in their greatest time of need. He has a beautiful girlfriend, Kim, and two gorgeous daughters, Shawna Kaye and Krystan Meshelle.
Bill Rice, Licensed Funeral Arranger
Bill has been in the funeral industry for 55 years and licensed for 52 years. He has been at Restland for 8 years. Bill is involved with the Mason’s, the Shriner’s, Scottish Rite, and Kiwanis Club. He also served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years. Bill enjoys golf in his spare time.
Carolyn Roberson, Licensed Funeral Arranger
Carolyn has been a funeral director and embalmer since 2007. She received her B.S. degree in Institution Management from Grambling State University in 1978, then later in 2006, an Associate degree from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Carolyn is of the Baha’i Faith and enjoys spending quality time with her family, cycling, reading, and the Texas Rangers.
David McCoy, Licensed Funeral Arranger
David has been a licensed funeral director for 34 years. He has been at Restland for 32 years. He attended Abilene Christian University and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. David is a member of the Rowlett Lions Club and Eastridge Park Christian Church of Mesquite. He is active in the church choir, enjoys sports, the Texas Longhorns, and spending time with family and friends.
Jim Pool, Licensed Funeral Arranger
Jim has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1964. He worked at Restland from 1969 until 1977, and returned in 1993 to continue helping families. Jim attended Gaston High School before serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and then attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Jim is a member of the First Baptist Church in Richardson.
Jim is a member of the First Baptist Church in Richardson, and sings in the Goldenaires Senior Adult Choir. He enjoys traveling with his wife, Carmen, and spending time with his family.
Lisa Gibson, Licensed Funeral Arranger
Lisa has been helping families plan their final tributes at Restland since 2002, and has been a licensed funeral director since 1984. Lisa attended the Pillow Academy in Mississippi, Delta State University, and the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. She is a member of the Narrow Trail Cowboy Church, Chuck wagon Cook Team, the Richardson Bowling League, and volunteers at City Place. Lisa enjoys cooking, bowling, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.
Ray Griffin, Licensed Funeral Arranger
Ray has been in the funeral industry for 42 years with the last 6 being at Restland. He received his bachelor’s degree in mortuary science from the University of Central Oklahoma. Ray is a member of Cross Timbers Community Church. He enjoys golfing, watching O.U. Football, and spending time with his family.
R'Netta McDowell, Licensed Funeral Arranger
R’Netta has been a licensed funeral director for 7 years. She has been at Restland for 8 years. R'netta attended Temple College in Temple, TX and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. She has been a member of 100 Black Women of Funeral Service for 8 years. R’Netta enjoys music, reading, shopping, watching basketball and spending time with her family.
Robert Stephens, Licensed Funeral Arranger
Robert joined the team at Restland in 1999, and has been helping families in funeral service since 1986. He attended Big Spring High School and the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He and his wife, Cindy, are members of the FiveStone Church of Garland. Robert enjoys riding his bike, working out, and spending time with his wife, his three children and four grandchildren. He is an avid San Antonio Spurs Fan!
Carolyn Morris, Administrative Assistant
Harbin Osteen, Staff Associate
Daniel Cummings, Family Service Counselor
Fabian Vargas, Family Service Counselor
Jessica Peck, Clerical Administrative Specialist
Nicole Coleman, Floral Staff
Michael Thompson, Community Service Counselor
Martha Denise Glover, Community Service Counselor
Brandon Cirilo, Community Service Counselor
Raea Rios, Community Service Counselor
Laura Nelson, Community Service Counselor
Hiyab Gebreyesus, Community Service Counselor
Brandon Everett, Community Service Counselor
Ethan Wood, Community Service Counselor
Kenneth Eckwert, Community Service Counselor
Kathy Pena, Funeral Administrative Specialist
Jennifer Walls, Funeral Director
Jennifer is a caring person whose compassion defines her to the core. Since graduating from the University of Texas at Austin and the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services, she has devoted her life to serving families of many different cultures and faiths in their time need. More than two decades later, her career is still very much her calling. Having experienced her own losses has made Jennifer’s approach to guiding families even more personal. She is honored to help create individual celebrations of life. Jennifer is passionate about indigent Veterans Affairs. She is a mother of two who loves the outdoors (especially snow skiing and scuba diving) and has recently discovered the joys of sewing.
Pamela Pontbriand, Customer Service Specialist
David Lyles, Customer Service Specialist
Chuck Welyczko, Licensed Funeral Arranger
Chuck has been a licensed funeral director for 7 years. He has been at Restland part-time for 4 years. Chuck attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He works full time for American Airlines. Chuck enjoys target shooting and spending time with his wife and 2 sons.
Donald Shinn, Licensed Funeral Arranger
Donald D Shinn has been licensed as a funeral director since 2002, spending the last 2 years at Restland. He attended the University of Missouri in Kansas City, MO, and the Dallas Institute of Funeral Science. Donald has a unique dedication to his chosen profession and takes pride in assisting families plan a meaningful celebration for their loved one’s lives. In his free time, Donald enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the world traveling with his family.
Steve Shevlin, Licensed Funeral Arranger
Steve has been a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer since 2004 after graduating from The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in Pittsburgh Pa. Prior to that he spent 23 years on active duty in the United States Air Force.
He and his wife Michele have 2 grown children and are also currently the proud parents of 2 Maltese girls. Steve enjoys all sports (especially the Washington Redskins) and classic rock music.
Jeffrey Hand, Community Service Supervisor
Dede Nofziger, Community Service Counselor
Jacob Wilkerson, Community Service Counselor
Patricia Cardwell, Community Service Counselor
Bruce Bowman, Community Service Counselor
Loc Tran, Community Service Supervisor
Loc Tran began his career helping families pre-plan in January of 2013 and has become known throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area for his hard work, dedication and connections with the Vietnamese Communities. He was a publisher and editor of a local Vietnamese weekly newspaper for 20 years (1990 - 2010), and attended Richland College and the University of Texas at Dallas, studying Marketing and Political Science. He attends the Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Church in Garland and enjoys exercise, singing, playing his guitar and spending time with his family and friends. He loves making new friends and believes that ''a friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.'' (Douglas Pagels)
Wai Lp, Community Service Counselor
Dora Baeza, Community Service Counselor
Sue Kang, Community Service Counselor
Antonina Lowe, Community Service Counselor
Jenae McKinzie, Staff Associate
Steven K. Berning, Staff Associate
Monica Abrom, Staff Associate
James Wilson, Staff Associate
Brian J McGauley, Staff Associate
Kenneth Swearingen, Staff Associate
Donald L Miller, Staff Associate
Don was born and raised in Dallas, TX and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He is retired from the Dallas Police Department and has remained active in the law enforcement community since retiring. He is married to his wife, Nancy and has two grown children, Patricia and Ryan. In his spare time, Don enjoys spending time with his grandson, Miller.
Harry Hall, Staff Associate
Danny A Darst, Staff Associate
Richard Dodge, Staff Associate
Kieana Carson, Embalming Supervisor
Kieana Carson has been in the funeral industry for over 15 years. She began her career at Restland Funeral Home in 2001. She is a graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 2003. Kieana enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and shopping when time permits.
Regina Reed, Funral Director & Embalmer Apprentice
Neadra L Isaac, Director & Embalmer Apprentice
Neadra grew up in Desoto, TX and graduated from Desoto High School in 2010 and then attended Cedar Valley Community College. She began her journey at Restland Funeral Home in September 2015 and completed her studies at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in November 2015. She will be completing her funeral service internship at Restland Funeral Home. She has not been in her chosen profession very long but her proudest moments have been meeting the needs of families with care, comfort and concern.
Randle Chambers, Embalming Apprentice
Originally from Wortham, TX. Being the eldest of six children, he strives to be a great example for his younger siblings. After graduating from high school in 2014, he swiftly entered mortuary school in Dallas and completed the course the following year. He has served as the music director and pianist at his home church since 2008 in Mexia, TX. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to gospel music, going to church, playing piano and being surrounded by family and friends.
Caroline Hevener, Embalmer
Caroline is native of Virginia who moved to Dallas in 2011. She graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2014. She enjoys spending time with her family and dogs.
Cornell Spradling, Embalmer
Emily "Grace" Hallgarth, Embalmer
Christopher Virgona, Embalmer
William Rusty Davis, Embalmer
Rusty Davis was born and raised in the Dallas metropolitan area. A graduate of Mesquite High School, he worked for 25 years as a private investigator for several insurance companies and law firms. Turning his attention to serving others, Rusty attended and graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2006; where he served as the President of the Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity and was the recipient of the William Pierce Award for his class.
Rusty has served his community in various capacities in the funeral industry with compassion and integrity; his focus always on caring for those who have lost a loved one to the best of his ability.
Rusty has been married to Tami Davis for 32 years and has four children and five grandchildren.
Christopher Ferguson, Embalmer
Chris has been with Restland for 6 years and is currently the manager of our care center. He attended Western Hills High School, US Army Basic Training, US Army Air Defense 14T School, and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Chris is a member of Keysi Fighting Method since 2008 and enjoys anime, drawing, reading, martial arts, motorcycles, Pontiac Trans Ams, video games and movies.
Toni Noble, Embalmer
Toni Nobel began her career at Restland in 1999. She is dedicated to assisting families in their time of need. In her spare time he likes to exercise and play golf. Toni is an avid golfer and has won several trophies.
Mindy Lyons, Embalmer
Allyson Mankin, Embalmer
Shannon Galantay, Embalmer
Shannon has been with Restland since 2014 and is a graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. She loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys to cook and read.
Jerome Speikes, Funeral Director
Jerome is a 2012 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He began his career with Restland Funeral Home in March 2013 as a provisional funeral director and became a licensed funeral director in August 2014. He is married to his wife, Annette and has 2 adult sons. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, volleyball and spending time with his wife.
Ryan S Escobar, Funeral Director
Ryan has been a funeral director for some years now and provides the upmost service to every family that he privileged to serve. Hailing from a small town in West Texas, Ryan's values and moral ethic were bestowed upon him by his parents and his Catholic faith, providing him with a solid foundation for helping family's during the most difficult times. Upon discovering a knack for music, he moved and attended school in Waco, TX, where his trust in God ultimately brought him to the funeral industry. He is very thankful for the knowledge and experienced learned as a funeral director, while working under Dr. Jim Moshinskie, at OakCrest Funeral Home, where he spend several years helping the families of Mclennan County. As God would have it Ryan met a girl that lived in Dallas, that he couldn't shake even if he wanted to finally bringing him to Dallas. He now brings his experience, strength, and personal caring touch here to Restland, to serve the families of the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex. We are very glad to have him be apart of the Restland family and hope that you find comfort in his service and care.
Mattie L Williams, Funeral Director
Mattie has been in the funeral industry since 1996, graduating from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1997. Mattie is dedicated to helping families in their time of need. When she is not assisting families, she’s spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends.
Laura Cooksey, Funeral Director's Assistant
Don Young, Funeral Assistant
Don has been helping families here at Restland since 2008. Don comes to us from the City of Dallas Police Department where he started in 1963, retiring in 2000 after 37 years of dedicated service.
Gary Gamble, Funeral Assistant
Bill Goodall, Funeral Assistant
Bill has been at Restland since 2000, and has worked in the funeral service since 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, and worked in Finance and Banking Management for a number of years. Bill is married to his wife, Linda, and has three children and six Grandchildren. They are members of the Baptist Church. He is Past Exaulted Ruler of the Elk’s Lodge, and is an Avid Sports Fan.
Frank Gruber, Funeral Assistant
Frank is a native Texan born in Dallas, TX. He worked in purchasing for 40 years; employed by Haggar Clothing Company, Primeco, Kellwood Company and American Ordnanace. After retiring in 2005, Frank became a part time funeral assistant at Restland. Frank has three great children and four loving grandchildren. He enjoys golf, fishing and working with his church in his free time. Working with people in their time of loss has been very rewarding and fulfilling for him.
Larry Froning, Funeral Associate
Donald Smith, Funeral Associate
Charles Swick, Funeral Assistant & Receptionist
Charles Gibbs, Funeral Assistant & Receptionist
Cletha Silas, Receptionist
Nancy Lynne Askew, Receptionist
I came on board with Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery November 2014. I started as a Family Service Counselor. There was an opening at the front desk and I changed over.
I enjoy assisting our families especially the ones that have lost a spouse. I lost my beloved husband in January 2013. I have one precious daughter and a 13 year old grandson. I attend all his sports functions. I work on Sunday’s in my Church Bookstore at Prestonwood Baptist Church. I enjoy hanging with my grandson, working in my yard and reading.
Bassett Owens, Customer Service Specialist
Bassett has been with Restland since 2014. He is a proud graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Bassett is a retired District Manager with AT&T. In his spare time, he loves to read and spend time at his family farm in East Texas.
Aline Graham, Receptionist
Aline came to Restland in 2010 after 28 years of rearing and home schooling five sons with her husband, Bob. Prior to that she had worked for Texas Instruments having graduated from University of MO at Rolla with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Math. In addition to working at the front desk, she enjoys travel, gardening, sewing and several Bible study groups.
Gwen Smith, Receptionist
After receiving her BS and MS from Texas A&M University-Commerce, formerly East Texas State University, Gwen began her 30-year career as Administrative Secretary to the Dean of Minority Affairs and ended as Director of Intercultural Services and Greek Life. Nearing her retirement, she became Owner/Co-Manager of Pacific Grill Restaurant in Downtown Dallas, TX. She later managed Game Day Operations and was Office Administrator for the Texas Tycoons, American Basketball Association of Ft. Worth and Dallas, TX. Gwen finally pursued her passion of working in the Funeral Home Industry greeting and serving families in their time of need. She has been with Restland 7 years and works part-time as Day and Evening Receptionist. Her enjoyment includes spending as much time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren Austin and Kailyn.
Earma Bowens, Receptionist
Earma has been with Texas Instruments for thirty six years and four years with Restland. She loves to sew, cook for all occasions and exceed expectations in serving others. When not working, Earma spends quality time with her family.
Doris Taylor, Receptionist
Doris began working for Restland in May, 2007. She received her Master's Degree from Texas Woman's University. When not working, Doris enjoys traveling and being with family.
Juana Carolina Perez Contreras, Rembrandt Florist
Chad Ulrich, Floral Administrative Specialist
Patti Chiarello, Florist
Lynn Gordon, Florist
Barbara Payne, Floral Shop Manager
David Fridley, Florist
Diane Averitt, Florist
Ricky Douthit, Floral Assistant
Lawrence Powell, Fleet Caretaking Specialist
Mario Rodriguez, PreArrangement Sales Specialist
Grace Lee, Prearrangement Sales Specialist
Andrew Riordan, Family Service Supervisor
Anna Bang, Family Service Counselor
Marcus Norman, Family Service Counselor
Philip Riegel, Family Service Counselor
Richard Molina, Family Service Coordinator
Tammy Smith, Family Service Counselor
Anna Kim, Family Service Counselor
Jesse Crowe, Family Service Counselor
Richard Ainsworth, Family Service Counselor
Ardith Wagley II, Family Service Counselor
Brenda Weiss, Family Service Counselor
Janice Demus, Family Service Counselor
David Barrow, Family Service Counselor
Gary Morehouse, Family Service Counselor
Andrew Moss, Family Service Supervisor
David Turnblad, Family Service Supervisor
Judy Campbell, Family Service Counselor
Linder Criss, Family Service Counselor
Patrick Moore, Family Service Counselor
Melody Kelley, Family Service Counselor
Deborah Favors, Family Service Counselor
Deborah Beck, Family Service Counselor
Jordan Parr, Family Service Counselor
Jordan is an experienced Family Service Counselor, having spent five years as a Counselor and Manager at several funeral homes and cemeteries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In addition, he is an ordained rabbi, with a special outreach to the Jewish community in the Metroplex. Jordan received his rabbinic Ordination, Master's Degree and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio after earning a Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Jordan is married and the father of two daughters. In his spare time, he likes to read, take in a movie and enjoy rooting for his beloved Michigan Wolverines and Detroit Tigers. He'd like to cheer the Cowboys but finds it increasingly difficult.
Rosa Woodard, Trust Administration
Rosa enjoys helping families at Restland by helping ensure prepaid funeral arrangements are compliant with regulatory and audit requirements. Rosa started her working career in the banking industry and several years later, she went to work for a major soft drink bottler. Rosa has also been a licensed real estate agent. She has been a member of the Restland team for a number of years.
Angelia Moore, Customer Service Specialist
Jennifer Hannon, Telemarketer
Deloy McCormack, Crematory Operator
DeLoy has been employed in funeral service and with Restland since 1993. He is a graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. DeLoy is a licensed funeral director, embalmer and is also a certified crematory operator. He served in the Care Center at Restland as a embalmer until February 2006 in which he received the opportunity to transition to Restland Crematory and has fulfilled the role of crematory operator from that time forward. DeLoy has a wife, Beth, two children and grandchildren. He enjoys reading, woodworking, fishing, camping and spending time outdoors in nature.
Crystal Carter, Crematory Operator
Crystal (Cris) Carter is a Dallas native but moved to Houston, TX to attend Texas Southern University where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Health Education, minoring in Biology. In 2012 she graduated from the Commonwealth Funeral Institute in Houston. She joined the Restland team in 2013. Her hobbies include sports, music and showing kindness to everyone.
Robert Meisels, Sales Administration
Diana Elhard, Property Compliance
Diana has been with Restland for 17 years in 2016, first as a Family Service counselor and later as an administrator. She is a former British Royal Air Force officer, who has lived in England, Cyprus and Germany before the United States. Family and friends are her priority, but she enjoys history, travel, the opera, the theatre, walking and watching several sports, especially professional cycling.
Geneva Jones, Assistant Supervisor
Geneva has been in the funeral industry for five years and three years with Restland. She is very diverse in her administrative duties, and says, “Giving Best in Class service to our families and arrangers is my number one objective” Geneva is a big Dallas Cowboys fans and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Jasmine Wynn, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Lori Holloway, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Taylor McCormick, Clerical & Admininistrative Specialist
Kara L Adams, Clerical & Admininistrative Specialist
Kara has been in the customer service industry since 2010 and joined the Restland team in 2015. Kara is originally from Sulphur Springs but now resides in the Dallas area. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and friends and getting to know people. The Texas Rangers are her favorite team and she loves dancing.
Shanika Thompson, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Shanika has been a part of the Restland family since 2002. She left in 2014 to pursue other opportunities but returned home in Jan 2016. She has a husband and 3 young boys; ages 3, 7, and 12. She loves spending time with her family & friends, traveling and helping people in need. Shanika is a youth leader at her church as well as an usher. She enjoys the simple things in life!
Constance King, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Connie has been in the cemetery/funeral profession since 1996 as a Director of Sales for multiple locations, a Family Service Counselor and the head of a department at Restland. She enjoys the families that she serves and always gives them "Best in Class" service.
Kimberly D Wolfe, Customer Service Specialist
Kim Wolfe began working at Restland Funeral home in April of 2015 in the scheduling office better where she and the Restland Team care for families upon the first initial call that death has occurred. She has been in the funeral industry since 2000. She has recently obtained her ordained minister certification and her heart is working with bereaved families. She received her certification for grief facilitator in 2010 and enjoys her coaching approach to healing in order to move forward in the grief journey avoiding getting stuck along the way. Kim specializes in widow/widowers and child loss. She has three beautiful daughters and four fabulous grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, especially to the Gulf Coast and enjoys long walks on the sandy shores for solitude, horses are her healing agents, and she particularly enjoys spending quality time with family and close friends.
Mark Dillow, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Mark graduated from Stephen F Austin State University in 1980 with a degree in Marketing and Operations Management. He spent 29 years as a Project Manager, Systems, Business, Data Base Analyst and Sales Associate for Xerox, Lomas & Nettleton, JCPenney and Frito Lay. He took a couple of years off to teach history and political science for Mesquite and Forney ISD. He entered the funeral industry in 2012 as a Family Service Counselor for Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas and moved to Laurel Land in 2014 as a Sales Operation Associate. He has been with Restland since March in Internment Scheduling. As a former ice hockey player he is a big Dallas Stars fan and spends as much time as he can with his daughter Rebecca, her husband Dennis and his grandson James.
Tiffany Finley, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
What’s interesting about Tiffany is that her Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing lead her to the funeral home industry. She yearned for a meaningful career, one that would allow her to give and not just market goods. As destiny would have it, an opportunity became available and she has been giving to families in their time of need in a way that is VERY fulfilling. She started in sales then fell in love with the administering because she loves to serve others. When she is not serving families, she is spending time with her family and as time permits, doing her favorite hobby which is sitting in her big comfy chair, dozing off in front of the heater as she reads.
Ruben Pina, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Ruben has been with Restland for 15 years in 2015. He enjoys working in the mail room and all the people he gets to interact with. In his spare time Ruben likes to help people, spend time with his wife, family, and friends.
Sheila Chandler, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Sheila has been in the funeral/cemetery industry for 29 years, the last 24 years with Restland. Sheila has a vast knowledge of the day to day operations of the cemetery. She takes pleasure in taking care of the needs of the families we serve and strives to treat each and every family just as she would want to be treated. Sheila enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as swimming and going to the Gulf of Mexico.
Megan Costello, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Megan Costello has worked at Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery for almost four years. She works as an administrative assistant in a variety of positions. Megan has an eight year old son and they live in Frisco, Texas. She enjoys spending time with her son and her two dogs, Kassi and Winter.
Amanda Morris, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Amanda joined the Restland team in September of 2014. After watching her mom work in the industry since she was little, she grew a passion for helping the families at their time of need. She is currently studying criminal justice, with the goal to one day follow in her dad’s footsteps of becoming a law enforcement officer. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and 4 fur babies.
Annette Payne, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Annette has been in the funeral industry since 2007. She has many administrative duties and takes pride in every one of them. Always willing to go above and beyond. In her spare time she enjoys playing volleyball, table tennis, and enjoying her family and pets.
Charles Clark, Clerical & Administrative Specialist
Charles began at Restland working in the Records Management Center. Later he became a part of the Property Setup Team. Currently, he’s a member of the Trust Department and performs funeral trust duties for Restland, San Jacinto and South Park funeral homes.
LaTosha Stewart, Clerical & Administrative Assistant
LaTosha acquired a sincere interest in the funeral service industry once her great grandfather passed away. Immediately after high school, she attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, graduating in 1995 to, in turn, becoming a licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, servicing families as such for 4 years. In 1999, she slowly transitioned into administration and exceled, taking servicing families and customers to the level of supporting from a financial, accounting and resource aspect. LaTosha enjoys health & fitness, staying active for her 2 children.
Earl Jones Jr, IT Technician
Alicia Gonzalez, Housekeeping
Tina Chapman, Housekeeping
Tina enjoys being around people. She has many jobs in front of people including fast food, women's retail, child care, and elderly care. She has been with Restland as a housekeeper since April 2014.
Clara Munez, Housekeeping
Clara has been with Restland since 2004. She takes great pleasure and pride in making sure the funeral home is a place of cleanliness and comfort. Clara dedicates her time and energy to assist our families in any way possible. When not at work, Clare enjoys spending time with her children and her precious grand-baby.
Maria Quintanilla, Housekeeping
Miescha McGregor, Memorial Foreman
Robert Smith, Cemetery Caretaker Mechanic
Frank Duran, Facility & Grounds Maintenance
Clint Alford, Cemetery Maintenance
Roberto Gonzalez, Cemetery Caretaker
Elpido Munoz, Cemetery Caretaker
Emilio Galan, Cemetery Caretaker
Alejandro Melandez, Cemetery Caretaker
Juvencio Ortiz, Cemetery Caretaker
Fredy Moreno, Cemetery Caretaker
Ismael Segovia, Cemetery Caretaker
Rudy Lozano, Cemetery Caretaker
Bonifacio Najera, Cemetery Caretaker
Jose Campos, Cemetery Caretaker
Juan Munoz, Cemetery Caretaker
Zacaris Medina, Cemetery Caretaker
Manuel Rodriguez, Cemetery Caretaker
Jose Torres, Cemetery Caretaker
Roberto Gonzalez Jr, Cemetery Caretaker
Cecilio Mireles Vera, Cemetery Caretaker
Joshua Taylor, Cemetery Caretaker
Shawn Payne, Cemetery Caretaking
Cooper Jakubec, Cemetery Caretaker
Filemon Najera, Cemetery Caretaker
Jose M Duran, Cemetery Caretaker
Louis Rocha, Cemetery Caretaking
Eleuterio Larez, Cemetery Caretaker
Javier Cabral, Cemetery Caretaker
Eduaudo Nava, Cemetery Caretaker
Inquiries should be directed as below. All complaints must be in writing.
Concerning Prepaid Contracts or Perpetual Care Cemeteries:
Texas Department of
2601 N. Lamar, Austin, Texas 78705
1-877-276-5554 (toll free)
Concerning the Funeral Service or Funeral Director:
Texas Funeral Service
P.O. Box 12217, Austin, Texas 78711
1-888-667-4881 (toll free)
Inquiries should be directed as below. All complaints must be in writing. Concerning the Prepaid Contract: Texas Department of Banking, 2601 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78705; 1-877-276-5554 (toll free); www.dob.texas.gov.