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Our Team


Our staff is comprised of professionals with a broad depth of funeral and cremation experience.  We are dedicated to helping direct you through this stressful and difficult time. We will answer all your questions regarding your options for funeral and cremation services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Philip J. Zehms

Philip J. Zehms

General Manager and Funeral Director

Phil has been in Funeral Service since 1998 and has had a variety of experiences in Pre-Arranged and Immediate Need Funeral and Cemetery Services including burial and cremation services as well as Pet Services. In all areas Phil focuses on tailoring the services to meet the families financial and service needs. His favorite part of funeral service is getting to meet so many interesting people and helping them create services that reflect a life well lived.

Phil earned two bachelor degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Go Tigers!!) and is a licensed Funeral Director in both Ohio and Missouri. Phil also earned his cremation certification from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and Matthews Cremation; and is a member of other professional organizations including the Associated Cemeteries of Missouri (ACM); where he serves as Secretary, National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) and is a past member of the Pet Loss Professional Alliance (PLPA).

Phil is originally from the St. Louis, Missouri area. He moved to Kansas City in 2014; he is an avid volunteer spending a great deal of time as the President Elect of the Gladstone Rotary Club, an active member of both the Smithville and the Northland Chambers of commerce, the 
northland Breakfast Club; he is on the board of the Miss Zona Rosa Scholarship Pageant; which is part of the Miss America system and a variety of other activities during the year. He especially enjoys using his skills as an Emcee to enhance any event. When he is not working or volunteering, Phil enjoys reading, running and playing golf.


Mathew P. Forastiere

Mathew P. Forastiere

Vice President, Operations – Kansas & Missouri

Mathew is a fourth generation funeral director and embalmer. He began his career as a young boy working alongside his father and uncle at Forastiere Family Funeral Homes in Springfield, MA. Following the acquisition of his family’s business in the late 90’s Mathew went on to hold leadership positions in local & regional funeral operations management, combination funeral home & cemetery management, and executive leadership. In March of 2014 Mathew joined The Signature Memorial Group, an independent owner and operator of funeral homes and cemeteries in Kansas, Missouri, Texas and New Mexico. As the VP of Operations for Kansas & Missouri Mathew leads a team of dedicated funeral and cemetery professionals at Johnson County Funeral Chapel & Memorial Gardens, Overland Park Funeral Chapel, Terrace Park Funeral Home & Cemetery and Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery. 
Mathew holds professional licensure in Massachusetts, Texas, and Kansas. 

As a funeral and cemetery service professional Mathew believes in honoring the unique life of those who have died while focusing on creating moments and opportunities for loved ones to begin the healing process of grief. Mathew is committed to supporting the communities his businesses serve through volunteer participation, financial sponsorship and philanthropic donation. Mathew is a member of numerous national and local organizations and is a coach in the Sporting Blue Valley Soccer Club. Mathew and his wife Jana reside in Overland Park, KS where they are raising their two young children.


Dustin Hyatte

Dustin Hyatte

Grounds Superintendent

Dustin was born in Eldorado KS, and grew up in the Kansas City area. He joined Terrace Park in June of 2011; Because of his dedication, ability, activity and attitude Dustin was promoted to Grounds Superintendent in October 2014. Dustin is a sports fanatic his favorite teams are the Cowboys, Royals and Jay Hawks. He enjoys being outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting and the beauty of our cemetery. Dustin lives in Smithville, with his wife, Sarah, son Kayden and daughter Hannah. His favorite part about working at the cemetery is knowing that what he does helps families during a difficult time. He treats every family and interment as if it were a member of his own family; he works hard to ensure the grounds are as beautiful as possible.


Katybeth Hall

Katybeth Hall

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Katybeth is a licensed funeral director in the state of Missouri and a licensed embalmer in the states of Missouri and Kansas. She started her funeral career after graduating from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa with bachelor degrees in both Biology and Chemistry. After graduating from Briar Cliff, she moved to Liberty, MO and began work as a student and apprentice at Church Archer Pasley Funeral Home, while attending Kansas City Kansas Community College, where she obtained her associates degree in Applied Mortuary Science. From there her career shifted to Floral Hills Funeral Home in Raytown, MO where she served families for 4 years. She then became a part of the Longview Funeral Home, in Lee's Summit. She joined the Terrace Park family in 2014, where she is committed to honoring and serving families who have lost their loved ones.


Bryan Coble

Bryan Coble

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Bryan joined the Terrace Park Team in January of 2017. He was born and raised in Sigourney, Iowa. After serving in the military for 8 years he moved to Missouri where he has lived since. He worked in northern Missouri as a paramedic for about 12 years. During that time he worked part time for a family funeral home. After taking a short sabbatical from the medical profession he decided to go back to school and get his degree in Mortuary Science. He graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College, and has worked for a small family funeral home in Lexington and Odessa, MO. Bryan is married, and has three children, with the youngest just starting her freshman year at South Dakota State University. He presently resides in Kansas City with his wife Kelly, and three dogs. He enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and camping. He also enjoys traveling and spending time with his three granddaughters.


Kathryn Dale

Kathryn Dale

Family Service Advisor

Kathryn M. Dale originally from Webster Groves, MO, is a resident of Lake Waukomis, MO. She and her husband have four children, all married. She has three grandchildren and expecting a new arrival in November 2014.

She completed her education with a Life Time Degree in Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities. She completed her Master’s in Education and her Specialist in Reading. She retired from Teaching and began her career in the Cemetery and Funeral Industry in 1998. 

She supports Ronald McDonald House Charity and is active in the support of St. Louis ARCH. An organization for the Mentally Challenged. 

She enjoys living on the lake, reading, crafting, and caring for her family.


Pam Lucito

Pam Lucito

Administrative Leader

Pamela J Lucito was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, the oldest of four children. She attended Ruskin High School and graduated in 1978. She left the area for about 6 years and traveled the United States. When she came back to Missouri she went to work for DW Newcomer’s at Brush Creek and Paseo in May of 1984. She transferred to Floral Hills in 1987 and became the office manager for that location in 2005. In 2013 she transferred to Johnson County as the office manager. She transferred to Terrace Park in 2015.

Pam has been able to grow and and learn a lot during her 32 years with the company. She has seen lots of changes, but has thought of those as learning opportunities. One of the changes that she has seen was using a computer to do all of her work and learning all of the different programs that were offered to make her work much easier, instead of doing everything by hand. However, the biggest change she has seen are the type of services we can offer to our families. We can personalize the families service to almost anything they want to be able to remember their loved one.

During her same 32 years, she has raised 2 children and became a grandmother of 2. She was the soccer mom for 12 years, a girl scout leader for 15 years, along with being the girl scout cookie coordinator for 4 of those years. Coordinator for collecting and packing food for many food pantries. Coordinator for collecting school supplies for a Raytown organization for 2 years. She volunteers at Safe Haven(domestic violence shelter for women and children) in the kitchen on Friday nights serving dinner and cleaning up afterwards.

Pam loves the fact that she has been able to stay in the same industry for 32 years and hopes to be here many, many more. She feels that it is so important to be able to help families, no matter how minuscule it may be. All questions are important and she loves being able to help get the answers to those questions to the best of her ability. Even though she has always worked behind the scenes for the most part, Pam feels that the administrative team plays a very important role in the funeral industry and loves having the opportunity to play that part.


Jeni Furrow

Jeni Furrow

Office Administration

Jeni joined the Terrace Park team in February of 2017. She was born in Southern California but has lived most of her life in the Kansas City area. As a graduate of Excelsior Springs High School and the University of Central Missouri, Jeni has enjoyed staying close to her family and friends in Kansas City. 
She has a degree in Communication and experience working for a local law firm but is happy to make the change to assisting families in the funeral industry. Jeni is active in the community both through church organizations and her son’s PTA board. She also spent a year and a half doing volunteer work in Ukraine.
When not at work, Jeni stays busy with her husband and three young sons.


Ernest Hamilton

Ernest Hamilton

Ambassador

Ernest Hamilton began working in funeral service in 2001. Prior to funeral service he worked for 33 years in the Surety Bond field. His professional employment began in Texas and later was transferred to Kansas City, Missouri. The last 20 years of his Surety career was spent in management with responsibilities of operations in 5 states. 

Ernest was born in Texas and attended Texas public schools, graduating from Lufkin High School He attended college at Stephen Foster Austin University and East Texas Baptist University from which he earned a B.S. degree. While attending ETBU, Ernest met and married a wonderful Texas girl, Johnnie Thompson, in 1959. Johnnie and Ernest have one son, one daughter and 5 perfect grandchildren. 

His long faith experience and his involvement in Church ministries is a natural step for assisting with grieving families. Ernest commented “helping people work through one of life’s most traumatic and difficult times like the death of a loved one or closer friend is its own reward.”


Mike Mohr

Mike Mohr

Funeral Director and Ambassador

Mike Mohr was born in St. Louis, and moved to Kansas City in 1986. He has invested most of his adult life in helping people. For 42 years he has been an ordained Baptist minister serving small churches throughout Missouri, currently he is serving the Rock Falls Baptist Church. In 2007 Mike came to Terrace Park as a funeral director. He finds it rewarding to serve families during a difficult time in their life. His role is to help provide a meaningful service that honors a loved one and gives comfort and hope. Mike has a good sense of humor and is willing to listen to any jokes a person may have; he is a regular blood and platelet donor, he enjoys photographing nature and bass fishing.


Amy Ward

Amy Ward

Ambassador

Amy was born and raised in Platte City, Missouri. After she married, she moved out of the area for about eight years. She is happy to be back in the Northland and now resides in Smithville, Missouri. She enjoys living by the lake. She spends her time walking the trails, collecting antiques, and spending time with her family.


Debbie Goddard

Debbie Goddard

Ambassador

Debbie has lived in the Kansas City area her entire life. Being the oldest of 4, she moved out as soon as she graduated, lived in a funeral home and learned several aspects of the business. Then comes love and marriage, raised two kids and now has four grand-kids. She have been a church organist since forever, and loves working with community theater. After retiring from the corporate world, she ended up back in the funeral home business, and now have come full circle.


Bill Grant

Bill Grant

Funeral Director, Ambassador

After several years working in industry and a short time in the care-giving field, Bill made the decision in 1995 to pursue his desire to become a funeral director. He earned his degree at Kansas City Kansas Community College and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Kansas and Missouri. While in school, he began working at McGilley Hoge Funeral Home and continued to work at various sites throughout the city for the same company. Bill spent three years as the primary operator of the crematory for that company. While serving in this role he earned his crematory operator certificate. Bill feels blessed to serve the loved ones of the deceased by ensuring that everyone is treated with respect. 

Bill returned to the care giving and support field for adults with developmental disabilities and continues to work in this position full-time. Bill is an active member of the First United Methodist Church in North Kansas City. As a member of a large family from Freeport, Illinois, he has many siblings, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Bill moved to the Kansas City area in 1977. He married his wife, Gayle Bennett, in 1985. He enjoys spending time with his family members and his dog, Charley. 

Bill feels privileged to have this opportunity to server as an Ambassador at Terrace Park Funeral Home. He is honored to work personally with families during their time of grief.


David Vos

David Vos

Ambassador

David Vos, joined the Terrace Park Team in 2015. He retired from Antioch Bible Baptist Church where he spent 17 years as the Facilities manager. Prior to that he worked as the president for APCOA Parking; he also was the operations Manager for Central Parking and was a regional manager for Ponderosa Steak houses for more than 10 years. He is a 1960 graduate of New Ross High School. He is married to Hester, together they have two children. David and Hester are proud grandparents and remain active in the community.


Joan Lowe

Joan Lowe

Ambassador

Joan joined the Terrace Park Team in 2015, she is originally from Texas and is married to David an A&M Aggie, and proud Texan. JLowe and David have 2 children; a son in St. Charles, Missouri the daughter who lives in Germany. She is a PROUD grandma of 4 -- they are the light of her life. She enjoys traveling especially cruises. Her favorites have been Alaska and Hawaii-- then "all the rest".


Joe Blankenship

Joe Blankenship

Ambassador

Joe Blankenship joined the Terrace Park Team in 2016. He was born and raised in St. Louis. He is a proud graduate of CBC High School. He was hired by Union Electric in 1971 as a porter. He worked his way to the Coal Gang and became a machinist for 20 years, before finishing his degree in chemistry. He became a senior chemist for 15 years; a total of 38 ½ years for Union Electric, now Ameren Missouri. He and his wife Sharon moved to Kansas City in 2014 to be closer to grandchildren. He loves KC, he says it’s a Kinder and Gentler place compared to St. Louis.


Jay Thompson

Jay Thompson

Ambassador

Jay joined the Terrace Park family in 2016. He is a life long resident of Kansas City, Missouri where he grew up in the historic northeast area. He graduated from Penn Valley Community College with an Associates Degree in Administration of Justice. 

Jay joined the Independence, Missouri Police Department in 1978 where he was employed for five years. He then joined the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department in 1984 and served on the department in various assignments for thirty-two years. He received three Awards for Valor from KMBC-TV 9 and the metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriff's Association as well as Certificates of Commendation from the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department.

He and his wife Lyla still reside in Kansas City and have one son Jim, daughter-in-law Tara and three beautiful grandchildren, Delaney, Deyton and Drake. He especially enjoys attending the sports activities of all three grandchildren. He enjoys spending time outdoors by going on daily walks and going on annual hunting trips.

Jay has particularly enjoyed serving as an ambassador at Terrace Park and assisting families during their time of grief.


Lee Rogers

Lee Rogers

Cemetery Maintenance

Lee was born in Kansas City, MO in 1984 and is a graduate of Independence Academy. He joined the Terrace Park Team in February of 2015 with over ten years’ experience in cemetery maintenance. He loves the Kansas City Chiefs, outdoor activities—especially camping and fishing—and spending time with his family. Lee enjoys the relationships he has made with those who visit the cemetery, building supportive relationships with his co-workers and being able to work outside. Lee and his longtime girlfriend, Sara, live in independence with their beloved rescue dog, Peanut.


Everett Lee Purvis

Everett Lee Purvis

Property & Grounds

Everett brings more than 20 years of cemetery and maintenance experience to the Terrace Park Team. he is a graduate of MWSC; He lives in St. Joseph, MO with his wife and 2 children; he enjoys the aftercare that he can provide to families after the services. He really likes Fluffy kittens and will gladly give you a hug if you need one.


Chris Tipton

Chris Tipton

Grounds Maintenance

Chris originally joined the Terrace Park Property and Grounds team in 2016—his background was in the restaurant business; so he is no stranger to hard work and customer service. He is a graduate of Smithville High School and finds great satisfaction in helping families.


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