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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

Director of Operations

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 is a Certified Funeral Celebrant, he 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); graduating from the ICCFA University in 2018 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 with the Gladstone Rotary Club, serving as the Club President 2017-2018; an active member of both the Smithville and the Northland Chambers of commerce, the Northland Breakfast Club; 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.


Bridget Anaya

Bridget Anaya

General Manager, Funeral Director

Bridget has been in funeral service as a managing funeral director and embalmer in the Kansas City area since 1996.  A native of Coon Rapids, Iowa, she graduated from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, in 1994 with a degree in Accounting, and is also a 1995 graduate of the Mortuary Science program at KCKCC.   She has been married to her husband, John, since 2000 and they make their home in Shawnee with their two cats.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, exercising, traveling, and volunteering.

Bridget is passionate about helping others in their time of need and recognizes the importance of making every service meaningful.  


Brinkley Grado

Brinkley Grado

Licensed Funeral Director

Brinkley moved from her hometown of Wichita, KS in 2012 to Kansas City to pursue her career in the funeral industry. She is a Kansas licensed Asst. Funeral Director and earned her Missouri Funeral Director license in 2019. Outside of work Brinkley enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, hiking, and traveling.


RaKel Hooser

RaKel Hooser

Funeral Director

RaKel is originally from South Dakota. She received a degree from a university in Minnesota before moving to Kansas City in 2010 to obtain her degree in Mortuary Arts. The funeral service and organ and tissue transplant industries kept her in Kansas City where she met her now husband, Josh. She enjoys a good book, spending time with her family at the park or going for walks, camping, cooking, and making "crafts" with her daughters. 

 

She has always had a passion for supporting families during their time of need and has always said making someone's worst day just a little bit better is the most rewarding part of her job.


Megan Breedlove

Megan Breedlove

Apprentice Funeral Director

Megan began her career in the funeral profession in 2018.  She graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2009, with her bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management. She continued her education with Stratford Career institute earning a certificate in Funeral Service Administration.

She met her loving husband in 2013, marrying him in 2016, gaining a full family with 3 step-sons. Megan is currently raising her family in Lee's Summit, MO where she was raised.

Megan has a strong presence in the local community. She is an Ambassador for the Grandview Chamber of Commerce, member of the Business Brigade for the Raytown Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and Raymore Chamber of Commerce, an active volunteer for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, and is a member of the South Kansas City Rotary Club. 

Megan is grateful and honored for the opportunity to serve families who are struggling with loss and takes pride in honoring each family she serves with comfort and trust.  She is excited to be part of the Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery team helping and educating her hometown community.


Krista Caldwell

Krista Caldwell

Family Service Advisor

Krista joined the Terrace Park Team in September of 2017.

She grew up in the cold and snow of Minnesota.  Upon her family moving to Joplin, MO Krista was accepted to travel the bicentennial year with the international touring company, Up With People 1975-76.  She feels fortunate to have traveled to every state in the US except Alaska.  In addition, Krista enjoys traveling internationally.  One such trip included smuggling bibles into mainland China from Hong Kong.

Krista completed her public relations/advertising degree from Texas Christian University.  While studying at TCU she served an internship at the Miller Brewing Company.  One of the many highlights of her experience was entertaining 25 non-English speaking Russian athletes during the US-USSR track and field meet, sponsored by Miller.

Krista married Colin Caldwell of California.  When he finished his Master of Divinity degree with the Charismatic Episcopal Church they built a successful insurance agency at the same time building a volunteer ministry at Topeka Correctional Facility. 

Krista has 2 adult step children and 4 step grandchildren.

Her hobbies are water color painting, fishing-boating and she affectionately refers herself as a clothes horse and skin care junky.

Krista has been in the funeral business for 4 years and enjoys helping the families she has the privilege to serve.


Nancy Klamm

Nancy Klamm

Family Service Director

Born a native to Kansas, Nancy grew up in the Northland and moved to Durango, Colorado after a couple of years at Mizzou.  Nancy has a varied background ranging from owning restaurants to working in the traditional corporate arena.  Nancy has a Masters of Organizational Leadership obtained from Southern New Hampshire University. She spent 15 years in the New England area, raising her children in Maine. 

In 2013, Nancy returned to KC to help her aging parents. Throughout this process she became focused on end of life care and knowledgeable about challenges families face during their later years.   When a counselor position became available at Johnson County Memorial Chapel, it was a natural transition to begin working in this industry to help other families navigate this journey.  


Pam Lucito

Pam Lucito

Office Manager

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.


Charley Harper

Charley Harper

Funeral Home Administrator

Charley joined the Signature group in 2017 at Longview Funeral Home and became the full time administrator at our Terrace Park the beginning of 2018.


She grew up in Adrian, Missouri and still enjoys country life and the pace of the city.  In her free time she enjoys crafting, painting and cooking; especially trying new recipes from all over the world.

Charley is the mother of 3 and grandmother of 1. Her oldest son is serving in the Army and oldest daughter in the Coast Guard. She lives in Independence with her boyfriend and their son.

She gets great satisfaction working at Terrace Park and feels she is making a difference in the lives of the families we serve. 


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.


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.


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.


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".


Shantelle Mathis

Shantelle Mathis

Ambassador

Shantelle is originally from Attica, New York and has lived  in the Kansas City area for the last 10 years. She joined the Terrace Park team in 2018.  She attended Park University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Social Psychology.  She and her husband, Brian have two children. Shantelle enjoys everything: family, music, antiquing, and trying new foods. She is excited about being part of Terrace Park family.  


Eddie James

Ambassador



Joe Rogers

Joe Rogers

Cemetery Superintendent

Joe Rogers is currently the Superintendent of Longview Cemetery and Terrace Park Cemetery, after accepting a promotion in August 2018 to operate both cemeteries. We are grateful to have his experience and see what he brings to the cemetery in his new role. 

Joe Rogers transferred to Longview Cemetery in 2016 after having been with Johnson County Memorial Gardens for over five years as part of the cemetery maintenance personnel. Joe started his career with Johnson County as a seasonal employee and was soon promoted to a full-time position. Joe had become a dedicated leader to the rest of the cemetery staff with responsibilities including backhoe operation, placing markers, general upkeep of the indoor and outdoor mausoleums, and many other tasks.

Joe currently resides in Kansas City with his girlfriend and 8 year old son, Aiden. A Kansas City native, Joe continues to enjoy exploring the city in his free time. He also appreciates spending unending hours with his extended family in the area, time in his large garden and working on small home projects. As most from Kansas City, Joe enjoys barbequing and taking in a great Chiefs game!


Brent Bachtel

Brent Bachtel

Cemetery Lead

Brent was born and raised in Independence Missouri, where he graduated from Truman High School. He is married with three beautiful daughters: a definite girl dad! He previously worked as a concrete finisher in a family owned concrete construction business for many years.  He loves working at Terrace Park Cemetery and could not ask for a better team to be on board with.

Brent's hobbies include writing music, camping, fishing, barbecuing, working in the yard, bowling, and most of all spending valuable time with family.


Durke Dickey

Durke Dickey

Grounds Maintenance

Durke was born, raised and graduated high school from Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Growing up, he learned to appreciate hard work and the outdoors. These same principles have been with him until this day.

Durke has worked for a lot of great people and companies in the past, from working construction to owning his own business for 20 years.

He enjoys family, friends, fishing and golf. Family is the most important thing in his life, at home and at work. Durke has also learned to appreciate every day that God has given us. Respect, kindness, and courtesy go a long way.

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