Keith Epperson has been with the Dignity Memorial network since 2017. He became a funeral director after 20 years in the manufacturing industry. In 2014, he graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis with an associate’s degree in mortuary science. After graduation, Keith worked with a prominent funeral home in his hometown of Mattoon, Illinois. Though he loved the families he served and the relationships he created in Illinois, he and his wife couldn’t resist the call of the beautiful Arizona weather (or the idea of being near the Chicago Cubs during baseball’s spring training).
Keith and his family relocated to Scottsdale in October 2017. Ecstatic about no longer shoveling snow, Keith has settled into the area and enjoys the diverse clientele he serves at Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery. For Keith, the funeral profession is all about helping people when they need it the most. In his spare time, he enjoys his new hobby of hiking trails in the nearby mountains.
Keith is also an accomplished musician and appreciates the local music scene. He finds that playing one of his beloved guitars helps him stay centered and happily able to balance work and home life.
Andrea Marie Handley
Andrea has been a funeral director at Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery since November 2015. Originally from Yuma, she moved to Phoenix in pursuit of a funeral service career, graduating from Mesa Community College in 2014 with a degree in mortuary science. Since graduation she has gained more appreciation for her profession through the opportunity to serve families from varying ethnicities and religious backgrounds. Andrea looks forward to learning something new every day, ensuring each family receives the very best care and personalized services for their loved one. Andrea has served the families in Phoenix since 2013 with the utmost professionalism and compassion.
If she is not at the funeral home, you will likely find Andrea enjoying time with her family, exploring nature or trying out a new recipe in her kitchen.
Amineh Jo Hashem
Amineh has been a funeral arranger with the Dignity Memorial network since 2013. She earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from University of Missouri. In Missouri, Amineh worked for a historic cemetery, where she became interested in the field of mortuary science. She returned to school in 2011 and graduated in 2013 from Mesa Community College's mortuary science program, where she was valedictorian of her class.
Born and raised in Stuart, Iowa, Amineh credits her rural upbringing with giving her a strong work ethic. She is a great listener, a compassionate woman, and truly believes that personalization of a service creates an everlasting impression.
In her free time, Amineh enjoys being with her family, trips up to Sedona and Flagstaff for long hikes, going to the beach, antiquing with her mother and trying new restaurants.
James Kevin Veal
Kevin Veal has served the Phoenix/East Valley community at Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery in Scottsdale since June 2016. He began working in the funeral profession as an apprentice in Oregon, where he was born and raised. Later, he moved to Arizona and earned a degree in mortuary science while working at other funeral homes in the East Valley.
Throughout his life, Kevin has gained experience in customer service and believes in treating all people with respect and kindness. He focuses on attentively listening to each person's needs and being reliable and compassionate.
When he isn't at Green Acres, Kevin enjoys tending his yard and watching Star Trek reruns. He lives with his wife, Rachelle, in nearby Mesa. They have two daughters, Kelsae and Hayley; a dog, Noodle; and a cat, Lupita.
Jessica Kristin Burke
Jessica Burke has been a funeral arranger with the Phoenix area Dignity Memorial network since 2014. She began her career in the funeral services industry in 2012 in Honolulu, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in communication, minoring in marketing. In 2013, she enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves as a mortuary affairs specialist, honored by the opportunity to ensure the return of the fallen to their loved ones and home country.
When she returned from active duty, Jessica moved to Arizona, where she attended Mesa Community College and studied mortuary science. She graduated in 2016, obtaining her Associate of Applied Sciences in mortuary science. Today, Jessica compassionately cares for a diverse clientele in Scottsdale.
Jessica remains a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, spending time with her dog and driving to California to enjoy the ocean.
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