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.


When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.


Our Valued Staff

Jo-Ann  Verna

Jo-Ann Verna, Funeral Director

Jo-Ann Verna has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Florida since 1980. A graduate of Miami-Dade Junior College, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Funeral Directors Association; was an item writer for the Florida State Board; and had pioneered the field of pre-arrangement in the early days of its conception. A Past President of the Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce, she has lived in Englewood since 1990 and founded the Englewood Community Funeral Home, Inc. in 1993.


David D. Gallentine

David D. Gallentine, Funeral Director

David D. Gallentine has been a funeral service professional since 1985. He graduated from Cantonsville Community College in Baltimore, Maryland with his AA degree in Mortuary Science. He taught restorative art techniques at Cantonsville College while working as a funeral director and embalmer with a locally owned funeral home. Dave retired from the National Guard in 2001as a Chief Warrant Officer after twenty-one years. He and his wife, Patricia moved to Florida in December 2004.


Donald Campbell

Donald Campbell, Funeral Director

Don was raised in Jasper, IN and moved to the Englewood area in 2003. He became involved in the funeral business in 2004, working as an administrative assistant with our firm. Don became a licensed apprentice embalmer in 2007 and earned his degree in Mortuary Science from St Petersburg College in 2012, graduating with highest honors and earning the coveted distinction of graduating Summa Cum Laude. Don joined our staff as a licensed funeral director/embalmer in September 2013.


Kenneth Hinshaw

Kenneth Hinshaw, Funeral Director


Lee Watts

Lee Watts, Associate


Robert Vernaglia

Robert Vernaglia, Associate


Steve  Kromka

Steve Kromka, Associate


Todd Opela

Todd Opela, Associate