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Meet Our Staff - Oklahoma City, OK

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 405-691-1661 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.

Leadership Team


Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly

Managing Partner ~ Funeral Director

Mike joined the Resthaven Team in 2019 after relocating from North Carolina. He brings 30 years  experience serving families with him and is currently a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Central Florida and an Associate of Science from Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science. When not at work Mike and wife, Deana, enjoy traveling to far away places, cruising and spending time with their two dogs, Benny and Gracie.    

Email: michael@resthavenokc.com


Raoul Gonzales

Raoul Gonzales

Family Service Director

Raoul has many years of experience in the funeral profession both operational management and sales management roles. His first job in this profession started in 1980 with Davis Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood Texas while attending Howard Payne University. Prior to joining Carriage Services Raoul held various positions including Regional Vice President, Regional Manager, Area Manager, General Manager and currently Manager of Prearranged Services at RESTHAVEN Funeral Home and Cemetery. This is his 14th combo location in five states as a manager. He is a graduate of the school of business from Howard Payne University and is a former Graduate and member of Leadership Texas. Raoul currently lives in Oklahoma City and is a proud third generation Texan.

Email: raoul@resthavenokc.com


Jodi Keys

Jodi Keys

Office Manager

Jodi works very hard to ensure each and every one of our families can celebrate “the dash” in their loved ones' lives, not just the start and finish dates. She has been a part of our Resthaven team since 2000. She is a native Oklahoman. Jodi attended the University of Central Oklahoma and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Funeral Service in 1995. Her greatest joys are spending time with her family. She is married and has one son. She is a great hunter and also enjoys riding horses.

Kyle Nichols

Kyle Nichols

Cemetery Grounds Superintendent

Kyle is proud to be responsible for the installation of memorials, monuments and benches throughout the cemetery. Born and raised in Florida, he moved to Oklahoma in 2012 and joined the Resthaven team over a year and a half ago after working many years in management for the auto maintenance industry. He enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, Terri, four beautiful children, and the dogs he and his family rescued. He is very excited about the upcoming arrival of his first grandchild. You can find Kyle enjoying all things science fiction in his spare time.

Funeral Service Team


Shelby Wallis

Shelby Wallis

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Shelby is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma. She attended the University of Central Oklahoma, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science. She joined the Resthaven team in 2012 and continuously strives to go the extra mile for each and every family we serve. Outside of Resthaven, Shelby enjoys fishing and boating, crafting, and furniture restoration projects. She serves as a Director on the board of the Moore Kiwanis Club and has a passion for volunteering at various events, serving in the lives of children throughout our community.  

Email: shelby@resthavenokc.com


Katie Pierce

Katie Pierce

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Katie was born and raised in the South OKC/ Moore area and is an alumna of Moore High School. She attended the University of Central Oklahoma, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science and was an active member of the Delta Zeta sorority. Katie was a proud participant of the 2014-2015 TEAM South- Class VII through the South OKC Chamber of Commerce. She has also been a volunteer mentor with the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League since July 2015, and is a current member of Women of the South. Katie loves spending time with her two dogs: Lola and Reggie, laughing, adventures, and baking.

Email: katie@resthavenokc.com


Laci Perez

Laci Perez

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Laci is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma and was raised in Edmond. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Central Oklahoma earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Funeral Service with a minor in Grief. She hopes to bring comfort and exhibit compassion to every family who has entrusted her with the care of their loved one. Laci feels very passionate about her work with the March of Dimes and advocating for premature babies. Currently residing in Oklahoma City, Laci attends Life Church and has a blessing of a daughter named Betsy. One of Laci’s favorite activities is attending OKC Thunder games. She loves boston terriers, Dr. Phil and is a die-hard Kevin Bacon fanatic. Her favorite motto is, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” 

Email: Laci@ResthavenOKC.com


Chelsi Thomas

Chelsi Thomas

Funeral Director Apprentice

Chelsi was born and raised in southeast Oklahoma, before moving to Oklahoma City. She’s recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with her bachelors of Science degree in Mortuary Science. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and fiancé Traey. Together they have three fur babies Thor, Chanel, and Zeus. 


Hillary Hatchett

Hillary Hatchett

Funeral Director Apprentice

Hillary was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma.  She currently lives in Oklahoma City with her daughter.  Hillary currently attends the University of Central Oklahoma pursuing her degree in funeral service.  She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and going on adventures.  


Trang Ha

Trang Ha

Funeral Director Apprentice



Administrative Staff


Terri Nichols

Terri Nichols

Funeral Home & Cemetery Records and Contract Processing

Terri feels a passion for helping families in our community. She has been a part of our Resthaven team since 2013. Terri’s favorite aspect of her position at Resthaven is assisting in the creation of personalized stationary packages that capture the essence of the individuals and families that we serve. Terri was born in Oklahoma and has lived in the south Oklahoma City area for most of her life. She has a great husband, four beautiful children and one adorable granddaughter that is the light of her life. She greatly enjoys reading, writing, crafting and spending time with her family.

Email: Terri@resthavenokc.com


Jennifer Mangham

Jennifer Mangham

Memorial Ordering and Records Maintenance

Jennifer has been with the Resthaven family since September 2017.  She was born and raised in the Moore area, graduating from Westmoore in 1997.  Jennifer received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 2002. She spent over 20 years in restaurant management before joining the Resthaven team.  Jennifer has been married to her wonderful husband, Jason, since 2000 and together they have two children, Evan and Madison.  In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys watching her son play baseball, listening to her daughter sing, and spending time with her husband renovating their rental properties.   Jennifer enjoys helping families memorialize their loved ones.  She also takes pride in helping to ensure that Resthaven Memory Gardens is well maintained and upholds the high standards we strive for.  

Email: Jennifer@resthavenokc.com


Ambassadors


Steve Hiebsch

Steve Hiebsch

Ambassador

Steve, an ambassador at Resthaven since 2010, was previously employed by Oklahoma Gas & Electric for 30 years.  In addition to helping our families prepare for funeral celebrations, he also teaches statistics and economics at the Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City and at Randall University in Moore.  He graduated with a B.A. from Southwestern College in Kansas and a Master's in Economics from Oklahoma State University.  He and his family have lived in the south Oklahoma City/Moore area for over 25 years.  While at OG&E, he met his wife, Jimmi.  He loves spending time with his family, which includes his wife and four children, their spouses, and five grandchildren.  He and his wife attend Southern Hills Baptist Church.


Earmon Dyer

Earmon Dyer

Ambassador



Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard

Ambassador

Jimmy has a passion for providing service for families during the loss of loved ones. He has been working at Resthaven for over three years. He addresses any need that arises at a funeral celebration. He was born and raised in Holdenville, Oklahoma, and after relocating to the south Oklahoma City/Moore area, he became part of our team. Jimmy served two years in the military and was a self-employed business owner for 35 years. He is an avid University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University fan and enjoys collecting coins. He is married and has two sons and three grandsons.

Eddie Tomlinson

Eddie Tomlinson

Ambassador

It is very important to Eddie to help our families through these difficult times because he lost important members of his own family at very early ages. He wants very much to be a part of something that makes a difference in our world and does that by helping prepare for funeral celebrations. He has been a part of the Resthaven team for four years and has owned a First Aid Business, which restocks first aid kits, for 15 years. He is married and has two beautiful daughters. He loves to play the guitar and enjoys recording music with his daughters in his home studio.

Gary  H Pitzer

Gary H Pitzer

Ambassador

Gary assists families and Funeral Directors before, during, and after a funeral celebration. He is a graduate of Capitol Hill High School and Central State College. Gary had a career in sales for 35 years until his retirement. Gary is married and has a daughter and granddaughter. He also volunteers at Will Rogers Airport Military Welcome Center. He is very glad to teach Sunday School as well as playing volleyball at Oklahoma City Community College.

David Roberts

David Roberts

Ambassador

Ambassador David has been part of Resthaven for the past year. David helps and prepares for all types of funeral services and always wants to be of service to others. He is married and is active in the city of Moore by serving on the City Council. He greatly enjoys playing golf.

Jack Poe

Jack Poe

Ambassador

Jack has been a part of the Resthaven family since July 2015 and loves caring for the families that we serve and making a difference in their lives during difficult times. He received a seminary degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Phillips University. He joined the Oklahoma National Guard as a chaplain and retired as the State Chaplain at the rank of Colonel. He joined the Oklahoma City Police Department as a chaplain and was involved in setting up their peer support program and also served as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma Baptist University. He and his wife Phyllis have been trained in family counseling. Jack has conducted multiple seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2003, Jack received the United States Secret Service Certificate of Appreciation and was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in 2011.

Robert O'Dor

Robert O'Dor

Ambassador

Robert has been with our team over a year and a half and enjoys assisting families and other staff members with funeral ceremonies and all of the preparation involved in them. Originally from Healdton, Oklahoma, he and his wife, Debbie, are current residents of Moore. He loves to work in his yard, go fishing, watch NASCAR, and watch his grandchildren play Little League sports. He has two children, Eric and Jennifer; two grandchildren, Evan and Madison; and a dog, Jackson.

Dr. Danny Frazee

Dr. Danny Frazee

Ambassador

Pastor Danny served as pastor at Wilmont Place Baptist Church for over 20 years. Prior to entering full-time ministry, he was a public school teacher and coach for nine years. A native of Blackwell, Danny earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern State University, a Master of Arts degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Theological Seminary. Danny has served on the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma board of directors and as chairman of the BGCO nominating committee. He has also served in various leadership roles with the Capital Baptist Association. Danny and his wife, Judy, have two children, Woody and Rachel, as well as four grandchildren, Deacon, Delanie, Hagen, and Hudson. Danny joined the Resthaven team in November 2016 and is happy to help families through difficult times.

Family Service Counselors


Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson

Family Service Counselor

Sharon has been with Resthaven since 2011. She is passionate about serving at work and also helps families to understand the importance of pre-planning.  When Sharon is not working, she enjoys serving at her church and spending time with family and friends.

Email: sharon@resthavenokc.com


Carri Hames

Carri Hames

Family Service Counselor

Carri has been with the Resthaven family since October 2015. She was born and raised in Norman and is an alumna of the University of Central Oklahoma. Carri enjoys educating families on the importance of pre-planning their final wishes for the future. She is also passionate about helping families through one of the most difficult times of their lives and feels rewarded when she can make things easier for them. In her free time, Carri enjoys traveling with her family and spending time with her son.

Email: carri@resthavenokc.com


Cathy Ngo

Cathy Ngo

Family Service Counselor

Born a New Yorker, Cathy and her family moved to Oklahoma City when she was 6 yrs. old to be closer to her grandparents. 

Cathy has been a part of our Resthaven team since May 2017. She has earned an Associate of Science in Marketing and Interior Design. 

Cathy was blessed with her firstborn son Eli February 2018. She has been an active member of St. Andrew Dung Lac Vietnamese Catholic Church since childhood. 

Her greatest joy is watching her son grow as he go on his daily learning adventures. 

Cathy finds it rewarding to be able to help families during their hardest time(s) in hopes to painlessly help honor their loved one(s) so that it’s a true Life Celebration!


Email: cathy@resthavenokc.com


Jay Berry

Jay Berry

Family Service Counselor

Jay was born in Oklahoma and has lived here all his life.  Married to his wife Jane for 38 years, they have raised 2 boys and now have 5 grandchildren.  Jay enjoys his family and having them over for game nights and food.  He has been with Resthaven for a year and finds helping people through the most difficult days of their life a rewarding role to play.

Email: jay@resthavenokc.com


Hospitality Team


Laquita Jones

Laquita Jones

Hospitality

Laquita feels very blessed to be able to work with and be part of the team at Resthaven and considers all to be a part of her extended family. She has been with Resthaven for over 13 years. She is a retired music and first grade teacher. Her special joys include doll making, sewing and playing all kinds of music. She has been married for 50 years and has one very special daughter and a granddaughter. She and her husband have traveled extensively in the USA and around the world, but she is glad to be home in Oklahoma.

Mary Williams

Mary Williams

Hospitality

Mary began working at Resthaven December 2007.  Mary finds it rewarding to be a part of this team, and with a kind heart and a warm smile, she feels gratitude to be able to assist families at their time of need.  Mary enjoys her church and church families, and her time is filled with travel, shopping, reading, and fun of entertaining two very special furbabies.


Rita Bornoff

Rita Bornoff

Hospitality

Rita has been with Resthaven for almost two years and works as a receptionist. She enjoys assisting families with visitation, as well as events in our Family Life Center. In her free time, she loves sewing, enjoying music, shopping, and being with her wonderful family. A former employee of Southwestern Bell, Rita is thankful to be part of our Resthaven team.

Jimmi Hiebsch

Jimmi Hiebsch

Hospitality

Jimmi has been a part of the Resthaven family since October 2014.  She is honored to be available for families during visitations as well as helping families find their loved ones in our gardens.  She loves assisting the families and her co-workers any way she can.  Prior to working at Resthaven , she worked for 21 years at  Oklahoma Gas & Electric,,  where she met her husband, Steve, who is also a part of the Resthaven family.  After their marriage she worked for her dad’s oil company until his death and the closure of the company.  She and Steve have four beautiful children and five amazing grandchildren.  Spending time with those grandchildren puts a huge smile on her face and is the joy of her life.  Her other favorite things are family, travel and yard work.

Phyllis Poe

Phyllis Poe

Hospitality

Phyllis was born in Altus, Oklahoma. Phyllis and her husband, Jack, pastored churches for 23 years in Texas and Oklahoma before becoming chaplains of the Oklahoma City Police Department. They served there from 1984 until retirement on December 31, 2011. Phyllis coordinated the chaplain and pastor response to the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 and helped set up and organize the Chaplain's Corner for the Oklahoma State Fair. Phyllis is an active member of the Emmaus Baptist Church, where she sings in the choir and teaches a ladies' Sunday school class. Phyllis and Jack are faithful volunteers at the Veterans Corner, Inc. each week. Phyllis has two children, David and Robin, three grandchildren, and four great granddaughters.

Billie Sherga

Billie Sherga

Family Center Concierge



Paulia Merrell

Paulia Merrell

Hospitality



Cemetery Grounds


Richard Willis

Richard Willis

Cemetery Grounds Foreman

Richard has lived in the south Oklahoma City/Moore area for more than 20 years. He is a native Oklahoman and has been with Resthaven for many years. He enjoys all sports and also working to improve the cemetery grounds.

Steve Slepka

Steve Slepka

Memorial Installation



George Jackson

George Jackson

Cemetery Grounds



Michael Jones

Michael Jones

Cemetery Grounds



In Memorium 


Paul Box

Paul Box

In Loving Memory: May 29, 1931 ~ November 28, 2014

Paul enjoys cars of all kinds. He has been part of the Resthaven team for two years. He is also well known in the south Oklahoma City/Moore area for his ministry as a Baptist Minister. He loves spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He wants to help people and appreciates working with our great team at Resthaven. Helping with funeral celebrations of all kinds is rewarding to him.  

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