Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Robert Evans Funeral Director

I was raised in Oakland, Maryland. My hobbies include western horsemanship, hunting, and outdoor activities. I moved away from the country, for more opportunities here in the Greater Washington Area. My goal in funeral service is to provide a personal and professional service to families in need. When a death occurs it is a difficult time in one's life and that is why it so important to treat families like family. We live and work in such a rapid paced environment here in the Metro area, it is nice to be able to offer a service that may remind others of home. My travels and experiences have affected me greatly as a business professional and person. I strive to continue to provide professional family service to other families that need help during a difficult time.

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Brian R. Derlunas Funeral Director

Born and raised in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, educated at Marian Catholic High School, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania; Northhampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania receiving an Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science. Relocation to Northern Virginia in 2003 brought me here to Jefferson Funeral Chapel where I serve in the capacity as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. I am a member of Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church, Vienna, Virginia and reside in Springfield with my wife, two children, and beagle. In my spare time I enjoy auto restoration, home renovations and boating.

 

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Cory R. Evans Funeral Director

I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland where I enjoyed many years of being so close to the Chesapeake Bay. Later, I attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. I was very active in many programs; wrestling being the most prominent of them all. After graduation, I moved to Denver, Colorado and received my Bachelor Degree from Regis University. I am an outdoorsman at heart and Colorado will always be a place I call home. 
I moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to attend mortuary school at The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. I never thought I would be living in Pittsburgh, but it was a great experience. My father attended school there 30 some years earlier and it was a special feeling continuing the legacy. 
I have worked at a number of funeral homes in my career and have finally found my place as a funeral director at Jefferson Funeral Chapel. I find great purpose working for a family-owned funeral home that allows me to help the families we serve as my own.

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Aaron N Charlton Funeral Director

I was born in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, a small suburb of Pittsburgh. At a young age, I developed many interests including, hockey, bowling, trivia and most of all, helping people in need. At 17 years old, I knew that I had a calling to serve my community as a funeral director. Immediately following high school, I attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. After graduating in 2006, I attended Point Park University where I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree, with additional focus in small business management and psychology.
The same year, I moved to Maryland to serve a funeral service apprenticeship. As a licensed funeral director, I served Montgomery County, Maryland for more than 4 years, until an opportunity became available at Jefferson Funeral Chapel to serve in Virginia in late 2011. 
Today, I enjoy becoming part of this community. Maintaining my same interests, I participate in both a bowling and a trivia league, enjoy going into the city to watch sporting events and am honored with every opportunity to serve others.

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Aracely Aguilar Pineda Funeral Director

I was born and raised in Honduras, Central America. I came to the Metropolitan area seventeen years ago and made this my second home. I attended Wakefield High School through the Arlington Adult Education Program where I obtained my GED. Later on I achieved my Associate' Degree in Mortuary Science from John Tyler Community College. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and outdoor activities. Before joining Jefferson Funeral Chapel I served a diverse range of cultures in the Falls Church and Arlington area for over 11 years. I'm honored to be part of a family owned and operated funeral home where we serve our families as our own.

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Cynthia A. Evans Administrator

I was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. I moved to the Greater Washington Area as a teenager and haven't looked back. I love my family and where I came from, but I'm a city girl at heart. I met my husband in Silver Spring, Maryland and started my family. I am proud to say my son is here helping serve our community. Family businesses can be stressful; but it is a wonderful experience that I wouldn't want to change. I enjoy caring for our horses, vacation time at the beach, and spending time with family.

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Elizabeth Fike Funeral Director Apprentice

Born and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia. I attended Hayfield Secondary School. After attending Northern Virginia Community College, I moved to Chicago, Illinois to pursue my degree in Mortuary Science. Since graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, I have moved home to Alexandria, Virginia and began working at Jefferson Funeral Chapel. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my family.

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Samuel (Sam) Cockerham Funeral Assistant

Born in North Carolina, and attended Mars Hill College. A Virginian since 1957, and a retiree of The Department of Defense, after 35 years. Funeral Director's Assistant full and part time since 1992; the last 12 years have been with Jefferson Funeral Chapel. I take pride in serving families on our journey of life with love, honor, and respect to all. Kindness returned is great reward.

 

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Rev. Dr. Dana Neese, D.Min Funeral Assistant

I was born in Washington, DC, and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia. I am a graduate of George Mason University (BS), Wesley Theological Seminary (MDIV), and currently studying for a doctorate in Holistic Soul Care and The Grieving Process. I was blessed to have been married to my soul mate and best friend of almost 40 years prior to his death in December 2011. We have two beautiful, intelligent adult children, precious sons-in-laws, a beautiful, red-headed daughter-in-law, and four brilliant and talented grandchildren. My passions in life include crewing, biking, sailing, the arts, and some family time. I currently am the director of Congregational Care in a local church community. I am also honored and humbled to be working alongside of such a compassionate, caring 'family team' at Jefferson Funeral Chapel for the last several years.

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Ken Miller Funeral Assistant

Born in Washington, DC, later relocated to Seoul, South Korea, to attend Seoul American High School. After graduation, served two tours with the 8th Army Combined Forces Command Honor Guard, while also attending the University of Maryland – Far East Division. Upon return to the USA, attended George Mason University and obtained my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, from Kaplan University. After completing my Public Affairs Internship at the Pentagon and serving as Chief Media Relations, Community Relations and Editor. My hobbies include calligraphy, Batik and the culinary arts. After 42 years of marriage, I’m truly blessed and look forward to serving as a Funeral Assistant and providing the necessary personal and professional services to families in need, during a very difficult period in their lives.

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Lisa Kowalik Funeral Assistant

A native, born and raised in Fairfax County, Lisa was so impressed with how Jefferson took care of her father when he passed, that she inquired about working at Jefferson, and has worked as a funeral assistant for over a year. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys gardening, the beach, yoga, movies, reading, and her Labrador retriever Zoe. She enjoys the diversity that living in Fairfax County offers, the proximity to the beach, mountains, and museums in D.C. She has a bachelors from James Madison University, and has held jobs with both local and state government. Lisa is going back to school at NOVA to become an Occupational therapy Assistant. Lisa is honored to work for Jefferson, likes the personal touch that only a family owned business can offer, and appreciates the opportunity to help others during their time of need.

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Wayne Jenkins Community Care Coordinator

Twenty years ago my family and I relocated from Nashville, Tennessee to Alexandria. We quickly adopted Northern Virginia as our home. Serving families in this area has been my passion ever since. Jefferson Funeral Chapel specializes in family care; it is my pleasure to be on this fine team. I look forward to serving you as well. Married to Carolyn, we have two adult children and one grandson. Outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, gardening and swimming are my choices of recreation.

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Nancy Cunningham Receptionist

As a military brat, my family moved a bit but I was mostly raised in Northern Virginia. I graduated from high school in Fairfax County and attended college in DeLand, Florida. From there I met and married my husband, traveled extensively with his job with the airlines only to end up back in Virginia 25 years later. We have raised two children and still delight in traveling and staying active with our church and community. We enjoy both water and mountain activities either fishing, hiking or taking our black lab on new adventures. 

At Jefferson Funeral Chapel I am richly blessed to be a part of the kindness, compassion and respect shown to families we serve during difficult times. The team here truly is extraordinary and caring in all they do to set themselves apart.

Robert Evans

Funeral Director
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I was raised in Oakland, Maryland. My hobbies include western horsemanship, hunting, and outdoor activities. I moved away from the country, for more opportunities here in the Greater Washington Area. My goal in funeral service is to provide a personal and professional service to families in need. When a death occurs it is a difficult time in one's life and that is why it so important to treat families like family. We live and work in such a rapid paced environment here in the Metro area, it is nice to be able to offer a service that may remind others of home. My travels and experiences have affected me greatly as a business professional and person. I strive to continue to provide professional family service to other families that need help during a difficult time.

Brian R. Derlunas

Funeral Director
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Born and raised in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, educated at Marian Catholic High School, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania; Northhampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania receiving an Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science. Relocation to Northern Virginia in 2003 brought me here to Jefferson Funeral Chapel where I serve in the capacity as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. I am a member of Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church, Vienna, Virginia and reside in Springfield with my wife, two children, and beagle. In my spare time I enjoy auto restoration, home renovations and boating.

 

Cory R. Evans

Funeral Director
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I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland where I enjoyed many years of being so close to the Chesapeake Bay. Later, I attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. I was very active in many programs; wrestling being the most prominent of them all. After graduation, I moved to Denver, Colorado and received my Bachelor Degree from Regis University. I am an outdoorsman at heart and Colorado will always be a place I call home. 
I moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to attend mortuary school at The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. I never thought I would be living in Pittsburgh, but it was a great experience. My father attended school there 30 some years earlier and it was a special feeling continuing the legacy. 
I have worked at a number of funeral homes in my career and have finally found my place as a funeral director at Jefferson Funeral Chapel. I find great purpose working for a family-owned funeral home that allows me to help the families we serve as my own.

Aaron N Charlton

Funeral Director
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I was born in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, a small suburb of Pittsburgh. At a young age, I developed many interests including, hockey, bowling, trivia and most of all, helping people in need. At 17 years old, I knew that I had a calling to serve my community as a funeral director. Immediately following high school, I attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. After graduating in 2006, I attended Point Park University where I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree, with additional focus in small business management and psychology.
The same year, I moved to Maryland to serve a funeral service apprenticeship. As a licensed funeral director, I served Montgomery County, Maryland for more than 4 years, until an opportunity became available at Jefferson Funeral Chapel to serve in Virginia in late 2011. 
Today, I enjoy becoming part of this community. Maintaining my same interests, I participate in both a bowling and a trivia league, enjoy going into the city to watch sporting events and am honored with every opportunity to serve others.

Aracely Aguilar Pineda

Funeral Director
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I was born and raised in Honduras, Central America. I came to the Metropolitan area seventeen years ago and made this my second home. I attended Wakefield High School through the Arlington Adult Education Program where I obtained my GED. Later on I achieved my Associate' Degree in Mortuary Science from John Tyler Community College. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and outdoor activities. Before joining Jefferson Funeral Chapel I served a diverse range of cultures in the Falls Church and Arlington area for over 11 years. I'm honored to be part of a family owned and operated funeral home where we serve our families as our own.

Cynthia A. Evans

Administrator
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I was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. I moved to the Greater Washington Area as a teenager and haven't looked back. I love my family and where I came from, but I'm a city girl at heart. I met my husband in Silver Spring, Maryland and started my family. I am proud to say my son is here helping serve our community. Family businesses can be stressful; but it is a wonderful experience that I wouldn't want to change. I enjoy caring for our horses, vacation time at the beach, and spending time with family.

Elizabeth Fike

Funeral Director Apprentice
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Born and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia. I attended Hayfield Secondary School. After attending Northern Virginia Community College, I moved to Chicago, Illinois to pursue my degree in Mortuary Science. Since graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, I have moved home to Alexandria, Virginia and began working at Jefferson Funeral Chapel. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my family.

Samuel (Sam) Cockerham

Funeral Assistant
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Born in North Carolina, and attended Mars Hill College. A Virginian since 1957, and a retiree of The Department of Defense, after 35 years. Funeral Director's Assistant full and part time since 1992; the last 12 years have been with Jefferson Funeral Chapel. I take pride in serving families on our journey of life with love, honor, and respect to all. Kindness returned is great reward.

 

Rev. Dr. Dana Neese, D.Min

Funeral Assistant
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I was born in Washington, DC, and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia. I am a graduate of George Mason University (BS), Wesley Theological Seminary (MDIV), and currently studying for a doctorate in Holistic Soul Care and The Grieving Process. I was blessed to have been married to my soul mate and best friend of almost 40 years prior to his death in December 2011. We have two beautiful, intelligent adult children, precious sons-in-laws, a beautiful, red-headed daughter-in-law, and four brilliant and talented grandchildren. My passions in life include crewing, biking, sailing, the arts, and some family time. I currently am the director of Congregational Care in a local church community. I am also honored and humbled to be working alongside of such a compassionate, caring 'family team' at Jefferson Funeral Chapel for the last several years.

Ken Miller

Funeral Assistant
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Born in Washington, DC, later relocated to Seoul, South Korea, to attend Seoul American High School. After graduation, served two tours with the 8th Army Combined Forces Command Honor Guard, while also attending the University of Maryland – Far East Division. Upon return to the USA, attended George Mason University and obtained my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, from Kaplan University. After completing my Public Affairs Internship at the Pentagon and serving as Chief Media Relations, Community Relations and Editor. My hobbies include calligraphy, Batik and the culinary arts. After 42 years of marriage, I’m truly blessed and look forward to serving as a Funeral Assistant and providing the necessary personal and professional services to families in need, during a very difficult period in their lives.

Lisa Kowalik

Funeral Assistant
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A native, born and raised in Fairfax County, Lisa was so impressed with how Jefferson took care of her father when he passed, that she inquired about working at Jefferson, and has worked as a funeral assistant for over a year. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys gardening, the beach, yoga, movies, reading, and her Labrador retriever Zoe. She enjoys the diversity that living in Fairfax County offers, the proximity to the beach, mountains, and museums in D.C. She has a bachelors from James Madison University, and has held jobs with both local and state government. Lisa is going back to school at NOVA to become an Occupational therapy Assistant. Lisa is honored to work for Jefferson, likes the personal touch that only a family owned business can offer, and appreciates the opportunity to help others during their time of need.

Wayne Jenkins

Community Care Coordinator
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Twenty years ago my family and I relocated from Nashville, Tennessee to Alexandria. We quickly adopted Northern Virginia as our home. Serving families in this area has been my passion ever since. Jefferson Funeral Chapel specializes in family care; it is my pleasure to be on this fine team. I look forward to serving you as well. Married to Carolyn, we have two adult children and one grandson. Outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, gardening and swimming are my choices of recreation.

Nancy Cunningham

Receptionist
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As a military brat, my family moved a bit but I was mostly raised in Northern Virginia. I graduated from high school in Fairfax County and attended college in DeLand, Florida. From there I met and married my husband, traveled extensively with his job with the airlines only to end up back in Virginia 25 years later. We have raised two children and still delight in traveling and staying active with our church and community. We enjoy both water and mountain activities either fishing, hiking or taking our black lab on new adventures. 

At Jefferson Funeral Chapel I am richly blessed to be a part of the kindness, compassion and respect shown to families we serve during difficult times. The team here truly is extraordinary and caring in all they do to set themselves apart.