Our Staff

Our team of professionals is here to serve you whenever and however you need assistance. At Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home & Cremation Services, we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our staff is dedicated to serving our New Port Richey community and involved with many local organizations including the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Trinity Odessa Chamber of Commerce, Pasco County Aging Network, Gulfside Hospice Board, Sertoma Club, Shriners Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Call today to speak with our team and learn more about what Michels & Lundquist has to offer.

John Butler

Vice President

John Butler has served as a General Manager at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home & Cremation Services since 2013.  With over a quarter of a century of experience in funeral service, he has worked as an apprentice, a funeral director and a manager.

Born in Western New York, he received his Associates Degree from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service. He is a member of Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of Gulfside Hospice, formerly served on the Board of the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce, a member of Florida Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida and is a member of Rotary Club of Holiday.

John lives in Trinity with his wife and their children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, working in the yard, going to the beach and golfing.

Drew Johnson

General Manager


Drew originates from a small community located in rural Southeastern Minnesota. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2010.  Following graduation, he served families in many capacities in the Greater Chicago land area.  Drew had continued his meaningful path assisting families for 7 years before joining Michels & Lundquist in 2019. He holds a Funeral Director and Embalmers License in both Florida and Minnesota. During his spare time, he enjoys frequenting local golf courses, attending sporting events, spending time with his family, and taking in the beautiful surroundings of the Bay area.

Persel J. Woods

Funeral Director

Persel J. Woods, a native of Ocala, Florida, is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. A student athlete and graduate of North Marion High School, Mr. Woods dedicated his life to serving others in the United States Navy for twenty years. After retiring, He received his degree in Mortuary Science from Tidewater Community College. Mr. Woods joined the Altmeyer Family in 2010 where he serves families with dignity and personal understanding. His dedication and diligence to those families continues to enhance the professional excellence that families have come to expect.

Rachel Mayo

Funeral Director

Rachel Mayo started in the funeral profession in 2008 as a preneed funeral and cemetery counselor. She began taking classes to become a funeral director and embalmer almost immediately, knowing that she had found her calling. While attending St. Petersburg College, Rachel worked full time in the profession in various roles, learning practical skills alongside her book studies. After graduating in June of 2012, she spent the early years of her career focused on specializing in embalming and restoration techniques. She returned to performing the combined roles of funeral director and embalmer in early 2016. She feels that making what is quite possibly the worst day in someone’s life just a little bit easier to bear is her life’s purpose.

Sarah Simkins

Funeral Director, Embalmer and Outreach Director

Sarah grew up on a dairy farm in Indiana and graduated from Borden High School in 2001. She graduated Mid America College of Funeral Service with her Associates Degree in 2003. She decided that funeral service was her calling after having the “life talk” with her dad one day as she worked for him as an activity assistant while still in high school. She feels this profession chose her as she feels fulfillment in easing the grieving and making the funeral arrangement process seamless. Sarah began her funeral career at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home in 2004 as an intern. After she served her 1 year, Roger Michels & Andy Lundquist hired her on full time and she began serving the family’s of the Pasco County area. She is active with and supportive of Veterans Affairs, sponsoring the Gold Star Family luncheons for the past 2 years. She is past secretary for Pasco Business Connections, and also served as Ambassador for the Trinity Odessa & West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. She loves her newest role at Michels & Lundquist as the Outreach Director, providing cakes, hot cookies, candy, and most importantly smiles to her local nursing homes, ALFs, churches, and hospices. Sarah visits 46 facilities a month. She loves volunteering as some of these local facilities during the birthday parties. “To see the residents smile and enjoy the cake that’s donated is truly priceless.”

Sarah is married to Stephen and they have 2 sons Chase & Christian. She is blessed to have her dad Fred and Mom Patty close by and has 2 brothers Josh & Steve, and a sister Andrea and 4 blended siblings, Matt, Brandi, Zac, & Abby. In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and sons, boating, traveling, and just being with her family.

Scottie Garcia

Licensed Funeral Director

Originally from Queens, NY, Scottie moved to Florida in 2007. A graduate of American Academy McAllisrer Institute, which is located in Manhattan, NY, in 1992, making that over two decades of funeral service experience. Scottie is married with 2 children. In his spare time, he enjoys football, martial arts, outdoor activities and what he describes as “watching the wind blow”.

Jon Phillips

Funeral Director & Embalmer

Jon Phillips was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area. He has been working in various roles in the funeral industry since 2006.  Jon graduated St. Petersburg College in 2009 and has continued to work in various roles as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.  He finds comfort in serving the community while helping families celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

Jon is married to his wife Vicky and together they have 5 children most are grown now.  In his spare time, Jon likes to spend his time flying airplanes, scuba diving, watching sports, and going to the gym.


Patricia Rodriguez

Advanced Planning Director

Patricia is a licensed Pre-Need Counselor at Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home since 2019 and now is the Sales Manager for our Florida operations. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, moving to Hudson Florida with her husband in 2002. In 2016 she decided to change her career path and become a licensed Pre-Arrangement Counselor in funeral services and has never looked back.

In Patricia’s spare time, she enjoys cooking, boating, cruising and shelling. Be sure to share your favorite recipe when you meet with her. She loves to collect client favorites.

Lou McDermott

Pre-Need Counselor


Soon after earning my degree at St. Petersburg College, I moved to Seattle Washington where I began my career in the Funeral industry. Working for the largest Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory in Washington State, I was trained with industry leaders to learn all aspects of pre-planning and end of life decisions.

I moved back to my hometown of St. Petersburg to care for my aging mother and have lived in the tri-county area ever since. With me, I brought the skills I learned to help others deal with their Cremation and Burial pre-arrangement plans.

While some things have changed over the years, my guiding principle and motto remains in tack: be honest, caring, considerate and show respect to all. It has served me well in life and especially in this business.

My wife and I live in Trinity, FL with our daughter who will be out of school soon and off into the real world. We also have two sons who have graduated college and are indeed in the real world. . . home during holidays and when money is in short supply.

Cheyenne Moore

Funeral Director

Cheyenne grew up in the New Port Richey/Holiday area where she attended Gulf Middle and High Schools. She received her A.S. in Funeral Services at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. After working for funeral homes in Dracut, MA and St. Petersburg, FL, she made the decision to come back home to Pasco county and currently resides in New Port Richey with her significant other, their 2 cats, Simon and Tasha, and their dog, Jughead.

James Lovell

Pre-Need Counselor

James Lovell has served as a Pre-Need Counselor at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home & Cremation Services for 16 years. Born in Kankakee, Illinois, James attended Kankakee Senior High School before graduating from Kankakee Community College in two years. In addition to serving as a Pre-Need Counselor, he also has worked as a Funeral Attendant.

Since 1982, he has been a member of the Holiday Rotary Club.

James is married with two children and six grandchildren and attends St. Michaels Catholic Church. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and travel, specifically cruising.

Nicki Kessler

Funeral Service Intern

Nicki, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Florida in 2016.  After receiving her B.S. in Biology from Bowling Green State University, she chose to change her career path and began working toward her degree in Funeral Services in January of 2019.

In her spare time, she enjoys helping homeless animals find their forever homes.

Aaron Shull

Crematory Operator

Ricki Sullivan

Funeral Service Intern

Ricki Sullivan is a Florida native and is currently finishing her degree in mortuary science at St. Petersburg college. She has been working in the funeral industry since 2014 and truly believes serving families in this time of need is her calling. Ricki and her husband Nick have a daughter named Ophelia, and three, four-legged children. In her downtime she enjoys crafting and baking with her daughter, running, and completing DIY projects in her home.

Alissa Mitchell

Funeral Service Apprentice

Alissa E. Mitchell was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. After graduating high school in 2012 with honors, she discovered she felt particularly drawn to a vocation dealing with grief and death care, and realized her passion was in funeral services. Alissa has been a full time funeral home employee since May of 2018. She is currently a student at both St. Petersburg College and Saint Leo University, earning her A.S. degree in Funeral Services and her B.A degree in Business Management. It is her dream to continue her ministry to the community by earning her Funeral Director’s license and becoming the manager (and maybe even owner) of a funeral home someday. In her spare time, Alissa is an avid advocate of IBD and Fibromyalgia Research and Awareness. Her hobbies include singing karaoke, practicing yoga, visiting the beach, cosplaying at Bay Area Ren Faire and local conventions, and attending church with her little sister.

Fares Houssein

Crematory Operator

Robert Shaw

Funeral Attendant

Charles Hall

Funeral Attendant

Barry Cook

Funeral Attendant

Gerald Warren

Funeral Attendant

Anthony Cuomo

Funeral Attendant