Our Staff

The folks you see below have, combined, over 400 years of service in the Cemetery and Funeral Industry

General Manager

Michael D. Ondina

Michael Ondina

After spending 14 years in professional baseball, first as a player and then as an administrator, Mike started in the cemetery and funeral home industry in 1985. Soon after, he purchased and operated several cemeteries both in Jacksonville and in South Florida.

After being selected to be the General Manager of Evergreen Cemetery in 2012, he put his entrepreneurial experience to work, directing many improvements to the cemetery and expanding services including the addition of the Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Mike and his wife, Janine, have been married for 36 years and they have two sons and two grandsons. He enjoys sports, automobiles and restoring the beauty of historic places.

Funeral
Director

Rick Swanson

Rick Swanson

Rick is a graduate from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Mortuary Science degree. He has extensive managerial experience and has been a funeral director since 1980. Rick accepted a position with Evergreen Cemetery in 2012 as Funeral Director/ Director of Sales. He enjoys working for a privately owned and operated company.

He has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 32 years. They have two children. Rick enjoys travel, fishing, and most importantly helping families through difficult times.

Funeral/Cemetery Assistant

Dominic Ondina

Dominic Ondina

Dominic graduated from Palm Beach State College and has worked in cemeteries for over 15 years. He is a third-generation cemeterian. He began his cemetery career in Riviera Beach and Belleglade, Florida. He started working at Evergreen in February 2016.

Controller

Charles Grant

Charles Grant

Charles W. Grant Jr. (Charlie) came to Evergreen Cemetery Association in January of 2018. Charlie was born and raised in Jacksonville. He graduated from Stanton College Preparatory School in 1988. He attended Florida State University and he graduated from FSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Charlie is married to Corinne Grant. They have two sons, Charles W. Grant III and Jackson C. Grant. Charlie enjoys spending time with his family and friends, running, sports and investing.

Funeral Home
Administration

Louis Schwartz

Louis is a second generation cemeterian, with over 30 years’ experience in the cemetery and funeral home industry. In 1999 he was awarded the designation of Certified Cemetery Executive by the International Cemetery and Funeral Association. He attended Colorado State University and the University of Kentucky. His hobbies include beekeeping, gardening and distance running. Family time is an important time of his life, spending time with his wife, Jeri Lynn and three sons, Maxwell, Samuel, and Adam.

Special Projects Consultant

Richard Mueller

Richard L. Mueller, CCE

Richard is a fourth-generation cemeterian who was born in 1950 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was raised in Birmingham, Alabama and was a member of the class of 1971 at the University of Alabama, where he was a French major. He an Elder of the Orange Park Presbyterian Church and a member of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville. In 1976, he began working for Evergreen Cemetery where he continues to consult on special projects. He is married to the former Deborah Riordan. They have a daughter, Amy and two sons, Jonathan and Ryan.

Administrative
Consultant

Freda Parker

Freda Parker

Freda works as an Administrative Consultant at Evergreen. She began her career at Evergreen in September 1987. Her hobbies are scrapbooking, photography, and travel. She raised two boys, Travis and Tracey with the help of her husband, Gene. Even though she was born in Georgia she is an avid Gator fan.

Family Service
Counselors

Jackie Grant

Jackie Grant

Jackie was born in Great Lakes, IL and is the oldest of four children however she grew up in Bradenton, FL. She entered the cemetery/ funeral home business as a family service counselor over 30 years ago.

She is passionate about ministering God’s grace and hope to others. Jackie  is married to Greg, a minister in the United Methodist Church. They have four children and one grandson. They enjoy spending time with each other, their family, friends and church family.

Laurie Griffin

Laurie Griffin

Laurie is an Ohio native, but has made Jacksonville her home since 1979. After working in the IT field for 32 years, Laurie was presented the opportunity of becoming a Family Service Counselor.

Laurie started working at Evergreen Cemetery In 2012 and finds it fulfilling to help families both before and after the death of a loved one. Laurie has two sons and one daughter and is extremely proud of all of them. Laurie enjoys camping, needle work and playing the ukulele for fun.

Deborah Hand

Deborah Hand

Deborah has been in the cemetery and funeral industry for 20 years, and recently came to Evergreen Cemetery and Funeral Home to help families make their final arrangements. She has lived in the Jacksonville area for over 30 years.

Jessica Carroll

Jessica Carroll

Jessica is a Jacksonville native who attended the University of North Florida and the University of Southern Queensland Australia. She has worked in the industries of travel & tourism and international education. Jessica has lived in three other countries and was contracted overseas with the Department of State prior to her position as a Family Services Counselor at Evergreen.

Jessica joined the Evergreen team in December of 2016.  She is both delighted and humbled to be of service to families.

Receptionist

Brenda Rochester

Brenda Rochester

When you walk into our office, Brenda’s smiling face will be the first to greet youas our receptionist. She has been with Evergreen since January 2001. She enjoys walking, bird watching, music and is very active in her church.

Building Maintenance

Barbara McQueen

Barbara Mc Queen

Barbara has been employed at Evergreen Cemetery since 1978. She is in charge of the maintenance of the administration offices and the mausoleum complex. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading her Bible, and spending time with her close family and friends. One of her greatest acts of altruism was helping her two nieces complete their college education.

Ground Crew Supervisors

Lonnie Jones

Lonnie Jones Jr.

Lonnie has been working for Evergreen Cemetery since 1973, starting out building our mausoleum. In 1989, he was promoted to supervisor. His day-to-day duties includes supervising interment services. Lonnie is the longest serving employee in Evergreen history.

Randy Rolando

Randy Rolando

Randy has lived for the past 21 years in the Springfield neighborhood of Jacksonville with his wife, Jenifer. He has an MBA from Jacksonville University. Randy first worked for Evergreen from 2004 to 2007 as grounds supervisor. He returned to Evergreen in 2014 to become the Superintendent.

Ryan Cupp

Ryan Cupp

Ryan is a 5th generation cemeterian who started working at Evergreen in 2011. He has worked his way up to Supervisor in charge of the installation of memorials. He also does everything else necessary to help Evergreen run smoothly. Born in Tallahassee, he loves the Seminoles and Jaguars and enjoys playing video games.

Service & Maintenance Team

Evergreen Service and Maintenance Team

From left to right

Joey Smith, Ralph McKenzie, Kenneth Workman, Kathleen Peneguy, Larry Cooper, Raymond Hudson, Willie Gibbs, Travis Nelson, Jonathan Cupp, Lafayett Bland

Awards & Accolades

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