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Meet the Staff

Thomas E. Baldwin (1913 - 2004) born in Arcadia, Florida, he graduated from Vero Beach High School and the McAllister College of Mortuary Science at New York City. He was a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, first being licensed in Florida in 1932. Later in his career, he helped establish Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society. He was respected by his peers, cherished by his family, served as President of the Florida Funeral Director Association, and was an inspiration to us all.
Raymond C. Knopke serves as President and is a member of Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society's Board of Directors. A native Floridian, he graduated from Berkeley Preparatory School and University of South Florida College of Accountancy at Tampa. Associated with Funeral Service companies for over forty years, he is a former owner of Garden of Memories Funeral Home and Cemetery of Tampa, later served as President of the Neptune Society of Northern California, and is a past President of the Florida Cemetery Association.
 
Ruth Anne Yeats serves as Vice President of Funeral Operations, is a member of the Cremation Society's Board of Directors and has been a Florida Funeral Director since 1992. A native Floridian, having graduated from South Broward High School, Hollywood and Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, Atlanta, GA. Ruth Anne is the chair for Relay for Life, signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, a member in the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador and member of Smyrna's Active Leaders for Tomorrow (SALT). She is also on the Board of Directors for the Florida Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association.
Evans P. Baldwin serves as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, is a member of the Cremation Society's Board of Directors and is an eighth generation Floridian. He graduated from Winter Park High School and the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. Evans has worked in the death care industry since 2001 and will be a Florida Funeral Director in 2014 upon completing his internship with the Cremation Society. He is an active member of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador, and Smyrna Yacht Club and First United Methodist Church of Winter Park.
 
Millie DeJesus Proudly serves Baldwin Brothers as a Life Celebration Planner. She moved from Puerto Rico to Florida in 1987, a graduate from Miami-Dade Mortuary Science Program. Fully bilingual in Spanish, brings 22 years of experience as a Funeral Director. She is dedicated to the Central Florida Community and member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She is involved the Hispanic Community and Puerto Rican Association.

James R. Baldwin has been a Florida funeral Director since 1976 and owner of Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society since 1980. He graduated from Winter Park High School and Miami-Dade College Mortuary Science. He is a Past Master of New Smyrna Masonic Lodge, past president of The Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach, and a member of St Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church. He is active in the Bahia Shrine Drum & Bugle Corps is a Florida Master Naturalist. Jim is a Certified Life Tribute Celebrant.
 
John McCormick serves as a Planning Consultant and has spent seven years as a pre-need consultant. He relocated from Albany, N.Y. with his wife Marianne in 2001 they have one son John. He attended Murray State University obtained a B.S. in Business Administration and a MBA from the University Of Phoenix. He is a member of Sacred Heart Church in New Smyrna Beach.
Laura M. Griffith serves the Baldwin Brothers team as a planning consultant.  She has been in Florida for 15 years, and in the death care industry for over 10 years.  She previously owned and operated Griffith Contracting, a commercial remodeling business.  A graduate of Northern Community College, she stays active with her volunteer work with the American Cancer Society, and the local assisted living facilities.
 
Richard O. Baldwin has been a Florida Funeral Director since 1972 an owner of Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society since 1980. A native Floridian, a graduate of Winter Park High School, Miami-Dade College of Mortuary Science, and the University of Central Florida. He is past President of the Florida Funeral Director Association and member of Smyrna Yacht Club, Orlando Bahia Temple, and First United Methodist Church of Winter Park. He is secretary of the DePugh Nursing Home.
Donna Fisher serves as Baldwin Brothers Office Manager. She graduated from Kean University in Union, New Jersey with a Bachelors Degree in Management-Accounting and relocated to Florida from New Jersey with her husband Tony in 2000.  Donna enjoys the Florida climate and living in a beach community. She enjoys gardening, sewing and crocheting.
 
James Arlotta, a native New Yorker, came to Florida as a child in 1968 with his family. As an adult he has owned his own business in Ocala and served as a Police Motorcycle Officer with the Hallandale Police Department who worked with many other patrols within the department including Homicide, Marine and Traffic. He was also liaison for Broward Co. Emergency Management. James joined Baldwin Brothers in 2010.  He continues to serve his community as an active member of the New Smyrna Beach Motorcycle Club and is undergoing training with the Florida safety Council to become a motorcycle instructor. James has two children. James loves his work for Baldwin Brothers as it allows him to continue to serve those who have a great need with compassion and integrity.
Monty Beck, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, Monty worked as a Sales Manager for a Wholesale Bakery before moving to New Smyrna Beach in 1984.  He has worked for Baldwin Brothers since 1986 as an assistant funeral director helping many families through his kindnesses and helpfulness during their services.  Monty and his wife Marlene celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year and together they have five children, 16 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  Although Monty enjoys all football, he is an avid Ohio State Football fan.
 
Jerald L. Pullins has been associated with funeral service companies since 1970. A native of Kansas, he graduated from the University of Kansas (BS) and the University of Texas (MBA). He was an officer in the US Army and honorably served two tours in Viet Nam. His first job in funeral service was with Service Corporation International of Houston, the world's largest provider of funeral and cemetery services. He held a variety of positions at SCI including President. He also founded and served as President and CEO of the Sentinel Group one of the largest, privately owned groups of funeral providers. Today, he is a principal shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society.
Gladys Martinez moved to Florida in 2006 from Northern Virginia where she worked for USAirways for 27 years. She is a proud mother of two daughters, Britania and Jonnilyse and loves spending time with her two sisters, family and friends. And, besides loving life, she has a great love and respect for senior citizens.
Since her moved to Florida, Gladys has been a dedicated employee of Dove Funeral Home as an Administrative Assistant and is now a proud member of the Baldwin Brothers family. She is pleased to have joined this great caring company and its team of hard working, caring and professional individuals.
 
Emily Cambron serves Baldwin Brother's as an office assistant. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from the University of Georgia and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and Reading from the University of North Florida. After teaching at a primary school in Australia, Emily returned to Florida and spent 5 years teaching for Orange county public schools. Emily enjoys staying active through yoga, running, biking, and walking her dogs.
David Minkow sales managed a funeral home and cemetery and the Neptune Society's Fort Myers and Orlando offices prior to joining Baldwin Brothers. Known for his expertise in the field of preneed sales, David is a frequent contributor to industry trade journal "ICCFA Magazine." David has a BA in philosophy from Hobart College and an MBA in marketing from New York University's Stern School of Business. A four decade resident of Central Florida, he is a past president of Temple Israel and served as a Vice President on the Jewish Community Center board. He also has been an adjunct professor at University of Central Florida teaching sales management.
 
Shelly O'Dell serves as the Pre-Planning Advisor in The Villages Planning Center. Originally from Michigan, Shelly relocated to Florida in February of 2013. While in Michigan, she was employed with Memorial Healthcare working with Hospice patients and families as well as coordinating numerous Senior Service programs throughout the County. She has facilitated bereavement support groups, Hospice and Respite Volunteer services and Caregiver Support Groups. She has served on the Board of Directors for the United Way and was an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce.
Harry Kurtz proudly serves Baldwin Brothers as a Life Celebration Planner. He graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and has completed advanced studies in marriage and family counseling. His professional career includes Director of Human Resources, Executive Director of The Chamber of Commerce and owner of several companies. He has held many lidership positions in his church and community over the years and is currently a member of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg, Florida where he has volunteered in marriage and family counseling. He and his wife Dee relocated to Florida in 2009 after retiring from their family owned business and has been serving the local area as a Pre-Need Planning Counselor for the past several years.
 
Christian Andy Ingram, born and raised in West Virginia. Received a B.S. degree in Sports Medicine from Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, WV. Received an AST degree from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He has been in funeral service for well over fifteen years serving in his family's funeral before moving to Central Florida and joining the Baldwin Brother's team. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Orlando. He lives in Winter springs with his lovely wife Cheryl and his daughter Ella.
Ken Kramer was born in California to a military family. His family settled down in Florida in 1977. Ken attended school in Tallahassee until the bug to get out and travel hit him. He joined the US Navy in 1988 and spent the next six years traveling around the world. After being honorably discharged Ken moved to Orlando and worked as a manager in the restaurant industry for many years. He joined funeral service 2009 and has not joined Baldwin Brothers as Logistic Team member.