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Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

James Konitzer

James Konitzer

Director of Sales

James grew up in the industry; his family owned and operated Catholic Funeral Homes in Chicago, IL. He has worked in the industry for over 35 years, and most recently he was the Sales and Marketing Director for a Non-Profit in Spokane, WA. James was instrumental in starting Heritage Funeral Home and Pacific Northwest Cremation. He brings with him a vast working knowledge of all facets of the Death Care industry. James has been married for 23 years to his loving wife, Carol, and together they have several four-legged children. When not working, James enjoys reading and exploring regional history, and trying to play Chess.

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Richard Winter

Richard Winter

Vice President of Operations

Rich, originally from Montoursville, Pennsylvania, entered the Death Care Industry as a summer intern in Shreveport, Louisiana. He eventually accepted a full time position in sales management and excelled. Rich has served in various sales management capacities including: Location Manager of Forest Park East, Director of Sales of Shreveport, Director of Sales of Pennsylvania, and Director of Sales and Marketing for all locations. In 2015 an opportunity came which allowed Rich to return to the Northeast, he was excited to accept the opportunity to serve as Director of Operations and Family Service of two locations which allowed him to learn and excel at operations in addition to sales. In September of 2016, Rich was promoted to Vice President of Operations and General Manager of Forest Park Cemeteries.

Rich states, “I have been fortunate enough to be able to continue my education and relocate with the company several times; which has given me the opportunity to learn many different ways Cemeteries and Funeral Homes can be operated. This exposure has given me extensive knowledge to prepare for my current role.”

Rich has achieved a Bachelor's degree in Political Science (2010) and a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts (2012), earning both from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. His thesis focused on how the Death Care Industry has grown and changed since the 1960's, using Jessica Mitford's "The American Way of Death" as a foundation. Rich has graduated from the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association University, and was voted Valedictorian by his peers (2014). He obtained credit for attending the J. Asher Neel College of Sales and Marketing, Cremation Services College (which certified him to be a Crematory Operator, Administrator, and Counselor), Leadership, Administration, and Management College, and Land Management College. 

Rich spends much of his free time with his wife, Kate, and their boxer, Zoe. He has served as a Member-at-Large for the Phi Mu Delta Fraternity National Council for two years, President of the Phi Mu Delta Mu Zeta chapter Alumni Association for four years; and most recently started volunteering as the Secretary for the Phi Mu Delta Educational Foundation.

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Jennifer Danko

Jennifer Danko

Vice President of Sales

Jennifer and her husband, Jason, have 8 children and recently had an addition of their 4th grandchild to the family. Jennifer started her career in the Funeral and Cemetery industry in Corpus Christi, TX over 23 years ago. She has held numerous positions in both operations, marketing, property development, and sales management, but most enjoys working on the sales side.

Jennifer owned and operated her own pre-need and monument company in the Chicago area for 8 years prior to rejoining the corporate world. Jennifer and her family recently relocated back to Texas and she joined the Letum team in September 2017.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and scrapbooking.

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Catrina Richardson

Catrina Richardson

Family Service Manager


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