Terry Roberts, General Manager
Terry moved to Kissimmee in 1960, a week after Hurricane Donna came through. He graduated from Osceola High School in 1965. Married Annette Gorski in 1966 who was the stepdaughter of Horace Phipps, founder of Osceola Memory Gardens in 1958. Terry graduated from the University of South Florida in 1970 with a Bachelors degree in education and a minor in accounting. He has been employed with Osceola Memory Gardens since 1972 where he started in cemetery maintenance and was a grave digger. Terry was appointed General Manager in 1984 and became a partner in 1996. Terry served as past President of the Rotary Club of Kissimmee as well as past President of Florida Cemetery Association.
Tom Hanneken, Licensed Funeral Director / Operations Manager
Tom has been a licensed funeral director since 1987. He has been with Funeraria Porta Coeli for over 10 years and with Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Homes (we are affiliated) since 1997. Tom enjoys helping families through a difficult time. He is married to his lovely wife, Julie and has four wonderful children. He is a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Kissimmee Elks Lodge, and Knights of Columbus. Tom enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.
Ludmila De Oliveira, Licensed Funeral Director / Funeral Home Manager
Ludmila De Oliveira was born in São Paulo, Brazil where she was raised through her teenage years. In 1996 she moved to Florida with her family and started working in the funeral industry at the age of 18. Besides working in a funeral home she was also a Monument Sales Agent for many years. In 2007 she decided to go back to school and study to become a Licensed Funeral Director, and in 2010 she graduated from the Mortuary Services Program at the Miami-Dade College and became licensed in 2011. With over 20 years in the industry, Ludmila has gained a vast experience working with persons from various cultural backgrounds and have developed good relationships with Consulates from many Countries, becoming an International Shipping Specialist. She is also fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and became part of our team in December 2017. Ludmila is a proud mother of her son Giovanni, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, reading and fishing.
Abigail Bermudez, Licensed Funeral Director
Vanessa Roman, Community Relations Director
Vanessa was born in New York City and earned her BA from Fordham University in Media Studies. While a student, Vanessa represented her city in the National Latino Leadership Opportunity Program where she learned about issues affecting her community. This experience put Vanessa on the path of seeking innovative ways to help her community. She has since integrated her media background and her passion for serving people in every position she has held.
In 2003 she moved to Central Florida to work for Cox Media Group’s WPYO/WCFB as Marketing Director. After 7 years in broadcast marketing, she went on to work for the City of Kissimmee, where she was the Supervisor of Public Events & Venues overseeing the city’s largest events.
Vanessa Román has served as the Community Relations Director for Osceola Memory Gardens, Porta Coeli, Fisk Funeral Home and Funeraria Borinquen for over 5 years. She is responsible for building and maintaining community presence, sponsorships, donation programs and event organizing. Her current position allows her to be active in her community, while still finding ways to help.
Vanessa is also a certified yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner, two skills she uses to help others heal in her spare time. Vanessa lives in Saint Cloud with her family.
Sandra Rijo, Licensed Family Service Advisor
Sandra was born and raised in Dominican Republic. She graduated from Eugenio Maria de Hostos University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with a degree in Business Administration. She is bilingual. While living in the Dominican Republic, she worked at City Bank for more than six years.
During the years 2000-2005 she developed her own business importing tires from United States. She moved to Orlando, Florida with her family and started working at Starwood Vacation Ownership for almost four years. She obtained her License as Family Service Advisor and she has been working at Funeraria Porta Coeli and Osceola Memory Gardens since 2013 where she applies her customer service experience of over twenty five years by offering careful orientations with warm support and advice.
Anamaria Garcia, Licensed Family Service Advisor
Anamaria was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She worked at Banco de Reservas in Santo Domingo while pursuing a Marketing career at Eugenio Maria de Hostos University after which she moved to New Jersey in 1987. She started working at Pan American Airlines in the payroll department. After Pan American’s bankruptcy, she moved to Florida to explore new opportunities. Anamaria worked at Westgate Resort, Vistana Resort, Sunpass Operations and maintains a Florida Real Estate License. She joined Funeraria Porta Coeli and Osceola Memory Gardens in 2015 as a bi-lingual, licensed Family Service Advisor which gives her the opportunity to take care of families in times of need as well as allowing her to help families make decisions in the best way.
Marisol Cruz, Funeral Home Associate
Elena St. Laurent, Funeral Home Associate
I was married for 50 years when my husband passed away.
I have 4 adult children and 11 grandchildren.
I am a Grief Counselor and hold a Grief Support Group weekly.
I am happy to be working with Funeraria Porta Coeli for over
two years now. It enables me to help people during the
worst time of their live.
Reina Santos, Funeral Home Associate
Reina was born in El Salvador. She has been married for 18 years and has 3 kids. She's a nice, caring and hardworking person. She used to lived in New York City then moved to Florida and has joined the Osceola Memory Gardens and Funeraria Porta Coeli family.
C. Thompson Dorsey, Licensed Funeral Director
Tom was born in Brunswick, Maine and moved with his family to Pompano Beach, FL in 1969. Upon graduation from Pompano Beach Senior High School, Tom went to work part time at R. Jay Kraeer Funeral Home in 1976 and spent 20 years learning how to care for families at the premier funeral home in South Florida. Tom graduated in 1992 from Miami Dade Community College with a degree in Funeral Service Education. In September of 1998 Tom and his wife Kim moved to St. Cloud, FL to work for Funeraria Porta Coeli and Osceola Memory Gardens. Tom believes in the value of community service and is involved in the community in many ways; He is a member of the Rotary Club of St. Cloud and served as President in 2001 – 2002 and 2019 – 2020. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Greater Osceola St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce in 2014. In addition, he served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Osceola County Council on Aging in 2014 and is still an active board member as well as the St. Cloud Main Street Program. Tom expresses that, “It’s been the privilege of a lifetime to call Funeral Service my profession.” Tom lives in St Cloud with his beautiful wife Kim and their fur babies, Katie and Hunter.
Vernon Dorsey, Licensed Funeral Director
Vern was born in Brunswick, Maine and moved to Florida as a young boy. After many years working in the Funeral Business, He attended Miami Dade Community College earning an Associate Degree in Funeral Service Education in 1991. He Worked for the Kraeer Funeral Homes until 1996 when he relocated his family to Ocala, FL. where he worked at the Page Theus Funeral Home. In 2002 he joined the staff of the Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home and Funeraria Porta Coeli. Vernon has participated in the Kissimmee Bay and Poinciana Rotary Clubs and The Poinciana area Chamber. Vern and his wife Carol reside in St. Cloud.
Donald R. Kraeer, Licensed Funeral Director
Kevin Strong, Licensed Funeral Director
Bonnie Sproat, Licensed Family Service Advisor
Bonnie was born in Rockford, IL. She was raised on a farm in Central Wisconsin where she helped raise cattle, goats, pigs, sheep, horses, lambs and ducks. From that she learned compassion, love and affection towards both animals and people. She began her career in the hotel and travel industry helping to ensure people their vacation of a lifetime. Later she moved to Central Florida where she met the love of her life and they were married for over 20 years. Osceola Memory Gardens and Funeraria Porta Coeli welcomed Bonnie over 12 years ago to educate and assist families in the process of pre-arranging their final wishes; because of her level of understanding, compassion and commitment. Her love of family resonates in everything she does and every person she works with. She loves the Green Bay Packers (Cheese heads), NASCAR (Earnhardt) and outdoor activities including: playing and walking with her dogs, boating, gardening, reading and whatever she can get in to.
Gedaly Pena, Office Administrator
Nitza Caro, Office Administrator
Nitza was born in Puerto Rico. She moved to Florida in 1998. She has been married for 24 years to her husband Xavier and has 3 kids. Nitza graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelor in Spanish and a Minor in Education. She has been working at Funeraria Porta Coeli since March 2021 as an Office Administrator.
Marisol Fuentes, Licensed Funeral Director
Marisol Fuentes Miller is a Licensed Funeral Director and has been serving family's at Funeraria Porta Coeli and Osceola Memory Gardens since August 2020. She graduated American Academy McAllister Institute in 2009 and received her New York license in 2011. She served families in the tristate area until 2016, when she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to learn and expand her knowledge of other cultures and traditions in the funeral industry. Shorlty after the 2020 pandemic began, she moved back to the east coast to serve our community in Osceola County. Marisol is married to her loving husband Apollo, has two children, Jennifer and Noah, two cats and an energetic pitbull terrier. When not serving family's during their time of need, she enjoy's running, cooking, hosting and watching documentaries.