History & Staff

Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.

A History of Caring

For over 20 years, we have helped the Chandler community navigate grief and celebrate their lost loved ones. When we first opened our doors, we dreamed of offering our community a new kind of funeral home. We believe that compassionate, professional, and accessible care should be available to everyone, and families should never be pressured to purchase services they do not want or need. When families walk through our doors, we hope they feel at home and know that we are committed to helping them honor and celebrate their loved one’s life.

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

Shawn D. Buntin
Location Leader

Shawn was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to Arizona with his family on the day Elvis Presley died.

He spent the rest of his childhood in Gilbert, graduating from Gilbert High School. Following high school, he served a mission for his church in the Ohio Columbus Mission. He served his Apprenticeship in Funeral Service in Show Low from February of 1988- February of 1990. He then attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, graduating in 1991.

He has been a Funeral Director, Embalmer, Cremationist and managed funeral homes for many years.

He enjoys bowling, hiking, fishing, camping and spending time with family.

He and his wife, Retta, are the parents of four sons and are anticipating the arrival of their twelfth grandchild in July of 2022.



Paige Buchanan
Manager of Administration

Paige has been with Legacy Funeral Home since 2018 and has faithfully served in the funeral industry for seven years. When she is not serving families, she enjoys spending her free time traveling, scuba diving, snowboarding, and spending time with her friends, family, and Australian shepherd, Remi.
“I remain grateful each and every time a family trusts me to accompany them through a difficult time” 



Shauna Henry
Funeral Director

Shauna grew up in Mesa, Arizona where she graduated from Chandler-Gilbert Community College earning her Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. She graduated with honors being active with the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa.

Shauna is the first in her family to go into the funeral industry but could not imagine life going any other way. Shauna has a passion for helping others especially honoring those who have passed away.



Kellie Elzinga
Funeral Arranger

Kellie joined the Legacy Family in the fall of 2017 after a happenstance meeting with a current employee. She began working with indigent cases, and later moved to marketing. After a short time, she was blessed to start meeting with families as the unfortunate needs arose through the Covid pandemic. Quickly realizing that this was a true calling for her, she has continued to assist families ever since. She finds great fulfillment in helping families through a difficult time and hopes that her service will in some way alleviate the stress that such a loss can bring. She has a genuine passion for helping others and her compassion can truly be felt by those she serves.

Kellie is the first in her family to work in the funeral industry. In her spare time, she and her husband find themselves supporting their three children in their lives endeavors and loves to spend time in the great outdoors, travel, and serve in the church of which she has been a lifelong member.   



Christina Vollaro
Funeral Arranger

Ms. Vollaro has been with Legacy Funeral Home since 2016 and is one of the first people you will speak too with her friendly voice when families call the funeral home.  Ms. Vollaro is our administrative assistant and very thorough with the “behind-the-scenes” paperwork.  

She is a very talented and avid crafter, exploring several avenues for creating the perfect holiday scene in her home. 

This job fulfills her desire to express care and concern to others in their time of need. 



Phylisia Reyes
Funeral Arranger

Phylisia was born and raised in Phoenix. Studying for a career in the medical field, she decided to explore other areas of caring for people in which, she came across an internship opportunity at a local funeral home. During her time at the funeral home, she found out how much really enjoyed aiding people to honor their loved ones lives in unique and personal ways. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Arizona in 2017, she enrolled in Chandler-Gilbert Community College Mortuary Science program and graduated in 2019.

Phylisia joined the Legacy Funeral Home family in 2020. Currently, Phylisia is a Funeral Arranger at the Rose Chapel location aiding families in arrangements and funeral services. She also helps the back-office staff in preparation of loved ones for their services.



Kari Martin
Funeral Arranger

Kari has been with Legacy Funeral Home since 2021 and working in the funeral industry since 2020. She started out as an Administrative Assistant and grew to love the business and wanted to work closer with the families, so she became a Funeral Arranger. Priding herself in taking exceptional care of the families and their loved ones that come into our care. The bond she has as a funeral arranger with the families is one of the purest and brings her joy comforting the families she serves.

Finding herself in the funeral industry was by chance. She had her heart set on becoming a nurse and was attending college classes when she endured a great loss and wanted to change direction in her career. She is a mother to three children, and they are her pride and joy. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, going to the beach or the mountains.

“Assisting families who are suffering a great loss is abundantly rewarding for me, I take pride in giving comfort and ease to the families I help.”



Heather Brown
Embalmer

Heather has been in the funeral industry since 2018 and is a 2019 graduate of the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Mortuary Science Program.  Heather has been with Legacy Funeral Home-Rose Chapel since February 2021 where she works as an Intern Embalmer.  



Dee Dee Walker
Administrative Assistant

Dee Dee Walker is an Administrator who has been in funeral service for 13 years in her current administration role, as well as memorial designer, previously.

She is a longtime resident of Phoenix who enjoys going to Glamis and riding the dunes and she loves frogs.

She and her husband, David have two children, Asher and David J. Walker, 3 dogs and 2 cats.



Joey Vollaro
Cremationist

Mr. Vollaro became a Legacy staff member in 2015, just by happenstance. With humble beginnings as a transporter, he showed interest in cremation in 2017. Mr. Vollaro has blossomed in several aspects of the funeral industry and is quite the "Handy-man."  He is currently a Cremation Specialist and takes much joy and pride in serving families at Legacy Funeral Home.  

He enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his children and wife. 



Alyana Rodriguez
Transport Specialist

Alyana was born and raised in Tempe. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2015 with her bachelor’s in social work. She will be beginning Mortuary School in the fall.  She joined the Legacy Funeral Home family in 2020. She is a Transport care specialist and a funeral attendant.  



Skylar McQuinn
Funeral Attendant

Skylar was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona.

I am a full-time college student with Chandler Gilbert Community College’s Mortuary Science Program and a US Army Veteran planning on pursuing a career in the funeral industry. I am a Funeral Attendant with Legacy Funeral Home, learning new things every day.