History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Sunset Memory Gardens has served the Tampa Bay area families as a cemetery since it was founded in 1958. In 2012 we opened our Key West themed Funeral Home and have continued the same quality of service our families have come to expect from us. We are devoted to exceeding expectations and providing a standard of service that goes above and beyond.
Occupying 70 acres, our beautiful and spacious cemetery offers a comforting, park-like environment highlighted by numerous trees and flowers. We offer families a variety of memorials from in-ground to upright monuments. Our staff is known for its caring, professional services and Spanish-speaking capabilities.
Our Valued Staff
Brian Zipter, Area General Manager
Brian is a stand out patriot who proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps. He is passionate about being an American and serving veterans. Brian’s commitment to Sunset Memory Gardens is personal as his young daughter who lost her battle with cancer is interred here at Sunset. In 2016, he lost his 27-year-old son Stephen Zipter as well, who is also interred at Sunset. Brian has turned his adversities in life to fuel his unwavering desire to help families going through loss. Brian’s leadership has brought incredible upgrades and beautification to Sunset. He has been married for 31 years to his lovely wife, Patty. They have two sons and 2 grandchildren.
Charlie Singleton, Sales Manager
Dean Maloney, Location Manager & Funeral Director
Dean is one of several Florida natives here at Sunset. He was born in Daytona Beach and is a 4th generation Floridian. He is a 3rd generation Funeral Director. Serving families has become a mission for Dean. Assisting them in the process of saying goodbye to their loved one and giving survivors hope is his calling. Dean and his wife of 26 years have 3 children. Dean enjoys racing, music, playing drums and attending concerts and sporting events. He is a Rotarian and has served as an officer in the Elks Lodge.
Karens Manzanares, Office Manager
Karens brings over 10 years of passionate service to our industry as an administrative details person. She is originally from Cuba and came to the US in 1998. She has 2 small children and loves shopping and dancing.
Kimberly R. Meyers, Funeral Director
Kimberly Meyers was born in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary college in 2011. She worked in Dale City, Virginia as a funeral director for a few years before she and her fiancé, Bruce relocated to Florida. They currently live in Lakeland, FL with their dog, Hutch. In her spare time she volunteers with Lakeland SPCA and her church. She has a passion for helping people and animals alike.
Terry Dennis, Family Service Supervisor
Terry is our new Family Service Supervisor. She has been married to her husband, Randy for 21 years. Has served in the Funeral Industry for 31 years and enjoys fishing and crafting.
Jennifer Bowers, Family Service Counselor
Jennifer has been passionately serving families for 10 years. Helping families in their hours of need is what brings Jennifer out of bed every day. Every life has meaning and Jennifer strives to help shine a spotlight and the legacy and handprint that those lives have brought to our world. Jennifer specializes in helping families with advance planning their funeral services and cemetery arrangements. She is a graduate of Plant City High School. Prior to her funeral career, Jennifer spent 30 years as a dental industry. She enjoys living in the country and spending time with her son, Matthew and daughter-in-law, Shayln and socializing with friends.
Miguel Quinones Olivares, Family Service Counselor
Griselda Martinez, Family Service Counselor
April McGuire, Community Service Counselor
Christopher McGuire, Community Service Counselor
Constance J Dziezic, Staff Associate
Constance comes to us from beautiful Phoenix, Arizona. She brings to Sunset Funeral Home a warm smile and genuine caring nature for people. When she is not at work here, she spends her time as a professional and leisurely photographer. She also enjoys rock concerts and taking in the outdoors.
Jennifer Dunn, Staff Associate
Jennifer was raised in Florida. Prior to working with Sunset she owned and managed two successful companies in the foliage industry. She enjoys spending time with her 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Ginger Heath, Staff Associate
Ginger Olson Heath, originally from Michigan, spent her early years as a “snowbird”, and relocated to the Tampa Bay area in 2001. As a pastor’s daughter, Ginger considers herself blessed to have had parents who were great role models in dealing with families during times of grief and loss. With an extensive background in healthcare and hospice, Ginger continues her passion of serving families and loved ones now as a member of our staff. A former graduate of Eckerd College, she is pursuing her Funeral Director Certification at St. Petersburg College. Ginger also holds certification as a Funeral Celebrant & Officiant through “Remembering the Life and Telling the Story”. Helping others find joy in the midst of grief is her mission and ministry. Ginger spends leisure time as a performing pianist and teacher, has a love for the outdoors, and most importantly, always looks forward to quality time with her husband, Chris and their rescue husky “Jazz”.
Judy Chassey, Staff Associate
Before relocating to Florida from Missouri, Judy Chassey was employed for 18 years as a surgical nurse, assisting 5 different surgeons in various procedures involving the eye. She now works occasionally at an Ambulatory Surgery Center in Brandon, but her main focus is in being a funeral service professional. Judy is enrolled in the Stratford Career Institute Funeral Service Program. She expects furthering her education in this field to be helpful in caring for clients and in general operating procedures at Sunset. Her favorite off work activity is dancing and she is a previous dance instructor.
Amanda Vazquez Soto, Administrative Specialist
Amanda Vazquez Soto moved to Tampa in 1995 from Puerto Rico. Studied Biology at Saint Leo University and proceeded to work with Veterans out of college. She is passionate about helping others and being a Mom. On her free time, she likes to go to the shooting range & travel.
Elizabeth Lackraj, Receptionist
Janet Thompson Tomberlin, Receptionist
Janet moved to Tampa from Pittsburgh, PA 50 years ago. She graduated from King High School and also attended Hillsborough Community College. She is married to her husband Wayne and has two sons and five beautiful grandchildren. After working for GTE/Verizon for 36 years, she has volunteered at her church in the office, and is a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. She is active with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). She has a passion for helping people in their darkest hour. She always offers a big smile and displays a kind heart. She likes to sing and cook.
David Dyal, Superintendent
David was born and raised in Apopka, Florida. He has been in cemetery service for 6 years and loves fishing and darts. David has two children.
Drew Middaugh, Foreman
Drew and his wife Christina relocated to Tampa 8 years ago from Richmond, Virginia. They have a 5 year old daughter and a 2 month old baby boy. Drew enjoys fishing and going to the gun range. Drew served our country for 4 years in the United States Marine Corps.
Robert Carnes, Cemetery Caretaker
Robert came here 3 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland. He enjoys football, cooking and eating. Robert is married and has 2 children.
Clifford Cody, Cemetery Caretaker
James Bass, Cemetery Caretaker
Jim Bass has been serving here at Sunset Memory Gardens for 2 years. He has been in the cemetery business for 21 years. He and his wife have 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He enjoys fishing in his spare time.