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Everly Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, VA

Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 703-998-9200 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.

Jim Zalewski

Jim Zalewski

Managing Partner

Jim was born in Philadelphia, PA and lived there until embarking on a career in the United States Air Force. He earned an Associates Degree in Information Systems Technology from Air University, an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from The University of the District of Columbia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Pennsylvania State College.

After honorably serving his country on active duty for 20 years, he once again heeded the call to serve. This time as a funeral director in his local communities. He has over 20 years of experience in the Northern Virginia funeral industry and considers it the highest honor when a family places their trust in him and allows him to care for their loved one.

Besides being a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, he is also a Certified Cremationist, a Pre-Need Counselor, a Virginia Notary Public and a Senior Services of Alexandria Ambassador.

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Anthony Wilson

Anthony Wilson

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer & Certified Crematory Operator

Anthony, a second-generation Funeral Director after his father, has worked in the death care profession for +10 years. He holds licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Anthony is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.  He is guided by the belief that families in our care should be served whole-heartedly and with compassion. Anthony is a 2019  "40 under 40" honoree presented by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his commitment and service to the families of Alexandria. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, going to church, and watching sports.      

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Johann Malivert

Johann Malivert

Licensed Funeral Director/ Embalmer in VA and FL, Advance Planning Specialist

Johann, a native of Miami, Florida moved to Alexandria and joined the Everly Wheatley family in the fall of 2021. Working in the funeral industry had never crossed her mind until witnessing the passing of a loved one up close and personal (or what she calls Divine Intervention). She is the first in her family to go into the funeral profession but finds that it is truly her calling and is honored to be able to serve grieving families. Johann is dedicated to ensuring she delivers the highest level of professionalism, compassion, and support to the community she serves.

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Andrea Espinosa

Andrea Espinosa

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator

Andrea is a native to Alexandria and first-generation funeral director. She has worked in the death care profession for 6 years. She graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mortuary science. She is grateful for the trust families place in her to take care of their loved ones and for the opportunity to be able to serve her community. In her spare time, she loves to read and spend time with her family and friends. She is also fluent in Spanish.  

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Brandon Ellis

Brandon Ellis

Funeral Director

Brandon possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in the funeral industry. Originally from the Mississippi Delta, He has been in the funeral industry for over 10 years. After honorably serving six years in the United States Navy, he graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois in 2016. He is currently actively licensed in Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland.

 

In his spare time, he enjoys playing softball, spending time with his two children, and playing with his dog (Boujee).


Sheria Jennings

Sheria Jennings

Advance Funeral Planner

Sheria Jennings, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, has dedicated 16 years to the funeral industry. Her decision to pursue a career as a funeral director was deeply influenced by the loss of her grandfather at the age of 9, instilling in her a desire to assist individuals during their most challenging moments. Witnessing the effects of Covid-19 reinforced her commitment to aiding families in planning ahead, leading her to embark on a journey focused on proactive family preparation.


Linda Everly Smith

Linda Everly Smith

Office Manager

Linda is the third generation of the Everly family serving the needs of our families in the Northern Virginia community since 1981. A native of Alexandria, Linda graduated from Lake Braddock Secondary School and is a longtime resident of Springfield, Virginia. She has a background in Banking and currently holds a Cosmetology License.

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Brian Boisse

Brian Boisse

Funeral Service Intern, Certified Crematory Operator

Brian joined Everly-Wheatley in 2018 as a Funeral Service Intern, working to become a second generation funeral director after his father. Originally from Cape Cod, MA, he relocated to the area with his family in 2016. He is a CANA Certified Crematory Operator. Brian is a 2008 graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and in his spare time enjoys movies, video games and singing an occasional showtune. 

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Justin Walt

Justin Walt

Certified Crematory Operator

Justin joined the staff of Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home in 2013 and serves as the manager of the Everly-Wheatley Cremation Center and is the OSHA / FTC Compliance Officer. He is a Certified Crematory Operator. A native of Prince George's County, Maryland, Justin graduated from University of Maryland University College with a degree in Criminal Justice. He enjoys camping and traveling.

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Angel Coles

Angel Coles

Receptionist

For over 10 years, Angel has attentively devoted herself to helping others during times of grief. She is empathic, thoughtful and extends compassion to all she meets. She is always resourceful, willing to assist funeral directors and staff, and puts in every effort to comforting and encouraging families that require funeral care and services.

A current native of Alexandria, Virginia, Angel received her associate degree in criminal justice and studied sociology. After graduation, Angel dedicated her knowledge to advocacy and supporting local non-profit organizations to social work in Alexandria City, Arlington County and Fairfax County.

She is proud to be a mother to her one daughter, whom she gives all too.

"What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good"- Aristotle.


Judy Brinegar

Judy Brinegar

Funeral Assistant

Judy began at Everly-Wheatley as a part-time Funeral Assistant in 2014 and eventually took on a full-time position with responsibilities including management of the front desk and all its associated tasks. Originally from Illinois, Judy moved to Virginia in the early 80's and raised her family here. She has two children and two grand-dogs that she loves spending time with. She is always willing to assist where needed, learning all aspects of the funeral industry and support the staff as a whole to ensure streamlined operations so that our families are served to the best of our abilities. 

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Janet Barnett

Janet Barnett

Funeral Assistant

Raised in Alexandria, Janet retired from the City's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities as the Deputy Director in 2007 and served as the Executive Director of Senior Services of Alexandria from 2007 to 2013. She joined the staff of Everly-Wheatley as a part-time Funeral Assistant in 2014. Janet volunteers in a number of local organizations and is most proud of her daughter Susan, a teacher, and son Louis, a lawyer. Her eclectic style, professionalism and expansive social network greatly lend themselves to keeping us connected with the community in which we serve.

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Madison Young

Madison Young

Funeral Assistant

 

Madison joined the staff of Everly-Wheatley in 2021. Originally from Florida, she grew up, and resides, in Arlington, Virginia. Helping families during the most difficult times in their lives has become a passion she never knew she had. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, friends and family, and all of her animals.


Stephen Dixon

Stephen Dixon

Funeral Assistant



Elaine Chan

Elaine Chan

Funeral Assistant

Elaine is a native to Springfield, Virginia and joined Everly-Wheatley as a Funeral Assistant in July 2023. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Forensic Science and is currently working on her Master's degree in Forensic Biology Analysis at George Mason University. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, baking, and drawing.


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Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home & Crematory
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1500 W Braddock Rd
| Alexandria, VA 22302
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Tel: 703-998-9200
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