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 203-933-1217 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.


Philip Malley Appell Sr.

Philip Malley Appell Sr.

Funeral Director - Managing Partner

Philip Malley Appell, Sr. is a native of Old Saybrook, Connecticut and is a graduate of Old Saybrook High School. His family have been members of the North Branford Community since the American Revolution. He is a proud veteran of the United States Army. Upon his discharge from the service, Phil graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. After his return from college, he started a long association with Swan Funeral Home, located in Old Saybrook, Madison, and Clinton. Phil was promoted to Manager in 1995 and General Manager in 1998. He was responsible for five funeral homes and a crematory. After 36 years of service and many corporate changes, Phil left to join the Keenan Funeral Home in North Branford and West Haven as the Managing Partner. The Appell family are parishioners of St. Mary of Czestochowa Church in Middletown. Phil is the father of four children. He lives in Middletown with his wife, Maria and his three youngest children, Spencer, Emily, and Elisabeth. His eldest son, Phil, and his wife Becca, are residents of Bristol. His two daughters attend St. John Paul II School and Mercy High School in Middletown, and his younger son attends Xavier High School. Phil is an avid movie memorabilia collector and is especially fond of John Wayne. Phil looks forward to serving and working with families in the community.

Christopher Kulmacz

Christopher Kulmacz

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Christopher J. Kulmacz is honored to join the Keenan staff in February of 2018. He brings years of experience to the Keenan Funeral Home’s family clients. Chris’ experience in the industry began as a teenager as a parking lot attendant.  Chris comes to Keenan Funeral Home having served the shoreline communities of Madison, Clinton, Westbrook and Old Saybrook with Swan Funeral Home, as well as previous service in Funeral homes in his hometown community of Middletown CT.  Chris currently lives in Higganum with his beautiful wife Dianna of 20 years and their 3 active children Gabriella, Vincent and Anthony.  Included in Chris’ vivacious family are Jenna and Sophia; the family’s two rescue dogs. He grew up in Middletown where he attended St. Sebastian grammar school, Vinal Technical High School, Middlesex Community College and earned his degree in mortuary science at American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. When Chris isn’t working he enjoys watching his daughter’s dance competitions, his sons’ baseball and basketball games. He takes pleasure in trying new restaurants and a bottle of wine with his wife. He is a member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 771, where he proudly holds the title of Past Exalted Ruler. The Kulmacz family are active members of their Madison Church. Chris is committed to providing compassionate care to the West Haven and North Branford communities as he has in those he served in the past. 


Maya Holland

Maya Holland

Funeral Apprentice

Maya is one of the locals, raised right here in West Haven, CT. She attended St. Lawrence School for eight years and later graduated from West Haven High School. Shortly after high school, she attended Mount Ida College in Boston, MA where she received her BS Degree in Funeral Home Management. She has previously worked as a Pathology Technician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA in addition to other funeral homes in Boston, MA. She is excited for this opportunity to work in her hometown and uplift the residents of her community. 


Jamie Cowan

Jamie Cowan

Funeral Director Consultant/Pre Need Counselor/Life Planning

Jamie joined our team with a focus on helping families navigate some of life's most difficult challenges.

For the past 19 years, Jamie has provided information and guidance and has assisted thousand of families in protecting and keeping what they have earned. He also is a frequent guest speaker at various community seminars and workshops discussing topics such as funeral planning, Medicaid, and Veterans Pension Benefits.


Andrea Alexander

Andrea Alexander

Office Coordinator

Andrea is a resident of Northford, Connecticut. Originally from Queens, New York she relocated with her husband Vic.  She has extensive background in Bookkeeping, Accounting and Administrative functions.  Andrea has served as a Special Education Parent Advocate for CPAC and is an active member of The Northford Women's Club GFWC CT for over 21 years serving as President, 1st VP, Programs Chairperson and currently their Newsletter Chairperson.  She has also served on the board of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut Inc. as Corresponding Secretary and Assistant District Director. Andrea and her husband Vic have been married for 25 years and have 2 children, Eric and Shaina.


Tim Horan

Tim Horan

Funeral Assistant

Tim is a resident of Essex, Connecticut with his wife Marie, relocating from Madison, Connecticut where they resided for over thirty years.  He is a graduate of The University of Connecticut College of Agriculture where he earned his degree in Food Sciences.  He has been associated with the funeral home industry since 2003.  Tim has had a long and distinguished career in the hospitality and health care industries from which he recently retired.  We consider his attention to detail and client service an asset to our organization and to the families we serve.  He has been actively involved in state and local political life throughout the years serving in many capacities including three terms as Chairman of the Madison Board of Police Commissioners for twelve years.  He is a communicant of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Essex, member of the Knights of Columbus Council at Our Lady of Sorrows, a fourth degree member of Council 1757 at St. Johns in Old Saybrook, Connecticut and maintains membership in other various professional and service organizations.  Tim and Marie have been married for 49 years and have two children and two grandchildren.


Mara Logan

Mara Logan

Funeral Assistant

Mara resides in Westbrook CT with her two daughters, Marina and Alexa. A graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Communication, Mara received her degree in Funeral Directing from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.  She is also licensed for life insurance for pre-arrangement protection of assets to provide peace of mind. Mara is fluent in Spanish and takes pride in serving the community during the most sacred time for your loved one and your family. She was previously on the staff of Swan Funeral Home of Clinton, Madison and Old Saybrook for 7 years and looks forward to continuing to assist the community here at Keenan Funeral Home, where her passion in life will be reflected. 


Suelee Sachun

Suelee Sachun

Office Assistant

Suelee is from a small town in New Jersey and moved to West Haven, Connecticut to study at the University of New Haven. She studied science courses along with forensic courses graduating with a double major in Forensic Science and Biology. While there, she worked as Student Technical Support in the IT department fixing hardware issues and programs on laptops. She is working towards getting a position in a clinical laboratory as a lab technician that deals with blood/ specimen processing. Her dream job is to eventually work at a forensic laboratory where she would be working with DNA analysis on evidence.  As she applies to laboratory positions she looks forward to and enjoys working at Keenan Funeral Home in West Haven. 


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