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. Phil is the father of four children, Phil and his wife Becca of Bristol and Spencer, Emily, and Elisabeth of Middletown. His two daughters attend Mercy High School in Middletown, and his younger son attends UConn. 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.

Jodel Vogt

Jodel Vogt

Funeral Director/Embalmer

“Jodie” grew up in Farmington, Connecticut and graduated from Farmington High School in 1999. She then attended Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham, Connecticut where she earned her B.A. in Biology in 2005.  After graduating, Jodie pursued a career in Veterinary Medicine, sitting for the Veterinary Technician National Board Exam in 2006, then working as a Certified Veterinary Technician for 10 years.  Stemming from having a great uncle who was a Funeral Director, Jodie always had an interest in funeral service. This drove her to further her education and attend Lincoln College of New England, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned her A.A.S degree in Mortuary Science in May 2017.  During her time at Lincoln College of New England, Jodie was on the President’s List every semester for maintaining a G.P.A. above 3.7, and was president of the school’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is also the former President of the college’s Mortuary Science Club, and earned an award of distinction from the Mortuary Science Department for her contributions to the program.  After graduating from Lincoln College, Jodie completed a 1 year apprenticeship at D’esopo Funeral Chapel in Wethersfield, Connecticut and earned the credential of Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer on October 12, 2018.  She began her career as a Licensed Funeral Director at Keenan Funeral Home in December 2018 and is excited to serve the community.  Jodie is a member of CANA (Cremation Association of North America) and is a Certified Crematory Operator.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is usually up for anything.  In her spare time she can be found beach combing at her “happy place” in Newport, Rhode Island, or cuddling with her furry best friend, her cat "Grey".


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 26 years and have 2 children, Eric and Shaina.


Vanessa Pietrosimone

Vanessa Pietrosimone

PT Office Assistant

Vanessa Pietrosimone has been a resident of West Haven for 18 ½ years.  She has three children, Adelicia who is an avid soccer player and plays for West Haven Youth Soccer and is a proud member of the S.T.E.M. Pathways to Science Program through Yale University, Shelby-Lynne who loves to dance at Top Hat Dance Academy and Tony who has a huge love for sports and plays for West Haven Youth Hockey.  Vanessa is known for the love of her family and her three favorite sports teams, The Yankees, Steelers and The Bruins.  Vanessa is always seen with her three children.


Spencer Appell

Spencer Appell

Funeral Assistant

Spencer is a 2018 graduate of Xavier High School in MIddletown, Connecticut.  He currently attends UConn in Storrs, majoring in Finance and plays trombone in the Marching band.


Emily Appell

Emily Appell

Funeral Assistant

Emily is a Junior at Mercy High School in Middletown, Connecticut.  She plays the clarinet for the school band and is also on the Mercy Softball Team.


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