Staff Profiles


Sarah-Jane Dennis

Manager/ Funeral Director

I am from the UK and have been employed in the funeral profession since 2001. I always knew I wanted to work in funeral service from an early age.

I started my career as an arranger. I gained a huge amount of knowledge from dealing with bereaved families and achieved a lot of satisfaction helping people at such an important time.

I enrolled on the British Institute of Embalmers course in December 2012 and obtained my Diploma in Embalming in June 2015.

I relocated to Wellington with my husband Matt and dog Gabby in April 2016.

I look forward to my new life and career with The Wilson Funeral Home.

sarah@funeral-link.co.nz


Maz Mussell

Funeral Director

Maz grew up in the colourful coastal city of Brighton in the UK. She and her partner made the move to New Zealand in 2018 with the intention of staying for just a year, but it was the pristine beaches, lush native forests, and the friendly, welcoming people that solidified their choice to stay.

Harnessing her caring and compassionate side, Maz spent many years looking after children and also as a support worker for adults with intellectual disabilities. She then spent time working as a dispatcher for a sustainable casket company. This gave her an insight to the funeral industry and sparked an interest in a career as a funeral director.  

Maz currently lives in Wellington with her partner and 2 cats - Puk and Percy. Maz likes to stay active by playing roller derby, taiko drumming and attends the gym regularly. Her other hobbies include: Beach walks, video and board games, volunteering, practicing yoga and catching up with friends with a proper cup of tea.

maz@funeral-link.co.nz


Kima Pedro

Funeral Home Assistant

Kima was born in Lower Hutt and attended Otonga Primary School in Maungaraki where many of his family still reside.  He attended Hutt Valley High School, as did a number of his cousins and siblings, ending his time there in 1991.

Brought up in a deeply religious Pacifica household, he developed a reverence for loved ones that had passed, an empathy for those they leave behind and for the people that step up to offer support in those moments.  After a combined 20 years in predominantly sales roles within IT wholesale distribution, his interest in the funeral industry landed him in a brief trainee role at a funeral home in 2020 which paved the way for a trainee embalmer position with The Wilson Funeral Home. 

From their home in Porirua East, Kima along with his wife of 23 years Eunice, their two adult sons and teenage daughter enjoy spending time together with their extended Tokelau and Samoa families, often over hearty meals, music and lots of laughter.

 


Emma Dentice

Design

Emma graduated from Massey University in 2010 with an Honours degree in Visual Communication Design, and also gained membership into the International Society of Typographic Designers. Membership is awarded to practising designers who demonstrate, through the quality of their work, their commitment to achieving the highest possible standard of visual communication.

Emma is very passionate about her design work, with technical strengths in typography and graphic design. “I strive to achieve consistently high-level results that meet requirements to the best of my ability”.


Anna Storken

Embalmer

Anna, a Belgian native, moved to New Zealand in 2019 to live with her Kiwi partner. She first worked as a rest home caregiver and later as a support worker for people with disabilities (caring for others being a common theme and value).

Next to her work, Anna had also developed a curiosity for end-of-life and grief-related subjects dating back to her study of philosophy and psychology back home. This led to part-time work as a lifter at a local funeral home, which she found an intriguing and rewarding experience.

Her introduction to the funeral industry, combined with her previous experience of providing care to individuals and families in need, led Anna to join us as a trainee embalmer in September 2022. 

In her free time, Anna enjoys a good book (not always death-related), crocheting, and going for walks in the beautiful city she now calls home. Occasionally, you may also find her singing and playing the guitar.


Gemma Gee

Embalmer

Gemma was born in the Hutt Valley and attended Totara Park School, St. Joseph’s School for her intermediate years and then onto Upper Hutt College. Gemma had always had an interest in the funeral profession due to her strong family connection – Her great-grandfather, grandfather and father were all funeral directors before her and this ignited her passion. After studying and attaining her NZ Certificate in Sports Science and NZ Diploma in Legal Executive Studies and a stint as a professional squash coach in Guatemala, in 2017, Gemma decided the time was right to join the funeral profession as an embalmer. This was certainly all that she had hoped for and takes pride in being able to give the bereaved the opportunity of spending time and saying their farewells to their loved ones.

When Gemma is not embalming she can be found walking the many beautiful bushwalks of the area with her partner Luke and two beautiful daughters, Kora and Quinn. Or teaching a pilates class, coaching or playing squash, or putting the finishing touches to her new home.


Jay Livick

Funeral Home Assistant

Jay grew up in Kilbirnie, went to school at Evans Bay Intermediate and then Wellington College. So, feels very much at home here at The Wilson Funeral Home.

He thankfully doesn’t have a personal relationship with death, however, after seeing how much care is put into the whole procedure, he fell in love with it.

In his spare time, he loves to do a bit of Gaming, Reading, and Spending time with his partner or with his mum and the dog. Another interest of his is cars, he can just about tell you what type of car will drive around the corner based on the engine noise alone!

He’s loving his position as a Funeral Home Assistant and is doing his best to soak up as much information as he can so that he can provide the same amazing care that our other employees give.


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