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 505-984-8600 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.


Terence Shotkoski

Terence Shotkoski

Managing Partner

With over 25 years of experience in funeral service, Terry joins our team in a management capacity, supporting the rest of our staff with vast knowledge and experience in the funeral service industry.

Terence proudly served as a member of the Ceremonial Funeral Detail, who worked with the Military District of Washington performing the services and interments of our 38th President, Gerald R. Ford, and our 40th President, Ronald W. Reagan.

Leroy Brown

Leroy Brown

Compassion Dog

Our four legged employee is by far the most popular.  Leroy Brown is a 5 year old American Dingo Mix, and comes to us from the wonderful Ada County Humane Society in Boise, ID.  Leroy loves everything about his job here at Berardinelli, especially showing off his numerous tricks for yummy treats.

Leroy didn't always have it so easy though.  As a wee little guy in his first year of life, Leroy is believed to have had a wonderful human who affectionately called him "Lee Lee."  We know a lot of attention was lavished on Leroy during this time because of the amount of tricks he knew when he came to us.  Unfortunately, Leroy's first owner was elderly and died when Leroy was about 1 year old.  This experience devastated Leroy and he went through the grief of loosing his person.  This time in his life was made harder by his next family who did not understand his grief and the behavioral issues it caused.  With this family Leroy began to fear certain people and behaviors and it is believed that his particular fear of loud younger adult men, as well as brooms, canes and anything "stick-like," developed.  Fortunately, this family surrendered him to the Humane Society, which is where we found him. 

It was soon discovered that Leroy had a variety of issues that needed love and patience to work through, and we have plenty of that for him.  He has been with members of Berardinelli's staff for 3 and a half years and is getting better every day.  He is smart as a whip, loyal and loving to the ends of the earth, and goofy as they come.  He still gets frightened at times, has a hard time dealing with fast moving people and is not particularly fond of hugs, but his experience with grief has given him an uncanny ability to pick out people who are having a tough time and just lend his support by being present.  If you feel his presence at your side, or his head on your feet, it's his way of saying "I know you are hurting.  I've been there too, and I'm here for you."


Max Randolph

Max Randolph

Senior Ambassador

Max has finally been able to come back to us! We are so pleased to welcome our elder statesman back to Berardinelli and are looking forward to spending many more years with him.
When a Santa Fe family turns to us at their time of loss, they’ll find a familiar face to help shoulder their grief. For over 25 years, many have come to know Max and his compassionate nature.

Max has earned the position of Senior Ambassador and most frequently attends evening services and many of our funerals and memorial services. In 2006, we dedicated our chapel as the "Max Randolph Chapel" in honor and recognition of his many years of dedicated and faithful service to those entrusted to our care. Max has been an active member of the Caballeros de Vargas for 35 years and is a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a 31-year member of the Elks Lodge. Max and his wife Beatrice have been married for 60 years and have three children, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Gilbert R. Martinez

Gilbert R. Martinez

Public Relations/ Ambassador

Retired from Public Service Company New Mexico with 30 years of service as an Account Executive, Gilbert has been recognized as a Santa Fe (County) community leader for over 35 years. Gilbert served as President and Chairman of the board of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce. He has held various board positions for 19 different non-profit organizations in northern New Mexico. Gilbert also has a great experience of building long-term community relations in New Mexico. He currently referees basketball games for Kids at Play. He has met past President George W. Bush, present and past New Mexico Governors, Senators, Congressmen, and distinguished local representatives as well. Gilbert recently has taken a personal and honorable responsibility of being a Guardian and Power of Attorney of a World War II veteran and his disabled daughter. He is actively involved with his parish at Santa Maria de la Paz. Berardinelli Funeral Home and Gilbert R. Martinez extends our deepest appreciation to honor the families and friends that come through our doors.

Veronica Rigales

Veronica Rigales

Public Relations, Ambassador



Jody Herrington

Jody Herrington

President of Funeral Operations/ Location Manager/ Funeral Director

As a true Army Brat, Jody joins the staff of Berardinelli from a number of places. She most recently called Boise, Idaho home and was proud to carry on the Cloverdale Funeral Home tradition of excellence as a licensed mortician. Jody's time in Boise taught her the true meaning of Community and Unity.

Jody comes from a long line of military veterans that can be traced back to the Civil War and despite not having served alongside other family members, is very proud of her family's military heritage.

While serving as a funeral director in Washington DC, Jody was privileged to be the liaison to Arlington National Cemetery for her then funeral home, Joseph Gawler's Sons. This position allowed her to serve families whose loved ones were to be laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of our nation's most famous cemetery. Jody was also proud to work with the Military District of Washington in preparation of state funerals.

Santa Fe brings new challenges and rewards that excite Jody daily, and she is happy to be a part of this beautiful community.

Emily Rodriguez

Emily Rodriguez

Vice President of Funeral Operations

Emily is a recent transplant from Los Angeles where she lived for most of her life.  After graduating Cypress College Mortuary Science Program in California, she served many families in several funeral homes in and around Los Angeles.

Emily is excited to join the Berardinelli team, bringing her compassion and care to the surrounding community.  She looks forward to learning the traditions of Santa Fe.




Danielle Moreno

Danielle Moreno

Office Administrator

With over 18 years working with the public in some way or another, Danielle has fine-tuned her public relations skills making her transition from Ambassador and Receptionist to Office Administrator easy.  She has been part of the Berardinelli Family for over 4 years and enjoys what she does.

Having three children, she has become an active part of our community.  She was a former board member of the Santa Fe National Little League, and an active member of Communities In Schools  She also tutors reading and language arts at Nava Elementary, and is a "team mom" for numerous teams her children are on.  On top of all of this she is a supporter of First Serve New Mexico, and the Santa Fe Humane Society.




Deanna Marshall

Deanna Marshall

Funeral Service Assistant

Deanna moved to New Mexico from New York five years ago after "just coming to visit," much like every other transplant to this beautiful state has done.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and is starting classes to pursue a degree in Mortuary Science beginning in the Fall.  Deanna is very proud to have become a member of the Berardinelli Family, starting in 2014, and is honored to have a hand in helping all of the families in the community who pass through our doors.  She is excited to learn as much as she possibly can from the inspiring, compassionate staff here at Berardinelli so as to extend her contributions to this field.




Daniel Ontiveros

Daniel Ontiveros

Funeral Service Assistant

Daniel is one of our most dedicated and reliable employees. Recognized as our Employee of the Year in 2015, Daniel has a constant and reliably positive attitude. He performs a long list of tasks, from basic facility maintenance tasks, to automobile maintenance, to transfers of decedents into our care, to burial services as an ambassador at funeral services.

Rick Berardinelli

Rick Berardinelli

President Emeritus

Rick Berardinelli, a lifelong resident of Santa Fe, served as our company President until early in 2016 and now works primarily in a public relations role. He has been affiliated with the Berardinelli firm since 1975. Rick attended Los Niños Kindergarten, Wood Gormley Elementary School, Harrington Junior High, the University of New Mexico, and Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, where he earned an Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts as a Sous Chef. He worked in that capacity for three years then attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1975.

Over the years he has held the positions of Vice President, President, CEO and Funeral Service Consultant. Rick has earned the credentials of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), a result of many years of education and activities related to his profession. Professionally, he has served as a member and chairman of the New Mexico Board of Thanatopractice, as a board member and president of the New Mexico Funeral Service Association, as a member and lecturer with the National Funeral Directors Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Office of the Medical Investigator for the State of New Mexico.

His community work has included serving as President of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council, President of the Santa Fe Fiesta Foundation, board member of the Santa Fe County Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Bank of Santa Fe (now Wells Fargo), Open Hands, Montezuma Lodge #1 A.F. & A.M., the City of Santa Fe Historic Design Review Board, City Personnel Board, City Parks and Recreation Commission, the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust, Bienvenidos Outreach and as a board member, Past President and current member of the Santa Fe Rotary Club. He is a member of La Union Protectiva in Santa Fe. He was instrumental in the creation of Gerard's House for grieving children and is a current member of their board. He is also currently serving on the boards of the Santa Fe County Chamber of Commerce and Coming Home Connection.

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