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In this difficult time, let our family help yours. Learn more about who we are and what we do in the bios below. Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. 

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Marcus A. Allen

Marcus A. Allen

President & Visionary

Marcus A. Allen is a trailblazing, visionary leader, father, musician, musical artist, and entrepreneur committed to the call of God on his life.

Marcus A. Allen is the continuing legacy of a strong Christian family, and his mother, Rev. Mahalia Allen, is an ordained minister. He was born and raised in Live Oak, Florida and is the baby of four children. In 1995, while still a very young man, Rev. Allen was called to the preaching ministry and ordained in Live Oak, Florida under the leadership of Bishop Henry H. Smart, Jr. As a true visionary and being an individual who has been called to operate far beyond the restraints of traditionalism, he moved to Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He serves as the Associate Minister and Minister of Music of the Friendly Baptist Church under the tutelage of Dr. J.N. Lavender. 

The heart of Rev. Allen’s ministry can be felt through his musical gift.  As a songwriter, musician, and vocalist, he has shared the message of Christ’s love through song throughout the United States of America. Marcus is the founder and the original lead singer for National Gospel Recording Artist “The Supreme 7”.  He has studied at the Mana Bible Institute and served as minster of music for churches such as the historical Cornerstone Baptist Church. 

Marcus Allen’s relentless pursuit for excellence has propelled him to provide high quality professional and exceptional funeral services to families across Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Allen’s journey of providing efficient funeral service started at a young age in Live Oak, Florida where he worked and served with the late Charles T. Hall. After leaving Florida, Marcus has managed some of the most prestigious funeral homes in the Philadelphia area. He is the President of the Meachem Funeral Home Corporation in Philadelphia, PA and Meachem, Rowland Funeral Home in Pennsauken, NJ. He is presently the President pf the Meachem & Prioleau Funeral Home in Philadelphia PA and the President and Visionary of the Marcus A. Allen Funeral Home in his hometown of Live Oak Florida He has served as a youth counselor, and Assistant Director of Youth Empowerment for the Life Skills Center and counselor for BBC Young Male Expansion Program under the late Pastor A.W. Dock and Dr. Brenda L. Richmond.

A highly regarded National Singer, Musician and Preacher; Rev. Allen has traveled extensively singing and preaching the good news of Jesus Christ and compelling the lost to come to Christ. He is highly regarded by his peers as the “Singing, Preaching Undertaker”. He believes that God has a plan for all of our lives and only we can stop, prevent, or hinder our God-given destiny. Rev. Allen believes that the Church is God’s greatest weapon to fight poverty, self-hatred, hunger, and ignorance. He is a member of the local minister’s conferences and several community organizations. While Reverend Allen’s accomplishments are numerous, his most important and proudest accomplishment is being the proud father to Makaila and Arianna Allen.


Dr. LaTeesa A. Allen

Dr. LaTeesa A. Allen

Vice President

Dr. LaTeesa A. Allen

 

Dr. LaTeesa Allen, a recognized leader in the field of education, is a passionate and results-driven leader with 25+years of experience in executive leadership. She has a proven record of success in developing and executing strategic plans to build organizational capacity while cultivating equitable institutions of unparalleled excellence. Dr. Allen has extensive experience leading organizations and K-12 school systems with a specific emphasis on transformation at local, state, and national levels. Dr. Allen is guided by a moral compass that consistently points in the direction of creating spaces for all students to become academically successful and productive citizens.

 

Dr. Allen is the President and CEO of Education Transformation Consulting Group, Vice President of MGT Education Solutions Group, and the Vice President of Marcus A. Allen Funeral Home. Dr. Allen began her career as an elementary education teacher. During her 25+ year career, she has served in the capacity of a principal, district leader, Regional Director of Education, Chief Program Officer, Superintendent of Schools, and Interim Deputy State Superintendent. 

 

Dr. Allen’s impact currently extends nationally as she provides her expertise to local, state, and national agencies. Dr. Allen’s role as Interim Deputy Superintendent of Innovation included providing state leadership for nine state divisions within the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Dr. Allen successfully worked with state board members and state legislators to execute strategic initiatives for the state’s Department of Public InstructionAdditionally, Dr. Allen wasrecruited to serve as the Superintendent of the North Carolina Innovative School District (NCISD) to lead an innovative approach and accountability model to turnaround the state’s lowest-performing schools. 

 

Prior to accepting the appointment as the Superintendent for the NCISD, Dr. Allen was the Chief Program Officer for Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), a statewide organization dedicated to providing evidence-based Integrated Student Supports to over 300 schools in North Carolina. Dr. Allen was responsible for overseeing the development, strategic planning, service delivery and management of a significant portfolio of programs whileleading the statewide Program Services Network. During her tenure at CISNC, Dr. Allen successfully launched statewide programs through partnerships with district superintendents and national student-focused organizational leaders to improve student outcomes for many of the most vulnerable students in the state.

 

Dr. Allen is an accomplished educator recognized as Florida’sTeacher of the Year for non-traditional schools. LaTeesa has also served on numerous workgroups for the Florida Department of Education. She was recognized for promoting strategic initiatives and revitalizing programs and non-traditional schools statewide and serving in a pivotal role in education reform by improving services at historically low-performing schools. In her relentless pursuit of excellence, LaTeesa has designed systems that have advanced organizational goals, improved education outcomes and increased student academic achievementespecially forschools with marginalized populations.

 

Dr. Allen holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the Florida State University. Dr. Allen is passionate about serving the community, making local footprints, and creating national impact. Dr. Allen believes that with God, all things are possible.

 


Ralph J. Vierling

Ralph J. Vierling

FDIC


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Jeb Turner

Jeb Turner

LFD


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Japan H. Ruise

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Baker County Management



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Sandi Ruise

Baker County Management



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