Our Staff


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Sarah Raile

Sarah Raile

Funeral Director/ General Manager

Sarah is a Colorado native. Sarah obtained her Mortuary Science degree from Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon after her Medical Assistant career took her to Seattle, Washington. Sarah has called Loveland home for the last eight years and has been serving Northern Colorado families for the last eleven years. She lives in Loveland with her husband, Aaron, mother Sue, two children, Kouper and Maya and three dogs, Dig, Otis and JJ. In her free time she enjoys yard work, spending time with her family, crocheting and the great outdoors.


Elizabeth Thole

Elizabeth Thole

Funeral Director

Elizabeth is a Kansas native and moved to Colorado to be closer to her family.  She is passionate about helping others and is pursuing her degree in Mortuary Science.  She calls Fort Collins home along with her French Bulldog, Belle.  In her free time, Liz enjoys being with family and friends, enjoying Colorado’s beautiful mountains and wildlife.


Steve Vessey

Steve Vessey

Founder/ Funeral Director/Advanced Life Planner

Steve Vessey, a Fort Collins native, graduated from Arapahoe Community College in 2001 with a degree in Mortuary Science, and has obtained the status of Mortuary Science Practitioner by the Colorado Funeral Service Board. Steve is the past President of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association and remains on the board as a director, and past chair of the Colorado Funeral Service Board. Active in many local and civic organizations, Steve is a past president of the Breakfast Optimist Club, past Lieutenant Governor of the Colorado/Wyoming District of Optimist International , a past president of the Larimer County Crime Stoppers organization. Steve helped organize the Fort Collins Soap Box Derby and served as its director for 11 years. Steve believes that funeral service is a ministry to be taken very seriously. After college at Colorado State University, Steve opened a Farmers Insurance Agency in Fort Collins, which remains in operation today. A career in funeral service began in 1984 when Steve began an internship with Mike Reager at the Reager Funeral Home and Crematory in Fort Collins.


Debbie Vessey

Debbie Vessey

Funeral Assistant

Debbie, a Colorado State University graduate, has worked for the Poudre School District for 20 years, retiring this year to dedicate more time in the family funeral business. Debbie is a wonderful addition to the business.


Heath R. Carroll

Heath R. Carroll

Funeral Director/Managing Partner

Heath is a native of Colorado. He was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado. He began Funeral Service in 1996 at the age of 16, working for the largest Funeral Service provider in the United States at Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley, Colorado.

Heath graduated from Greeley Central High School and then attended college in Dallas, Texas where he graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1998. Heath then returned to Greeley to become the manager of Stoddard Funeral Home specializing in making each funeral service a unique and memorable experience. He is a certified funeral director and embalmer, with a special talent in Reconstruction and Restorative Art.  

Heath is married to Reanna (Hoy) and they have two children, Loralei and Landon. In his spare time; Heath enjoys spending time with his family and his three dogs. Heath is involved in many organizations past and present; he has worked with Drive Smart Weld County, 19th Judicial Victims Compensation and Law Enforcement Board, Tailgate the Safety Way, National Crime Prevention Council 2007 Presenter, Suicide Education/Support Services, El Comite de Longmont and is a Board Member for Colorado Learning Center of Human Anatomy. He is also the Past President of the Colorado Association of Cemeteries.



Reanna K. Carroll (Hoy)

Reanna K. Carroll (Hoy)

Pre Arrangement Counselor/Funeral Arranger/Partner

Reanna was born and raised in the Longmont/Mead area.  She loves helping families through the hardest times in their life.  Her creativity allows her to design services for families to exactly what they want.  She is married to Heath and they have five dogs. 

In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband and driving her collector cars.



Robert Sweeney Jr.

Robert Sweeney Jr.

Advance Planning Director/Partner

Bob lives in Longmont with his wife Lacy; they have been married 33 years. They have four children Ben, Rafferty, Clara and Grace. He has an AAS Degree in Business Management; he also has various awards for Business, Insurance and customer service. He is a Certified Senior Adviser Course graduate. He also has his licenses in Colorado to sell Life and Health Insurance. He had 20+ years as a Dairy Farmer; and has experience with John Deere, Equitable Life, US Healthcare Group and The Hartford. He has helped establish two new retail outlets for different companies. He has also been involved in the Coffee Business, in the service and repairs department, for 10 years. He really enjoys serving families and helping them with their long term funeral needs. He enjoys spending time on his small farm raising Nubian goats for which he uses their milk to make homemade cheese and yogurt. He has a large garden and loves the county living. He also enjoys his 25 acres that he has a grass hay farm on.


Carmen Mireles

Carmen Mireles

Bilingual Funeral Director

Carmen Mireles joined the family at Carroll-Lewellen in 2010. She is one of the only bi-lingual Spanish speaking funeral directors in Colorado.  Carmen loves helping families plan funeral services for their loved ones and makes each experience meaningful.  Carmen is the past director of operations for El Comite de Longmont and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over ten years before joining the family at Carroll-Lewellen Funeral & Cremation Services. Carmen is married to Jose Mireles since 2008 and they have 2 children, Alessandra and Angel.  In her spare time Carmen loves spending time with her family and two dogs, Bruno and Apollo.    


Corey Lynch

Corey Lynch

Funeral Director's Assistant

I am a funeral director's assistant at Vessey Funeral Services. I have been with Vessey Funeral Services for three years. I come from a background of Law Enforcement/Mental health work. I started out as a part time Funeral director's assistant and now full time. What I enjoy about working for the company is the love and compassion that is shown by all the funeral directors, and office support toward families when they come into the funeral home . While working here at Vessey’s some of my goals are to learn as much about the business as I can and move up within the company as a funeral director. Some facts about me are that I am a big animal advocate, strong family oriented , and very involved in the communities that we serve through being the vice president of the Loveland Youth Athletic Association.


Gene Peterson

Gene Peterson

Support Staff



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