Our Staff

Our Staff

Frank Bess
Cemetery Operations Manager

Frank is the Cemetery Operations Manager at Mount Olivet. He has been with the company for over seven years. He previously spent seven years serving in the United States Navy. Frank is a native Nashvillian and the go to person regarding the 157 year history of Mount Olivet.

Gerry Blouin
Extended Services Counselor

Gerry grew up in the Phoenix area, earned a Bachelor’s in Human Communication at Arizona State and his MBA. He and his wife, Deborah, are actively involved at Church of the Good Shepherd in Brentwood where Gerry has been the Praise Band drummer for six years, and Deborah serves as an Acolyte and Verger. They reside in Franklin and enjoy music, movies, comedy, college and professional sports.

Cynthia Ann Gore

Cynthia is a lifetime resident of Franklin, TN and loves the history of Mount Olivet. She realized a lifetime goal of attending Belmont University in Nashville, TN at age 50. She has three beautiful sons who have made her life a joy and an exciting adventure and have given her three beautiful grandchildren. Her passions and hobbies are gardening, nature in any form, knitting, crocheting and reading.

Jerry T. Ladd
Administrative Assistant

Jerry is a graduate of the Nashville School of Preaching and Biblical Studies and Middle Tennessee School of Preaching and Biblical Studies where he received degrees in Evangelism and Bible related subjects. He has been married to Paula for 33 years and has a son Jerry Jr. and grandson, Jerry T Ladd III. Jerry is currently the minister of the College Grove Church of Christ. He has worked in the funeral industry for over 10 years.

Rhonda Nance
Manager of Community and Family Service

Rhonda is an experienced professional with a gift for taking the detailed information of cemetery and funeral planning, and making it easy and clear to understand. She brings a broad variety of knowledge, including more than 20 years of management, to her current position as Director of Family Services.

Kati Rieves
Family Service Specialist

Kati grew up in Columbia, TN. She has three years experience in funeral preneed planning and has studied Business Administration at Calhoun Community College. Kati is the mother of three children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include, hiking, canoeing, reading, and college sports.

Ted Sanders
Community Service Specialist

Ted Sanders was born and raised in Nashville TN. He has over 30 years of real estate experience in all types of residential and commercial properties. He is also a licensed multi million dollar producing real estate agent with sales in all areas of the real estate business including residential, multi-family, commercial and land.

John H. Smith, II
Funeral Home Manager

John H. Smith II is a resident of Murfreesboro, Tennessee where he resides with his wife and three daughters. He attended John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville, TN., and graduated in 2000. John is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He recently graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University whereby he received a B.A. degree in Management and Human Resources.

Todd Yates
Funeral Director and Embalmer

Todd is a Nashville native, a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and has worked in the funeral industry for 25 years, with several of those years being in funeral home management. He grew up in East Tennessee, graduated from Sullivan South High School in Kingsport, and East Mississippi Junior College in Scooba, MS.

Jasmine Zervas
Funeral Assistant

Jasmine Zervas graduated from John A. Gupton in 2011, and earned her Associates degree in Funeral Service. Jasmine and her husband, Jimmy and son, Damien, are active members of Lebanon First Assembly of God in Lebanon, and reside in Alexandria. Jasmine is a professional singer and has been singing onstage for over 15 years. She considers it an honor to be working with the team at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.