David Hernandez Founder, Principal
David Lee Hernandez, Jr, a native of Northeast Philadelphia, after graduating high school from Calvary Christian Academy in Philadelphia, he relocated to Morganville, where he began his career as a mortuary science apprentice. David continued his studies where he earned an Associates of Science Degree and a Certificate of Proficiency in Funeral Services. He became a licensed funeral director in May of 2004, and later continued his education in Legal Studies at St. John’s University, New York.
He acquired his first funeral home in 2009 and has grown to operate Jersey’s largest family owned funeral home company, known as “Jersey Memorial Group”. His holdings include funeral homes and cemeteries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Additionally, he also publishes a newspaper, “All Around Old Bridge” and is active in venture capital investments through 29029 Ventures, which focuses on emerging products and services impacting the mind, body and soul of local communities.
David is active in each community the funeral homes serve; he is Charter Member and past President of the Kiwanis Club of Manalapan, member of Old Bridge Kiwanis Club, member of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh in Belmar, trustee and board member of the Old Bridge- Sayreville- South Amboy Chamber of Commerce, board member of Pennsauken-Merchantville Area Chamber. He was recently elected to the foundation board of the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy as the Vice Chair and Chair of Governance, as well as is a business leader in the Old Bridge Business Alliance. He has served as an officer in Middlesex Somerset Funeral Directors Association and is also a member of NJ State Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). His firms are nine-time NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Winners and was recently awarded the Best of the Best Award from NFDA as the top funeral home operator in the Country. He has been named Business Leader of the Year in 2016 by Kiwanis Club of Old Bridge as well as in 2017 by the Chamber of Commerce. Most recently he was recognized in 2018 with NJ Biz 40 under 40 as a young leader in business, and in 2019 by the Greater Monmouth YMCA as their Citizen of the Year. He has also been a guest speaker at NYU Schack School of Real Estate and Alan Creedy's Blue Ocean Tours. David, his family and team have been featured in Funeral Business Advisor and American Funeral Director Magazines.
He and his family attend Calvary Chapel Old Bridge and they volunteer in various ministry opportunities. A licensed funeral Director in New Jersey, he also holds funeral director and embalmers licenses in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as a Life Insurance Producers License. David enjoys spending time with his wife, Stacey and their three children, Sophia, David Lee III, and Abigail. He also enjoys competitive fitness, OCR, snowboarding, and golf.
Eliud Gautier is a Puerto Rican born and raised in New York City, NY. Then he moved to South Jersey in the mid-80s. He started working with the Hispanic community as a volunteer for the First Spanish Baptist Church in Camden, NJ. At the same time started working as a Bilingual Social Worker for a government agency in Camden County. As a community organizer with one of the largest hospitals in the region, he developed strong ties with the Hispanic clergy community in South Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia community. He continues to work with one of the largest faith-based organizations in the country headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. He has represented the Hispanic community in several organizations as a member of the Board of Trustee with the Hispanic Family Center, and the Aids Coalition of Southern New Jersey. Currently, he is a volunteer for one of the largest Hispanic advocacy campaign efforts in New Jersey. He is a graduate of Bethany College, W.Va. with a degree in education. Eliud is not licensed or able to make arrangements, embalm or direct funerals.
Eliud Gautier es un puertorriqueño nacido y criado en la ciudad de Nueva York, Nueva York. Luego se mudó a South Jersey a mediados de los 80. Comenzó a trabajar con la comunidad hispana como voluntario de la Primera Iglesia Bautista Española en Camden, NJ. Al mismo tiempo, comenzó a trabajar como trabajador social bilingüe para una agencia gubernamental en el condado de Camden. Como organizador comunitario con uno de los hospitales más grandes de la región, desarrolló fuertes vínculos con la pastores y ministros hispano en el Sur de Jersey y la comunidad de Filadelfia. Continúa trabajando con una de las organizaciones religiosas más grandes del país con sede en Filadelfia, Pensilvania. Él ha representado a la comunidad hispana en varias organizaciones como miembro de la Junta del Centro de Familias Hispanas y la Coalición de SIDA del Sur de Nueva Jersey. Actualmente, él es un voluntario para una de las campañas de defensa de los hispanos más grandes en Nueva Jersey. Se graduó del Colegio Bethany en W.Va. con un título en educación.
Kathleen Lombardo Accounts Payable Assistant
Kathleen Ann Lombardo, for over 15 years, was a dance educator with the nationally recognized company, American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School (ARB & PBS).
In addition to teaching for the school, she also taught for ARB’s DANCE POWER, a dance educational residency. A program partnership between New Brunswick Public Schools & Piscataway Township Schools with ARB.
In 2010 she became ARB’s DANCE POWER Coordinator and duties included supervising teachers, creating schedules and overlooking the program in it’s entirety.
Currently, she is an elective teacher for Calvary Christian High School. She teaches Strength and Training and Dance/Movement classes for the 9th-12th grades and is also a substitute teacher for CCS.
Kathleen attends Calvary Chapel of Old Bridge with her loving husband Michael and their two children, Caleb Louis and Abigail Grace. Her and her husband have served in CCOB’s Children’s Ministry as well as other ministries of CCOB.
She loves spending time with her family and her church family.
She has taken a turn in her career and has entered into the accounting world with Jersey Memorial Group and couldn’t be happier to be a part of this extraordinary team.