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Our Staff

Our Staff


Albert E. (A.E.) Briede, IV
Funeral Director

Albert is a fourth generation funeral director, serving for more that 25 years. He attended St. Aloysius High, Nicholls State and received his mortuary degree from Delgado Community College. AE is a member of NFDA, LFDA, St. Agnes Catholic Church and Irish Bayou Sailing Club. He enjoys cooking, fishing, watching the sun set over Lake Pontchartrain and gardening. He is one of eight children and has been married for 34 years.

Lydia DeSoto
Funeral Director

Lydia has been in the funeral industry for 30 years, serving in several capacities. She received her funeral director's license in 2003. She attended St. Catherine of Siena, Archbishop Chapelle High School and the University of New Orleans. Lydia is a member of LFDA and NFDA, and a board member for FNBMG and Belle Reve. She is also active with the Breast Cancer Support Group. Lydia enjoys the theater and local festivals

Kyle Deichmann
Manager for Metro New Orleans Care and Cremation Center

Kyle has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 12 years, serving as a manager with Lake Lawn for the last five years. He attended Ecole Classique, Tulane University and received his mortuary degree at Delgado Community College. Kyle is a member of NFDA, LFDA and was past governor of the LFDA-South District. He served six years in the Louisiana Air National Guard. Kyle enjoys spending time with his family and friends

Claire Edsall
Funeral Director

Claire has been in the funeral industry for over 10 years, moving to New Orleans three years ago. She studied music at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and received her mortuary degree at Commonwealth Institute. Claire is a member of NFDA, TFDA and LFDA. She is also a member of Calvary Chapel in New Orleans. Claire enjoys cooking, playing the violin and spending time with family and friends.

Sharon A. Galman
Funeral Director

Sharon has been a licensed funeral director for over 15 years, receiving her degree from Delgado Community College. She is a member of NFDA and LFDA. Sharon is an avid sports fan, especially when the Saints are involved. She enjoys traveling, swimming and spending quality time with her two grandchildren.

Robert Gentry
Funeral Director

Bob has been a licensed funeral director for over 28 years. He attended the University of California, Shelby State Community College and Delgado Community College. Bob is a member of the Marine Corps League, American Legion, VFW, Knights of Colombus, NFDA and LFDA. He is also a parishoner of Divine Mercy Catholic. Bob enjoys playing horseshoes, and is a member of the National Horseshoe Pitcher's Association.

Linda Hof
Concierge

Linda came to Lake Lawn as their Concierge two years ago, after many dedicated years at Delta Airlines in their Crowne Room Club. She attended Riverdale High School and University of New Orleans. Linda is a volunteer for United Way, Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, and Save our Cemeteries. She is a member of Delta Airlines Pioneer Club and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic. She enjoys traveling, shopping and fishing.

Jean Newman
Funeral Director

Jean has been in the funeral industry in New Orleans for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Abramson Senior High School and Delgado Community College. Jean is a member of LFDA and NFDA. Jean likes to spend her time with her family and her dogs, gardening and photography.

Linda Stewart Newton
Funeral Director

Linda has been a licensed funeral director at Lake Lawn Metairie for 19 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University. Linda is a member of NFDA, LFDA, Rotary International of New Orleans and Season's Grief Center.

Guy E. Poche
Funeral Director

Guy has been in the funeral industry for 13 years, the last seven with Lake Lawn Metairie. He is a graduate of Terrebonne High and Delgado Community College. Guy is a member of NFDA, LFDA and a supporter of WBAA Public Radio from Purdue University. Guy enjoys traveling, museums, reading, photography and film, concerts and spending time with his family, friends and his pets.

Gerard ("Jerry") Schoen, III
Community Outreach Director

Jerry has been at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home since its inception, and in the funeral industry for over 30 years. A graduate of Brother Martin, he attended the University of New Orleans. He is a member of the LFDA, NFDA, FSF, Save Our Cemeteries, Fireman's Charitable & Benevolent Assoc., LA Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, and VP of Heaven's Pets in New Orleans. He enjoys golfing, travel and spending time with his family.

Tiffany A. Simmons
General Manager

Tiffany has been in the funeral industry for 20 years, the last five of those at Lake Lawn Metairie. She attended the University of Oklahoma, and received her Bachelor's degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. Tiffany is a member of the NFDA, TFDA and LFDA. She is a member of St. George Catholic Church. She enjoys traveling, shopping, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

Jeanne St. Upery
Funeral Director

Jeanne has been at Lake Lawn Metairie for over 11 years. A graduate of New Iberia High School and Delgado Community College, Jeanne enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Jeanne is a member of LFDA, NFDA and is a parishoner of St. Angela Merici Catholic Church