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Our Team


How does a funeral home differentiate itself? We believe it is by assembling the best team possible to care for our community.

Our caring professionals are committed to understanding your individual needs, traditions, and customs. We are available around the clock to assist you during this difficult time. In addition to our professional funeral directors, we have a dedicated support staff that is second to none.

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Richard M. Carpino

Founder/Funeral Director

Richard M. Carpino was a long-time resident of Watertown. He is the founder of Carpino Funeral Home and currently resides in Southbury with his wife Denise. They have two sons, Nicholas and Michael.


Denise Carpino

Family Service Specialist

Denise (Beaulieu) Carpino has lived in Southbury since 1965. Denise is married to Richard and they have two sons, Nicholas and Michael.


Matt Bailey, CFSP, CCO

Matt Bailey, CFSP, CCO

Owner, Funeral Director, Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator & Celebrant

Matthew R. Bailey, CFSP, president of CT Life Tributes: Bailey Family Funeral Homes, is the fourth generation of the Bailey family to serve the community. He attended Holy Trinity School in Wallingford and Xavier High School in Middletown prior to his studies at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC.  From CUA, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. While in Washington, Matthew received his Third Degree with the Knights of Columbus CUA Council #9542 and was employed by CUA and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He was recognized by Who's Who in American  College and University Students.

Matthew was a student at the America Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service (AAMI) in New York City where he was elected by his peers to serve as class president. Following his graduation from AAMI and successful completion of the Funeral Service Conference Examining Board's National Examination, Matthew joined the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home full time.

Matthew is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and is a member and past president of the Wallingford Rotary Club. He has served on the boards of the Rotary Club, the Wallingford Foundation, the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, the Wallingford Family YMCA, and the Wallingford Public Library.

Matthew has served as a member of the faculty at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City. He has been certified by the Cremation Association of North America as a Crematory Operator and is a certified celebrant and a certified celebrant trainer through the Insight Institute. He holds the distinction of being recognized as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.


Jayson Dahlgard, CFSP, CCO

Jayson Dahlgard, CFSP, CCO

Funeral Director, Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator & Celebrant

Julius (Jayson) A. Dahlgard IV is an Oxford resident and has been part of our team since 2013. He serves as the lead director at the Carpino Funeral Home.

He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School of West Haven, and attended Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. Jayson worked as a letter carrier at the United States Postal Service while attending Lincoln College of New England in Southington where he studied mortuary science. Graduating in 2014.  Jayson successfully completed the International Conference of Funeral Service Board examinations, served his apprenticeship with the Bailey Family Funeral Homes, and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He led our memorial monument and marker division of Connecticut Life Tributes: Connecticut Memorials.

Jayson is a member of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America, the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  He is a certified celebrant through the Insight Institute, Certified Crematory Operator through the Cremation Association of North America, and holds the distinction of being recognized as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.


Andrea Cappiello

Andrea Cappiello

Funeral Director, Embalmer & Celebrant

Andrea J. Cappiello joined the team in March of 2016.  She is a 1998 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Quinnipiac University.  In 2007, Andrea graduated with honors from Briarwood College in Southington with her degree in Mortuary Science.  After successful completion of the International Conference of Funeral Service Board Examinations National Exam, Andrea became a licensed funeral director & embalmer.  

She is a member of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Cremation Association of North America, and the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association. Andrea is a Notary Public, and in 2018 became a certified life celebrant.  Andrea resides in North Haven with her husband and two children. 


Andrea Membrino

Andrea Membrino

Funeral Director, Embalmer & Licensed Cosmetologist

Andrea M. Membrino is from Wolcott and has been part of the CT Life Tributes, Family Owned Funeral Homes since 2018. 


She graduated from Cheshire High School and went on to obtain her cosmetology license from North Haven Academy: Paul Mitchell. After working as a cosmetologist for several years, she decided to she wanted to take her career in a different direction and enrolled at Lincoln College of New England in  Southington where she studied mortuary science.


Graduating in 2018, Andrea successfully completed the International Conference of Funeral Service Board examinations, served her apprenticeship with us, and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer. 


Amanda King

Amanda King

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Amanda Marie Eilis King was born in New York and obtained her Bachelors of Science at Skidmore College for Studio Art & Biology, and then earned her Post-Baccalaureate degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art.  

Amanda is a licensed embalmer & funeral director in both Missouri and Connecticut, having completed her apprenticeship under the nationally renowned Vernie R Fountain where she received extensive reconstruction training. She has earned her designation as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner.

She also is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer who travels to promote improved embalming/restorative/cosmetic approaches for those within the mortuary field. 


Dean McMorran, Jr.

Dean McMorran, Jr.

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Dean is a native of Meriden and joined our team as an already licensed funeral director having worked for other providers Connecticut communities.

 

He is a graduate of F.T Maloney High School in Meriden, and attended Briarwood College in Southington where he studied mortuary science.


After graduating with honors in 2006, he successfully completed the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board's national examination, completed his apprenticeship and then moved onto obtaining licensure as an Embalmer.  


Dean also has a background in Emergency Medicine where he worked for a commercial ambulance company for over 14 years responding to 911 calls in many of the above towns. Dean is currently a State of Connecticut Certified Emergency Medical Technician and serves as a practical skills examiner for the State of Connecticut Office of Emergency Medical Services. He is also a member of the Connecticut Critical Incident Stress Management Team and served as past treasurer. Dean is an original charter member of the V.F.W. Men’s Auxillary Post 9965. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time at home with his wife Nina, hiking various state trails with his two children Kaleb and Trevor and snuggling his two dogs Hazel and Titan. 


Jodel Vogt

Jodel Vogt

Funeral Director and Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator & Life Celebrant

Jodie grew up in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School in 1999. She then attended Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham where she earned her B.A. in Biology in 2005. After graduating, Jodie worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician for 15 years.  Having had an uncle who was a funeral director, Jodie always had an interest in funeral service. This drove her to further her education and attend Lincoln College of New England, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned her A.A.S degree in Mortuary Science in May 2017. 

During her time at Lincoln College of New England, Jodie was on the President's list every semester for maintaining a GPA above 3.8, was President of the school’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and president of the college’s Mortuary Science Club. After graduating from Lincoln College, Jodie completed her apprenticeship at D’Esopo Funeral Chapel in Wethersfield and earned the credential of licensed funeral director and embalmer.

Jodie is a state approved Practical Examiner for the Connecticut Board of Examiners of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. She is a certified celebrant through the Insight Institute, Certified Crematory Operator through the Cremation Association of North America, and a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, currently working toward the distinction of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP).


Karen Sagarino

Karen Sagarino

Funeral Director and Embalmer



Gary Wachelhausen

Gary Wachelhausen

Funeral Assistant



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