Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.
Dan is a Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Certified Celebrant, Cremation Specialist, and Licensed Fraternal Insurance Agent.
A lifelong resident of the Washington area, he is the son of Ellen and the late David Davenport of Amity, PA. He attended Trinity High School, graduating with the class of 2010. As a high school student, Dan began working part time as a funeral assistant.
Dan later attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science earning an Associate of Specialized Business degree in Funeral Service Management. There, he was honored with the Memorial Award, a peer voted honor given to the student who most typifies the ideals of the student body. He was also awarded membership in Mu Sigma Alpha, the National Honor Society of Mortuary Science, granted to the top 10% of each graduating class.
He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Psychology from Point Park University, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Waynesburg University.
He is currently a part time student at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University where his interests include funeral service law, elder law (wills, estates, and trusts), business law, and intellectual property.
Ellen Davenport serves as a funeral director assistant with our firm and works closely with her son Dan in serving families with compassion and care.
Originally from the village of Lone Pine, Ellen attended Trinity High School, graduating with the class of 1977. She spent many years working in the medical field as a medical assistant and certified phlebotomist for several area physicians, including Dr. Charles Tripoli and Washington Family Doctors (Centerville Clinics).
In 2006, she and her late husband Dave purchased Village Pizza & Deli in Amity, where she served as manager and President for fifteen years until Dave's death in 2020.
Ellen's wealth of personal and professional experience, along with her caring nature, help our firm maintain the high standard of service excellence we are known for.
Julie Sisul is our administrative assistant and the glue that holds our office together.
She assists with many of the administrative tasks that are involved when arranging funeral details, such as obtaining death certificates and burial permits, filing insurance paperwork, processing payments, preparing stationary for services and answering our phones.
She is a huge part of the high quality client service we are known for and is also well known as the first friendly face folks encounter when they stop into the office.
James "Jim" Amato serves as a funeral attendant and is involved in many aspects of funeral service with our firm.
Originally from California, PA, Jim attended California University of Pennsylvania, where he studied business administration. He is also a U.S. Navy Veteran and former employee of the Jessop Steel Corporation, where he worked from 1972 until his retirement in 2002. He currently resides in Houston, PA.
You can usually find Jim greeting visitors or arranging flowers during visitation, as well as assisting during funeral and memorial services.
Christopher J. Openbrier serves as a funeral attendant and is involved in many aspects of funeral service with our firm.
A long time Washington area resident, Chris attended Chartiers Houston High School and served for many years as a 911 Telecommunications Officer for the Washington County Department of Public Safety.
Well known in our community, Chris has also worked in funeral service for over 25 years. Serving area families is personal to him and he enjoys assisting them during their time of loss.