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Our Team

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Our employees are like family 


In this difficult time, let our family help yours. 

Learn more about who we are and what we do in the bios below. Our team is comprised of dedicated, caring, and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all of your questions regarding our services. 

Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

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Nolan and Abigail Adam

Nolan and Abigail Adam

Nolan has nearly 20 years of experience in the funeral business, starting as a young man, working in the funeral home owned by his father.

Nolan is married to Abigail and they reside in Penticton with their two wonderful children Emma and Noah.


Barbara Hamilton

Barbara Hamilton

Managing Funeral Director and Embalmer

Brenda is the Managing Funeral Director and Embalmer of the Summerland Chapel. She is a committed and caring professional who is proud of her chosen career as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.

Brenda and Bob, her husband of 38 years, have two adult children, Brett and his wife Ann, and Bree and her husband Adam.


Jessica Fulkerson

Jessica Fulkerson

Managing Funeral Director and Embalmer

Jessica is the Managing Funeral Director and Embalmer of our Penticton Chapel. She has been dedicated to the funeral profession for over 7 years now. She loves working at Hansons because it is a very close knit team, like a second family. Everyday Jessica appreciates that families trust her and share their loved one's stories and entrust the Hansons team to take care of them.

She grew up in a military family and has been fortunate to have seen all of our beautiful country. She chose to make the Okanagan her home. It is a wonderful place for her children to flourish.


Nico Altena

Nico Altena

Licensed Funeral Director

Nico has had the good fortune of working with teams in the funeral industry for over twenty years. Nico feels a funeral profession gives him the opportunity to serve the world, one family at a time.

Nico has been married to Joanne for over 40 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. Nico and Joanne are very involved with the Summerland Baptist Church, The Penticton Noontime Rotary Club, as well as other support roles in many communities in the Okanagan Valley.


Robert 'Bob' Carlton

Robert 'Bob' Carlton

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Bob has been a funeral professional for over a decade and has found it to be the most fulfilling work he has ever done.

He is as passionate about his music as he is the families he serves and is known for his work singing at funerals and working with local bands such as Flashback.


Bob and his wife Mar have called Penticton home for over 25 years. They have one adult son, David who is completing his PhD at Western in London, ON.


Greg Linton

Greg Linton

Licensed Funeral Director

Greg has been a part of the team since October, 2018 when he and his wife, Karen, moved to the Okanagan. Greg came to us from Edmonton where he worked as a Funeral Director for nine years. Prior to that Greg was a Pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance for sixteen years.


Greg and Karen have been married for 27 years, have two grown children; Erin and Megan. When he is not helping families here you can find Greg refereeing hockey, fishing, hiking, camping or otherwise enjoying life in the Okanagan.


Cassandra Capone

Cassandra Capone

Manager

Cassandra joined the Hansons team in 2019 after a lengthy career in the Hospitality and Wine industry in search of the opportunity to serve her community. She loves providing guidance to families in their time of need and providing unique, personalized ways of commemorating and paying tribute to their loved one.

Outside of work, Cassandra can be found cooking and enjoying local Okanagan wine with her husband, Andras, or playing Roller Derby alongside her teammates, the Penticton Pistoleras.


Crystal Gabriel

Crystal Gabriel

Family Coordinator

Crystal started working with Hansons as a member of our transfer team in 2018 and began assisting in meeting with families as a Family Coordinator in 2019. 

Born and raised in Penticton, Crystal is a member of the Penticton Indian Band and cares for her community deeply. She is proud to be a resource to help them in their time of grief and can often be found participating in and leading community outreach events, often expressed through creative crafting and artistic works.


Shayla Doble

Shayla Doble

Advanced Planning Director and Transfer Team Member

Shayla joined the team in early 2020, serving our families as both an Advanced Planning Director for the South Okanagan and Similkameen and Transfer Team Member.

From assisting and advising clients on how to pre-plan their services, to bringing your loved one into our care at the time of death with dignity and respect, Shayla takes pride in being able to assist families during some of the most difficult moments.

Shayla moved to Penticton 10 years ago from Grande Prairie, Alberta. Since then, she has served her community as a Search and Rescue member, a Director with Crime Stoppers, volunteering for the Children Breakfast club program, First Aid Attendant at local events, and more.

When Shayla is not at work, you will find her at the Penticton Speedway spending time with her speedway family!


Lee Davidson

Lee Davidson

Advanced Planning Director

Lee has recently joined our team as an Advanced Planning Director for the South Okanagan and Similkameen and has been enjoying the Okanagan lifestyle since moving to Penticton in 2017. Having spent almost 20 years in Europe, most recently working as a Hockey GM in the Norwegian Professional Elite League, he is looking forward to a new and rewarding opportunity. Lee is passionate about educating families about the importance of pre-planning your services and is excited to help families in his community.

When not at work you might find Lee enjoying one of his daughter’s short films that she creates while studying at Film School or cheering on his son who is a defenseman for the Merritt Centennials (don’t worry, he is still a Vees fan too!) When he needs a little quite time, you could find him on the bottom of the ocean as he pursues his passion as a PADI scuba instructor.


Joyce Warkentin

Joyce Warkentin

Office Administrator

Joyce has been the Office Administrator at our Summerland Chapel for nearly 5 years. Joyce enjoys serving families in a timely and complete fashion, aiming to make a stressful time as stress free as possible.

Joyce is also an accomplished pianist who accompanies choirs and performs for small groups from time to time.


Debra Paulhus

Debra Paulhus

Office Administrator

Debra is the Office Administrator at our Penticton Chapel, and is honored to be part of a team helping families in their greatest times of need.

She is an animal lover who enjoys spending time with her husband, Marc, and their growing fur-family which includes a puppy, Tiffany, a senior dog, Buddy, and a recently-adopted cat named Siri.


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