Shalom Funeral Staff

Gary Tessler

Gary Tessler

Vice President

Gary Tessler has a name and voice that are familiar to many Colorado residents, and a career path that might seem unusual to some. A writer, actor, teacher, journalist, and radio personality, he wrote for the Denver Post, used insight and humor to address current events, and even hosted his own Emmy award winning television show. Then, after a 25 year career in radio and television, he decided to embark on a new journey – one that would allow him to give back to his community.

He began serving as the Executive Director of Rose Hill Cemetery in 2003, helping Jewish families during their most difficult time. In 2005, he became the Vice President of Shalom Funeral Service, working to protect and honor the traditions of the Jewish faith, while helping and caring for families. He also completed the Bavli Talmud, a 7 ½ year study program, and the Shulchan Aruch Project Hichos Aveilus.

A lifelong resident of Colorado, Gary is committed to this community and its families. He and his wife Susan have raised their five children here in Denver, and Gary has spent much of his spare time working in community organizations, earning many honors along the way, and always striving to make a difference. Serving and helping others has always been a part of his life, and he’s honored to be able to do that at Shalom Funeral Service.

Jonathan Holloway

Jonathan Holloway

Managing Director

Jonathan Holloway is a fifth-generation funeral director, originally from Maryland. His family roots in funeral service reach back to his great-great-grandfather starting in Salisbury, Maryland in 1883. With his family, Jonathan grew up serving families of Judaism and all faiths. Upon completion of his degree in Mortuary Science in 2015 in Colorado, he chose to remain to serve families in the Denver Metro Area. He has been with Shalom Funeral Service since 2017 and strives to provide guidance and options for families hoping to honor Jewish traditions and faith. 

Dan Davis

Dan Davis

Funeral Director

Dan Davis has been a funeral director for over 25 years. He has been with Shalom Funeral Service since 1996.

“We are a family owned funeral service benefiting the Jewish community. We conduct our services according to the Talmud.  I strive to keep knowledgeable while being compassionate towards our families’ needs. I am proud of our attention to our families and helping them through a difficult time in their lives while keeping with Jewish tradition.” -Dan Davis

Chace Griffin

Chace Griffin

Funeral Director

Chace Griffin is a 6th generation funeral director. His family has served families from the Denver community dating back to 1890. He hopes to continue caring for families of the Jewish faith with that same care and compassion.

Matt Garnick

Matt Garnick

Advance Planning Advisor & Veterans Benefits Specialist

Matt Garnick has been a Certified Advance Planner since 2016 and has always had a strong desire for serving others in meaningful ways. Prior to joining Shalom, Matt served in the U.S. Air Force and has since filled the role of Veteran’s Specialist. Matt takes pride in helping Jewish families make plans ahead of time so that their loved ones aren’t left with the burden of making decisions during one of the most difficult times in their lives. Matt believes that everyone can benefit from planning ahead and he is available to answer any questions you may have regarding making prearrangements.

Lori De Leon

Lori De Leon

Family Service Associate