Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 504-835-2341 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Yamilet Reina

Yamilet Reina

Managing Partner / Funeral Director

Yami Reina is a naturally born Cuban who came to the U.S. in 1993 searching for a life of opportunity with her immediate family by her side.

Holding many positions in the field has allowed her a vast understanding in all aspects of the death care industry and each family’s own individual needs. After working in Florida since 2000, Yami’s extensive traveling eventually brought her to Louisiana to visit friends and, she fell in love with the city and its residents. In a continued effort to provide Hispanic families the opportunity to meet with a Director that understands their traditions and culture, she eventually relocated to Metairie in 2018.

“En nuestra funeraria le ofrecemos a nuestras familias Hispanas la oportunidad de comunicarse con nosotros en su idioma natal, eliminando la posibilidad de cualquier miscomunicacion e incertidumbre. Asi nuestra firma logra que, durante el proceso de tomar decisiones en un momento tan delicado como es la muerte de un ser querido, nuestras familias tengan la tranquilidad de saber que estan mediando con un profesional que entiende sus necesidades. Es un placer servirle a usted y a su familia.”


Telephone: 1-504-835-2341

Email: yami.reina@carriageservices.com


Bill Baird

Bill Baird

Funeral Director/Embalmer

William (Bill) Baird, Jr. is the past president of the New Orleans Funeral Directors Association and has 50 years of experience in helping families make final arrangements for their loved ones. He is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas. He is involved in many civic associations in his hometown of Slidell, Louisiana, including the Krewe of Dionysius.

Telephone: 1-985-707-4463

Email: bill.baird@carriageservices.com


Kelly Porte

Kelly Porte

Assistant Manager/Funeral Director

Kelly Porte has 25 years of experience in funeral service with the last fifteen years at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home. She brings her vast knowledge of serving customers as they make end of life decisions for themselves or loved ones. She holds a degree in Mortuary Science from Delgado Community College. She is also a member of the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce.  Mother of Alex and Austin Ryan.   


Telephone: 1-504-835-2341

Email: kelly.porte@carriageservices.com


Buddy Ewing

Buddy Ewing

Funeral Director

Buddy Ewing is a funeral director and cemeterian, and  has been in the funeral business since 2002.  A native of Gulfport, MS, he has been with Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp since 2015.  He is currently serving as President of the Southern Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association. Ewing  is a licensed funeral director, both  in Texas and Louisiana and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from William Carey College.  He and his wife and two children reside in Covington, LA.


Telephone: 1-361-549-2259

Email: buddy.ewing@carriageservices.com


Elizabeth Toombs

Elizabeth Toombs

Administrative Assistant



Glenda Lambert

Glenda Lambert

Administrative Assistant



Janet Wild

Janet Wild

Administrative Assistant



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