Meet The Funeral Home Staff
John Douthitt - Manager
John Douthitt has worked for the Spring Grove Funeral Homes as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since March 2007. Born and raised in the greater Cincinnati area, John graduated from Withrow High School and attended the University of Cincinnati, studying Criminal Justice/Pre-Law. John always had an interest in Funeral Service, but it was during an elective course in his junior year at UC when he realized that Funeral Service was not just an interest, it was a passion and his new career focus. John graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. After graduating, John traveled to New Orleans for the summer and visited a number of funeral homes and cemeteries in Louisiana where he gained further knowledge, perspective, and appreciation for Funeral Service. Once he returned to Cincinnati, he immediately registered to take courses at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (CCMS).
In April 2004, John joined the Spring Class of students attending CCMS studying to become a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and also began working for The Spring Grove Family in a part time position at the Spring Grove Funeral Homes. This allowed John to work up close and personal with Funeral Directors and Embalmers which gave him additional insight into to the industry. In July 2005, John graduated from CCMS with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science.
John served his yearlong apprenticeship at the Spring Grove Funeral Homes and earned his Funeral Director and Embalmers License in the state of Ohio In January 2007.
In early 2009, John joined the National Funeral Directors Association and the Buckeye State Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association. Recently in August 2011, John became a Licensed Celebrant, so he now has the certification to personalize and conduct Funeral Services for families.
He is very dedicated to his profession and recognizes the true gift in helping to honor a life well lived. He considers himself very fortunate to work with such dedicated people who all share the same vision and goal, which is to provide impeccable care, respect, and diligence to each and every family that selects the Spring Grove Funeral Homes to honor the life of their loved one.
Lacey V. Fox - Manager and CFSP
In February 2010, Lacey became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Ohio and a member of The Spring Grove Family. Lacey is a native of Stryker, Ohio and graduated from Northwest State Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in 2007. She continued her studies at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Mortuary Science. Lacey is a fourth generation graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and a sixth generation funeral service professional on her mother’s side of the family.
Lacey is a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, International Cemetery and Funeral Association, a member of the Blue Ash, Ohio Lions Club and a member of the Junior League of Cincinnati. Lacey attends Crossroads Church in Oakley.
In April 2011, Lacey attended the In-Site Institute celebrant training and became a certified funeral celebrant. Being a celebrant allows Lacey to personalize and officiate funeral services for families of all beliefs.
Growing up in a funeral home family Lacey knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a funeral director. Helping guide families through the difficult experience of losing a loved one has always been one of Lacey's passions.
Lacey Lives in Hyde Park with her husband Jason and their dog Gizmo. Jason is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Clermont County practicing in their Civil Law Division. Lacey and Jason love the outdoors and enjoy traveling to see family and friends in their free time!
Although Latoya was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, she grew up in Cincinnati and made it her home. She is a 2002 graduate of Walnut Hills High School and obtained an Associates Degree in Allied Health from Brown Mackie College in 2009. Latoya earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2010 and completed an apprenticeship at Spring Grove Funeral Homes in November 2011. Once licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in May 2012, Latoya joined the dedicated team of funeral directors at Spring Grove Funeral Homes.
Latoya focuses on making each family she serves feel like they are a part of the family at Spring Grove. While guiding families through one of the most trying times they will experience, Latoya feels honored to provide them with a sense of comfort during their difficult time of loss.
Latoya is a member of the Buckeye State Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association. She is also an active and devoted member of Heirs Covenant Church of Cincinnati, where she serves in the children’s ministry. Latoya and her husband Jon-Paul have been married for ten years. They live in Liberty Township with their three children, Jon-Paul II, Hailei, and Hannah. In their free time, Latoya and her family enjoy spending time with friends and family and taking weekend road trips.
Samantha Brown has worked for the Spring Grove Funeral Homes as a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since September 2014. Born and raised in the greater Cincinnati area, Samantha graduated from McAuley High School and attended the University of Cincinnati. After starting part time for Spring Grove Funeral Homes in 2009 is when she realized that Funeral Service was not just an interest, it was a passion and her new career focus.
In September 2011, Samantha joined the Fall Class of students attending CCMS studying to become a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and continued working for The Spring Grove Family in a part time position at the Spring Grove Funeral Homes. This allowed Samantha to work up close and personal with Funeral Directors and Embalmers which gave her additional insight into to the industry. In December 2012, Samantha graduated from CCMS with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science.
Samantha served her yearlong apprenticeship at the Spring Grove Funeral Homes and earned her Funeral Director and Embalmers License in the state of Ohio In March 2014. Samantha is a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and International Cemetery and Funeral Association.
Recently in August 2014, Samantha became a Licensed Celebrant, so she now has the certification to personalize and conduct Funeral Services for families.
She is very dedicated to her profession and recognizes the true gift in helping to honor a life well lived. She considers herself very fortunate to work with such dedicated people who all share the same vision and goal, which is to provide impeccable care, respect, and diligence to each and every family that selects the Spring Grove Funeral Homes to honor the life of their loved one.
Senta Latoshia Folds is a licensed embalmer and funeral director in the State of Ohio. She is a 2002 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Senta is a master embalmer and serves as an Adjunct at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science as a Clinical Lab Instructor. She currently holds the positions of secretary and treasurer for United Funeral Directors and Embalmers of Southern Ohio, secretary for Buckeye State Embalmers and Funeral Directors and is a member of Delta Gamma Pi Sorority.
Ms. Folds, who set out for a career in funeral industry in 1999, has worked at a variety of funeral homes and trade services in Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Clinton, MD; Alexandria, VA and Los Angeles, CA. She feels the funeral industry is a true calling and ministry. It fulfills her mission to obtain a wealth and education and experience in working with different cultures, subcultures, ethnic groups, sexual orientations, religions and creeds. Senta gained her motto, “If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all,” from her mom. She sets out to do her best in all she does, does her best in all she accomplishes and allows herself to be adaptable to change, growth and prosperity.
Christian Speth joined the Spring Grove family and the Spring Grove Funeral Homes in 2015. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Ohio.
Christian was raised on the west side of Cleveland and graduated from North Olmsted High School in 2006. In 2011, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland State University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, with a religious study minor. Christian obtained his Associates in Applied Science degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2013.
He now proudly resides on the west side of Cincinnati with his very supportive girlfriend. In his free time Christian enjoys bowling, being active in the gym and seeing the sights and sounds of Cincinnati.
Doug Stivers has over 35 years’ experience in the funeral profession and his interest started his senior year in High School. Learning about the professional and compassionate individuals in the industry by working at a funeral home, he felt it was his calling to be part of this sacred work. Doug attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Texas and graduated with honors in August of 1981. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.
During his career, Doug has worked in multiple states helping and caring for the families he served. He considers it an honor and a privilege to help families during a most critical time of need. He and his wife Jean moved to Ohio in 2012 and Doug obtained his Ohio funeral director’s license in 2013. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and has recently joined the professional staff at the Spring Grove Funeral Homes.
Doug’s wife Jean is an Associate Professor of Nursing and teaches. His daughter Kellie is a Medical Physician in Lexington, Kentucky. They have two grandchildren; Liam and Abbie. Doug is looking forward to being involved in professional and civic opportunities in the Cincinnati area.
Sara Barnes is a first generation funeral director and was born and raised in Cincinnati. She attended St. Mary’s in Hyde Park for grade school, Immaculate Heart of Mary, and Anderson High School. Sara graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the college of Arts and Sciences. She began her career working at Proctor & Gamble and Givaudan in several laboratories formulating everything from Tide to flavors. She decided she wanted a change as she really wanted to work with people in a more service oriented career. After six months of researching and exploring career paths, Sara found herself at her great uncle Neil’s funeral. Her aunt Marilyn was exhausted and wanted to leave so she took it upon herself to rearrange the line of guests and help ensure the visitation process was more efficient (visitation had already gone an extra 2 hours over the planned time). During the luncheon later that day, her aunts suggested that she may want to become a funeral director.
That small idea lead her two weeks later to enroll at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Graduating Summa Cum Laude in the Spring of 2011, she knew she had found her calling. Sara was the recipient of the Ivan P. Bowsher Award for “outstanding achievement in the combined theory and practice of Restorative Arts”, and the Ohio Funeral Directors Association’s Leadership Award. Following graduation, Sara completed her apprenticeship in Toledo and Defiance, Ohio. She spent 5 years as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Defiance where she had the opportunity to serve for three years as the President and Treasurer for Ohio Funeral Directors Association, District One.
Sara is married to her husband Michael and they have one amazing son, Linus. She and her family relocated back to Cincinnati to join Spring Grove Funeral Homes in July of 2016. Since returning home, they have settled on the Westside in Cheviot, and absolutely love their neighborhood and community.
Born and raised in Toledo, Kelly graduated from St. Ursula Academy in 2003 and went on to John Carroll University in Cleveland to obtain her Bachelors in Communications. Upon receiving her degree in 2007, Kelly attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where she earned her Associates degree in 2008.
After spending four years as a licensed director in the state of Ohio, Kelly and her husband moved to Northern Michigan to manage a family owned funeral home in Gaylord. Upon starting their family, they realized Ohio was home and relocated back to Cincinnati in August of 2016. She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Ohio and Michigan.
Kelly is passionate about the funeral profession and is honored to serve all families. She is grateful for the opportunity to provide meaningful options and services to all who call upon the Spring Grove family.
Kelly and her husband, Pat have two children, Delaney and Dolan and currently reside in West Chester.
Kurt Olding joined the Spring Grove family in 2017 and has been a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 2012. He grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and graduated from St. Xavier High School, class of 2006. While pursuing a degree in psychology at University of Cincinnati, Kurt discovered his passion for funeral service during a class on grief, death, and dying that changed the course of his education. He graduated Cum Laude from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2011 with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science and a Bachelor’s Degree of Mortuary Science.
Kurt worked for several out-of-town funeral homes before finding his way to Spring Grove in his beloved home city. He truly believes it is a calling and a privilege to serve families during some of the most difficult times of their lives. Kurt’s passion drives him to help families find creative and meaningful ways to honor their loved one’s life and assist them during the transition that comes with loss.
Kurt is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Ohio Funeral Directors Association. In his free time, he enjoys keeping his creativity flowing by playing tabletop role-playing games, painting miniatures, and playing computer games. Kurt lives on the west side with his wife, Andrea, their daughter, Zella, and their variety of cats, dogs, and other pets.
Skip Phelps - Funeral Director
Skip Phelps has been employed with Spring Grove since 2005. He started with the company as a pre-planning advisor at the funeral home, helping many families and individuals make pre-arrangements. In July 2007, Skip was promoted to be the Director of Preneed Services, managing all of the funeral home preneed advisors and establishing the most effective programs for our customers and most recently has served as the Director of Advanced Planning for The Spring Grove Family.
Skip received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in July 2012 and was recognized later that year by the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Home Association (ICCFA) as a Certified Cemetery Funeral Home Executive (CCFE) after completing 4 years at ICCFA University, and most recently became a licensed funeral director. During his tenure with the organization Skip has strived to continue his education and seek out practical experience and opportunities which has equipped him to train others the importance to every detail in making prearrangements or if we are helping families create a meaningful experience as they celebrate the life of their loved one.
Theresa Correa - Managing Funeral Director