History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Leonard J. Dunn was born in New Orleans and raised in St. Bernard Parish.  He began his own business in 1983, Professional Mortuary Services, Inc., serving all the funeral directors in and around the New Orleans area.  This successful business grew to serve funeral directors all over the state of Louisiana.  In 1986, his services extended to outside of Louisiana which prompted him to open a small funeral home, Professional Funeral Services, Inc.

In early 1990 the mortuary services grew to where he offered low cost funerals to the New Orleans community, this is where the “Affordable Alternative” was born.  It was decided that the low cost funeral business and cremation service was growing and extended into St. Bernard Parish.  This expansion was noticed by Stewart Enterprises (a large funeral home conglomerate owning St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home and Lakelawn Metairie Funeral Home)…. he joined forces in October, 1999 to offer the “Affordable Alternative” as Dunn Funeral Services in Arabi, Louisiana, opening in January, 2000.  The union between Stewart Enterprises and Leonard Dunn lasted 2 years.

Leonard Dunn moved to St. Tammany Parish in May, 2005.

As we all know…Hurricane Katrina relocated so many residents from St. Bernard Parish and Orleans Parish to the Northshore.  Again, he felt there was a need to open a small funeral home and offer the “Affordable Alternative” to residents of St. Tammany Parish.  In May, 2008 he purchased a small commercial building on Highway 36.  One year later… Serenity Funeral Home opened bringing the “Affordable “Alternative” to Covington and the Northshore area.  The idea of the “Affordable Alternative” funeral has been very successful in Mr. Dunn’s career that he felt the need and desire to open Serenity Funeral Home, Kempton-Dunn & Son.

Our Valued Staff

  • Leonard J. Dunn

    Leonard J. Dunn, Founder, Consultant, Funeral Director & Embalmer

    Leonard grew up in the 9th Ward district of New Orleans and has also lived in Chalmette, where he graduated from Chalmette High School, and lived in Arabi before his move to the Northshore and Covington, in May of 2005. Leonard is a graduate of the Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston, Texas, where he continues to hold his license as a funeral director & embalmer. He is married to Chris-Ann and has one son, Randy, one daughter, Kelly, two grandchildren, Valentina and Rafael, as well as three stepsons Bruce, John and Travis. During his spare time, Leonard enjoys the outdoors, especially duck hunting and is an active member of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation.

  • Jack Elder

    Jack Elder, Manager, Funeral Director & Embalmer, Certified Cremation Operator (CCO)

    Jack was born and raised in Algiers, later moving to San Carlos and San Jose in California where he attended and graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He spent many years working as a funeral director and embalmer in California before moving back to Mandeville. Jack is an active member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Latin Mass Community of the Northshore. He is married to Ramona Bivens Elder and has two stepsons, Japheth and John, and one canine pup, Ladybrooke Elder. In his spare time, Jack enjoys calligraphy and playing guitar.

  • Crystal Griffin

    Crystal Griffin, Funeral Director Intern and Cremationist

    Crystal was born in Marrero and lived in Jefferson Parish for her first 15 years before moving and becoming a resident in St. Tammany Parish. She graduated from North Shore Technical Community College in 2018 with the distinct honors of “Magnum Cum Laude” with an Associates in General Studies. Crystal also awarded the Silky Sullivan Scholarship award, while attending Northshore Tech. She is seeking her dual license (Funeral Director/Embalmer) in funeral service at Delgado Community College in New Orleans and graduated in Spring 2022. In addition, she is also pursuing her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice at Southeastern University in Hammond, LA. Crystal is an Honors student at Delgado Community and member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She was a Board Member and Softball Coach at Bush Recreational in Bush, LA, from 2018-2020, as well as interned at St. Tammany Coroner’s Office in LaCombe, LA. Crystal has two daughters, Braylinn and Kyrie, and a son, Brayden.

  • Krysten Nicole Stafford

    Krysten Nicole Stafford, Funeral Director Intern/assistant

    Krysten was born and lived on the Westbank until 2008, before moving and living in Tangipahoa for 12 years, and is now currently residing in Covington. She graduated from Hammond High Magnet School as cum laude in 2017. Krysten is an honors student at Delgado Community College seeking her dual license as a funeral director and embalmer and set to graduate in May of 2023. She is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Krysten is a fan of the arts and enjoys spending time in nature.