Staff Picker 2020-03-21T10:41:35-04:00

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Matthew J. Fiorillo, CFSP : President/Owner

Matthew J. Fiorillo, CFSP

President/Owner

Matthew J. Fiorillo, the owner of Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services, is a licensed funeral director in New York State and Connecticut. He has earned the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Inc. This is noted by the CFSP acronym. Matt has committed to a program of lifelong learning to serve you and families in your community with the level of excellence expected of a CFSP. He is a lifetime member of the White Plains Historical Society, a member of the Knollwood Country Club, and was formally a board member with Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester. In his spare time, he participates with the Westchester Amateur Astronomers. He is a graduate of Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, and is originally from West Nyack, NY. He is a long-time resident of Westchester County, where he currently resides.

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Mark Press : Funeral Director

Mark Press

Funeral Director

Mark Press is a New York licensed funeral director and embalmer for Ballard Durand Funeral & Cremation Services. Mark graduated from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Services in New York, N.Y. and has been in the profession since 2014. Mark is originally from Orange County, N.Y. and after obtaining his license he moved to Florida to be closer to his family. After 2 years he decided to move back home and now resides in Rockland County. Mark has always enjoyed helping others and considers serving each and every family in their greatest time of need a tremendous honor and privilege.

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Melissa Gudiño : Funeral Director

Melissa Gudiño

Funeral Director

Melissa Gudiño is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services. Melissa Graduated and received her degree in mortuary science at Cypress College in 2013. After graduating she took some time to travel and have new experiences and moved from Southern California, where she was born and raised, to New Orleans. She moved back to California and completed her apprenticeship for licensure in 2017 and currently holds an embalming license and Funeral Directors license in the state of California. She is currently a resident of the Bronx and beginning her residency here with us to fulfill her goal of acquiring a Funeral Director’s license in the state of New York.

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Joseph Schuka : Funeral Director

Joseph Schuka

Funeral Director

Joseph Schuka is a licensed funeral director and embalmer for Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services. He has worked in funeral service for the past 15 years, and has been a licensed funeral director for 12 years. Formerly a native of Peekskill, NY, where he was well-established in the community and his church. Joe currently manages our Dutchess County location at Libby Funeral & Cremation Services in Beacon, NY. He is an active communicant of St. Joachim-St. John Parish in Beacon, NY; where he thoroughly enjoys assisting when needed as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and whatever else is needed by the parish Priests and Deacons.

Joe is a Fourth Degree Member and Past-Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Ansbro Council 462 of Peekskill and is also a Past-President and currently Vice-President of the Peekskill Lions Club. Joe is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, with membership in the Peekskill Lodge 744, and again sincerely appreciates the friendly welcome from the local Beacon Lodge 1493, to partake in their civic and fraternal affairs.

As you can notice Joe has a deep love for community and giving back of himself, recently Joe has become the newest member of the Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess. Also very dear to his heart are the Veterans, he has a great sense of Patriotism which was instilled in him at an early age by his paternal grandmother. He can be seen assisting the local VFW with veteran affairs.

Joe truly enjoys his life’s calling as funeral director; assisting families at that most difficult time in their lives, easing the moments, and providing a lasting tribute for generations to remember that loved one forever.

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