Our Team

Experience Matters

Similar to finding the right contractor for home renovations, hiring a qualified and experienced monument builder assures that the job is done right. With decades of experience, the Summit team would be honoured to help you create a lasting memorial tribute to your loved one. For more information, please contact us today.


Ken Reeson, AICA

Owner/Manager
 

A third-generation memorialist, Ken Reeson has over 35 years of monument industry experience. Ken represents Summit as a member of the American Institute of Commemorative Art (AICA), was previously President of the Alberta Association of Memorial Craftsmen and has also served the Monument Builders of North America (MBNA) as a Trustee, Vice-President and is currently MBNA’s President-elect.  Ken founded Summit Memorials in 2005. 

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Andy Reeves

Alberta Business Development Manager
email: andy@summit-memorials.com
 

Beginning in British Columbia, Andrew (Andy) Reeves’ career began as a licensed funeral director for 27 years. In 2007, Andy transitioned to the cemetery monument industry and was hired by Summit in January of 2014 as Business Development Manager for the province of Alberta. Andy is actively involved in industry association work, serving on the board of the Alberta Funeral Service Association as suppliers liaison and volunteering with the Green Burial Society. He also serves his community as a member of the Rotary, Fort Macleod Cemetery Committee and serves on the board of Park Meadows Baptist Church.  Andy and his wife Sue have been blessed with three children and four grandchildren. In his spare time he loves spending time with his family, and two dogs and two cats, riding his motorcycle, and hunting. 

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Brad Marshall

Saskatchewan Business Development Manager
 

After an 18 year career as a funeral director, Brad Marshall’s interest in monuments led him to the monument profession in 2012. He joined Summit in January of 2014 as Business Development Manager for the province of Saskatchewan based out of Summit’s Saskatoon office. Outside of the office, Brad enjoys spending time with his wife – Raylene Marshall, and 4 boys: Nathan (20), Connor (18), Dylan (16), Nash (14) and a dog (Sadie Anne).

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Chery Southoff

Alberta Business Development Manager

Chery, an avid carbivore and carnivore, was introduced to Summit Memorials while an apprentice Funeral Director/Embalmer (FDE) in 2010. After 8 years in a full time FDE position, Chery joins Summit Memorials as the Alberta Business Development Manager.  Over and above the work she will be doing, she is looking forward to learning about the death-care culture, various cemeteries, current memorialization trends and those at its helm throughout Alberta.  When not on the road, Chery is at home with Troy raising beef cattle, connecting with their adult children and extended family and friends, being a hobby-photographer, gardener and preserver, helping where she can on Shorncliffe Park Impovement Association’s team and bathing it all in prayer.

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Heather Hall

 Heather Hall is the most experienced Summit employee with over 40 years in the monument industry, joining Summit in October of 2011. Throughout her career, Heather is most proud of being a part of helping families at a difficult time create a lasting memory of their loved ones. Outside of the office, Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends.  

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Charlene Sigmeth

Memorial Counsellor
 
Charlene Sigmeth has a passion for helping people select the right monument for their loved one. Her 25 plus years of experience in the monument profession gives families peace of mind in knowing they are dealing with an experienced professional. Outside of the office, Charlene enjoys spending time with friends & family, travelling, music, fashion and hockey.

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Venice Harrington

Rendering Artist
 

Venice Harrington joined our team as a Layout Artist in January of 2009. She enjoys cycling and tries to ride her bike year-round, participating in charity rides and loves to do creative projects using various mediums.  Animals hold a special place in her heart, especially her cat, Frodo.

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Pamela Tyler

Production Scheduler
 

Pamela joined Summit Memorials as a Production Scheduler in April of 2016.  Since then, she has been proven to be a strong asset to the team.  Outside of work, Pamela enjoys baking cakes, lifting weights and spending time with her family.

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Mackenzie Reeson

Production Scheduler
 

Mackenzie is a fourth generation memorialist. After working with Summit Memorials part-time for a few years she has now joined the team as a full time employee.  Outside of work, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her son, Oakley, staying active at the gym and finding a good couponing deal.  

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Stjepan "StivVlainic

In-Cemetery Technician
 

A native of Croatia, Stjepan "Stiv" Vlainic brought with him decades of monument industry experience when he came to Canada to join the Summit team in the spring of 2014 as an In-Cemetery Technician. Stiv has quickly adapted to his new surroundings and has proven to be a highly skilled craftsman who excells at added lettering, monument installations as well as granite polishing & repair.

Often using his favourite expression "It’s ok", Stiv’s calm and positive demeanor make him a popular and valuable member of the Summit team.

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Sabrina Vos

Reception
 

Sabrina Vos joined the Summit team in July of 2014 as a Stencil Applicator.  Since has since moved into the office as receptionist. On top of her reception duties she also takes care of processing all incoming orders as well as assisting whenever it is needed in the office and the shop.  Outside of work, Sabrina enjoys spending time outdoors, camping and hanging out with family and friends.

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 Vesna Vlainic

Stencil Applications
 

Vesna joined Summit in 2017 as a stencil applicator.  Since then she has also taken on the role of operating the diamond etching machine as well as assisting wherever needed.  When she’s not at work, Vesna loves to cook, joke and spend quality time with her family.

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Cory Mitchell

Cory joined the Summit team as Load Assembler.  Since then he has moved over to training people and a sandblaster.  A sandblaster is a technician who uses a high-pressure hose and and abrasive sand mixture to expertly & delicately carve lettering and designs into granite.  Cory always seems to have a smile on his face and his enthusiasm for the job is infectious to other members of the Summit team.  When he’s not busy blasting, he enjoys the outdoors and hanging out with friends.
 

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Viktoriya Sumchenko

Viktoriya joined the Summit team as Rendering Artist.  Her favorite granite color is Supreme Black. Black granite gives her more freedom to be creative and allows her to achieve a wide range of design styles, such as diamond etching, laser etching etc. In her spare time she enjoys camping, road trips and spending quality time with her dog, Rosie.
 

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Reflecting a Life Well-Lived