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.
Skyway Memorial Gardens was established over 55 years ago on 41 acres of
pristine countryside dotted with majestic oak trees and traditional
Florida fauna. Today, the countryside has been transformed into
beautiful manicured gardens that offer visitors beauty, peace and
We consider it a great honor that our families have chosen to place their trust in us to care for their loved ones. We are committed to fulfilling that trust with compassion and gentleness.
Historically, Skyway has offered several forms of memorialization throughout our gardens. These choices include Ground Burial, Community Mausoleum, Private Estates, Cremation Niches, Cremation Gardens with Benches, Memorial Boulders and Trees, and our recently completed new Monument Row Garden.
Our Valued Staff
Amanda Shields, Sales Manager
Amanda started her career in our profession 9 years ago as a Family Service Counselor with SCI in Sarasota, FL, and brings with her an impressive background in coaching, mentoring, and motivating high-achieving sales teams. Amanda lives with her dog, Moose, and when she’s not working, Amanda enjoys visiting her family in Maine, spending time with friends, playing piano, and enjoying the outdoors (hiking, biking, kayaking, etc.)
Samantha E. Ratcliff, Office Manager
Samantha has been in the Funeral Home industry for 10+ years. She began her career in Georgia as an Office Manager and 3 ½ years ago, transferred to Bradenton, Florida to further pursue her career. She has been an Office Manager her entire career and hopes to continue to grow her knowledge and experience and continue serve every family that comes to Skyway, with compassion, respect and sincerity.
Her commitment to the Funeral Home industry stems from a bad experience when she lost her Grandparents and by stepping up, hopes to prevent others from experiencing the same treatment that she was made to shoulder on the worst days of her life.
She is quite knowledgeable in her field, and if she does not have the answer, she will do all she can to get the answer for you. She will go that extra mile to make sure that all your needs are taken care of.
She has three children who she takes every opportunity possible to spend time with as life allows and enjoys the outdoors.
Brian Tetrick, Funeral Director
James Welch, Community Service Advisor
Jeff Rosenthal, Community Service Advisor
Jeff is a Family Service Advisor at Skyway Memorial Gardens and has been in family services since 2008. He originates from the Boston area and made Sarasota his home for 17 years. He earned an MBA in Finance from Bentley University and was in finance and real estate industries until 2008. He is rooted in the Sarasota area Jewish community and is also an associate minister at SCOL. He has one daughter who currently goes to College in Boston.
Chris Murray, Family Services Supervisor
Chris Murray began his career in the cemetery industry in 2008 in his home state of Maryland. Chris has a strong belief that every family he serves should to be treated as if it were his own.
Chris is currently a resident of Sarasota. In his spare time, Chris enjoys outdoor activities, the beach, and spending time with his family.