Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Franklin O. McCulley President/Mortuary Science Practitioner
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Elianna Adams Funeral Director Apprentice
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Julissa Vega Manager - Funeral Director
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Mr. Ollice L. Burke III Funeral Director
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Jerry Santos Funeral Director
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Vero Hickson Funeral Director

Franklin O. McCulley

President/Mortuary Science Practitioner
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Frank was born to Charlie and Petra McCulley in Panama City, Panama, and was raised in Pueblo, Colorado where his parents owned and operated a local Funeral Home. Frank experienced the funeral service business from an early age.  At 12, Frank’s passion for funeral services grew, and with the knowledge, guidance, and encouragement from his parents, he paved a way to follow his dreams. By 16, Frank performed his first assisted embalming.

Frank graduated from Pueblo Central High School in 1973.  After high school, he decided to join the United States Military and enlisted in the Navy. He honorably served during the Vietnam Conflict from 1973 to 1977.

Although he enjoyed serving his country, following his dreams of becoming a Funeral Director became his main focus. In 1984, Frank started at Lott's Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas as an embalmer. There he worked with them while attending Mortuary School at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services. There he received his Associated Degree in Funeral Services in 1986. He continued his education and received his embalmer's license from the state of California in 1991.  Frank spent many years in California acquiring knowledge and experience by working for several funeral service companies. Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California was one of them. He also worked at Angelus Funeral Home in Los Angeles, California. A truly humbling experience came to Frank during his time as a Sub Contractor Embalmer for Schenk Professional Service. He had the honor and privilege of embalming William Conrad (Best known for his acting on the TV Series, Cannon) in Hollywood, California.

After years of hard work and dedication to his passion, Frank made his dreams a reality. In 1995, Frank became the Owner and President of Angelus Chapel Funeral Directors and Crematory Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he resides.

Frank believes in community and making his community better, because of that he is an active member of several highly recognized organizations in Colorado. He is a member of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Funeral Directors Association, the Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce, and The National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association. He currently serves as a Mason Brother at Pikes Peak Lodge #5. As a Military Veteran, he is honored to be a part of the Veterans of America Legion. Frank is also a proud and long-standing member of the NAACP.

Frank enjoys spending time with his Beloved Dog Bullet, traveling, swimming, meeting people, live concerts, and hiking. He firmly believes that what you choose to put out in the world is what comes back to you. After 25 years in the funeral service business, he is proof that if you truly want something, you must be willing to believe in yourself to achieve it.

Elianna Adams

Funeral Director Apprentice
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Elianna has joined our team as a Funeral Director Apprentice with desire to become a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for the State of Colorado. Elianna is a 2020 graduate from Harrison District Two, who also earned her Associates in General Studies along with her diploma. She plans n futhering her education in the Mortuary Science Program at Arapahoe Community College. Elianna aspires to be a shoulder to lean on for those going through hard times in the community. She finds joy in spending time and making memories with her family and friends. 

Julissa Vega

Manager - Funeral Director
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Dr. Julissa Vega is a Business Coach with more than a decade of successful experience in introducing processes, tools, and concepts that facilitate team and organizational growth. Julissa specializes in helping organizations to make better "people" decisions, increase organizational focus, strengthen company culture, increase individual and team accountability. She is a strong believer in the power of guiding business owners to identify the strengths and weaknesses in themselves and their companies. Julissa truly enjoys finding solutions to overcome challenges, real and imagined, and guiding in setting and reaching established goals. Here at Angelus Chapel Funeral Directors and Crematory, Julissa is turning raw talent into refined expertise and refined talent into renowned success. Her experience as a manager has been fundamental to unlocking untapped potential in our business. Also, as a funeral director, she oversees the planning, organization, and management of all aspects of the funeral services. In her free time, she likes hiking, photography, cooking and spending time with her three fur children and chinchilla.

Mr. Ollice L. Burke III

Funeral Director
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Ollice L. Burke, III has been working at Angelus Chapel Funeral Dirctors, Inc. part-time for several years. He is passionate, reliable and a positive employee that put his hands to whatever is needed at the time, to include Greeter during Funeral services, Limousine Driver, Caretaker, in addition to the overall functions of the Business. He is a great collaborator and gives assistance to grieving families in thier time of loss.

He has found his calling in helping families during the most difficult times in their lives. He is a Veteran of the United States Army. Ft. Carson, Colorado was his last duty station. He served as a Drill Serfeant in the Army. After his stint in the military, he began working at Penrose Hosptital where he met Franklin O. McCulley.

He is engaged to his lovely fiancée Cheryl, together they have five children, and two beautiful granddaughters, and three handsome grandsons. His hobbies are basketball, watching World Wrestingling Entrtainment, listening to Jazz, and Oldies but Goodies.

 

Jerry Santos

Funeral Director
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Jerry Santos began working at the Angelus Chapel Funeral Directors Inc., as a Funeral Director and Crematory Specialist. He has since found his calling in helping families during the most difficult times in their lives. Jerry Santos is a lifelong resident of Pueblo Colorado. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, stationed at NORAD. After his stint in the military, he began working at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo. He retired from CMHIP and began a career in law enforcement with The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department as a Sheriff Deputy.

He is married to his lovely wife Juanita McCulley-Santos, he is the proud father of two children and grandfather of four and a dog parent to Reina and Nevaeh. In his spare time, Jerry loves to cook delicious meals for his family and friends.

Vero Hickson

Funeral Director
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Vero Hickson has been at Angelus Chapel Funeral Directors, Inc. for over 13 years. He is faithful, loyal, and a committed employee that puts his hands to whatever is needed at the time.

He assists with Cremations and also serve as a Funeral Director, Limousine driver, and the overall functions of the Business. He is a great team player and helps in comforting the grieving families in their time of loss.

Vero Hickson was born in South Carolina, graduated from Carver High School. He resides in Colorado Springs Colorado.