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Our Team


Our staff is comprised of professionals with a broad depth of funeral and cremation experience.  We are dedicated to helping direct you through this stressful and difficult time. We will answer all your questions regarding your options for funeral and cremation services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson

General Manager

Justin grew up in Diboll, Texas which is in the Deep East Texas area.  Justin grew up following and playing sports and he had a passion for the outdoors.  Living in East Texas hunting and fishing opportunities were all around and Justin spent time enjoying those opportunities with his father.

Justin attended Diboll High School where he was a proud member of the Lumberjack marching band.  He earned numerous honors including attending the state solo and ensemble contest and an invitation to travel to Europe with the Honor Band of America.  He was also selected for Who’s Who Among High School Students in 1997 and 1998.  Following high school, he attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in church ministries specializing in pastoral ministries and Christian education.  While in college Justin met his wife, Amber, and they were married in 2005.

Justin and Amber had their first child, Savannah, while living in Texas.  Five years later their second child, Baylor, was born while living in Oklahoma.  Justin pastored churches in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana before beginning his career in the funeral service.

Today Justin enjoys serving the families of Emerald Hills along with the families of Kennedale and surrounding areas.  He enjoys watching sports and spending time with his family.  Justin is the chairman of the ambassadors for the Kennedale Chamber of Commerce and is involved in other community activities.  Justin and his family attends Crossroads Christian Church in Grand Prairie where they are actively involved and also lead a connect group from their home.

Email: jwilson@emeraldhillsfh.com


Matt Schuen

Matt Schuen

Sales Manager

Matt was born in Rochester, Minnesota and moved soon after to Kalamazoo, Michigan with his family.  Growing up, sports were always a large part of his life.  Matt played football, baseball, hockey and basketball from a young age, through high school.  Living in a small town, in the country, opportunities to fish, create, and build things outdoors were also readily available.

A lifelong Michigan resident, he attended Kalamazoo College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and business.  During college, he had the opportunity to participate in two foreign studies which changed his life forever.  After graduation, he returned overseas, travelled extensively, and spent three years in Japan where he would eventually meet his wife, Marlen, whom he married in 1994. 

Matt and Marlen had their first son, Matthew, in Manilla, the Philippines.  Shortly after the birth, they decided to move back to the United States and settle back in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Two years later, their second son, Nicolas, was born.  Family life was good to the Schuens, and Matt enjoyed coaching both sons’ lacrosse, hockey and football over the years. 

Professionally, Matt started his career in the funeral service, in 1998, when he went to work for a preneed insurance company.

In 2016, Matt and Marlen had the opportunity to move south and get away from the snow and cold of Michigan.  They lived in Edmond, Oklahoma for two years, and then spent one year north of New Orleans.  In the summer of 2019, Matt and Marlen relocated to Mansfield, TX where Matt started his position as Sales Manager for Emerald Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park.

Having started in the funeral/cemetery business in 1998, Matt considers it an honor to be able to work with so many families and to be able to protect so many people through preneed.  His passion for helping others is his driving motivation.  Happy to be settled in Texas, Matt remains an avid Michigan Wolverine fan, but the Cowboys culture is quickly growing on him!  Aside from sports, Matt and Marlen have been active in the Lutheran Church and several community and volunteer organizations.  They look forward to becoming active community members in the greater DFW area, as well.  When not at work, Matt and Marlen enjoy hiking/walking and spending time together outdoors.

Email: mschuen@plcorp.com


Jason Rand

Jason Rand

Funeral Director/Embalmer

"There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people.”  George W.  Bush.

Jason Rand lives, loves, laughs and has dedicated his life to serving others.  A native Rawlins Wyoming boy, Jason learned about the beauty of nature and his love for it by spending endless summers at his family’s cabin on Elk Mountain.  He learned to hunt, and fish on the lake.  He can recount numerous stories filled with Huck Finn adventures of him and his oldest brother leaving the cabin at dawn and returning at dusk.  In retrospect no one memory is better than the other, but they all meld into one:  “Love of family”!  Jason, as an adult, would later have to pull from that love in order to keep his family together.


As the middle child, Jason had an older brother to admire and from which he gained wisdom and guidance.   His brother was an All-Star athlete and scholar.  Jason emulated his life after him.  During high school Jason participated in football, wrestling, track and baseball, but contributed to his High School’s success by breaking numerous running-back state records that until recently were unbroken.   Not only did he excel in sports, but he was chosen as a Congressional Scholar and represented Nebraska in the National Young Leaders Conference held every year in Washington D.C.  Jason completed his senior year in the top 10% of his graduating class and had many scholarship opportunities from several colleges, however he chose to attended Chadron State College in Nebraska in order to participate in football, and wrestling.  This also gave him the opportunity to stay close to family.


While in college Jason majored in Chemistry and graduated from Chadron with a Bachelor of Science in 1994.  Feeling the inner desire to serve others and having been mentored by a family friend in the funeral business, Jason made a decision to choose an occupational field in which he could be a servant of God.  He enrolled in Kansas City Kansas School of Mortuary Science.  A 2 ½ year program in which Jason completed in one year.  With a desire to be near his family in Texas, Jason accepted a business partnership opportunity to actually own and operate a funeral home, cemetery and crematory operation.  


Upon his mother’s diagnosis of breast cancer, Jason relocated to the Fort Worth area to be near friends and family in order to assist them during this journey in life. He is happy to be in Texas near his daughter and most recently blessed with a granddaughter who is one of the many joys of his life.  He is an active member of the Rotary of Arlington, and is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church in Keller, Texas.

Email: jrand@emeraldhillsfh.com


Amy Ott

Amy Ott

Office Coordinator


Email: aott@emeraldhillsfh.com


Joy Smith

Joy Smith

Family Service Counselor

Creating, enhancing and renewing value are the cornerstones of Joy’s belief system. Her biggest influences are of people and movements that have shaped world views on a local level. She has always been a strong voice for local businesses, government, and even sports teams. Known in her inner circle as the Home Team Queen, Joy is famous for supporting local headliners, unless there is a New York visitor in the building.

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Joy experienced the highs and lows of a blended family.  Growing up she learned very early on that families are made of love, not blood, and leadership came early in life. Always dreaming of attending Howard University and then to pursue a Law degree, Joys dream derailed at the age of 17 after burying her mother. She was responsible for the loving care and nurturing of her 3 younger sisters. On a daily basis, Joy was reminded how important it was to plan, manage and execute in order to ensure the success of her new role in life as provider.

Joy spent the lion share of her professional experience in property and asset management.  Finding the challenges of multi-family housing to be amongst her most rewarding successes , Joy has worked in some of our nation’s largest metropolitan areas including Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, TX . In these roles, her business acumen and compassion has made her an intricate partner in the success and wellness of hundreds of families. Leaving the mark of a great leader, Joy has a legacy of building confidence and pride in her team. 

Joy’s professional accomplishments paled in comparison to the fulfillment she felt in marriage and giving birth to her daughter Jada Auset. Joy tells stories about being raised by her own mother, and looking forward to imparting the same strength, resilience and zest for life that her own mother, had sewn into her.  Jada is sophomore in High School and captain of the step team.

Currently in the role of Survivor herself, Joy has joined the ranks of millions of women in the fight against breast cancer. Using her own life experiences, Joy joins the Emerald Hills team as a Family Service Counselor, with a sincere heart, compassion and is the living proof of the spirit of renewal and the power of love and support.

Email: jsmith@emeraldhillsfh.com


Don Miller

Don Miller

Funeral Ambassador

Don is a Funeral Ambassador and will be assisting with funeral services and helping on visitations. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&I University in Corpus Christi and a Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Don and his wife Kathi have two children: Melanie and David and a daughter-in-law, Desiree. Don and Kathi are also the proud grandparents of Conner!


Dora Hinojosa

Dora Hinojosa

Ambassador



Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes

Ambassador

Tim was born in Houston, TX and raised in Pasadena, TX with a very close knit family.  After graduating from Sam Rayburn High School in 1997 he moved to Springfield, MO where he graduated from Baptist Bible College with a degree in Youth Ministry and Bible.  He began working in churches in 1999 and has been involved in ministry ever since.

After working in churches in Texas, Missouri, and Michigan he returned to Texas in July of 2017 to rebuild a struggling church.  Tim is a big fan of the Astros, Rockets, and Texans (sorry Cowboys fans) and has enjoyed being active in recreational sports and outdoor activities. 

Tim and his wife Kristi have 6 kids (yes, it’s true) of which two are adopted.  Tim is grateful to be here to help families because he himself has lost a child and knows the hurts and pains of the loss. Tim wants to be able to help the families of Emerald Hills through some of their most difficult times and wants to be a blessing to every person he comes in contact with. 


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