Faculty & Staff

ADMINISTRATION

CIFS

CODY L. LOPASKY, CFSP

President & School Director

Cody Lopasky has an M.A. in Psychology and History from the University of Houston-Victoria, a B.A. in Psychology from Texas State University-San Marcos, and he is an A.A.S. graduate with honors and distinction from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. As a student at Commonwealth, Lopasky was a member of the National Funeral Service Honor Society. He is active in funeral service organizations and participates on several committees.

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JAMES W. ROBINSON, CFSP

Dean of Academics

James Robinson holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston and an M.S in Management and Leadership from the University of Houston – C.T. Bauer College of Business. He is also an A.A.S. graduate with honors and distinction from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service.

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PATRICIA T. MORENO

Registrar
p.moreno@commonwealth.edu

Patricia Ann Tamayo Moreno graduated from Commonwealth College of Sciences in 1980 and began her apprenticeship with Darling Mouser Funeral Home in her hometown of Brownsville, Texas. She completed her apprenticeship at Heights Funeral Home in Houston and came to work for the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 1981.

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JESSIKA JENKINS, CFSP

Director of Operations

Jessika has been a proud Houstonian since 2005. Originally from Waxahachie, Texas she moved to College Station, Texas after graduating high school where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Texas A&M University. Shortly after graduation she attended Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Texas.

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R. RENÉ ALTHEIMER

Admissions Counselor
r.altheimer@commonwealth.edu

René Altheimer began her funeral service education career with Commonwealth Institute in October, 2012, as a member of the Admissions Team.  René came to Commonwealth with over 25 years’ executive administrative experience in the private sector, having worked for a multi-million dollar ethnic hair care company in Arkansas.

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SHANTELLE D. HOLTS, CFSP

Distance Education Coordinator
s.holts@commonwealth.edu

Shantelle is a graduate of Commonwealth Institute and a licensed funeral director and embalmer. After several years of serving as an adjunct faculty member, she joined the staff as the Distance Education Coordinator in 2021.

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STAFF

CIFS

MARLENE PERRY

Financial Aid Advisor

DAVID TAYLOR, JR.

Clinical Coordinator

MELISSA DAVIS

Librarian

SYLVIA SANCHEZ

Receptionist & Admissions Assistant

FACULTY

CIFS

STUART E. MOEN, CFSP

Professor Emeritus

CHRISTOPHER C. LAYTON

Professor Emeritus

MADELEINE CRESPO

Instructor

JENINE D. FASTUCA

Instructor

DR. CATHARINE FLANNER

Instructor

LOUISE GOHMANN, CFSP

Instructor

JANE HEMBERGER

Instructor

DR. STEPHEN HENRY

Instructor

DONALD KESSLER

Instructor

CALVIN LEWIS, CFSP

Instructor

REMO PORTELLI

Instructor

JENNAFER SCHNAUTZ

Instructor

DR. MICHAEL WICKER

Instructor

JEFFERY PERRY

Instructor

NICOLE STACKHOUSE

Instructor

MANDY WEAVER

Instructor


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415 Barren Springs Drive
Houston, Texas 77090

Office Telephone: (281) 873-0262
Toll Free: (800) 628-1580
Fax: (281) 873-5232
Email: information@commonwealth.edu


Campus Hours

Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Lecture Classes
Mon-Thu 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM
Mon-Thu 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Mon-Thu 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Mon-Thu 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Mon-Thu 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

Embalming Labs
Mon-Thu 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Fri – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The dates and times of laboratory sessions are scheduled at the beginning of each quarter.

2022-2023 CATALOG

Accreditation and Memberships of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. See Accreditation for more information.