Staff

Dominic L. Hasara, CFSP MBIE

Managing Partner

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer/ Certified Crematory Operator

Dom.jpgDominic is a second generation funeral director. A native of Minnesota, and resident of Alaska since 2005. He grew up and learned much of the business working in the family business. Dom credits his parents, and also the tutorage of some of Minnesota’s most prominent funeral directors for laying the groundwork for his funeral career.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1996 from the University of Minnesota-Program of Mortuary Science, one of the world's most prestigious mortuary programs. While a student at the U of M, he served as the Treasurer of the Mortuary Science Student Assoc, and was employed by several of Minnesota's most premier funeral/cremation providers. He currently holds licenses in Minnesota and Alaska. Dominic previously worked for the State of Alaska Medical Examiner's Office, and is well adversed on policies regarding death investigations in Alaska.

He is a firm believer in continuing education, thus was awarded the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) in 2000. He represents the APFSP Board of Trustees as the APFSP Ambassador for Alaska. In 2002, he completed the National Foundation of Funeral Service-National Funeral Directors Association sponsored advance pre-planning training, and is a Certified Pre-planning Consultant. He is a member by invitation of the British Institute of Embalmers(BIE). Currently, Dominic is the only Embalmer from Alaska who has been invited into membership with the BIE.   Dominic also is certified by the Cremation Association of North America (C.A.N.A.) as a Crematory Operator. Dominic also currently serves as the President of the Alaska Funeral Directors Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of Life Alaska Donor Services. Dominic is also a graduate of the Dodge Institute of Advanced Mortuary Studies, having attended courses in Hawaii and Nevada, Dom is a 2006 graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine's Medico-legal Death Investigation course and attained diplomate status with the American Board of Medico-legal Death Investigators. In addition, Dom is a Notary Public. Dominic is also a Life insurance agent, and is able to sell pre-need insurance in the State of Alaska

He is a Third degree Knight, a past Grand Knight of the Wasilla's Arctic Madonna K of C Council 9581 and current member of Our Lady of Snows K of C Council at Holy Family Cathedral. and a Fourth degree member of the Father David Melbourne Assembly 2675. He is also a member of the Spenard Sons of the American Legion Squad.

Dominic is always available to speak to groups on a wide array of topics from the history of funeral service, pre-planning, grief and bereavement.

 

Amanda Hasara

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Amanda was born and raised in rural Iowa before moving to Chicago to pursue her career in amanda.jpegMortuary Sciences. Amanda graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science (Chicago) in 2006 and has held funeral licenses in Illinois, Arizona and California. Amanda moved to Alaska in the summer of 2009. She obtained a position at the Alaska State Medical Examiner’s Office. Amanda is a 2011 graduate of the St Louis University School of Medicine's Medico-legal Death Investigation course and is a diplomat with the American Board of Medico-legal Death Investigators. Amanda met Dominic Hasara shortly after moving to Alaska and they were married in September of 2011. At the end of 2012, Amanda began working alongside of her husband at the Cremation Society of Alaska. Amanda is a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Amanda manages our Mat-Su Valley office.

 

Michael A. Hasara

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Mike.jpgMike is a first generation Funeral Director/Mortician who started his professional career in 1968 shortly after graduating Lakefield High School he started working at the Rost Funeral Home in southwestern Minnesota. In 1970, he received his associates degree in arts from Worthington Junior College. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Program of Mortuary Science with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science.  While a student, he also was an integral member of the staff of the Anatomy Bequest program. He was also a graduate of the National Foundation of Funeral Services. In received his license in October,1972. In 1973, he purchased the Wallin Funeral Homes in Worthington and Heron Lake, Minnesota. In 1976, he purchased the Rost Funeral Home in his hometown of Lakefield. Over the next few years, he also owned five garden cemeteries in southwestern Minnesota and northwest Iowa. Over his 40+ years in funeral service, Mike has held professional licenses in Minnesota, South Dakota and now Alaska. He is a graduate of Life Appreciation. Over the years, Mike has been active in various professional/civic associations including serving as President of the local Lions Club; President and District Director of the Jaycees Club, and as a Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. In addition, he has served on many different boards and civic committees. He is also a former board member of several financial institutions. Mike in his semi-retirement operates the Hasara family businesses, farms and raises livestock in southern Minnesota.

 

Mark Davidson (1958-2016)

Licensed Funeral Director

mark.JPGMark was a longtime Alaskan. Although born in Nebraska, and spending time in his early youth in Montana, Anchorage was his home. Mark attended Turnagain Elementary, Romig Junior High, and was a graduate of West Anchorage High School.  Mark was a U.S. Navy veteran and is proud of his honorable service abroad the U.S.S. Forrestal. Mark was a graduate of the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. Over the years, Mark worked as a Funeral Director with several Anchorage and Mat-su Valley funeral homes, until founding Cook Inlet Funeral Home/Cremation in 2004. He operated Cook Inlet Funeral until 2006 when his health forced his early retirement. Mark sold Cook Inlet to the Hasara Family in 2006, since that time, he worked as one of our Associate Funeral Directors. In addition, Mark served as our in-house Anchorage historian. Mark passed away April 30, 2016 at his Anchorage residence.  He will be missed!

 

Devone Hasara

Retired Owner/Business Manager

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Devone was usually the first person you would speak to when calling us.  For nearly 40 years, Devone was involved in all aspects of the funeral home, cemetery operation and management.

Devone has retired as the Business Manager of the Cremation Society of Alaska and looks forward to spending her time with her grandchildren.  

 

 

 

Scott Sammons

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

Scott is one of our Associate Funeral Directors. Scott moved to Alaska in 2004 from his native Arkansas. Scott works most of the year as an Union Laborer.