Our Staff

Over the years, our firm has been fortunate to attract and retain staff that is friendly, compassionate, highly skilled and dedicated to their profession. 

Whether it is our licensed staff or non-licensed staff, we believe that it is important for you to feel comfortable with all of the people that you will meet at our firm. As such, we are providing you with a brief background and photograph of the individuals that make up our team.


Janice Grubbs, Owner/Funeral Director
Office Phone: (859) 356-2673   |   Fax: (859) 356-7395     

Email: 555jscg@gmail.com

Janice grew up in Walton, and graduated in 1956 from Walton Verona High School.  Before working for Chambers and Grubbs, she worked  for  Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio.   Janice and her high school sweetheart, James D. Grubbs, married in 1959 and celebrated over 50 years of marriage before his death in 2010.    Jim and Janice moved to Independence and started the Independence location in 1963.  She later earned her funeral directors license in 1979.    Janice is a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Walton and Hickory Grove Baptist Church.  She has two sons, Steve and Chris Grubbs.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and loves to find ways to help people.

Chris Grubbs, President/Funeral Director
Office Phone: (859) 525-9009   |   Fax: (859) 525-2345  

​Email: chris.grubbs@chambersandgrubbs.com

Chris is a fourth generation, licensed Funeral Director.  He is the lucky husband of Pennie (Akers) Grubbs and proud father of three amazing children Mackenzie, Tristan, and Grant, and Charlie, the family’s beloved goldendoodle.  Chris is a graduate of Simon Kenton High School and the University of Kentucky.  After college, he originally worked for South Central Bell and Owen Electric Cooperative before eventually heeding his calling to become a Funeral Director in 1996.  His passions other than his family and profession include U.K. sports, coaching youth sports, exercising and beach vacations.  Over the years, he has been involved with numerous civic and church activities including being a member, Sunday School Teacher, Trustee and inactive Deacon at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, an alum of Leadership Northern Kentucky, serving on the Boards of the Independence Senior Center, Baptist Life Communities, Advisory Council of St. Elizabeth Hospice, Advisory Council of Legacy Financial Advisors, the fundraising teams for Friends of Walton Verona Basketball and Football Teams, and coaching multiple youth sports teams.  He is also the sole  proprietor of Angelic Memorials a memorial company specializing in custom monuments and items of remembrance for those experiencing a loss.

Steve Grubbs, Funeral Director
Office Phone: (859) 525-9009   |   Fax: (859) 525-2345

Email: steve.grubbs@chambersandgrubbs.com

Steve is married to Vicki Hester Grubbs and has 3 step-sons, Brent, Chad & Eric Hopkins, as well as 2 dogs, Jake & Bella.  He lives in the Piner, KY area and is a member at Hickory Grove Baptist Church.  A licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Steve has been employed at Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Homes since graduating from Simon Kenton High School in 1978.  He enjoys drag racing, gardening, landscaping, biking, boating, all water sports and breeding German Shepherd puppies.  Steve attended Mid-America Mortuary College and has been licensed since 1983.  Over the years, Steve has taken many courses related to the funeral profession and continues to do so.    

John Sennhenn, Jr., Managing Funeral Director/Embalmer
Office Phone: (859) 525-9009   |   Fax: (859) 525-2345 

Email: john.sennhenn@chambersandgrubbs.com

John Sennhenn is currently the Managing Funeral Director and Embalmer at Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Homes. He has worked for Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Homes since September 2013. John was raised on the west side of Cleveland, OH and graduated with honors from Lorain Southview High School and attended Ashland University where he holds an Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education (Grades 4-9) degrees. Furthering his education, John graduated Cum Laude from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2012 with an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science and served as class Vice-President. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Kentucky, as well as authorized to practice in both Ohio and Indiana under the guidelines of each state’s courtesy card. John also serves as an Adjunct at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science as a Clinical Lab Instructor. He currently resides in Covington, KY with his family. In his free time, he enjoys drawing, listening to music, watching classic movies and spending time with his family and friends. John is very dedicated to his profession and understands what a gift it is to help honor a life well lived. He considers himself very fortunate to work with such dedicated people who all share a common vision and goal.

Toni Thompson - Funeral Director/Embalmer

Office Phone: (859) 525-9009   |   Fax: (859) 525-2345 

Email: toni.thompson@chambersandgrubbs.com

Toni began working here as a student in September of 2017. Toni grew up in Burlington, Kentucky and attended Randall K. Cooper High School. She graduated Cum Laude from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with a Bachelors degree in Mortuary Science in 2018, receiving the award for exceptional advancement in the art and science of embalming. During her time in mortuary school, she was able to become a certified life celebrant and crematory operator and arranger. In her spare time, Toni enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and summer time activities. Toni chose to be a Funeral Director because she is passionate about providing exceptional care to decedents and their surviving loved ones. She feels it is very honorable to be able help people through trying times.

Jill Leininger, Funeral Director/Embalmer
Office Phone:  (859) 525-9009   |   Fax:  (859) 525-2345  

Email: jill.leininger@chambersandgrubbs.com

Jill (Wainscott) Leininger is a 2006 graduate of Scott High School and a 2012 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science with an Associate of Applied Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science.  She resides in Independence with her husband, Kyle, sons, Marshall and Mason, daughter Kamydn, as well as, their Chocolate Lab, Laney.  Jill teaches swim lessons at Silverlake “The Family Place”, is a parishioner at St. Barbara’s Church and St. Pius X Church, and a member of Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky and National Funeral Directors Association.

Vicki Grubbs, Funeral Director/Advanced Funeral Planning Consultant
Office Phone: (859) 525-9009   |   Fax: (859) 525-2345  

Email: vicki.grubbs@chambersandgrubbs.com

Michelle Fowler, Funeral Director/Advanced Funeral Planning Consultant
Office Phone: (859) 344-5000   |   Fax: (859) 525-2345

Email: michelle.fowler@chambersandgrubbs.com

Michelle is originally from Wapakoneta, Ohio. She attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH before attending and graduating from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1989. She is licensed as an embalmer and funeral director in the states of Ohio and Kentucky with over 30 years of experience. She also holds an insurance license in both Ohio and Kentucky. Before moving to Kentucky, for nearly 15 years she worked as an embalmer and funeral director for a family owned funeral home in Ohio with 3 locations and became manager. After moving to Kentucky, she continued utilizing all her licenses in both states. She says she is blessed to be married to her best friend and love of her life, Fred Fowler. When she married Fred she was so very proud and happy to become a mom to three grown children. She is even more proud to then become a grandma of 8 and a great-grandmother of 4 (and still counting). She is a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Florence. Her hobbies are baking, cooking and spending quality time with family and her friends. Michelle looks forward to her new position of the Advanced Funeral Planning Consultant at Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Homes which she began in 2020.


Janet Scherpenberg, CPA, Administrative Manager
Office Phone: (859) 594-3170   |   Fax: (859) 282-7348

Email: jan.scherpenberg@chambersandgrubbs.com

Jan has been working in the funeral industry for over 20 years. She is married to Bob and has four children, Bobby (wife Andrea), Danny, Joey and Melissa (husband Drew).  She is also the proud Nini to Savannah, Quentin and Lucas.  Jan enjoys frequent visits from her granddogs Geoffrey, Snoop and Kona.  Jan graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.  After being a stay at home mom for over 14 years, she obtained her CPA license and went to work for a funeral home consulting firm. After working with the Grubbs family as clients, she decided to join their team in 2008 and work hands on in a funeral home.  She handles the day to day accounting and personnel responsibilities.  Her interests outside of work are primarily her family. She enjoys working in her garden, boating on Lake Cumberland and “getting her steps in”.

Lisa Volz, Administrative Assistant

Office Phone: (859) 344-5000 | Fax: (859) 356-7395

Email:  lisa.volz@chambersandgrubbs.com

Lisa began working for Chambers & Grubbs in June 2020. She attended the University of Louisville where she graduated on the Dean's List with a degree in Communications. She has spent much of her career as an independent contractor providing administrative services to non-profit associations. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the American Physical Therapy Association's Council of Component Executives where she has held leadership roles, including a term as President. Lisa followed her heart from her hometown of Louisville to Northern Kentucky where she married Erlanger native, Allen Volz. Lisa and Allen live in Verona, KY with their four children and two dogs. She enjoys serving on the Women's Ministry Team of Florence Baptist Church, reading, and hiking. Lisa loves to bake; her specialty is making granola and she has recently learned to make marshmallows and macaroons. 

Teresa Tolliver, Administrative Assistant

Office Phone: (859)344-5000 | Fax: (859) 356-7395

Email: teresa.tolliver@chambersandgrubbs.com

Teresa grew up in Verona, KY and graduated from Walton Verona High School in 1981. During and after high school Teresa loved to play softball and met her future husband of 37 years Dean Tolliver while doing so. Teresa and Dean reside in Dry Ridge, Ky and have two fur babies Macy and Bella. Teresa retired from American Airlines after 20 years and began her second career as a Hair stylist in the local area. Teresa is a member of New Bethel Baptist church where she has served on several mission trips and participates regularly in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox ministry. She enjoys fireside chats and reading under her pergola built by her father Paul Black of Verona, Ky which he proudly nicknamed her “fancy french porch”. 

Karla Porter, Administrative Assistant

Office Phone: (859)344-5000 | Fax: (859) 356-7395

Email: karla.porter@chambersandgrubbs.com

Karla is a graduate of Walton-Verona High School and Eastern Kentucky University. She is retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs where she worked for over 32 years as a Health Information Manager. After college, Karla called Nashville, TN and Crestwood, KY home before returning to the family farm in Verona in 2015. Karla is a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Verona where she serves as Assistant Treasurer, enjoys singing in the choir and substitutes as pianist. She is an extremely proud aunt, great-aunt and godmother and enjoys traveling and working on the farm.

Erin Bevins, Apprentice, Level II
Office Phone: (859) 525-9009   |   Fax: (859) 525-2345

Email: erin.bevins@chambersandgrubbs.com

Erin Outlaw Bevins is currently serving her apprenticeship for funeral directing and embalming at Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Homes. Erin grew up in Winchester, Ky where she lived until she was 16 years old. Her family moved to Maysville, Ky where she graduated from Mason County high school in 2003.  Erin attended the University of Kentucky and went on to Cosmetology school.  She decided she wanted to help people in a greater way.  Erin decided to attend Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science to pursue a degree in funeral directing and embalming.  She graduated in April 2020 with her bachelors in mortuary science. Erin has a 12 year old daughter named Kennedy. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching basketball, boating and traveling. Erin currently resides in Ft. Thomas, KY.  Erin is looking forward to becoming licensed so she can serve families in their greatest times of need and honoring their loved ones in the most dignified way.

Tess Payton, Apprentice, Level II
Office Phone: (859) 525-9009   |   Fax: (859) 525-2345

Email: tess.payton@chambersandgrubbs.com

Tess holds degrees from the University of Louisville and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Tess a native of Florence, KY and a graduate of Boone County High School. A former arts administrator and nonprofit manager; funeral service is a second career for her. She is an Insight Institute Certified Celebrant and an ICCFA Certified Cremation Arranger and Operator.  Tess enjoys gardening, good food, and live music.  She is also a DJ/Sound Artist. She lives with her family in Covington. 

Tess believes that everyone deserves a celebration of their life that tells their own unique story. She is deeply honored to be able to serve fellow Kentucky families.

Donna Race, Family Care Liaison/Reception Hostess

Donna is a Director's Assistant/Reception Hostess. She is the proud mother of two sons Leslie (Mandy) and Dennis (Katie) and proud and devoted grandmother of Connor, Landon, Henson, Jay, Savannah, Sierra,and Jorja.  Donna is a High School graduate of Walton-Verona. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren,UK basketball and photography. She has worked at Chambers & Grubbs since 1996.  It is an honor  to work for them and serve the community.

Dean Tolliver, Family Care Liaison

Dean grew up in Union, KY and graduated from Boone County High School in 1975. After graduating high school Dean played softball for many years all over Northern Kentucky.  While playing softball he met his future wife Teresa Black from Verona, KY.  They married in 1983 and currently live in Dry Ridge, KY with their 4-legged children.  Two very spoiled Maltese puppies Macy and Bella. Prior to coming to work for Chambers & Grubbs, Dean worked 34 years at the Valvoline Company. Dean served in various rolls throughout his career.  Working in Production, Shipping and Receiving, and promoting Valvoline by working in Hospitality at many Nascar and NHRA events across the United States. After retiring in 2017, Dean has enjoyed spending more time with his hobbies of golf and working on classic cars and trucks.  Dean has a few classic cars and trucks that he enjoys driving to cruise-ins with Teresa and friends.  Dean also enjoys supporting the Walton-Verona High School sports teams. Dean is a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Verona, KY.  He currently serves as a Deacon. Dean has been blessed to serve on several Mission trips traveling throughout Kentucky helping where the mission team was lead to work.  Dean had the privilege to chaperone New Bethel Baptist Youth group at Youth camp for many years.   He truly enjoyed mentoring to the Youth.  After being retired for 11 months he was given the opportunity to come work at Chambers & Grubbs to serve the families that have entrusted their loved ones to us.  Dean has found and often said that it is a blessing and privilege to work with the staff at Chambers & Grubbs in this capacity.

Doug Foster, Family Care Liaison

Doug has been active in ministry for 31 years and in the 20th year as Senior Pastor of the Immanuel Baptist Church located in Florence. Married to Annette for 29 years with three children; Jordan 26, Christian 21, and Sydney 20. Board member of the Crossroads Rescue Mission, an Alcohol and Substance Abuse ministry in Shelby North Carolina. Enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and playing golf.

Lee Anne Ryan, Family Care Liaison

Lee Anne is a graduate of Walton-Verona High School.  She married her high school sweet heart, Todd Ryan, and they were blessed with three wonderful children:  Nicholas, Lacey, Misty and along the way gained two awesome son-in-laws, Bobby and Jason.  She is also Mimi to Piper, Owen, Jase and another grand baby on the way, along with a special angel, Ryan, watching from above.  She attended Northern Kentucky University and obtained an Associate of Mental Health and a Bachelor of Education.   She taught elementary school in Boone County before earning her Master in Education (NKU) and a Master in Counseling (Xavier) to begin her career as an Elementary School Counselor in Kenton County.  She has worked as an elementary school counselor for the past 19 years.  She enjoys her daily interaction with students and parents while helping them learn strategies and skills to help them work through tough life experiences.  After the passing of Todd, she began to work with families going through divorce and the death of loved ones.  She knows the heartache and emotional toll that those experiences can cause and decided to pursue a career in the funeral business with Chambers & Grubbs to help others.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, shopping, golf, decorating and spending time with her family, precious grand babies and her special friend, Joe.  Lee Anne has a quote she tries to live by: “We cannot get through life without pain… it is how we use the pain that will affect our future.”

  Dale Hiles, Family Care Liaison

 Scott Paul, Family Care Liaison

Doug Coyle, Family Care Liaison

Doug has been happily married to Marie for 25 years. He is the father of two boys, Austin and Jonathan. He is also the grandfather of two boys (Austin and Sara's children) Dawson and Wesley. He has served in Fire Service for 29 years. He currently is a firefighter/paramedic at the Independence Fire District.