Our Staff

​Staff members of Courtney Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.

Frank Cagnina, Jr. CFSP, MBIE
Owner and Licensed Funeral Director 

Office: (607) 865-4383
Cell: (518)  312-3416
E-mail: frank@courtneyfh.com

Frank grew up in Schenectady, New York and graduated from Schenectady High School in 2003. He went on to attend Hudson Valley Community College obtaining his Associates degree in Mortuary Science in 2005. Frank is an honor graduate from the Joint Mortuary Affairs Center at Ft. Lee, Virginia in 2009 and most recently distinguished honor graduate from the Army Logistics University, Mortuary Affairs Advanced Leaders Course in May of 2018. 

He is a Certified Funeral Celebrant, obtained his Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation from the National Funeral Directors Association in March of 2011 and in May of 2018 was awarded his CFSP (Certified Funeral Service Practitioner) from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, the highest designation awarded to a Licensed Funeral Professional. In July of 2019 Frank was granted membership into the North American Division of the British Institute of Embalmers. Frank has served over 12 years in the Army National Guard and currently serves as a Mortuary Affairs NCO Camp Chamberlain, Maine National Guard Joint Force Headquarters.

He is considered an expert in veteran’s burial benefits and takes great pride in assisting family members of deceased veterans in obtaining any benefits they have earned serving our country.

In his spare time Frank loves spending time with his daughters Gianna (7) and Caleigh Grace (5) and his son Angelo Robert (1). 

Frank looks forward to the opportunity of serving the families of Walton and Delaware County and to be associated with a family owned funeral home who truly cares about the communities, veterans and families we serve.

Tara J. Williams
Licensed Funeral Director 

Office: (607) 865-4383

E-mail: tara@courtneyfh.com

Tara was born and raised in Westtown, NY and graduated from Minisink Valley High School in 2013. She went on to attend SUNY Canton obtaining her bachelor of technology degree in Funeral Service Administration/ Mortuary Science.

She moved to Hudson Falls to serve her residency with Carleton Funeral Home. After becoming licensed, Tara came to join the Courtney Funeral Home team. She is very excited to get the opportunity to learn and grow here. In her free time, she enjoys many outdoor activities such as hunting, hiking and kayaking.

Alexis Cannizzo
Licensed Funeral Director

Office: (607) 865-4383

E-mail: alexis@courtneyfh.com

Alexis Cannizzo was born and raised in upstate New York. A graduate of Johnstown High School, Alexis continued her education at Hudson Valley Community College where she studied Mortuary Science.

Outgoing, empathic, enthusiastic and driven are words that describe Alexis and are true assets as she begins her career as a Funeral Director. She has been around the funeral business her entire life. Her father owns two funeral homes. Watching him care for families during a time when there is a great need for compassion, inspired Alexis to choose this career path. Not only is she following in her father’s footsteps, her brother, Nicholas, is also in the funeral business. Alexis has always looked up to her father and is proud that she and her brother are continuing in this family business. Her goal is to help every family during one of the most difficult times of their lives. Alexis feels gratified if she is able to take a little weight off the shoulders of family members. She is passionate about this profession and feels honored to serve all families.

Alexis is a free spirit who loves adventures. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and traveling. She is happiest, however, spending time with her family and friends as well as hanging out with her five cats. 

Alexis is anxious to begin her career in such a rewarding and fulfilling profession. She is extremely grateful that her residency is with Frank. She knows Frank will make her feel welcomed like a home away from home.

Funeral Associates & Support Staff

Dorothy Welch
SSG (Ret.) Louis Klinegardner
Tom Roach
Kelly McNeil
Paul White
Rachel Hunter

Timothy Wood
Natalie Wright