Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met. We are here for you.

Jason Chiaramonte
Owner/Operator/Funeral Director

Since 2017, Jason Chiaramonte has been the proud owner of Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home.  Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jason joined the world of Funeral Directing when he was faced with the death of a friend.  In 2001, Jason completed The American Academy McAllister Institute for Funeral Services.  He worked as a Funeral Director in the Bronx for four years then ventured out as a tradesman, servicing 45 funeral homes spanning from Long Island to Albany. Jasons love of caring for others led him down the path to nursing school, where he met his wife, Leslie. Jason spent three years at White Plains Hospital working as a registered nurse initially on a Stroke Unit then taking on the Emergency Department Nursing Fellowship.  In 2013, Jason was invited to join the Anatomy Department at Albert Einstein College of Medicine as the Anatomical Donation Supervisor.  There he was responsible for procuring anatomical donations for the college as well as running the laboratory for the medical students.  In 2017, Jason and his family made the life changing decision to purchase Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home from Joseph and Joan Pero.  Jason believes that the only way to care for others is to treat them as if they were his family.  Jason is intimately involved in every aspect of the funeral home with a great attention to detail. 

Leslie Chiaramonte MSN, RN, CHPN
Owner & Community Outreach

Leslie is a registered nurse, certified in hospice and palliative care. She has dedicated her career to advocating for patients and families as they navigate end of life. Beginning her nursing career in Medical Surgical Oncology Care at White Plains Hospital, Leslie followed her heart to hospice care.  In 2013, Leslie joined MJHS and became the Residence Manager for the Zicklin Hospice Residence in the Bronx. In 2015, Leslie left New York to join Trustbridge Hospice in West Palm Beach, Florida where she would oversee two high acuity hospice units.  In 2017, the journey back to New York where she joined RVNA in Ridgefield, Connecticut as Director of Hospice.  Here, should would start a new hospice from the ground up. After licensure was achieved, Leslie left Connecticut to be closer to home where she would return to White Plains Hospital in the Care Management Department. In 2020, following the COVID pandemic, Leslie and Jason decided that the most important thing was family.  Leslie left White Plains Hospital and is now responsible for marketing, event planning and community outreach.  She is also available to help families with end of life advanced planning and clinical concerns. Leslie is a strong patient advocate who believes that we must give a voice to those who can't speak for themselves.  

Jillian Schwartz
Funeral Director


Born in Peekskill, Jillian has been a part of the local community for the entirety of her life.  She maintains a private acupuncture practice since 2001, working extensively as an acupuncturist in the oncology department of New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Center.  She has long had an interest in pursuing a career as a funeral director and is grateful to be doing so at Nardone Funeral Home.  Jillian is currently enrolled at American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service and will matriculate in 2021. 

Michael Franolich
Floor Staff

Mike worked for the MTA based in Croton for 31 years.  Following his retirement from the MTA in 2005 he began working in the funeral service field. Michael has worked at Nardone Funeral Home ever since as a driver, pallbearer, and doorman.  

Michael Lepore
Funeral Director

Mike received his funeral education from American Academy McAllister Institute in 1985. He went on to work for Edward F. Carter Funeral Home as a director and general manager. Michael has worked at Nardone Funeral Home since 2011 as a director.

Gennaro Dicola
Floor Staff

Gerry has had a diversified work experience as an entrepreneur and business owner prior to working at Nardone's. He has been with the Nardone team for several years.