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Jasminne Navarre's professional life is inspired by the weight of Sir William Ewart Gladstone's quote “Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will measure  ... the mercies of its people, their respect for the laws, and loyalty to high ideals.”  As a 4th generation mortician with the esteemed Rhodes family, Jasminne, some say was destined to carry on the legacy of her great  grandfather Duplain W. Rhodes, Sr. Jasminne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Clark Atlanta University, an Educator Certification from the  University of St. Thomas, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science from the Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville.


Most recently, she secured National  Certification by the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) as a SHRM-CP. Her thoughts on passions and legacy creating a personalized career, “We work for a large number of hours during our lives, finding a way to make work feel like purpose and colleagues to be addressed like family is the best professional reward to ensure long term engagement and a job well done.” Jasminne's experiences and education have prepared her for various roles as an Educator, Sales Manager, Director of Operations, Senior Generalist, and HR Manager for organizations in both the public and private sector.


All of this knowledge and experience has led to her most passion filled experience to  date; she currently occupies multiple roles as a Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Manager of Human Resources specializing in Training and Development. Jasminne is an Insight Institute Certified Celebrant, has taught Funeral Service History as an Adjunct Professor and Jasminne was most recently honored by Frontline and PBS producers as a principal in the documentary Death is Our Business also Louisiana Weekly in a cover story about the rise of female morticians.

Jasminne lives in New Orleans with her teen daughter Zoe, and is grateful to enter each day by walking in the front door rather than being carried in through the back.

Jasminne Navarre

Funeral Director, Embalmer, and
Manager of Human Resources specializing
in Training and Development

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