Our Staff

The staff at Adams-Green Funeral Home knows that families and friends come to them at a time of great sorrow and are in need of compassion and understanding. The Adams-Green staff takes pride to ensure that all services represent the life of the loved one now gone. It is the staff’s experience and dedication to serving community members that allows them to have the caring which is needed during this time.

Christopher J. Adams
Owner/Funeral Director 
chris@adamsgreen.com

Chris has extensive experience in the funeral service business. He began as an apprentice in 1988 at the once family-owned Everly Funeral Home in Fairfax. He attended the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science in 1990 and graduated with honors. Chris worked for five years with the Everly Funeral Homes and, in 1996, became the manager of the Falls Church facility. 

In 1997, J. Berkley Green hired Chris to work at Green Funeral Home. After Mr. Green passed away in late 1998, Chris and his wife, Kathryn, set out to purchase the business, intent on keeping it a family-owned and operated funeral home. They became the owners in May of 2000.

Chris grew up in Herndon and graduated from Herndon High School in 1983. He received a BS from Virginia Tech in 1987 and began his pursuit of a family-owned and operated business. Chris and Kathryn were married in 1994 and have three children, Jack, Susanna and Daley. Chris is very active in
The Herndon Rotary Club. In his spare time, Chris volunteers as a coach for youth soccer, basketball and baseball.


Thomas J. Davison
Funeral Director  tom@adamsgreen.com

Tom returned to the Northern Virginia area after spending several years in Myrtle Beach, SC. Tom had lived in the Northern Virginia area since 1972. He graduated from West Springfield High School. After testing several career paths, Tom graduated from John Tyler Community College with a degree in Funeral Service. Tom has been a Virginia licensed funeral director since 1994. Tom is a past President of the Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association and served on the Board of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association. Tom currently lives in Fredericksburg with his wife, Maryellen, and has one son Joey. Tom loves the outdoors, camping, fishing, golf and NASCAR.


Chad M. Sjaarda
Funeral Director  chad@adamsgreen.com

Chad grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN and attended the University of Minnesota where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Mortuary Science. After graduating in 2006, he served his apprenticeship and was licensed in Anchorage, AK before returning to the lower 48 where he worked as a funeral director in both Colorado and Pennsylvania before joining the team at Adams-Green Funeral Home in 2012. Chad currently holds licenses in Virginia and Pennsylvania. He and his wife Lindsey, a Virginia Tech alum, along with their children Oliver and Greta, live in Potomac Falls and are members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Herndon.


Hillary Pennington
Funeral Director  hillary@adamsgreen.com

Hillary grew up in Indiana, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Business Management and a minor in Economics in 2007. Hillary moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where she graduated in 2008 from the Mesa Community College with an Associate degree in Mortuary Science and served her internships. Before joining the team at Adams-Green Funeral Home in 2015, she worked as a funeral director in North Carolina and Loudoun County. Hillary currently holds funeral director licenses in Virginia and North Carolina. She lives in Purcellville with her boyfriend, Jacob, and their three dogs.


Scott Howrey
Funeral Director  scott@adamsgreen.com

Scott is originally from the state of Arkansas having grown up in the city of Rogers. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1986 earning a Bachelors of Science Degree in Music Education and spent the next 10 years working in education.

Scott changed careers entering Mortuary Science in 1997 and earned an A.A.S. degree from San Antonio (TX) College. Having worked previously as a director in the states of Texas and Florida, Scott now enjoys working at Adams-Green while serving the families of Herndon and the Northern Virginia area.

Scott is married to his wife, Anna, who works as a linguist/translator and they currently reside in the Centreville area. His hobbies include music, traveling, gardening, the gym, sports and being an avid Razorback and Packers fan.


Kathryn Parr Adams
Finance Manager

Originally from Elgin, Illinois, Kathryn attended the University of Illinois and Washington University in St. Louis before moving to Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Chris and Kathryn met and married, and Kathryn continued working as an Attorney for the Department of Labor and later the Internal Revenue Service. After leaving the government, Kathryn worked as a Senior Manager in Employee Benefits for Deloitte & Touche, LLP and KPMG, LLP. Making a career shift, Kathryn assumed the responsibility of managing the financial operations at the funeral home including accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll while raising Jack, Susanna, and Daley. She is also a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.


Ellen Smith
Office Manager

Email: ellen@adamsgreen.com

A native of Herndon, Ellen was born and raised one block down from the funeral home. Ellen attended school, married and raised a family in Herndon before moving in 1984 to the Shenandoah Valley where she currently resides with her husband, Ronnie.
Ellen worked in the Department of Public Works for the Fairfax County Government where she rose to the position of Engineer. After 30 years of employment, Ellen retired and accepted the position of Office Manager with the funeral home. As such, Ellen prepares and manages all the documents needed for funeral and cremation services including death certificates, permits and all service related materials. Ellen is very often the first point of contact for families. Ellen has two daughters, Tammy and Tracey, and three grandchildren, Ronnie, Justin and Mikey.


Jackie Yencha
Receptionist


Having lived in numerous cities across Virginia during her childhood, Jackie settled in Northern Virginia in the early 1980s. Jackie received a B.S. degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from George Mason University. Upon graduation, she worked for several years in the AIDS education and drug/alcohol rehabilitation fields at the American Psychiatric Association in Washington, DC. For many years, she has served as the Vice-President and Assistant Editor for the National Fibromyalgia Partnership, a national organization that provides quality resource information for the fibromyalgia and chronic pain communities. She married her husband, Mike, in 1990, and continues to raise her children, Ian and Abby, in her beloved Herndon.

Growing up as a Methodist minister’s daughter and having the personal experience of losing a child, Jackie understands the importance of compassion during the grieving process, and strives to help provide a supportive environment at the funeral home. She is very active in the Herndon community and is also a member of Herndon United Methodist Church.