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Our Staff

Our goal is to help you lay your loved one to rest with dignity and compassion, without spending too much money on funeral arrangements.

As respected and trusted advisors in the funeral industry, the professionals at A.R.N. provide families with the best possible service, expertise and sensitivity required in making final arrangements for your cremation and funeral needs.

Max Nelson

Max Nelson

Of Blessed Memory, 1937-2019

A graduate of Indiana College of Mortuary Science, Max was an Indianapolis funeral director since 1958.  He began working for Aaron-Ruben Funeral Home as a student apprentice in 1955 and in 1964, purchased the funeral home from one of the founders.  Since then, he guided its growth and relocation to its current location at 11411 N. Michigan Road.

Max was a veteran of the United States Army and had been associated with many organizations throughout his personal career.  Max served as a board member of the Children's Bureau, Vice-President of the Indiana Interreligious Commission on Human Equality, President of Jewish Community Relations Council and Democrat Ward Chairman of Washington Township in Indianapolis.

He attributed any success he had had to his wife, Donna Cohen Nelson and his family.  In addition to his daughter Jennifer, President of ARN, he was the proud father of Miles Nelson and Laurie Nelson Wurster and was a loving grandfather of 7 grandchildren.


Jennifer Nelson Williams

Jennifer Nelson Williams

President

Jennifer is a 1989 graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She earned her Mortuary Science degree in 1991 from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, GA and returned to Indianapolis to work with her father, Max Nelson, at A.R.N. Funeral & Cremation Services. Jennifer was named president of ARN in 2000.  Always eager to expand her learning, she is currently pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Thanatology from Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI.

She volunteers for many local charities, including: Brooke’s Place, Gleaners Food Bank and United Way of Central Indiana’s ReadUP program. In 2014, Jennifer participated in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year Campaign, which raises funds and community awareness for blood cancers.  She proudly raised over 70K for the important cause.   Jennifer is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Hooverwood Nursing Home and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.

She is the proud mother of Ari and Lindsay.  Jennifer enjoys running and has placed in several races.

In 2016 Jennifer and Rabbi Sandy Sasso co-founded Women4Change Indiana and Ready to Run Indiana, which educates, empowers and inspires women to become more politically active and engaged.


Donni Lotz

Donni Lotz

Funeral Director

Donni is originally from Hagerstown,IN.  She attended Hagerstown High School and is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science. She began working full time for A.R.N. in 2011 and has since established and refined her skills in Embalming and Restorative Art. Her knowledge of Multi-Cultural funeral practices has brought a special element to our staff.  

She is a member of the Westfield Toastmasters and enjoys volunteering in her community of Westfield, IN.   

Donni enjoys traveling with her husband, Edward Parkin and is a devoted mother to son, Aaron and step-children, Dakota, Brianna, Ethan, and Isabella.


Greg Anema

Greg Anema

Property Manager

Greg joined the A.R.N. staff in 1982.  Now the Property Manager, he uses his 34 years of experience and knowledge to direct daily operations.  Though originally from Utah, he has since made Indiana his home.

He is an active member of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation; and a faithful volunteer at multiple food pantries in the Indianapolis area.

Greg is also a proud father and grandfather.  He has three sons: Jason, Aaron (wife, Kristi who brought four children to the marriage) and Kevin (wife, Kim and children, Gage and Delaney).


Emily Schwindler

Emily Schwindler

Office Manager

Emily graduated with honors from I.U.P.U.I. in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  She had previously worked at A.R.N. and rejoined the staff in December 2010 as Office Manager.  In the interim, Emily taught English as a foreign language in South Korea and English as a second language in Indianapolis.

She is a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church, CityMoms, Zionsville Women In Network, and Zionsville Presbyterian Church MOPS.  Emily also attends Zionsville Chamber of Commerce Emerging Professionals meetings, volunteers at St. Christopher School, and yearly walks/raises funds for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Emily is most proud of her strong family: husband, Greg; son, Victor; daughter, Lenora; and wonderful parents, siblings, and nieces/nephews.  In her free time, she can usually be found enjoying Central Indiana at the Indiana Museum of Art, Indianapolis Motor Speedway or Eagle Creek.


David Dwyer

David Dwyer

Outreach Coordinator - Cremation Specialist

David joins the A.R.N. Staff with over 15 years experience in funeral service.  He is a graduate of Indiana State University and a licensed life insurance agent with the state of Indiana.  Most of David’s time in funeral service has been invested in becoming an advance planning professional.  He is a three time Leaders Conference qualifier with Homesteaders Life Company, a premier preened insurance company.  

David is married to Melinda and has three children, Dawson, Davis, and Delaney.  He loves to spend time with his family and is active with the Boy Scouts of America.


Jenny Fritz

Jenny Fritz

Jenny joined the ARN staff in 2018. She graduated from Indiana University in 2011 with a BFA in painting and drawing.

She is married to Blair Fritz, and together they have two dogs. They were both born and raised in Indianapolis, and continue to enjoy living there as they are able to remain close to both of their families.

In addition to working at ARN, Jenny is a freelance artist and spends most of her free time painting at her easel in her home studio. She also enjoys biking and running on the Monon Trail, which is near to where she lives.


Jarvis Bell

Jarvis Bell

Jarvis originates from Lewiston-Woodville, NC. He is a proud 2012 graduate of Shaw University in Raleigh, NC where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management. He continued his education at Fayetteville Technical Community College and completed with a Diploma in Funeral Service Education in 2017, and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Accounting.

Jarvis recently relocated to the Indianapolis area and is fortunate to call Indy home. He has served well in many capacities of the funeral service profession and brings 15 years of experience to A.R.N. He feels strongly that he has found his strategic placement here at A.R.N., and has had the same passion for the profession since day one.

Jarvis enjoys traveling, working in his yard, thrift shopping, and DIY projects. He also enjoys singing, and is a member of a Stellar Award Nominated and Nationally recognized Recording Choir founded here in Indianapolis.

This young man proudly bring his experience, talents, care, compassion, and professionalism to our staff.



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