Our Staff


Stephen L. Robertson

Stephen L. Robertson

Owner, Funeral Director

Stephen Robertson is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in both Vermont and New Hampshire. A native of Tennessee, Steve chose funeral service as his vocation, graduating from F.I.N.E. in 2002. He had been employed at Newton Bartlett Funeral Home in Newport until joining Sayles Funeral Home/Guibord Funeral Home in June 2015. He married Helen Lynch of Colebrook in 1990. In summer of 2016 the Robertsons moved into the living quarters above the Sayles Funeral Home with the youngest four of their eight children. Their middle daughter is enrolled at St. Johnsbury Academy while the younger three attend the Good Shepherd Catholic School


Rodney B. Sayles

Rodney B. Sayles

Funeral Director

Rodney Sayles has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1976 and had co-owned and operated Sayles Funeral Home since 1978. He grew up on Main St. in St. Johnsbury and graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1971, the University of Vermont in 1975, and the New England Institute in 1976. He continues to play an active role in the business.


Helen Robertson

Helen Robertson

Co-Owner/Funeral Associate/Office Staff

Helen lived in Colebrook, NH from birth until she graduated high school. She received a B.S. from Boston University where she met Steve. Helen stayed at home and homeschooled her and Steve's 8 children before moving to St. Johnsbury and enrolling the 4 youngest in school so she could assist in the management of the businesses. The couple's adult children joke that Steve bought the funeral homes as a 25th anniversary gift to Helen. 

Helen greatly enjoys working with the staff at Guibord and Sayles and is proud to be serving the Caledonia County area. 


Thomas K. Barrett

Thomas K. Barrett

Funeral Director

In loving memory 1956-2016

Forever in our hearts

In Memoriam: Thomas Barrett started a new career in funeral service in 1996 and was a licensed funeral director. Tom was a 1976 graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy and married Patti Gaskin of Lyndonville. Tom was affiliated principally at Guibord Funeral Home in Lyndonville. He lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on July 8, 2016 and is still greatly missed.


Meredith Gilbert

Meredith Gilbert

Office Administrator

Sayles Funeral Home

Meredith Gilbert is the office administrator at the Sayles Funeral Home. She grew up in Danville, graduating high school in 1999 and obtained an Associate’s degree from Lyndon State College in 2001. Meredith joined our staff in 2014.  She previously worked at Moose River Media and currently lives in Peacham with her husband and four children.


Shelly Smith

Shelly Smith

Office Administrator

Guibord Funeral Home

Shelly Smith is the office administrator at Guibord Funeral Home. She grew up in St. Johnsbury and graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1989. In 1992, she married Jeff Smith and they continue to raise their family in Sutton, VT.  Shelly joined our staff in 2011. Her past jobs included working in schools, where she was honored to work with families in the education field and working at a local office supply company as a transportation manager.  


Rev. Barbara Dwyer

Rev. Barbara Dwyer

Part Time Office Staff

Barbara is a lifetime resident of Lyndonville, Vermont and graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1960, Lyndon State College in 1979 with an Associates Degree in Business Management; a Bachelors Degree in 1987 and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Seminary in 1991.  She was the office manager for the New England Office of Modern Woodmen of America for 20 years before going into ministry.  Barbara served as Ordained Minister of the New Hope United Methodist Church in Waits River, Vermont for 12 years and the Lyndonville United Methodist Church for 11 years.  Since her retirement in 2011, she has been serving as office manager for the Pearson's Funeral Home in Lyndonville.  

Barbara was married to her late husband, Reginald Dwyer for 57 years and they have three children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  


Mark Harpin

Mark Harpin

Funeral Associate

Mark Harpin was born and raised in Passumpsic, VT.  He graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1978.  In 1983, Mark enlisted in the Air Force and received an honorable discharge in 1988.  He received another honorable discharge from the VT Air Guard in 1995 after serving for three years.  Mark joined the St. Johnsbury Fire Department in 1988 and retired in 2016.  Mark joined our team in 2007 and continues to work at both the Sayles and Guibord Funeral Home locations.  He recently bought a house in Waterford, VT with his wife Deb and they have two daughters and seven grand children. 



Todd Pearsons

Todd Pearsons

Funeral Associate

Todd's funeral service started years ago as just a boy working with his father at his funeral home in Lyndonville.  He and his wife Laurie live in Sheffield, VT and have four children and four grandchildren. 


Nelson Dodge

Nelson Dodge

Funeral Associate

Nelson has worked in funeral service since 2014.  Nelson previously owned Speedwell Gulf in Lyndonville, upon selling the business in 2009 he went into healthcare services and then into the funeral service.  Nelson has been a lifelong resident of this area.

Elizabeth Merritt

Elizabeth Merritt

Media Specialist

Liz is the eldest daughter of Stephen and Helen Robertson. She was homeschooled through high school graduation in Newport, NH. Liz and her 2 children moved to St. Johnsbury shortly after her parents did and she joined the Guibord and Sayles team in January of 2017. She enjoys researching new and exciting ways to serve the families we work with. 


Daisy Robertson

Daisy Robertson

Sayles Mascot



Oakley Smith

Oakley Smith

Guibord Mascot



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