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Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Shannon McLaughlin

Shannon McLaughlin

Proprietor/ Licensed Funeral Director

Shannon McLaughlin is a lifelong resident of the capital region. She has one son, Hunter, who is the pride and joy of her life. Prior to practicing as a funeral home owner, Shannon has worked as a registered nurse, flight attendant, and freelance makeup artist. After working in the nursing field and receiving both her Bachelor’s of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees, Shannon has learned compassion and empathy for individuals, understanding the preceding events before the loss of a loved one. Shannon’s work as flight attendant and makeup artist has allowed her to travel the world and develop a keen sense of attention to detail.

Shannon first received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science from Hudson Valley in December of 1993 and has now accumulated over twenty-five years of experience as a licensed Funeral Director. She has decided to open the S.L. McLaughlin Funeral Home to share her talents with the capital district area. With a high regard for professionalism, compassion, and honesty, Shannon seeks to offer a premier service in funeral directing for all people regardless of culture or background.

Telephone: 1-518-465-2000


Tia Beatty

Tia Beatty

Licensed Funeral Director

Tia Beatty was born and raised in Albany, N.Y. Tia’s educational foundation began in the Albany

School District, which prepared her to obtain her college degree from SUNY Canton. At an early

age, the untimely death of her father, a “defining moment”, awakened Tia’s purpose and calling

into funeral service. Tia developed a more specific desire to help children, ensuring they are

not over looked in the very “adult-centered” funeral process. Tia’s passion for helping others

during what can be life-changing times, has driven her desire to aid bereaved families during

the difficult and emotional task of funeral planning. To Tia, funeral service is not just a career,

but it is a life calling and ministry.

Hunter Best

Hunter Best

Funeral Assistant

Hunter Best, son of Shannon McLaughlin, was born and raised in the city of Albany. He graduated from Albany High School in June of 2016 and currently attends Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an engineering school located in Troy, N.Y. where he studies Mechanical Engineering and plays soccer. Hunter has served as an executive board member for the National Society of Black Engineers and also actively participates with 4th Family Incorporated, a non-profit organization based out of Albany, N.Y. dedicated to increasing minority representation in STEM fields.

Outside of school, Hunter works as a manager at a local grocer and performs quality assurance inspections for Alliance Inspection Management. With a drive for success and large passion for giving back to his community, Hunter helps S.L. Mclaughlin Funeral Home by assisting with organization and ensuring that your loved ones are cared for with the highest quality. 

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