Meet Our Team

The first thing you'll notice when you walk into our facility is our caring and compassionate staff, all who will work with you during this troubling time. Members of our staff have been hand-picked to provide you the best possible experience during your visit. Learn more about our team below.


Vince Palumbo

Owner & President

Vince Palumbo joined Pet Care Crematory in January 2018. Vince graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Communications. He followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the field of health and fitness. He worked for Lifetime Fitness for 18 years, working in various cities which included Minneapolis, Chicago, Columbus, Houston, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, respectively.
During his time as a General Manager at Lifetime Fitness, Vince was responsible for the grand opening sales and operations of several clubs. He served as a mentor and leader for the facility’s hundreds of employees. Vince’s background in the health industry has made him an empathetic listener, who is remarkable at guiding people on their paths to success.
Vince resides in Akron with his wife and two children. When he isn’t at work, he is busy coaching them in soccer and basketball or driving them to one of their various other sporting activities.

David Ian Saba

Owner, SVP & Operations

David has been with Pet Care Crematory since 2009. David graduated from GlenOak High school and has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Kent State University. David is also a Certified Crematory Operator through the National Funeral Directors Association. For 2 years David left Pet Care to work in the construction business in North Carolina but ultimately found his way back to Ohio and Pet Care Crematory. Where he believes he makes more of a difference in people’s lives during their hardship.
David is a huge animal lover, taking in strays as they come. He has two Dogs Logan and Frank. David loves hiking, camping, and traveling with his wife Leslie. 



Gene Palumbo

Owner & Vice President

Gene Palumbo is an Owner and Officer of Pet Care Crematory as of April 2017.  Gene graduated from Canton Central Catholic and attended Hillsdale College, Hillsdale Michigan, and Walsh University.  He spent six years in the Marine Corps Reserves.  Much of his work experience was in the Health and Fitness Industry.  He retired from Lifetime Fitness based out of Minneapolis, MN.  He held several different positions with the company, from Area Director, in charge of multiple clubs, to Director of Member Retention, making sure the members were happy and the Clubs were operating systems properly.  His last position was General Manager of 110,000 square foot facility in Troy Michigan.  He was responsible for $12m in revenue and had over 150 people working for him.  His main goal was to make sure the members were happy, getting results and couldn’t wait to come back. 
The two things’ Gene lives by are “The Golden Rule” – “Treat People as you want to be treated” and “The Ultimate Question” – “On a scale from 1 – 10 would you recommend a Friend or Family Member to Pet Care Crematory”?
Gene is married to his high school sweetheart Ann, has two children, four grand-children and two grand-dogs (Joanie) & (Enzo).   Gene resides in Copley.



Philip W. Skeeles

Director of Operations

Philip W. Skeeles has been with the company since day one, over 35 years. Phil came up with the name Pet Care Crematory. He graduated from Lincoln High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Geography from The Ohio State University. Phil is also a Certified Crematory Operator through the Ohio Cremator Operator Association. Pet Care Crematory couldn't ask for a more loyal and dedicated team member. When Phil is not at Pet Care, he enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife Crystal. 






Sarah Wade

Office Manager

Sarah joined the Pet Care team in June 2023. Prior to working here, she was a veterinary assistant at Canton Veterinary Hospital alongside with her father, Dr. Richard Wade, for over 13 years. Sarah graduated from Jackson High School and studied Business Management and Marketing at Stark State College. Sarah is a huge animal lover and has 3 cats at home and a dog. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family.








Chris Smith

Pet Aftercare Specialist & Retort Operator

Chris came to Pet Care Crematory in 2020 after working at U-Haul for 4 years. Chris is also a GlenOak high school graduate and lifelong friend of David. Chris joined the Marines out of high school and during those years traveled the world and lived in places such as Hawaii and Japan. Chris found his niche at Pet Care very quickly and is the creator of the paw prints you may take home to memorialize your beloved pet. When Chris is not working you could probably find him in his garden or spending time with his family.








Lucas Conway

Retort Operator & Driver

Lucas Conway joined Pet Care Crematory in February of 2023. Lucas was born and raised here in Canton, Ohio. Lucas graduated from GlenOak High School in 2017 and is currently attending Kent State University for a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science. With this degree, Lucas hopes to make a positive change in a variety of the environmental issues we face today. Lucas worked in the restaurant industry from the age of 14 to 24. Throughout the previous 10 years, he has acquired skills such as teamwork, verbal communication, attention to detail, and customer service. In which helps him thrive here at Pet Care Crematory. Lucas is ecstatic to be a part of making a difference in families’ lives during times of adversity. Lucas enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and exploring everything that the world has to offer! Lucas has always been an animal lover. He currently cares for 4 adorable cats with his soon to be fiancé, Katherine.



CC & Frank

Therapy Support & Greeters

CC is Pet Care’s resident support cat. Loving and friendly, here for you during the loss of your pet. Frank comes to work with his Dad, David every day and will often greet you in the parking lot upon your arrival.