Our staff's commitment to you

 

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Nola Grice Outside Family Service Counselor
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Kao Saephanh Outside Family Service Counselor
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Daniel Lam Outside Family Service Counselor
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Dawn Baker Apprentice Care Center Support Staff
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Chelsea Christensen Care Center Support Staff
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Pamela Corbin Care Center Support Staff
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Bobby Galloway Senior Care Center Assistant
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Samantha Hampton Pet Loss Counselor & Care Center Support Staff
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David Henderson Care Center Support Staff
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Alan Huber Care Center Support Staff
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Jennifer Huxley Care Center Support Staff
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Jim Means Care Center Support Staff
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Georgia Parker Care Center Support Staff
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Amanda Patterson Care Center Support Staff
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Cieran Ryerson Care Center Support Staff
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Zachary Scott Care Center Support Staff
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Michael Taylor Care Center Support Staff
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Alan Fisher President
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Steven Bartel Senior Vice President
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Michael Solton VP Administration
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Josh Tuttle Vice President
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Lisa West Community Outreach & Family Support Specialist
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Anu Chand IT Director

East Lawn Albert Brown Mortuary

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Deborah Stevenson Manager

East Lawn Andrews & Greilich Mortuary

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Mathew Brennan Funeral Counselor
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Victor Sanchez Funeral Counselor
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Janice Martin Secretary
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Craig Peterson Manager

East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park & Mortuary

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Mike Gillispie Funeral Counselor
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Guillermo Martinez Funeral Counselor
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Bob Russo Funeral Counselor
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Juliet Barbich Funeral Counselor
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Bonnie Alexander Receptionist
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Shawntay Jones Secretary
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Chris Gaisford Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Elizabeth Gentile-Means Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Jeran Je Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Kayla Delgado Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Nisha Hafiz Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Stephanie Schaefer Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Mel Osborne General Manager

East Lawn Memorial Park & Crematory

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Angela D'Amico Administrative Assistant
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Meredith Tabaldo Cemetery Support Specialist
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Brian Baker Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Cory Shuster Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Heather McCorkle Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Jane Filetic Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Kim Matthews Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Lori Osborne Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Lynn Ellsworth Manager

East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park & East Lawn Mortuary

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Andrea Picot Manager
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Jessica Enriquez Funeral Counselor
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Jessica Harston Funeral Counselor
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Dione Longoria Funeral Counselor
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Glenn Murison Funeral Counselor
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Cody Bartlett Licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director
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Dan Currier Embalmer
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Shannon Beltram Secretary
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Crystal Langer Receptionist
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Jerry Govier Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Lori Heald Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Matthew DeGuero Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Steve Moore Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Tacye Vogel Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Keith Mathis Manager
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Rick Vandenhoek Cemetery Manager

Mathew Brennan

Funeral Counselor
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Matt Brennan, a Funeral Counselor at East Lawn Andrews & Greilich Mortuary, joined East Lawn in 2015 after moving to Sacramento from New Mexico where he previously worked for French Mortuary. He is a native of Colorado and served in the military and is also a former police officer. Matt and his wife, Donna live in Rancho Murietta. Matt is honored to serve his families, his community and his country.

Andrea Picot

Manager
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Graduated from California College of the Arts in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Painting and Drawing. She moved from Oakland, CA to Sacramento to attend Mortuary School at American River College and graduated in 2007. She has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2008. Andrea is active in her South Sacramento Rotary Club and served as President in 2014. She has also served on the California Funeral Directors Association board since 2013. Andrea enjoys serving her community and guiding families through the transition of losing a loved one with love and compassion. 

Jessica Enriquez

Funeral Counselor
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Jessica started the funeral profession at the young age of just 15 years old and a Junior in high school. She started work at her local cemetery where she rode her bike to and from work every day, rain or shine, for six years. Her duties included general maintenance of the cemetery as well as operating the backhoe for digging interment sites and other construction needs. She was the first and only female to sustain a position on a crew with 5 men and had no limits on her abilities. After years of being on the grounds, Jessica loved helping others and decided she wanted to make a career in the funeral profession. Jessica enrolled into the Mortuary Science Program at American River College and recently graduated with an Associates in Arts and Science.

Jessica was hired on with East Lawn in January of 2011 as a night and weekend clerk. In April of the same year, she was promoted to full time Receptionist. In October 2014 she was promoted to Secretary, and finally, in April of 2015 she was promoted to Funeral Counselor. What Jessica loves most about her job is the interaction and bonding relationships she gets with the families East Lawn serves. She believes great customer service, integrity, authenticity, and empathy are keys to success in her position.

Mike Gillispie

Funeral Counselor
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Mike Gillispie is a Funeral Counselor with East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary. He started as a night attendant at East Lawn Andrews & Greilich in 2003 and became a Funeral Counselor in 2007, transferring to East Lawn Elk Grove in 2016 where he currently serves families.  As a counselor, Mike strives to bring the highest quality of service to every family he has the privilege to serve.

Jessica Harston

Funeral Counselor
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Set apart by her focus and sincerity, Jessica Harston enjoys spending time with her family and friends above all else. A native of California, she grew up in both Sacramento and San Diego. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Brigham Young University, she served as a missionary in Stockholm, Sweden for eighteen months, picking up Swedish in the process. She also speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Arabic. Upon returning home, she married her best friend, Tyler, who treasures her every day. Jessica has a passion for serving people of all cultures and has found great fulfillment helping others find solace in the funeral profession as a Funeral Arranger.

Dione Longoria

Funeral Counselor
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Dione is a native Californian and grew up in the San Jose area where she graduated from Independence High School. She worked a variety of jobs including plumbing and at Great America amusement park as a ride operator. She landed a job at Stanford Hospital where she worked several years and excelled her way though many different positions. During her time in the X-ray department she met the love of her life, Hector, and they were married in 1995. They have 2 boys and a girl and recently had their first grandchild, Kayne Longoria, whom Dione adores.

Dione's career at East Lawn started in 2000 as a night attendant. She has worked on the mausoleum crew and became a foreman. In late 2004 she began working on the grounds crew, learning all of the heavy equipment. During this time, Dione played for the Sacramento Sirens Semi-Pro Women's Football Team and they were 2-time National Champions.

In 2006 she became a cemetery counselor at East Lawn Memorial Park where she stayed for 6 years. In 2012 she had the opportunity to become a Funeral Counselor at East Lawn Mortuary where she currently serves. Dione loves what she does and loves to support and teach her co-workers. She enjoys serving families in their time of need and does so with empathy and compassion.

Dione is a very proud pit bull owner and she thinks it is important to educate people about this most misunderstood breed. Her rescue pit bull, Mia is the sweetest dog in the world.

Guillermo Martinez

Funeral Counselor
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Guillermo Martinez has been with East Lawn since 1990 and worked at most all of their facilities. Most recently he has be serving at East Lawn Elk Grove as a Funeral Director. He was alson on the board of directors for the California State Capitol Museum Volunteer Association for 5 years. Guillermo has many talents including flower arranging and decorating which he does often for a variety of events that take place at East Lawn.

Glenn Murison

Funeral Counselor
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Glenn Murison joined the East Lawn team in 2007 as a Funeral Director at East Lawn Mortuary. He is a product of Loyola University and a graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science. In the early 1970's Glenn was drafted into the U.S. Army. In his spare time he enjoys motorcycle riding, shooting and skydiving.

Bob Russo

Funeral Counselor
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A native Californian, born in Pacific Grove, Bob and his wife currently live and are raising their daughter in Elk Grove. Active in the community, Bob is a Past President of Elk Grove Parlor #41 of the Native Sons of the Golden West. While in college, he began his mortuary career in Monterey. "My Dad was very proud that I got that job, because his favorite uncle owned Salanitro's Mortuary in Omaha Nebraska and he figured it was a good career." After 5 years in the business Bob took a job with the State of California. Bob has an abiding love of history. He spent 20 years running house museums and interpreting the stories of people who lived over 150 years ago. Now, returning to the funeral business he says, "The similarities in the two careers are striking. Every one of our families has a story and I find it fascinating to help them tell that story.

Victor Sanchez

Funeral Counselor
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Victor Sanchez was born and raised in Sacramento and graduated from Mortuary College at American River College in 2005. He has been with East Lawn Since 2004. Victor is fluent in Spanish and is a Licensed Embalmer, Funeral Director and Pre-need insurance agent. He is also a parishioner of St Rose Church and a specialist in the Catholic Funeral Tradition.. He is a man of superior work ethic with a kind heart and calm disposition. He communicates with families and intuitively accommodates for their needs.

Nola Grice

Outside Family Service Counselor
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Kao Saephanh

Outside Family Service Counselor
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Kao Saephanh was born in Laos and grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand. Kao and his family came to America in 1986 and since then he has lived in Richmond, California. Kao has two beautiful daughters with his wife, Koy. Kao loves music and outdoor adventures. He also has a passion for people. With his bilingual skills in Mien, Thai and Laotian, he reached out to different communities to provide services to families, especially those with language barriers. As an Advance Planning Advisor at East Lawn since 2010, Kao believes that his experience has taught him to be a strong support to families during the difficult time of loss. Kao also has a very tight connection with the Mien and Laotian communities in Sacramento and North Highlands. He really enjoys helping families design a plan for final arrangements because it brings them so much peace of mind. Kao can be reached at (510)375-4435 or by email at kcsaephanh@yahoo.com.

Daniel Lam

Outside Family Service Counselor
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Dawn Baker

Apprentice Care Center Support Staff
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Juliet Barbich

Funeral Counselor
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Cody Bartlett

Licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director
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Cody is a native of northern California and spent some time living in Hawaii after high school. After a myriad of jobs, Cody decided to satisfy a long standing curiosity about the mortuary industry. He was hired as a night clerk at East Lawn Mortuary In 2007 and immediately knew that he wanted to service the living by caring for the dead. Embalming became a passion and after graduating with a degree in Mortuary Science he was granted an apprenticeship at East Lawn Mortuary. After serving his apprenticeship Cody continued his employment with East Lawn until he stepped away for a short time to Embalm for the UC Davis Medical School. Cody is glad to be back working for East Lawn and serving his community. When not embalming Cody enjoys spending time with his family and American Bulldog. Cody lives an active lifestyle and takes pride in his year round garden.

Chelsea Christensen

Care Center Support Staff
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Pamela Corbin

Care Center Support Staff
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Dan Currier

Embalmer
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Dan moved to Sacramento in 2004 to begin the Mortuary Science program at American River College. His career in the funeral industry began in 2005 at local Sacramento funeral home. In 2007 Dan began his embalming apprenticeship. In 2009, he became a licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director. He joined East Lawn in 2011 working in various capacities until becoming a full-time Embalmer. Dan has had experience as a trade Embalmer and also assisting with autopsies where he learned different facets of the death care profession.

Bobby Galloway

Senior Care Center Assistant
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Bobby Galloway was born and raised in Oakland, California along with seven other siblings. His parents were in both the funeral profession and law enforcement. Bobby decided at age 16 that his passion was for the funeral profession as opposed to law enforcement and he has been very happy with his decision. He joined the East Lawn team back in 2008.

Samantha Hampton

Pet Loss Counselor & Care Center Support Staff
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David Henderson

Care Center Support Staff
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Alan Huber

Care Center Support Staff
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Jennifer Huxley

Care Center Support Staff
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Jim Means

Care Center Support Staff
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Georgia Parker

Care Center Support Staff
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Amanda Patterson

Care Center Support Staff
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Cieran Ryerson

Care Center Support Staff
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Zachary Scott

Care Center Support Staff
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Michael Taylor

Care Center Support Staff
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Bonnie Alexander

Receptionist
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East Lawn has been part of my working career since 1977 when I was employed as administrative assistant to the executive vice president of the Interment Association of California [now the Cemetery and Mortuary Association of California], the California Mortuary Alliance and the Western Cemetery Alliance. My working with the memberships, industry lobbyists, meeting planning and visitations to cemeteries and mortuaries throughout California and the western states made me appreciate the fact that East Lawn was, and continues to be, a respected leader in the industry. In 2006 Alan Fisher honored me with an invitation to participate in the newly formed East Lawn Advisory Board.

Because of family obligations, having the option of working on a part-time basis is especially gratifying for me. Three grandchildren, and of course their parents, are the joys of my life. Being part of an industry that is dedicated to caring for people in difficult, and often tragic, times is a rewarding experience. Working with the caring staff at East Lawn Elk Grove, sharing difficult circumstances while yet being able to laugh and embrace the good is such a blessing.

Shannon Beltram

Secretary
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Shannon grew up in the Citrus Heights area and graduated from Del Campo High School. She took several college courses but then started working full time as a receptions for a doctor where she stayed for 13 years. She married her husband, Brad, in 2001 and started a family shortly after. They have three great kids (Blake, Sonny & Lola) who she's always trying to keep up with by attending all their activities that she can.

Shannon is currently working full time as a receptionist at East Lawn Mortuary. She never really thought her life's path would bring her to the funeral profession but she has learned that it is a wonderful place to be. Shannon says, "I feel I have learned a lot about other people. This is one of the hardest times for many people and I only hope my warm smile can bring them a little bit of comfort. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with such caring people who always make me feel welcome, and to be able to help those in their time of need for a few brief moments."

Angela D'Amico

Administrative Assistant
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Shawntay Jones

Secretary
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Born and raised in Southern California, Shawntay Jones has lived and worked in the Elk Grove area for more than 15 years, and has been in the funeral industry since 2007.

She has a passion and commitment for serving the families at East Lawn Elk Grove, and is a dedicated individual who will continue to serve families at their time of need.

Crystal Langer

Receptionist
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Janice Martin

Secretary
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Janice Martin is the Secretary at East Lawn Andrews & Greilich Mortuary. Jan was born in Ogden, Utah and moved to California in 1974. She attended local schools in the North area and eventually came to work for East Lawn in 1989. She has worked both at Andrews & Greilich and East Lawn Elk Grove. Jan enjoys camping, motorcycle riding and volunteering with Happy Tails Cat Rescue.

Meredith Tabaldo

Cemetery Support Specialist
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Meredith Tabaldo and her family moved to Sacramento in 1999. In December 2000, she was introduced to the funeral and cemetery industry by means of a temporary assignment. It did not take her long to realize she had found her calling. She has dedicated years of service to grieving families. She is thankful to be apart of such a meaningful and caring profession.

Brian Baker

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Brian Baker has been in the cemetery and funeral industry since 2007 and says "I feel I have finally found a home with East Lawn". Before coming to East Lawn, Brian worked as an Area Sales Manager for a large corporation overseeing five cemetery locations in California. Brian's specialty, however, is working with Veteran's helping and educating them on their VA burial benefits. He feels that his obligation to families is to help them fight off procrastination by showing them that there is an easier way to take care of end-of-life decisions, ahead of need. Brian has always thought that East Lawn set the bar when it comes to memorializing loved ones. So in his mind, working for East Lawn is a perfect fit for the individuals and families Brian has the privilege of helping.

Chris Gaisford

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Chris was raised in King City, CA, (John Steinbeck country). After high school graduation, he served 4 years in the US Air Force, in Minot, ND.When he finished his enlistment, he spent the next 5 years thawing out in Houston, TX.In 1983 he returned to the Golden State to finish college.He graduated from our very own "Sac State" in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.

Chris pours his heart into the families he feels fortunate to serve, and has done so for 11 years.Whether it be with families that have immediate cemetery needs, or while guiding them through making future plans, Chris listens to what people say, and then explains what we have available to fulfill their wishes.He has enjoyed meeting people in Elk Grove through his involvement with the Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador.

Chris has a passion for educating people on the benefits of pre-planning and is a licensed Pre-Need Insurance Agent.He is available for free group pre-need workshops and seminars, as well as no obligation personal interviews.Chris may be reached by phone at 916-732-2031, or by email at chrisg@eastlawn.com.

Cory Shuster

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Cory Shuster has been in the funeral and cemetery profession since 2014. A Bay area transplant, he moved to the Yuba Sutter area to pursue a job as a Family Service Counselor; shortly thereafter he became the manager of the memorial park he served at. When given the chance, he jumped at the opportunity to join East Lawn early in 2017. He lives with his wife Mariah and their son Ryder and daughter Elbie Jo. Cory is dedicated to the families he serves. He finds a sense of accomplishment in the opportunity of educating people on the benefit of planning in advance for the inevitable. Cory finds it an honor to be of assistance and part of the journey a family goes through as they grieve the loss of a loved one.

Elizabeth Gentile-Means

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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A family service counselor at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park & Mortuary, Elizabeth Gentile-Means has been with the company since 2006. Her entire career in this profession has been with East Lawn. Liz has been a member of the Soroptimist since 2007 and is also a strong supporter of conservation and wildlife groups. Other interesting facts about Liz is that her mother is 96 years old and is still active, driving and writing poetry. Elizabeth is also a newlywed and she and her husband, Jim, enjoy traveling. They have three cats, Tippy, Mia Feral, and Charlie.

Heather McCorkle

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Heather has been a Sacramento resident since the age of 6. She enjoyed a career in customer service for more than 16 years.

Heather started her career with East Lawn in 2015. Although she thought she would be a Veterinarian or an Entomologist because of her love of critters big or small, 2 legs or 8; after completing her class Psychology of Death and Dying she knew her calling was serving families in this industry.

She and her high school sweetheart - turned husband – have 1 son named Tristan.

In her free time she enjoys painting with her son, watching black and white movies, camping and taking regular trips to Disneyland.

Jane Filetic

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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After a 20-year career in the financial services industry, Jane was in search of a new endeavor allowing her to interact with individuals and families on a personal level. She was offered an opportunity to do exactly that in Monterey, California when she became a family service counselor for The Paul Mortuary.

After learning the funeral services industry over an eight year period on the central coast, she authored and published the book, "'Getting Smart About Death" available on Amazon and at www.gettingsmartaboutdeath.com In this easy-to-read 100-page guide, she offers insight and guidance on both pre-need and at-need arrangements for those who seek it.

Late in 2014, Jane moved back to Sacramento where her immediate family resides. That is when she joined the East Lawn staff, first as an outside sales counselor at Sierra Hills and then as a family service counselor in our downtown office.

Jerry Govier

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Jerry Govier, and his devoted wife, Mary Beth, moved to the Sacramento area in 2001. Jerry worked for several years in the East Lawn Mortuary and in 2007 he transferred to East Lawn Sierra Hills Cemetery where he serves today.

Prior to moving to Sacramento, Jerry lived 20 years in the San Francisco Bay area working for 5 different cemeteries and 7 mortuaries. Jerry experienced many changes and developments, as well as ownership and managerial changes, during that time in the funeral profession.

Jerry believes that informing, educating and keeping costs in perspective for a family's budget, as well as honesty and a practical approach, best helps a family in their decision making process and is also key for success in the mortuary and cemetery profession. Pre-arrangements are an important tool for both families and the mortuary or cemetery in achieving a successful relationship.

Jeran Je

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Jeran has lived in Sacramento for over 25 years. Shortly after graduation with a Business Administration degree from California State University of Sacramento in 1992, he moved to the Bay Area helping families protect their assets.

Jeran is bilingual in Chinese and enjoys volunteering as an interpreter. He enjoys helping friends and neighbors who have a limited knowledge of the English language.

He has worked in the cemetery and funeral business over 6 years and over 20 years in the customer service profession. Jeran is a licensed agent on advance funeral planning and truly believes in educating families about the benefits of protecting those you will leave behind through advance planning. Jeran can be reached by phone at 916-538-3729 or by email at jeranj@eastlawn.com.

Kayla Delgado

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Kayla has lived in the Greater Sacramento area her entire life and plans to continue doing so. After working various customer service positions, she knew she wanted a career in helping people but didn't know in what aspect. She was always intrigued by and interested in the funeral service industry, so she chose to explore that as a means to serve her community. After a class tour of East Lawn, she knew that was where she wanted to work and that her passion and calling was in the funerary industry.

She was hired at East Lawn in November 2013 as a Mortuary Support Staff member focusing on transfers. In 2015, she was given the privilege of assisting families in making final arrangements for their pets in East Lawn's Pet Loss Center. She hopes to be licensed as a funeral director, embalmer, pre-need counselor and cemetery manager so that she may serve the families in the Sacramento area as much as she can

In her free time, Kayla loves to read, play with her two cats, and spend time with friends and family. She does fashion and glamour modeling on the side to express her creativity. Kayla hopes to travel around the world to be able to experience other cultures.

Kim Matthews

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Kim Matthews first joined East Lawn in 1998. As a Family Service Counselor she assists families with final arrangements in advance and at time of immediate need. Her passion is building relationships with people and sharing her experience to help them make the best informed and educated decisions. " I believe it is very important to project the "right" professional image but I also believe people appreciate interacting with "real" people."

Kim is a respected and dedicated professional who was born and raised in the Sacramento area. She lives with her husband, Robert and her dog, Bosco.

Lori Heald

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Lori Heald has two lovely children Daytona and Kolby and is recently engaged. Her career started in cosmetology and she later transition to the High-Tech Electronics industry. She took a few years off work to be a full-time Mom and when she went back to the work force she decided to head in a new direction; the cemetery and funeral profession. She started at a cemetery in Los Gatos and was there for over 4 years. She absolutely loved serving families. She found nothing more satisfying. When she had an opportunity to be closer to family, she moved to Granite Bay. In 2014 she began working at East Lawn and is still doing what she loves best. Helping families with pre-need arrangements is something that has a special place in her heart. She does her best with patience and compassion to also help families in the area of at-need arrangements as well. Lori's other favorite things are family, friends, traveling, cooking and water sports.

Lori Osborne

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Lori Osborne started her career with East Lawn in 1994 after 20+ years in the retail industry. She began as an Administrative Assistant to the Vice President, then moved on to become a Pre-need Counselor. She assisted with job fairs and helped find outstanding people to join our profession and then assisted with their training. She is also well-versed in all three of our memorial parks but chose to work at our main location at 43rd & Folsom Blvd., location where she currently serves as a Family Service Counselor.

Lori stated, "I wasn't looking for a different career when I took a tour of the new mortuary that had been built in Elk Grove in 1994, but I soon found myself interviewing for one of the most rewarding jobs I ever imagined. I enjoy educating people about their choices for pre-arrangement services as well as for those who have an immediate family need. Even though 'the topic' is difficult to bring up, I enjoy the 'thank you's and hugs' when a family is leaving stating the relief they feel having it done."

Matthew DeGuero

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Matthew DeGuero started serving East Lawn families in 2000. He has lived in Roseville for over 27 years. He and his wife and daughter attend St. Clare's Catholic Church. He enjoys fly fishing in the streams of the Sierra's. His family are Season Pass holders at Disneyland and Matthew restores Hot Rods of the past.

Nisha Hafiz

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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For Nisha it is ‘families first’ since 1992. She believes it’s a sacred trust that families give us at such a delicate time in their lives. Education is the key and it’s a privilege when a family allows you to share the benefits of pre-planning for the inevitable. She especially loves the outreach programs such as seminars that East Lawn has for the community to create awareness and the message that "we are here for you".

Nisha was born on the Fiji Islands and came to California at the tender age of 8. She managed several cemeteries with emphasis on diversity development of areas and private family estates for different community organizations and groups. She also teaches ethnic studies for the traditional, orthodox and nonorthodox, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh way of burials and funerals at the University of Tennessee for the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA).

She is also involved with the yearly Toys for Tots drive for servicemen and women, Cancer walk in the Park, Candlelight Service for the Holidays, Wreaths across America, Food/Clothing drive for homeless veterans and tribute to local fallen hero’s on Memorial Day.

Nisha considers herself blessed with the knowledge and expertise to save families from the headache and heartache of "death shopping" on the worst day of their lives by educating them about the benefits of pre-planning ahead of tim

Steve Moore

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Steve Moore has been with East Lawn since 1991 as a Family Service Counselor and served for 4 years as a manager. He has returned full time as a Family Service Counselor because he enjoys helping families so much. Steve is known around the office as the expert when it comes to headstone/marker design and ordering. His seniority also makes him a great asset for new employees to learn from. Steve is married with one grown son and enjoys traveling with his wife during his off hours.

Stephanie Schaefer

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Tacye Vogel

Cemetery & Pre-Need Counselor
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Alan Fisher

President
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Alan is a native of Sacramento and has been married to his wife, Liz, since 1978. They have four children and eleven grandchildren. Upon graduation from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Business Administration, Alan worked for five years in accounting, banking and auditing. He joined the East Lawn team in 1989 and has served as Controller, Marketing Director, Operations SVP and president. For the last 25 years he has been actively involved in administrative and counseling functions for his church and engages in frequent community outreach endeavors. Alan is on the Board of Trustees of the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento and serves on the Board of the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “I have found great joy with my East Lawn teammates in helping to support families through our uniquely entrusted role and responsibility.”

Steven Bartel

Senior Vice President
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Steve and his wife, Debbie, moved from Los Angeles to Sacramento in 1991, the same year they were married. Steve graduated from the University of Arizona in 1986 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting. The first three years of his professional career were with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, a "Big Eight" accounting firm. Steve passed the California Certified Public Accountant exam in 1987 and became a licensed CPA in 1991. Steve began his career in the funeral and cemetery industry in Los Angeles, prior to joining East Lawn in 1991. In addition to being a CPA (currently inactive), Steve is licensed in California as a funeral director, cemetery broker, cemetery manager and crematory manager.

Steve volunteers his time as Treasurer for the Old City Cemetery Committee, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on community education, preservation, restoration and beautification of the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery and its artifacts. Steve also regularly participates in serving meals at St. John's Women's and Children's Shelter. Steve Bartel can be reached by phone at 916-732-2000 or via email at steveb@eastlawn.com.

Michael Solton

VP Administration
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Originally a native of Philadelphia, Michael spent his formative years in Auburn, California. Michael earned an Associate Degree from Sierra College in Rocklin, CA; a Bachelor's Degree in Humanities from St. Patrick's College in Mountain View, CA, and a Master of Divinity Degree from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. He has lived thirty-two years in Sacramento. Michael has over thirty-years human resources experience, including positions with American Savings Bank, Sacramento Savings Bank, Raley's and East Lawn. Michael enjoys working in the community, which includes many years service on the Board of Trustees of Stanford Settlement, a local social service agency in North Sacramento; he is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoys helping at his Catholic parish. Michael has developed his own "lunches from the trunk" program for the homeless. Michael enjoys learning and playing his violin, which he describes as an unexpected recent surprise in the journey of life! With more than twenty years experience at East Lawn, Michael believes the compassionate service the company's employees give to families is outstanding. Michael's can be reached at (916)732-2000; email mikes@eastlawn.com.

Josh Tuttle

Vice President
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Josh Tuttle enlisted in the US Air Force at age 17 where he served honorably for seven and a half years. During that time he lived in. and worked in. a variety of places, and at one point was awarded an Air Force Achievement Medal for Heroism. After leaving the Air Force. he started his ten year career with Family Health, Inc., and enrolled at CSU Sacramento where he graduated with a bachelor of science in Kinesiology (BS). After working his way up to General Manager, Josh left Family Health, Inc., in 2007 and joined the East Lawn family. Josh has subsequently gone on to complete his Masters of Business Administration (MBA), and in 2014 was promoted to Vice President of Operations and Business Development.

Lisa West

Community Outreach & Family Support Specialist
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Lisa West is a native of Sacramento and worked for many years in the commercial construction industry. She changed careers in 2011 when she joined the staff at East Lawn as the Director of the Pet Cemetery. Within a short time, she was promoted to Director of Marketing and Community Outreach. Her passion is serving the public and she is also a Volunteer Chaplain with the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy of Sacramento. Lisa is a graduate of American River College with a degree in Social Studies.  She recently became a Certified Funeral Celebrant performing Celebrant Funeral Services exclusively for East Lawn families. Lisa has two married sons and 4 grandchildren.

Lynn Ellsworth

Manager
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Lynn Ellsworth grew up in the East Sacramento area, so managing East Lawn Memorial Park is very much like coming home. Lynn started her career in this industry in 2010 and has found it to be a very rewarding. She especially enjoys being able to give back to the community by helping families during, what is often, a very stressful time in their lives and walking families through the process of future planning. As a manager, she takes pride in empowering her employees to strive to exceed the expectations of the families they are privileged to serve and provide a positive experience.

Keith Mathis

Manager
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As native of Oregon, Keith graduated from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1986. He has been a funeral director and embalmer for over 35 years. He moved to Sacramento in 1979 and came on board East Lawn in July 2011.

Mel Osborne

General Manager
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A native of Oklahoma, Mel graduated from Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks in 1978 and from American River College in 1980. After completing his apprenticeship Mel attended The San Francisco College of Mortuary Science graduating with honors in the summer of 1986. After serving the Sacramento and Roseville communities for many years Mel joined the team at the East Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in 1990. Mel has over 34 years of experience and is a licensed embalmer, cemetery manager and funeral director. In his spare time, Mel enjoys his classic 1963 Corvette Stingray, golf, the great outdoors, music and following his beloved University of Oklahoma Sooners.

Craig Peterson

Manager
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Craig Peterson was born and raised in California, moving to Sacramento in 1978 to attend CSUS. Craig entered the funeral industry in 1983 serving his embalming apprenticeship while working at Mt. Vernon Mortuary. In 1987 he graduated from the Cypress College, Department of Mortuary Science. Craig became a part of the East Lawn family in 1988 serving families at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park & Mortuary, East Lawn Memorial Park, and East Lawn Andrews & Greilich Mortuary. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco, and is licensed with the State of California as a Funeral Director, Embalmer, Cemetery Manager and Crematory Manager. Craig, a church organist since 1973, is the organist at the First United Methodist Church of Lodi, CA. Craig has been a member of the American Theatre Organ Society since 1987 and has served on the boards of both the international organization and the local Sierra Chapter, ATOS.

Deborah Stevenson

Manager
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Deborah Stevenson was born and raised is a small town in Arkansas and has been in the funeral industry since 1988. After moving to California in 1981 with her three children, she attended San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1988. Deborah strives to bring empathy to the decision making process when a death occurs. She is licensed with the state of California as a Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Pre-Need Insurance Agent. Deborah has been serving the area families at Albert Brown Mortuary since 2003. Deborah also serves as Prayer Minister, Praise Team Spiritual Adviser, she has been called to be a Deaconess, she mentor's young women on developing life skills and spiritual growth at East Bay Bible Church. She is also active in the community in the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, both Chinese and Black and Wa Sung Charity.

Rick Vandenhoek

Cemetery Manager
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Rick VanDenHoek started serving East Lawn families in 2009. He was born and raised in South Dakota and has lived in the Sacramento area since 1994. He is married and has 3 daughters and 1 son. He enjoys spending time with his family and likes camping, hunting and fishing in his spare time.

Anu Chand

IT Director
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Anu Chand was born and raised in the Fiji Islands. She migrated to California in 2000. Before moving to Sacramento, Anu lived in the Bay Area and worked at PrimePay in Foster City. Anu joined East Lawn in April 2002.

Anu has always had an interest in information technology. As technology is evolving faster than ever and new technological development is quickly rendered by a newer version, Anu decided to pursue her education in Information Technology at the University of Phoenix, and she graduated with her degree in computer science majoring in security in 2014.

She enjoys the diversity of cultures at East Lawn and working with employees of different backgrounds and experiences. Together with her teammates, they breed a creative, innovative and productive work environment to better serve the East Lawn families, friends and employees.