2017 Cemetery Association of Oregon Board
President: Bob Huskey, Idlewilde Cemetery, Hood River
Vice President: Glen Macy, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, McMinnville
Treasurer: JC Aubry, Lincoln Memorial Park, Portland
Secretary: Nancy Felton, Crescent Grove Cemetery, Tigard
Past President: Rachel Fox, Skyline Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, Portland
Board of Directors
David Bone, Columbia Memorial Gardens, Scappoose
Ty Cochrane, Belcrest Memorial Park, Salem
Noel Seats, METRO
Justin Trowbridge, Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial, Portland
Tim Bronleewe, OM Stone
Outreach and Organization Manager (contractor, non-board member)
Anna Mehrer, OrderOrder.net
One of six children raised on a large cattle and timber farm in Mosier, OR, Wasco Co., schooled in Mosier and The Dalles, OR. Working career: Diamond Fruit Growers; Trail Twin Theatres, Columbia Corp.; Timber Mill shipping clerk; United Telephone of the Northwest, construction, outside plant cable splicing supervisor; owned Cascade Corner Inc., Convenient Stores & Car Washes; owner of Cross “R” Fingers, Commercial & Residential Holdings; built the “Whistle Stop Ice Cream Shoppe” at the far south end of the Mt. Hood Railroad run in the Hood River Valley. Sold Corp. in 2004, thought I would semi-retire for a couple of years, didn’t happen, went to work for Frank Akin at Anderson’s Tribute Center in Hood River on a will call situation which ended up being every day. January 1, 2005 went to work full time for Anderson’s Tribute Center. August 2007 to present, took over as Sexton/Manager of Idlewilde Fraternal Cemetery Association in Hood River. My wife Heidi and I were married in July of 1979. Heidi is a 45-year employee of Hood River County School District. We have two adult children, SaVanna and her husband Martin of Salem, and our first grandchild, Hunter 5 months. SaVanna works at Willamette University in Salem and our son Shay is a Marketing Manager for TREW GEAR sportswear in Portland. We enjoy travel, hiking, camping, the beach, and live in Mt. Hood for the past 40 years where we have five acres and raise culinary lavender. We are presently having our retirement home built in Hood River, where we have removed one of our rental properties and replacing it with our home close to the hospital, senior center and grocery store.
Nancy began her career in the Cemetery Funeral Industry in 1978 at Portland Memorial where she started in the bookkeeping department. After working various clerical positions at PM, she got her Funeral Service Practitioners license in 1986. In 1987, Portland Memorial sold and Nancy transferred to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham as Manager until 1989, when she was transferred to Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes/Chimes Memorial Gardens as Funeral Home and Cemetery Manager. In 1995 Nancy accepted the position as General Manager of Crescent Grove Cemetery in Tigard. Nancy has served on the Cemetery Association of Oregon Board from 1992-2010, 2015 to present and has held the office of President and Secretary. She has been The Cemetery Association of Oregon Liaison with the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board for over 20 years. Nancy resides in East County with her husband Wayne. She loves spending time with her family and cherishes her grandchildren Mallory (10) and Hunter (5 months).
JC was born and raised in France in a small village of 650 people (east of Paris). He went to school in France and graduated with a Masters in Operation Management from the ISERPA in Angers. He studied in San Diego, CA in 1997 and served in the French Air Force, based in Paris, Air Force Headquarter. In 1999, he moved back to the US and graduated from University of Dallas with a Masters in Business Administration in Engineering and Technology. He moved to Oregon in 2002 and married Jennifer (Dallas, Oregon native). JC started work in the funeral profession in 2002 and became manager of several locations after a few months. Today, he is Dignity Memorial’s Market Director for the State of Oregon that includes 16 locations including Lincoln Memorial Park, Skyline Memorial Gardens, Finley Sunset Hills, Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, Youngs Funeral Home, and Ross Hollywood Chapel. He serves on several advisory boards including Mount Hood Community College Funeral Service Education, Cemetery Association of Oregon, Salvation Army Metro Division, as well as the Veterans and Family Center. He is the proud father of four children: Caden (11), Cole (10), Chamonix (5) and Chase (4).
Rachel Fox is the General Manager for Skyline Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in NW Portland. Skyline Memorial is a 65 acre memorial park adjacent to Forest Park and was established in 1952. Prior to joining the Dignity Memorial network Rachel served as the Historic Cemeteries Program Manager for Metro Regional Government and managed 14 cemeteries spread out through Multnomah County. Rachel obtained her degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Western Michigan University. Rachel resides in southeast Portland with her husband Steve and three children, Emma, Chloe and Manuel. Together they enjoy traveling in Central America and camping in the Northwest.
I was raised in Arizona and joined the Army following High School. I was stationed in Kentucky and Kansas during Desert Storm. After being honorably discharged in 1990, I moved to Louisville to attend Mortuary College. I graduated in 1992 and moved back to Arizona, where I worked in the funeral industry. In 1996, my wife and I relocated to Portland. I worked for an evil corporate funeral company, and eventually moved into managing multiple locations and crematories. In 2008, we had the opportunity to purchase Hillside Chapel in Oregon City where we now live. In the spring of 2014, we purchased Columbia Funeral Home and Columbia Memorial Gardens in St. Helens. I have been a licensed Funeral Service Practitioner/Embalmer for almost 27 years. I have held license in Arizona, Washington and Oregon. I am still a working funeral director/embalmer, serving families in both Columbia and Clackamas Counties.
I have vast experience serving on multiple boards: I served on the board of directors for Donate Life NW, and as Board Chair for two years. Also, I served on the board for the Oregon Funeral Directors Association, and as President. I am currently serving on the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board, and am chair of the board of directors for Springwater Environmental Sciences School in Oregon City.
Ty Cochrane has returned to the board after a five-year hiatus. Ty is the General Manager of Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem with 33+ years in the industry. He has been serving as Legislative Liaison for the CAO Board of Directors for the past 17 years and has also served as President, Vice President and board member for over 20 of those years. Two grand-kids keep him busy as they play every sport imaginable, but he still occasionally gets the fishing rod out to do some steel heading and chinook fishing as well as the annual hunts, which sometimes do not include a rifle anymore.
Noel Seats has worked in the funeral industry for the past 15 years. She started doing first calls and then quickly moved into an apprentice position at Peake Funeral Chapel in Milwaukie. After finishing her apprenticeship she became the Office Manager at Mt. Scott Funeral Home in Portland. Six years ago she began working in her current position in Metro’s Historic Cemetery Program. Since working at Metro, Noel has developed a passion for historic cemeteries. She enjoys the unique landscape of the pioneer cemeteries and delights in discovering the stories of the historic people buried there. Noel grew up in Portland, Oregon. She is married and has two adorable young daughters that keep her very busy.
In 1977, Tim started working for the family business and assisted with everything from line blasting and moving inventory to sales. After leaving for an 11-year career in broadcasting, Tim returned in 2004. Today, he serves as President of our company and is involved in management and business development. His responsibilities include partnering with suppliers, calling on accounts and prospective accounts, and consulting with customers and designers.