Fairmount Family

Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

 


 

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Alonso Martinez Groundskeeper
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Alvaro Piedra Groundskeeper
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Andy Zavilla Vice President
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Blake Merritt Mausoleum
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Bob Smith Director of Sales and Marketing
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Chelsea Yoo Family Care Provider
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Chris Bueno Groundskeeper
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Crystal Langton Funeral Home Manager
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Dave Rodgers Director of Mortuary Operations
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Daylee Wertsbaugh Mortuary Assistant
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Diane Kandt Concierge
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Elizabeth Bielajew Administrative Accountant
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Joe Apodaca Director of Maintenance
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Joe Walters Mausoleum Manager
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John Touris Grounds Manager
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Jovelina Borrego Funeral Assistant
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Kaylee Merritt Mausoleum
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Kendra Briggs President
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Kenneth Cochran Family Service Specialist
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Madi Theyson Family Care Provider
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Mike Swafford Grounds Crew
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Nick Parks Groundskeeper
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Norah Dudley Family Care Provider
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Onda Estep Vice President
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Rebecca Elmer Family Services
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Rocio Martinez Family Service Specialist
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Sam Bethel Groundskeeper
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Serena Perry Operations Support Specialist

Alonso Martinez

Groundskeeper
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Alonso began his career working on the grounds at Fairmount Cemetery in April of 2001. He enjoys the opportunity to work outdoors and the wonderful Colorado weather.

Alvaro Piedra

Groundskeeper
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Alvaro has been a part of the Fairmount family for over 20 years. He has held many positions on the grounds including interment and foundation crews. He loves the teamwork that goes into his job, and loves to see the result of everyones hard work come together to create beautiful final resting places for loved ones.

Andy Zavilla

Vice President
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Andy began his career at Fairmount more than 34 years ago. Starting his career from the ground up, Andy spent time learning every facet of cemetery operations including irrigation, new development, plot design, and finance. He oversees the protection of Fairmount’s water and natural resources as one of Colorado’s most beautiful and historic arboretums. He also helps to ensure the sustainability and preservation of Fairmount so that families will have a dignified and peaceful experience both today and in the future. Andy has been the Vice President of the Board of Directors since 2006.

Blake Merritt

Mausoleum
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I have happily been with Fairmount Mausoleum since 2017.  I help with funeral services as well as maintaining the building. I also enjoy delivering flowers for the Mausoleum as well as outside on the grounds. I am very grateful to be able to work in such a beautiful building every day. 

Bob Smith

Director of Sales and Marketing
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Bob has been with Fairmount for 6 years now. He started off as a Family Service Counselor and enjoys helping and serving our Fairmount families.  He is honored to be a part of a team of people that strive each day, to do their best to take care of families.  He also enjoys being able to work at one of the most beautiful, peaceful places in Colorado.

Chelsea Yoo

Family Care Provider
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Chelsea began her career in 2012 and joined the Fairmount family in 2019. As a Denver native, she grew up around Fairmount and it’s beautiful grounds; something that she still enjoys today. As a Family Care Provider, she is able to tangentially serve the community and our families with compassionate care for all.

Chris Bueno

Groundskeeper
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Chris has been with Fairmount for 27 years. He started his career on the grounds crew, and for many years he has worked in the monument shop caring for families beautiful monuments. 

Crystal Langton

Funeral Home Manager
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Crystal graduated from the Mortuary Science program at Arapahoe Community College in 2013. She joined the Fairmount Family in 2013 as a Family Care Provider/Funeral Director. In 2018, she became the Lead Family Care Provider for the Fairmount Funeral Home. Crystal loves the sense of community and family that Fairmount has to offer.

Dave Rodgers

Director of Mortuary Operations
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I have worked for Fairmount Mortuary for 17 years now and also worked for the cemetery for a total of 6 years, 5 on the interment crew and 1 year at the monument shop. I have been an embalmer for 23 years now and have been a Certified Embalming Technician since 2001. What I like most about working for Fairmount is being a part of a team that strives for excellence and working at the most beautiful cemetery in Colorado.

Daylee Wertsbaugh

Mortuary Assistant
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Having recently joined the Fairmount family I was immediately welcomed by compassion, empathy, and genuine talent. Fairmount offers tremendous opportunity in a career surrounded by benevolence which makes for a fluid work environment. I am excited to learn from the best and see where Fairmount takes me.

Diane Kandt

Concierge
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Diane is a Denver native and Fairmount has always been a very special place to her; at present she has 26 family members and many friends and acquaintances who are resting at Fairmount.  Diane is a lover of nature and wildlife and says, "Where else can I go in the middle of the city and be in such beauty and nature and find such peace." Diane was involved in land development and home building and came to us in early 2009. Diane‘s heart is in serving people and cares for everyone who comes in our doors. She says, "Where else can I be that I can love people all day long.... this is my calling." 

Elizabeth Bielajew

Administrative Accountant
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Elizabeth joined the Fairmount family in 2010 as Accounts Payable Clerk and worked her way up to becoming Administrative Accountant. Providing the upmost caring customer service and showing her caring, compassionate and understanding work ethics. The Fairmount family is an honor for Elizabeth to be a part of. Coming to work every day and being involved in an industry to help families celebrate the lives of their loved ones is a humbling experience for her.

Joe Apodaca

Director of Maintenance
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Joe Walters

Mausoleum Manager
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Started at Riverside Cemetery June 1978 seasonal summer, mostly mowing. After graduating high school returned in June 1979 full time, was on irrigation crew, did interments, painted office, chapel and crematory. Helped upgrade the greenhouse removing glass and installing new roof. In August 1981, transferred to Fairmount Mausoleum, doing building maintenance, entombments, inurnments, arranged and delivered flowers and in October 1988 became the Mausoleum Manager. I try to do right for all families.

John Touris

Grounds Manager
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John has been with Fairmount for 39 years. He started working on the mowing crew, then moved to the Maintenance Shop where he worked as a mechanic. He also worked on the foundation crew and interment crew. He was promoted to the Grounds Manager in 2014. John oversees all the daily operations of the grounds. He ensures that all funeral services are conducted with respect for the deceased and their family.

Jovelina Borrego

Funeral Assistant
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The environment you experience here at Fairmount is unlike any other, you are surrounded by positive and compassionate people. The cemetery is the most beautiful cemetery I have seen. I look forward to serving this wonderful community.

Kaylee Merritt

Mausoleum
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My journey at Fairmount Cemetery started when I was just fifteen years old. I would volunteer at the Mausoleum during holidays to place flowers for families. In 2016, I found the Mausoleum in need of a receptionist so I happily inquired. I spend my time at Fairmount taking flower orders for our customer's families. I also express my creativity filling those desired flower orders. I am eager to help anyone that enters our doors. 

Kendra Briggs

President
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Kendra has been with Fairmount since 1998. She began as a Funeral Director and on July 1, 2020 became President of Fairmount Cemetery Company after 8 years of being the Vice President of Operations and Customer Service. Kendra monitors Fairmount’s operations to ensure efficiency and to provide the absolute best customer service to the families that entrust Fairmount. She also analyzes data and trends to better understand the changing needs of the families Fairmount serves. Kendra loves the fact that Fairmount remains dedicated to carrying out the founding families’ original vision and to provide a beautiful resting place for Colorado residents.

Kenneth Cochran

Family Service Specialist
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Kenneth has been with Fairmount since 2017 and has dedicated himself to helping families. He has an extensive background in customer service in several industries where he has been caringly and compassionately helping people. He is also is a licensed Life Insurance Producer in the state of Colorado. Kenneth loves the peacefulness and beauty that the Fairmount grounds have to offer families. Kenneth takes great pride when showing the grounds and assisting families with finding the services that will perfectly represent and celebrate the life of their loved one.

Madi Theyson

Family Care Provider
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Madi is newer to the Fairmount Family and enjoys working with everyone here. She is currently enrolled in the Mortuary Science program at Arapahoe Community College and is expected to graduate in 2020.

Mike Swafford

Grounds Crew
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Nick Parks

Groundskeeper
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Nick has been with Fairmount for the last 8 1/2 years. Working on the grounds, he assists with caring for the grounds, setting foundations for monuments and assisting with the interments. Nick loves all the beauty and history that is here, and is honored to call Fairmount my office.

Norah Dudley

Family Care Provider
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Norah joined the Fairmount family in the spring of 2020. After completing a degree in anthropology and French, Norah realized that serving families during their time of need was her true calling. She is currently enrolled in the Mortuary Science program at Arapahoe Community College and is expected to graduate in August of 2020.

Onda Estep

Vice President
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Onda graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2004 and became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 2005. She moved to Colorado and joined the Fairmount family in 2013 as a Family Care Provider. In 2015, Onda became the Director of Events of Quebec Place at Fairmount Event Center. In 2018, she became Director of Operations overseeing both Fairmount Funeral Home and Quebec Place and as of July 1, 2020 became Vice President. Onda loves the story and history of Fairmount.

Rebecca Elmer

Family Services
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Rebecca began her career in the funeral industry in 2006. She graduated from The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and became a licensed funeral director in 2011. She joined Fairmount in 2019 and enjoys working behind the scenes as Operation Support.

Rocio Martinez

Family Service Specialist
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Sam Bethel

Groundskeeper
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Sam has been a part of the Fairmount Family for the last 4 years. As part of the grounds crew, Sam spends a great deal of time caring for the arboretum. He loves working outdoors here at Fairmount.

Serena Perry

Operations Support Specialist
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Serena Perry is a recent graduate from mortuary school has been a part of the Fairmount family since 2018. She started here as a part time Funeral Director and is now a member of our Family Care Provider team. Serena is dedicated to every family that she serves here at Fairmount and is the open arms that will be there to guide and support families through this difficult time.

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