Our Staff

Committed to Caring for Every Culture
and Every Person

Because we have so many cultures and nationalities buried here, it is important to have staff members that can relate to the various traditions and ceremonial practices. We have memorial counselors and funeral directors for each cultural group to help care for families in their time of need.

Much of our grounds crew has worked for Cypress Lawn for over two decades. All requests are addressed within 24-hours. They are constantly working on the grounds, and work in sections each week to manicure and maintain the beauty of the cemetery. Each department, whether it is grounds crew, or family staff, has weekly meetings to allow for communication between all staff members.

 


 

Robert A. Gordon, Jr.

President & CEO

bgordon@cypresslawn.com

Bob Gordon, Jr. is a California native and 1988 Business Administration and Marketing graduate from San Diego State University, and has been in the funeral service and cemetery industry since 1980. As a 4th generation funeral industry leader, he was born into a funeral and cemetery family and began his career in funeral service at the age of 15 on the grounds crew of his grandfather’s firm, Oakdale Mortuary & Memorial Park in Glendora, California. He eventually would work in every position at the cemetery and funeral home, rising to the level of Vice President and remaining there until he left the family business after 14 years of service. He became the Director of Sales for the San Diego-based El Camino Group for two large funeral home/cemetery combinations that served a large portion of the local Hispanic and Filipino communities. From there, he moved to Service Corporation International (SCI), where through a series of promotions, he was made the Market Sales Director for Orange and San Diego Counties. His leadership encompassed twelve locations, including six large funeral home/cemetery combinations and six stand-alone locations that together produced $85 million annually in arrangements. For over 18 years, Bob had consistently ranked as one of the top Sales Executives in SCI North America prior to accepting the position of President and CEO for Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association. He is also a licensed funeral director and cemetery broker. Bob is married with 5 children.

 


 

Raymond-Sala

Kenneth Varner


 

Board of Directors, Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association

J.B. McIntosh, Chairman – Member since 1983
Charles Crocker, Vice-Chairman – Member since 1982
James C. Flood, Vice-Chairman – Member since 1989
Richard Tobin Thieriot, Vice-Chairman – Member since 1999
Lewis Coleman – Member since 2003
Michael R. V. Whitman – Member since 2008
Peter M. Folger – Member since 2015


Board of Directors, Cypress Funeral Services, Inc.

Kenneth E. Varner, Chairman – Member since 1997
John W. Gill – Member since 1997
John Hamilton
Mark Wilson


Arrangement and Planning Staff

Armando Mora

Director of Cemetery Operations and Cemetery Manager

(650) 755-0580

Hal Wilkes

Managing Director of Cemetery Services

(650) 755-0580

Jack Jensen

Managing Director of Funeral Services

Past President of the California Funeral Directors Association
Licensed Funeral Home Manager
Licensed Funeral Home Director/Embalmer

Armando Santana

Managing Director of Funeral Services

Speaks Spanish
Licensed Funeral Director
Licensed Insurance Agent

German Lopez

Family Service Chief, Advance Planning Counselor

Speaks Spanish

Madeleine Banfield

Family Service Arrangement Director

Sandy Guest

Family Service Arrangement Director

Mary Lee

Family Service Advance Planning Counselor

Speaks Cantonese, Mandarin & Toi San

Kim F. Wong

Family Service Advance Planning Counselor

Speaks Cantonese, Mandarin & Malaysian

Alvin Dougharty

Family Service Funeral Director

(650) 550-8808

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Charles Arancia

Funeral Service Associate

(650) 550-8808

Licensed Funeral Director

Richard Rovatti

Funeral Service Associate

(650) 550-8808

CoCo Qiu

Family Service Advance Planning Counselor

(650) 755-0580

Michael Wong

Arrangement Director

(650) 550-8808

Patrick Lee

Arrangement Director

(650) 550-8808

Kelly Chen

Funeral Director

(650) 550-8808

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Lily Wong

Funeral Director

(650) 550-8808

Licensed Funeral Director

Jack Woodward

Funeral Home Embalmer

(650) 550-8808

Licensed Embalmer

Tony Benitez

Crematory Manager

(650) 755-0580

Licensed Crematory Manager

MaryAnn Cruz

Director - Cypress Lawn Cremation Society

650-550-8868