Compassionate Funeral Professionals in the
Ferndale & Bellingham Area
John William Moles, 4th Generation Owner/Manager Moles Farewell Tributes, Bellingham
As fourth-generation steward of the Moles family business, John continues to find meaning in facilitating a team of associates providing innovative healing for those experiencing a loss. John’s background includes serving the community through numerous nonprofits and service organizations, and his schooling includes the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific, and the MBA program at Western Washington.
John has served in all positions in funeral and cemetery operations and has maintained a special focus serving the people of the Nooksack and Lummi Nations. John and his wife of 18 years, Anathea, are raising a family of nine children on a farm in Whatcom County.
Robert M. Moles, Jr., Chairman
Bob was born and raised in Ferndale. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in business administration. He then spent 4-½ years, including one year of service in Vietnam, in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft maintenance officer. Upon completing his professional funeral service formal training in 1972, Bob returned to Ferndale to start work in the family business. He was an owner with his father for several years, became sole owner in 1988, and then sold the business to his son, John, in 2001.
Bob and his wife, Julie Johansen, reside in Bellingham. Bob has served on the boards of several organizations in the area, including Bellingham Bay Rotary Club. He is a Past President of Hospice of Whatcom County’s Visiting Nurse Home Health Care’s Board, St. Luke’s Foundation, United Way of Whatcom County, and the Washington State Funeral Directors' Association. He was an organizer and board member of Bank Northwest, now Bank of the Pacific.
Bob has traveled to Honduras numerous times as part of a program that creates safe drinking water and sanitation for communities of the extreme poor and has served as vice president of the national sponsoring organization, Pure Water for the World.
Michael Anderson, Director of Family Services
Joining Moles in 2001 and after assisting a family suffering with the loss of a loved one Michael realized immediately he had found his calling. Combining a passion to serve those in need of cemetery arrangements at the worst time in their lives along with the opportunity to serve others planning their own wishes for the future; both farewell tributes (aka funeral/cremation arrangements) and memorialization (aka memorial headstones and cemetery arrangements), has proven to be the most fulfilling of career choices.
Moles Farewell Tributes provides Michael with the freedom and continued encouragement to exercise degrees in business administration (MBA) and marketing to create and oversee the development of new gardens at the companies cemetery; Greenacres Memorial Park, memorialization offerings and customized farewell tributes. Through ongoing training and staff development Michael enjoys sharing his knowledge and years of experience to help and join his fellow team members provide every family served with the caring and professional attention they deserve and value in funeral care.
As a professional storyteller, and the General Manager & Green Burial Coordinator for the Moles Farewell Tributes-Greenacres, Brian is a passionate and engaged member of the community in Whatcom County. He is privileged to both entertain families of Whatcom County, creating meaningful happy experiences, and to serve those same families during their most difficult times, creating meaningful healing experiences. Brian serves on the Board of Directors for HonorsWorks and is the Past President of the Green Burial Council, and international non-profit engaged in eco-certification for green burial offerings.
He attended Western Washington University and is a lifelong resident of the most beautiful place in the world. Residing near Everson with his wife and daughter, Brian takes every opportunity to get out and enjoy the natural and social splendor of the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Dale Pollard, Funeral Director/Celebrant
Dr. Dale Pollard is the funeral director for our Ferndale location. He is our lead celebrant and offers families a personalized tribute for their loved one and helps families in the beginning phases of mourning. Dale completed his Doctorate in Spiritual Formation in 2007 concentrating on the spirituality of palliative care as well as focusing on the process and journey of loss and grief.
Ally was raised in Whatcom County and is the third of seven children. She received her Funeral Director and Embalming license from Mount Hood Community College in Portland, OR in 2011. Ally is so grateful and excited to be serving families in the area she calls home and is honored to be a part of the Moles team. She skates for the Bellingham Roller Betties and she and her husband, Joe, have a Great Dane named Monk. They love spending time in the great outdoors, road trips, cooking, board games, and spending time with friends and family.
Ed J. Wahl, Embalmer/Funeral DirectorA member of a pioneer Whatcom County family, Ed was born in Bellingham, graduated from Bellingham High School, Western Washington University and the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He received a Master of Public Health degree in Health Services Administration from UCLA and was elected to membership in the American College of Hospital Administrators.
A licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 50 years, Ed received an appointment by the governor and served for ten years on the Washington State Regulatory Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. Ed is a U.S. Army veteran and has three children. His son is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a retired Navy officer and lives in Bethesda, MD. His daughters live in Asheville, NC and New Braunfels,TX
Alexandria is a funeral director & embalmer intern. After getting an introduction to funeral services in Arizona, she moved to the Bellingham area 3 years ago with her husband, Robby, and pets. She spends her free time studying, volunteering with Rotary International Club, and pursuing more knowledge into her native roots & arts.
Alexandria joined the Moles team during the Festival of Flags, and found it so inspirational to help with such a heartfelt event. She feels very grateful to be part of such a wonderful company.
Gene Morales - Funeral Director
Hailing from New Jersey, Gene is new to Bellingham, and has rapidly acclimated to the many charms of Whatcom County. Gene received undergraduate and law degrees from Rutgers University, and completed his Funeral Service degree at Mercer County College, all in NJ.
He lives with his wife, Kati, and two step-daughters. Among various interests, Gene enjoys cooking and craft beer, exploring nature, weightlifting, and trivia games.
He is excited to be a part of the Moles team and to serve the families of this vibrant community.
Jody Johnson, Administrative Assistant
Jody began working for Moles Farewell Tributes in 2000 and has been a resident of Whatcom County since she was six.
She and her husband, Steve, have two grown children and 4 grandchildren, who she loves spending time with. When she's not serving families at Moles, she enjoys beading every chance she can get and selling her pieces at local craft shows. Jody is honored to be serving families in her community by guiding them through the process of funeral planning and aftercare.
Kathy Bastow, Accountant
Kathy has lived in Bellingham since it was a small town of 40K. Born and raised on both coasts, California and New Jersey, she chose Bellingham based on its proximity to the beautiful bay, mountains, lake and rivers. Kathy holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University. She received her Master of Arts in Behavioral Science, with an emphasis in Leadership and Organizational Development from City University. She has served in the role of controller over the past 15 years in for profit manufacturing, distribution and service businesses as well as serving as finance manager in non-profit organizations.
Kathy enjoys working in the Moles environment where improvement and learning are a strong cultural work value. She respects and appreciates working with the kind, communicative and empathetic co-workers that surround her and who provide assistance to the families’ that Moles serves. In addition, to loving the challenges of the accounting work at Moles, Kathy is a prolific artist and craftsperson in her personal life. She’s an avid painter, jeweler, tinkerer, guitar player and gardener.
Jonathan Jackson, Family Service Advisor
Jonathan has a deep passion for serving others, and also to create strong and trusting relationships with those in his community. He spends a large portion of his time outside of work serving others in a ministry that helps people work through grief and loss. He was born and raised in Whatcom county, and plans never to leave this amazing place.
Jonathan and his lovely wife Cassie enjoy the adventure of raising their 5 beautiful children. Being a father is one of his greatest joys (and challenges). Jonathan also loves to keep up with all of the latest advancements in technology, so he is regularly reading blogs and articles about all things electronic.
Jonathan has expressed that there is a deep satisfaction he experiences by helping families in their time of need, but also in helping to get their arrangements completed before loss has occurred. Educating the local community about the importance and benefits of being prepared for the end of one’s life is very important to him.
Melanie Kors, Family Service Administrative Assistant
Melanie has been part of the Moles team since February, 2016.
In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, snowboarding, and spinning fire poi. A lifetime Whatcom county resident, Melanie has called both Ferndale and Bellingham her home.
She is a mother of three, one who is in Heaven. She finds it healing to help people heal.
Maureen - Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in California, Maureen is new to Whatcom County, but she loves learning all that Bellingham has to offer.
As well as administrative work, Maureen is also part of the Moles first call team and assists with services and receptions.
Jadyn Covnot-Meyer - Accountant Assistant
Avah Moles - Administrative Assistant
Ryan Christie - Grounds Superintendent
Ryan joined the Greenacres team at a time of great challenges and changes in the park. He is a life long resident of Whatcom County with a vast majority of it spent in the Ferndale area. His background in agriculture, heavy equipment operation, construction and leadership has proven to be a good fit. Ryan is a graduate of Ferndale High school after which he served honorably in the U.S. Marines before becoming a Firefighter/Emt with Whatcom County Fire District 7 (Ferndale) in 2010. He is the proud Father of 4 Daughters who needless to say keep him on his toes. Ryan enjoys helping those who can not help themselves and volunteers his time, energy and skills to many charitable causes throughout the community.