Compassionate Funeral Professionals in the
Ferndale & Bellingham Area
John William Moles, 4th Generation Owner, Funeral Director, Moles Ferndale
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 over 20 lovely years, Anathea, are raising a family of nine children on a farm on Lummi Island.
Jody Johnson, Manager, Moles Ferndale
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.
Michael Anderson, Director of Family Services, Greenacres
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 company's 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.
Ally Tippery, Funeral Director & Embalmer, Greenacres
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 to be serving families in the area she calls home and is honored to be a part of the Moles team. She is gifted at making meaningful connections with all different types of people.
When she's not skating for the Bellingham Roller Betties, Ally and her husband, Joe, love spending time in the great outdoors, road trips, cooking, board games, and spending time with friends, family, and their Great Dane Monk.
Dr. Dale Pollard, Celebrant, Greenacres
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.
Jonathan Jackson, Family Service Counselor, Greenacres
Jonathan has a passion for serving others, and he has found great satisfaction and purpose in working with families that have experienced a loss. Jonathan also spends a good deal of his time educating people in his community about Funeral Home and Cemetery pre-arrangements, the benefits of Living wills, and also helping them to record their final wishes. Jonathan is trained and licensed to get everything put into place, so that when that day should come, their families are spared from having to make permanent and costly decisions while in the process of grieving.
Jonathan is the proud father of 5 children, and is married to his best friend Cassie. One of his greatest joys is navigating the adventure of marriage and parenting. Also, Jonathan really enjoys teaching people about their cell phones and tablets, and is always happy to show people how to use these tools/toys to better communicate and organize the things in their life.
Tina Metz, Family Service Counselor, Greenacres
Tina Metz joined Moles as a Family Service Counselor during the Festival of Flags 2017. Previously, she worked at the Christian Healthcare Center in Lynden as a Certified Nursing Assistant. After experiencing great personal loss, she has a heart for helping others going through grief. She sees the value and healing that can come through celebrating and memorializing each loved one’s life. As a Family Service Couselor, she is passionate about the value and importance of advance planning.
Tina has lived in Whatcom County since moving from Montana at the age of 4. Tina has one son, who lives close by with his wife and adorable daughter. She loves to travel, enjoys gardening (passed down from her parents), art, swimming, long walks down at Boulevard Park, and spending time with family and friends. Tina feels very honored to be part of the Moles family.
April Morehouse, Family Service & Memorial Marker Administrator, Greenacres
April was born and raised in Marysville, WA and moved to Bellingham in 2008. She now resides in Blaine with her husband, Jake, and dog, Lucy.
Working in accounting for over a decade, she is excited to bring her talents and caring heart to Moles.
Ryan Christie, Grounds Superintendent, Crematory Operator, Greenacres
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.
Jeffrey Rodriguez, Cemetery Grounds, Greenacres
Jeffrey’s agriculture and heavy equipment experience have made him an integral part of our Greenacres Memorial Park team. New to Whatcom County, Jeff was born and raised in the Tri-Cities. He currently lives in Bellingham with his girlfriend and their 3 children. He enjoys spending time with his family and anything that has to do with cars.
Brian Flowers, Funeral Director, Cemetarian & Green Burial Coordinator, Bellingham Moles
Dedicated to creating meaningful healing experiences
Brian is a lifelong resident of the most beautiful place on earth, residing in rural Whatcom County with his wife, daughter, and Jack the dog. After a satisfying career as a fine woodworker, Brian came to work for Moles Farewell Tributes in 2009 to develop our Green Burial offerings. Since that transition Brian has been privileged to work with families in a variety of capacities at all our locations, and is now the managing funeral director at our Bellingham location. He is an energetic and engaged community member with a passion for helping others create unique, and meaningful healing experiences. Brian has served on the Board of Trustees for HonorWorks and is the Past President of the Green Burial Council, an international non-profit engaged in certification for green burial offerings. He takes every opportunity to get out and enjoy the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest. You may have caught Brian around Whatcom County performing as a professional storyteller.
Ed J. Wahl, Embalmer & Funeral Director, Bellingham Moles
A 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
Kathy Bastow, Lead Accountant, Bellingham Moles
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.
Nicole Junell, Accountant, Bellingham Moles
Nicole’s professional background is in various and diverse business environments including the manufacturing and supply chain industry, logistics, and accounting. For the past 8 years, she has been a stay-at-home mom raising two wonderful daughters and met her husband in college almost 20 years ago. She enjoys spending time outside hiking and skiing and traveling the world with her family. In her free time, Nicole volunteers as a budget coach at a local non-profit and her daughters’ school. Nicole joined Moles in May 2018.
Gene Morales, Funeral Director, Bellingham Moles
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.
Lisa Zerbes, Family Service Counselor, Bellingham Moles
Lisa has always had a huge passion for helping others and is able to do that here at Moles Farewell Tributes in a way that takes that wonderful characteristic to an even deeper level within our communities.
Lisa and her husband Pete of over 15 years relocated to Bellingham in 2012 and along with their 2 sweet daughters have made Whatcom County their forever home. They enjoy being tourists within the PNW as well as throughout British Columbia and are always open to new family adventures. Lisa also keeps busy with activities driven by her entrepreneurial spirit as well as taking care of the family cat Tommy, dog Daisy and dwarf lionhead bunny Stella.
Giving back is something that Lisa and her family never lose sight of throughout their day. From playing a key role in our annual Festival of Flags event each Memorial Day honoring our Veterans, to volunteering resources for local organizations and schools, they live the importance of giving back every day.
Lisa truly enjoys her role here as a Family Service Counselor on our team in working with individuals and families at their time of need or prior to that need. She takes great pride in explaining the value of the process and makes it as easy as possible to create the ultimate gift for your surviving friends and family.