For four generations, the Moles team has dedicated itself to “Caring For All Families As We Would Our Own.” Our seven core values guide us in how we relate to families, our community, and each other. Central to each value is our goal of actively listening without formulating a response, then responding in a thoughtful way.
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.
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.
Director of Family Services, Greenacres Memorial Park
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.
Dr. Dale Pollard
Celebrant, Greenacres Memorial Park
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.
Family Service Counselor, Greenacres Memorial Park
Jonathan has found great satisfaction and purpose in working with families that have experienced a loss. He also spends a good deal of his time educating people about Funeral Home and Cemetery pre-arrangements and helping them to record their final wishes.
Jonathan has many years of experience and is licensed to get everything put into place for people, so that when their passing occurs their families are spared from having to make permanent and costly decisions while in the process of grieving.
Jonathan has 5 children with his partner Cassie and enjoys navigating the adventure and challenges of parenting. Jonathan also really enjoys teaching people about their cell phones, tablets, and is always happy to show people how to use those tools to better communicate and organize the things in their life.
Managing Funeral Director & Green Burial Coordinator, Bayview Chapel
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.
Lead Accountant, Bayview Chapel
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.
Funeral Director, Embalmer, & First Call Team Coordinator, Bayview Chapel
Gene’s primary focus is helping all families through care and preparation of their loved ones. As the Prep Room Coordinator, Gene’s attention to detail, thorough planning, and deep respect for the deceased ensure a commitment to continuous excellence. He resides in Bellingham with his wife and family. Among various interests, Gene enjoys cooking, exploring nature, road trips, and reading. He is honored to be a part of the Moles team and to serve the families of this vibrant community.
Family Service Counselor, Bayview Chapel
Des was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and resided in Grand Canyon Village before settling in Bellingham in 2018. She has worked through challenging stewardships in Madagascar, the Mojave Desert, and Northern Arizona. She has professional experience with Medical Examiner and Coroner teams, both in office and on-scene. Yet, working for Moles has been her most humbling and rewarding profession yet. Her role in assisting families during their loss is the perfect way for her to harness and share her compassion. She enjoys being surrounded by the eccentric team at Moles and has found her professional home.
On any given day you can find Des reading, crocheting, baking, or hiking. She also enjoys daydreaming about sunshine, summer dresses, and warm beach sand.
Administrative Assistant, Greenacres, Greenacres Memorial Park
Being raised in Anacortes, it was an easy choice for Embi to call Bellingham home for the past 20 plus years. She is passionate about her community and serving families that live here. Embi has been part of the team at Moles Farewell Tributes since the Fall of 2019.
When not at the front desk at Moles Greenacres, Embi can be found walking our many local trails with her family, including their family dog, Annie. Interests include beachcombing for sea glass, boardgames, music, reading, and shopping at the local farmer markets.
Embi is happy to be part of the Moles Team, serving the families in our community.