A Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and President of Weeks’ Funeral Homes, Russ was born and raised in Enumclaw, WA. After graduating from Enumclaw High School, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Puget Sound and an Associates degree in Funeral Service Education from Mt. Hood Community College. In 1990 Russ returned to Enumclaw and joined the family firm. He and his brother, Doug, grew the business to its current size of 7 funeral homes, 3 cemeteries, and 3 crematories. He is a two-term President of the Washington State Funeral Directors’ Association and was voted Washington’s Funeral Director of the Year in 2002. Russ enjoys golfing, fishing, and dinners with friends. Russ and his wife Kelley (also an Enumclaw native) have 3 adult children, Corissa, Trevor, and Ryan. No grandchildren yet, but they are patiently waiting. They are active members of Wabash Presbyterian Church and enjoy travelling and learning the history of new places.
Doug is a CPA and Vice President of Weeks' Funeral Homes. He is a graduate of Enumclaw High School, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of Washington. After a short time as a software engineer, he joined the family business in 1989 and became a CPA in 1993. Doug spent ten years as the treasurer of Encouragement Counseling Services, a non-profit, Christian counseling service in South King County. He also plays euphonium in the Gateway Concert Band. He and his wife, Rhonda and son, Owen, currently live in Enumclaw.
Funeral Location Manager, Funeral Director, & Embalmer
Roxanne is the current Location Manager of Columbia Funeral Home. She started in the funeral service industry approximately 12 years ago and graduated from the Funeral Service Education Program at MHCC in 2013. She is a dual licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer in Washington state. Roxanne's approach to funeral service nurtures an attitude of understanding and patience to help guide families through every step of the process.
Outside of work Roxanne enjoys spending time with her husband and pets. Her hobbies include arts and crafts, pistol shooting, listening to music and going to live concerts.
Nichole started in the funeral service industry at the age of 18. It was her first full time job after graduating high school. She knew on her first day of work that she had found her calling and explored many positions within the field as the years passed. She attended Lake Washington Technical Institute for Mortuary Sciences. She strives to provide the best care for those she helps and enjoys all of the wonderful bonds she makes with the families she serves. She is honored by the trust placed in her and Columbia Funeral Home. She is happy to be in the Rainier Valley serving the families within the community and beyond.
Outside of work Nichole enjoys spending time with her golden retriever Brooklyn and her three cats, reading, thrifting, backpacking, fishing, and road trips with friends.
Funeral Director & Embalmer
A Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Diego was born and raised in the Olympia area. After graduating from Bellarmine Prep High School, he ventured to warmer climates in Los Angeles, California where he received an Associates in Mortuary Science from Cypress College and a bachelor’s in Business and Leadership from Concordia University, Irvine. He started working in the funeral industry at the age of sixteen as a funeral attendant and errand runner at White-Emerson Mortuary in Whittier, California. It was the combination of art and science along with the fulfillment that comes from helping others in the community through their grief that motivated Diego to pursue his career in the funeral industry. Diego then returned to the Pacific Northwest to work a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Columbia Funeral Home in Seattle, Washington, until 2013 when he left for a four-year adventure in Chile. He has since returned to the Pacific Northwest.
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Funeral Director Intern
Roger has been a director with Columbia since 1989. He is a huge part of Columbia Funeral Home's day to day operations. Roger is very well known to the Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, Philippine, Ethiopian and Eritrean communities for providing the very best service possible. The trust that so many cultures place into Roger and Columbia has made us the experts when it comes to the diverse cultural, shipping and services needs that our families request.
Funeral Director Intern & Embalmer Intern
Born and raised in Kirkland, WA, Kelsey Hasson is no stranger to the greater Seattle area. A recent graduate of Lake Washington Technical College where she earned her Mortuary Science degree, she now looks forward to transitioning from Office Manager to Embalming and Funeral Director Intern here at Columbia. As a special education classroom volunteer and support of NAMI, Kelsey is passionate about advocating for the neurodivergent community and seeks to educate and bridge the gap whenever possible. It is through her interest in the legalization of new environmentally friendlier disposition options and experience caring for her grandfather before his passing that made her realize that funeral service was something she wanted to pursue.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and experiencing different cultures through the universal language of food. It’s her goal and desire to learn and grow with this community through compassion and a healthy curiosity as she earns her Directing and Embalming licenses.
Funeral Director Intern & Embalmer Intern
Born and raised in Chicago, Tara entered the funeral industry in 2017 after moving to rural Kentucky. She worked her way up from removal technician & funeral assistant to funeral director & embalmer intern. Due to the traditional nature of funeral service in rural Kentucky, she quickly gained several years of experience in embalming and restorative arts. During her time in Kentucky, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration prior to entering mortuary school. Tara has also served as Deputy Coroner in Kentucky and Illinois, where she furthered her knowledge within the death care industry and gained valuable experience that continues to help her serve the families and decedents entrusted in her care. In 2021, Tara and her family moved to the Seattle area and entered a whole new world of funeral service. Her interest in the various cultures, religions, and alternative forms of disposition that exist in Washington are what brought her to joining the Columbia team in August 2022.
In her free time, Tara enjoys exploring the vast and beautiful outdoors of the PNW, hiking, camping, fishing, listening to music, attending rock concerts, reading, collecting vinyl records, and playing the drums.
Intern Funeral Director and Embalmer
Pre-need Counselor/Tư vấn nhà quàn và hỏa thiêu
Nikki was born in Vietnam and came to the US when she was 11. She is fluent in reading and writing in both Vietnamese and English. After graduating from the University of Washington, she worked with the elderly in the Vietnamese community assisting them to access in home services and other resources in the community. She has also been providing the same services to the elderly from other ethnic backgrounds.
Nikki is part of the Catholic Vietnamese Martyrs Church and is familiar with the community. She is passionate, dedicated and committed when assisting individuals and families in the community to plan their funeral services in advance to help them avoid the financial burden and having the peace of mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact Nikki if you have any questions regarding to funeral pre-arrangements.
Nikki Tuyền là một cô gái sinh tại Việt Nam và qua Mỹ lúc 11 tuổi. Cô nói và viết rất rành tiếng Việt và tiếng Anh. Sau khi ra trường tại đại học University of Washington, cô làm việc với những người lớn tuổi trong cộng đồng Việt Nam, giúp đỡ họ nhận chương trình chăm sóc tại gia và những nguồn lợi tức khác. Cô cũng giúp những người lớn tuổi trong những cộng đồng khác.
Nikki là một thành viên của nhà thờ Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam và rất quen thuộc với cộng đồng. Cô rất tận tâm và uy tín khi giúp đỡ những gia đình và người thân trong cộng đồng chuẩn bị trước việc hậu sự để giúp họ tránh ghánh nặng tài chánh trong tương lai và có được sự an tâm. Nếu quý vị có câu hỏi hoặc thắc mắc gì về chuẩn bị trước việc hậu sự, làm ơn liên lạc cô Nikki Tuyền.
Community Outreach & Education
Charmaine’s role with Weeks’ Funeral Homes, is in Community Outreach & Education. To bridge partnerships with like-minded organizations in serving our communities. This includes churches of all faiths, veteran and service groups, first responder chaplains, and hospitals and hospice.
In sharing information and resources about death, bereavement, and healing, Charmaine’s goal is to help people talk about death before they need to, find their way through the darkness when death occurs in their friends and families, and connect with after-care programs to support their pathway to healing.
Charmaine’s background includes 20+ years as a business owner, trainer, and consultant in the area of human services and crisis communication. Throughout her career, Charmaine has served emergency services and 911 dispatchers, children’s organizations, and faith-based assistance programs. Her experience with funeral service dates back more than 20 years. Charmaine is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, a graduate of the Pierce County Chaplains Academy, and a proud member of the Enumclaw Rotary Club.
Charmaine was born and raised in Minnesota. Early in her career, she transferred to Washington State, and immediately made it her forever home. She is married, the mother of three sons, and the grandmother of three children she adores. She is also a lover of golden retriever dogs, and shares her home with three “furry” family members.
Charmaine has been a friend of the Weeks’ Family for many years, and we are pleased to have her as a member of our team.