Our Staff


Russ Weeks

Russ Weeks

Owner

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 is the only two-term President of the Washington State Funeral Directors' Association and was voted Washington's Funeral Director of the Year in 2002. Russ and his wife Kelley (also an Enumclaw native) have 3 children, Corissa, Trevor, and Ryan. They are active members of Wabash Presbyterian Church and believe their most important responsibility is to introduce their children to a personal relationship with Jesus.


Doug Weeks

Doug Weeks

CPA

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.


Roger Leger

Roger Leger

General Manager / Funeral Director, CCO

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.   

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Len R. Burton-Hardin

Len R. Burton-Hardin

Licensed Funeral Director

Len is a native of Oklahoma. He attended Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma and the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas.  Len has been a fully licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for many years in Oklahoma, California, and Washington State. He has been with Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home of West Seattle and Columbia Funeral Home since June 2010.  Len is Past Club President of the Rotary Club of West Seattle . A past Board Member of the Southwest Youth & Family Services.  Has recently served as an Assistant Governor for Area 6 in Rotary District 5030 which includes West Seattle, Vashon Island, Burien and Southcenter. Len currently serves as the Secretary of the Puget Sound Funeral Directors Association which includes King, Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Len is a member of the "Unity In Lynnwood" church, serving as an Ambassador for the church's Shuttle Ministry.

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Sawyer T. Steidler

Sawyer T. Steidler

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, CCO

Three years ago I came to Seattle to watch my beloved Yankees play the Mariners., soon after I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest, Two years later I ended up moving to Seattle with my two brothers and had taken interest in Columbia Funeral Home and it's rich history. I'm an Embalmer by trade and I've always been interested in the scientific & artistic aspects of funeral service.

Sawyer is a skilled musician and photographer, he is a graduate of Carl Sandburg College, in Galesburg, IL. with a degree in Mortuary Science. He came to Columbia from a family run Mortuary in Iowa. Sawyers greatest joy is his music, his family, his career at Columbia and his beloved cat Atticus and his dog, Winston.

Telephone: 1-206-722-1100

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Melissa N. Unfred

Melissa N. Unfred

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, CCO

Melissa N. Unfred is a dual licensed funeral professional undertaking traditional and more eco-friendly death care options for all, like Water Cremation (alkaline hydrolysis), Green Burial, and Natural Organic Reduction.

Melissa entered funeral service at 17 years old, assisting with visitations and errands. She was drawn to attend Mortuary School due to this experience and graduated the top of her class from with an Associates of Applied Science, as a decorated member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. She earned her CFSP designation from the APFSP in 2015, March 2016 she was one of 40 selected few to attend the NFDA Meet the Mentors program & later that year selected as a judge on the NFDA Innovation Award panel. She was featured on the Nat Geo Explorer Channel’s Faces of Death documentary, filmed assisting a family in natural shrouded burial, and also performed the first scientific burial of the mushroom burial shroud, which sadly did not perform to expectations. Melissa was nominated for the Rose Professional Spirit Award in 2016, and was selected as the 2015, 2016 & 2017 Reader's Choice Award recipient for Austin's Senior Guide Best Funeral Provider. She earned her certification as a Licensed Crematory Operator in the state of Texas in early 2017 and spring, she was awarded SCTFDA Young Professional of the Year by her peers. 2018 saw publication in multiple applications, and in 2019 she resumed hands on interaction with families in need at by being the first to offer Water Cremation to Texans, and was invited to present at SXSW 2020. November 2020 led her to the great PNW, somewhere she has dreamed of living her entire life, where new adventure awaits.


She is shadowed by her sidekick, Kermit the Dog, who was the first certified therapy dog working in funeral service in Texas, and now the first one in Seattle!

Melissa and Kermit serve their community and present often to Non-Profit Organizations & Educators across the country both in person and via online. 

Telephone: 1-206-722-1100

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Kermit the Dog

Kermit the Dog

Certified Therapy Dog

Kermit the Dog is a border collie mix with mismatched eyes and a heart of gold. At 4 months old, he teamed up with our director Melissa after she discovered his soulful gaze on petfinder, and by the age of 1, he had bagged the title of Texas' first certified therapy dog in death care. Now, to our knowledge, he is the first in Seattle, caring for those in the PNW.

Kermit has served over 500 families during grief, including visiting the students impacted by the Parkland shooting in Florida early 2018. Together with Melissa, they serve the community participating in programs like Bow Wow Reading, where children who lack the confidence to read to their peers can opt to practice with a pooch instead.

In his free time, his favorite activity is swimming like a loon (seriously, he splashes his paws, barks with glee, and swims in circles), hiking with Melissa, and fetching balls. 

Follow his adventures by following his hashtag, #grieftherapykermit



Tony Turturice

Tony Turturice

Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer

Tony Turturice - more to come

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Breanna R. Serrano

Breanna R. Serrano

Apprentice Funeral Director & Embalmer

Hello, my name is Breanna R. Serrano, and I am a Funeral Director and Embalmer Apprentice here at Columbia Funeral Home. I am currently attending mortuary school at Lake Washington Institute of technology, and will graduate in 2022. Through the college I have earned recognition for my excellence as a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

I was born in Portland, Oregon, and moved to Seattle when I was 10 years old. I graduated from Eastlake High school in 2018. I am of Hispanic/Latino decent and use the pronouns she/her. My dog is a Leonberger (google that!) and his name is Apollo. I am an experienced world traveler, having been to the Philippines as well as Thailand, South Korea, Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, and more!

I have always has had a passion for helping people. My goal is to become an exceptional funeral director that is very diverse, and grow to be a great embalmer.

Telephone: 1-206-722-1100

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Nikki Tuyền Nguyễn

Nikki Tuyền Nguyễn

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. 

Telephone: 1-206-407-6190

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Charmaine Jovanovich-Miller

Charmaine Jovanovich-Miller

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.

Telephone: 1-360-825-3548

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Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

Former Owner & Honorary Staff Member

Paul's father, Wilbert Lewis, owned and operated Columbia Funeral Home before him. Paul has spent most of his working life in the funeral industry affiliated with Columbia Funeral Home. 

Paul has been a fully licensed Washington State Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1964


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