Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 805-482-1959 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


Steven Mora

Steven Mora

Managing Partner

Steven Mora is the Managing Partner for Conejo Mountain. He is a native of Denver, Colorado and enjoys spending time with his family, his 3 dogs and listening to Andrea Bocelli. Steve is a Licensed California Funeral Director, Crematory and Cemetery Manager for the operation at Conejo Mountain. Steve is an active member with the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce and a task member of Saving Lives Camarillo Coalition. He and his family are members of the Camarillo Christian Church. Steven enjoys traveling abroad.

"Helping families is the most important commitment that we can give at the most difficult time in their lives." Steven invites all communities to please come by for a personal complimentary tour of Conejo Mountain's beautiful Memorial Park, Funeral Home and onsite Crematory facility.

Alexander Crider

Alexander Crider

Marketing Director

Alex joined Conejo Mountain in December 2007 and carries two decades of Cemetery, Funeral, and Advanced Planning experience. During the course of his career, Alex has held a number of positions, including Advance Planning Counselor, AP Department Manager, AP Director, Family Service Counselor, Family Service Manager, and Sales Manager. Professionally, Alex holds a Cemetery Broker License and an Insurance License for the state of California.

Alex lives with his wife Diane and daughter in Camarillo Victoria, where they attend Calvary Nexus. He enjoys all kinds of travel, from vacationing in Maui and Scotland to cruises and old fashioned road trips by car or motorcycle. He also enjoys exhilarating activities such as surfing, sailing, sky diving, bungee jumping, and riding his Harley. His most cherished activity, however, is time spent with family. “I thank God every day for His blessings.”

“You have already wisely prepared for what might happen - medical insurance, auto insurance, fire detectors, spare tire, etc. Now, for those who mean the most, be prepared for what will happen someday. Call us right now at 805-482-1959 and learn about your options. Don't procrastinate."

Be prepared. Plan ahead. Protect your family. Have peace of mind.

Elaine Doberne

Elaine Doberne

Administration Manager

Elaine, in dual roles as office manager and office administrator, has been working at this most beautiful park since 1991. In 1969, she graduated from the University of California, Irvine, and in 1990 earned her Certified Public Accountant certificate.

In her leisure time, she stays busy crocheting, knitting, baking, reading, shopping or just chatting with friends and family. She loves children and cats. She and her husband, Philip, have four children but no cats due to allergies.

"Every day is a blessing, and every day brings new experiences."

James Garcia

James Garcia

Grounds Superintendent

Born and raised in Camarillo with his two brothers, James is a 1994 graduate of Camarillo High School. His father, Joe, was hired in 1976 by founder Mary H. Smith and soon became a grounds foreman. James was born that same year and literally grew up on the cemetery property, surrounded by deer, rabbits, doves and quail.

As a youth, he enjoyed hiking, camping, and hunting, and fishing from the creek that flows under the white bridge on Howard Road as you approach the park. As a teenager, he began working for his father part-time while attending school. Now, following in his father's footsteps, he is the Grounds Superintendent at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park.

James loves spending time with his wife Staci and their two girls, Jamie and Ashlee. They enjoy camping, fishing, barbecuing, and just hanging out.

Maintenance Staff

Maintenance Staff

Conejo Mountain Maintenance Deparment

Front row from left: Servando Moreno, Arturo Rios
Middle row from left: Alexander Reyes, Marco Rodriguez, Estanislado Rodriguez
Back row from left: Superintendent James Garcia, Foreman Ricardo Moreno

The maintenance staff proudly demonstrates pride in keeping Conejo Mountain a beautiful place to visit loved ones in a peaceful setting unlike any other. A special personal touch is given to each and every loved one that is in our care. Each employee undergoes special training, from mowing the grass, to trimming the memorials, to attention to detail with flower gardens and the newly designed Reflection Cremation Gardens, as well as our Reflections Mausoleum.

Steve J. Gibson

Steve J. Gibson

Funeral Arranger

Steve brings over ten years' experience in funeral service and is proud to be a member of the Conejo Mountain staff. He finds great rewards in helping families plan a celebration of their loved one’s life or any type of funeral or memorial service the family may desire.
   
Steve, a California native, was born in Pomona and has lived in various areas of the Golden State his entire life. After completing his education in Southern California, Steve moved to Santa Barbara, taking a position in dental sales, which led to becoming a dental laboratory ceramist for 20 years. He purchased his first home in Camarillo in 1978 and along with his wife and lived in the area for 21 years while raising a son and a daughter. Steve’s daughter Brooke lives in Camarillo with her husband Alex, and his son John lives in Oxnard.

Steve has been involved with "Every 15 Minutes" (a program for teenagers and families to decrease underage drunk driving fatalities) in local high schools for the past three years.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys sailing, riding motorcycles, and playing guitar. He also enjoys creating unique glass products made from recycled bottles. Steve currently resides in Agoura Hills.

Nick Rios

Nick Rios

Funeral Director

Nick was born and raised in Ventura, where he currently resides with his wife. He is a graduate of Ventura High School and went on to finish his Associates Degree at Ventura College.

Bringing over eight years of experience in the funeral industry, Nick is a Licensed Funeral Director and Notary. He prides himself on his compassion and professionalism.

In his spare time, Nick enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, listening to music, running, reading and traveling. He became part of the Conejo Mountain family in 2015.

Erin Hickey

Erin Hickey

Funeral Director

The newest member of the Conejo Mountain family is Erin Hickey, a licensed Funeral Director with 10 years of experience in the industry. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed working as a receptionist, Crematory Operator and Funeral Director. She enjoys caring for the loved ones that have been entrusted to her, creating artistic printed materials for services and training fellow associates on various processes.

Erin grew up in Simi Valley before settling in Moorpark with her fiancé and 10-year-old son in 2014. She and her family frequently travel to the Eastern Sierras to fly fish on float tubes. They enjoy ocean fishing locally as well.

Previously involved with the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce, the Calabasas Every 15 Minute Program and docenting at Strathearn Historical Park and Museum in Simi Valley, she looks forward to exploring community involvement opportunities in the immediate area.

A fine addition to the team, Erin feels privileged to be given the opportunity to serve our local families and values the great responsibility that accompanies such an honor.

 



Ellie  Mosher

Ellie Mosher

Family Service Counselor

Ellie has been happily married for 33 years and currently lives in Moorpark. Her family includes two sons, a daughter, and four beautiful granddaughters. Before entering her current profession, she worked in the dental field for many years, conducting international training and sales seminars for various universities before starting her own dental company. Ellie began working in the cemetery and funeral industry 21 years ago in San Diego. She joined the team at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in 2007. She is a member of the Moorpark Chamber of Commerce, Moorpark Rotary Club, Moorpark Boys and Girls Club, and Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, where she and her husband Scott are involved in the Leadership Team.
  
Ellie loves traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.

Ellie feels that the best part of her job is helping families and making a difference in their lives.  

Email: wecare@conejomountain.com


Patrick Boetticher

Patrick Boetticher

Family Service Counselor

Patrick Boetticher was raised here in Camarillo. He attended school locally and obtained a degree in liberal arts in 2003. He earned his Eagle Scout rank at an early age and continues to be active in the local Boy Scout program as an Assistant Scout Master. Patrick has a wide variety of interests, from motorcycles and other automobiles to construction and audio-visual design. He and his family also enjoy camping together.

He is happily married and lives in Camarillo. He loves spending time with his wife Debra, their four-year-old son Jake and two-year-old daughter Molly, and his pup Roxi.

Email: wecare@conejomountain.com


Denny  Clayton

Denny Clayton

Family Service Counselor

Denny and his wife live in Ventura. They have two sons and a wonderful granddaughter. Outside of his career, he enjoys almost everything the great outdoors can offer.

Denny has been a Family Service Counselor at Conejo Mountain for many years and has had the privilege of serving many families in our community. He feels every family deserves compassion and care as well as personalized service to fit their particular needs. He believes Conejo Mountain's pristine, tranquil setting can provide a healing and inspirational experience for all families who visit.

Kevin Boyle

Kevin Boyle

Family Service Counselor

Originally from Long Island, New York, Kevin has lived in the Conejo Valley since 1981.

Kevin joined the Conejo Mountain team in 2012, bringing with him nearly a decade of experience. The beauty of the surrounding foothills and the expansive vistas of Conejo Mountain are a favorite feature of his. Moreover, he appreciates the privilege of helping families who are planning for the future as well as families who have suffered a loss.

Kevin is active in the community and has coached several teams in a variety of sports, including roller hockey, lacrosse, and soccer.

Kevin also enjoys the outdoors, listening to all types of music, and dancing. Above all, Kevin enjoys the time he spends with his family.

David Arimura

David Arimura

Family Service Counslor

Born in Camarillo to Sumitoshi and Emiko Arimura, David and his brother Chris have lived in Camarillo their entire lives. He graduated from Camarillo High School in 1981 and worked in his family's growing flower business, which was established in 1955. In September 1984, he started a new division of the company to market, package and ship flowers to most cities in the U.S. and Canada.

David and his wife have three daughters who keep them active. He is also a part of a mountain biking group established in 1995. He is a regular member of Crossroads Community Church and loves football and classic American Muscle Cars.

Alan Ducker

Alan Ducker

Advanced Planning Counselor

Alan has been married for 42 years and has three grandchildren. He is the longest-tenured counselor with 11 years of service, coming from a restaurant management career of 45 years.

A Ventura resident for 28 years, Alan is deeply involved in his community and a variety of charitable organizations.

"Even after all these years, I still marvel at the beautiful surroundings that I am privileged to work in every day."

Email: wecare@conejomountain.com


Lourdes Guzman

Lourdes Guzman

Advance Planning Counselor



Javier Gomez

Javier Gomez

Advance Planning Counselor



Yvonne Gomez

Yvonne Gomez

Advance Planning Counselor



Ailien Dang

Ailien Dang

Advance Planning Counselor



Karen Connell

Karen Connell

Administrative Assistant

Karen joined the Conejo Family in December 2013. She first started in the industry as part-time employee and a short time later accepted a full-time position. Karen loves helping friends and families. She enjoys being outside and spending time with her husband and their English bulldog, family and grandchildren.

Carol Natera-Norey

Carol Natera-Norey

Administrative Assistant

After attending a service over 19 years ago at Conejo Mountain and seeing the beauty of the memorial park, Carol phoned the next day to inquire if they needed her administrative skills. Prior to coming to Conejo Mountain, she held positions in the real estate and title industries.

Carol believes the work that we do truly makes a positive difference in the lives of the families that we are privileged to serve.

Carol, a native of Ventura County, has lived here most of her life. She and her husband currently reside in Camarillo.

Lilli Balsano

Lilli Balsano

Administrative Assistant



Sandra Byrd

Sandra Byrd

Receptionist

Sandy, her husband, and their two daughters are longtime Camarillo residents since 1979. Sandy brings with her a background in retail sales, where she held several management positions. Sandy feels that it is a privilege to work at Camarillo's greatest treasure, Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. All of Sandy's spare time is taken up by her granddaughters, grandma’s to-do list, and spending time with her three beautiful Pomeranian dogs that she enjoys and loves so much.

Joe  Ortiz

Joe Ortiz

Funeral Ambassador

Joe Ortiz comes to Conejo Mountain from the Oxnard educational system, where he served as an administrator for the Oxnard Elementary School District. Joe works as an Ambassador assisting families with their funeral services. He is a lifelong resident of Camarillo and is very active in local sports activities, in addition to serving on the bereavement team for St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. Joe brings compassion to helping the families he serves at Conejo Mountain with pride and care.

Glenn Mossembekker

Glenn Mossembekker

Funeral Ambassador

Glenn Mossembekker comes to Conejo Mountain Funeral Home as a former US Army Vietnam Veteran and 30-year Mechanical Engineer retiree from Lockheed Martin Corporation. He is uniquely positioned as an Ambassador who loves interfacing and assisting families with all their funeral service needs. He is compassionate and knows what families go through after having lost close friends himself in the war.

Glenn has a wife named Helena, who owns an agency for assisting elderly home care, and two children who are both university graduates, a daughter Jenny who works for AMGEN and a son Jason who is currently working for Conejo Mountain.

Glenn loves traveling and has already visited many US states and many foreign countries. Also, Glenn enjoys attending professional sporting events or watching them on television.

Jason  Mossembekker

Jason Mossembekker

Funeral Ambassador

Jason serves as an Ambassador for Conejo Mountain and prides himself on giving exceptional customer service to the families he serves. Jason is a California State University Channel Islands graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and has lived in Camarillo most of his life. Jason believes in helping those in need and plans to continue that by working in a hospital. Formerly a nationally ranked tennis player, Jason still enjoys the game in his spare time.

Mack Braden

Mack Braden

Ambassador

Mack Braden

Funeral Ambassador

 

Mack Braden joins the Conejo Mountain team with 30 years of pastoral ministry experience, while he continues to serve as pastor of Lakeside Church in Lake Arrowhead. His pastoral experience makes him uniquely qualified to serve families with all aspects of their funeral needs. Mack and his wife Nancy are Camarillo natives and enjoy mountain biking, water skiing and spending time with their five children and four grandchildren.



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