Crystal was born in Corvallis, OR. and spent the majority of her childhood and adolescence in Japan. She attended the Fukuoka International School in Fukuoka, Japan and the Academy of Our Lady of Guam on the island of Guam. Crystal graduated from Westview High School in Portland and pursued a degree in Biology from the University of Portland. After working as an emergency medical technician in Portland for four years, Crystal decided to return to school for a degree in Funeral Service Education. Crystal has served in the funeral industry since 2005, and currently oversees the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veteran Burial Program in Portland. Crystal has a personal passion to serve. She spends the majority of her “off time” volunteering for various veteran non-profit organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, is the Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator for Operation Enduring Warrior and has served on the local leadership team of Team Red, White and Blue since 2013. Crystal enjoys physical challenges, and often joins her veteran organization partners from across the nation to partake in races and other activities. Her most notable achievements include running 30 half marathons in 2015, two full marathons, including the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., and completing the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, NM two years in a row. In addition to her community outreach, Crystal is currently pursuing a degree in Public Affairs and Strategic Communication from Penn State.
Sydney Gale Drinkwalter
Since 2014, Sydney Drinkwalter has had the privilege of working with families to provide comfort, compassion and gentle guidance during their times of loss. Born and raised in the Big Sky State of Montana, Sydney moved to Oregon to attend Mt. Hood Community College, where she earned a degree in funeral service education. Dedicated to supporting others, she served families in crisis through non-profit organizations before joining our staff.
In her leisure time, Sydney enjoys exploring the natural beauty of Oregon with her beloved pit bull, relaxing with puzzles and board games and being creative. Most of all, she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family near and far.
Cristina Agnetha Nedea
Cristina was born in Romania and moved to the United States when she was 2 years old. After a few years in California, Cristina’s family moved to Portland, where her mother operated an adult foster home. During the time, Cristina witnessed the poor treatment given by local funeral homes, eventually driving her to become a respectful and caring funeral director.
A graduate of Oregon State University, Cristina tried out several different career options before settling on this one. She spent time as a wildland firefighter, dog daycare attendant and AmeriCorps volunteer before finally finding her passion in serving those who have suffered a loss. She went on to attend Mt. Hood Community College for her degree in mortuary science.
Cristina lives in northeast Portland with her 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Richard R Warner
Richard Warner has spent his entire career as a funeral director serving Oregon families. He is a 1999 graduate of Wisconsin's MATC Funeral Service program, and has been part of the Dignity family since 2013.
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