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 the funeral service program at Wisconsin's Milwaukee Area Technical College. Richard has been part of our family since 2013.
Crystal Mai Purdy-Newland
Born in Corvallis, Oregon, Crystal Mai Purdy-Newland spent the majority of her childhood in Japan, attending the Fukuoka International School in Fukuoka and the Academy of Our Lady of Guam on the island of Guam. She graduated from Westview High School in Portland and went on to pursue a biology degree from the University of Portland. After working as an emergency medical technician for several years, Crystal then received her funeral service degree. She has served in the funeral industry since 2005.
With an innate passion to serve, Crystal is actively involved in various community organizations and currently oversees the Homeless Veteran Burial Program in Portland. She serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, Military Honors by the Pipes and Consano. She also previously served as the Pacific Northwest regional coordinator for Operation Enduring Warrior and sat on the local leadership team of Team Red, White and Blue.
In her free time, Crystal has completed more than 75 half marathons, two marathons, an ultra-marathon, the 28-mile March for the Fallen at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, and the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for four consecutive years. She thrives on routine, order and discipline, and can often be found working out, planning events, guest speaking, volunteering and cooking. In addition, Crystal and her husband, a combat-wounded veteran, provide support and motivation to wounded veterans and law enforcement officers across the country.
This site is provided as a service of SCI Shared Resources, LLC. The Dignity Memorial brand name is used to identify a network of licensed funeral, cremation and cemetery providers that include affiliates of Service Corporation International, 1929 Allen Parkway, Houston, Texas. With over 2,000 locations, Dignity Memorial providers proudly serve over 375,000 families a year.