Our Team

At Colma Cremation & Funeral Services, we focus on developing caring and personal relationships with our clients.

Joseph Stinson, FDr, NCBF

Chief Executive Officer and Partner

Joe has an extensive background and diverse training in funeral practice. He brings to Colma an in-depth understanding of the relationship between health care, death care, and bereavement care.

After receiving his funeral directors license in 1969, Joe went on to certify in eye enucleation surgery for corneal transplant through the Organ Donor Team at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. After years of donation services to area hospitals, he received the Distinguished Service Award. To date, he also continues performing organ donation counseling.

Before joining Colma, Joe served as an associate in hospital pathology, as well as a deputy coroner, and an associate in forensic pathology. In 1978, he received national certification as a bereavement facilitator. As a teacher, Joe taught in hospice for fifteen years and offered his course Death, Dying, Loss, and Survival at the elementary through university levels. The course provides continuing education certification and is taught in hospitals, nursing care centers and for county health care providers.

A frequent keynote speaker on the topic of healthy grief support, Joe has also developed programs for churches, senior citizens organizations, Widows to Widows programs and Compassionate Friends.

Memberships

  • California Funeral Directors Association
  • American Academy of Bereavement
  • Cremation Association of North America

Certifications and Licenses

  • Licensed California Funeral Director, Embalmer
  • Nationally Certified Bereavement Facilitator
  • Certified Grief, Bereavement and Organ Donation Counselor

Others

  • Creator and Talk Show Host of “Good Grief Radio”
  • Director/Grief Counselor, GoodGrief.net
  • Co-Creator of Healthy Grief Support in Funeral Practice
  • Instructor, Curriculum Development and Facilitator for Death Care Education

Amy L. Stinson, NCBF

Associate Funeral Director and Manager

After graduating Pennsylvania’s Edinboro University, Amy began her funeral practice career in Pennsylvania, assisting in traditional funerals. In 1997, she continued her career in California, becoming an associate funeral director and a state-certified arrangement counselor.  Amy is also nationally-certified as a bereavement facilitator, providing healthy grief support when loss occurs. As a survivor of a loved one’s suicide and a facilitator of a support group for survivors of suicide, she can provide comfort to families of suicide victims.

In her capacity as associate funeral director, Amy works with the full spectrum of care-givers (physicians, hospitals, county health care providers, hospices) and liaises with coroners and medical examiners. To facilitate completion of documentation required by State and County Health Departments—a service vital to a timely cremation or burial—she works closely with willed body donation national programs, social service administrators, and public and private conservator program advisors.

Memberships

  • California Funeral Directors Association
  • American Academy of Bereavement
  • Cremation Association of North America
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Certifications and Licenses

  • State-Certified Arrangement Counselor
  • Nationally-Certified Bereavement Facilitator
  • State - Certified EDRS Specialist

Others

  • Director of EDRS (Electronic Death Registry System) Administration
  • Support Group Facilitator for Survivors of Suicide

Desireé L. Samora

Arrangement Counselor

A native of San Bruno, Desireé began her career in funeral practice in 2010, becoming an associate funeral director and a state-certified arrangement counselor in 2011.

As associate funeral director, she works closely with a variety of professional service providers, including physicians, hospitals, county health care providers, hospices, coroners, and medical examiners.

Desireé also coordinates with willed body donation national programs, social service administrators and public and private conservator program advisors to facilitate the services necessary for completing documentation required by State and County Health Departments. This is critical to ensure that cremations and burials are completed in a timely manner.

Memberships

  • California Funeral Directors Association
  • American Academy of Bereavement
  • Cremation Association of North America

Certifications and Licenses

  • State-Certified Arrangement Counselor
  • State-Certified EDRS Specialist

Others

  • Assistant Director of EDRS (Electronic Death Registry System) Administration

Kathy L. Jacobson

Pre-Need Arrangement Counselor

Certified as a Life Coach and trained in various modalities including the teachings of Abraham-Hicks, she has has worked with hundreds of clients since 1990.  She’s woven these teachings together with her passion for human connection and spirituality, into an approach that’s quite unique. She partners with Colma Cremation and Funeral Services as a Pre-Need Arrangement Counselor. 

Her mission on the planet is to create a safe and loving space for people to trust and open up. Death raises questions about how we’ve lived, what we think comes next, the state of our relationships and other affairs, and all of the fears and unspoken things that we haven’t wanted to deal with. Kathy is here to help you with those questions. 

One of the most important pieces of work she’s done to date is to help a woman and her husband prepare for her transition. Through loving conversations, tearful experiences, sacred rituals and offering them both the space to talk about their desires, fears and those details that need to be discussed, they came up with a beautiful, peaceful end of life experience for all. With gentle, loving guidance from Kathy, they got their affairs in order. The trust that Mary had been procrastinating about was rewritten to her satisfaction and she was able to say good bye to those she loved.  She then felt ready and had no fear. When the time came, Mary was able to leave her body feeling complete, knowing her husband loved her. Her husband knew that they had done the best they could do and that he loved Mary more than ever. Her relationships were cleaned up, especially the one she had with her daughter. The last ritual that we did with her husband and daughter, Mary wrote, “I felt the spirit of God and it felt good!” 
www.kathyljacobson.com
 

Memberships

  • American Academy of Bereavement

Certifications and Licenses

  • Certified Life Coach
  • State Certified Arrangement Counselor

Others

  • Hakomi Method
  • Transformational Bodywork
  • Voice Dialogue
  • Reiki
  • Energy Work

Pamela L. Taylor, FDr, NCBF

Funeral Director

Pam brings a unique background to funeral practice.  Her past caregiver responsibilities with Mission and Pathways Hospice and as a KARA Counselor taught her how to provide a safe, caring and compassionate experience for families in the Funeral Arrangement setting.

She furthered her Hospice training by obtaining her national Certification as a Bereavement Facilitator and brings an in-depth understanding of the grief relationships in health care, death care and bereavement after-care.

Pam has also taught and created curriculum on the use of clinical hypnosis, with an emphasis on self-hypnosis as a healing and learning tool.  Additionally, she served as an advocate for Employee/Patient issues related to healthcare.

Memberships

  • American Academy of Bereavement
  • California Funeral Directors Association
  • Cremation Association of North America

Certifications and Licenses

  • Licensed California Funeral Director
  • Nationally Certified Bereavement Facilitator

Others

  • Former Grief Counselor for Kara of Palo Alto, CA
  • Former Hospice Volunteer Caregiver at Pathways Hospice and Mission Hospice
  • Speakers Bureau Volunteer, Pathways Hospice