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 408-354-7740 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.


Nicholas Jon Welzenbach

Nicholas Jon Welzenbach

Managing Partner

Nicholas was born and raised in Kansas. He is a second generation family member working in funeral service and has worked in the industry for over 15 years. He moved to San Diego in 2000 to attend San Diego State University and obtained a degree in Business Management. He and his wife Kendall relocated to the Bay Area in October 2008. He has since been managing Darling & Fischer Family Mortuaries and Los Gatos Memorial Park. He is an active member in the Campbell community and belongs to Campbell Chamber of Commerce. Nicholas and Kendall live in Campbell with their two children, Audrey and Lachlan.

Jeff Fischer

Jeff Fischer

Funeral Director, Consultant - Marketing & Outreach

Jeff is a former owner of Darling & Fischer and is still active in our business as a funeral director and consultant. His extensive experience and resources help us provide the best possible care and service for every family, every time.

Xuan Nguyen

Xuan Nguyen

Office Manager

Xuan immigrated to the United States from Vietnam and has spent most of her life in San Jose, California.  She graduated from Evergreen Valley College with a degree in Accounting.  Xuan started her career in funeral care in 2007 as a side job that grew into a passion.  She was fortunate to have been mentored by (in her own opinion) the best managers and teachers, and truly believe in “doing the right thing, for the right reason, to the right person, all the time.”  Xuan joined Darling & Fischer Family Mortuaries in August 2015 as office manager, supporting our staff in taking care of our families.  Outside of work, hikers will often find Xuan wandering on the many hiking trails that California has to offer.


Gary Cayton

Gary Cayton

Service Director

Gary joined the Darling & Fischer staff in 1993. He is the service director for Little Treasures, a Darling & Fischer program providing burial services for abandoned infants. Gary also leads the Every 15 Minutes program in local high schools.

Monica Palomino

Monica Palomino

Care Center Supervisor



Todd Wester

Todd Wester

Apprentice



Maria Chavez

Maria Chavez

Apprentice



Jennifer McCall

Jennifer McCall

Apprentice



Pam Wood

Pam Wood

Funeral Arranger

Pam is a native Californian who landed in the San Jose area in the early 80’s. She found her life’s work when she started at Darling & Fischer over 14 years ago and still has a passion for helping people create a memorable and honoring experience. She and her husband Tim have been married for 38 years, have 2 married children and 1 adorable granddaughter. She is active in Evergreen Valley Church, where Tim is the Senior Pastor. Each week she volunteers in an after school program in the Evergreen community.


Mari-Liis Pallo

Mari-Liis Pallo

Funeral Arranger



Elizabeth Campos

Elizabeth Campos

Funeral Arranger

Liz was born and raised in the Bay Area. She has been a part of the funeral profession for four years and a member of Darling-Fischer for two years. Liz loves to spend time with her family. In her free time she is enjoying concerts and movies. Her passion is to help families in need here at Darling-Fischer.


Dylan Cox

Dylan Cox

Funeral Arranger

Dylan was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania. He is a first generation funeral director and has been studying funeral service for almost five years now. Dylan is a graduate of the Pittsburg Institute of Mortuary Science and Point Park University in Pennsylvania with degrees in both funeral service and business. After Graduating from college, he decided to move to the Bay Area with his partner and began to work for Darling Fischer shortly after his arrival. He has past experience with multiple mortuaries in Pennsylvania. He hopes to become more involved in the community and continue helping the families we serve in the Bay Area. 


Mary Esenwein

Mary Esenwein

Administrative Assistant

Mary was born and raised in San Francisco and has lived in the South Bay with her husband and two daughters for 25 years. She has worked in the funeral industry for more than 15 years and specializes in the State of California’s Electronic Death Registration System. She joined Darling & Fischer Mortuaries in 2013 making sure all the appropriate documents and permits are obtained. Mary is a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants and loves anything Disney.


Natasha Neves

Natasha Neves

Administrative Assistant



Christine Watts

Christine Watts

Administrative Assistant



Sam Wood

Sam Wood

Ambassador



Carlos Fagundes

Carlos Fagundes

Ambassador



Greg Trapp

Greg Trapp

Ambassador

Greg works with his wife Irene as fellow ambassadors, having worked at Darling Fischer for two years. He is a retired police sergeant with San Jose PD and a volunteer pastor at Evergreen Valley Church. He is also active with the Police Chaplaincy and enjoys riding his motorcycle with the Patriot Guard - a group of riders who escort soldiers and their families for various events.  The Trapp's are parents to Ben and Rachael, both recently married. 


Luis Amarante

Luis Amarante

Ambassador



Dan Fichera

Dan Fichera

Ambassador

Dan was born and lived his entire life in San Jose except for a few years while in the US Air Force. He returned to San Jose to marry his wife Jan and raised two children Robert and Danyell. He became an integral part of the Bay Area’s technology companies working for Memorex, Amdahl, and Northrup Grumman where he served as programmer, manager, and business systems project management. Towards the end of his career, Dan worked for Adobe Systems, Calpine, Visa, and HP in a variety of technology related positions. Dan retired early only to perform his most meaningful job, caregiver for his ailing parents. Shortly after that, a position with Darling Fischer as Ambassador was accepted and is fully enjoying that line of work for the past 3 ½ years.


Ken Elsey

Ken Elsey

Ambassador



Irene Trapp

Irene Trapp

Ambassador

Irene works with her husband Greg as ambassadors for Darling Fischer. They've been with Darling Fischer for two years now. She is a musician - vocalist and violinist - an actress in local theatre and volunteers with Joni and Friends, a ministry to families affected by disability. Irene also enjoys singing on worship team at Evergreen Valley Church. The Trapp's are parents to Ben and Rachael, both recently married. 


Ron Grandia

Ron Grandia

Ambassador



Cindy White

Cindy White

Ambassador



Ted Dorf

Ted Dorf

Ambassador

Ted grew up in Southern California, was a missionary in Chile, then went to Brigham Young University in Utah for a month. He didn't like the cold so he planned to go to Hawaii. Meanwhile, before transferring, he got married. After 18 months they had their daughter. After college in Hawaii the three moved to Japan. Ted has worked for amazing companies as an engineer and has been a lay leader in his church. They've been in this area since 1993.  Ted's daughter Brook moved back home after college and works in the area. Ted enjoys serving and meeting people. He loves all kinds of sports and eating!

Angelina Coates

Angelina Coates

Ambassador

Angelina is a native of California.  Originally from Los Angeles, she moved to the Bay Area about 15 years ago with her family.  Those who met Angelina would say that she is a kind soul with the energy level of a marathon runner.  

Angelina joined Darling & Fischer in July 2016 as an ambassador.  Now, she works with our care team to prepare loved ones for their eternal rest. Her love for people translates into her work as she diligently takes care to make sure that dignity is preserved for each and every person that we have the honor to care for. 

 

Angelina is an active member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  When not at work, she enjoys jogging and spending time with her children.


Chuck Walton

Chuck Walton

Ambassador



Connie Oliveira

Connie Oliveira

Ambassador



Liz Walton

Liz Walton

Ambassador



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