Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met. We are here for you.

Timothy Ehrlich

General Manager

“Once you chop the dock lines, everything is an easy reach.”

Over 25 years in the Funeral Industry, Tim has worked in almost every aspect of service to the community, including corporate operations and sales, Tim found the opportunity he always dreamed of in the opportunity to serve the Anaheim community at Melrose Abbey.   Tim is committed to providing the best customer service available to the families we serve and looks forward to seeing Melrose Abbey becoming the premier Cemetery and Funeral home in Anaheim and Garden Grove.  When not working at the cemetery Tim enjoys time with his wife and friends on the boat in Long Beach.

Bart Torres

Funeral Home Manager

“Treat every Women and Man as if they were my own Mother or Sister, Father or Brother”

Bart has over 43 years of experience in the Funeral Profession, starting his career as a young lad in Los Angeles, CA.  He has an MBA from Cal State San Bernardino and has taught at Cypress College in their Mortuary Science Division, served as Past President of the Orange County Funeral Directors Association and served on the Board for the California Funeral Directors Association.  When he is not engaged in the Funeral Profession, he loves Gardening, Hiking and Cooking.

Catherine Powell

Office Manager

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."-Maya Angelou

Catherine started her administration career in the Funeral Industry in 1999, came to Melrose Abbey as the Mortuary Administrative Manager in 2012 and now is the current Office Manager. She is an artist, poet (published), crafter, cake decorator, party planner and costume designer which comes in handy at the Renaissance fairs she enjoys attending. She has been married for over 28 years, together, they raised four beautiful daughters and are extremely proud of the strong women they have become. Catherine grew up in Long Beach, attended Cypress College and enjoys participating in fundraiser events like Relay for Life and The Diabetes Walk. She loves working with her co-workers and enjoys being part of the Melrose Abbey team.

Ursula David

Funeral Arranger

Ursula began working in funeral service over 20 years ago and joined the Melrose Abbey family in December 2007. When serving families at their time of loss, Ursula feels it is her “God-Given” privilege to be able to guide them through meaningful ceremonies with the utmost compassion and care so that the families she serves will experience healing and peaceful memories of their loved one's services.

Ursula carries a big heart into the arrangements made for our military veterans. Her father and uncles honorably served during WWII and her brother is a Vietnam War veteran.

Ursula was born in Ontario, Canada. She graduated from Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights and earned a bachelor's degree from Cal State University, Fullerton.

She enjoys spending time with her family; three daughters, a son, seven grandchildren and three cats. In her spare time you will find Ursula Deep Sea fishing out of Dana Point and Long Beach.

Dee Zrinski

Family Service

“Don’t take life too seriously, no one gets out alive.”

Dee began at Melrose Abbey in 2005 and says the best part of her job is connecting with families and helping them through a difficult time in their lives.  She also enjoys listening to their memories and stories about their loved ones.  When Dee is not here at Melrose she enjoys ocean cruises, shopping and relaxing with family and friends.  Over the next few years she is looking forward to traveling to Croatia and trying Skydiving.

Alejandra Gutierrez - Funeral Arranger - Funeral Service Director

“Always be the better version of yourself.”

Alejandra started in the Funeral Industry in early 2017, she was not aware of Melrose Abbey until applying for the job and then found it to be a hidden gem in the community she grew up in.  She enjoys being the place of comfort for families and educating them through the difficult process of arranging their funeral.  When not at work Alejandra loves dancing, spending time with family, but mostly her fur baby Koda.

Miranda Lund

Crematory Operator

"God gives beauty for ashes..." - Isaiah 61:3

Raised in the military Miranda moved around the ‘South’ most of her life until relocating to California in 2018 where she continued to work for Disney, her favorite place.  She always knew she had a passion for the Funeral industry and acquired her Crematory Operators license in early 2019 and after 7 years with Disney started working with Melrose Abbey.  Her favorite part about her job is knowing she is there to usher a family’s loved one through the cremation process in a respectful and caring way and she loves feeling like she’s working with her family at Melrose.

Diego Aguilera

Family Service

“It is the decisions we make in how we treat others, that shows who we really are” 

Diego is a first generation Californian from East Los Angeles, his family migrated from Michoacan, Mexico in the 80’s.  After College he got his start in Funeral Services in 2015 and started at Melrose Abbey in 2020 upon seeing an opportunity to bring something positive to the business by helping families make sense out of everything that goes into a funeral.  Diego is married, and if he looks familiar, he was almost famous after being in a Sketchers commercial.  When not working Diego enjoys fantasy movies and playing with his dogs.

Lynette Clayton

Administrative Assistant

New to the Funeral Industry Lynette started her career at Melrose Abbey in 2020.  She was drawn to this industry by the experience she had at another funeral home when her grandparents passed away and wanted to be involved in a similarly kind and supportive environment.  In her spare time she plays Piano, enjoys video games and strives to keep her plants alive.  If you want to get on her good side, bring chocolate.