Leadership

Sharon Vallejo
President/CEO
Bryan Alonzo
Director of Sales & Marketing
Larry Krische
Operations Manager - Topeka

Family Service Advisors

John Krumm
John Krumm has longevity with Catholic Cemeteries that spans almost 30 years. While he has seen many changes and positive developments in cemetery services, what he values most is the ministry dimension of his job. As a family service advisor, he strives to be available to help people during these difficult times in their lives. “This truly is a job where you can make a difference,” he said. “You have the opportunity to be there when tough decisions have to be made quickly.” John is a member of St. Ann’s Parish, Prairie Village, Kansas, where he serves as a Eucharistic minister and an usher.
Charlie Owens
Charlie Owens joined the Catholic Cemeteries staff as a family service advisor in July 2005. He had worked 30 years for Knight-Ridder newspapers, retiring from his position as a sales and marketing executive with nationwide responsibilities. Charlie also spent five years as director of marketing for the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company. Charlie said that he likes being able to help families think, talk about and pre-arrange burial plans. “It leaves them and me with a feeling that we’ve accomplished something good and helpful,” he said. Charlie is a member of Holy Trinity Parish, Lenexa, Kansas.
Carla Yarnell
Carla Yarnell has extensive customer service experience and communication skills that she focuses on helping and assisting families with their needs and concerns. She began her career with Catholic Cemeteries as the receptionist and advanced to her role as a family service advisor. Her job involves informing people of the emotional, spiritual and financial benefits of pre-need planning and encouraging them to make decisions to achieve peace of mind and to relieve burdens for their loved ones. Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, Carla is a member of St. Therese Parish, Parkville, Missouri.
Tom Spalding
Tom Spalding, Family Service Advisor, has spent his professional career in the consultative sales industry. As a member of the Family Service team, Tom feels that his role in this Catholic Cemeteries ministry allows him to share his faith and offer others peace of mind and comfort in making these decisions ahead of time. Tom and his wife, Julie, along with their three children, are members of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Shawnee, Kansas. He is active with various ministries and a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree and Honor Guard/Color Corps.
Peggy Cox
Peggy Cox joined Catholic Cemeteries in fall 2014 after a long career in real estate as a new homes specialist. She has a degree in marketing from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. Peggy values that she has been blessed throughout her life. Through her role with Catholic Cemeteries, she believes that she can share her faith and be of service to other Catholics. Serving as a Family Service Advisor, Peggy says, “This is a perfect fit to use my career skills and spread the word about God’s love displayed so beautifully in burial liturgies and traditions of our Catholic faith.” Peggy is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Shawnee, Kansas.
Gary Ortiz
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine College and a master’s from the University of Kansas in Public Administration, Gary served the citizens of various communities in Northeast Kansas as a City Manager or Assistant County Administrator. “I was attracted to this ministry following the death of my father in the summer of 2016. As executor of his estate, I learned that he had thoughtfully and thoroughly made pre-arrangements for his burial, interment and funeral service through Catholic Cemeteries. Gary is a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Kansas City, Kansas where he carries on a 35 year music ministry as a classically trained cantor. Gary is a husband and father of four and is eager to help the Catholic families of the Archdiocese learn more about protecting their families through the programs and services at Catholic Cemeteries.
Teresa K. McGuire
Teresa K. McGuire believes that two of the most important things in life to many people are death and their money. Over the 30 years she spent in retail banking as a teller, branch manager, district manager and vice president, she met with families about their financial needs. Now, in her role as a family service advisor with Catholic Cemeteries, Teresa is meeting with people to discuss end-of-life plans and needs. Teresa believes every person should have a say in how he/she is laid to rest – not leaving this up to those that are left behind. She considers making these plans ahead of time a gift to loved ones and a decision couples can share. Teresa is a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, Lawrence, Kansas.
Tony Kruzic
Jon Long

Office Staff

Becky Thomas
Office Manager
Betty Warner
Accounting Specialist
Kayla Ardon
Receptionist
Tony Tarantino
Accountant
Kelli Lawson
Memorial Specialist
Theresa Heitz
Data Entry Clerk
Mallory Pino
Administrative Assistant