Barbara Risher Welch
Barbara was raised in Montebello and lived there until 1992 when she and her husband and children moved to Seal Beach. She attended UCLA after high school, and transferred to CSULA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1981. She worked in the Beverly Hospital Emergency Room for over 25 years, while concurrently working at her family's mortuary. Her main profession now is Corporate President and Owner of Risher Mortuary. She is a licensed Funeral Director.
Barbara is also involved in her community as a member of the Montebello Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and past Chairwoman. She was also the Chairwoman of the Montebello Chamber Ambassadors. Barbara currently serves on the Beverly Hospital Foundation Trustee Board and is a Past Chairwoman for the Board and is on the Board of Managers for the Montebello-Commerce YMCA. She is also a Beverly Hospital Guild Member, and was a charter member of the Business and Education Partnership Foundation.
Barbara was President of the Montebello Rotary Club in 1996-1997 and was the first woman President in the history of the club since its charter in 1924. She joined the Montebello Rotary Club in 1991 and has had perfect attendance ever since her induction. She is very proud of the fact that her father was also a Past President of the same club in 1973-74 and reached 46 years of perfect attendance. Barbara held numerous board positions within her club. At the district level, she has served as Assistant Governor, District Community Service Chair, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Chair and RYLA committee, District Governor Selection Committee for 3 years and Chair for one year, Fundraising Committee, and finally District Governor for District 5300 in 2003-2004. Barbara served as District Membership Chair, 2010-2011. She brought the concept of the Teen Leadership Camp to District 5300, organizing the first TLC in 2000. Barbara is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Rotary Foundation Benefactor and Bequest Society member and began the Paul Harris Society in District 5300 in 2004, and has been a member since that time. Her husband and four children are also Paul Harris Fellows. She is a PRLS (Potential Rotary Leader Seminar) recipient and Rotarian of the Year for 3 years. Barbara was the Rotary International Membership Coordinator (RIMZC) for Zone 24 from 2004-2006 and the Regional Rotary International Membership Coordinator (RRIMC) for Zone 26 from 2007-2010, which includes annual training at Rotary International Headquarters in Chicago. She has served on the faculty for the Governor Elect Training Seminar (GETS) for Zones 25/26 from 2005 to 2009, a trainer for the 2006, 2009 and 2011 Southern California/Nevada President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) and on the PETS committee in 2005. Barbara has been on the Zone 25/26 Institute committee for 5 years, serving as the Proceedings Chair in 2010 which posted all events on Facebook for the first time ever. She is the Vice Chair for the SIG (Special Invited Guest) program for the 2011 Institute, and had the privilege of being on the Advisory Board for RI Director, Ken Boyd. He selected Barbara to Chair his Membership Committee for Zones 25/26. Barbara was elected by the 62 clubs in her District to represent them on the Rotary Int'l Director Nominating Committee in 2009. She was a member of the Host Organizing Committee for the Rotary Int'l convention in Los Angeles. During her Governor year she led the first district-wide service project to Puerta Vallarta to deliver containers of wheelchairs through the Wheelchair Foundation. Barbara has had the distinct honor of representing Rotary Int'l President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar at the District 6600 Conference in Ohio, RI President Wilf Wilkinson at the District 5830 Conference in Texas, RI President John Kenny at the District 5080 Conference in Washington and returning to District 6600 in Ohio to represent RI President Ray Klinginsmith. She also traveled throughout Zone 26 speaking at various engagements on Rotary membership. Barbara was elected to represent her district at the 2013 Council on Legislation in Chicago.
Barbara and Greg were married in 1982 and have 4 children. Barbara has attended 13 Rotary Int'l conventions and the entire family has traveled to 9 Rotary Int'l conventions. As a family they enjoy snow skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving and dirt bike riding. In 2010 they all hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite together. Barbara also enjoys playing tennis, running and kickboxing.
Greg Welch, Owner
Greg joined the Risher Family when he and Barbara were married in 1982. He quickly learned all aspects of the business. Greg's background is in Exercise Physiology and he holds a Master's Degree from Cal State Fullerton. Greg is very involved in various Missions trips with Calvary Chapel Downey. He is an L.A. County Sheriff Chaplain.
Gloria Vargas, Office Manager
Gloria has been a part of the Risher Family working in our office for over 36 years. Gloria grew up in Montebello and graduated from Montebello High School Class of 1983. Her children also attend school in Montebello. Gloria attends St. Francis Xavier as her Parish Church.
Nancy Valdez, General Manager/Pre-Need Counselor
Nancy has been a long time resident of our community. She meets with families, directs funerals and oversees the daily operations. She loves giving her time back to the community by being involved in many civic functions. She is Past President of the Montebello Soroptmist Club and has been a part of Risher for over 10 years. St. Benedict is her Parish Church.
Simon Hernandez, Facilities
Simon has been with Risher for over 10 years maintaining the grounds of the Mortuary, inside and out. He always has a smile on his face. Simon is a devout Catholic and on occasion will lead a Rosary service for our families.
Bridget Jorgensen, Resident Licensed Funeral Director
Bridget is a recent graduate of Cypress Mortuary College and has been a Resident Funeral Assistant with Risher for over 3 years. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. She produces DVD's, memorial books and folders/holy cards for our families. Bridget arranges funerals, attends services and is our Baby Counselor, holding the parent's hands during a very difficult time.
Maria Robideau, Pre Need Counselor
Maria has been involved with Funeral Preneed sales for approximately 10 years and came to Risher 5 years ago. Maria attends outside events representing Risher and plans her own Preneed seminars. She works hand in hand with Risher and Forethought Life Insurance.
Joe Mendoza, Funeral Director Assistant
Joe has been with Risher for approximately 2 years and came to us through the limousine industry. Besides directing funerals, he also maintains our vehicles and premises. Joe proudly served in the United States Army and assists with all of our military funerals. He attends Calvary Chapel Montebello.
Melissa Soto, Resident Funeral Assistant
Melissa has been with Risher for 1 year and is a student at Cypress Mortuary College. She assists with funerals and works in the office.
Robert Riley, FUNERAL DIRECTOR ASSISTANT
Robert is a Funeral Director Assistant and has been employed with Risher Mortuary for approximately 1 year. He joined us as a Cypress Mortuary College student intern and then stayed on to become an employee.
Robert is pursuing his degree at Cypress Mortuary College. He served his country in the United State Marine Corps and was given an Honorable Discharge.