Our Staff

Omega Funeral & Cremation Service is one of Portland’s only family owned and operated funeral homes and is dedicated to serving our families with respect and dignity. We specialize in listening to the needs and wants of the families we serve and will help the family plan a personalized service, providing affordable options. Our staff specializes in various ethnic and cultural services; serving all ethnic groups, including the Asian, Russian, Mexican, and East Indian communities.

Erin Phelps, a 1982 graduate of Mt. Hood Community College Funeral Service Program is also a trained Certified Celebrant. He is a member of Portland First Church of the Nazarene, Forest Grove Elks Lodge #2440, Oaks Bottom Lions Club, Christina Court #8 Order of the Amaranth, and life member of Friendship Lodge #160 AF & AM. He continues his education in the industry by attending various conferences with the Mortuary Management Group and is a member of the funeral ethics committee. Erin was honored for being one of the top 20 volunteer enucleator’s at the 20th Anniversary of the Lions Eye Bank of Oregon, now known as VisionQuest. In 2008 Erin was appointed to the State of Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board of which he is a former Vice President. He believes in giving back to his community and industry.

Kathy graduated from Mt. Hood Community College Funeral Service Program in 1986. She is a member of Portland First Church of the Nazarene, a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Past Royal Matron and life member of Christina Ct. #8 Order of the Amaranth, past president of Nob Hill Lions Club, and member of Oaks Bottom Lions Club. Kathy is a past board member and past President of the Oregon State Mortuary and Cemetery Board. She is an active adult advisor for Job’s Daughters International.

Erin and Kathy are both native Oregonians. They were married in 1986 and have one daughter, Chelsea.

David LaFollette is a native Oregonian and 2nd generation funeral director who joined Omega in 2006. He is a 1990 graduate of Mt. Hood Community College Funeral Service Program. David enjoys working in his extensive garden. The staff loves it when he shares the wonderful selections from his garden. David took time off in the late 1970’s from his job at Tektronix to travel extensively through Mexico, Central and South America, learning about the vibrant culture. He is an avid wine collector.

Jody LaFollette is our office manager and joined the team part-time in 2007, working on her days off as a hygienist in a dental office. The Omega staff was thrilled when she agreed to come on full-time and take over the office, helping to keep everyone organized. Jody loves to stay in shape by walking her dog Abby (a corgi/shepherd mix) each day.

Toni White-Vorst is a certified funeral director and embalmer who joined the Omega Funeral Home team in 2015. She is a 1998 graduate of the Mt. Hood Community College Mortuary Science program, where she graduated with honors. She collects many items such as sunflowers, cookbooks, and pug related items, which decorate her workspace. Toni and her husband Ray were married at a funeral chapel in Gresham, Oregon in 2000. Toni and Ray volunteer for Pacific Pug Rescue, and are also a pug foster care home. On the weekends Toni likes to bake, saying that is where she feels the most relaxed. The rest of the staff loves Monday mornings when there are sweet treats to share! She has worked in a variety of jobs, but says that by far the job that has given her the most satisfaction is funeral service. She loves putting together a meaningful celebration of life for the families in whatever form it may take. She feels like it is truly what she is meant to do.

Omega Funeral and Cremation Service is a member of Oregon Funeral Directors Association.

Steve Gleason