Welcome to the Orange County Funeral Directors Association (OCFDA),
a non-profit organization comprised of mortuaries, funeral directors and businesses that primarily serve the funeral industry in Orange County, California
2018 Scholarship Winners
Each year, the OCFDA awards scholarships to deserving Cypress College Mortuary Science students who show passion for the industry,
the personal fortitude to complete a demanding program, and who are willing to subject themselves to the grueling process of sitting in front of board members,
answering a series of questions. This year’s recipients (three of whom are showcased here) have varied backgrounds but all have a common goal: the desire to help others.
Ashley Artukovich made the decision to pursue a career in mortuary science and funeral services at an early age. While most people were shocked by her motivations,
she saw the value in her decisions. Obtaining a degree in funeral service interested her because it fulfilled her curiosity for pathology, psychology, sociology, and the arts.
More importantly, it meant that in doing what she loved, she was impacting others around her. She found great comfort in knowing that she may bring the bereaved some solace in their times of distress.
Upon her first day in the Mortuary Science program, she immediately felt at ease with her decision to pursue her dream.
Since starting the program, Ashley has successfully continued her pursuit towards licensure, and at the end of the day, she is happy knowing that she touches lives at others’
greatest time of need. While forging ahead in the program, Ashley is currently seeking a part-time employment opportunity with a funeral establishment in order to enhance her
experience and professional development as well as build upon her education of current funeral practices.
Another scholarship recipient, Maria Veronica SotoRyan, aka Veronica, was thrust into the industry as an adult, following three personal deaths in a five year span.
Mourning for those who died while grieving with those still alive sparked her interest as well as attention to the details in funeral ceremonies.
Her curiosity fueled her desire to make things better, by bringing greater attention to detail and respect for the deceased and their loved ones.
Veronica previously worked in the art world, from community workshops to museums, which has enabled her to engage with people from all walks of life – all who merit the same attention and
who have their own story to tell. In Veronica’s words, “I believe my ability to communicate with a wide spectrum of people will enable me to be a successful funeral practitioner.”
She is slated to graduate from the Mortuary Science program in December 2018 and as Veronica said, “We are all destined for something in particular; I have just come across my destination a little later than most.”
Finally, if you’re in the funeral service profession, you’re going to know about Alicia Razo. Being the recent winner of having the highest Pac-Man score at Chuck E. Cheese’s,
Alicia believes in the importance of not taking life too seriously. She chose to pursue a Mortuary Science career, believing this choice would give her life a greater sense of purpose.
Alicia is nearing graduation and will be applying to funeral establishments shortly. Alicia has attended the CFDA Law Review and ACC CA Crematory Operator Certification Training Program at Rose Hills,
is a regular at the OCFDA dinners, volunteered at this year’s ABFSE’s Annual Meeting, and completed her Funeral Directing Practicums at Scott McAulay Family New Options Funeral Home. Her goal:
being employed full time at a funeral home and proudly saying “Today, I drove seven hours to pick up and take someone’s loved one to the mortuary.”
Congratulations again to these very worthy scholarship winners!
Code of Ethics:
As OCFDA members we commit to follow a strong code of ethics:
• To set an example of good citizenship by honesty and fairness in all dealings.
• To perform all services in a dignified and respectful manner.
• To respect the confidence of each family served.
• To be ever-mindful of the welfare of co-workers.
• To observe all public health laws and support enactment of all just laws pertaining to the mortuary profession.
• To encourage the advancement of all facets of funeral service.
• To extend any assistance necessary in offering service in individual cases of actual hardship.
• To conduct all services in a manner that will assist in meeting the needs of the decedent, both religious and personal of all those served.
• To cooperate and deal fairly with other funeral directors.