Forest Lawn announces appointment of three park vice presidents

Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries CEO Darin Drabing announced the appointment of three park vice presidents: Angie Ray will assume the role of Vice President—Glendale, Nickol Ladd will assume the role of Vice President—Cypress, and Shivon Ozinga will be promoted to Vice President—Long Beach, effective March 18, 2019. The three internal promotions represent the caliber of strong leadership present across Forest Lawn’s six Southern California locations.

Angie Ray has been with Forest Lawn since 2014 and has served as Vice President of the Glendale, Cypress, and Long Beach parks. She has worked in the end-of-life profession for 32 years. Before joining Forest Lawn, she worked with Dignity Memorial from 2012 to 2014 as the Sales Manager for Westminster Memorial Park, where she was awarded Century Club for North America and Sales Manager of the Year for California. Ray began her career with Matthews International, where she spent 25 years working in almost every aspect of the foundry’s operations, concluding as Regional Sales Manager, and was awarded Sales Person of the Year seven years in a row. She has served as a board member on the Cypress Chamber of Commerce and the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress and is an active supporter of the Cypress Community through her work with the Cypress Police Foundation, Women’s Club of Cypress, Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce, and the Every 15 Minutes programs for Cypress and Los Alamitos. Ray has a BA in Business from University of Phoenix and is a California licensed Funeral Director, Cemetery Manager, and Crematory Manager. Ray resides with her husband of 27 years Erik and her labradoodle Grace.

Since 2015, Nickol Ladd has served as Vice President at Forest Lawn—Long Beach. Ladd has worked in the funeral profession since 2001, and in 2006, she helped establish the new Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park in the Bay Area, where she was later awarded the California Funeral Director Association (CFDA) Young Funeral Director of the Year award. An active board member with U.S. Vets, United Cambodian Community, and the NAACP Long Beach Chapter, Ladd passionately supports many organizations in the Long Beach community including the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Long Beach Homeless Coalition, The Long Beach Police Foundation, The South Coast Interfaith Council, the Every 15 Minutes Program, and many veterans groups. Ladd holds an ASMS Mortuary Science degree from Cypress College. In addition, she is a California licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Cemetery Manager, Crematory Manager, and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). Ladd resides in Long Beach with her husband Chris.

Shivon Ozinga started her funeral service career at Forest Lawn in November 2010, working part-time while enrolled in mortuary school. She was drawn to funeral services after experiencing the impact she made while volunteering as a massage therapist for hospice patients and critically ill infants and children in the United States and in Cambodia and India. At Forest Lawn, Ozinga has worked as a funeral service assistant, apprentice embalmer, licensed embalmer, and Supervisor of Service Arrangements. Ozinga has been active in the community as a board member of the Long Beach Police Foundation and has also been involved with the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, The Long Beach Homeless Coalition, U.S. Vets, and the United Cambodian Community. Ozinga has an ASMS Mortuary Science degree from Cypress College and a BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison University. She is also a California licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Cemetery Manager, Crematory Manager, and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). Ozinga resides in Burbank with her husband Brian and their rescue dog Murphy.

Left to right: Angie Ray, Nickol Ladd, and Shivon Ozinga. Courtesy photo.

“Under the leadership of these three dedicated women, we have watched the individual Forest Lawn parks flourish into places that honor the memories of loved ones while offering programs and spaces for reflection that make them places for the living,” said Scott Drolet, Forest Lawn’s Senior Vice President—Operations. “From Angie Ray’s development of new community partnerships and facilitation of the groundbreaking, building, and dedication of the new Heritage Mausoleum and Patriots Chapel, to Nickol Ladd’s improvement of the customer survey scores to above previous Forest Lawn standards, and Shivon Ozinga’s partnership with the Long Beach Homeless Coalition to establish and host the nationally recognized Homeless Memorial Service in Long Beach in 2017, it is clear that our communities and all we serve will benefit from the standard of excellence these new park vice presidents set.”

Since its founding in 1906, Forest Lawn has committed itself to providing outstanding service and beautiful, scenic environments for family outings, remembering loved ones, and commemorating holidays. Forest Lawn is a place for the living and an integral part of the communities it serves, with a history of community outreach and involvement that date back to the first Decoration (or Memorial) Day in 1915 and first Easter Sunrise Service in 1921. Forest Lawn continues today as a community resource with holiday events such as Memorial Day, Easter, Ching Ming, and Dia de los Muertos, as well as secular events such as Armenian Movie Night, garden tours, and Black History Month concerts. With six locations throughout Southern California, including the Coachella Valley, Covina Hills, Cypress, Glendale, Hollywood Hills, and Long Beach, the memorial parks serve all faiths and cultures and offer a wide range of celebrations and special events set amidst picturesque properties and a world-renowned collection of art and architecture. Forest Lawn is proud to offer competitively priced cremation and traditional funeral services throughout Southern California.

This article was released by Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries.