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about the board of trustees

The Board of Trustees are appointed to four-year terms by the County of Riverside Board of Supervisors. Prior to the expiration of their term, if the Trustee is seeking re-appointment, the Trustee will send a letter of intent to the appointing Board of Supervisor requesting re-appointment. The Board of Supervisor will review the information and then request action by the Board of Supervisors at a regular Board meeting. If you are interested in becoming a Board of Trustee for the Coachella Valley Public Cemetery District, please contact the Fourth District Supervisor’s office to express your interest (HERE).

The major functions of the trustees is to set policy, define goals and objectives, adopt rules and regulations, and act as legal custodian for District property. The Board has employed a General Manager to carry out policy, direct District operations, provide day-to-today supervision of staff and control and administer District expenditures.

Meet the Board

Trustee

Marcos Coronel, Jr.

Trustee

Bruce Underwood, Dr. P.H., C.N.S.

Board Chair

Ernesto Rosales

Trustee

John Rios

Vice-Chair

Judy Vossler

Marcos Coronel, Jr. - Trustee

Term Expires June 30, 2025

Marcos Coronel, Jr. Is a life-long resident of the Coachella Valley.  Mr. Coronel is dedicated to making his community a better place.  In addition to serving on the Cemetery District Board, he also volunteers as a Board Member for the Desert Recreation Foundation.  Professionally, Mr. Coronel works for the County of Riverside.

Bruce Underwood, Dr. P.H., C.N.S. - Trustee

Term Expires June 30, 2022

Bruce C. Underwood, Dr.P.H, C.N.S. is President of Healthy Futures and a preventive doctor, nutritionist who has dedicated his life to health and healing, while providing integrated lifestyle counseling in the areas of addictive behaviors, exercise, nutrition, and stress for the prevention and treatment of chronic and degenerative diseases. Dr. Underwood has been a resident of the Coachella Valley for more than 30 years.

Dr. Underwood earned his doctorate in preventive care and his second master’s degree in public health nutrition from Loma Linda University. He earned his first master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Kansas – Lawrence campus. Dr. Underwood’s interest is in nutrition and exercise as it relates to adults. During the course of his career, he became the Executive Director of the Heart Institute of the Desert Foundation and served as Director of Fitness and Tennis at the Health & Racquet Club at PGA WEST. Dr. Underwood has served as preventive care professional with various fitness/medical/wellness facilities across the Coachella Valley.

Ernesto Rosales - Board Chair

Term Expires June 30, 2022

A lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley, Ernesto Rosales truly enjoys serving the community that has given him so much.  He has extensive experience in the funeral home, advanced planning, and cemetery operations and has served most of his career helping families through their most difficult times.

Ernesto is passionate about giving back to his community.  He has been involved with several organizations ranging from youth sports, arts to wellness. Two organizations very close to his heart are Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert where her serves as a Trustee and Mentor, and Ronald McDonald House, where he serves as Board Chair. His community service has also included the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce, City of Coachella Economic Development Committee, First Tee, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Sunrise Rotary, the Unforgettable’ s Foundation and the Dr Carreon Foundation.

John Rios - Trustee

Term Expires June 30, 2022

John Rios has served the Coachella Valley community for many years professionally as a CAL FIRE Battalion Chief.  In addition to his service on the Cemetery District Board, he also served as an elected member of the Coachella Valley Recreation and Park District (now known as the Desert Recreation District). Mr. Rios cares deeply about the cemetery and is a frequent visitor to the grounds.

Judy Vossler - Vice-Chair

Term Expires January 1, 2024

Judy Vossler is retired after a 40 year career in the Coachella Valley in hospitality, tourism and special event manager as general manager of La Quinta Hotel and tournament director of The Skins Game, Betty Ford Invitational Pro-Am, Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational and the Giddings Cup. Vossler retired from the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau after seven years in management.

In retirement, Vossler continues years of community volunteerism including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley, Desert Town Hall Lecture Series, La Quinta Historical Society, Modernism Week and Landmark Golf Company. Judy Vossler serves as the Vice-Chair of the Coachella Valley Public Cemetery District.

how to contact the board of trustees

If you need to contact any one of the Board of Trustees, you can either call the Clerk of the Board, Kathryn Herrera at (760) 398-3221, or send an e-mail to them directly at the e-mail addresses listed below. Board members are also available in person at every Board meeting, which occurs monthly at 8:00 am at the District office. For more information on our upcoming board meetings click HERE.

  • Ernesto Rosales, Board Chair – Ernesto.Rosales@CVPCD.org
  • Judy Vossler, Vice Chair – Judy.Vossler@CVPCD.org
  • Marcos Coronel Jr. – Marcos.Coronel@CVPCD.org
  • Dr. Bruce Underwood – Bruce.Underwood@CVPCD.org
  • John Rios – John.Rios@CVPCD.org