Our Staff


Our staff is comprised of dedicated professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact our staff members at any time.

Our Staff

Edward Leon

Edward Leon

Owner, Funeral Director and Embalmer

Edward "Ed" Leon purchased Monte's Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home in San Anselmo in 2008 after working for Charlie Monte for the prior 10 years. A native of Windsor, Ed enrolled in the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science about a year after graduating from high school and has worked in the industry since. Ed has worked in Petaluma, Mill Valley and finally San Anselmo. He is one of the last funeral home owner-operators left in the Bay Area, as more and more mortuaries are corporately-owned. Ed purchased Duggan's Mission Chapel in Sonoma in December 2016, after the Duggan Family retired. He is a member of ICF St. James Branch 161 of Larkspur. Ed enjoys travel and adventuring throughout the world.

Embalmer's License # EMB8320

Funeral Director's License #FDR1633

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Brian Hood

Brian Hood

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Brian has been in the funeral business for 23 years. A graduate of San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, Brian and his wife live in Mill Valley, and when not working, enjoy traveling, their beagle and epicurean delights throughout the Bay Area and the world.


Embalmer's License #EMB8471

Funeral Director's License #FDR1799

Crematory Manager's License #CRM357

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Kirk Cheda

Kirk Cheda

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Kirk has worked in the funeral industry for many years. Born and raised in West Marin, he graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1984. After working in the funeral industry for many years with his uncle, Leroy Cheda, in Mill Valley, he continued his profession in Petaluma, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and now Sonoma as well as San Anselmo. 


Embalmer's License #EMB7460

Funeral Director's License #FDR1369

Cemetery Brokers License #CEB1391


Melanie Flores

Melanie Flores

Funeral Director

Melanie spent a decade working in various care settings from being a Medicine Technician to teaching in an afterschool program for children with special needs.  She received her Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology but wasn't sure how to intermingle her interest in the human experience with her drive to help people.  It wasn't until the unexpected loss of her sister that she realized that Funeral Directors have a profound responsibility to those they serve and they have to do it with great sensitivity.  Within her first year, Melanie worked as a preneed counselor, arranged funeral services for families of different faiths while training new employees and operating a funeral home.  She realized that her need to help people, her interest in different therapeutic techniques, and education in cultural anthropology would impart the compassion people deserve during these difficult times.  She is looking forward to serving the communities of Marin.


FDR 4499

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