Our commitment to you

As you meet and get to know us, the caring staff of The Springs Funeral Services & The Springs Funeral Service~North, you will notice that serving people during the difficult time of death has been our passion for years.


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Tina Gauvin, CFD Funeral Director
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Christopher Donahoue Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Tom Vien Funeral Director
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Diane Serna Administrative Specialist
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Kyra Baker Administrative Specialist
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Kari Morris Administrative Specialist
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Alexa Dwellis Funeral Service Intern
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Pam Favors Funeral Service Support / Admin Support
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Damaris Rodriguez Funeral Arranger/ Prearrangement Specialist
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Clifton Turner Funeral Service Support
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Rena Garcia Funeral Service Support

Tina Gauvin, CFD

Funeral Director
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 Tina was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada and is fluent in French. She graduated high school and pursued her studies at IFP, Montreal, Quebec for certified pharmacy technician. She also studies at The Community College of Bathurst for Long term care facility certification. She was also an intern at a local funeral home.

A little over a decade ago, she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado and continued her education and obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant, multiple Alzheimer’s Association trainings, Administrator for Assisted living, and Gerontology certification from UCCS.

Her position with The Springs Funeral Services is multi-level due to many years in the funeral service business.  Her title Community Outreach, etc…has a grand impact in our community.

Tina serves on the membership committee for the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, she is also director of Plans & Operation for the Fountain Valley Chamber and is active in multiple community networking groups and vendor events.

Tina has two children; and her husband is retired from the U.S. Army.  She also enjoys spending time with her family, the great outdoors, networking, hockey and reading.

With a passion for serving families in different venues of work through her life, she is an asset to our team.

Christopher Donahoue

Funeral Director/Embalmer
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Chris was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. Chris graduated from Greene County Tech High School in Paragould, Arkansas. A few years later he joined the U.S. Navy and served for 10 years as a Hospital Corpsman. During this time Chris was stationed in the Norfolk, Virginia area.

Chris is a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Chris moved here to Colorado Springs  from Vancouver, Washington in August of 2012. He has worked in the funeral industry since his arrival in the Colorado Springs area. His experiences have included funeral directing, preparation, and director of crematory operation at area funeral homes.  Chris comes to us with over 8 years of experience in the funeral service industry, he graduated from Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, Oregon with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service Education. He holds a Funeral Director/Embalmer license in the state of Washington.

Chris is has been married to his wonderful wife for over 13 years. He, and his wife, enjoy the company of their 6 children. Chris loves to spend time with his family, reading, and the occasional video game competition with his children.

He is an associate member of the Marine Corp League.

Tom Vien

Funeral Director
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Tom, a  funeral director in the Colorado Springs area for the more than 25 years, has joined our ever-growing firm in 2015.

Tom was raised in western Minnesota, attended the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. He has always loved the hospitality and service industry. He grew up in his family’s bowling center and later, while in college, was associated with the Minneapolis Golf Club and Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota.

Since 1978, Tom has devoted his life and career to serving families in Minneapolis, Chicago and Denver. He was associated with Welander-Quist-Davies Mortuaries in Minneapolis, and Werness Brothers Funeral Chapels in Edina and Bloomington, Minnesota; and the Hanekamp Funeral Home in Northbrook, Illinois. Tom was also associated with the Moore Howard Funeral Chapels in Denver, the Olinger Mortuaries in the metro Denver area and most recently, with the Shrine of Remembrance, in Colorado Springs, where he has served local families for more than 25 years.

Mr. Vien is a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and serves on a number of teams there. He is planning a significant event there in preparation of the 500th anniversary of the posting of the Thesis of Martin Luther. He has been past congregational president of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. He is a member of Via de Cristo, Sons of the American Legion, the Foresters and Above Par Golf Leagues. He enjoys entertaining, bowling, and most of all, serving families in need of a source of comfort and strength.

He brings to The Springs Funeral Services team, a rich history and expert combination of Funeral Service, Funeral Home Management, Cremation, Burials and Pre-planning. His excellence and professionalism has now accompanied him to this community’s leading and preferred funeral service organization.

Diane Serna

Administrative Specialist
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Diane has been a resident of Colorado Springs since 1985. She and her husband have two grown sons. Before joining to The Springs Funeral Services, Diane was a Legal Assistant in the criminal defense community for 20 years.

She has brought her commitment to helping people going through a difficult time to continue her career with us.

In her spare time Diane loves to find new trails in Colorado Springs to hike. She also likes to crochet, knit and read. She is an avid Chicago Cubs and Colorado Avalanche fan.

Kyra Baker

Administrative Specialist
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Kyra has been a resident of Colorado Springs since 2016. She graduated from high school in 2017 and earned her Associate degree in Animal Science along with certifications in Dog Training and specializing in Working Dogs.

Recently, Kyra married her best friend, Michael. Kyra recently joined The Springs Funeral Services as an Administrative Specialist in January of 2022 and is excited to be part of such a wonderful team. She enjoys assisting families and making the process easier for the families we serve.

Kyra and Michael have a wonderful family of two large dogs, one small dog, two cats and three fish tanks! In her free time, Kyra enjoys going on hikes with Michael and the dogs, attending Golden Retriever meet-ups and learning how to cook new recipes.  

 

Kari Morris

Administrative Specialist
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Kari was born on Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, and raised by a single mother until the age of 16. She has lived all over the United States, including Texas, Colorado, and New York. Kari really found her passion for helping people in difficult times while working at a medical office in 2011. This began a 10 year career in medical administration before joining the team at Springs Funeral Services.

Kari is married and has three children, the oldest of which is 15 years, and the youngest was born in January of 2022. She enjoys reading when she has time to herself, and enjoys crafting with her children as a family. She has a love for animals, and has a dog and a cat at home.”

 

Alexa Dwellis

Funeral Service Intern
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Alexa was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She has a very personal link to her home state as she is a 3rd generation native and true Coloradan at heart. On the weekends she can be found hiking, camping, kayaking, or skiing.

 She graduated with Honors from the International Baccalaureate Program at Discovery Canyon Campus. Being passionate about theatre in high school, she attended cosmetology classes during her senior year. She then went on to UCCS to receive two bachelor’s of science in Biology and Allied Health Science with a minor in Pre-Medicine. While studying for her degree she earned her Basic EMT certification and worked on the ambulance for a year. She graduated Cum Laude from UCCS in May 2020 and immediately applied to the Mortuary Science program at Arapahoe Community College. She will graduate from the program and become a Funeral Director and Embalmer in August 2022.

Alexa began her funeral service career at The Springs Funeral Services in March 2021 as a funeral service intern and has quickly come to love the industry. She plans to develop her career as a Funeral Director and Embalmer and continue to help families in her hometown during this difficult time.

Pam Favors

Funeral Service Support / Admin Support
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Pam was born and raised in Colorado City, Texas and graduated from Texas University in 1977 with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. She relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1982.

Pam served as Program Director for Ecumenical Social Ministries; Clinic Administrator for Open Bible Medical Clinic; and she presently serves on the Parent Committee with the African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC).

She has been married to her husband, John Favors, for over thirty-five years. Together they share one daughter and two adorable grandchildren.

Pam is a member of Open Bible Baptist Church, serving on the finance team. She is also involved with the In His Name Food Pantry and teaches in children’s ministry.

 “My passion is to serve and encourage others, which has taken me on numerous mission trips to share the gospel of Jesus.”

Pam is an avid Dallas Cowboy’s fan and enjoys traveling. She has had the opportunity to travel to Europe, Japan, Aruba, Myanmar, Spain, China, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Hawaii.

Damaris Rodriguez

Funeral Arranger/ Prearrangement Specialist
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Damaris was born and raised in Mexico and came to Colorado Springs at a young age in the year 2001, she graduated from Mitchell High School and worked mainly in the Food Service Industry until 2015 when she was presented with the opportunity to represent a financial firm through which she was educated and licensed to market products and services that help people accomplish their financial goals.

She holds four licenses, life insurance, Series 6, Series 63 and MLO.  Damaris has proudly served her community for the past six year focusing mainly on Spanish speaking families whose language barrier keeps them from achieving their financial goals.  

She is happily married to a local business owner, owner of Moraless Flooring, and mother of two amazing little boys whom she adores. 

Damaris loves the fact that as a Prearrangement Specialist with The Springs Funeral Services, she has the flexibility to work while being a wife and full-time mom.  

She is an active member of CMDA church where I have the privilege to serve as an usher, translator, and Sunday bible teacher to educate the younger generations about our faith.

She loves spending time with my family (which is huge, 80+ people when we get together) and her friends, for fun I like to travel, visit new places, swim and Zumba. She passionate about God, people, and food. 

 

 

Clifton Turner

Funeral Service Support
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Clifton was born and raised in Lake Charles, LA. He graduated from Lake Charles Christian School in May 1989 and married Carla in June that same year.

Clifton has a diverse work background which includes waiting tables, life insurance sales, industrial construction and Security Captain for Securitas Security Services.

In 1996, Clifton received his ministerial licenses through the United Pentecostal Church International and began to operate in several ministries at Livingway Pentecostal Church in Lake Charles, LA. Through the years, he served on various boards with the United Pentecostal Church International in the Louisiana District.

In 2003, he became the director of the Pentecostal Student Center serving the students at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. It was a place for all students of various ethnic and religious backgrounds to rest with quiet study areas and eat restaurant quality food.

In 2010, Clifton and Carla move to Colorado to pastor Life Church of Colorado Springs a Spirit-Filled Non-Denominational Church. Because of the pastoral duties of officiating funerals, Clifton has become connected to many people in the community and those who work in the funeral industry. For this reason, he joined The Springs Funeral Services as funeral support staff and a on-demand minister serving any family in need of a minister.

Clifton enjoys eating at Momma Pearls Cajun Kitchen anytime he can and spending time with his wife Carla and their dog, Milo.

Clifton also serves on the Board of Directors for the Peak Vista Community Health Centers and Mothers of Murdered Youth.  

Rena Garcia

Funeral Service Support
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Rena is a Colorado Springs native, she graduated from Palmer High School and attended Pikes Peak Community College.

Rena’s experience includes working for Dignity Memorial serving as an office manager for 15 years at Mountain View Mortuary which not only involved administrative duties but also one on one with families to make their experience for their loved ones a meaningful experience. She also spent 17 years at Digital in the H/R department.

Rena’s 19 year old son was killed in 1993 by a drunk driver and she became involved with MADD and Compassionate Friends.

Rena has a daughter, one grandson and two great granddaughters.

In 2013 Rena accepted a great opportunity with The Springs Funeral Services to be able to continue to help grieving families which is her passion.

Rena attends Church of All Nations and loves to get involved in the community and loves outdoors and being with her family.