History and Staff

Designed for our families to be comfortable and peaceful, our home features an intimate chapel and viewing area, a spacious lobby and a kitchen that families can use to serve food and refreshments to their guests. ​

Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. At Legacy Funeral & Cremation Care, our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.



Vic and Nadine Savino
Founders

Vic and Nadine understood that death is a sad but inevitable part of life, and families praised their quality service and respectful, compassionate understanding.

Vic has managed individual mortuaries, national funeral and cemetery corporation facilities in the San Francisco Bay area, and facilities in the high desert.  He also served as Vice-President of Operations at a mortuary-cemetery complex in Orange County.

Nadine has worked for a national funeral and cemetery corporation, and her background as an office professional was a perfect complement to Vic’s industry experience.

License: FDR 920





Jo-Ann Chelstowski
Location Leader and Funeral Director

Jo-Ann was born in New Haven, CT and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. She moved to St. Petersburg, FL where her entrepreneur spirit emerged. She owned and built several businesses including a national recruiting firm, a boat and jet ski rental business, an Italian restaurant, and a real estate publishing company.

In 2013, Jo-Ann moved to California to be closer to her family. Finding her true calling, Jo-Ann entered the funeral business in 2013 obtaining her insurance license and becoming a Pre-Need Specialist, working with various funeral homes throughout Riverside and San Diego counties. Wanting to expand her knowledge and be of more service to families, Jo-Ann obtained her California Funeral Directors license in 2019. She joined Legacy Funeral and Cremation Care as their Location Leader in November 2021.




Nick Bermudez
Funeral Director

Nick Bermudez has been a Funeral Service professional for thirty years. During the thirty-year span, Nick has held many various positions in the operations of funeral homes including owning his own in Monterey. Nick is a CA licensed Funeral Director and has always believed that the funeral profession is a highly noble career and that the caregiving to families during a most difficult time is an essential piece as we try to make this transitional time for families a feather weight lighter.



Ted Nilsen
Service Director

Ted Nilsen has been a funeral service professional since 1970. Prior to joining the Legacy staff, he was employed with the San Diego County Medical Examiners Office for 33 years. His last position was Examining Room Supervisor. Ted is a 1973 graduate of the California College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed Embalmer, Funeral Director and a member of the British Institute of Embalmers. He is also a member of Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, NU Chapter.

Ted feels his compassion for families at a very difficult time was his calling in life.



Bob Ries
Service Director

Bob Ries has college and seminary degrees with a certificate in grief and bereavement counseling. An ordained minister with forty-five plus years in loving and caring for people, their families, giving spiritual counseling, prayer, grief, and bereavement support. Bob appreciates and values a diversity of backgrounds and cultures; it is important to maintain open dialogues to create a safe space for people of all faiths, especially during challenging times. We all know the end of a life is never easy. Families laying to rest their loved ones, have questions, concerns and need help or simply someone to talk to. As a funeral service provider, he finds himself providing compassionate personalized care. When Bob was invited to join Legacy Funeral and Cremation Care, he knew he was joining an incredible group of caring, talented staff, a family taking care of family. One of his life principles is making sure Legacy Funeral and Cremation Care offers the absolute best end of life services in San Diego County.



Phil Casillas
Funeral Arranger

Phil is friendly and compassionate, loves spending time with his family, loves to travel and experience other cultures. Truly enjoys working with the funeral home team and serving families which includes our large veteran population. Works on making an already difficult experience less stressful for all the families he serves as well as putting their needs first.

Due to his passion for helping families during their time of need, Phil volunteers as a crisis/trauma counselor where he completed 5 years with the San Diego Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team as an interventionist and as a trainer. He is currently on his 19th year with the Chula Vista Police and Fire departments Citizen Adversity Support Team (CAST). Is a certified CFDA Arrangement Counselor and will work towards obtaining his Funeral Director’s license.

Has extensive experience with 30 years in the computer industry and holds degrees in computer science, Homeland Security and Emergency Management and working on completing his Masters in Organizational Management.

Loves baseball, traveling, family time, reading, listening to music, live concerts and just absorbing what life throws at us.



Emily Warlop
Embalmer

Emily had the desire to be a part of the funeral profession for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in San Diego, Emily attended Cypress College to further her education and graduated with her Mortuary Science Degree as well as receiving her Funeral Directors license. She served a year in the profession before becoming an apprentice embalmer. Emily joined the Legacy Funeral Care Family to use her acquired preparation room talents in the areas of funeral assistance, embalming, cosmetics and restorative art. She plays an important role at Legacy Funeral Care as an embalmer helping honor and serve the community.



Georgette Corral
Administrative Assistant

Georgette has been a part of the Legacy family since 2017. She came into the funeral industry with no previous experience but quickly realized that this was her true calling. Although she does not directly meet with the families, she is always mindful of their needs and does her very best to ensure that they are well assisted through this difficult time. Georgette works very closely with the local hospices, hospitals, agencies, and doctors to ensure that the families Legacy takes care of, receive their loved one’s death certificates and county disposition permits in a timely and professional manner.

When she’s not helping families, Georgette spends time actively keeping up with the NFL football season every year and never misses any televised games. As a pass time, she enjoys visiting the local San Diego beaches, museums, and Metal music venues.

 





Viviana Vela
Administrative Assistant

Viviana Vela is a welcome new addition to Legacy funeral & Cremation Care. Viviana joined the team as our Administrative Assistant in late 2021. New to this industry, Viviana brings her years of experience in management to the Legacy team. Building relationships with staff and vendors to help ensure workflow in our accounting department and beyond. She is eager to learn and grow with Legacy team as she enjoys helping others and taking on new tasks to keep herself busy. After years of Retail, she adjusted her career to allow her more time to spend with her family.