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Our Team

Our staff is comprised of New Mexicans with a broad depth of funeral and cremation experience.  We are dedicated to helping direct you through this stressful and difficult time. We will answer all your questions regarding your options for funeral and cremation services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Rev. Napoleon Darnell Smith

Rev. Napoleon Darnell Smith

Location Manager

Rev. Napoleon Darnell Smith is the Location Manager at the Strong Thorne Chapel.  He joined the Daniels Family in 2004 and has served in many capacities during this time. 

A native of New Mexico, Rev. Smith was raised in the Southeast part of town, where his family operated several businesses. He is very active in the Albuquerque Community and serves on various committees and volunteers many hours to ministries, the homeless and the seniors of our community.  He is not only involved in the community through volunteering, he has served as pastor of one of the local churches for the past 31 years.   

Rev. Smith loves his community and the families that he has served throughout the years.  He not only serves them in their time of need, but he is always there ready to aid them in various ways throughout the year. He is inspirational in making sure that Daniels Family Funeral Services stays involved in his community and is involved in their various activities. 

He, like other members of the Daniels team believes that “Healing Begins Here”, He often says, “this is not just a statement, I live it every day and I make sure that the families that we serve, feel it in their heart”.

Rev. Smith is not just blessed with a caring working family, but he is blessed with a lovely wife, Olesha D. Smith, four daughters, Nekisha, Donnell, Alisha and Janell.  Four grandsons.

He believes that Albuquerque is a great place to live and Daniels Family Funeral Services is a great place to work.

Joan Stasi

Joan Stasi

Community Liason

Joan or "Joanie" was raised outside of Hatch, NM, "the Chile Capital of the World, "on a farm that has been in her family for several generations. Don't let the title of "Princess," (albeit 1989 Green Chile Princess) mislead you. She is very hardworking and is well known for the loving, compassionate connections she establishes with the families and communities she serves. A diehard UNM Lobo Fan since childhood, she earned a B.S. in Business Administration and began an accounting career with a private hospital. She earned an A.S. in Mortuary Sciences from Amarillo (TX) College. Joan has a deep respect and admiration for those that have served in the US Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services. "Anyone that chooses to protect our communities, country and freedom has my deepest respect. I also know that it is an entire family that serves alongside a service member." She is, also our Annual 9/11 Memorial Services Coordinator for the cities of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Her attention to detail, patriotism, calming demeanor, sense of humor and public speaking skills have been nationally recognized. She is known for bringing people and resources together to create a blanket of comfort that helps us all. Her three favorite community service activities are volunteering with the Children's Cancer Fund of NM of which she has been a part of for over 25 years, MADD, and Breast Cancer Awareness. Joan spoils her two dogs like no one else can. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, and attending sporting events.

Norbert 'Ray' Baldonado

Norbert "Ray" Baldonado

Funeral Arranger

Ray was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, he graduated from Del Norte High School in 1995, he is married to his lovely wife Kimberley and together they have five children, and one grandson. His parents are Norbert and Patricia “Patsy” Baldonado who are also natives of Albuquerque and are in the Funeral Profession. 

Ray has been in the funeral industry since he was 14 years old working alongside his parents and has been licensed with the New Mexico Board of Thantopatrice since 1996 and have always taken great pride in serving our community. These were his mother’s stumping grounds when she was growing up. It gives him great joy when he runs into friends or neighbors who know his parents. Ray is a member of the Knights of Columbus and of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce. He enjoys getting involved in community events and also an avid outdoorsman. 

John Bubbico

John Bubbico

Funeral Director

John began his career in funeral service in 2013 with Daniels, working on the transfer team and as a funeral ambassador. While working in those roles he attended Mortuary College and served his internship, graduating in 2014 with a mortuary science degree from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. John also holds a B.S in Sociology degree from Southern Nazarene University and an MBA from University of Phoenix. Prior to working in funeral service John served our community as a police officer. John has a passion for helping people during their difficult times. 

During his free time John loves to spend time with his wife of over ten years, Stephanie, and their sons. He also enjoys exercising, practicing martial arts, playing piano, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. John is an active member of Celebrate Wesleyan Church. 

Lisa Dalton

Lisa Dalton

Personal Care Center Manager

Lisa began her career in funeral service with Daniels in 2009 as a Family Service Counselor. After serving her internship in preparation and embalming, she received her license in 2013. It is working in funeral service with Daniels that she has found her passion. She is committed to maintaining high standards for the profession and the families served. 

Lisa graduated high school in 1987 from St. Pius X in Albuquerque. She went on to receive a B.S. in Elementary Education from UNM and completed the accelerated B.S.N. program at UNM in 2008.

Lisa’s other passion are her two sons. Anthony is a sophomore at La Cueva and plays trumpet in the La Cueva marching band. Brandon is in sixth grade at Desert Ridge Middle School. Brandon plays the saxophone in the band, soccer as well as basketball.

Al Alvidrez

Al Alvidrez

Training & Development Manager

Elias "Al"Alvidrez, Has been involved in the Funeral Profession for 40 plus years. Al has served as a consultant to the Daniels company for ten years and has also been the corporate trainer for the company. An Honors  graduate of the California College of Mortuary Science in Los Angeles and a graduate of the National Foundation School of Funeral Service Management. Al has served in numerous capacities throughout his career. His experience has

enabled him to serve the profession in many areas from the state to national

level. Al is a past Rotary Club president and also served as Chamber of Commerce president in the communities where his family owned their funeral home. Al has devoted his career to maintaining high standards for the profession and always encourages those entering the profession to do the same.

Suzette Fielder

Suzette Fielder

Director of Human Resources

Suzette attended New Mexico State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

In her free time, Suzette enjoys spending time with family and friends, running half-marathons and watching a great game of football.

Joshua J McManigal

Joshua J McManigal

Director of Operations

Joshua was born and raised in Nebraska. After attending Minnesota State University, he moved to Houston, Texas to attend Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services in 2005. He worked in the Houston area until joining the Daniels family in 2018. He is the Director of Operations for all locations in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. He is currently the President of the New Mexico Funeral Service Association.

Joshua loves to spend time with his two young children, Emma and Judah. They enjoy camping, fishing and exploring New Mexico together.

Joshua believes that he was called to this profession. Although early on in his career he was passionate about the scientific side, now his focus is to ensure that our staff exudes empathy and compassion to the families we have the honor to serve so they can begin their healing.  

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