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Our Staff

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

Lori Diaz

Lori Diaz

Licensed Funeral Director

Lori Diaz is a Licensed Funeral Director and Limited Lines  Insurance Agent in the State of Ohio. Her passion for people motivated her to choose this career path and it’s very evident in the care and manner in which she has an affinity for families.

An avid learner, Lori’s educational career path includes a B.A. in Communication from The Ohio State University, Master in Business Administration and a Master in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University. Additional interests and proficiency are in marketing and public relations.

Lori is an active and committed member of the Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church in addition to other civic, social and professional organizations she has belonged to over the years: Ohio Funeral Directors Association; Buckeye State Funeral Director and Embalmer Association; African-American Funeral Professionals of Central Ohio (co-founder); National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Ohio Chapter (charter member); and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Gamma Zeta Zeta Chapter. After one year of membership, her dedication and zeal for service and community yielded the honor of being named the State of Ohio Zeta of the Year in October 2016. She currently serves as her chapter's chair of the Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) Committee. Z-HOPE is the community service portion of the chapter's outreach efforts.

In her leisure, she cherishes time spent with her loved ones, reading, roller skating, line dancing, traveling and navigating social media. For 19 years, Lori has been married, blessed to be called mother by their two daughters and a beloved family pet named, Hershey.

Lori lives by the words of Mark Twain: “Let us endeavor to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry so serve well."

Client Care Consultants

Charles A Dawson

Senior Pastor of Restoration & Healing International Ministries.

Pastor Charles Dawson, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He grew up just down the street from Affinity Memorial Chapel in Lincoln Park Apartments and is a proud graduate of Brookhaven Senior High School.

Pastor Charles holds an Associate Degree from Columbus State in Micro-Computing Technology, a Bachelors Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling from Ohio Christian University and a Masters Degree in Health and Human Wellness from Liberty University.

Pastor Charles is a United States Army Veteran and Retiree from the Veterans Administration and is currently active with several veteran groups to help those who suffer with PTSD. Pastor Charles serves as Chaplain for Walleye for Wounded Heroes.

He is the Founder of Restoration & Healing International Ministries along with his wife Michelle Dawson who is Co-Pastor and Co-Founder of the Ministry together they have 6 children and 8 grandchildren. He is a true worshipper who loves the Lord and loves giving back to his community.

Patricia Mullins

Patricia Mullins born in Williamson, WV but moved to Columbus with her family at an early age.  Patricia is a graduate of West High School and Bliss Technical School. 

Patricia worked for Columbus Police Department in various departments.  She retired after 38 years of dedicated service.  Patricia is currently a member of Faith Ministries, where she is a member of the Media Ministry, One Accord Choir and Member Services. 

Michelle Dawson

Co-Pastor and Co-Founder of Restoration and Healing International Ministries

 Lady MICHELLE DAWSON is the co-pastor and co-founder of restoration and healing international ministries Where she has a servants heart and a true passion for God’s people in and out of the church building. Together she and Sr. Pastor Charles Dawson have 6 children and 8 grandchildren and many others that fondly refer to her as Mama Chelle!

In her spare time MICHELLE can be found hosting entertaining and feeding people. Lady Dawson will be developing our Community Engagement Department. 

Calvin Barnett

Client Care Consultant

Calvin is Affinity Memorial Chapel’s first Client Care Consultant. He joined Affinity in the beginning of December 2017.

After graduating from FCI Academy in June 2008, Calvin began personal assisting varies clients throughout the Ohio Region. In the year of 2016, Calvin developed a passion to assist and help families who have lost a loved one. Calvin is passionate and desires to provide excellence to the families who are in need during their time of loss.

Calvin is planning on continuing his education here in the Columbus, Ohio area with hopes to being a Funeral Director in the near future. Calvin is a native of Columbus, Ohio where he currently resides.

Z.F. Taylor

Client Care Consultant

Z.F. Taylor, a native of NJ is a proud husband to the beautiful Luanda Daniels-Taylor and a full time father to four sons. Z.F. learned at an early age how to demand the stage through singing, acting, dancing, character portrayal and public speaking. Z.F. has over 25 years of theatrical experience including starring in pivotal musicals. Z.F. has recently written, produced, and directed an original inspirational musical theatre stage play series, “Ready to Grow – Part I & II”. Z.F.’s driving force is his desire to please God and build a legacy. As Co-Founder, and CEO/Creative Director of I-Kan (I Know A Name) LLC, Z.F. continues to use his entertaining gifts to create collaborative outlets for other artist in effort to bridge the gap between generations and social classes. Z.F. stands on the belief that “If we put ministry before money, all good things will fall in place."

Ruth-Ann Thompson

As the mother of an autistic child and having lost a husband and a son in auto accidents, certified Grief Management Specialist Ruth-Ann Thompson provides guidance for enduring life’s storms. Drawing from her personal experiences she has armed groups across the country with emotional and other tools for effectively navigating life’s hardest challenges. 

Ruth-Ann J. Thompson is an author, songwriter, motivational speaker and singer.  To date she has written over 70 songs, including praise and worship songs used nationally.  In 2012 her first CD, In the Garden, was released.  A Thin Place was released four years later, after the death of her son. She authors the children’s series, The Open Fielders.Together, she and her husband, Pastor Kirk Thompson, have six children and four grandchildren. 

In her spare time she enjoys reading, sewing and music. Her favorite verse is Job 23:10. “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”  She secretly desires to be a race car driver.

Marcus Mewborn

Marcus Mewborn was born in Norfolk, VA, and was raised in Columbus, Ohio. Marcus is the 2nd son of Mary Mewborn-Broadus and the late Leroy Mewborn. He graduated from Walnut Ridge in 2002.

After graduating high school he later graduated with an Associate’s degree from Freedom Bible College & Seminary (2004). Biblical Studies was his major and in addition to that he also received a Certificate of Ministry in Biblical Studies from the Full Gospel Baptist Christian Bible College

In 2004. Marcus has had an active resume’. Some of his career opportunities has included him working as a mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office (4 years) and then he transitioned over to Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), where he has been a driver for 7 years. In addition to operating the buses he’s also a union steward with the union that represents the driver’s, Transport Workers Union Local 208.

In his spare time he enjoys: traveling, bowling, and spending time with his family & friend’s. Marcus inherited a lot of wisdom from his late maternal grandmother who told him, “to never give up on the Lord as he will never give up on you”.

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