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About Us

G. Courtney Chapman currently serves as the Chairman of the Cemetery Board of Trustees and has been a Cemetery Trustee since 1990. He also serves as a Trustee of the North Community Counseling Center. He serves as Chairman for the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club, as an Associate Professor at Ohio State University and works with FEMA.

Rachael Dorothy currently serves as the Worthington City Council member representative for the Cemetery Board of Trustees. She has served on council since January 2012. Previously, she served as Vice Chair on the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals. Rachael is a mechanical engineer specializing in sustainable building design. She is also a member of many Worthington organizations including Colonial Hills PTA, Sustainable Worthington, Worthington Swim Boosters, Worthington Youth Boosters and Worthington Women’s Club.

John H. Oberle is the Sharon Township representative to the Cemetery Board and serves in the capacity of Vice-Chairman on the Board. He has been a Sharon Township Trustee since 2006. Some of his other community involvement includes Central Ohio Regional Shared Services Steering Committee, Ohio State Airport (Advisory Committee), Worthington Youth Boosters and Basketball Coach.

Thomas A. Kayati has been employed by the Cemetery for over 30 years and has worked as the Cemetery Superintendent since 1992. He is a lifelong Worthington resident. Mr. Kayati served on the Ohio Dispute Resolution Commission for seven years and is a past Board member of the Ohio Association of Cemetery Superintendents and Officials. Mr. Kayati was awarded the Outstanding Cemeterian Award in February, 2012 by the Ohio Cemetery Association.

Elaine E. Russell has been the Administrative Clerk for the Cemeteries since 2000. She served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Ohio Cemetery Association for four years.

The Cemetery Advisory Committee is made up of members of the community who volunteer their time and lend their professional expertise to the management, expansion and beautification of the cemeteries. Committee member backgrounds include: Surveying, Land Management, Horticultural and Landscape Architecture, Geology and Soil Analysis, Mortuary Science, Political Science and History.

Current members are:

Joe Dible – Professional surveyor (retired); Veteran’s Liaison

John Haueisen – Worthington Historical Society representative

Fred Hower – “The Ohio Nurseryman;” Adjunct Faculty, Landscape Design, Columbus State Community College; Landscape consultant, speaker and author

Don Jones – Retired Executive Vice President, Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home

Joe Hayes – Executive Vice President, Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home

Debra Knapke – “The Garden Sage;” Adjunct Faculty, Landscape Design Build Program, Columbus State Community College; Garden designer, consultant, speaker and author

Diane Randolph – Certified Master Gardener; Member, Worthington Hills Garden Club and Worthington Women’s Club

Dr. Douglas Southgate – Professor at The Ohio State University since 1980 and a Worthington resident since 1988.

Dr. Julie Weatherington Rice – Soil Science; Certified Professional Geologist and Soil Scientist