Sylvester Dunn, General Manager, LFD
Sylvester Dunn is the General Manager of Smith, Bizzell & Warner Funeral Home. He has over 30 years of funeral service experience as a Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Manager and funeral home owner. He earned his Associates degree in Funeral Service Education from Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana.
Sylvester was the first African American appointed Deputy Coroner in Vigo County, Indiana. He was also the second African American appointed by the Mayor of Terre Haute, Indiana to serve as a member of the Police Merit Board.
Sylvester is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, the Indiana Select Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, and the Illinois Select Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
Anthony Holmes, Licensed Funeral Director, Manager
Marcel Blunt, Licensed Funeral Director, Assistant Manager
Lashenna Hairston, Licensed Funeral Director
Kim Y. Milan- Banks, Office Manager, Administrator
Kim Y. Milan-Banks is a Gary, Indiana native and has been the Office Manager and Administrator for Smith, Bizzell & Warner for over fifteen years. Mrs. Milan-Banks is a Sawyer Business College graduate.
Camellia L. Ridgell Robinson, Director of Community Affairs, Hammond, East Chicago
Camellia L. Ridgell Robinson is the Director of Community Affairs and Public Relations for the Hammond and East Chicago, Indiana communities. Camellia received an Associate degree in finance and accounting from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Purdue University - Calumet Campus in Hammond, Indiana.
Camillia also serves as the Administrator for our sister funeral home, Golden Gate Funeral Home in Chicago, Illinois.
Sandi Cogan, Director of Community Affairs
Sandi Cogan is the Director of Community Affairs and Public Relations for Smith Bizzell & Warner Funeral Home. Prior to joining Smith Bizzell & Warner Funeral Home, Sandi served as a Director of Public Information and a Director of Special Events for the City of Gary. She also served as the Press Secretary for the Mayor of Gary and as the Executive Producer of the Gary Government Access Channel.
Sandi attended Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois and is professionally trained as a Hospice Volunteer at Harborlight Hospice in Merrillville, Indiana.
Sharon D. Vaughn, Vice President
Sharon D. Vaughn has over 30 years of funeral service management experience. She is the Vice President of Operations of the Smith, Bizzell & Warner Funeral Home. Sharon has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Kansas, at Lawrence, and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Audrey V. Thomas Hall, Advanced Planning Specialist
Audrey V. Thomas Hall is a Gary, Indiana native that has served as an Advance Planning Specialist with Smith, Bizzell and Warner Funeral Home for over 13 years. She brings over 40 years of customer service experience to her position as an Advanced Planning Specialist and a wealth of funeral service knowledge when it comes to helping Northwest Indiana’s families plan their final expenses in advance.
Audrey is a graduate of Bryant and Stratton Business College in Chicago, Illinois, and is a Licensed Insurance Producer in Indiana and Illinois.