Visionary thinkers who can put words into action have built Cornerstones of Care into the area’s premier provider of prevention, treatment and support services to strengthen children, families in our community. Our leadership team sets the strategic direction of the organization, aiming high to reach our goal of providing safety and health to all children and families in need throughout the region.

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

John Quincy Adams

Executive Leadership Team

Denise Cross, President/Chief Executive OfficerDenise Cross

President/Chief Executive Officer

Denise joined Cornerstones of Care as president/chief executive officer in 2007. Responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of the implementation and execution of corporate policies, Denise also represents the organization at the local, state and national level to advocate for greater resources and services for children and families.

Prior to Cornerstones of Care, Denise began her career with the Missouri Department of Social Services, serving in a number of positions during her 20 years there before most recently becoming a consultant for state and local organizations on program compliance and revenue enhancement.  

Ryan Dowis, Vice President/Chief Operating OfficerRyan Dowis

Chief Operating Officer 

Ryan joined Cornerstones of Care’s senior leadership team as vice president in 2006 and later became our chief operating officer in 2011. Responsible for the strategic development of programs, technology-to-practice and community engagement initiatives, Ryan also represents the organization on many state-level and national human service initiatives.

Ryan began his career with Youth Services International, Inc., working in quality assurance and admissions before joining the Missouri Division of Family Services to work in child abuse/neglect investigations, foster care and adoptions.

Eric Giovanni, Vice President/Chief Business OfficerEric Giovanni

Chief Financial Officer

Eric joined Cornerstones of Care’s senior leadership team in 2011. Responsible for the strategic development of finance and information technology initiatives, Eric works closely with both staff leadership and board members.

Prior to Cornerstones of Care, Eric began his career with The City of St. Louis working in the area of juvenile justice before most recently serving as the director of administration at our Marillac Campus.

Chad Harris

Chief Development Officer 

Chad joined Cornerstones of Care in 2018. Responsible for the strategic development of all fundraising and marketing activities, Chad works to engage our communities in our mission while stewarding a strong brand.

Prior to Cornerstones of Care, Chad was an independent facilitator, researcher, practitioner and consultant in the nonprofit, higher education and association management sectors. Most recently, he served as the executive director at FarmHouse Fraternity, Inc., an international fraternity focused on the growth and welfare of members through intellectual, social/moral, spiritual and physical development.

Ryann Waller, Chief Human Resources OfficerRyann Waller 

Chief Human Resources Officer

Ryann joined Cornerstones of Care in 2017. Responsible for the strategic development and implementation of human resources processes, her goal is to make Cornerstones of Care the employer of choice in our region while also representing the organization on local and state-level boards.

Prior to Cornerstones of Care, Ryann held human resources leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, including operating her own consulting firm, before most recently serving as the director of human resources at the Bert Nash Center, a behavioral health organization.

TIm Wilks 

Chief Information Officer

Tim joined Cornerstones of Care’s senior leadership team as chief information officer in 2017 as part of our partnership with Netsmart. In his current role, Tim provides strategic executive-level oversight and management of the organization's information technology, including aligning technological strategies with the goals and objectives of the overall organization.  

Prior to Cornerstones of Care, Tim spent 14 years working for a consulting organization managing the deployment of national IT projects before most recently spending 3 years working with Health and Human Services organizations implementing IT solutions and enhancing the operation of their IT infrastructure.