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 to advocate for greater resources and services for children and families. She is an active participant in the Kansas Child Abuse Roundtable and the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce CEO Roundtable. Denise also serves on the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies, the Kansas Children’s Alliance Board of Directors, and is a member of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City Advocacy Council.

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.

Eric Giovanni, Vice President/Chief Business OfficerEric Giovanni
Chief Operating Officer

Eric joined Cornerstones of Care’s senior leadership team in 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer before taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2019. Responsible for the strategic development and executive oversight of organizational strategies, program operations and marketing, Eric stewards a strong brand while working closely with both staff leadership and board members.

Eric began his career with The City of St. Louis working in the area of juvenile justice before starting his career at Cornerstones of Care as a director of administration.

Chad Harris
Chief Development Officer

Chad joined Cornerstones of Care in 2018. Responsible for the strategic development of all fundraising 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., for 10 years and held prior roles with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Association and the Indiana University Foundation.

Justin Horton 
Executive Director of Missouri Programs and Services

Justin joined Cornerstones of Care as the technology to practice director in 2014 before joining our executive leadership team in 2019. Responsible for overseeing a portfolio of programs in the state of Missouri, Justin strives to provide quality services while achieving financial health. Justin also leads program leaders in ensuring all team members deliver exceptional services that lead to a long-term, positive impact on our communities.

Prior to Cornerstones of Care, Justin began his career with the Missouri Department of Social Services, serving in a number of positions during his 11 years including case management, quality assurance, quality improvement and county administration.

Dr. Lanette Madison
Interim Executive Director of Kansas Programs and Services

Dr. Madison joined Cornerstones of Care’s senior leadership team in 2017 as the Regional Director of Missouri before joining the executive team in 2021. Responsible for overseeing a multitude of services throughout Kansas, Dr. Madison works to provide quality services for clients and strong leadership for her team members.

Dr. Madison has dedicated 27 years in the field of social work and has served in various capacities including being a foster parent, school social worker, foster care case manager, family preservation supervisor, adjunct clinical professor at St. Louis University, and clinical therapist. She earned her Doctorate Degree of Social Work from Capella University in 2016.

Chelsey Ryerson
Chief Financial Officer

Chelsey joined Cornerstones of Care’s senior leadership team in 2020. Responsible for the strategic development of finance and accounting initiatives, Chelsey works closely with executive leadership and board members to support the organization's mission through strong financial stewardship.

Prior to Cornerstones of Care, Chelsey was an audit manager at a larger accounting firm focusing on clients in the nonprofit industry before most recently serving as the vice president of finance for a national registered investment advisor platform.

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.

  • Abby Kay, Director of Integrated Healthcare Services
  • Angie Smith, Attorney, Kansas Foster Care
  • Ashley Hutton, Attorney, Kansas Foster Care
  • Beri Edwards, Director of Foster Care – Kansas
  • Christy Collins, Regional Director, Programs and Services – Central Missouri
  • Denise Gibson, Director of Resource Family Development – Kansas
  • Heavin Schmidt, Director of IIS/FRS
  • Jennell Volker, Director of Environment of Care
  • Jill Rush, Director, Day Treatment Education at Ozanam
  • Julie Hull, VP, Administration and QA
  • Justin Springer, Response Team Coordinator
  • Katie Culbertson, Director of Special Events
  • Lesa Chandler, Director of Collaborative Learning
  • Lisa Nelson, Director of Human Resources Operations
  • Maggie Gilliland, Director of Family Preservation Services – North Kansas
  • Marlo Williams, Director, Residential Treatment Services
  • Marty Huitt, Director of BIST
  • Mary Rinne, Director, Foster Care & Adoption – Missouri
  • Meg Duke, Director of Client Support – Kansas
  • Paige Webb, Director of Performance Excellence
  • Pam Sanders, Director, Day Treatment Education at Gillis
  • Paul McCorkle, Associate Executive Director of Education Programs – Missouri
  • Roger Page, Chief Information Officer, OneTeam
  • Sally Cook, Director of Development
  • Sara Barnes, Director, Outpatient Therapy Services
  • Shane Wilcutt, Director of Program Implementation
  • Shelia Rancatore, Regional Director, Programs and Services – Western Missouri
  • Shelli Walrod, Director of Family Preservation Services – South Kansas
  • Shontel McGee, Program Director, Pathways
  • Susan Murphy, Executive Administrative Assistant to Denise Cross
  • Tami Nesbesniak, Director of Permanency Services – Kansas
  • Theo Bunch, Healthy Living and Food Systems Manager
  • Tiffany Connelly, Director of Placement Stability – Kansas
  • Valyn McClellan, Director of Resource Development