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.

Executive Leadership Team

Merideth Rose
President Chief Executive Officer

Merideth Rose is the President and CEO of Cornerstones of Care.

She comes to Cornerstones of Care from the Community Services League in Independence, Mo., where she served as the Chief People Officer. Merideth’s work there included oversight of the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Previously, she served as the Director of Neighborhood, Family Services, and Caring Communities for the Independence School District. In that position, Merideth oversaw 35 licensed social workers and case managers to support students from pre-school to 12th grade. She led efforts to reduce barriers to student success, including domestic violence, homelessness, abuse, and neglect.

Merideth also served communities as the Public Affairs Officer for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), serving as principal advisor and Deputy to the External Affairs Director. Her work included the agency’s largest Community Relations deployment in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Merideth is a graduate of Park University, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Theory and Human Relations in 2006 and her Master of Public Affairs in 2008. She received the 2009 Stanley Fisher Award for outstanding Graduate Achievement in Public Administration by the American Society for Public Administration.

Merideth is also a 2009 Graduate of the Leadership Academy for Local Government Executives by the Mid-America Regional Council. She serves as a faculty member at Park University and University of Phoenix.

Chad Harris, Ed.D.
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. 

In addition to his professional leadership experience, Harris earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Missouri, holds the credential of Certified Association Executive (CAE) and is a BoardSource-certified trainer in nonprofit governance and board development.

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
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.

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
  • Denise Gibson, Director of Resource Family Development – Kansas
  • Destiny Jackson, Director of Pathways
  • Dr. George Williams, Deputy Director of Permanency Services – Kansas
  • Dusty Scheiter, Director of IIS/FRS
  • Heavin Schmidt, Director of IIS/FRS
  • Jennell Volker, Director of Environment of Care
  • Jill Rush, Director, Day Treatment Education at Ozanam
  • Jon Ratliff, Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Justin Springer, Response Team Coordinator
  • Katie Culbertson, Director of Special Events
  • Laura Walters, Director of Client Support – Kansas
  • Lesa Chandler, Director of Collaborative Learning
  • Lisa Nelson, Director of Human Resources Operations
  • MacKinzie Aulgur, Director of Placement Stability – Kansas
  • Maggie Gilliland, Director of Family Preservation Services – North Kansas
  • Marlo Williams, Director, Residential Treatment Services
  • Marty Huitt, Director of BIST
  • Paige Webb, Director of Performance Excellence
  • Pam Sanders, Director, Day Treatment Education at Gillis
  • Paul McCorkle, Associate Executive Director of Education Programs – Missouri
  • Rachel Spaethe, Attorney, Kansas Foster Care
  • 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
  • Susan Doyle, Director of Permanency Services – Kansas 
  • Susan Murphy, Executive Administrative Assistant to Chad Harris
  • Theo Bunch, Healthy Living and Food Systems Manager
  • Valyn McClellan, Director of Resource Development
  • Vicky Meyers, Director of Kinship Navigation and Support – Kansas