Shannon McGinley is a founding board member of Cornerstone Action, the public advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research. Having worked both behind the scenes and as a leader when called, she currently serves as Executive Director for both organizations, responsible for our overall vision as well as staffing and day-to-day operations.
Shannon is no stranger to advocacy, drawn to the pro-life/pro-family movement as a young woman. When she moved with her family to NH over twenty years ago, she saw a clear need for a voice who would speak on behalf of marriage and family in the state. It wasn’t just about the right to life, but all the issues impacting NH citizens and families. Since that time, Shannon has continued to build and strengthen the Cornerstone team as uncompromising proponents for the people of New Hampshire and quality of life in our beautiful state. As the face of Cornerstone, you might see Shannon testifying in Concord on key legislation or weighing in on the op-ed pages of various New Hampshire local newspapers and websites.
Shannon and her husband Doug have five sons ranging in age from 5 to 25 and make their home in Bedford, NH.
Ian Huyett, Esq.
general counsel & director of policy
Ian is a very welcome addition to the Cornerstone team, bringing us his deep expertise on constitutional protections for religion. Before coming to Cornerstone, Ian completed a judicial law clerkship for a trial court, then practiced civil litigation in Concord, New Hampshire with a regional law firm. During law school he interned with the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office where he tried felony jury trials and was an avid competitor in moot court competitions. He has also been involved with Cru and with the Christian Legal Society.
Ian earned his B.A. in political science from Kansas State University and his J.D. from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. An accomplished writer, he has published a number of academic articles on law and religion. Connect with Ian here.
Director, church ambassador network
Neil is a veteran church planter and pastor who joined the Cornerstone team in 2018 to support pastors and faith leaders with the information, partnership, and resources they need to compassionately engage on the vital and sensitive cultural issues we face.
As a pastor in Massachusetts facing the difficult questions of the “why” and “how” of cultural engagement, Neil understands firsthand what today’s faith communities face. He found himself leaning on Cornerstone’s sister organization in Massachusetts to help him and his congregation stay on top of key policy developments in the state that impacted them. His desire is to provide that same inspiration, information, and support to New Hampshire’s faith leaders.
Today, you might find Neil walking the halls of NH’s State House engaging with our lawmakers or gathering with fellow faith leaders to talk about ways to encourage our elected representatives and wisely engage on critical issues.
Neil has a master’s degree in education. He and Kelsey, his wife of twelve years, live in Hollis with their three children. He wants to hear from you. Connect with Neil here
DIRECTOR OF STEWARDSHIP & ENGAGEMENT
Clare comes to Cornerstone with a strong national and state-based background working for faith-based non-profits. Her gift is connection. She oversees supporter engagement, responsible stewardship of donations, and reaching out to the people of New Hampshire to keep them informed via our social platforms, website, and communications. Clare is also working hard to strengthen our overall systems and efficiency as well as our messaging and platforms.
For those seeking to engage more deeply with Cornerstone and our mission, Clare is the “go-to,” matching an individual’s gifts and desires with our needs, whether it be as a volunteer, prayer partner, or in another critical capacity.
When she’s not busy with the plentiful work she does on behalf of Cornerstone, Clare and her husband love exploring the small towns and enjoying the natural beauty of the area in every season. She’d love to hear from you. You can connect with Clare here.
Communications & Research Specialist
Helena is Cornerstone’s tireless communications and research point person. She ensures we stay available and responsive to you, drafts our frequent communications, and conducts exhaustive research to inform our policy and advocacy positions.
Helena grew up in Hollis, New Hampshire. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas More College in Merrimack and a MA in Political Philosophy from Hillsdale College in Michigan. Her extensive academic studies into the philosophy and origins of our political system have proved to be a great asset in the work we do.
Helena and her husband recently celebrated the birth of their first child.
Suzanne is a military veteran and former military spouse with a broad business and writing background. She has deep roots in the Granite State, growing up in the Durham area and graduated from the University of New Hampshire, most recently living, worshipping, and volunteering in beautiful Strafford. She helps Cornerstone with writing and editing needs including drafting editorial content.
As a former HR Director, Suzanne also assists with organizational development and strategy. Suzanne holds an MA in Human Resources Management from the University of Redlands in California.