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 4 to 24 and make their home in Bedford, NH. She invites you to connect by emailing her.
Director of strategic alliances
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 ten years, live in Hollis with their two school-age children. He wants to hear from you. Connect with Neil here.
DIRECTOR OF STEWARDSHIP & ENGAGEMENT
Clare is a recent transplant from Montana, coming 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.
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.
Ellen’s title is Communications Consultant, but that only begins to describe her role with Cornerstone. Ellen’s involvement with Cornerstone dates back to our founding in 2000 when she served as administrative assistant to founder Karen Testerman. Today she tackles the daunting tasks of legislative research and keeping our supporters informed on what’s happening.
Ellen has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida. She has been involved in NH advocacy for over two decades and writes about pro-life culture and policy in New Hampshire in her blog Leaven for the Loaf. She has been married to her husband over 35 years, and together they have five adult children. You can reach Ellen here.