Shannon McGinley is a founding board member of Cornerstone Action, the public advocacy arm of Cornerstone 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 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 unflagging 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 the Manchester Union Leader.
Shannon, her husband Doug, and their five sons, ranging in age from 2 to 22, live 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 the Portsmouth area with their two school-age children. He wants to hear from you. Connect with Neil 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.
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.
Chris, a licensed attorney, came on board in 2018 to provide much-needed legal expertise and counsel around the critical issues Cornerstone deals with each and every day. In addition to providing in-depth legislation analysis and opinion rooted in the law and the philosophy behind it, he helps NH citizens find the legal assistance they need to address their needs and questions. Chris often finds himself on the front lines and has already seen the difference identifying and analyzing emerging issues can have by informing and equipping the public to intelligently respond.
You can usually see Chris at Cornerstone-sponsored events or at our NH State House. As a father of three “explosively fun” children under the age of four, he and his wife happily have their hands full. Chris is always ready to support the people of New Hampshire with their legal questions and concerns. You can reach him here.
Board of Directors
We are thankful for the dedicated support of the Cornerstone Board:
Charlie McKinney, Chairman
Dr. Todd Mellish