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Leadership Team

Cornerstone's leadership team has a combined tenure of 73 years at Cornerstone and 139 years in the field, working with victims in varied capacities.

Meg Schnabel, Executive Director
Ms. Schnabel has been working in the field of interpersonal violence for over 20 years. Her background and experience include managing and directing domestic violence shelter programs, intervention programs for men who batter, and comprehensive mental health services for families impacted by the co-occurring issues of child maltreatment and domestic violence. Ms. Schnabel holds a Master of Social Work Degree from Washington University and has received many awards for her work, including the Hannah B. Solomon Award, which is the National Council of Jewish Women’s highest honor for making important contributions within the community for women and families. She was also honored by the White House in 2011 through the “Champions of Change Award” as being one of eleven selected from around the country for outstanding work in developing innovative services for victims of domestic violence.

Courtney Poja, Director of Advancement
Ms. Poja served as Cornerstone’s Development Coordinator from 2006-2013. Prior to rejoining Cornerstone in 2015, Courtney served as an Associate Development Officer at the University of Minnesota Law School. She received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Ms. Poja is a member of the Charities Review Council’s Board of Directors and is Chair of their Governance Committee.

Colleen Schmitt, Director of Programs
Ms. Schmitt has worked in the field of interpersonal violence for 33 years, in the areas of shelter services, youth, community advocacy, intervention, deaf awareness training, volunteer and community education and building collaborations. Ms. Schmitt has been a Cornerstone management staff member since 2005. Ms. Schmitt is President of National Day One, LLC a social enterprise wholly owned by Cornerstone. She has worked with Day One® for 21 years and holds a BS in Social Work with a minor in Women’s Studies from the College of St. Catherine.

Jennifer Smith, Director of Finance and Administration
Ms. Smith has over 21 years of experience working in the accounting and administrative fields and has been with Cornerstone for 20 years. Ms. Smith has a BS in Accounting from Metropolitan State University and is currently a member of the Non Profit Financial Group of MN.

Cheryl Kolb-Untinen, MS, Prevention, Education and Clinical Services (PECS) Program Manager
Ms. Kolb-Untinen has over 20 years of experience working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence in a multitude of settings including hospital ER’s, emergency and extended stay shelters, criminal and civil court and the provision of therapy. Eleven of those years have been at Cornerstone. She has a BA in Applied Behavioral Science and an MS in Counseling from National Louis University in Evanston, IL. She carries her Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential through the state of Illinois and is a Certified Danger Assessor with Dr. Jacqueline Campbell’s Danger Assessment protocol. She regularly speaks and provides trainings to diverse audiences on domestic violence and compassion fatigue.

Pamela Maldonado, Victim Advocacy Program Manager
For the past twenty years, Ms. Maldonado has been working to address family violence, sexual assault and poverty. Due to her various roles as advocate, supervisor and director of local programs and regional collaborations, she has extensive experience with best practices, public policy and social change. She was on the planning committee to create Minnesota’s first Victim Assistance Academy and currently serves on the Hennepin County Family Violence Coordinating Council. Ms. Maldonado holds a B.S. from St. Catherine University.

Patricia Ogbeide-Ihama, MHRM, MBA, CLSS, Human Resources Manager
Ms. Ogbeide-Ihama have over 15 years of Human Resources, training, and business management experience prior to joining Cornerstone. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma implementing Best Practices in education and healthcare environments. She is currently a member of the national Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), the Twin Cities SHRM, and a Charter Board Member of Diversity Council. Ms. Ogbeide-Ihama holds double BS in Applied Information Technology and Telecommunications from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and double Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM) and Business Administration (MBA) from Keller Graduate School of Management.