Cornerstone is governed by 15 members of our Board of Directors who are dedicated and distinguished professionals and community members. The Board of Directors provides leadership and strategic direction.
Join Cornerstone’s Board of Directors
Would you like to join these like-minded, passionate community members who want to make a difference in the lives of those who have experienced violence and trauma? If so, we would love to have you join us and bring your personal lived experiences and/or professional background to help govern our organization and help lead our important work forward and into the future.
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Board of Directors Portal
Current Board Members: View meeting minutes and other materials through the Board of Directory Portal.
Loren Thacker, Chair
Loren joined the board of Cornerstone at the beginning of 2020. He retired from Ecolab Inc. at the beginning of 2022, where he was Ecolab’s Institutional Sector General Counsel. Prior to joining Ecolab in 1998, Loren was an attorney for one of the predecessor law firms of Ballard Spahr in Minneapolis for four years. Prior to law school, Loren worked as a CPA for six years. Loren earned an accounting degree from the University of Minnesota (Carlson School of Management) and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. Loren and his wife, Mary Giesler, live in St. Paul.
Martha Stutsman, Vice Chair
Woodland Strategies, Inc.
Martha Stutsman is the Founder and President of Woodland Strategies, Inc. She has over 20 years of expertise in marketing management and strategic planning in a variety of industries. Martha’s earliest professional career experience includes working as an LICSW, working in a Level 1 trauma center as well as with community-based nonprofits. Martha has consistently served on a variety of professional committees and boards spanning her professional career. She is a Hennepin County Master Gardener serving as a Volunteer Community Educator through the University of MN, Extension Division. She also has a longstanding history of invitations to mentor individuals to support a variety of organizations and their stakeholders.
Martha earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and French Literature, and her MSW from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She holds a graduate certificate in Child Abuse Prevention Studies (Levels I and II) from the University of MN. She has also completed graduate certificates in Executive Leadership, and Financial Success for Nonprofits, both from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
Andrew Miller, Secretary
Danfoss Power Solutions
Andrew has over 20 years of business management experience and is currently the Director of Global Business Process and Analytics where he is responsible for leading the business through a digital transformation journey to improve functional performance and customer experience. Andrew leads a team of data scientists, business analysts, business process partners, and master data stewards, who works with business professionals using design thinking techniques and big data analytics and science to digitize business processes for improved decision making and increased organization collaboration.
Andrew is a lifelong learner, receiving his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering, a Master of Business Administration and Executive Management from Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota, a business analytics certificate from Harvard University, and is studying design thinking at Stanford University. Andrew resides in Mound, is married to Mackenzie and they have one daughter.
Cory Bultinck, Treasurer
Cory Bultinck is the national real estate practice leader at Wipfli. Prior to being the national leader, Cory led Minnesota’s construction and real estate practice. His clients and team value his passion to help others, tenacious approach to his clients’ success and ability to find unique solutions to the most challenging problems.
Cory is proactive in providing real estate industry-specific business, operational and tax advisory solutions. He often works collaboratively with his clients and key stakeholders, including attorneys, investors, advisors and strategic partners. His collaboration and commitment to success have led to many life-long client relationships and a dedicated real estate team that strives toward that same client success.
K Mackenzie Design
Kelsey Brison is a highly skilled floral designer and small business owner. Her creative talents have taken her across the country as a freelance designer working on high profile events. With her unique vision and creativity, Kelsey brings a touch of magic to every project she undertakes. As a survivor of domestic violence, Kelsey knows firsthand the importance of Cornerstone. She is dedicated to empowering survivors and sharing stories of hope and resilience. Her passion, imagination, and commitment to making a difference make Kelsey a true inspiration.
Courtney Grimsrud is a Senior Relationship Manager at Okabena Company, a family office serving multiple families in Minneapolis. Courtney is responsible for the management of client relationships and works with a team of wealth management specialists to serve the financial needs of families, including asset management, wealth planning and fiduciary services. Earlier in her career, Courtney was a tax and estate planning attorney.
Courtney received her LL.M. in Taxation with honors from Northwestern University School of Law, a juris doctor degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in political science from Purdue University. Courtney lives in St. Paul with her husband, Dan, and their three children.
Dr. LoAnn Heuring
LoAnn is an internist and pediatrician at Fairview Clinics. She believes in combining evidence-based practice with patient-centered communication to empower patients to actively participate in their care and lead healthier lives. LoAnn earned a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and a medical degree from New Jersey Medical School.
Alex is a Workplace Violence Prevention Program Manager at Cargill. In this role, he leads and supports development of Cargill’s violence prevention program including training, threat management and collaboration across businesses and functions with the goal of maintaining a violence-free workplace.
Alex holds a Masters of Science in Security Technologies from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University. He resides in Bloomington with his wife and sons.
Christine Miller Barneson
St. Mary’s University
Christine has a background in project management, strategic planning and data analytics for continuous improvement. Currently she works as an adjunct professor for St. Mary’s University and owner and social/partner dance coach of The Right Foot Dance Studio. She earned her M. Ed in Corporate Training and Knowledge Management from Jones International University and BA Political Science International Relations from the U of MN. She and her husband, Shawn, live in Richfield with their high energy fur-kid Nayla.
Heather has over 25 years of experience within the Insurance industry. She is currently the Chief Audit Executive, and was previously a Senior Director within the Actuarial function for the majority of her career. These positions have supported her passions around problem solving, focusing on the financial narrative and implementing improved processes with appropriate safeguards.
Heather received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. Her favorite moments are time spent with her husband and their children in Shakopee.
Dr. Dan Rubin
Intelligent Medical Objects
Dan Rubin, M.D. is a senior physician informaticist at Intelligent Medical Objects in Northbrook, IL. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Clinical Informatics. He previously served as Chief Medical Officer at LogicStream Health and Medical Director at UCare. Dan earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a master’s in health informatics from the University of Minnesota and a medical degree from SUNY – Brooklyn. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin.
Sandy is a native New Yorker who grew up in the heart of Manhattan. Sandy attended Brooklyn College and left New York in 1971 to pursue her career in Parks and Recreation Administration. After attending Ohio State University for her Master’s Degree, she settled in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. For more than 25 years Sandy worked in local government and school districts in the leisure management field. She has branched out into the nonprofit world and most recently held the position of Youth Programs and Community Outreach Manager for Twin Cities In Motion. She is also a consultant on nonprofit structure and organizational issues. Sandy is a former International President and Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Jewish Women International based in Washington. DC. In St. Paul/Minneapolis, Sandy is a co-founder of the current Jewish Domestic Abuse Collaborative of the Twin Cities.
Lisa Wadsen is currently the Director of Real Estate and Construction for Hemisphere Companies: Bear Paddle Swim School and Rayito De Sol. She collaborates with the owners on ideal new business locations, LOI and lease negotiations, design, and handles all aspects of construction and getting all supplies and equipment into the facility. She also oversees the capital assets and remodel process for the existing locations. With more than 30 years of experience in management and setting up operational processes and systems for companies to grow. Lisa has held many different leadership positions at every level in several health and fitness organizations. She graduated from University of WI- River Falls, with a BS in Health and Human Performance and an MBA from University of Northwestern. She currently resides in Bloomington with her husband, David and their 3 dogs. They have 2 children and 3 granddaughters and 1 grandson. She is actively involved in various volunteer roles and loves gardening, working out, riding her Harley Davidson and being outside during the seasons.
John has over 25 years of experience leading strategic planning and risk mitigation efforts relating to financial, operational, governance and reputational risk for large banking institutions.His experience includes managing complex legal and business challenges to ensure optimal outcomes across domestic and international business lines and leading businesses to leverage strengths to drive product and process innovation. Earlier in his career, John was a classroom teacher of first, fourth and fifth grade children. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration-Finance from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and his Masters degree from the College of Education, University of Minnesota.