Cornerstone’s leadership team provides strategic direction and oversees the day-to-day operations of Cornerstone.
Artika Roller, Executive Director
Artika Roller is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Rondo Community. She has twenty years of experience providing services for victims and survivors in the fields of intimate partner violence, sex trafficking, and sexual violence. Artika earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Metropolitan State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota, with a concentration in organizational leadership, advocacy, public policy, and system change. In addition, she is a graduate of the Alliance for Children and Families Executive Leadership Institute from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Schools of Business and Social Work. Throughout her career, Artika has received recognition for her work, most recently she was the recipient of the University of Minnesota School of Social Work Alum of the Year Award and the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar Visionary Honoree for making a significant difference in the lives of all Minnesotans. Artika serves on several non-profit Boards, Multidisciplinary Advisory Committees, and Professional Associations that focus on creating opportunities and eliminating system barriers for victims and survivors.
KaShon Austin, SHRM-CP, Director of Human Resources
KaShon Austin brings ten years of nonprofit Human Resources experience to her Cornerstone role. As an HR professional, she has implemented successful Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and led training and coaching opportunities for staff and other leaders. KaShon has a Human Resources Management Certificate from Inver Hills Community College and is a certified member of the Society for Human Resource Professionals; SHRM-CP.
Courtney Poja, Senior Director of Advancement
Courtney 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. Courtney is a member of the Board of Directors for LegalCORPS.
Colleen Schmitt, Director of Emergency Services/Day One/General Crime Victim Services and Strategic Initiatives
Colleen Schmitt has worked in the field of interpersonal violence for 36 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, now overseeing Day One, VAP and Emergency Services Programs. Colleen is President of National Day One, LLC, a social enterprise wholly owned by Cornerstone, and serves on the ThinkSelf Board of Directors. In 2014, Ms. Schmitt was recognized for Cornerstone’s Social Justice Opening the Door work by the Bloomington Human Rights Commission and in 2017, received the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women’s Inspire Award. She holds a BS in Social Work with a minor in Women’s Studies from the College of St. Catherine.
Jennifer Smith, Senior Director of Finance and Administration
Jennifer Smith has over 26 years of experience working in the accounting and administrative fields and has been with Cornerstone for 24 years. Jennifer has a BS in Accounting from Metropolitan State University and is currently a member of the Nonprofit Financial Group of Minnesota.