Meet the leadership of the Cornerstone Fund.
Board of Directors
Ms. Elizabeth Walker, Esq., Chair
Elizabeth (Beth) Walker has been engaged in the legal profession for over 25 years and most recently worked for Zurich North America Insurance Company where she specialized in the field of employment law, educating, training, counseling and defending insured employers. Ms. Walker is a graduate of Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she earned a B.A. in economics. She attended Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozier Theological Seminary for two years focusing on applied ethics before attending Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a Juris Doctorate Degree and is admitted to the bars of the courts of the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ms. Walker is an active member of Old First Reformed United Church of Christ in Philadelphia. She is past-Moderator of the Philadelphia Association of the United Church of Christ, works with the Justice and Witness Ministry Team of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. In 2013, Ms. Walker was elected to serve on the United Church of Christ Board. Beth served on the Cornerstone Fund Board of Directors from 2012 – 2017, most recently serving as Secretary and on the Strategic Planning Task Force.
The Rev. Sue Artt
Rev. Sue Artt serves as Conference Minister of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ, a role she has served in since 2013. Sue came to ministry as a third career pastor after nearly two decades in executive leadership with Mobil Oil Corporation and running her own private consulting practice. Sue was called to ministry in the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, and attended Eden Theological Seminary (2003-2006) prior to serving her first call as solo pastor for St. Paul United Church of Christ in Nashville, Illinois. She also served as the Conference’s representative to the UCC Local Church Ministries Board of Directors (2010–2013). She has served as Vice Moderator and Moderator for the denomination’s General Synod in 2015 and 2017, respectively. She has also sat on the United Church of Christ Board of Directors Executive Committee.
The Rev. Dennis Coy
Rev. Dennis Coy currently serves as senior pastor of Congregational United Church of Christ in Canton, Ohio – and has served this congregation since early 2014. Rev. Coy also serves as a member of the United Church of Christ Board of Directors (UCCB), and on its special committee on development (vice-chair). Coy also serves the denomination by serving on the Board of Directors for Common Global Ministries, the ecumenical partnership between the UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for its global ministry work.Dennis is a former police officer and drug-enforcement agent. He is an experienced investigator and investigations manager in both the public and private sectors with over 18 years of experience as a specialist in the area of White Collar Crimes and financial crimes, in general. Currently, Dennis oversees risk, compliance, and investigations for Consumers National Bank as its Chief Risk & Compliance Officer. He has also previously worked at PNC in anti-money laundering roles. Dennis is also active in his community, and has served in various roles with regional and state-wide chapters of the Jaycees.
Ms. Cindy P. Crotty
Cindy P. Crotty is a financial services executive with over 35 years of experience in commercial, retail, private and corporate banking. She is currently Executive Vice President and Region President of Peoples Bank. She reports to the CEO and is responsible to lead and grow all bank operations for the North Region including retail, commercial, business banking, investment management and insurance. Prior to Peoples Bank she spent 20 years at KeyCorp, most recently as an Executive Vice President and a member of KeyCorp’s Executive Council, where she was responsible for the Commercial Client segment, a $500 million in revenue line of business, delivered through a Community Bank model. She also served in leadership roles in the Key Private Bank, and Key Business Advisory Services. Prior to Key, Cindy spent 14 years in various corporate finance and wealth management leadership roles at Citibank, NA (now Citigroup, NA). She is currently an active trustee on the board of Hathaway Brown School, is past president and active board member of Beech Brook, retired board member of the Visiting Nurse Association, and was an inaugural member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting. She also completed the Key Executive Experience at the Case Weatherhead School of Management.
The Rev. Ginny Brown Daniel
Ginny Brown Daniel is the Conference Minister of the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the UnitedChurch of Christ. She began her duties in December of 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and attended Baptist Theological Seminary and Union Presbyterian Seminary, both in Richmond, VA, where she earned her M.Div. and D. Div. degrees, respectively. Rev. Dr. Daniel brings sixteen years of pastoral experience in two UCC churches – the first in Maryland and then in Texas. She served as Moderator of the South Central Conference while serving the Houston congregation, and previously served on the Board of the Central Atlantic Conference, and was Moderator of their Annual Meeting. In May, 2015, she began a consulting business called Divine Sparks Consulting which provides leadership conferences and spiritual retreats to ministers.
The Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Dipko
Thomas E. Dipko is the retired Executive Vice President of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries and Charter Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the Cornerstone Fund. He served as a local church pastor for 21 years and as Conference Minister of the Ohio Conference for 8 years. His specializations include ecumenical theology and liturgy, and he served as the first draft writer of the UCC Book of Worship. He holds a B.A. from Otterbein College, an M.Div. from United Theological Seminary (Dayton), and a Ph.D. from Boston University.
Mr. Daniel D. Dubree
Daniel Dubree is owner of Preferred Global Consulting, LLC which provides confidential consulting services for companies seeking federal government contracts. Prior to his consulting work, Dan worked for twenty seven years for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) serving as Assistant Director, Deputy Assistant Director, Deputy Program Manager, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Unit Chief, Supervisor Senior Resident Agent, Supervisor Special Agent, Special Agent and Computer Programmer. As Assistant Director, Dan was responsible for operation and maintenance of the FBI’s Information Technology system worldwide. In this capacity he led a staff of 800 members and formulated and executed at budget of over $200 million. Mr. Dubree is an active UCC member and from 2013 to 2016 served as Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas. He is a 1983 graduate of Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Computer Science and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1996 from New York Law School. Mr. Dubree is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
Ms. Patricia Eggleston, Esq.
Patricia J. Eggleston serves as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Trinity 95th and Cottage Grove Planned Community Development, LLC (dba lmani Village). In her role, she directs, manages, and oversees all aspects of the development; ensures implementation of the organization’s goals and objectives; provides for general legal oversight of the project; and, is responsible for managing stakeholder relationships. Prior to her current role, Ms. Eggleston served as General Counsel and program advisor for Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, the denomination’s largest congregation. In this capacity, Ms. Eggleston was responsible for all aspects of Trinity’s legal affairs. She served in this role since 1991. Ms. Eggleston has also maintained a private legal practice, committed to representing and empowering low-income persons. She has a special expertise and extensive experience in real estate, business, contract, church, and non-profit law, representing several churches and non-profit organizations. Ms. Eggleston has been a member of Trinity UCC since 1981, and has served in various capacities with the denomination, including leadership roles with United Black Christians. She received both her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Illinois.
Mr. V. Brian Magnone
Brian Magnone serves as Secretary of the Cornerstone Fund. He is Vice President of Treasury and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Retirement Housing Foundation (“RHF”). RHF is a national non-profit provider of senior housing with a large portfolio of affordable and low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC’s) properties as well as Continuing Care Retirement Communities, has properties in 29 states, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and is the largest member of The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) of the United Church of Christ. Mr. Magnone served on CHHSM’s Board of Directors for 2 terms in the past. He oversees RHF’s banking, investment and financing activities. Mr. Magnone is actively involved in his local church and has service in various leadership positions Mr. Magnone is a graduate of West Liberty University where he earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Mathematics and an MBA from Regent University. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Cash Manager (CCM) designations. He has been actively involved in CFA Societies and currently serves on the CFA Orange County Society Board in Newport Beach, CA. Mr. Magnone is also a California real estate broker.
Nichelle is a Startup Strategist and Venture-backed Tech Entrepreneur. She is the founder of Bold Startups, which provides courses to first-time tech entrepreneurs on how to get customers for their startup. She is also Co-Founder of Bramework, an AI software that helps digital marketers create blogs in minutes. She raised $0.5 million within a year (as a non-technical founder) for her own software company, making her part of the 0.02% of black women founders in tech to raise venture capital. She has also managed two startup accelerators, where entrepreneurs have made over $3.6M in revenue within a few years. Nichelle has also worked as a funder for three foundations including, the Cleveland Foundation, The Business of Good Foundation, and as a liaison to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on a $20 million college-completion initiative.Nichelle is the Board President for SEA Change, a nonprofit that provides both in-person and online trainings to social entrepreneurs to develop a sustainable business model, access funding, and solidify their meaningful social impact.
Ms. Bee Moorhead
Bee Moorhead is the executive director of Texas Impact, a position she has held since has been 2000. She is also the executive director of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Texas Impact’s sister organization. Under Bee’s leadership, Texas Impact and the Interfaith Center have earned state and national recognition for work on interfaith education and community leadership development.
Bee holds a Masters degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas LBJ School. She also holds an undergraduate degree in theatrical costume design from UT Austin, and she has studied theology and New Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Bee serves as an adjunct faculty member at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where she lectures on faith and public policy.
The Rev. Shari Prestemon
Shari Prestemon has been the Conference Minister of the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ since 2013. Previously she served as minister in several local churches in Illinois and Wisconsin, before serving as Executive Director of Bay Back Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi from 2000-2013. She also currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Common Global Ministries Board of the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ and is on the Board of Trustees of United Theological Seminary and The Council for Health and Human Service. Ms. Prestemon received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in social work from Luther College in 1989. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1993 and was ordained as a minister that same year. She received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Heidelberg University in May, 2010.
The Rev. Dr. Chandra Soans
Chandra Soans serves as both the senior pastor of Grace Trinity United Church of Christ, and the Executive Director of Grace Neighborhood Development Corporation. In 1996, Rev. Soans partnered with his Conference (PSEC) to transform a closing church into a new church for the immigrant and surrounding community. Rev. Soans and colleagues took over a dilapidated building in a neighborhood familiar with drug dealers and gun violence. Rev. Soans and 11 members opened Grace Trinity UCC in July 1996. Over the last 20 years, the church has grown into a congregation with dynamic worship, far-reaching fellowship and discipleship, and engaging community service. Since then, he has also transformed former church properties into much needed day care facilities. Rev.Soans has also been a long-time client of the Fund. Rev. Soans has also created the Grace Neighborhood Development Corporation (GNDC) to serve the local community. GNDC provides pre-purchase counseling, credit counseling, home ownership and maintenance counseling and other financial services to the local community. The mission of the GNDC is to aid low-income families into home ownership. Economic development is an equally important aspect of GNDC, and it owns more than 7,000 sq. ft. of commercial space for new and existing businesses, generating more than 100 jobs.
The Rev. Courtney Stange-Tregear
Rev. Courtney Stange-Tregearis a clergyperson in the United Church Christ anchored in the dynamic work of social justice advocacy and congregational transformation. After having spent time pastoring in local congregations in both California (Ladera Community Church, Portola Valley) and Maryland (Zion UCC, Nottingham), Courtney now serves as the Minister of Church Vitality for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. In this capacity, both her love for the local parish and community organizing come into play as she consults and partners with congregations to build more dynamic, integrative, and intersectional churches for the future of the mainline church. Courtney’s work as a pastor and conference staff has its roots in her training in the Great Books tradition of St. John’s College where she received her undergraduate degree. She also holds degrees from the University of Leeds in Philosophy and Religion and a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Courtney is a participant in the UCC Pension Boards Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI), Class of 2024.
Executive Leadership Team
Maria C. Coyne, President & CEO
Maria C. Coyne serves as the President and CEO of the UCC Cornerstone Fund. Maria is a financial services executive with over 30 years of experience in commercial and retail banking. Nationally recognized as an engaging leader, Maria is featured in several books and publications including How Women Lead by Dr. Sharon Hadary, and Off the Sidelines by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She has also worked with several “fintech” companies providing strategic consulting, and as a senior consultant at the telos institute. While at KeyCorp from 2001 to 2015 she served as an Executive Vice President and a member of KeyCorp’s Executive Council. She was the founder of the Key4 Women program and also held leadership positions in Retail/Consumer Banking, Business Banking, Strategic Planning, and Client Experience. She was named twice (in 2013 and 2014) as one of American Banker’s “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking”, and twice as one of the “Women to Watch” (2011 and 2012). Prior to Key, she spent three years at the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and over 10 years at Bank One Cleveland, serving in various management capacities before becoming Director of Marketing. She is a prominent thought leader on small business and women’s leadership and has been featured frequently in media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, Bloomberg News, and BusinessWeek. Maria has considerable experience serving on non-profit boards including the Cleveland Catholic Diocese finance council, the Ursuline Sisters finance council, Beaumont school, the MacDonald Women’s Health Council of University Hospitals, the Sovereign Order of St. John, and she was an inaugural member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.
Maria is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. She also completed the Key Executive Experience at the Case Weatherhead School of Management. Maria is a proud Clevelander, where she and her husband raised their two adult children. She is an avid rower and enjoys travel and learning about new cultures.
Jeanine Colozza, Vice President & Chief Lending Officer
Jeanine Colozza serves as Vice President of Sales and Chief Lending Officer for the United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund. Most recently, Jeanine managed her own consultancy and also served as Senior Lending Officer at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a local community development organization. Jeanine has also served in numerous leadership capacities with economic development organizations, including Tremont West Development Corporation, Greater Cleveland Partnership, and the Center for Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon. Jeanine also serves as part-time, adjunct faculty at Lorain Community College in public administration coursework. Jeanine has a M.S. in public management and policy from the Heinz College of Urban and Public Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. in Administration of Justice from Penn State.
Kathy Houston, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Kathy Houston serves as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Cornerstone Fund. She has a Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Information Systems and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, both from Cleveland State University. Ms. Houston has held multiple financial positions in the national setting of the United Church of Christ national setting, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer for the national setting. Ms. Houston served on the Board of Directors of the United Church Insurance Association and was Chair of that organization’s Finance Committee. Ms. Houston also served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the United Church Insurance Corporation.