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.

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.


Ann Poston, Chief Marketing Officer

Ann Poston serves as Chief Marketing Officer for the Cornerstone Fund. Ann is a strategic marketing and communications leader with nearly 15 years of work within both the corporate and not-for-profit business sectors. In the years prior to joining the Cornerstone Fund’s leadership team, Poston led a successful, boutique marketing consultancy across a spectrum of business sectors, including consumer goods, financial services, and not-for-profit; served as Director of Communications for the United Church of Christ denomination; led the visual and online communications for the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra; and, a host of other marketing leadership positions. Ann’s work has been featured in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Chicago Tribune, CNN, MSN, and NPR, among others. She has an M.B.A. from Cleveland State University and B.S. in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.