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Board Of Directors

Linda Gaines - Chair

Minister Linda Gaines is married to Robert and together they have three children and three grandchildren.  She is a licensed clinical counselor and is an adjunct professor at Ashland Theological Seminary.  Linda attends the Oberlin House of the Lord Fellowship Church in Oberlin, Ohio, where her pastor is District Minister Rev. A. G. Miller.  Her passion is to encourage others to have an intimate relationship with the Lord.

“Many years ago the Lord directed me to begin to pray for Cornerstone each time that I drove by the house on Middle Avenue.  It was during that time that I realized how precious the ministry was to the heart of God.  I slowed down long enough and offered to help.”

Joe Spagnola, J.D., SPHR

Joe attends Christ the King Church in North Olmsted.  He is married to Christine and has two children.

“When I reviewed the mission and purpose of Cornerstone, I was very impressed with the fact that the sincere focus of helping women who are in need is the crux of the ministry.  There are no politics or agendas other than a faithful desire to serve in any way and be an example of the Gospel.”

 Matt Hallett

 Matt is an attorney practicing estate planning and real estate as the founder of Hallett Legal Group, LLC in Avon, Ohio. He attends Bay Presbyterian Church in Bay Village, OH with his wife Stacey and their three children

"In a world where hopelessness is a reality for so many, Cornerstone stands at the crossroads. I am proud to be a part of a ministry where real life change occurs and the gospel is shared."

Ellie Beckett

Ellie Beckett is a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in Communication Studies.  She worked in Christian radio as a News Director, and then as a General Manager. She was a volunteer at Cornerstone Pregnancy Services and served as the director of their Rocky River center, Among Women.  Her greatest passions are abiding in Jesus, serving her husband and children, and helping women recognize their worth and value in the Lord.  

Cindy Gecik

Cynthia Gecik has been a supporter of Cornerstone since its earliest days when it was known as Lorain County Crisis Pregnancy Center located in a store front across from Lorain County Community College.  She returns to the Board after a one year hiatus. What she loves most about the ministry is the Christ-centered focus that results in the Gospel being shared with so many and rejoices when hearing about those that receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Cynthia is a registered nurse with a masters degree in community health nursing from Case Western Reserve University.  She currently practices as a certified wound, ostomy, continence nurse with Cleveland Clinic Home Care and is the Clinical Coordinator for the WOC nursing team.  She also serves as a preceptor for the Rupert B. Turnbull School of WOC Nursing at the Cleveland Clinic. Cindy is married to Gerry Gecik and together they have two adult children, Matt and Rachel. Oh--and we can't forget her four legged stepchild, Molly, a rescued golden retriever with a very strong personality.

Steve Walsh

Steve Walsh is the Chief Information Officer at the law firm Thompson Hine LLP.  He is married to his high school sweetheart Debbie and has three grown children and six grandchildren who continuously bring him much joy.  He attends Calvary Baptist Church in Avon Lake.

"I can think of no more noble goals for an organization to have than to save unborn babies and bring people to Christ.  It is a privilege for me to serve that mission with the Cornerstone ministry".


                           Teleja Wright 

Cherilyn Holloway, Executive Director

"I know the plans I have for you, sayeth the Lord," Jeremiah 29:11
Cherilyn is committed to the welfare of women that are facing unplanned pregnancies, as well as, emotionally supporting those that have had abortions. With her penchant for Christian leadership, and commitment to spiritual development, she is a woman who has a mature relationship with the Lord and is passionate about the mission of Cornerstone. Cherilyn has tenacity, energy, creativity and she inspires others with her wisdom.


Corporate Staff

Cherilyn Holloway
Executive Director


Carmen Grondin, CB, CCNL
Director of Finance & Operational Services 

Pat Flores
Executive Assistant;     



Rachel Dotson

Development Director

Client Services Staff

Sue Marie Wilhelm, SRAS
Director of Educational Outreach

Cynthia Carter-Smallwood RN,BSN,MBA,D.Min.
Director of Medical Services

Patsy Hoag



Adelaida Tellado 

Family Advocate