Meet the Team

Our team is comprised of citizens of Jackson County who love this community dearly. We are educators, business owners, medical professionals, and parents who have invested countless hours and resources into this community. We believe in the future of our community. That future only grows brighter when we work together to address the problem of incarceration.

Board of Directors

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Robert Summers has a calling to support economic development in the community. After a career in the military, Robert has spent the last several years in the education sector currently serving ASU, Newport. Robert has a passion to build learning and help others discover their purpose in life.

Kelly McKinney is a wife and mom to an energetic little boy and local dentist. Kelly’s passion for her family, church and community is an asset to the Cornerstone team.

Denise Jiles has served for over twenty years in education. She has a heart to see women improve their lives by living for the Lord. She is a wife, mother and grandmother.

Derrick Person is the Chief of Police in Diaz, Arkansas. Along with serving the community, Derrick is a husband, father and a gifted musician encouraging the body of Christ through music. He is committed to keeping citizens safe and building healthy communities in which others can thrive.

Charlotte George is the former owner of Oakdale Assisted Living (now Cornerstone Transition Home). Charlotte has faithfully served individuals and families transition into different seasons of life and has a passion for hospitality.

Joe David Smith serves the Newport community as a veterinarian. His compassion for people (and their best friends) is evident in the way he sacrifices to serve the community. He has faithfully volunteered in a men’s prison for many years.

Brenda Provost is a former missionary who served with her husband and children in Yemen, Cyprus, and Jordan With over 20 years of service on the foreign mission field Brenda is experienced in serving individuals, families, and communities with the Gospel of Christ.

The Team

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Bethany Davis – Executive Director
After being a teacher for 18-years, God began leading Bethany to devote her life to the incarcerated population and those reentering society. Bethany has experienced the life-changing power of the gospel in her own life and wants to see other women have the same change of life. After much prayer, Bethany left her teaching position (which she loved) and answered the call to direct Cornerstone Transition Home. She is a wife, mom to two adult children and “NiNi” to two grandsons.

Jennifer Smith –  House Manager/ Program Director
Jennifer’s youth was filled with abuse, bitterness, addiction and violence that led her to spend eleven-and-a-half years in prison. During her incarceration she came to know her Savior and was transformed by God’s Word. Now, she serves as a chaplain at the McPherson prison where she was once incarcerated—sharing the hope of the gospel to women in prison everyday.

Jennifer has experienced transitioning from prison to the free-world. Her wisdom and life-experience is a valuable to the Cornerstone team.


Along with a board and staff, we will have dedicated volunteers–individuals approved by ACC–to assist in the programs offered to residence at Cornerstone Transition Home.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer with Cornerstone Transition Home, please contact us.