Support Team Members

Leslie Garrison

Chief Operating Officer

Leslie Garrison joined Cornerstone Wealth Management in 2018 as the director of marketing. Today, she leads the operational efforts across the firm, ensuring that Cornerstone’s programs and services are running smoothly and adding value to each advisor’s practice and, in turn, their clients.

Before joining Cornerstone, Leslie led the marketing team for a national RIA based in St. Louis. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and lives in St. Louis with her husband, John, and two children. When she’s not serving as a chauffeur for her kids, you can usually find Leslie running, reading a book, traveling, and having fun with family and friends.

Kim Nellesen

Compliance Specialist

As part of the Cornerstone Wealth Services compliance team, Kim is involved in operating policies and procedures, risk assessments, communications, RIA licensing and regulations.

She has been in the financial industry since 2010. Prior to joining Cornerstone in 2012, she worked in operations with Wells Fargo Advisors.

Kim and her husband, Dustin, have three children, Lucas, Tyler and Kylie.

Alaina Budnick

Onboarding & Transitions Specialist

Alaina joined Cornerstone Wealth Services in 2014 and brought a wealth of knowledge from her years in the banking industry. She served as an administrative assistant for a top Cornerstone advisor for more than 7 years before joining the transition team to help advisors and clients make a seamless move to Cornerstone and LPL Financial.

Alaina has a genuine interest in helping others and is focused on providing excellent customer service and advisor support. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.

Janet Mueller

Transitions Specialist

Janet Mueller has been with Cornerstone Wealth Services since it first started and has worked as an assistant in the financial industry since 2000. To date, Jan has assisted over 30 financial representatives in transitioning their business to Cornerstone.

Jan is the proud mother of two grown children, and has an extended family with whom she spends holidays and vacations. On the weekends, you can find her shopping the local antique stores for treasures and her next re-purposing furniture project.

Laurie Triplett-Wood

Branch Operations Associate

Using planning and organizational skills she has honed over many years, Laurie supports the firm’s operations team in many functions. She regularly has a hand in helping the firm’s strategic initiatives in the areas of coaching, marketing and events. Laurie also collaborates with Cornerstone’s financial advisors to provide exceptional service and support to their clients.

As a St. Louis native, Laurie studied marketing at Webster University. When she’s not busy at the office, you can find her reading, attending festivals and sporting events, repurposing vintage collectibles, and spending time with her family and friends.

Claire Hamberg

Marketing Manager

Claire Hamberg joined Cornerstone in 2022, bringing over 7 years of marketing experience in the legal industry. She partners with financial advisors to implement customized marketing strategies to best fit their goals and clients' needs. In her role, Claire also helps steer and execute the overall marketing initiatives of the firm.

A native of St. Louis, Claire attained her undergraduate degree from Webster University. Outside of the office, she and her husband David can be found listening to podcasts, exploring local trails, spending time with loved ones, and doting on their two cats.

The Support Team is with Cornerstone Wealth Management, a separate registered investment advisor.