Geraldine Franciscus (M.Psych)

Acting Dean of Humanities and Head of Psychology Department

Geraldine joined Cornerstone in 2001 as a lecturer in the Psychology Department. She completed her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology with a thesis in the area of Child Sexual Abuse disclosure, exploring teachers’ attitudes and responses to disclosure. Prior to teaching at Cornerstone, she worked at the Institute for Child and Family Development (UWC) as an Administrator and Trainer on the Child Protective Services programme, and completed an internship at the Institute for Counselling (UWC). Her training includes a Higher Diploma in Education, HR and Assessor training. Geraldine is currently involved in pursuing PhD studies in the area of Adolescent Risk-Taking Behaviour and Relationships.

She has also been involved in training lay counsellors and running psycho-educational workshops in communities. She has a particular interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Object Relations Theory and the Solution-Focused Brief Counselling Approach. She has been involved in training Health Department mental healthcare workers, occupational therapists, psychiatric nurses and social workers in this approach.

Geraldine has been involved in developing student counselling services, providing counselling services, referrals and emotional support to students. She is passionate about community upliftment especially in the area of emotional well-being. Since joining Cornerstone, Geraldine has led several student teams on short-term mission weeks and community service initiatives in Thailand (OMF), Malawi (World Vision), Mozambique (Healing Wings Drug Rehab), and with local churches and NGOs.

Geraldine lectures in the areas of Psychopathology, Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Crisis Counselling and Counselling Skills. She supervises postgraduate students’ Independent Research Projects. She also supervises many of the final-year psychology students in senior project papers, as well as their counselling fieldwork in communities and schools, which forms such a key part of the programme in the Psychology Department.
Geraldine has also been involved in collaborative research and conference papers which have been presented at the South African Psychology Congress (PsySSA). Some of this research has resulted in an article being published in the International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy: “Assessing the Impact of Outcomes-Based Education, Family Dynamics, and Psychosocial Stressors on Student Academic Adjustment in South Africa”. Another area of interest is that of “Christians and Depression” and she has presented talks on radio on this topic.

Geraldine is married to Mervyn, and together they have been involved in the training of church leaders, youth and young adults in counselling and life skills related topics. They enjoy the outdoors and motor biking across the country.


Natalie Adams-Adonis (MA)

Psychology Lecturer (Developmental Psychology)

Natalie Adams – Adonis, MA Psychological Research (UCT)
Natalie Adams- Adonis comes from Cape Town and joined Cornerstone in 2008 as an associate lecturer in the Psychology Department. She completed her undergraduate studies at Cornerstone then her BScs honors at UCT.

Natalie completed her Masters in Psychological Research (UCT), a quantitative study exploring parental involvement and child adjustment within different family structures. Her training includes in depth interviewing, programme evaluation and monitoring, gender in research analysis and design, research methods and statistics. She has obtained National Research Funding (NRF), Harry Crossly and UCT merit scholarships and is a member of the “Golden key Honor society” for academic excellence.

Natalie has a particular interest in both qualitative and quantitative research in the areas of prenatal development, cognition and neuroscience and children with learning difficulties.

She is also passionate about improving the lives of people in the Cape Flats community thus worked as a teacher’s assistant with grade one learners with learning difficulties and a local Ngo CASE (Community Action toward a Safer Environment). Natalie has participated in the University’s tutor and mentorship programmes.
Natalie is an active member of a local church, involved in the weekly bible studies and the mammas and munchkin’s group. She is married to Sydwell and they have one daughter Ella Nikiwe.


Nicholas Hardwick (MPhil)

Psychology Lecturer

Nicholas started at Cornerstone Institute as a student in 2010 and completed his Bachelor of Theology in 2013 and Bachelor of Arts Honours (Psychology, Cum Laude) in 2014. During his Honours year, he began as a tutor for various psychology modules and an academic technologist. This experience highlighted his passion for teaching and engaging with the students of Cornerstone Institute. In 2015 he became a full-time faculty member in the Psychology Department, teaching Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Psychology and other modules. As a Cornerstone Alumni, he is committed to learning to change the world and providing teaching and learning in the service of others.

Outside of Cornerstone Nicholas is finishing his Masters in Programme Evaluation at the University of Cape Town in 2016, and has been involved in volunteer work and youth work since 2009. He thoroughly believes that psychology is useful in all forms of life, and understanding human behaviour is a skill we should all learn.


Claire Kelly (MPhil, PhD)

HOD Sociology & Community Development

Claire Kelly is the Head of Department for Community Development and Sociology at the Cornerstone Institute. She holds a PhD in Psychology from UCT (which focused on racial identity and post-apartheid activism) and an MPhil in Diversity Studies (which focused on whiteness and masculinity), also from UCT.

Prior to this she was based at The Centre for Extra Mural Studies (EMS) where she was the academic manager for the London School of Economics-University of Cape Town July School and co-convener of UCT’s annual Summer School.

She lectured for many years in UCT’s Sociology Department, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, on subjects ranging from development in post-colonial contexts, intercultural communication, race, class and gender and diversity literacy (for which she was course convener). She also developed, managed and lectured on SHAWCO International’s community development and service learning programmes. She is a regular contributor to the MBA at UCT’s Graduate School of Business, in the area of diversity and transformation. She is also a regular contributor to the School for International Training (SIT) in the areas of intercultural communication and research ethics and has supervised numerous student research projects.

She has over ten year’s research experience, having managed international research projects into transformation in South African organisations and racial transformation in small towns. She was also the research manager on a project examining the impact of the eMzantsi Carnival, a community lead carnival fostering social cohesion, in the Southern Peninsula area of Cape Town. She currently sits on their Board.

Prior to all this she served in various volunteer capacities for Ikamva Youth, The Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training and Advocacy (ARESTA) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).

She was the recipient of an AW Mellon Foundation PhD Fellowship at UCT from 2008 to 2009, as well as a Fulbright Visiting Researcher Award which she completed at the University of California Irvine’s University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) under the supervision of Prof David Goldberg from 2009 to 2010.

She hails from Kwazulu-Natal, is happily married to Vic Cervati, is mother to Gabi and as has given birth to a baby boy in October 2016, and lives in Bellville, Cape Town.


Pieter Cloete (MA)

Senior Lecturer Community Development and Sociology

Pieter is a sociologist with qualifications that include: BA with majors in Sociology and Anthropology (University of the Free State) in 1961; BA Hons (cum laude) in 1970 and MA (cum laude) in 1972 in Sociology, both from the University of Stellenbosch.

He has also acquired advanced training through courses in: Research Methodology (HSRC), Action Learning (Community Development Resource Association, UCT), Participlan (Business Presentation Group), Leadership, Labour Relations, Performance Management and Senior Management Programs (all from HR Department, US), Fundraising (SA Institute of Fundraising) and Facilitator Churches Channels of Hope – HIV and AIDS (Christian Aids Bureau of Southern Africa).

Pieter started his career as manager of mission schools in rural Zimbabwe. Thereafter he worked as a hospital secretary based at Canzibe Mission Hospital, Transkei, in the Eastern Cape. In 1973 he was appointed at the University of the Western Cape where he served for 16 years – first as researcher at the Institute for Social Development and then as senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology. In 1988 he relocated to the University of Stellenbosch where he worked for 14 years as executive director of a community development agency, Matie Community Service. During his time in Stellenbosch he served on the boards of, and as advisor to several NGOs and community-based projects and organisations. He retired in 2001.

Pieter joined the Associate Faculty at Cornerstone in 2002 – a college with local and international accreditation, working in partnership with Christian universities in the USA. Since then he has taught a variety of modules in sociology, community development, cultural anthropology and research methodology. He is currently pioneering the introduction of e-learning modules and the development of electronic training resources.

As an associate of Rural Outreach and Development Services (ROADS), he consults in areas such as social and community research, social impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation, group facilitation, community development and training, and organisation development. Among his clients in this period are provincial and national government departments, NGOs, faith-based organisations, and the business sector based in South Africa and five other African countries.


Selena Headley (MA, BSocWork)

Lecturer Community Development and Sociology

Originally from Canada, Selena has a lifelong passion for serving disadvantaged groups. She finds great joy in working in cross-cultural settings. She has worked in Canada and the United States and is now settled in South Africa.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of British Columbia in Canada and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in the United States. She has over 15 years of experience in community-based non-profit agencies, working with economically disadvantaged children, adults and families.

In recent years, she has focused on producing community development training for those who are active in the field. She currently serves with Every Nation Ministries providing capacity-building and training for community-based organizations and churches in South Africa and other nations.


Thulani Dube

Business Studies Lecturer

Thulani graduated with an Honours Bachelor of commerce degree in Business management from the University of South Africa (UNISA) where he earlier received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Human Resources Management. His passion for human capital development further urged him towards a Higher National Certificate in Skills Development Facilitation through UNISA as well.

Thulani brings experience from the business sector where he focused on areas such as sales, human resource management, customer care and administration. He is currently studying online towards an MBA through Edinburgh Business school. Poetry also remains a passion for him.


Richard Mee (MTh)

Head of Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies Department

Richard Mee is a past graduate of Cornerstone institute. He went on to study across disciplines, completing a BPsych equivalent (Pastoral Counselling) with UNISA and and MTh (Practical theology) with Stellenbosch University.
Richard has worked in within the church context and in private practice as a Registered Counsellor. He now lectures within the fields of Counselling and Christian Ministry at Cornerstone.


Glen Stavridis

Practical Theology and Christian Studies Lecturer

Glenn has been teaching a wide variety of subjects at Cornerstone for the past five years. After a long journey which has included working in marine research, scientific and business computing, local government and computerised mapping, as well as serving the local church, Glenn now teaches theology and consults in Geographical Information Systems.

Glenn weaves life experiences as a husband, father, student, teacher and worker, together with studies in Geography, Information Systems, Theology, Christian Ethics and Christian Spirituality, into courses in philosophy and worldviews, church history, systematic theology, ethics and spirituality.

Glenn’s studies have all been on a part-time basis through UNISA, including a BSc in Geography and Information Systems, a BTh majoring in Christian Ethics and a MTh in Christian Spirituality. Glenn has begun a DTh in Christian Spirituality, focusing on how people are formed and shaped spiritually by the work and activities that they engage in.

Glenn loves to creatively connect with students to enable them to see and experience the wonder and wisdom of God as they are spiritually formed into their unique reflection of the image of God, and how through this they are called and equipped to transform their community and society by a biblically-shaped worldview.


Adrian Coates

Theology Lecturer

Adrian has a BA (Philosophy and Theology) from UNISA and an MA in Theology (Interdisciplinary Studies, Christianity and the Arts) from Regent College in Canada.
He has worked in a number of training roles within Youth With A Mission’s University of the Nations, including Media and Biblical Studies. His interests are interdisciplinary, particularly the integration of faith with all spheres of life.


Peter Pedersen (M.HMS)

Head of Department: Education

After many years of primary and secondary school teaching, as well as teacher training, Peter joined Cornerstone in 2013 and was appointed as HoD to develop the Education Department. His wide experience in education and teacher training is supported by his initial professional training at Port Elizabeth College of Education and Paarl Teachers College (OKP), with further qualifications from Rhodes University, University of Western Cape, University of Stellenbosch and UNISA. He has previous tertiary lecturing experience. Over many years, he has demonstrated a passion for training teachers.

With strong administrative, organisational and teaching characteristics, Peter adds value and full commitment and involvement in any given task, especially when dealing with different educational issues and situations. Peter brings with him a deep love for God and strives to be a witness in all situations. He participates in local church activities and contributes to various community ventures.

Married to Anne, and with two adult children, most activities are family-orientated and sport-related. For Peter, participating in various physical activities such as walking, running and cycling, brings much satisfaction, stress relief and enjoyment. He has successfully completed no less than eleven Two Ocean Marathons. A regular cyclist, his annual Argus Cycle Tour ride around the Cape Peninsula is a highlight of the year.


Colleen Moore

Education Lecturer (M.Ed.)

Colleen Moore started at Cornerstone in 2016. She started her career in advertising and public relations after completing a B.Tech. in Public Relations Management (cum laude). Subsequent to working in the marketing communications environment and travelling, she discovered an interest and enjoyment of teaching through obtaining and using TEFL/TEYL qualifications. She then obtained a PGCE (Intermediate and Senior Phase) from UCT and taught for a number of years. Furthering her interest and knowledge in education, she obtained her M.Ed. (UCT) with distinction with special interests in Curriculum Studies and Applied Language and Literacy.

Over the last few years and whilst studying, she has taught adults and children privately, and developed educational materials for various subjects from primary school level to tertiary level. More recently, she was involved with training Foundation Phase Mathematics teachers, and consulting to the South African, regulating council for education on reviews of the South African basic education and adult education language curricula.


Melanie Steyn (MA)

Academic Skills and English Lecturer

Melanie Steyn majored in English at UNISA and also has an MA in literature from UCT. She was a teacher and lecturer at South African schools and universities for decades, after which she spent ten years teaching future English teachers in a South Korean university. She has written a youth novel, Theo and Blikskottel, and a novella set in Korea, Once Around the Sun.

She is passionate about her involvement with Homes to Grow, a Trust which has two homes in Masiphumelele. Her portfolio is secretarial and the education of the children. Melanie is a member of Toastmasters International and has participated in speaking competitions to national level. She has three sons, and lives in Simon’s Town.


Sandy Willcox (MA)

Sandy is an educator with undergraduate qualifications that include education, anthropology and theology. She completed an Honours degree in Anthropology through UNISA and a Master of Education (TESOL) through USQ. Her experience teaching primary school level was a stepping stone to teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. Ethiopia was her home for 15 years. In this context the need for students to be well supported with English, in order to succeed and reach their full potential at undergraduate and post graduate level, became a passion. She has written and taught English for Academic Purposes courses for students taking degrees. More recently,her desire is to plough a lifetime of teaching experience and training into a new generation of language teachers. She has trained English teachers in Ethiopia, Canada and Asia.


Margaret Gustafson (MA)

Faculty Emeritus

Margie was born in Iowa, USA. She came to Cape Town in 1970 for a two-year short-term mission experience. She returned in 1973 to start her career at Cornerstone (then known as CEBI) as a lecturer in Christian Education ministries and Music and Worship. She trained and led the PR ministry team, primarily in music, and helped to co-ordinate other major PR events for Cornerstone. In more recent years, she has lectured in the area of Leadership, Spirituality and Faith Development. Presently she serves Cornerstone through mentoring students and working with alumni.

Margie has a passion for encouraging people to understand and grow in their faith as it applies to the demands of daily living in a multicultural community. This has been shared with individuals, as well as in weekend seminars and various speaking opportunities in her own church and others. She also enjoys reading and calligraphy, and has a ministry of hospitality and encouragement with students, staff, alumni and others.