Meet Our Team

D. Caleb Hughes

LPL Wealth Advisor

As a skilled independent advisor with 15 years of experience, Caleb Hughes serves as a fiduciary*, prioritizing your needs and interests above all else to implement a plan that instills financial confidence. He understands both short and long-term goals, recognizing that each client relationship comes with unique needs.

Customizing an investment plan specific to your needs, Caleb considers your time horizon and risk tolerance while striving for your desired outcomes. The team finds comprehensive financial planning and investment advisor roles are held separately for most clients. Financial planning is specific to clients’ goals, both quantitative and qualitative. The team’s mission is to establish short-term, intermediate-term, and long-term financial goals that align with clients’ core values.

Since 2008, Caleb has valued establishing personal connections with his clients, truly understanding what matters most to them and guiding them through both the practical and emotional facets of investing. He takes pride in witnessing his clients navigate life’s various stages, seeing the financial objectives they set together come to fruition.

Caleb received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Indiana, driven by the goal of using his investment knowledge to serve others. He has aspired to create an environment where every client feels recognized and valued.

Outside the office, Caleb enjoys golf, quality time with his wife Kacie during vacations, and supporting and coaching his children, Cora and Calvin, in their various activities. As lifelong residents of Carmi, the Hughes family is deeply committed to giving back to their community, actively participating in community improvement boards and supporting outreach and industry improvement efforts throughout Southern Illinois and beyond.

* fiduciary relationships are with advisory clients only

Eric Ikemire

LPL Wealth Advisor

Meet Eric Ikemire, a seasoned financial professional with an impressive 20-year tenure in commercial banking. Following his lifelong dream, Eric made the pivotal shift to becoming a financial advisor. Operating as an independent financial advisor and fiduciary, Eric places his clients’ interests above all else, tailoring financial plans to suit their unique needs.

Eric, alongside his dedicated team, is committed to ensuring that your investment advisory and comprehensive financial planning needs are carefully addressed. Their mission is clear: to help you define and pursue short-term, intermediate-term, and long-term financial goals that resonate with your core values.

Living in the heart of Mt. Carmel, Illinois for years, Eric believes giving back to the community he lives and works in is important. He actively contributes to the betterment of Mt. Carmel, serving as a city commissioner and participating in various community organizations, including his 20-year involvement with Kiwanis and his role on the board of a local golf course.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Eastern Illinois University. He and his wife Casey have two sons, Maddox and Jack. Eric finds joy in coaching his sons' baseball teams and cherishing family moments. When he isn't coaching or working, Eric enjoys traveling with his family or honing his golf skills.

* fiduciary relationships are with advisory clients only

Kira Sexton

Office Manager

Kira Sexton joined Cornerstone Wealth Services in September of 2020 as Office Manager. She is responsible for the daily operations of the office and maintains open lines of communication with the team. Her great attention to detail, outgoing personality, and excellent client service help keep the office running smoothly.

She brings with her over 10 years of experience in various financial capacities such as lending support, title insurance services, and mortgage closings. Prior to her career in the financial industry, she worked for her family business; Rural King.

Kira graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Organizational Communications. She currently resides in Carmi with her husband, Anthony, and son, Hunter. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside and spending time with her family.

Sherry Anderson

Marketing Manager/Paraplanner

Sherry Anderson joined Cornerstone Wealth Services in early 2024 as Marketing Manager.  In addition to promoting the growth of our office, Sherry assists with planning and data entry.  Providing a deep, personal appreciation for financial planning, she demonstrates a respectful understanding of our clients' needs.  Sherry prides herself on her relatable personality and confidential nature, and she offers a great level of attention to detail.

Occupying her time outside the office are Sherry’s two children, Brianna and Madden.  Most often, she can be found following her son’s high school sporting events or visiting her daughter at the University of Arkansas.   In giving back to her hometown, Sherry is a board member of several youth organizations and assists with the local fire department.