President/Chief Executive Officer

Cunningham Children’s Home has experienced tremendous growth under the direction of Marlin Livingston, who became President/CEO at Cunningham in September 2008. Bringing over 30 years of child welfare experience with him to Cunningham, he served as Executive Director of the Florida Region for Kids Hope United prior to his arrival in Urbana.

Marlin holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Eastern Illinois University. He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal in 2007 for his service in the Iraq War during his 23 years in the United States Army National Guard.

Marlin has also taught as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois School of Social Work. A native of Illinois, Marlin was born and raised in Charleston and resides in Mahomet with his wife of more than 30 years. They are proud parents of three adult sons and have served as foster parents to over 20 children.

Leadership Team

Marlin Livingston, President/CEO
Pat Ege, Vice President of Program Services
Melissa Harden, Chief Financial Officer
Ann Pearcy, Director of Community-Based Services
Paige Hall, Director of Human Resources
Linda Fox, Director of Education
Ginger Mills, Director of Advancement
Shawn Peterson, Director of Quality Improvement

Board of Directors

Cunningham is a mission and ministry of the United Women in Faith of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC).


  • Claire Ford, President
  • Catherine Nickrent, Treasurer
  • Doug Abbott, Secretary
  • Sharon Brown, President-elect
  • Charles Rohn, Treasurer-elect

Committee Chairs

  • Leanne Barnhart, Advancement
  • Doug Wesley, Asset Management
  • Charles Rohn, Audit
  • Roberta Benschneider, District Representatives
  • Claire Ford, Executive
  • Catherine Nickrent, Finance and Human Resources
  • Sybil Phillips, Nominations
  • Margie Jobe, Performance Quality Improvement

United Methodist Church IGRC United Women in Faith Officers

  • Susan Connor, President
  • Pam DuFour, Vice President
  • Sally Smith, Treasurer
  • Cheryl Van Ness, Secretary
  • Alice Staley, Education and Interpretation Designee
  • Ginny Riggins, Social Action

IGRC East District Superintendent

Reverend Angie Lee

United Women in Faith District Presidents and Vice Presidents

  • Brenda Moland, Central District President
  • Sheryl Frye, Central District, Vice President Designee
  • Pat Davis, East District President
  • Carol Martin, East District Vice President
  • Joyce Goodwin, North District President
  • Rose Goodchild, North District Vice President
  • Patsy Hebron, South District President
  • Susan Smith, South District Vice President
  • Donna Mueller, West District President
  • Marti Dallmeyer, West District Vice President

Members at Large

Cory Blackwell, O.J. Clark, Ellen Dixon, Camille Rose