Dear Friend,


Friend is an appropriate greeting since so many of you have welcomed me to the New Horizons family. It is a blessing to come here to serve our community as I lead New Horizons as Executive Director. Because of your support, New Horizons has blossomed into an amazing organization. I would know. I have been in the trenches of nonprofit work for over 30 years. Being a former national nonprofit consultant, I have seen what it takes to have a successful organization. New Horizons fits this profile, which drew me to join this team.


It is an incredible honor to follow in the footsteps of great leaders. Bob and Ellen Nichols had a love for Christ and a passion to minister to “the least of these”. Their missionary hearts set the course to start New Horizons with purpose and focus. Their founding mission to empower at- risk children and youth to become all God has destined for each of them to be has held strong.


Debra Haley joined in this same tenacity and set forth a growing organization to meet the incredible need of after-school tutoring and mentoring in our communities. Her unstoppable drive developed New Horizons to serve 700 children in 12 locations, raising annual support of over $2 million. Her love for the organization continues as she will serve on the board and be New Horizons Donor Ambassador.


The bar has been set high, both in mission and program excellence. I believe this is the time for New Horizons to lead in providing best practice tutoring, mentoring and character-building programs. With the over 1000 volunteers joining with our excellent staff, I believe New Horizons will serve the children, youth, and communities in incredible ways for years to come.


Thank you for your time, gifts, volunteer hours, and attendance to our events. New Horizons would not be this wonderful organization without people like you. You are cherished and prayed for by me and the team. May God truly bless you. May He also bless the children, youth, and families served at New Horizons.


With sincere gratitude,

Linda M. Cunning, Ph.D

Executive Director

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Linda M. Cunning has 30 years serving, leading, or consulting in schools, ministries and nonprofit organizations. Known for her kind nature, Linda has expertise in education, anti-poverty programs, Biblical teachings, donor-philanthropy and organizational leadership. Known for compassionate and inspirational encouragement and vision-casting, yet, she understands research, analytics, processes and procedures and keen eye in organizational structures and systems to problem-solve and build best- practices. Linda has been a national consultant for nonprofits, providing expertise and support to a variety of organizations. Linda has multiple certifications as well as a Ph.D in educational leadership, a Masters in organizational management and degrees in family-life education and early childhood education. Linda enjoys spending time with her two adult children.