Members of the Board






JOAN CUNNINGHAM, (PRESIDENT), a Chartered Life Underwriter and a former software specialist, Actuarial Assistant, construction expert, and hotel & restaurant operator, is the mother of three and grandmother of three. Working hard is in Joan's DNA, even though 9 years ago she was stricken by an undiagnosed neurological disorder the left her paralyzed. After spending years in hospitals and rehab centers and after more than 20 surgeries, Joan returned to her home in Schroon Lake determined to help others despite her own struggles. She & her husband of 45+ years now live in Westport, NY, where Joan oversees the operations of Families from her bed or wheelchair, never losing her sense of humor or her passion for helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Contact:

           MARGI CARTER (VICE PRESIDENT,) Margi is the Executive Director of Children's Development Group, she has worked in the field of early child development for 30 years. She has a passion for children and families that is evident in her "go above and beyond" attitude. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist and School District Administrator. Although a self-proclaimed work-a-holic, Margi also enjoys hiking and snowshoeing in the beautiful Adirondacks.

          SHANNON WADSWORTH, (SECRETARY/TREASURER,) a single mother of two, 22 and 17, and a Survivor, Shannon has spent over a decade taking care of sick, disabled and the elderly. Shannon studied accounting at North Country Community College. Aside from her work for Families, Shannon volunteers in her community and assists in the day-to-day operations of Families. Contact:


        TIFFANY BEANE,  Director of Special Services at Children's Development Group,  Tiffany is a mom of 4. She has worked for CDG for 7 years, she is a Registered Behavioral Technician and is currently furthering her education in applied Behavioral Analysis at Grand Canyon University.







BAILEE GREENIER (Fundraising), young activist and survivor, playing an active role in mentorship and empowerment for her community, family and friends. 




The Board would like to thank Families Founder, Nancy Gutenberg. In 2015 she started out with a dream to help domestic violence survivors and their children make a new life.  In 2017, she purchased a building in Elizabethtown specifically for that purpose before moving out of the area.  Nancy’s wish is to dedicate this site to the memory of William Murphy’s violent actions, that we may all act – help the survivors and make the name of all adjudicated perpetrators known to their unwary spouse or partner.

Copy of latest annual report may be obtained upon request from Families or from the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau at 28 Liberty St, 15th Floor, New York, New York 10005

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