Executive Director

Harvest House’s Executive Director is Marlene Cunningham.  Marlene grew up in Mystic, Connecticut and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to become a student at Oral Roberts University where she graduated 1976. She must have liked what she found, because she never left Oklahoma.

Her bachelor’s degree was in Elementary Education and she also earned endorsements in Social Studies, Language Arts, French and Art. She taught in both public and private schools in the Tulsa area at the elementary and middle school levels. Marlene has volunteered with several agencies, including Whiz Kids, a part of City Care in Oklahoma City, helped with Crisis Pregnancy Outreach in Tulsa, and in 2002 became a volunteer at Harvest House.

When Harvest House founder Virginia Runnels stepped down as Harvest House Director in 2005 Marlene was appointed Executive Director. She has always had a large place in her heart for those less fortunate than she, with a long history of giving to the poor and needy. Harvest House was a place where she could lead an organization fully committed to caring for the needy and see people’s needs met and their lives improved.

Under her direction the agency became ‘grants ready’ and beginning in 2010 has been blessed to receive several grants from wonderful foundations in our community, taking the form of a large utility van, commercial refrigerator, commercial freezers and funding for programs such as utility payments and food for our needy clients. Harvest House programs have been expanded from four to eight programs under her leadership.  We are excited to have other churches nearby link arms with us in the form of clothing drives for Harvest House as a means of outreach for their own congregations.

In 2010 Quik Trip Community Relations sponsored Harvest House to participate in the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Capacity Building Program.  Marlene graduated from this two-year program in May 2012, also successfully completing the Standards of Excellence Program along the way. Marlene is thankful and feels privileged to be a part of reaching out to individuals in need here in the Tulsa area which has become her adopted home.