Director of Advancement
Sharla Jolly is the Director of Advancement at Cunningham Children's Home. In this role, she oversees the agency’s marketing, public relations and annual fundraising initiatives. She believes in Cunningham and the work that’s done in the lives of its youth and families to bring healing and hope. She enjoys working with members of the United Methodist Church and others in the community to support Cunningham’s priorities. Before coming to Cunningham in March 2014, Sharla managed annual giving programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to that, she directed marketing initiatives in the campus’ Office of Public Affairs. Sharla started her career as a news producer at WCIA-TV in Champaign and has worked for businesses and organizations in public relations, marketing and communications, and fundraising in Champaign-Urbana for more than 25 years. Sharla grew up in United Methodist Churches in Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. She and her husband, Rocky Franklin, attend New Horizon UMC in Champaign. They have four children.