The McFarland Institute - Staff Members


GEORGE C. MCFARLAND, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT of The McFarland Institute, has almost 30 years of continuous professional experience in providing health, education, and social welfare services to multicultural populations. He has administered programs and management consulting services to numerous Federal, State, and private organizations in the areas of health care, social science research, education, general welfare, criminal justice, and information technology. His substantive expertise in racial, ethnic, and healthcare policy includes a concentration in substance abuse prevention services.

Mr. McFarland has provided clients program evaluation, grant application, and proposal development; social policy and research design; computer program design; data collection and instrument design; training and technical support; statistical interpretation and analysis; and descriptive and technical report writing. He has also delivered training, developed curricula, and conducted needs assessments. Mr. McFarland earned his M.S.W. degree from Howard University.


DR. BARBARA MILTON KING, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, coordinates and supervises programs, services, and staff. Her experience in research incorporates the full spectrum from conceptual model through instrument design and data analysis. Her particular expertise is educational research and service delivery to special populations. Dr. Milton King was the first project director for the Parental Assistance Coordination Center (PACC) under contract with the U.S. Department of Education, which involved providing technical assistance to 66 resource centers nationwide. She has been a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the District of Columbia Office of Grants and Contract Management, and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities. Dr. Milton King earned her B.A. degree in sociology and her Master’s degree in personnel management from Howard University, and received her Ph.D. in education from the University of Southern California.


PHYLLIS CUNNINGHAM, SENIOR ASSOCIATE, is a Fulbright Scholar with over 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector. She has extensive knowledge of educational and community service program development, nonprofit governance, and organization management.  She holds an M.F.A. degree from Howard University and a postgraduate certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University. As a facilitator of numerous training workshops and seminars for corporate executives, board members, staffs, and volunteers, she has an impressive list of corporate, educational, and nonprofit clients, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Points of Light Foundation, Eco-Bank of Ghana, West Africa, Headquarters, the Smithsonian Institution, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Association of Junior Leagues International. Ms. Cunningham has extensive experience as a facilitator of the DISC Dimensions of Behavior Profile for Leadership development, team building, and diversity training. She is a compelling motivational speaker whose expertise includes managing a diverse staff, training, and meeting facilitation. In addition, Ms. Cunningham has international, diplomatic expertise and is fluent in French.