Our Leadership Team

AROVCC is comprised of volunteer only three board members and two executive committee members… each have been directly affected by ovarian cancer.


leah anderson | board member, chair

After being misdiagnosed for months, Leah Elliott learned she had what is known as the “silent killer” in April 2006. She joined others who shared her passion in educating anyone and everyone on the signs and symptoms of this disease and became a founding board member of the AROVCC. Her two daughters, Emma and Arden, have joined in her efforts and volunteer with the organization as well. Leah became a survivor the day she was diagnosed. It is a title she proudly bears behind her name.

Email: leah@arkansasovariancancer.org


stephanie carper | vice chair

Stephanie lives in North Little Rock with her husband Phillip, and daughter, Annabelle. In December 2016, she was diagnosed with Ovarian and Uterine Cancer. She was only 34 years old. She had every symptom of the disease for months, but like many contributed each to stress or usual monthly issues. Her fight against cancer was a long and grueling journey, but the fight was worth every second. She will never stop sharing her story because if hearing her experiences, can just save one life, then all that she went through will be worth it.

Email: sbcarper22@gmail.com


sherri fryar | treasurer

Sherri lives in Alexander with her husband Brad, and their Brittany Spaniel, Rikki. She lost her 24-year old daughter, Taryn Claassen to ovarian cancer in 2017. Taryn and Sherri jumped right in and have always gone above and beyond to help Arkansans know about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Sherri is the owner of Contractor’s Specialty Service Company.

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Amy Lasseigne | Board member, secretary

Seen here with her late mom and co-founder Suzanne Holland. Amy Lasseigne is one of the founding board members of AROVCC. With a background in marketing, she also serves as a communication point of contact for the media. Her drive for this organization comes from watching her mother battle ovarian cancer four times over eight years. The countless emails and comments she receives from caretakers, survivors, and people that have lost loved ones to OC thanking her for carrying out the mission of AROVCC motivates her to always do more.

Email: amy@arkansasovariancancer.org

Alesa garner | Board member, education director

Alesa Garner, New Outlook Cancer Recovery Program Manager St. Vincent Health System. Alesa is one of the founding members of AROVCC. Her passion for this organization stems from a sister who overcame ovarian cancer. Alesa has been involved with education efforts for AROVCC since its inception.

Email: agarner@stvincenthealth.com