Our Leadership Team
AROVCC is comprised of volunteer only three board members and one executive committee members… each have been directly affected by ovarian cancer.
leah anderson | 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.
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.
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.
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.