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ABOUT MIOCA

Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecologic cancer and a leading cause of cancer-related death in women. The survival rate has barely improved since the “War on Cancer” was declared over 40 years ago. Due to the lack of an early detection test, over 80% of patients are diagnosed at a late stage. For these reasons, increased awareness and advocacy are critical.

VISION STATEMENT

Working collaboratively to end ovarian cancer and improve the lives of survivors.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MIOCA) strives to save women’s lives by promoting the early detection of ovarian cancer and improved treatment outcomes. MIOCA raises awareness of ovarian cancer, provides resources and support to survivors and their families, advocates both locally and federally, educates Michigan communities, and funds innovative ovarian cancer research.

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

MIOCA is a 501(c)3 non profit operated mainly by volunteers. MIOCA has no full time staff members and the focus of the annual budget is implementing its mission. MIOCA serves survivors and their families by providing information, resources and support services as well as advocating for increased research and access to care. MIOCA serves the public by educating both women and healthcare professionals to better recognize ovarian cancer symptoms to help save lives through earlier detection. MIOCA is invested in Michigan's scientific community by awarding ovarian cancer research grants totaling $200,000 to date. What is raised in Michigan, stays in Michigan as MIOCA works on behalf of the ovarian cancer community. 

Established in 2011, MIOCA is a Partner Member of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.

MIOCA STAFF

  • Elizabeth White Executive Director  ElizabethWhite@MIOCA.org

Elizabeth White became involved with the fight against ovarian cancer after losing her mother to the disease in 2006. After seeing her mother’s battle with the disease, White decided she needed to do something meaningful in her mother’s memory so she moved to Washington, DC to work for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance as the Director of Events and Development Manager. 

After five years at the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, White moved back to Michigan and worked for the American Cancer Society. Most recently, she worked for AMC Network as a Meeting Planner helping companies and nonprofits, including the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, on a variety of meeting related tasks. She is a visionary leader who brings a proven track record of success in project management, running events, fundraising, and financial management. She lives in Livonia with her husband and daughter. 

  • Julie Bates Administrative Assistant  JulieBates@MIOCA.org

MIOCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Pam Dahlmann  RN, BSN, President
  • Michelle Shepherd  MS in Ed., Secretary
  • Linda Schairer  B.B.A., Treasurer
  • Catherine Christen  Pharm.D.
  • Cathy Cieglo  M.Ed.
  • Debra Frick  BSN, RN, OCN
  • Marcia Gurche
  • Melinda Laurie
  • Karen O'Brien
  • Peggy Pitt  JD
  • Suzi Peterson Steward  BA Arts Admin.
  • Brian Young  JD
  • Marlena Studer  Ph.D. (Honorary Founding Member)

MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

  • Bridget Capo RN, BSN  University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Hope Haefner, M.D.  University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Ebony Hoskins, M.D.  Women's Health Specialists, Rockville, MD
  • Carolyn Johnston, M.D.  University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Angela Kueck, M.D.  Texas Oncology, Austin, TX
  • Rebecca Liu, M.D.  St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
  • Robert Morris, M.D.  Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • Adnan Munkarah, M.D.  Henry Ford Health System
  • Anthony Opipari, M.D.  University of Michigan Medical Center
  • R. Kevin Reynolds, M.D.  University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Rhonda Tolbert, RN, BSN  University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Sheldon Weiner, M.D.  Michigan Healthcare Professionals
  • Ira Winer, M.D., Ph.D.  Karmanos Cancer Center