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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.


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.


MIOCA is a 501(c)3 non profit operated entirely by volunteers. No financial resources are spent on staff or overhead. The majority of our annual budget is devoted to implementing our 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. 

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


  • 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
  • Peggy Pitt  JD
  • Janet Schuler  RN,  BSN
  • Melinda Smith
  • Suzi Peterson Steward  BA Arts Admin.
  • Marlena Studer  Ph.D.
  • Brian Young  JD


  • Bridget Capo RN, BSN  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.  University Of Connecticut Medical Center
  • Rebecca Liu, M.D.  University of Michigan Medical Center
  • 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
  • Rhonda Tolbert, RN, BSN  University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Sheldon Weiner, M.D.  Michigan Healthcare Professionals