At APCF, we educate, encourage and engage with men to make the best possible healthcare decisions.

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Mission

The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation’s mission is to

  1. Educate Arkansans by raising awareness, distributing resources and providing learning opportunities across the state;
  2. Encourage timely detection of prostate cancer; and
  3. Engage men and their families with personal guidance from the day of diagnosis through survivorship.

The Foundation implements this mission by sponsoring public education events around the state.

The Foundation’s Prostate Health Resource Center in Little Rock serves as an ongoing source of information for prostate cancer survivors and healthcare professionals. 

Vision

No Arkansan should face cancer alone.

History

Recognizing the need for prostate cancer control in Arkansas, six community leaders, who are all prostate cancer survivors, and a Medical Advisory Committee of physicians from around the state formed the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation (APCF) in 2000. The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public charity, has a mission to promote awareness, encourage timely detection and support improved treatment of prostate cancer in Arkansas.

Believing that all men in the state, regardless of disparities in cultural competence, financial resources or proximity to care should have access to information, diagnosis and treatment, APCF implemented its education and screening program in 2001, a model that has increased participation ever since by working with healthcare providers and community partners who are vested in men’s health. In 2006, the first regional prostate cancer support group located in Little Rock was added to the program model.

Three years later, three additional regional support groups located in Fayetteville, Ft. Smith and Jonesboro were also added. All of these groups, now known collectively as the Peer Network, provide confidential environments for diagnosed men to share about their experiences with prostate cancer. The Peer Network is ongoing with plans to grow into other areas in the future. Finally, the program model was expanded to include a Patient Navigation program and a Survivor Mentor program.

The Navigation program provides a trained professional navigator to guide individual men with suspicious prostate findings through the cancer care system from diagnosis to treatment and recovery, making sure that each man gets the resources and support he needs. The Survivor Mentor program connects newly diagnosed men one-on-one with a survivor who provides information and support.

Sponsors

The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Corporate Partners commit $20,000 or more annually in funding and donated goods and services. To learn more about becoming a corporate partner, please contact Melissa Stiles, Director of Development, by email or phone (501) 379-8027.

Baptist Health

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Iberia Bank

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Board of Directors

Members of the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors are community leaders who commit their leadership in 3-year terms. For information about becoming a member of the board of directors, please e-mail the Foundation, or call (501) 379-8027.

Allison Vetter

Craig Westbrook
Secretary

Chris Prewitt, CPA
Treasurer

David Menz

Don Fowler
Director-at-Large

Jeffrey Marotte, MD

Joe Lee Buford, MD

Joe Rantisi

Nirmal Kilambi, MD

Paul Holmes

Raul Blasini

Rodney Staggs

Ron Rainey, PhD

Tom Courtway
Chair

Walter Harris

Staff

The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation’s staff manages the programs and services necessary to fulfill the organization’s mission.

Chris Collier
Executive Director

Chris Collier

Executive Director

Chris Collier joined the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation (APCF) in February 2019 as Executive Director, bringing over thirty years of experience in business, education, and non-profit leadership to the position. He has served on and chaired numerous nonprofit boards throughout central Arkansas. Professionally, he most recently served as the Director of Organizational Development for Arkansas Teacher Corps, a non-profit arm of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

As APCF’s Executive Director, Chris has the experience and perspective to guide the organization as it continues to expand its depth and breadth across the state of Arkansas.  He provides daily leadership for his staff and drives relationship building statewide and beyond with patients, supporters, and stakeholders. A frequent speaker and presenter, he leads various organizational and educational outreach activities. In addition, he oversees strategic planning initiatives in support of the continued growth and development of the foundation. Under his leadership, the APCF has expanded their services and reach to previously unserved areas of Arkansas, developed strategic partnerships with a large number of entities heretofore untapped, implemented new patient and donor databases for the first time in the foundation’s 20 year history, and installed streamlined technology capabilities to provide greater efficiencies.  Chris was recently elected to the Arkansas Cancer Coalition’s (ACC) state board of directors and is a member of the National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions (NASPCC), attending their last national conference in Washington, D.C.

A native Arkansan raised in Hot Springs; Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Hendrix College in Conway.

Chris has two sons and two grandsons. He and his wife, Brenda, live in Conway, Arkansas.

Melissa Stiles
Director of Development

Melissa Stiles

Director of Development

Melissa Stiles joined the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation (APCF) in March 2020.  Prior to APCF, Melissa served as the Senior Major Gifts Officer for CARTI Foundation.  During her tenure, she created a major and planned giving program. With this, the  foundation completed its first-ever capital campaign raising more than $11 million  (exceeding the $10 million goal) to fund programs and services for cancer patients. 

As the Director of Development for the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, Melissa  raises money through annual, major, and corporate giving, special events, and grants.  She also plans to implement a planned giving program for those who wish to include  APCF in their estate plans. 

Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the  University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) in 1994. She received her Certified  Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation in September 2018. Melissa is a member of  the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). 

Melissa is a member of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Alumni Association.  Through UALR, she supports Last Mile scholarships for students experiencing financial  struggles in the last semester prior to graduation.

Jamie Moody
Director of Programs

Jamie Moody

Director of Programs

Jamie Moody joined the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation in July 2020 as the Director of Programs. Prior to joining APCF, Jamie worked in marketing and public relations for more than 15 years with various non-profit and for-profit entities in Arkansas, including most recently Dillards, Inc., in Corporate Advertising.

As the Director of Programs, Jamie develops and implements APCF’s education and early detection programs throughout the state while collaborating with existing corporate and organizational partners and sponsors for program implementation. She recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to assist with APCF’s educational programs and early detection screenings. She is responsible for finding and cultivating new educational collaboration partners for our programs.

Jamie completed her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Central Arkansas in 2003. She is an active member of the Little Rock Marathon Race Committee and has been on the Marathon’s Media Team since 2014. Jamie and her family live in Sherwood, Ark.

Cara Clements
Patient Navigator

Cara Clements

Patient Navigator

Cara Clements is a Little Rock native and patient navigator for the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation (APCF).  She has been helping men and their families for more than eight years.  Cara earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences focused on Health Education and Promotion.  After interning with the Arkansas Cancer Coalition, she realized cancer awareness and prevention is where she could help fellow Arkansans the most. In 2006, she had a much-loved swim coach pass away from prostate cancer, and this event has continued to motivate her to educate as many men as possible about the dangers of this disease.

In 2014, Cara attended the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute (HPFPNI) and received in-person training by the founder of patient navigation himself.  Through the years at APCF, Cara has helped educate over 20,000 men statewide and annually assists more than 600 men through screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.  Support services, facilitated by Cara, men and their families build the ideal plan of care, are empowered to make informed decisions, and encouraged to share their story to help save men’s lives. 

Cara has three young girls, and a loving husband, together they enjoy spending time outdoors as a family.   

Ronya Byrd
Office Administrator

Ronya Byrd

Office Administrator

Ronya Byrd is the Office Administrator for the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation.  A Portsmouth, Virginia native, Ronya came to Arkansas with her family and raised her two sons here and has more than twenty years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Prostate Cancer Foundation staff, Byrd served in various roles at Heifer International where she streamlined operations in the departments where she worked saving the organization millions of dollars. 

At APCF, Byrd continues to streamline operations with database management, accounts payable, supporting the Board of Directors and keeping everyone’s spirits up with her spunk and positive attitude. Having lost loved ones in her family to prostate cancer, she is personally vested in the work that APCF continues to do to help save the lives of men all over Arkansas.  

Byrd’s real passion though, is knitting. On any given day you can find a skein of yarn and knitting supplies in her purse. She spends most of her free time both fretting, cursing, and smiling over the latest knitting project for friends and loved ones.   

Gracie Brought
Consultant

Gracie Brought

Consultant

Gracie Brought is a junior at the University of Central Arkansas pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in marketing. Her focus on education and good grades started early. In 2018, Gracie was named the valedictorian of her class at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School.

Gracie enjoys her internship with the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation where she assists with the organization’s social media and public relations efforts.

After college, Gracie plans to attend law school with a goal of becoming a sports agent. Creating a bucket list at an early age, Gracie hopes to visit all the islands in Greece, start her own fashion brand, and become a health and fitness guru.

Medical Advisory Board

The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Medical Advisory Committee includes urologists, radiation oncologists, an internist and a rehabilitation specialist and provides technical support to the Foundation.

For more information about the committee or its guidance, please e-mail the Foundation or call (501)379-8027.

Alan Diekman, PhD
Andrologist

Anthony Bucolo, MD
Medical Oncologist

David Jacks, MD
Urologist

Dr. Nirmal Kilambi
MD Urologist

Dr. Rodney Davis
MD Urologist Oncologist

Jason Lofton, MD
Family Practice

Jeffery Marotte, MD
Urologist Chairman

Joseph Su, PhD, MPH
Epidemiologist

Kyle Basham, MD
Urologist

Ladd Scriber, MD
Urologist

M. Adam Childs, MD
Urologist

Manuel Kelley, MD
Urologist

Robert T. Emery, MD
Urologist

Rodney Davis, MD
Urologist

Timothy C. Goodson, MD
Urologist

Xiang Gao, MD
Radiation Oncologist