Calaneet Balas Named CEO of Ovarian Cancer National Alliance


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2012

Washington, DC—Today the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance announced that Calaneet Balas will join the organization as Chief Executive Officer beginning October 9, 2012. Ms. Balas has more than 15 years’ experience with nonprofits, with an emphasis on development and strategic planning.

Ms. Balas most recently worked at the Arthritis Foundation, where she was part of an executive team that integrated and restructured four separately incorporated chapters into one region representing the Arthritis Foundation. Ms. Balas served as Chief Strategy Officer of the newly created Mid-Atlantic Region from 2010 until September 2012. Previously, she served as President and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation’s Metro DC Chapter from 2005-2009, bringing financial stability to the chapter and increasing its fundraising efforts.

“We are thrilled Calaneet will be joining the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance as our Chief Executive Officer,” said Terri McKnight, President of the Board of Directors. “She will lead our advocacy, education and awareness efforts with energy and passion, sharing the wealth of her experience as we continue our work on behalf of all women who have been or could be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. With Calaneet at the head of the Alliance, we are truly poised for progress.”

“I am truly honored to be working for this important cause and I am looking forward to this critical challenge,” said Ms. Balas. “I know the future is bright as we pave the path of saving the lives of women with ovarian cancer.”

In addition to her professional experience, Ms. Balas holds a Master of Business Administration from Herriot-Watt University, a Master of Science in Human Movement Science Education from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Truman State University.

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer in the United States. To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the organization advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices, and life-saving treatment protocols. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1997.


For more information please contact Amanda Davis at or (202) 331-1332.