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Women's Cancer Panel: Mary Anne King, Mia Cowan

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Harbert Center


We Are In This Together:

Women and Cancer

Panel Discussion


We have all been affected by cancer.  Whether you are a survivor or have a mother, daughter, sister or friend who has been diagnosed with cancer, we all know the toll it takes on everyone involved. Join us for a panel discussion on the issues surrounding cancer, from prevention to survivorship. We will all have the opportunity to ask questions and have a substantive discussion with our panel of experts.


Alia Tunagur, Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center

Alia is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College and holds a degree in International Studies with a concentration in Analysis and Security. Alia is an avid traveler with a passion for empowering members of her community through education and collaboration. As Data & Resources Coordinator at Forge, Alia works directly with survivor and co-survivors, develops processes and protocols, collects and analyzes data, maintains the resource database, manages Forge’s Telephone Support Line, and oversees all social media and website platforms.


Dr. Mia Cowan, Founder and Medical Director of MiBella Wellness Center

A native of Birmingham, AL, Dr. Cowan received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Master of Arts degree in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Alabama. She completed her Doctorate of Medicine and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Medical College of Wisconsin. During residency, Dr. Cowan won several awards and was appointed Chief Resident of the OB/GYN residency program from 2005-2006. Dr. Cowan is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her training as a Bariatric Medicine Specialist from the Center for Medical Weight Loss and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University.


Dr. Cowan provides exemplary care to adolescents and women of all ages for their gynecology care. She has special interests in hormonal balance for women and men, holistic medicine and minimally invasive surgery. In addition, she also provides comprehensive weight loss programs in her office. Her goal is to provide superior patient care to promote lifelong health and wellness.


Dr. Cowan serves on the YMCA Shades Valley Board of Directors, and chaired the Strong Kid’s Campaign in 2011-2012. She also serves on the Safehouse Board of Directors and the AHA/ASA Birmingham Multicultural Leadership Committee, as well as the Girlfriend’s Gala Committee for the Literacy Council. She has most recently become a member of the Executive Board for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Birmingham Chapter of the Links Incorporated, The Women’s Network, Jack and Jill of America, and the Mineral District Medical Society. She also serves on the Health Ministry at her church.


Mary Anne King, Executive Director, Laura Crandall Brown Foundation

Mary Anne King joined the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation in 2014 and has more than ten years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience.  Before LCBF, Mary Anne successfully led the development efforts for Kid One Transport and AIDS Alabama, where she began her nonprofit career in 2007.  She feels inspired by the many volunteers, patients, donors, and advocates she meets who make the foundation's work possible.


Mary Anne is a double graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2003 and a Master of Public Administration in 2010.


Robin DeMonia, Executive Vice President, Direct Communications

Before joining Direct Communications in 2012, Robin DeMonia worked for 25 years as a journalist, including seven years as a state government reporter and 10 years as a member of the editorial board of The Birmingham News. During her newspaper career, she covered numerous political campaigns and wrote extensively about public policy issues at the local, state and national levels.


Robin was a member of the 2005 class of Leadership Birmingham and is an active civic volunteer. She currently serves on the local leadership board of the American Lung Association, on the board of directors of NAMI Alabama, and on the Women’s Health Steering Committee for the Alabama Department of Public Health and is a member of The Women’s Network. She graduated from the University of Alabama. Robin, who will serve as the moderator of our panel, is a member of The Women’s Network who formerly served on the board of directors and is a cancer survivor.



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